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    Beginner - Cut or maintain?

    Hi all,

    I'm just getting back into training after a few years, I trained for around 12 months back then and was happy with progress but started a physical job and haven't found the time or energy until now!

    I am 6"4 and around 105kg or 230lb

    Back when I was training I started around 95kg and gained up to 105kg in lean muscle.

    My question is do I aim to cut back to 10-15% BF before bulking up again. Or do I just eat to maintain and the fat will disappear?

    I'd say I'm around 25% body fat now maybe a little more

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    Post a pic for better advice, but if you are 25% bf you will need to cut or attempt a recomp (slight caloric deficit).

    No eating to maintain will not cause that much difference even as a beginner, muscle growth will not out do your current fat level. I imagine the answer will be cut anyway but a pic will show more.
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    Originally Posted by hardyboysare View Post
    Post a pic for better advice, but if you are 25% bf you will need to cut or attempt a recomp (slight caloric deficit).

    No eating to maintain will not cause that much difference even as a beginner, muscle growth will not out do your current fat level. I imagine the answer will be cut anyway but a pic will show more.
    I have posted some photos in profile gallery and a profile photo for an idea of where I'm at
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    Originally Posted by simonki View Post
    I have posted some photos in profile gallery and a profile photo for an idea of where I'm at
    Cutting would be the best choice IMO.
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    Originally Posted by simonki View Post
    I am 6"4 and around 105kg or 230lb
    Cut. Lose about 0.7% of bw per week while progressively getting stronger.

    Make sure you're on a good routine, for example Fierce 5 Novice.
    Recommended science based fitness & nutrition information:
    Alan Aragon https://alanaragon.com/
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    Eric Helms & Team3DMJ https://3dmusclejourney.com/
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