How do you mentally survive a cut?

  1. How do you mentally survive a cut?


    Hey all, I'm about a month into a cut and this is the first time I'm determined to get lean enough to fully see my abs in natural daylight(not just flexing under good lighting in the bathroom mirror). My diet and training is in check and the weight is coming off but I was looking at a picture a friend took of me today and it hit me. F#ck, I look small and stringy. Perhaps it's lack of muscle glycogen, perhaps it's that I really am a skinny little punk. It's times like these that I always give up on getting shredded and enter full bulk mode again...never to achieve that lean physique many of us strive for.

    So I'm curious, what do all of you do to mentally survive a cut? Any personal strategies that help keep you motivated?


  2. Carb up one day or night on the weekend and the next day you'll look full again, then go back to cutting. I use it as a reminder from time to time that the flatness is not permanent.
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by Outofbody View Post
    Carb up one day or night on the weekend and the next day you'll look full again, then go back to cutting. I use it as a reminder from time to time that the flatness is not permanent.
    Yeah a good carb up from time to time will make you look fuller-not fat and more confident again
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  4. Loading will help fill you out. Its not as simple as people make it. You have to experiment with it to see what is most beneficial to you. Mod fat/High carb or Low fat/High carbs are two options. You also have to determine if should keep protein in or out. Also, the duration of the Load comes into play.

  5. Good stuff in here.

    It all comes down to Willpower
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  6. Well I'm really deep into my cut at this point but I'm getting called "too skinny" on a regular basis. I will say this. I do look very thin with a shirt on but other wise my physique has improved quite a bit.

  7. May 3 and the right is July 2. About 24lbs less as well. Name:  IMG_20180702_092144.jpeg
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  8. Nice work doogans. What’s your current weight now?

  9. Quote Originally Posted by stock28 View Post
    Nice work doogans. What’s your current weight now?
    Thanks brother. Currently at 158ish but sometimes a bit more or less. I'm doing intermittent fasting + cyclical ketogenic diet so the scale fluctuates a ton. The lowest I've seen is 152.5. I'm 5'9 for what it's worth.

  10. Nice progress so far. Down 24lbs?! Damn dude... killin it!

    Being lean definitely messes with your head. When I'm lean I feel like a string bean without a pump. It's definitely a lot of will power and mindset, but as long as you are happy and confident in your skin then who cares what other people think.

    I think cheats/refeeds are very helpful. CKD is a great way to structure a diet - I've done CKD in the past and really enjoyed the refeed days balanced out with a super-strict week.
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  11. Quote Originally Posted by doogans View Post
    May 3 and the right is July 2. About 24lbs less as well. Name:  IMG_20180702_092144.jpeg
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    Looking good, boss!

  12. Certainly looks like what you’re doing is working. I’d choose to be motivated by the success.

  13. what supps are you on while on your cut

  14. Quote Originally Posted by john.patterson View Post
    Nice progress so far. Down 24lbs?! Damn dude... killin it!

    Being lean definitely messes with your head. When I'm lean I feel like a string bean without a pump. It's definitely a lot of will power and mindset, but as long as you are happy and confident in your skin then who cares what other people think.

    I think cheats/refeeds are very helpful. CKD is a great way to structure a diet - I've done CKD in the past and really enjoyed the refeed days balanced out with a super-strict week.
    Thanks dude. I'm going to start incorporating 2 refeed days per week. I figure I can afford it now and I'll be able to keep an eye on my body fat as I introduce more carbs into the equation.

  15. Quote Originally Posted by jameschoi View Post
    what supps are you on while on your cut
    I started off using Follidrone 2.0 and Exotherm but the exotherm bottle has been finished for a little while now. Currently taking Epi-Plex pre workout to help with endurance.

    Honestly though, these supps are just a little helper to give an extra edge. At the end of the day, dieting hard is what works for me.

  16. Quote Originally Posted by doogans View Post
    I started off using Follidrone 2.0 and Exotherm but the exotherm bottle has been finished for a little while now. Currently taking Epi-Plex pre workout to help with endurance.

    Honestly though, these supps are just a little helper to give an extra edge. At the end of the day, dieting hard is what works for me.
    Great work, doogans! The weight and muscle comes back fast once you reach your goal. Good luck!

  17. Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Great work, doogans! The weight and muscle comes back fast once you reach your goal. Good luck!
    Appreciate the kind words my man!

  18. As others said, I usually have two carb up days where I lower protein and fat a bit and eat more carbs obviously I still maintain a slight cal deficit on those days and might add in a little more cardio then usually those days (example tuesday and thursday high carb days rest of the week are lower excluding a refeed day every week. My pumps the morning after in the gym are usually much better due to the carbs in my system from the day before.

    refeed day once a week where I eat a little over maintenance. this is the biggest help for me to not lose my ****. I still eat healthy and relatively clean but I can eat more calorie dense foods or eat out without being so worried that Im not tracking every thing so precise.

    sipping BCAAs though out the entire day and drinking lots of sparkling water helps keep the hunger away as well as coffee in the morning.

    I train Monday through Saturday with a complete rest on Sunday and time my refeed on Friday night or Saturday sometime around noon or post workout saturday.

    Just what works for me.

  19. Great job on your progress. When someone says you look too skinny tell them "how about we both take our shirts off right now in this room in front of everyone and we will see how we look to them. What do you think?"

    See how fast they turn down your offer because they are insecure!

  20. Quote Originally Posted by LoveCompeting View Post
    Great job on your progress. When someone says you look too skinny tell them "how about we both take our shirts off right now in this room in front of everyone and we will see how we look to them. What do you think?"

    See how fast they turn down your offer because they are insecure!
    That is a good solution to the skinny comments

    It's difficult for people not involved with lifting/fitness to understand what we are doing when we diet down. Fortunately, I've achieved the lean physique I've never had and now it is time to fill my frame back out(hopefully with a little less fat)

  21. Quote Originally Posted by doogans View Post
    That is a good solution to the skinny comments

    It's difficult for people not involved with lifting/fitness to understand what we are doing when we diet down. Fortunately, I've achieved the lean physique I've never had and now it is time to fill my frame back out(hopefully with a little less fat)
    You can do it
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  22. You Master Your Mind and Thoughts. Your Body will Master itself. Discipline Dedication,and hard work!

  23. Quote Originally Posted by doogans View Post
    That is a good solution to the skinny comments

    It's difficult for people not involved with lifting/fitness to understand what we are doing when we diet down. Fortunately, I've achieved the lean physique I've never had and now it is time to fill my frame back out(hopefully with a little less fat)
    Yes I agree! Drove me crazy when people would say stuff to me before my shows earlier this year. My wife would always calm me down and say "don't let those get to you. They do not understand and probably never will. Just let it go and be proud!"

    Well atleast I placed in the top 5 in my first ever show (Masters physique) which was my reward and gave me the last laugh.
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