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    same weight but look fatter?

    So ever since getting to college I have slowly noticed my composition change. Over the summer I was about 213-215lbs and fairly lean. (will attach pic) After 5 months of college, and yes I drank a fair amount but I would also try to eat under or around maintenance usually hitting 2600-2800 cals out of 3000. When I would drink on weekends I wouldn't ever binge eat I would only drink. But this lead to me getting up to about 219lbs (pic attached). I have started to lean out for the summer again and am around 216lbs right now, I lost like 9lbs of water weight in the first week (was 224 after break lol). But I look nothing like I did over the summer when I was the same weight. Does drinking replace muscle with fat or something? I guess over the summer I ate a lot of salt and my real weight was probably less than 215, more like 208 or something because I did pour salt on everything and drank a lot of water. But what are you guys' thoughts? kinda worried about how ill look this summer.
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    Did you change anything with your lifting routine?
    Reduce volume, fewer training days, change the split?

    When we are really consistant, we tend to keep a semi-perma-pump, and kind of look fuller all the time. If you've reduced your frequency, or changed any aspect of your routine, you may just have come down to a more true look. Does this make sense?

    I know when I was doing an upper-lower-upper, I looked full all the time because my frequency was high. I don't think it's optimal for muscle gains, but it will keep you full.
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    Originally Posted by userFFKRS7AJRFX View Post
    So ever since getting to college I have slowly noticed my composition change. Over the summer I was about 213-215lbs and fairly lean. (will attach pic) After 5 months of college, and yes I drank a fair amount but I would also try to eat under or around maintenance usually hitting 2600-2800 cals out of 3000. When I would drink on weekends I wouldn't ever binge eat I would only drink. But this lead to me getting up to about 219lbs (pic attached). I have started to lean out for the summer again and am around 216lbs right now, I lost like 9lbs of water weight in the first week (was 224 after break lol). But I look nothing like I did over the summer when I was the same weight. Does drinking replace muscle with fat or something? I guess over the summer I ate a lot of salt and my real weight was probably less than 215, more like 208 or something because I did pour salt on everything and drank a lot of water. But what are you guys' thoughts? kinda worried about how ill look this summer.
    Muscle is heavier per volume than fat. You might look fatter because you have lost muscle mass and replaced it with fat.
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    Alcohol fuks you up and those calories count too. Cut back and you'll look better.
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    If you weren't going into a surplus with the drinking, that means you probably weren't getting enough protein. Most normal maintenance/cutting diets don't have enough room to drink a lot of booze and hit macros. That, combined with possibly less training, probably did change your composition.
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    Alcohol goes straight to fat. It is not stored as glycogen and is not protein and does not provide essential fatty acids or help testosterone levels.
    If you were at muscle steady state before and swapped something good for alcohol, then of course you would shift down to a new steady state.




    The US government used to say cigarettes are healthy. Many 3rd world countries still do or at least allow ads saying such. Drug dealers pay doctors in the US to prescribe their drugs.
    Why would you trust the government claim that alcohol is healthy? Listen to your own body and use your own reasoning. My doctor told me to not drink any alcohol at all.
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    This is just my personal experience but it seems alcohol just makes me fat no matter what. It contains a fuggton of calories, it makes me overeat, and it behaves weirdly in the body (converts straight to fat). I'm convinced enough that I'm not gonna touch alcohol going forward in my fitness journey.
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