[quote]Professor X wrote:
madmaxs wrote:Does the fact that I am not gaining weight indicate that I am not gaining enough muscle or that I should eat more?
Likely yes on both counts, although you may be losing fat and gaining a little mucle at the same time.
This is highly unlikely for most people and I hate it when people tell this to beginners. For most people, if the scale is not moving, you are not making much in the way of gains, especially as a beginner. Beyond that, the statement is why people think like this guy does…because people go around confusing the issue as if they will stay at the exact same weight and magically turn all body fat to muscle and maybe, just maybe, they are making gains they can’t see even though their weight isn’t changing at all.
Bottom line, this kid needs to eat more and he is overcomplicating his effort.[/quote]
You definitely CAN gain muscle and lose fat at the same time. When I first started learning about nutrition and how to eat right I went from eating probably an average of 60 grams of protein a day (I used to eat 3 meals, if that, cold cereal for breakfast, whatever the cafeteria was serving for lunch and then a small frozen pizza or a bowl of noodles or something. Some days it may’ve been considerably less, close to zero, some days it may’ve been closer to 100 if i had grilled up some burgers or something) to eating at least 1.5g/lb a day, which at time about 270g of protein/day total. I wasn’t new to weight training, but my waist shrank and felt “tighter” (how’s that for unscientific) and my upper body grew and I gained weight. Those first few weeks were teh only time it ever happened and I’m guessing that my body just had an exxagerated response like a newbie to weight training would have - fast gains. So, n=1, but take it for what it’s worth.
Oh and Joe Defranco claimed on the d-tap interview that his freak from monmouth gained something like 8 lbs in four weeks on a restricted calorie, clean diet. And Joe’s point was “i didnt do much of anything to help this kid, he’s that much of a freak” so I dont buy the explanation that joe is just hyping it to make it look like he can transform people.