Should You BULK or CUT First (SKINNY FAT FIX)

  • Published on Jun 14, 2018
  • Should you bulk or cut first if you're skinny fat or a beginner? This cutting vs bulking will teach you which one to do first and how to do it. You'll learn best way to structure your diet and workout to optimally burn fat while cutting and build the most muscle when bulking.
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    If you want to pack on some solid muscle, but you also want to lower your body fat percentage you're probably wondering which one you should do first. Is it better to bulk before cutting or is it better to cut before bulking. Does doing one before the other or doing them in a certain order speed up your progress? Well that's exactly what I'm gonna go over today...bulking vs cutting, and by the end of this video you'll know exactly which one to do first based on your goals. The decision of which one to do first is especially difficult on two groups of people beginners & people that would refer to themselves as skinny fat. As a totally new beginner the really amazing factor that you have on your side is a little something that we call newbie gains. Meaning it doesn't matter all that much what you do even if you're doing the wrong thing you'll probably lose a little bit of fat & add a little bit of muscle at the same time. Unfortunately this only applies to absolute beginners. Once you're no longer brand new you're going to have to pick one that you want to seriously focus & work on. If you've been working out for some time & you're skinny fat this choice can be tough because you don't have much muscle mass so you very quickly identify building muscle as a main goal. But, you have another problem, if you're skinny fat you have some body fat that you can't get rid of in those stubborn problem areas like your belly, your love handles, your chest, and your arms. Even though you may look completely fine in your clothes under those clothes you have stubborn fat that you want to reduce & probably eliminate altogether. So someone that's skinny fat will definitely have to decide whether they're going to bulk or cut first. When your goal is to bulk you're trying to build as much muscle as possible. On the other hand cutting is trying to burn as much fat as you can while sparring as much muscle mass as possible in the proccess. To differentiate further there are two opposite ways to bulk. You can do a clean bulk & a dirty bulk. Regardless of which way you choose to bulk, clean, or dirty they both require you to create a calorie surplus. When you put yourself into a calories surplus not only can you build muscle, but you can also gain fat. With a clean bulk your primary aim is to build muscle, but you want to do it in a way that minimizes the amount of body fat you gain in the process. So you'll typically be eating lean sources of protein like chicken breast & white fish, complex carbohydrates like brown rice & yams, & good sources of fats like avocados. Also your overall calorie surplus won't be too crazy high because that will also increase the chances of you putting on more fat. With a dirty bulk you pretty much don't care how much fat you gain in the process of bulking. Your main mission is to just build muscle. The fat you'll take care of after bulking up. Dirty bulks are very effective at building muscle, in fact they're probably one of the most effective things you can do to build muscle faster, but when you eat this way you can become much fatter throughout the process, which may not be a viable option if your skinny fat & you don't feel comfortable gaining any more body fat. I very rarely recommend that you do a dirty bulk at all, the only people that I recommend doing a dirty bulk to are people that are extreme hard gainers. These guys need to do everything they can to eat more & gain weight. A clean bulk is usually the best way to go & by cycling between enough proper clean bulks & enough cutting phases back & forth you should be able to get as lean & muscular as you want. So which do you do first. Well since you're looking to do both we should start with your body fat percentage to see which one you need more. The reason we focus on body fat is because the higher your body fat percentage is when you start the higher your body fat percentage will be when your done. Also with a higher body fat percentage in the beginning you'll have higher chances of storing more calories as fat throughout the process of bulking than someone that's much leaner. You'll store more if you start off at a higher body fat percentage because as body fat levels rise insulin sensitivity drops leading to insulin Resistance. Insulin is a hormone that you need to cooperate with your body in order to be effective at building muscle & to also be effective at burning fat. When you become insulin resistant your bodies fat burning ability decreases, the likelihood of gaining body fat
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Comments • 1 535

  • Isa Charfauros
    Isa Charfauros 8 hours ago

    How do you test testosterone levels

  • Lil_Jays69 _
    Lil_Jays69 _ 12 hours ago

    I’ve been bulking since I was born

  • Mariusz maxankazuya
    Mariusz maxankazuya 13 hours ago

    BULK for me would be awesome ;) xd

  • Magnus Bech
    Magnus Bech Day ago

    No wonder which arm he jacks off with

  • akajohn14
    akajohn14 Day ago

    Closed the vid @ 'we can increase our testosterone levels by decrrasing iur body fat'.

  • Alokesh Bora
    Alokesh Bora 3 days ago

    This clean bulk thing is a viscious cycle... Just find the body where you have the best of both worlds with of course a little compromise on both ends, figure out how much you need and stay that way... Bulking and cutting should be left to professional bodybuilders

  • Luciano Castillo VIDEO
    Luciano Castillo VIDEO 4 days ago +1

    Damn bro shit fye keep it up 🤘-earned a sub

  • Steven Xiong
    Steven Xiong 4 days ago

    Just water fast

  • Rashaad Mohiuddin
    Rashaad Mohiuddin 5 days ago

    2:46 what movie is this scene from?

  • Saya Kalantarpour
    Saya Kalantarpour 6 days ago

    I am soooo confused, so I am cutting right now and my question is, as soon as I want to gain muscle, how do I do that without gaining a lot of fat? I just want to be toned man :(

    • Pamela Hurtado
      Pamela Hurtado 5 days ago

      Saya Kalantarpour if you want to bulk after a cut and not gain a lot of fat you will have to reverse diet back to your maintenance calories, which basically means increase your calorie intake every week by 5%-10% until you reach your maintenance and you are out of the deficiency you put yourself in. It is a slow process but you can achieve it and can then move on to bulking.

  • Kira TV
    Kira TV 6 days ago +1

    7:03 bluk

  • Daniel Potter
    Daniel Potter 7 days ago

    7:04 what a bluk?

  • Anonymous Unofficial
    Anonymous Unofficial 7 days ago +1

    Anyone else eating while watching this lol

  • Lil Nukki Termansen
    Lil Nukki Termansen 9 days ago

    Which one do You take not to become an bodybuilder

  • Ernesto Mongalo
    Ernesto Mongalo 10 days ago

    People with a lot of fat and exercise, don't stop losing fat. It's consistency. It's like losing weight and wearing a weight vest. The challenge continues.

  • anoop gec
    anoop gec 11 days ago

    I didnt undeestand anything

  • Vale 305 Guerrero
    Vale 305 Guerrero 12 days ago

    How can I tell how many calories do I need to take ?

  • Oleie
    Oleie 12 days ago +1

    Hulk type of body is the best

  • Zetsuke4
    Zetsuke4 13 days ago

    Dirty bulk all the timeee

  • aldro cherres
    aldro cherres 14 days ago

    thanks sergio ramos

    D.I.Y LISANDRO 15 days ago +2

    Is it weird that i like being bulky 😶

  • Nathan
    Nathan 15 days ago

    I’m skinny fat and eating burgers on hot dog bun watching this. I’m sore from yesterday’s weight lift though.

  • Diego Juarez
    Diego Juarez 15 days ago

    Why do you guys make going to the gym so difficult and so diverse ???

  • andi2578
    andi2578 15 days ago +1

    So thumbnail suggests bideltoid length changes from bulking or cutting

  • Gregory Pacheco
    Gregory Pacheco 16 days ago

    Wonderful video!
    The best one on RU-clip for this subject

  • Gustavo hernandez
    Gustavo hernandez 18 days ago

    I consider myself skinny fat because I have skinny limbs and belly fat. I have a really wide back/chest which is quite muscular. I can run a 6 min mile and do pull-ups/ pushups easily. I’m very fit but I do have stubborn belly fat. I always been active (did wrestling and track) I can bench my own weight as well, and I have 2 abs in my upper body. But how do I get rid of belly fat while bulking? Running hills ? Strict diet?

  • joju joju
    joju joju 20 days ago

    Hey! I have a body that is similar to Jack Black's body, but my biceps are ripped becoz of household chores. Yeah, it looks weird. My question is how to deal with it? Thanks!

  • Salty Gamer
    Salty Gamer 21 day ago

    I struggle to eat 2k calories a day I've been tracking, I have 140g of protein 70g of fat and around 200g of carbs, I'm not as wide and round as 20-22% but my belly jiggles I have boobs and I have a lean face, my body type is all kinds of fucked, think I might stick to 2000 cals for a few more months which I assume is maintenance for me, and keep focusing on progressive overload, hopefully I can remove this plague of fat I've held for 5 years

  • SOR23
    SOR23 23 days ago

    I'm 9.4 fats and going for the clean bulk

  • The BURRITOboy
    The BURRITOboy 24 days ago

    What if I’m fat

  • Chriz Tactik
    Chriz Tactik 24 days ago

    The past 4 months ive cut from about 200 pounds to 158 pounds. Im 20 and 6 foot 1 and dont know if i need to cut a bit more

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    Member information 24 days ago

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  • harry jones
    harry jones 27 days ago

    The best highlight was that fat white dude in his bed with all the snacks in the world

  • ico Iliev
    ico Iliev 28 days ago

    I don't know why I tought it was really for free

  • Ar Vlogs
    Ar Vlogs 29 days ago

    shit video

  • Abdul Shahid
    Abdul Shahid 29 days ago

    Bulk for life

  • Fitz Empire
    Fitz Empire Month ago +1

    So what exactly is a beginner? I've been going to the gym regularly for about a year now (with a couple of breaks during that time where I didn't go to the gym for a month or so)

    BUT! I have never lifted heavy weights... I have tried squats and deadlifts but never lifted heavyweight with them and have done DB presses (chest and shoulders)

    So am I considered a beginner seeing as I have never lifted heavy weights? Or have I gone past this stage because I've been going to the gym for about a year or so now (with no drastic changes)

  • Akshya Madan
    Akshya Madan Month ago

    ur vdios r very knowlegable,bt pls pls pls stop putting worthless clips in ur vdio

  • Axado Nado
    Axado Nado Month ago

    Where my skinny fat homies at?

  • Aung Aung
    Aung Aung Month ago

    i guess my body fat is between 14-15 and 20-22%。i only weight 68 kg。

  • Yung Nickel
    Yung Nickel Month ago +1

    I'm around 32% body fat but I dont look like the one on the chart?

  • sly fly
    sly fly Month ago

    I was an ectomorph 135 and I spent a year working out of town. I spent 2 nights a week at the bar and ate only chicken wings. At the end of the year I weighed 178. 43 pounds Of fat that I gained. I decided to go to the gym and now am moderately fit with some good muscle tone. But people say I was cutting? But I had zero muscle before. So what would you call this? Bulking? Or something else

  • Humbled Assholes ENT
    Humbled Assholes ENT Month ago +8

    I respect all the info but I’d rather stick to my boy Jeff over at athlean X. He gets right to it along with the science

    • Fitz Empire
      Fitz Empire Month ago

      After watching Jeff, I feel like a fully qualified physical therapist lool
      Where as any other fitness channel leaves me confused most of the time

  • Hassan Alhakeem
    Hassan Alhakeem Month ago

    After building muscles
    Muscles will consume fat

  • 417-Drena Junk's
    417-Drena Junk's Month ago

    You should do onw video of cutting and another seperate of bulking.

  • J Buckets
    J Buckets Month ago

    So what if I do a hour of basketball cardio, and then go lift afterwards and do IF, would I still gain muscle and lose fat?

  • Nguyen Hoang
    Nguyen Hoang Month ago

    im above 15% body I still do clean bulk? Probably

  • Jose
    Jose Month ago

    How do I cut properly?

    • Jose
      Jose Month ago

      I’m a newbie with around 20% body fat I would say

  • Jeivee Quintos
    Jeivee Quintos Month ago

    how much will you pay for to the 6 week challenge?

  • KoolSt0ryBro
    KoolSt0ryBro Month ago +1

    Time to Bluk! (7:04)

  • Hayden Davis
    Hayden Davis Month ago

    So I have abs but there not really showing I see a two pack but in the right lighting I have a 4 pack and my progress has slowed down
    What do I do

  • Erik Seavey
    Erik Seavey Month ago

    Bulk first. They used to call people with six packs bad hunters lmao it won't look good if you try getting ripped before you get the muscles and you get the muscle better through the process of burning the fat. If you're too skinny you'll have miniscule gains vs your own max potential.

  • Kuraganti Naveen
    Kuraganti Naveen Month ago

    What the fuck he was telling 😥😥😥😡😡😡🖕🖕🖕🖕

  • Tri
    Tri Month ago

    I tried to watch 2-3 videos from this guy but he never gets to the point. Long fucking video for nothing then sells you his program. Thanks for nothing

  • justin lee
    justin lee Month ago +1

    Bulk or cut first?
    he doesnt know thats why couldnt tell us

    • Dionne
      Dionne Month ago +1

      justin lee He said it! If you are already fat, just cut first. If you are in the middle, you can do either. If you’re skinny, then bulking is best.Bulking over bulk is pointless.

  • Rebi
    Rebi Month ago

    Clean bulk all the way no need to gain fat if I’m still making gains

  • John Price
    John Price Month ago

    Have a caloric deficit and eat plenty of healthy protein, carbs, and fats. You’ll lose fat and gain muscle if you are working out with intensity and recovering.

  • Lil Jett
    Lil Jett Month ago +52

    Honestly he said that same shit through the whole episode

  • Quincy Oyet
    Quincy Oyet Month ago

    HITT Cardio Daily
    Heavy Weight Training Daily
    Eating 1G Per Pound of Body Weight
    Low Carb Diet
    Wouldn’t you gain muscle and lose fat?

  • Frank Yu
    Frank Yu Month ago

    What's the movie at 2:49?

  • Young Suit
    Young Suit Month ago +1

    What if you are 15%? Lol I'm literally at 14%

  • Kaushal Magodia
    Kaushal Magodia Month ago +2

    This guy gives the best advice for free..!

  • Collin McDevitt
    Collin McDevitt Month ago

    Any one have any suggestions to bulking I have been trying to bulk and get above 160 I am 5 8 and weigh 158 rn and can’t get past it I am at ~8 precent body fat and I want to be at 165 at 6 percent and what weight should I get to at the end to cut off the fat and be at 165

  • Big Iron
    Big Iron Month ago

    what's about memory effect after these 6 weeks of cutting? or does it not matter since I keep training a lot anyway?

  • Big Balla
    Big Balla Month ago

    Nice Beat At The End!!! 😎👍

  • TheMagicPloder
    TheMagicPloder Month ago

    I am cutting right now.

  • Ashton Stewart
    Ashton Stewart Month ago

    I'm 14 and I have like 16% body fat is this good?-

  • Mohammad Arbaz
    Mohammad Arbaz Month ago

    Now I'm more confused

  • El Bernie Sanders
    El Bernie Sanders Month ago

    So many retards in the comments. Fucking incels..

  • Asif Iqbal
    Asif Iqbal Month ago

    So bulk first?

  • weewee203ohSpecz
    weewee203ohSpecz Month ago

    If ur skinny fat, just LEAN BULK. You’ll gain weight and ur abs will show more cos you’ll get more muscle there and you’ll look jacked. Lean bulk. If ur fat like really overweight like 300 pounds than u obviously cut. And still lift and by the time ur at a certain weight you’ll look UBER lean.

  • dheeraj vella
    dheeraj vella 2 months ago

    Waste. He never comes to the point.

  • Marius knudsen
    Marius knudsen 2 months ago

    Who else think of KSI?

  • L U M B A N G O
    L U M B A N G O 2 months ago


  • clembeno
    clembeno 2 months ago

    The key is getting healthy, everyone has to find out what works for them and stick to it. Protein, fiber, strength training, stretching , rest are the ingredients for gaining muscle and losing weight, however its up to each individual to figure out what works best for them.

    BADONG TV 2 months ago

    Im skinny fat im 17 yrs old and 140 lbs what should go first cut or bulk?

  • Potato Nigger
    Potato Nigger 2 months ago

    Cut first got it 👌

  • 1994/1989 Chevy Silverado 4x4

    I’m 8-10% waistline is a boney 34inches so I’m dirty bulking I’m a hard gainer been 2 months and I only jumped from 195-205lbs haven’t moved up yet. My bench went from 220lbs up 290lbs

  • sweetmistake G
    sweetmistake G 2 months ago

    I like your channel but please be direct to the point in your next videos.

  • Thiếu nhi music
    Thiếu nhi music 2 months ago +1

    Guys, should I Hiit during cutting?

  • Mario Popov
    Mario Popov 2 months ago

    im 15-16% hard gainer 90 kg 193sm going for bulk :D LETS GET BIGGER BABY

  • Suvedan Sudevalayam
    Suvedan Sudevalayam 2 months ago +2

    07:03 Switch to a BLUK

  • Amir Rastgoo
    Amir Rastgoo 2 months ago +1

    This is EXACTLY what I was looking for! It is exactly what I need to decide right now.
    A great great job, even though sometimes cohesion fades away

  • Trex max
    Trex max 2 months ago

    i'll say i'm like a 18% bf so cutting for 2 more weeks well be good! so i can go for a clean bulk :)

  • Gabriel Parker
    Gabriel Parker 2 months ago

    6:41 I’m somewhere between 14-15% and 20-22% according to your chart

    • ExoticMayhem
      ExoticMayhem 2 months ago

      same here, i guess cutting would be a better option until you get rid of that stubborn fat

  • Troy Oliver
    Troy Oliver 2 months ago

    what if your fat fat?? like 273 lbs

  • 1998goodboy
    1998goodboy 2 months ago

    what if im closer to 15% then i am to 20%? :')

    • Kong
      Kong 17 days ago

      Just clean bulk while excercise. You are maintenance. Cut for abs after the gains. I need to gain weight

  • pz Ez
    pz Ez 2 months ago

    Is oatmeal good for day workout?

  • BizzyIzzy87
    BizzyIzzy87 2 months ago

    One thing I would like someone explain to me is what if I increase volume/lifts while keeping calories at maintenance. I keep hearing it’s bulking or cutting only at a single time.
    But let’s say I weigh 180, I bench 200 for 3 sets of 8. What if I started benching 230 for the same 3x8? What if I stayed at 200 but started doing 4x10? While doing this I upped the calories to match the “maintenance” of being a 180 pound dude who benches 230 at 3x8, so what happens? Does my body not do some sort of recomp? I am not in a cut because I upped the calories, yet I only upped them enough to match more weight/volume so technically it’s not a surplus of calories.
    Going by the cut/bulk only ideology what would even be the point of being 180 and lifting heavier at “maintenance”???

  • Angel Quinones
    Angel Quinones 2 months ago

    I have a question... Is it one payment, more than one time payment?

  • Zane West
    Zane West 2 months ago

    Why did you use that Spider-Man clip 😂

  • Phazon Arrancar
    Phazon Arrancar 2 months ago +1

    I'm 17% body fat but spend most of my time working how can I bulk up fast while on break/lunch?

  • Daniel MontesdeOca
    Daniel MontesdeOca 2 months ago

    I have just only, eating well for 2 weeks and los 2kg(4.5 pounds). And mantained my muscle by doing pushups, plank and min 3h cardio a week. Im 14, is this good results? Or should I go slower

  • Funkentelechy Razzamatazz

    I hate videos where they cover all bases. If you’re fat then cut.but if you want to gain muscle then bulk up! My god just pick a goddamn side instead of going into a ramble about cortisol

  • Izabel Pom
    Izabel Pom 2 months ago +1

    I was lean when i started boxing a few years ago. I'm sure i've gained muscle mass, but I think I look quite bulky I believe it's fat on top of my muscle. Not sure how I've managed to do this. haha

  • Tim Dobertson
    Tim Dobertson 2 months ago

    Irrelevant vlog. Only losers need to train more than twice per week, and only training twice a week means you can cycle between bulk and cut twice per week (48 hours calorie surplus after each workout then 24 calorie deficit before next workout).

  • طلال نيويورك
    طلال نيويورك 3 months ago +6

    Bro your so confusing. Be straight and direct in your message instead of dancing around the answer

  • what’s up 124
    what’s up 124 3 months ago +2

    I’m a fat short dude
    I want to get taller, a little bigger and much more shredded
    I’m going to start doing, 3 days a week cardio, 2 day arms workout, 1 day legs,
    Will this get my taller, shredded and bigger?

    • Perseus
      Perseus 3 months ago

      3 days weight lifting + 2 days cardio

  • mr abhishek
    mr abhishek 3 months ago

    I need to bulk because i am pretty lean. Can i have a transformation to a better muscular body within 3 months. I'll take a pretty good diet along with supplements and hit the gym daily. Is it possible?

  • Benny Saunders
    Benny Saunders 3 months ago

    Awesome video my man, thank you!