Can you bulk without getting fat?

Can you bulk without getting fat?


Can you add mass without increasing body fat percentage? This is a difficult question to answer as there are so many variables. The usual definition of ‘bulking up’ or ‘gaining mass’ is the accrual of total body mass, which typically includes adding a small amount of fat to speed up the muscle gain. Nowadays, however, everyone seems to want to ‘lean bulk’, which is adding lean muscle mass with either very little or no fat gain. Is this possible?

The first question that must be asked is, ‘how fast do you want to gain muscle mass?’. If you want to gain muscle mass as quickly as possible then a typical bulk is the way forward as the the extra calories will induce greater muscle gain (yes, there will be fat laid down too). If you want to add muscle slowly then a lean bulk is totally fine because you’ll understand that you may only add 1lb of muscle per month, compared to 2-3lbs you could add on a typical bulk. This lead to to the question, ‘can you do a typical bulk without gaining fat?’. In my opinion, no, but you can minimise the fat gain by optimising your food timings.

As with most diets, Carbs are the key here; timing your carbs is the key to minimising fat gains whilst bulking. The way you structure your food on training days ad non-training days needs to be different. As you would expect, Carbs need to be lower on non-workout days than workout days; in addition, the timing of the carbs needs to be different. Let us assume you train in the evenings:

Training days: Protein and fats all day up until 1 1/2 hours before training at which point a high carb, moderate protein, low fat meal should be consumed. Post training nutrition should be high carb, moderate protein, low fat also and this should be consumed up until you go to bed.

Non-training days: Majority of carbs for your breakfast. You’ll still be anabolic the morning after your workout so make the most of this by eating a carb heavy breakfast. After this meal however all of your meals should be high protein, high fat, low carb.

The logic behind this? You need to remain sensitive to insulin to continue to make muscle gains. Consuming carbs at all meals will desensitise you to insulin overtime, thus reducing the power of this extremely potent hormone when you need it (post workout). By only consuming a lot of carbs for the several hours after training and the morning after too, you will make use of insulin for muscle building purposes. Any carbs outside of this period will probably be laid down as body fat, which is something that you should be looking to avoid.

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Is Dianabol the King of Bulking Orals?

Is Dianabol the king of bulking orals?


Is Dianabol really the best bulking oral steroid available? Arnie certainly loved it and those from that era dubbed it ‘The Breakfast of Champions’, but is the number one (oral) choice for those looking to add mass? I’m going to go out on a limb and say yes, it is, and I’ll explain why below. I know this will cause some fierce debate as some people hate Dianabol and some just don’t rate it, but I believe it is the best for several reasons.

Firstly, it does what it says on the tin. Dianabol will put mass on you and quickly. Granted, a lot will be water weight, but the scales will shoot up and that’s the aim of a bulk, right? The strength increases it will induce will will be off the scale and we all know what more strength equals, don’t we? More muscle. Period. But I know what you’re thinking – ‘there are other orals out there that do these two things even better than Dianabol, so why not choose one of those?’. To an extent this a valid point – orals such as Anadrol, Superdrol and Methyl-1-Testosterone probably will add more mass, muscle and strength that Dianabol BUT they are all much harsher on the body than Dianabol is. All three will be harder on the liver (particularly Superdrol and M1T – these two are scarily potent) and will no doubt cause other negative side effects to a great extent (increased blood pressure for example). Of course, it will depend on the individual, and there will be some who can’t tolerate Dianabol well at all, but all things even Dianabol is less harsh on the body and provides nearly as good gains as the other three steroids mentioned, so it’s a no-brainer, right?

I will admit it is hard to compare oral steroids as most people believe that oral-only cycles are worthless and should never be done, but I am of the opposite opinion. Oral only cycles can yield great gains so long as diet, training and rest are on point. Even though I’m not a fan of Superdrol nor M1T, a three week cycle of either one of those dosed at 20mg and 15mg respectively would result in huge gains, as would four weeks of Anadrol at 100mg per day. This is where Dianabol shows it’s greatness again as four weeks is the limit for those three anabolics, whereas Dianabol could be taken for up to six weeks without any issues.