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Stronglifts 5x5: Start in deficit and move to surplus when reaching 5RM on lifts

I have 2.5 years experience, have been cutting since January 1th, and I think I'm done cutting after April. This will be my longest and by far the best cut so far, I've counted calories with MFP, been ...
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I really just want to cut and lose weight, while lifting, what should my expectations be?

So I have to drop a little bit of some back story and a stat or two to give some context. I'm a small-ish dude, 5'8, nothing special, and weighed 180lb when I really tried to jump start my "fitness ...
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Workout plans for cutting

Background The past 6 months, I've been on a bulking phase, where I've been able to gain about 9kg (from 78kg to 87kg), a mix of muscle and fat. The past 6 weeks, I've been doing a benchpress ...
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Is this a plausible cutting/bulking proposal?

Considering that losing fat without some muscle mass loss is highly unlikely and gaining muscle mass without gaining any fat quantity is also unlikely, all we have to do is trying to optimize our ...
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As in winter we naturally increase our calorie burn, is this the best season for weight loss?

Considering that we don't have any other social deadline and a period of one year, and as in winter we naturally increase our calorie burn to keep our body functions, are the colder seasons the best ...
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Carb cycling while maintaining strength on the bar

I'm looking to lose some of the belly fat that I'd accumulated while doing Starting Strength (SS) for the last 6-7 months. At the same time, I don't want to lose the strength that I've on the bar. ...
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Identifying filling foods for cutting / fat loss

I'm looking into reducing calorie intake for cutting while maintaining the feeling of satiety. How can one identify foods that are filling? NutritionData.Self.com has a useful "Fullness factor", but ...
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Stronglifts 5x5 while on a caloric deficit?

I've been training on and off for the past two years, but only consistently for the past 9 months and currently I'm 185lbs (6'2"). However I wasn't following a specific program and I was only using a ...
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Gaining strength at constant body weight vs bulking up followed by losing weight

Calorie intake restriction while trying to gain strength seems not to be easy, and I have experienced with my own eyes an improvement from one workout to another, by simply eating more than usual in ...
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Back to the gym: should I bulk or cut first?

I used to lift weights at the gym some years ago and my intention is to get back in shape this month. I'm still in reasonable shape, around 18-20% body fat. I'd like to maximize my gains/losses as ...
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Cutting phase: indicators for muscle loss

I want to cut for a while and lower my fat percentage. As everybody I want to maximize fat loss and minimize muscle loss. Are there any warning indicators that my body is burning muscles instead of ...
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What to do after a successful 6 month hard strength training program?

I'm about to finish a very successful 6 month strength training (5x5 variation) run. I went from 200 to 225 pounds with a moderate fat increase 10% to 13%. I'm about to hit 300 in Squat and already at ...
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How does a 5x5 program work on a cut?

It seems to be the consensus that on a cut you should not change your training program and continue to lift heavy. Although it is also commonly stated that the body cannot gain muscle and loose fat at ...
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What is the optimum training intensity to prevent atrophy when on a caloric deficit?

I know that when I'm on a caloric surplus, I stimulate hypertrophy best if my training intensity lies somewhere between 6-12RM. Now let's say I'm on a caloric deficit. What intensity is optimal for ...
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What can I do to make my abs look their best in a very short timeframe?

This is somewhat theoretical, but I find the situation comes up often enough. I'm in good shape, good athletic build, etc. I have decent definition in my abs (you can see the makings of a 6-pack or ...