So im starting a physically demanding job this week, working at a truss/lumber yard. lots of moving around, swinging hammers, lifting and placing wood pieces for 8 hour shifts 5 days a week.
Ive read conflicting articles on how this can be both beneficial and detrimental to physique, strength and gym performance. Some claim it will make you look flat, fatter and potentially LOSE muscle size, and others say you will get lean as fuck, stronger than ever, and even increase muscle size. This most likely came down to the differences in diet. The guy who got weaker probably wasnt smart with his nutrition.
I wanted to use this job as an opportunity to help me get lean, mean and shredded before summer and I go back to school. With the combination of this added workload along with my regular workout schedule im going to assume that ill need to make some nutrition changes. My protein will remain the same, 1g-1.3g per pound of body weight, I usually have my carbs around 250-300g and fats between 40-50g. Which will be most beneficial to add to my eating plan, more fats, or more carbs? or does it even matter? Maybe just eat more of both.
Obviously im going to be in a deficit, as i dont plan on over eating, but should I worry about muscle loss? If my protein is high, my deficit is not something crazy low, and im continuously lifting, and obviously working a manuel labor job my body SHOULD want to keep the muscle I have or even gasps be inclined to build more??
Any advice is greatly appreciated.