August 5, 2022 at 5:23 pm #446302
Hope you are well. I finished a cut a few weeks ago but as I increased my calories back up at the end, in the duration I was trying to find maintenance I ending up undershooting whist I tried to gain control to maintain it and not loose anymore. But I loose more then I wanted. And I don’t like it one bit. I’m going to enter into a bulk for the next 6-7 months. Happy bulk place would be 8/10 kg from here (I’m 5’2 female) which I find my happy medium. Ofcourse this could be more or less this year depending on so many factors. But we see how I respond to surplus step by step.
Now as I lost too much, do I overshoot at the start a little to bump up, or will this be wasted and predominantly fat gain? I will be ‘clean’ bulking (just more quantity of foods I already eat with some higher carb varieties) but really want to gain a chunk soon over insecurity over too much muscle lost. Or is the damage done. I was only meant to loose 5 kg for a small tidy up phase but ended up loosing 8 kg because it just unexpectedly nose dived when I ate more (no crazy drop in calories btw during my cut) should just claw my way back slow. Or can I jump it up a bit to start with. Get it back up. Or with this just be fat. Want to gain any lost tissue 🥲 and some 😅😬
Cheers have a great weekendAugust 5, 2022 at 5:29 pm #446306
Sorry also should add I am already in what the app considers surplus calories for my weight and height but thinking if for a few weeks aim a little higher until we are somewhere a little ‘less scary’ it’s a few KG but I don’t like being this lean at all. And I’m not lean lean. Just not where I want to be. And I feel like I lost too much muscle as my performance started to dip at the end even when I was eating more but weight going down still.August 6, 2022 at 3:13 pm #447143August 6, 2022 at 4:29 pm #447219
Brilliant thanks Bryce. Yeah for my cut during the last 6 weeks I removed all things I couldn’t recover from such as drop sets and no way was I doing finishers. Just bread and butter. But then strength took a little dive in the last weeks as my weight randomly dipped as calories increased. Just took a deload as I went on quite an aggressive hiking trip in Canada that even though it was time off hypertrophy for almost a week (bodyweight only) I know my body as a whole needs aid in recovery so I’m training just one set per exercise for a few more days until I feel fresh to start with a accumulation phase if needed to ace mechanics of new movements for a few weeks before pushing to failure sets for phases 2 and 3. So I will do as suggested and ease it slow especially in the next few weeks and see how I respond. Just nervous to loose anymore as I figure out my maintenance/small surplus to take me into my bulking phase. Thanks Bryce
So just one more Q. Would you taper bulking with phases such as smaller increments in initial mechanical dialing phase and phase 2 and then bump up a larger amount to aid phase 3 to include drop sets or more volume? Or are they 2 separate entities? Should your bulking be anyway related to the volume of training you are doing? Intensity I always aim to fail but phase 2 with less volume so intensity is always there if you know what I meanAugust 7, 2022 at 11:53 am #447664August 7, 2022 at 4:30 pm #447872
Overthinking is my middle name Bryce 😅 thanks for your answer to my essays! Have a great week much appreciated
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