I'm not sure I understand why people who aren't competing need to bulk and cut. I mean, the incredible condition displayed by bodybuilders on stage can not be kept for very long. Wouldn't it be healthier to eat somewhere between a bulk or a cut? Are there long term benefits to muscularity if you bulk and cut, more so than if you constantly eat around maintenance? I have read in several places of people speculating that weight cycling in athletes may lead to a permanently reduced resting metabolic rate and a greater tendency towards weight gain in later life. Can you tell me if this is true?