what is cutting

What is Cutting in Bodybuilding & How Can you Benefit from Cutting

Cutting is certainly not about taking a knife and using it in to cut something. The cutting is a term used in the gym which generally implies losing weight. There are technical meanings, however, and we’re going to explore the term in detail today.

What does Cutting mean in bodybuilding

what is cutting

In a simple language, cutting is the process of losing weight. The “weight’ here means fat, not the muscle weight. The point of cutting is to preserve the muscle weight and remove all the fat from the body.

Ever seen your favorite actors on the TV screen with a body that seems like it’s sent from the heavens? Well, that is the result of cutting. Being “cut” or “ripped” is the reason why a lot of people go to the gym.  To get that lean and fat-free figure is everyone’s dream and to achieve that, cutting is required.

The Cutting Process

Well, a lot of people have their own arguments regarding the correct way to cut. The thing is, there is no correct way. There are a lot of ways and these ways are specific to every individual. But the core point is the same so, there is a general thumb of rule approach to cutting. A process that works for almost everyone. Let’s just get into the cutting process without any delay.

A goal of Cutting

Before going into the process, Let us first discuss the actual goal of cutting. Remember that cutting isn’t something you do to lose weight fast. You should cut to remove your fat but maintain your muscle. The muscles are healthy, it provides you strength. The fat is your enemy here.


Here is a stepwise cutting process that may help you:

  1. First, you need a diet plan that is a caloric deficit, which is a fancy way of saying that your calories shouldn’t exceed than a certain amount. It means you can only eat a certain calorie a day (the most common is the 2000 calorie plan). But how do you know if you’ve eaten exactly a certain number of calories? That is where step 2 comes in.
  2.  The next thing you do is track your calories, i.e, the monitoring step. Every food item has a certain calorie content which you can easily find on the internet. Make a list of food that you eat in a day, search their calorie content and make a plan that suits you. You can always consult a nutritionist for it.
  3. Your diet plan can consist of protein, remember protein is the key to maintaining your weight. During the cutting process, you should receive about 1.2 grams of protein per lean pound of body mass.
  4. Fatty and Oily food is strictly prohibited while you’re cutting. Also, no junk and street food. Don’t go around drinking alcohol too.  Even healthy food shouldn’t be eaten much. If you’re feeling very hungry, then you can always drink water. Water helps to cut the fat in your body and it is also very good for your health.
  5. Exercise! The main point of cutting is that you burn more calories than what you intake. Exercise is crucial, but which one should you do? There are mainly 2 kinds of exercise cardio and weight training. There is a belief that cardio is the best way to lose weight but that isn’t completely true. You can, of course, perform cardio but you shouldn’t neglect weight training. If you have a 2-hour exercise routine, then you can perform the routine explained in the next step.
  6. The exercise routine can be; 30-minute warmup/meditation, 15 minutes of cardio upfront, 45-minute weight training, followed by 30 minutes of cardio.

Maintaining Muscle

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One thing that should be your top priority while cutting is maintaining muscle. Your weight training shouldn’t be too harsh. Optimum recovery time should be allocated and you shouldn’t use do too many reps as well. You should work out daily but keep things simple.

There are also other ways to burn calories that don’t require physical labor like thinking and studying. Sleep can also help you in the process don’t be lazy and sleep all day but get a solid 8 hours worth of sleep and you can definitely see the results coming.


Cutting is by no means easy. It requires a lot of sacrifices. You should make a pact to not touch food that is too oily and spicy. There are also some basic tips and tricks to speed up your cutting. Drinking more water and proper sleep schedule are some of them. In addition, exercising is a must.

Remember cardio is important but so is weight training. You need to maintain muscles while cutting the extra fat from your body. The calorie intake you have in a day must be completely burned, your output should be greater than your input.

The final thing is hard work while exercising and a state of mind to stick to the schedule. If you do these things then, you’ll probably be lean in no time.

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