you lose fat and muscle on a caloric deficit. you can spare a lot of muscle while lifting heavy on a caloric deficit. If you want to be lean, cut your calories.
Originally Posted by JL22
to gain mass, you need to be in a calorie surplus plain and simple. muscle mass doesn't always equal strength. strength is a combination of your nervous system and muscle.
you can gain a bit of strength while losing fat on a caloric deficit if you're a newbie. it's difficult to gain strength, gain muscle mass and lose fat at the same time so I think you're better off cutting to get lean first but use a program that preserves your strength and muscle.
In my opinion, you can continue starting strength at a caloric deficit but lower volume. You can maintain intensity by slowing your rep cadence and think more about control and muscle contraction rather than heaving heavy weights.
Once you're at desirable level of leanness, you can add more calories. Gaining muscle mass while staying lean is slow but in my opinion is better than quickly gaining mass (fat and muscle), then cutting then repeating the cycle over and over.
Last edited by pacificBeef; 08-29-2012 at 02:20 PM.
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