Should you do a “cut” or a “bulk”?
TBH you don’t need to do either…. These terms really only apply to people who compete in fitness competitions.
The majority of the women I train have similar goals. They want to reduce body fat and build muscle. If this describes your goal, then what you want is called recomposition. Unless you plan on lubing yourself up in self tanner and putting on a sparkly bikini and stripper heels you don’t need to bulk and cut.
If you go balls out and do a hardcore shred for a few weeks you may see some progress, but honestly, it’s going to be hard AF to maintain a schedule that doesn’t integrate with your real life. The best way to see recomposition is with strength workouts, eating an adequate amount of protein and being consistent. Workout in a way that fits your schedule, balance your nutrition and hydrate. Simple as that.
My goal for my clients is to help highlight their routines and rituals that aren’t serving them, and help them create a new routine they can maintain. I help them integrate workouts in to their schedule. I show them how to eat so they can enjoy life and still achieve their goals.
I can assure you, if you try to cut out all the foods you love and eat nothing but tilapia and asparagus. You are going to want to face plant in to a box of donuts after a few weeks (hell even a few days).
There is no magical time you should stop eating carbs, in fact carbs are not the problem at all. There is a very small chance that your metabolism is the issue. Its not because you are “getting older”.
The secret to losing fat, and seeing progress is a caloric deficit. This basically means you consuming slightly less calories than your body needs to maintain your current weight. Does this mean starving yourself — HELL NO. If fact I show women how they can eat MORE volume of food, lose fat, and always feel satisfied.
Stop taking on diets and workout routines that set you up to feel burnt out and hungry. It’s time to do things the smart way.