Excess calories turn into excess weight 100% of the time. If you're overeating protein, carbs or fat, some of each will be stored as lean mass and fat. In my experience:
Originally Posted by Alfi56
1.) Excess protein is least likely to be stored as fat and most likely stored as lean tissue. High protein diets will make you gain "weight" as quickly in excess as other diets, but they are the least "fattening."
2.) Excess carbohydrate immediately post-workout is stored almost all as muscle up to around a 25-30% surplus. The more you increase, the more you start to store fat. Moderate overeating post-workout is beneficial but stuffing yourself til you're ill never seems to be ideal. Excess carbohydrate when sedentary can be fattening.
3.) Excess dietary fat at anytime is more likely to be stored as fat than excess carbohydrate in similar situations. Fat is less anabolic than carbohydrate. Saturated fats are superior than unsaturated fats because they better support thyroid function and boost testosterone - overeating red meat, coconut and dairy is superior to overeating chicken, pork, nuts and obviously unsaturated oils. Those bodybuilders tend to consume lots of steak, eggs and dairy for a reason, even if they don't quite know why.
4.) Consuming an excess of fat AND carbohydrate in unison stores mostly as fat.
When I know a large meal is coming up and I know I'm going to overeat, I try to overeat lean proteins and fruits/starches. This will at least take advantage of free glycogen stores, and since carbs and protein elevate the metabolic rate, overconsuming significantly will have less of an effect than fat. If I know the foods will be particularly fatty, like a breakfast buffet (eggs, bacon, sausage) or a Brazilian steakhouse where I really go to town, I try and avoid carbohydrate and stick to strictly protein and fat to at least keep me in a "burn" state while my metabolism is elevated from huge amounts of salt and protein.
If this makes sense, ice cream and chocolate cake are both great for gaining "weight," but ice cream is less fattening and is a supremely anabolic food. However, lean steak and steamed or baked potatoes in equal calories will crush them both. Ice cream makes me gain weight very quickly. I was consuming ice cream several times a week to get stronger, and my benchpress shot up to 250x3 at 160 lbs. I stopped consuming it due to fat gain, but I got freaking strong as hell. I cut it out completely and I dropped to 145 lbs currently, but 250 lbs once is a serious struggle now. It is uncomfortable for me to consume lean meats, fruits and starches in the same quantity I could consume ice cream. There is always room for ice cream! I'll consume it again in the fall when the shirt stays on all the time and I want to gain more mass.
Finally, if I know I'm going to overconsume, I always make sure to lift heavy and hard shortly beforehand to minimize damage.
Hope this helps.
Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 06-03-2013 at 10:31 AM.
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