Cut the Carbs, Lose the Fat


I'm 6'0, 143 lbs, 21 years old. I had a question about the ectomorph program.

So far, following your program I've gained three pounds, which is good -- but I seem to be gaining fat more than I seem to be gaining muscle. Is it possible that I could be somewhere between endomorph and ectomorph?

My carb:protein:fat ratio has been 50:30:20, at 3100 calories a day (I wasn't gaining weight at 2700). Should I lower my carbs? If so how much?

Again, thank you so much for your work and help.

-Richie



My Answer: Yes, you should lower the carbs. In Volume One I go over diet, and I recommend an isocaloric diet for muscle gain. In other words, your macronutrients should be equally balanced: 33/33/33 or a Zone diet of 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% fats.


James,

Long time it seems since I have written you. Just an update I feel both MCL’s are healed and I have been training for now 4 weeks. Doing the Density/Decompression training that I have gotten from your books. I gained some bodyfat that I am now struggling with around the belly button that I want to get rid of.

I know you talk to TONS of people. I want to still gain muscle but lose the body fat. Just eating enough protein and taking protein shakes adds up. Do you have any suggestions?

Thanks,
D



My Answer: Refer to Volume One and look up the chapter on the 7 Strength Training Strategies for Fat Loss. Choose one one of those strategies and do that for a density phase. Just make sure you don't choose exercises that aggravate your MCL's.


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