I don't have a problem with gaining fat. That's not an issue at all! Can't my body just turn that fat to muscle?
Read my last post ffs, ignore the final paragraph. No. OMFG. Stop running with things you heard once and ****ing look into it. In fact you don't even have to, just trust what I am telling you. And if you don't believe me, then listen to
who is muscular beyond your wildest buffest dreams (see muscle thread). Or ask
(see muscle thread).
No, fat doesn't turn into muscle, no. Omfg. Fat doesn't turn into muscle in the same way that women don't only
like buff guys, wth man? Here is how it works. God help me for explaining it because I know you won't take it in. Maybe someone else will gain benefit from it.
Think of it like this, when you have an excess of calories, your body gains weight. Some of this weight is muscle, some of it is fat, this occurs even if you don't lift weights btw (the muscle gain, but it will be a low %). Lifting weights (progressively, which means more over time) "convinces" your body to gain a higher % of muscle. So in reality you would want to start at say 200 cals per day surplus.
At the end of the year, if you are tight with calories, precise, have great genetics, you gain like 24 lbs of muscle, and 6lbs of fat (or whatever, i haven't calculated it).
Now here is what happens when you try to lose that fat, yeh, you lose some muscle as well
, so when you have gotten rid of that fat (assuming you log, keep training hard, eat enough protein etc), you will lose 6 lbs of fat and say 2 lbs of muscle.
Hooray, you are now 22lbs of pure muscle up at the end of the year, great victory.
Now here is what happens if you just eat like a pig and don't log (been there btw, and am having to waste time dieting now as a result). You gain something like 35lbs in the year and convince yourself you have gained 35lbs of muscle. Really you have gained 15lbs of muscle and 20lbs of fat. You diet. When you diet you lose muscle
. So at the end, you end up with like 5lbs of pure muscle in a year. Oops.
That is why you log, and you make sure you don't gain excess fat
, because contrary to what you for some inexplicable reason think, women in the 17-24 age group who are turned on by "muscular dudes" aren't turned on by dudes who have just spent a year basically getting fat.
That is how it works. It just is. You either listen to me, do it properly, get all your pins lined up at the start, or you waste a year gaining virtually no muscle, a bunch of fat and then complain "girls don't like me because I am fat, they are wrong to do so".
Just listen, stop being obstinate for the sake of it, and do it properly.
And yes, /sigh, women in your age group will be more attracted to you if you have a lean muscular physique. It isn't your main problem, btw, but it will help you. Christ. I said it now.
This is your guide.
1. Ideally, start following a good program like stronglifts or whatever. I will leave this for you to research because you can't be spoonfed every damn thing in life. Learn the basic compound lifts properly, so you don't get injured. You don't have to do this, but its going to get you in and out of the gym quicker and be more effective.
2. Train full body 3x per week
3. Make sure that over time the weights, or reps, but ideally the weights go up in time. The more they go up the more muscle you will gain.
4. Log your daily intake via myfitnesspal. You may need to weigh food to be accurate, but you can perhaps
skip this depending on 6.
5. Eat minimum of 60-80g protein per day, in reality safer to go higher, 100-150 or whatever. No need for protein powder etc tho.
6. Monitor and log your weight. Raise calories from maintenance (the level which you don't gain weight) by 200 calories for a couple of weeks, see what your weight is. You want to gain no more than 2-3 lbs per month
. Absolutely no more than 4. And you better be lifting properly or its gonna be mostly fat. Adjust calories as you go according to weight, mostly ignore MFP's guide though it might be roughly accurate, it might not.
At the end of the year you have gained a whopping amount of muscle, hopefully minimal fat, a tonne of strength and those 17 year old's will be all over you at the beach.