I started HOT-ROX exactly 1 week ago. I also went on a strict diet, around 2200-2500 calories a day on lifting days, and 1800 on non-lifting days. My carbs are all coming either at Breakfast, or during and after my work-outs. I take in about 140-160 grams of carbs on lifting days, and about half of that on non-lifting days. My lifting drink is 15g maltodextrin, 20g dextrose and 1g salt. My PWO shake is 25g Protien, 25g Dextrose, 25g Maltodextrin, ~1g salt and 5g creatine.
I'm taking in protien every 2-3 hours.
This week I have gained 4 lbs, but the mirror and my wife say I am definitely leaner. I am also on a reduced dosage in order to maintain my weight. To me it looks like I am gaining weight while cutting fat. I've been lifting for 18 years, and the last time I had these results was 10 years ago in my early 20's. To me it looks like I'm very anabolic right now. I did this diet last year, had good strength results, but I got fat.
Yes, you can put on muscle while using HOT-ROX.