I'm about 5 lbs away from my original goal weight, and have been hovering there for what feels like forever (so I'm giving up on them. If they come off, then they do, if not who cares? Haha). I just started doing Stronglifts 5x5. I'm considering doing this 3-4 times a week (every other day), and cross training 1-2 times a week (off days up to working out 5 days a week. I'm thinking 20-30 minute jogs, walking, group classes, skating, trampoline, DVD... just kind of whatever I'm feeling like doing).
What I'd like to do is a recomp! I know its slow, but I'm ok with that.
However, I'm confused as to what, exactly, that is. I know I should lift progressively heavier. But how should I set my calorie goal? Just below maintenance? At maintenance? Slightly above? Can you actually ever so slowly build muscle while losing fat if you're eating at maintenance? The things I've read seem divided. I suppose I should start by experimenting and finding out exactly what my maintenance calories are?
Thanks for any help!
In case you need to know, I'm female, 26, 130 - 132 lbs depending on the day, and 167 cm (slightly under 5'-6"). I don't know my body fat % but I suspect its at or a smidge under 25%, going visually. Mostly on my belly and legs, not much on my upper body... So I'm an apple pear haha... I'd love to get to 20-22% bf (looking lean and strong, but not super chiseled).
February 1, 2015 2:22AM
edited February 2015