My opinion is simply that “skinny fat” does not exist. Everybody stores fat when bulking. The difference relies in the fact that some are skinny, others are bigger.
A beginner weighing 160 lbs, squatting 150 lbs, with 40% muscle mass, will use far less energy than the 200 lbs guy with 50% muscle mass squatting 400 lbs raw. He WILL need to eat far less.
That’s why when bulking that “skinny fat” guy will store fat and get a round belly and waist fat etc. The genetic excuse is not verified and won’t lead you anywhere.
And that’s eventually when you don’t lift huge weight (and I am a beginner too), you should either not eat 3 tons of carbs and everything if you don’t want to get fat or either not give a fuck about your belly if you want to optimize your gains.
Considering this, I chose to use IF Leangains 16x8 personnally because I train 1st thing in the morning.
My plan is :
- 7 AM wake up
- 7:30 AM I take 15g BCAA that taste ugly + a coffee
- 8:00 AM I lift for 1 hour
- 9:00 AM I take 10g BCAA
- 11:00 AM I take 10 g BCAA
- 1:00 PM I eat
- 9:00 PM I stop eating
I eat low carb on rest days and 300 carbs on workout days
I lost fat and my weight is the same than before. So I guess I took muscle.
You can eat a lot in 2 / 3 meals with IF Leangains. Not sure it’s the best way to go but…
Anyway my personal experience is that when I try to bulk I become fat more than I gain muscle. So I started to work on strength and heavy lift and guess what, with rather simple diet (just very high protein), I gain weight.
When you lift seriously, you will be able to go all out and gain less fat.
Just my opinion, open to critics.