Had a question - maybe you guys can enlighten me. So, in terms of eating/working out, you have 3 states you can be. Cutting, where you eat less than you expend (and lose weight/fat). Bulking, where you eat more than you expend. (and gain fat/muscle) And "Recomping" where you eat at just the right level, which should burn fat and also build muscle. I have been trying to "lean bulk/recomp" that is to gain some weight while not gaining too much weight. I don't wanna lose my cuts! My lifts have went up the last few weeks. My weight though, has remained kind of static. It fluctuates between 181 and 183. Since, weight can fluctuate normally by a few lbs just be it with water or shit , it's hard to tell if I'm doing it successfully. Rather than seeing weight drop off the scale during a cut or weight pile on during a bulk. You can clearly tell when those are happening. Now, for beginning/novice lifters (I'm in this category), you can expect to gain about 2lbs of muscle a month, provided you eat enough surplus calories. That's not saying that if you gain 2lbs, its all purely muscle. But if you eat at a healthy surplus and gain a handful or two lbs in a month, it's pretty safe to say you gained at least a lb maybe 2 of muscle. What I want to know, is if I eat at a surplus, healthy surplus of 500-1000 more calories a day to ensure I'm getting enough calories, I'll know for certain I'll gain muscle. Will also gain fat. Lets say for ease of numbers, I gain 10lbs in a month on this "dirty bulk". Best case scenario is 2lbs muscle 8lbs fat and water. When I cut, I was able to lose 2lbs a week. So if I "bulk" and gain 10lbs in a month, and then "cut" next month and drop 8lbs, did I just gain 2lbs of muscle net? Is it feasible/possible to run short cut/bulk cycles? You don't see people really talking about this, it's either dedicated multi month cuts or multi month bulks, or a "slow lean bulk/cut". I ask because I don't want to really lose my cuts lol, but I would like to gain some muscle. And it's hard for me to just eat "a little" over. I don't want to bulk for months and gain a ton of fat, but I do need to bulk to gain some mass. I'm thinking it would work out well for me, tracking is kind of obnoxious. I can eat like a pig for a month, and then just go back to my 1000 deficit diet that I know works for a month and trim the excess fat. Hope this makes sense! I PR bench yesterday 160lbs 5 times getting close to bodyweight!