Originally Posted by TowleY
So I started working out for the past couple weeks. I also reduced the amount of calories I take it. I started taking protein after workout drinks (about 36g of protein). I started working out I weighed ~210, and in 1 week I gained almost 6-7 lbs. Im assuming that this is due to putting on muscle and from the protein drinks, but I would ultimately like to put on muscle and lose weight. I also suffer from having not the greatest backs so one reason I take the protein is to help recover quicker. I dont overlift either since I know the toll it can take (I had hurt my arm a while ago overlifting). Also something funny that happened, on new years I had a party at my house, and my friends from college who I hadnt seen in about 2-3 weeks came over. They all said it looked like I had been losing weight, but it was just weird because I knew I had put on weight lol so im assuming either A) they were being nice, but I dont think this was the reason. Or B) I actually cut fat and put on muscle.
So my main questions, in order to lose weight:
Should I cut out the protein, and see if this makes me lose weight.
Should I add more cardio to my workouts. (I do very little, and to me I believe this is indeed the problem)
Thanks everyone for your help.
If you put on 7lbs of muscle in what I am thinking is a short period of time then my following question is how much sauce are you on? Sorry the human body does not just add muscle that quickly, im sorry to inform you.
I need to see your daily diet and your height weight activity level, your caloric intake on workout days and non workout days, macro nutrients for each day and so on.
I started a diet of cutting on august 28th with 140lbs of mass(40% body fat) and a total weight of 231(I did a hydrostatic test) and 4 months later I have lost 60lbs and added 10 lbs of mass. I eat 1700cals on non workout days at a 40/40/20 of protein/carbs/fat. On workout days I consumer around 2300 cals. My basic BMR with basic activity, not including working out is 2400. So I cut my 2400 bmr by 700 a day to average a 1.5lb loss.
I then leave another 500-600cals a day unburned 5 times a week for close to another lb each week of loss.
Sorry this might be info overload but if you want help PM me. My diet is on point and so are my workouts. Something is definitely wrong with your diet. Diet is key far beyond workouts. You can lose weight with diet alone really.