Should I do a lean bulk some time during a cutting phase?
I’m currently 5’9” 206 lbs. My goal is to cut down to 170 lbs (my original weight before I got fat). I’ve already cut down from 234 lbs just by calorie counting over roughly 6 months.
The goal is to lose 1 lb/week, which means it’ll take 36 weeks or 9 months to reach the target weight, which seems absolutely miserable to be in a such a long calorie deficit. So maybe not a sustainable plan. Should I try to do a maintainence phase or lean bulk at any point during this cutting process or just power through to the end? I lift 3 times per week and either run or taking boxing classes 2-3 times on non-lifting days. I’m strict on tracking calories, but not too mindful of macros as long as I eat a lot of protein.