After being at 10-12% body fat at 180lbs for past 3-4 years, maintaining it with ease at about 2200kcal, I switched gears 6-8 weeks ago. I’m at around 2400 - 2600 gaining around 1lb per 10 days.
My question is, which route is best to a lean 200lbs. I’ve read a few different coaches recommend different things. My options were:
- Add 50-100g carbs every few months, so scale bumps up 1lb every 7-10 days. And just keep going until I reach my goal weight of 200lbs. (Up to 15%bf, realistically probably 18%. ).
- Do this in 6 week blocks, and when I get too soft at week 6-8 mark, or add too much weight per week, go back to 2200 kcal a day, or lower calories, for a 2 week “reset“. Also to get insulin sensitivity again. Then repeat this process for as long as takes to get 200lb goal.
- Just train and eat well, get to 200 and above, not worry about being soft or a little fat, worrying about fat loss phase later.
I am 31 and pretty much a skinny dude who has been sporty all my life. And am stuck at medium I guess! So willing to go for mass only for next few years. I know I’ll need to make that 200lb or above mark a new set point where my body is used to having that weight, hence my 3-4 year plan. I was above 200lbs about a decade ago! And haven’t got many years for this sort of goal metabolism and age-wise.
Any ideas or tips will help from you guys. Thanks.