“Hey so I took your advice and bought myself 5.5 pounds of ground beef cost me 19$. Just wanted to ask how many pounds would you consider bulk”
Personally, I buy 3-4 days worth of food in one go. ‘Bulk’ to me, is 3-4 days-worth of lots of meat every day. Specifically, at least ONE of:
- Ground beer
Being consumed in large quantities every day.
That’s the framework that I operate within, and anything less than that wouldn’t be bulk.
“Just getting started with IF, is it possible to eat too few calories? I’m doing the 16:8 and I’ve been able to hit 1200-1400 calories”
Loads of people ask me this.
The problem is that guys think: “Oh wow, IF is magic. I can go as low as -3000 calories and still not be hungry.”
The enormous problem with this is that you’re screwing over future you.
Future you, 10 pounds lighter, is going to be leaner, hungrier and moodier. He’s going to be suffering. And in order to keep losing weight, you’ll need to keep dropping carbs and calories EVEN FURTHER(!)
But the quickie little answer to this question is: It depends on your rate of fat loss. If you’re losing about one pound per week (once the initial water weight has dropped off), then you’re not on ‘too few’ calories.
“Hello, I’ve been trying to consume .8 per pound of body weight grams of protein. I’m gaining weight. More muscle. Trying to get rid of last bit of belly fat and lose a few pounds to make athletics easier. Is this typical at first? If I want to slim down, more cardio? Bigger caloric deficit? What would you recommend?”
Unless you’re on drugs, you’re not going to ‘gain weight’ (objectively speaking, using the scale as a measurement), whilst ‘losing the last bit of fat’.
You WILL lose weight.
You’ll need to lose at an absolute minimum 8-10 pounds of body fat, and that CAN happen pretty quickly. Gaining muscle takes a long time, especially when we’re talking more than 10 pounds (the requirement to gain weight for you), and especially when we’re talking about a calorie deficit (which is 100000% required if you want to get rid of the fat).
But my suggestions:
Increase the protein to 1-1.2 grams per pound of bodyweight. Make sure you’re lifting your ass off, 3-4 times per week. Zero sugar. Zero booze. Sleep like a baby. That’s your best hope of gaining some muscle whilst losing fat (very difficult to achieve).