Anytime you maintain a calorie surplus over time in order to build muscle, you’ll always gain some fat along with it. This is a normal part of focused bulking and is to be expected. A mini cut is a brief fat loss phase that is performed during a bulk in order to keep body fat levels under control so that you can continue to gain muscle while staying lean.
- A Mini-Cut is a small drop in excess body fat over 2-6 weeks. It is useful to cut back on excess fat from a high-Caloric diet while bulking, or before an event.
- Drop your caloric intake anywhere 500-750 calories below maintenance, while continuing to weight train and maintain protein intake around .08-1.0g/lb body weight.
- It is important to return to bulking in a controlled manner to avoid erasing benefits. Return to maintenance consumption for 1 week before returning to Bulking.
“Anytime you’re in a calorie surplus and you’re trying to build muscle, you’ll gain some fat along the way.”