If you’re at 15% BF right now, something has to go terribly wrong to reach 20% BF.
As you keep gaining weight, you’ll also gain muscle thus increasing lean mass. while you will gain some fat, it will be offset from a BF% standpoint by the gain in lean mass, again assuming you don’t royaly f’ it up.
It’s up to you though
I agree. Also, it is not true generally that you must continue to get fatter indefinitely as you get bigger. There will be a level of diminishing returns beyond which gaining more fat will not mean any more muscle.
Do what you want, but I repeat, I would not stop training for size while size was coming steady.
Could you please explain that further to me? Based on what I have read on this site (maybe too much Waterbury :P) I would have guessed that fat gain increased exponentially due to a greater ammount of fat generally being more insulin sensitive etc. But obviously I am still a beginner with no real experience.
So when would you say people generally reach that sweet spot of bulking fatness where you don’t gain fat but still can gain muscle? And as I get closer to it, I would have to make minor decreases in calories due to it mainly going towards building new muscle right?[/quote]
Sweet “spot” is probably a bit too precise. Meaning if you try to stay within a specific single BF% point for instance you’ll drive yourself nuts.
I have gotten no fatter and 40 or so pounds heavier over the last 2 1/2 years or so, however I am not REAL lean. I’m not fat either, I can see my abs through some blur.
The real trick is to concentrate on your muscles and not your bodyfat. It takes some trial and error. I find that if I can pinch about an inch or so off my abs standing straight up I make solid gains and getting fatter doesn’t get me any more muscle any faster. Yours may be a little more or a little less. I would overshoot and trim back rather than waste time inching up if it were me.
For most people NO you will not have to trim your calories as you go because as the other guy said you’ll be getting meatier and require more the bigger you get. If things go particularly well you’ll have to increase your intake to keep gaining, but will still not get any, or at least much, softer.
Bottom line is if you spend your energy thinking about bodyfat you’re shortchanging your progress. Spend your time concentrating on your muscles and the bodyfat will take care of itself if you have any ability at all to read what your body is telling you. Again, if you’re making steady gains, as you say you are, that would be the very worst time to think about dieting. Those gains are precious friend. Gobble em up while they’re coming. One day you’ll have to work much harder and much longer for the same progress.