Baby Hercules wrote:
Hellguy, I recommend dropping 5% at a time and holding there for a month or so to acclimate to the new state of things. I don't believe in setpoints of any kind but I do believe in a learning curve for the body. A whole bunch of systems have to recalibrate every time a change like that happens just to maintain an efficient balance in the whole machine. Step down a little, then do some bulking, then step down some more, then do some bulking. Sometimes if you do it all in one fell swoop, there can be unpleasant repercussions. Don't worry about it, your body knows what to do. Give it space and time and it'll take you there all by itself. Work with it. It's already happening.
As always, you come with good advice. I definitely believe in taking small steps. I am going to bulk for a little bit, maybe 6 weeks, and then switch to some cutting for a while.
I agree that the body needs an adjustment period for each phase.
"Baby steps Bob, baby steps."
Where the attitude goes, the mind goes. Where the mind goes, the body goes. Where the body goes, others will follow.