I’m currently eating and training to build muscle, but I’m noticing more fat gain than I’m comfortable with. My food sources are all clean, and I’m at about 2600 kcal/day (5’9", 170lb, ~140 lb LBM), which I feel is a little low for trying to gain muscle, actually. I’m on a weight lifting cycle of 2 days on, one day off (chest/back, legs, off, shoulders/arms, powerlifting, off, repeat).
I recently re-read Shugart’s FFB Handbook (I would consider myself a near FFB), and he mentioned that it’s a good idea when building muscle to consume maintenance calories for a week in order to lessen excess fat gain.
Does anyone think there would be a benefit to taking that week one step further and eating below maintenance while keeping everything else the same (except cutting workout carbs out as well)? Could this be too detrimental in building muscle (I know that I wouldn’t be building muscle during this week, but I’m willing to lose out on a week of muscle for possibly less fat)? Or, would this week of low carbs and calories pretty much be a waste of time? Thanks for any responses.