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    Questions regarding gaining weight/losing weight.

    I'm a 15-year-old male, 141 lbs, and 5'10. I go to the gym 4 days per week and do the fierce 5 upper/lower program.

    I want to gain weight and strength but I'm not sure where to begin. I already eat school breakfast and school lunch, and then a homemade meal with veggies/chicken and rice after the gym. I also eat dinner later as well. I'm not sure how many calories they add up to.

    1) If I'm eating a calorie surplus and gaining weight, wouldn't I be gaining fat and not muscles?
    2) If I want to get abs, and I have to go into a calorie deficit to do that. Wouldn't I be losing muscle and strength?
    3) Should I eat more and get more muscles/strength first and not worry about my belly fat?
    4) Is it possible to gain bodyweight but lose my belly fat at the same time?
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    1. If you're eating in a surplus with adequate protein and working out you'll be gaining both muscle and fat. Lower surplus = higher % of gain is muscle
    2. Not necessarily. You can go into a small deficit and still gain muscle and strength while losing body fat (don't listen to people who say you can't)
    3. That depends on your priorities. If you don't care about belly fat you can gain muscle quicker.
    4. Theoretically yes. A pound of muscle is only 700 calories (80% water) while a pound of fat is 3500 calories. In practice though it will be extremely hard to gain muscle that fast.
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    You definitely should not restrict calories unless a doctor has told you to do so.

    It's pretty simple really... just focus on good whole foods like meat, eggs, dairy, wholegrains, rice, beans, vegetables, fruit. Eat at regular meal times. Eat until you are pleasantly full. Keep snacks to a minimum.

    Work hard in the gym - and yes you will most likely lose fat and gain muscle. The key is to be patient. Not one of the cases we see where people start starving themselves because they are impatient to get abs - but end up looking like a scarecrow. Not attractive.
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    Originally Posted by alec935 View Post
    1. If you're eating in a surplus with adequate protein and working out you'll be gaining both muscle and fat. Lower surplus = higher % of gain is muscle
    2. Not necessarily. You can go into a small deficit and still gain muscle and strength while losing body fat (don't listen to people who say you can't)
    3. That depends on your priorities. If you don't care about belly fat you can gain muscle quicker.
    4. Theoretically yes. A pound of muscle is only 700 calories (80% water) while a pound of fat is 3500 calories. In practice though it will be extremely hard to gain muscle that fast.
    1) there is no guarantee of muscle gain with a surplus and “working out” unless working out is done properly. There is a better chance of gaining fat in a surplus if your training program is sub par.
    2) it’s a good way to spin your wheels And also understand that strength gains are predominately from CNS adaption. Strength doesn’t necessarily mean muscle gain. OP is 15, 5-10 and 141. Fat loss should not even be part of this conversation.
    3) You can only add muscle so fast. Eating more than you need and adding and too much extra fat will need to be dieted off later and that’s a whole other issue
    4) Not sure where you got the 700 from.
    If you don't get what you want you didn't want it bad enough
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    ... just lift and eat. A lot.
    The power of carbs compels me!
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    Originally Posted by AdamWW View Post
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    ... just lift and eat. A lot.
    this and the above.

    You are a 15 year old male with igf1 coursing through you at high amounts (puberty hormone, which males have a ton of) you’re body is going to grow your muscles at a higher rate than any other time in your life. Hence why teenage guys can eat can eat a lot too

    The only thing you really need to worry about with diet is enough protein and fat but don’t get too caught up in tracking, just remember that a balance and proteins and fats are awesome! But so are carbs.

    I started training in a gym at 11, and started competitive sports at 2 and I literally after dance and cheer would get a large blizzard with extra brownies in my teens and I didn’t gain much fat. Just think eat! Lifting with good forum and continue to follow a proven program. Don’t think about cutting, you do not need to and you’ll never have abs if there is not any muscle grown there. Try to eat till you’re full with balanced food groups and listen to your body if you crave something, you probably need something in that, your body is smart!!
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