Lifting + eating + cardio = ?
March 20, 2014 9:39 AM Subscribe
Trying to build muscle bulk but I feel totally confused by the advice about eating and cardio.
posted by andrewesque to Health & Fitness (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I’m currently a mid-20s sort of “skinny-fat” guy: BMI of about 23.5, but with no muscle definition, a fairly high body fat % and with stick arms. I’d like to build muscle tone/bulk so I’ve started lifting. But I’m confused by the cardio and eating advice.
Cardio: I enjoy running/swimming and it’s psychologically good for me. But I’ve read advice such as the below. What is true?
- don’t do it because it inhibits your muscle bulk gain
- do it because it allows you to burn fat
- do it, but only at a low intensity to not contradict with your muscle gains
- it has no impact on anything whatsoever (which is not true for me -- one summer I ran 20 miles/week and severely restricted my diet and lost quite a bit of weight)
Eating: I need to eat a lot, healthy, and a lot of protein to build muscle after lifting. Got it. But in the past, when I’ve eaten with little-to-no cardio, I’ve gained weight/fat fairly easily. How do I know that the extra eating I'm doing is going to building muscle and not just fat?
TL;DR: somewhat "skinny-fat" guy who can gain weight fairly easy. What combination of lifting, eating, and cardio will allow me to gain muscle bulk and not fat?