Sunday, November 18, 2012
Recently I have been tossing around a question in my mind. Should I really be building muscle, which requires a caloric surplus, which would eventually cause a fat gain? Or should I continue to eat at a caloric deficiency and reduce my body fat percentage?
Since I don't really want to put on any fat yet, I have decided to reduce my body fat percentage to about 18% and then eat at a caloric surplus up to 20% body fat, and go back to 18% again... Basically use this 2% window to build muscle. That is about 1.6kgs or about 4lbs of weight gain, which should happen over the course of 4 months, followed by burning 4lbs of fat in 8 months... That is a very modest yearly muscle gain of about 2lbs a year.
I might revised these numbers in the future. Right now I am not planning to put on 10lbs of muscle since I don't want to be too ambitious but realistic.