Hey everyone. I have read two of the 5\3\1 books and I know what Jim has outlined for his diet while on the program and his thought of weight gain while building strength. I just started and am returning from some time off. I was roughly 170-175 lbs before I took time off and know I am about 182 lbs. This isn’t a lot but it is noticeable and the heaviest I have been since I started getting fit. About a year and a half, two years ago I started lifting and getting fit. I started at 180 lbs and dropped to about 163lbs. After a while I noticed my lifts stalled so I started eating more and started to improve slightly. Got bored of following a diet plan\counting calories and took some time off and noticed I still ate pretty healthy but my lifts were growing again. Than I got hurt and slowed down and eventually took a break from lifting to rehab myself.
My question is people following the program do you count calories , do you eat a strict low fat high protein diet or do you just eat what you want and get strong but have to buy a new wardrobe all the time?