All about cutting
This time of year the cutting is about to begin. I’m sure many of you reading this blog have either started cutting or will be cutting within the next few weeks. Losing as little muscle as possible while cutting is a goal that I'm sure all of us have. What’s the point of cutting if you lose a bunch of the muscle you worked so hard to get over the course of the year? Over the course of this blog we will dive deep into what you need to do to make sure you have a successful cut this year. Lets go!
Keeping your protein intake high
During times of a decrease in caloric intake, your body needs to break down adipose tissue and proteins in muscle tissues in order to sustain energy and bodily functions. Therefore, making sure that the body has adequate protein while you are cutting is essential for a successful cut. When cutting, you should be decreasing carbohydrates and fats, not protein. Aside from needing protein in order to resist muscle wasting, protein also has the largest thermic effect of all the macronutrients. Meaning, your body needs to use the most energy for digestion, absorption and disposal which helps your body burn even more calories. Case and point, when cutting you should keep your protein intake high, around 1-2 grams per pound of bodyweight per day.
How much weight should you try and lose per week
As a general guideline, losing more than two pounds per week will result in a "significant" amount of muscle loss. Three pounds per week is 100% too much weight to be able to sustain muscle mass while cutting. The research shows that the sweet spot seems to be somewhere between 1 pound and 1.5 pounds per week. The slower you go, the less muscle you will lose. Therefore, if you want to be cut for summer... you should start now. Aim to lose 1 pound per week for the next 16 weeks, for a total of 16 pounds if you need to lose that much. Scale accordingly.
Optimal ways to get the most out of your cut
Working with someone who knows what they are doing can be extremely beneficial. Paying a coach or someone who has cut and cut right many times before can save you a lot of metabolic damage as well as lost muscle mass that you worked hard for all year. Cutting the right way can leave you looking hard, shredded, vascular and ready to tear up the beach. Doing it the wrong way can leave you looking soft, nutritionally starved and well on your way to long term metabolic damage and rapid weight regain. Before you go all out into your fast make sure you:
- Educate yourself completely and make sure you are ready.
2. Hire someone to work with you for your first time and learn everything you need to know for the rest of your life.
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