THE DIRTY BULK: FIVE REASONS TO DO A CLEAN BULK

Of all the dumb fitness ideas out there, the dirty bulk is one of the dumbest.  That may seem like an extreme statement, but trust me on this one. 
After all, I used to guzzle weight gainers mixed with ice cream until I grew a FUPA and had more stomach rolls than abs.
Bottom line: a dirty bulk will leave you fat and frustrated, not jacked and confident.
Dirty bulking, Dirty bulk

1. CALORIC SPILLOVER

Calorie balance is still king when it comes to building muscle. If you’re going to put on lean muscle, you need to be in a caloric surplus.
Calories In: Calories from food.
Calories Out: Calories used for daily activity and bodily function.
Caloric Surplus: When you take in more calories than your body burns each day.

2. FAT HYPERPLASIA

When you overeat, your body increases the number of fat cells your body stores. It’s a survival mechanism. This is called fat hyperplasia, and it makes it more difficult to lose fat going forward.The big kicker here is you can’t eliminate cells. You can only make them smaller. When you follow a dirty bulk you’re increasing the number of fat cells in your body. You’ll gain weight in the short term while also making it easier for your body to store fat in the future.
The result? You get stuck in permabulk mode. You gain more fat than muscle. And you may have one hell of a time getting ripped once beach season comes around.

3. DECREASED INSULIN SENSITIVITY

At any given moment you’re either burning fat or building muscle.The switch behind this? Insulin stimulates protein synthesis, inhibiting the breakdown of protein, and is an extremely powerful muscle-building hormone.

4. POOR NUTRITION PARTITIONING

When you gain body fat and decrease insulin sensitivity from mindless eating during a dirty bulk, you impair your body’s ability to break down food into its usable parts. THE RESULT? IT BECOMES EASIER TO GAIN FAT AND MORE DIFFICULT TO BUILD LEAN MUSCLE. 

5. YOU’LL DEVELOP SHITTY HABITS
Raise your hand if you know a lifter who’s always bulking.

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