Trying To Gain Lean Body Mass - Hack My Intake Ratios!
Last time I checked with a DEXA scan, I had 17.5% body fat, but due to low overall weight, I do not need to lose any fat, I just need to add muscle, lean body mass and the percentage will go down.
So now for 25 days I have been eating like this: I record everything I eat with https://cronometer.com/
Average daily intake over the last 25 days:
145g protein, 54g carbs, 301g fat.
Which adds up to 3288 kcal daily.
I am also doing BBS once a week.
Result: I gained in total 4.3 kg (9.5 lb) in those 25 days.
So my weight gaining rate is: 172 g/day, 1.2 kg/week, 5.2 kg/month (0.38 lb/day, 2.7 lb/week, 11.5 lb/month).
Now, this is probably much more then the amount of muscle that anyone can possibly gain in that time. So I most likely gained quite some fat, but some muscle too (I hope). Bear in mind I was almost underweight before I started all this: 60.5 kg (133lb) at 176 cm height (5'9.3"), male. Now I am significantly heavier of course. Or is such a big gain fine, because I was so low in weight before? Is this the most efficient way to gain lean body mass, or is this too fast? Keep in mind I am only eating 54g carbs a day.
And Dave writes on http://www.bulletproofexec.com/not-the-calories-stupid-reply-to-time-magazine/ :
"When carbs are limited to around 100-120 grams a day (or less if youâ€™re trying to lose weight) on something like the Bulletproof Diet, you may see a gain of almost pure muscle (which is exactly what Iâ€™ve found through personal testing)."
According to that statement, I would be now gaining 5 kg of "almost pure muscle" a month, which seems much too good to be true.
My questions is basically - is this an efficient protein/carb/fat plan to gain lean body mass (despite probably gaining fat which I will later need to lose)? The idea is that its easier to lose fat then to build muscle, so lets gain as much of everything as I can, and will deal with the fat later.
I am especially asking people who have any experience with underweight people finally gaining weight with overfeeding. I am happy that my weight went up, but now wondering - am I doing it right, or am I doing it wrong? Because in the end I want to increase the lean body mass, not the fat obviously, and drop my body fat percentage from 17.5% to something between 12%-15%.