I'm sure 99% of people on the forum seeing my stats would say "Cut cut cut", but tbh I'm totally not hating my appearance right now lol, which kills my motivation to cut a little bit. If I continued to get stronger at this weight indefinitely (in my dreams ofc) iwouldntevenbemad. But at the same time, I'm not one to be stagnant in the water, and of course my physique has loads of room for improvement.
I read this (relatively)old article from Lyle McDonald about losing fat and gaining muscle simealtaneously in individuals:
I might be considered in the "overfat beginner" category, but if not I'm at a loss to know if a recomp is really applicable? Especially as a woman where muscle gains are not something to be taken for granted. Even in an ideal situation there's no way I could gain 1lb of muscle for every 1lb of fat lost.Which is why a lot of the approaches advocated for ‘gaining muscle while losing fat’ aren’t very effective. In fact, I’d tend to argue that most people’s attempts to achieve the above results in them simply spinning their wheels, making no progress towards either goal. Because invariably they set up a situation where neither training nor diet is optimized for either fat loss or muscle gain. Calories are too high for fat loss and too low to support muscle gains and outside of that one overfat beginner situation, the physiology simply isn’t going to readily allow what they want to happen to happen.
So would an attempted recomp just be "spinning my wheels"? Even over a long period of time? I'm thinking months and months and months here, not 12 weeks or the similar such timelines.
Cliffs: Would a recomp be applicable to me?