Originally Posted by Determinism
I used to bulk and cut, but these days I'm just eating around maintenance and focusing on progression.
When you're past the beginner phase, it becomes harder and harder to predict how many calories actually go into building LBM. Most intermediate and advanced lifters just become fat without a lot of extra LBM. It's a slow and unpredictable process. At least for me. It may be a bit slower, and you need to pay a bit more attention to recovery, but I don't need to worry about cutting at all and look decent year round. Still, I seem to make progress. Also we have to admit that cutting is just a burden for most of us.
Although I do some sort of calorie cycling, which is just simply maintenance on off days and setting a small surplus on training days (which just includes post-workout shake on top of my maintanance diet).