I read Scrawny to Brawny (S2B), and think that this book is amazing. I want to start the program so badly but I have “analysis paralysis” (John Berardi’s quote I think). I’m not sure the book covers my concerns. I have been working out for months before coming across S2B, and was eating roughly 5-6 meals per day. I am the classic ectomorph, and it took me 6 months to gain 10 pounds. I definitely gained muscle mass, but I’ve noticed fat around my midsection (whereas everywhere else I have virtually no fat). I want to get rid of it. I guess have a fat phobia.
Now my first question is this: Should I do a cardio program to burn the fat first and then begin S2B? I understand that as I do the S2B program, I will gain some fat. But what about the fat that’s already there? If I gain fat on top my other fat…well you know. Or should I just jump into the program anyway? S2B calls for huge calorie intakes, and I just don’t see how I could ever lose the fat by always eating more calories than I burn. Is that what the HIIT is for? Will that burn the fat away? But even then I will still be overeating, and it seems that HIIT is only for cardio not fatburning.
I’m so confused because I want to gain muscle mass, but keep the fat off. If I want to lose fat, I must eat less calories than I’m eating. This is in complete opposition to what the program says!! So how does the fat come off?
I know some people are probably going to say to just start the program, and to live with the fat, and that it could be taken off later after the program finishes. So if that’s the case, how would I go about doing that? Do I cut back on calories, but still eat a lot of protein? I don’t want to burn muscle while doing cardio. Do I actually go into calorie deficits in my diet? Just how precisely do I burn the fat and maintain the muscle I worked so hard to get as far as diet and exercise are concerned? Sorry for the long question, but I just can’t figure this out and I want to be confident jumping into the program.