I've been bulking since I started lifting (Starting Strength path, two months in) but have started wondering this week - when do I cut? Is this purely when I can no longer stand the fat that ultimately comes with muscle or is there a recommended "x weeks on, y weeks off" method popular with this program?
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According to the Nutrition and Bodyweight section in chapter 8, you should stay on the recommended nutrition program (admittedly a bit vague; I wish he had devoted more book space to this topic) for at least 3-4 months.
Scale weight doesn't tell you much, but if your bodyfat isn't decreasing then you should cut carbs while maintaining a decent caloric load.The author's contention is that your body fat will normalize naturally if you're doing the program. He would say if you aren't making serious strength gains and losing bodyfat... then YNDTP (you're not doing the program).
As far as when to stop doing the program (and really cut), I think the main consideration is not to blow your chance to take full advantage of the potential novice strength gains: