First of all, what a fantastic site. So much free quality information is hard to find anywhere. Been using quite a few hours lerking the forums, and have already learned a lot. You have to excuse my english skills, as it’s not my native language
Some background info:
I’m 23 years old, and somewhat of a chubby
For the last 4-5 months I’ve been changing my lifestyle dramatically. Been a little fatty my entire life, and decided it was time to do something about it. Not only do I want to look and feel better, I’m also somewhat concerned about my health.
I’m 175cm(5.7 I think), and 185lb (down from 211lb), so I already lost some weight, and feel a lot better. But how to progress from here is my question.
- Get healthy
- Get low bf%
- Add muscle
Just ordered Starting Strength, and I’ve been researching a lot of different programs, and SS just seems so simple, yet effective. Also I’ve got the diet down. I know what to eat, and what not to eat. I know about proteins and carbs and all that, but here’s my question:
To reach my goals, should I(in your opinion) be in energy deficit, excess or in balance, while doing the SS program?
In my opinion I have a couple of different options to chose from:
- Energy deficit + cardio = lose fat and muscle, and later on do SS.
- Energy excess + SS + a little cardio = gain muscle and fat, and later on work on losing fat again.
- Energy balance + SS + a little cardio = as above, but less gains.
- Energy deficit + SS + cardio = lose weight, not sure on how fat/muscle ratio will be affected by this.
Is it possible to be in deficit and do SS? I would most likely not be able to progress the way it is intended, if I don’t eat in excess.
I hope you understand my question. If I was skinny it’s quite simple, just eat a lot and lift heavy weights. But I can’t quite figure out what route to take. Should I keep doing what I’m doing and loose more weight, or should I start doing SS with energy deficit/excess? That’s what it comes down to.
Thanks for your time, really appreciate it.
EDIT: added info, that somehow got lost.