[quote]Phoenix Theory wrote:
I am not eating to get fat, i am eating to gain muscle
I am not judging my progress by wasit size, i am judging my caloric intake by waist size!
I am judgin my progress by scale weight and progress in the gym.
If the first two are increasing and waist size is staying the same or increasing at a slower rate, you are doing a good job.
I understand but during my previous fat loss, i was gaining strength and losing size at the waist, so according to that idea I was making progress in muscle gain!
The point fo the fact that the wasit is increasing (which is gtting really boring of repeating) is that I know that i will be eating enough to stimulate as much hypertrophy as possible.
Heres a question for you:
If there is no fat gain then how do you know that your reaching your potential in building as much muscle as fast as possible?
You are judging your muscle gain on how much your waist is increasing. Why not judge your muscle gain on gym performance? If your strength is going up and your waist is not increasing, why would you eat more just to see your waist go up? That is the picture you are painting. Who knows what your optimal rate of growth is, you obviously have not been doing this for very long.
Assuming you are training hard, then yes, you are right, gaining some fat will lead to as much muscle mass as possible. My point is that this arbitrary assignment of a number (1/8") based on what you think will happen is pointless because you have obviously never done this to any great degree before. If you are eating big, your waist is going to fluctuate anywhere from 1/2" to more based on time of day, type of food intake, shitting schedule, so on and so forth. You are setting yourself up for a headache, IMO, but do as you please.