IT’S AN ENDLESS cycle for some guys: Turn into a garbage disposal to bulk up, then crash diet to burn the belly fat and reveal those hard-earned abs.

Needless to say, that’s probably not the best way to go about changing your physique. (Also: You can’t out-exercise a bad diet.)

We’ll never call it easy, but it’s definitely possible to get strong and stay cut with the right balance of macros, nutrients, and training. We tapped Dan Trink, C.S.C.S., director of training operations at Peak Performance in New York City, to explain the ins and outs of growing big—sans the yo-yo dieting.

Here’s his guide to getting more muscle—without the fat.