High bodyfat – should you bulk or cut?
When you come to training for the first time, you’re going to need to decide what your first goal is. Where you put the priority – weight loss or muscle gain – is going to determine your diet and training routines.
With this amount of impact on your life, it’s important to get it right when you start. There are 3 real options you need to look at:
- Losing fat
- Gaining muscle
Losing fat is going to be important for your confidence and appearance if you’re starting with a high bodyfat. This is about your personal goals and whether you’re urgent enough about your body fat to prioritise it.
The trade-off with focusing on fat-loss is that you’re likely to build very little muscle – or even lose some. This is a hard reality of the ‘hard cut’.
On the other hand, gaining muscle can be a difficult process since it’s likely to minimise your fat loss. If you’re trying to maximise strength with no concern for weight change, you’re going to end up eating at a surplus and may risk gaining even more weight.
Gaining muscle and losing fat is a tough process, but during your early days of training it’s significantly easier. You can make the most of this time by working on habits and capitalising on beginner gains to lose fat and gain muscle simultaneously.
This is a great way of finding and maintaining balance during your first 6-9months of training. You can see significant muscle and strength gains, as well as producing a leaner physique.
Taking this time to focus on habits can also be the best way to get into an effective mindset and support confidence while your body is adapting and changing.