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    Mini cut time? Pics inside

    https://imgur.com/a/7Z0q8PL

    https://imgur.com/a/5JJ4lL0


    1st photo is end of my cut (december 21)

    Next photos are recent (may 22)


    167lbs to 173 lbs

    Not sure if any of it is muscle i cant really tell. In january i increased cals slowly and ran a couple strength routines and just finished Canditos 6 week strength program. Strength is slightly up in a couple lifts but nothing major. Plan is to move to a more hypertrophy focused routine after this week or two deload but curious would it benefit me any to do a mini cut at this point?
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    If the amount of fat you're carrying bothers you then do a cut, if not then carry on.
    All it takes is consistency, effort, proper nutrition, good programming, and TIME.

    Don't be upset with the results you didn't get from the work you did not do.
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    If you only gained 6 pounds then I would carry on bulking, because otherwise I suspect in 6 weeks time you'll just be back to where you started. Or if you cut for less than 6 weeks it won't achieve very much at all. That's my opinion anyway.
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    Originally Posted by livindagym View Post
    https://imgur.com/a/7Z0q8PL

    https://imgur.com/a/5JJ4lL0


    1st photo is end of my cut (december 21)

    Next photos are recent (may 22)


    167lbs to 173 lbs

    Not sure if any of it is muscle i cant really tell. In january i increased cals slowly and ran a couple strength routines and just finished Canditos 6 week strength program. Strength is slightly up in a couple lifts but nothing major. Plan is to move to a more hypertrophy focused routine after this week or two deload but curious would it benefit me any to do a mini cut at this point?
    No need to cut yet IMO
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    Originally Posted by MrCarrot View Post
    If you only gained 6 pounds then I would carry on bulking, because otherwise I suspect in 6 weeks time you'll just be back to where you started. Or if you cut for less than 6 weeks it won't achieve very much at all. That's my opinion anyway.
    Gotcha. Yea just sorta surprised at how much my abs have faded after just 6 pounds and eating the moderate amount of cals im eating each day.
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    Originally Posted by livindagym View Post
    Gotcha. Yea just sorta surprised at how much my abs have faded after just 6 pounds and eating the moderate amount of cals im eating each day.
    If you’re afraid of losing your abs for awhile you’ll never put on any size.
    If you don't get what you want you didn't want it bad enough
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    Originally Posted by Tommy W. View Post
    If you’re afraid of losing your abs for awhile you’ll never put on any size.
    can't you just bulk and cut in the 10-16% range without losing your abs? that's what i'm going to do from now on... way too many bulks ended @ +20% and resulted in a long ass cut lol
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    Originally Posted by faithbrah View Post
    can't you just bulk and cut in the 10-16% range without losing your abs? that's what i'm going to do from now on... way too many bulks ended @ +20% and resulted in a long ass cut lol
    Not sure if you'll have abs at 16%
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    Originally Posted by faithbrah View Post
    can't you just bulk and cut in the 10-16% range without losing your abs? that's what i'm going to do from now on... way too many bulks ended @ +20% and resulted in a long ass cut lol
    This is what I always tell myself but then go overboard. You have to bulk really slowly (lean bulk) otherwise you don't have enough time to really add much mass before having to cut. I tend to use all my willpower and self-control during the cutting phase and then just go to town while bulking lol.

    Originally Posted by Tommy W. View Post
    Not sure if you'll have abs at 16%
    Shredded? Definitely not. But I can still see a clear outline/4 pack at mid-high teen percentages. If I really can't see any hint of abs, I'm well into the 20s. Probably has a lot to do with how developed you are and genetics etc.

    Also OP: I may be wrong but it looks like you're flexing in the first photo and not in the second. This, plus lighting/angles etc can make the pic look more different than they really are. You sill look lean in the second photo, just abs aren't popping.
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    Originally Posted by sunsean View Post
    But I can still see a clear outline/4 pack at mid-high teen percentages.
    Lucky bastard
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    Originally Posted by Tommy W. View Post
    Lucky bastard
    Just saw this - meh, having a soft 4 pack ain't nothing to brag about lol. When I say I see a clear outline, I mean I can see the shape of my top 4 abs but believe me it's soft, not like popping out. I gotta get it down like everyone else to really notice them.
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