There are always periods when we let ourselves go a bit and like to indulge in our favorite foods, not minding how much we eat. Before we know it, we no longer recognize the person we see in the mirror. Muscle is there, but you can hardly see it underneath those slabs of fat. When this happens, very often, lifters make all kinds of excuses so that they can continue bulking for just another week. This is how the so-called “permabulkers” are born because the process is highly addictive.
And it’s no wonder when you see yourself building new muscle each week, your strength keeps increasing and you lift heavier weights and your cheat days no longer feel as something sinful, but beneficial. People being unwilling to start their cut is extremely counterproductive since there are lots of benefits you will experience from the process, which in turn will make you look and feel better in the long term.
So, here are the top 12 reasons why you should start cutting now:
Your muscles will appear bigger after cutting
If you do your cut correctly, you will see that your muscles appear bigger and more muscular. This may seem a bit counterintuitive at first but even though you’ll see yourself losing size (which is actually fat tissue), your muscles will become more defined, which in turn will make them look much more impressive. This is exactly why a guy who is shredded and has 16-inch arms looks jacked and powerful while someone who has 18-inch arms can have an ordinary look.
In the end, it’s all about how you look, not what the measuring tape says. Lots of lifters worry that they’re going to lose all of their hard-earned muscle mass, but this will only happen if you severely restrict caloric intake, or starve yourself.
It doesn’t have to be this way. If you cut in a slow, controlled manner, by eating in a small caloric deficit, you will retain your entire muscle mass. And even if you do experience some muscle loss, you will quickly replace it by increasing your calories again.
While cutting, if you’re able to maintain your muscle mass and lose fat around your waist, it will actually look like your muscles are getting bigger. This clever illusion can make a huge difference in how people see you. Basically, smaller waist equals bigger-looking muscles. Lots of people can be pretty surprised when they see someone who’s gotten “bigger” and then find out that he or she has been on a cut all this time. They think that the only way to get bigger is by being on a constant bulk.
There’s a subtle difference between gaining muscle mass and looking bigger. If your goal is to gain as much muscle as possible, then bulk. If you want your muscles to look bigger to people around you, then cut. There are people who don’t actually have a lot of muscle mass, but because they’re lean and shredded they look very big. It’s a very nice optical illusion.
If you’re not lean, you’re fat
The ones who’ve spend lots of years in the gym know that the statement above isn’t true, because they can recognize when someone carries a lot of muscle, even though he may not be shredded. However, people who don’t work out can’t quite tell the difference. There will be periods when you’re gaining a great amount of quality lean mass, but because your body fat levels increased too, people will think that you’ve simply gotten fat.
Naturally, you may get frustrated if you hear some comments from people who don’t know better, but it may just give you the necessary drive to prove them wrong and start cutting and get shredded.
Your face will become more attractive
The main motivation for the majority of people when they first start working out is to build an ideal physique and be attractive to other people. There are also those who simply want to look better. Now this means different things for different people. For some people looking better means putting on lots of muscle mass. Lots of them do this by bulking, which is generally considered a short-term sacrifice for the greater goal of making gains in the near future. It is deemed a sacrifice because one inevitably gains some fat in the process, which means your face becomes bloated and puffy and your abs disappear beneath the layers of fat.
That’s why, when you’re cutting, you lose the fat on your face, which brings up the cheekbones and makes you look more masculine. Not to mention, that women are more attracted to men with leaner faces, not bloated ones. You’ll be sure to recognize the improvement by the end of the cut when you start noticing the looks you get from all the women around you.
Once you start to lose weight, blood flow increases and your cholesterol levels improve. Good cholesterol (HDL) levels rise, while bad cholesterol (LDL) levels are reduced. This is good news for the guys out there: it’s common for your penis size to increase after losing a significant amount of fat.
This is in part because it gives off the illusion of being bigger because fat is no longer there to cover it, but mainly because blood flow is the main factor which determines its size, and it this case it gets increased. Also, when you lose weight, your risk of cancer and diabetes is reduced dramatically. Research has shown that people who carry excess weight have a shorter lifespan.
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