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The Breaking Muscle Podcast

Jul 19, 2021

A mini-cut is a vital tool in your muscle-building toolbox. Sadly, it is often misunderstood or used recklessly. Used strategically, mini-cuts are one of the best ways to help you build the bigger, leaner body you want.

A properly executed mini-cut is like robbing the fat bank.

You get in, get what you want, and get out before suffering any of the negative consequences of chronic dieting.

In this episode, I break down everything you need to know about mini-cuts.

I cover the following topics:

  • What a mini-cut is and what it is not.
  • Why you won’t lose muscle while mini-cutting.
  • The benefits of mini-cuts
  • How fast you should lose weight on a mini-cut
  • How to establish your calorie needs
  • Macro targets
  • The best food choices
  • Why nutrient timing can help
  • How to determine the length of your mini-cut
  • Training during a mini-cut
  • Cardio or cardi-no
  • When to use a mini-cut

If you have any questions or comments about the show, please email me at or drop me a DM on Instagram @tommaccormick

You can also find this podcast sitting on top of all my other Six Pack of Knowledge podcasts (curated discussions with the greatest hypertrophy experts on the planet).