I’m 24 years old, 5.6 ft., and training in order to gain muscle, while my goal is to reach the 190 lb. area. I have been dieting and training for about 7 weeks. In the first month everything went fine. I went up from 165 lb. to 175 lb., and my measurement went as follows:
Chest: 36.6" => 37.6"
Waist (just under the navel): 33" => 34.2"
Biceps: 12.2" => 12.5" (relaxed) || 12.5" => 13.1" (flexed)
Legs: 20.5" => 22.2"
From nutrition point of view, I kept a cal. intake of 3000 cals., with 30/50/20 P/C/F. My strength gains were also satisfactory, and I continued to add weight to the bar every workout (these are update data, not from three weeks ago. No problem in this area so far…):
Squat 100 lb. => 195 lb.
Deadlift 120 lb. => 205 lb.
Bench press 75 lb. => 120 lb.
Military press 65 lb. => 100 lb.
Row 65 lb. => 110 lb.
After addressing my gains here, some advised me to try and lower my caloric intake in order to progress slower while maintaining my gut under control. I subtracted my intake with 250 cal. less overall (not in the C, P or F specifically). A week later I went down to 168 lb., a thing that wasn’t really good, to say the least. My mesurment also went down in all fields. So I decided to go back to my regular diet, and the next week went up to 172 lb. with little change in my mesurment. “O.K, so I will just stay with this surplus and see what happens next”, I thought to myself.
BUT after today’s measurements I’m really confused. You see, I went down again to 167.5… and much more surprising, my measurement are almost identical to my stats. at 175 lb., three week ago ( except from my gut, that went from 34.5" to 34.1", and my flexed biceps that went up from 13.1" to 13.2"). I know it’s kind of a good thing, but I don’t know if I should add some cals., or should I stay with my current intake. Plus, did some one experienced a weight drop that didn’t effect his measurement? dose this mean that I just lost fat and preserve my muscle? is this possible when having a caloric surplus?