I read Thib’s “The Truth About Bulking” article some months back and at the time it got me motivated. I spent 2 months dieting hard (used Berardi’s Get Shredded Diet) with good success and got down to the “under 10%” recommendation finishing at 8.5%. I then began to watch my diet religously using caliper readings every week to assess fat & lean body weight gain. I ate clean and trained hard. Unfortunately, after working fairly hard to lose the recommended fat instead of ‘bulking up’, I began to get nowhere muscle-wise.
My muscular gains were minimal and my BF level was simply maintained. I was so concerned with eating just above maintenance that I didn’t gain anything. As soon as I began to eat again…BANG-I began to gain muscle…and fat. Can anyone comment here on their experiences. What I learned for myself is that, unfortunately, I don’t think the article is practical. If you want to gain muscle, you have to be in a calorie surplus and the chances of mantaining a diet that is calorically perfect enough to add muscle and not fat, to me, is impractical.
I like the premise, but I think it fails in real world results. While one may have to suffer through some summers with a soft physique, the payoff of big eating and big lifting will be enough mass to net a bigger AND leaner physique after you trim the resulting fat gains away. IMO.