Summer is winding down and the cold weather is on its way. You know what that means: It's bulking season! And, as everyone knows, drug-free bodybuilders have to get fat to put on muscle, right? Wrong!
The truth is that packing on fat can actually be counterproductive to your long-term progress. Assuming your end goal is a big, lean, aesthetic physique, then that fat is going to have to come off eventually. So why waste time and energy putting it on in the first place? The more fat you have, the longer you'll have to diet.
Extended cutting periods increase the chance that you'll lose some of that hard-earned muscle. Dirty bulking may seem like a dietary joyride in the short term, but you'll be kicking yourself later if things get out of hand.
So, how do you stay lean while getting big? It's not rocket science, but it certainly takes more thought, planning, and daily effort than an eat-everything-in-sight plan would.
Doing The Muscle Math
Muscle gain doesn't have to come coupled with a belly.
You can't avoid fat gain entirely. Adding purely lean tissue is all but impossible—but here's a little math that can help you understand why.
Imagine you began training at 150 pounds with 15 percent body fat. If you gained 25 pounds of purely lean mass, you'd be sitting at 175 pounds with about 13 percent body fat. If you gained another 25 lean pounds, you'd be 200 pounds at 11 percent.
Over time, that kind of dramatic transformation is possible, but you can't do it all in one fell swoop. Nobody gains solely muscle; there's also always some fat, even a tiny amount. The question is how much.
Imagine you gained 22 pounds of muscle and 3 pounds of fat from the same starting point. That would put you at 175 pounds with about 14.5 percent body fat. Even if you gained some fat, you'd still be slightly leaner than you were before.
Depending on your goals and genetics, you may have to gain a higher proportion of fat than my example, but the point still stands: You can stay relatively lean because proportionally, you're adding more muscle than fat. Muscle gain doesn't have to come coupled with a belly.dc league of super pets skunks as pets craigslist pets nashville tn all pets considered adopt me pets for sale nj exotic pets pigs as pets revelation pets lost and found pets near me pets r inn fargo craigslist ri pets terraria pets cute pets house of pets little live pets bird austin pets alive dogs adopt me pets names pets in need cemetery for pets palace pets pets fur people pets for adoption near me hotels that allow pets wonder pets turtle pets in need lol biggie pets pets and such terraria light pets adopt me pets small pets for sale adopt me pets pictures pets clinic linny wonder pets types of lizards pets craigslist pets kansas hermit crabs as pets revelation pets can raccoons be pets houston craigslist pets companion pets craigslist tijuana pets craigslist san diego pets adopt me halloween pets noahs ark pets rc pets harness craigslist kansas city pets all pets in adopt me kellys pets funniest pets craigslist pets tacoma all pets club las vegas craigslist pets wonder pets turtle craigslist pets corpus christi my pets wellness roblox adopt me pets are rats good pets easy pets lists of pets the wonder pets gold country craigslist pets harbor pets craigslist bloomington il pets ferrets as pets houston pets alive scribble scrubbie pets craigslist mn pets hunter pets wow classic spokane craigslist pets united airlines pets craigslist humboldt pets hotels that allow pets near me craigslist tijuana pets houston craigslist pets craigslist indianapolis pets elf pets reindeer pets boarding near me lists of pets denver craigslist pets pets farm little live pets puppy pets unlimited do wombats make good pets hoobly pets types of snakes for pets pets playhouse harris county pets pets best pet insurance berlin pets happy pets pets r family sugar gliders as pets craigslist pets brownsville craigslist knoxville pets dayton craigslist pets pets best pet insurance best birds for pets exotic pets near me wonder pets save the duckling atlanta craigslist pets dream lites pillow pets pams pets insurance for pets craigslist pets jackson tn idling to rule the gods pets craigslist greenville pets little live pets bird furreal pets little live pets fish wonder pets theme song lyrics small snakes for pets budgies as pets pets inc bug pets craigslist huntsville al pets