For some people, it’s difficult to figure out whether to bulk or cut. On one hand, you want to get bigger and stronger, but on the other hand, you want to maintain your leanness or perhaps get even more dice. Our Pur Pharma team has put together a full and complete guide on whether you should cut, bulk, or even maintain your weight.

What is cutting, bulking, and maintaining?

Cutting, bulking, and maintaining calories are all a matter of how many calories you’re taking in vs. how many calories you’re burning, in a day. Your TDEE (total daily energy expenditure) is how many calories your body burns in a day from living, walking, breathing, etc. If you eat less calories than your TDEE, you’ll lose weight (which is considered cutting calories/weight). Cutting is usually intended to shed body fat, but is also weight loss at the same time. If you eat more calories than your TDEE, you’ll gain weight (bulking). This is generally done to build muscle and size. Lastly, if you eat within 100 calories more or less than your TDEE, you can consider that a maintenance diet, where you won’t lose or gain weight. Maintenance phases are utilized during a diet break period or simply a period where you want to maintain how you look.

When should I cut?

Generally, you’ll want to cut calories once your body gets to an uncomfortable level of body fat. It varies from person to person, but generally bodybuilders will bulk until they reach about 15-18% body fat, and then cut down to >7% for their shows. To cut down fat at a doubled rate, try out Clenbuterol. Lots of people also tend to cut 2-4 months prior to summer to achieve that lean, beach physique. Eat lots of greens and low-calorie foods in order to stay full. Check out this blog from Pur Pharma on the best anabolics for fat loss.

When should I bulk?

If you’re looking to gain muscle and size, it’s your time to bulk. A surplus of 200-400 calories is recommended for a bulk, because an extensive calorie surplus often results in extra body fat gain, which most people don’t desire. Usually, people will bulk in autumn & winter months because it’s colder and heavier clothing is usually worn during these seasons. For size gain, check out some of our products such as Deca Durabolin, Test E or Anadrol. When bulking, make sure to take in healthy foods and lots of protein – just because it’s bulk season, doesn’t mean you can have a diet of steady cheat meals!

When should I maintain?

If you love how you look, or if you’ve cut down prior to summer, or if you have some photoshoots that you’d like to maintain your look for – these are all great reasons to maintain. If you don’t want more size and you’re comfortable with your body fat percentage, then you’re set to have your calories set at maintenance. Anavar is the perfect supplement for maintenance calories, as it’ll give your body a recomp effect, meaning it’ll gain muscle and shed unwanted body fat simultaneously.

How do I find my TDEE/maintenance calories?

To find your TDEE, use this calculator here to find an accurate estimate. A general rule of thumb is to multiply your body weight in pounds, by 15 or to multiply your weight in kg by 33-34. When using any type of calculation, whether it be a simple equation or a calculation from a site, make sure to test those calories out for a week. You can use apps such as MyFitnessPal to track down your calories, or you can write them down in a notebook. If you lose weight on these calories, your maintenance is higher, and if you gain weight on these calories, your maintenance is likely lower. For a metabolism boost, give Dianabol a shot as well.

How should I eat during my cut, bulk, or maintenance phase?

During any 3 of these phases, you should continuously maintain high levels of protein intake (anywhere from 1-1.5+ grams per pound of body weight) and eat healthy, nutritious, and whole foods. When cutting, you’ll likely want to eat more greens and low-calorie dense foods to satiate your cravings & hunger. However when bulking, don’t be afraid to eat some tastier foods in order to get those calories in. Just make sure 80-90% of your diet is whole foods.