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Tip Tuesday: What is a Mini Cut?

Here we go again! It's Tuesday, so you know what that means, Tip Tuesday! You can check out my other tips here.

I am just finishing up my second week of a four week mini cut. This week we are going to be talking about cutting and mini cuts within dieting. We'll look at the difference between a cut and a mini cut, and their benefits.

What is a Cut?

A typical cut lasts between 2-6 months depending on how much weight you want to lose. The idea of a cut is to decrease calories in order to lose fat and weight. People cut for many different reasons.

What is a Mini Cut?

Typically a mini cut is between 4-6 weeks (sometimes as little as 2 weeks).

Usually the purpose of a mini cut is to enhance the muscle gain process. During the muscle building process individuals must gain weight in order to enhance muscle building. Gaining weight can also however, limit the muscle gain process if continued for long periods of time. As you gain weight, you gain both muscle and fat.

When entering a mini cut, calories are often more aggressively cut than during a normal cut. This is due to the short amount of time within this type of cut. During a mini cut the body typically sheds extra body fat. The decreased levels of body fat enhances both the body's ability to gain muscle and make room for future gains.

Think of it like this, you are on a road trip, you stop for gas or at a rest area. Although your car is not moving toward your destination, this pit stop increased the total distance traveled on that day because you felt more refreshed after your stop and were able to drive a bit further.

So why do mini cuts? Why not just do a regular cut?

When you lose lower amounts of weight over shorter amounts of time, less muscle is lost. There is also almost no diet fatigue. Diet fatigue is when you get fatigued because you have been in the diet stage for so long. By doing a mini cut is typically allows you to get right back into maintenance calories or bulking calories without having to reverse diet.

Benefits of Cutting

  1. Weight Loss

  2. Fat Loss

  3. Muscle Maintenance

  4. Improves Insulin Sensitivity

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