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jackthestrat wrote:Okay, so here's a quick update.
I've started doing the following :
0600: 3x baked egg muffins with 2 tbsp of sour cream each, large iced coffee
0800:(3) scrambled eggs with 4 strips of bacon
1000: half cup of pepperoni
1200: ~1lb meat product with ~1lb salad (heavy on the romaine)
0200: whey with light cream and water
0400: large iced coffee
0535: eat something, maybe 2 egg muffins and/or a 1/2lb meat product, workout on MWF
0700: cup of whey after workout with light cream and water
0745: ~1lb meat product, ~1lb non starchy vegetables cooked (typically cabbage, cauli, broccoli, or frozen assorted, 4x 1000mg Fish Oil capsules, 1x Multivitamin
Thoughts? Tried to work in some fats through the cream.
Alright, so now I am conflicted. The above plan is making me stronger, but fat.
I'm up to 204lbs and I can barely fit into my 33" pants. They are getting tight in the waist, and really tight in the upper leg. My lifts are now:
Squat: 280 (feeling good, can keep adding here)
Deadlift: 325 (feel invincible, I need to buy more plates, can keep adding here, by far my favorite lift)
Bench: 180 (hard as hell, but back on linear gains)
Press: 140 (time to start microloading here)
So, definitely, increased food input has bumped my numbers, but I don't want my waist to get any wider. Finding that fine line between eating enough to get strong and not eating too much is proving pretty difficult.
Is it time for me to set out a specific calorie budget, or should I just accept the fat gains until the end of the year and then try to drop some fat?
I think you should just accept the fat gains. If your goal is primarily to get stronger then concentrate your efforts on that. Fat gain is inevitable if you're purely going for strength. When you start to feel uncomfortably fat (maybe getting towards the summer) then concentrate on maintaining your strength while you lower calories. It's the way I try to do it anyway, some people prefer to limit fat gain as much as possible but I don't mind spending my winter with a bit more padding.
Alright - Jan 31 and I'm at 214. Squatting 300.frigginwizard wrote:ya, you're either going to have to have to learn to live with fat gains, or accept slower strength gains.
A lot of people go back and forth with bulking/cutting diets but Im not convinced that its a terribly efficient way to gain strength so much as its a body builder thing.
Thanks for all your guidance in this thread, folks. I learned some things - mostly that to achieve your fitness goals you have to really dedicate yourself to them (whatever they may be - whether it is mass gain or strength gain or leaning out). Speaking of leaning out - it's time to get crackin'...