The Difference Between Cutting and Bulking

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Cutting and bulking are two very important concepts that every aspiring bodybuilder needs to fully understand in order to propel his performance and physique to newer and greater heights. Not many know that possessing the right knowledge can be the difference between a complete and a mediocre physique. Training is a very important and fundamental part of bodybuilding, but it means nothing without the proper nutritional regimen to follow it up, cutting and bulking are the two extremes of it.


Let’s start this off with cutting, the part of dieting that everyone hates going through. Cutting is bodybuilding slang for dropping weight, losing fat and defining the body’s muscular structure. Cutting is used by bodybuilders, athletes from different backgrounds and regular people in order to lose the excess body fat that makes them feel uncomfortable and attain a leaner, more defined and in some cases healthier physique.

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There are many ways and methods that can be used to approach cutting, the first one being the most popular, is always completely overused and misunderstood. Beginners tend to place their body’s in extreme caloric deficits, doing this in a rapid and unmonitored manner can be really dangerous, dropping weight in such fashion can make anyone lose fat but also muscle and energy, these last two factors are crucial and essential for bodybuilding.

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The Correct Way to Diet

One of the most discussed topics in bodybuilding is nutrition, over the past few years a great amount of so-called “experts” have taken the bodybuilding and fitness world by storm with new training and dieting techniques that promise to transform anyone into a world-class fitness model or bodybuilder. The sad reality is that most of these diets don’t actually work and it doesn’t really come as a big surprise, most of them are generic and have no solid foundations as to why they technically work. Creating a nutritional plan that actually works is not that hard, the most difficult part will always be being consistent, dedicated and patient.

Why don’t diets work?

Diets can fail for various reasons and not all of them have to do with binging or cheating, most of them actually fail because they are simply not designed correctly. Most of the popular diets that people tend to follow don’t make any sense, a diet is supposed to be created around the individual who is going to put it into play. When the word diet is used the first thing that tends to come to mind is “deficit”, most of the diets being used today are based around what you can’t eat and not around what you can and should eat.

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If a diet is not properly designed it will undoubtedly fail but then again this isn’t the only reason on why things don’t always tend to go right with dieting. The second reason and probably the most important one that dictates if a diet fails or not is exercise, the majority of individuals who want to transform their body aren’t willing to put in the work and therefore try out new diets every know and the that limits their caloric intake, this can and will always end up badly.

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