Originally Posted by BendtheBar
Because of the natural gains curve, it makes more sense to lean towards a more conservative approach with each additional pound of muscle you gain.
While how aggressively you eat is up to you, it is a reality that naturals can't continue to add unending amounts of muscle, so aggressive bulks once you are past heavy beginner gains is a waste of food.
It is my opinion that if you are young and a beginner you should eat aggressively if your training is as it should be. Once you are past beginner gains, a moderate clean bulk is the way to go.
Cutting? It's for competitors. Or beach goers.
I will also mention that far too many young lifters undereat and wonder why gains aren't coming. Undereating has far more of a downside than overeating if you are training hard.
If there is one thing i could change from when i started lifting it would be that i just ate everything in sight. You see too many kids not getting the gains they should cos they are worried about losing the six pack... Just eat and build whan you start, its lots easier to strip the fat than to build the muscle...