Originally Posted by Moving Forward
Thanks for the info Sontaikle! I'm really hoping this weight lifting works out for me like I hope it will. I just did two days in a row (oops!) because I felt like yesterday's workout didn't feel rigorous enough and make me sore. I'm doing the NROWL4W and have just started. Myfitnesspal also told me today that I didn't eat enough. I'm confused about eating at a deficit and trying to gain muscle at the same time. Any words of wisdom?
Don't sweat it! It's not as if you destroy your progress by doing weights two days in a row
Also, you technically CAN do two days in a row if you alternate body parts...say upper body one day and lower body another day. I just get bored and do everything on one day
You can't really gain muscle while eating at a deficit except for a small window when you're a newbie at lifting. You might actually gain muscle then—otherwise you'd normally have to eat at a surplus to gain muscle.
What lifting does when you're eating at a deficit is cause you to lose mostly fat and very little muscle. You'll become leaner, notice more muscle tone, etc. Once you lose the fat you want you can maintain or eat at a surplus to gain muscle.
At my gym I get compliments on my arms all the time and people always say that it's because I lift heavy. Not so! It's because I lifted as I lost weight, watched my nutrition and have a low body fat % Someone else could lift heavier than me and NOT have toned arms because their body fat % is higher.