Hi all I’m natural, n I’d like to know (scientifically) if it is possible to gain muscle without gaining fat at same time?
I’m asking cos whenever I want to gain more muscle size and strength, I’ll eat cleanly while steadily (about 6-8 wks) upping my calories (about 10% more) and protein, I get more muscular and stronger (about 5 to 10lbs up in compound lifts) , but I will inevitably get softer (about 3-4lbs heavier).
I would feel my pants getting tighter and I guess I’m just large-waist-phobic, so I’d react by quickly dieting (either low carb or targeted ketogenic) and I lose whatever little gains I have made.
This way I end up remaining lean (which is what I want–about 10% bf,) but I don’t get to pack on lasting gains in muscle/strength (which I also want).
I read CT’s post on “The Truth About Bulking” and I agree with it because I won’t/don’t practice the bulking/cutting cycling, but I don’t know how to progress further.
Is there some trade-off I must make? Must waist size/bodyfat go up if I want to get more muscular and stronger in long run?
Let’s say even if I screw dieting and just progress for longer periods of time (which I’ve done), and after that I efficiently diet down bodyfat while maintaining muscle, wouldn’t my pants be still tighter–Because of larger legs, butt, hips, abs etc.? my thighs grow fast.
advice on training and/or diet anyone?