Bulking and cutting cycles tend to go hand in hand for those working out in the gym. If you’re unfamiliar with a cutting cycle, this is the point where you try to reduce overall body fat percentage while keeping muscle mass. It’s not just about weight loss and fat burning. Instead, it’s about keeping the muscle you have while dumping the body fat. Any cutting cycle begins with creating a caloric surplus in your body. That helps to break tissue down. Burning excess calories is key as well, which makes it absolutely essential to keep training routines as dynamic as possible to help increase your heart-rate during training. It’s also important to reduce your rest times while you’re training. Typically workouts that include a treadmill, an exercise bike, or a rowing machine can quickly burn calories. High-intensity interval training can help as well, but no matter what you choose, balancing it with muscle-building workouts are essential to maintain the muscle mass you’ve built during the bulking cycle. Cutting cycles can last for some time, depending on how much you need to dump in the process. For ten pounds, you’ll want to start the cycle about eight weeks ahead of your goal date. For more than that, it’s best to start at least twelve to fifteen weeks ahead of the goal date. Adding protein is an absolute must during cutting, and there are many supplements and stacks you can create to help with this kind of cycle as well. Just remember that not all supplements are legal in all countries, and some kinds of sport and competition ban certain supplement substances during the competition, so choose what might work best for you. Cutting is a good way to get in shape for completion or just to help you look great, but it’s absolutely essential to fall into a good routine and to ensure your cutting cycle doesn’t last too long or you may be looking at a lost muscle in the process.