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I knew a professional body builder growing up. This guy owned the gym where I worked out. His nickname was Newt. (Because he turned several shades of red when he was working out.) As a body builder, Newt would go through cycles. A cycle started with heavy lifting and a lot of strength training. This was the “bulk” stage. This stage included eating 6 full meals per day. This would be followed by the “cut” stage when just before a competition the focus is on “getting cut” this was a time of strict dieting, removing as much fat as possible. Newt always said, “You gotta eat to grow”