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Bulky Muscle vs Lean Muscle
The only difference between bulky muscle and lean muscle is definition. Muscle tissue is muscle tissue. One is more sculpted and visible than the other and that is the only thing that separates the two.
Bulky muscle is muscle with excess body fat on top of it. Many bodybuilders are great when it comes to exercising and consuming enough calories to facilitate the growth of muscle. However, because it is so hard to maintain low body fat and sustain lean mass, they usually carry around more body fat and are considered, "bulky" or "husky."
The way to build muscle is by consuming more calories than are expended, lifting heavy weights in small short bouts of exercise over a period.
The body cannot put on muscle mass and take fat off at the same time. In order to lose enough body fat to display a sculpted lean physique more calories must be expended per day than are consumed. It is the basic law of thermodynamics. Mass cannot be destroyed only transformed. We can build muscle or break it down, but it cannot be done simultaneously.
3500 calories equals one pound of body fat. If one desires to look lean then for men this means reaching about 8-10% body fat and for women 12-15%. So for example if one wanted to lose 1 pound of body fat per week, which is a healthy amount, then they need to create a caloric deficit of 500 calories per day.
Working out during the leaning down process is a great idea, but too many bodybuilders lift heavy weights needlessly. Strength, endurance, agility, and stamina can all be increased during a thinning period, but not muscle mass.
In order to be huge and defined, one must bulk up by putting on tons of mass through heavy lifting, resting, and eating and then switching to circuit training and endurance training while maintaining a caloric deficit. In the process some muscle mass may inevitably be lost but the end result can be amazing.
It takes serious discipline in terms of food because diet is 80% of where one finds success when it comes to changing body composition. Bulking is heavy dense calories, while leaning is creating a healthy and gradual shortage of energy without shutting down the bodies metabolism.
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