I can’t believe I did it again! I violated rule #1. Rule #1 in fitness/ nutrition/ body building:
DON’T CHANGE WHAT’S WORKING
My initial diet strategy was going really well. I had been on gear for 5 weeks. I was stronger in everything. I’d lost an inch off my waist, and added 1/4-1/2″ on my arms. But on the scale I wasn’t really much bigger.
So I got it in my head that I needed to EAT MORE. In hindsight, I wasn’t bigger on the scale, because I was achieving the holy fricken grail of body-building by adding muscle and losing fat AT THE SAME TIME.
So what I did was bump my calories up by about 1,500 / day. From 2,000 to 3,500. The theory was I’ll fuel my energy needs with the carbs/fat I ate, and grow with all the protein.
Any guess what happened? I didn’t get any stronger any faster. I still grew, but now instead of my arms growing and my stomach shrinking, both my arms and my stomach grew. Doh!
If you were really lean going into this, you’d have more leeway to slam calories. But even then, I think the whole bulk/cut in huge swings approach is flawed. I mean after all the BEAUTY of steroids is that they allow you to do both at the same time.
I’ve been doing a ton of research lately on what guys from the Golden Era of Bodybuilding did – guys from Arnold’s era. And they did NOT bulk/cut wildly. They had a slight bulk, slight cut, but mainly tried to add lean muscle. They also stayed within 6 weeks of contest shape all the time. So even at the peak of a bulk they were never above 10% bodyfat.
FORCING more calories down doesn’t grow more muscle.
Having the correct anabolic environment and adequate protein adds more muscle. If you have enough carbs/fat to fuel your daily needs along with that protein, you’ll grow muscle and maintain bodyfat levels. If you have excess carbs/fat with that protein, you’ll grow muscle and get fatter. And if you have small amounts of fat/carbs along with that protein, you’ll LOSE FAT while you add muscle!