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    5 days bulking, 2 days cutting....does it work

    Ive read on other boards and have had numerous people tell me that a good way to bulk without adding much fat is to spend 5 days of the week eating like you are bulking and 2 days of the week cutting calories some and doing cardio. The idea is that those two day will be spent burning the fat you gained during the 5 days...kind of like a reverse cheat day. It seems like it makes sense and would work....does it?

    And a second question: Can one do cardio in the AM on an empty stomach during a bulking cycle and lose a little bit of fat in the morning...does that make sense?

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    I have wondered about the 5 day bulk/ 2 day cut myself. Seems to make sense in my mind. But am interested in hearing from someone who has done it before.

    As far as AM cardio goes, I think it really depends on your post cardio meal. If you do 30 mins at a moderate pace, 3 times a week, and follow your cardio with a pro/fat meal rather than a pro/carb meal (the carbs will stop the fat burning), I don't see any reason why you wouldn't be burning fat. You will just bring your fat burning to a hault quicker during a bulking diet with all the carbs, whereas your fat burning can last up to 6 hours post cardio on a cutting diet.

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    Please post guys if you have any experience with 5 day bulk 2 day cut. im curious as well.

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    IMO, it really fails to keep you lean. Reason being, it's much easier to add weight than it is to strip off, for the majority of us anyhow. That being said, 5 days of "bulking" will give people the green light to gorge themselves and go to town w/regular good food, junk, etc.

    Thinking that one can do two days of cardio and "diet" on the weekend to reverse what has happened those 5 other days, is far from realistic.

    Then again, try it out and see what happens!

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    Ok, but what if one didnt gorge themselves during the week.

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    burning fat

    IMO, i think as long as you dont lift nething on the days that you cut youll be fine. The one big advantage of doing that 5 day bulk 2 day cutting is, that your body wont ever get acustom to the high calorie intake because of those 2 days of cutting, which will stop your body from reconizing the daily intake of calories as a regular thing. Eating to bulk 7 days a week for some people would cause there body to get used to that same amount. By changing 2 times a week youll avoid a state of homiostasis(not sure if i spelled that right)

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    Like I said, just give it a shot. Even if you don't "gorge" yourself and you ate somewhat clean, wouldn't you just do that 7 days per week?

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    I just am not sure if cutting calories down on that two weeks is going to let me loose enough fat for me to justify not gaining muscle on those days.

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    i meant two days, not two weeks

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    Hell, I say a bulk is a bulk and cutting is cutting. Put your mind to it and do one or the other. The 5 day bulk 2 day cut seems like it could maybe be 5 steps forward 2 steps back as far as muscle gains....I'd rather take 7 steps forward...okay six gotta have that cheat day

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    I think that my plan is going to be as follows:

    While on a cycle, i should take full advantage of my muscle building benefits and while off a cycle and after i get through with pct and a few weeks later i will implement this strategy.

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    Probably a good choice bro! Good luck!

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