I'm looking to primarily lose fat, and hopefully gain some muscle in the process.
For reference, I'm 5'11" male and weigh 145 lbs. I am going to say roughly 25% body fat, though it's estimated without proper tools.
I've already started the process by following the sticky - Following the starting strength weight lifting program, and tracking my calories/macros.
I've been doing this for 2 weeks, and I plan to continue doing it, but I'm wondering when I will begin to notice changes. My weight has stayed relatively the same, though I think my posture has improved overall.
I also have some concerns I was hoping someone could address -
I am only lifting 50 lbs, with a bar that's roughly 10 lbs (total to 60 lbs). at the moment. I don't typically change weights for different exercises because it takes a lot of time to do that. I was wondering if part of the reason why might have to do with having a shitty/cheap clamp/bar? Is there anything I can do to make that easier? Is it not absolutely necessary for me to use different weights for different exercises?
Is it normal to be lifting such a low amount of weight when starting if relatively out of shape?
I'm under the impression that I'm supposed to be cutting at my current weight/body fat, though I am ensuring I get enough protein. At what point is a good time to stop cutting? Currently eating 1600 calories a day.
Thanks for any advice.
I did. It's very possible I missed stuff because there was a lot to read, but I tried to only ask questions that weren't covered by the FAQ
Things like, is it normal to be lifting such low amounts if out of shape?
When at a high bodyfat percentage but lower-middle weight, when should I stop cutting?
Is it normal for it to take a ton of time to remove clamps from a bar or is it because they/my bar is shit?
As to why I am 145 with 25% BF, it's probably because for the past 3 years I've sat at a desk every day and did little to no physical activity.
Are you sure about the 25% BF? You're close to underweight so I really wouldn't expect that.
And how old are you?
You shouldn't expect to see progress in 2 weeks but progress will come. I can't say much for weight loss but for growing muscle you might notice something in a month or so, but generally you won't actually see yourself change. You'll rather see others getting worse.
I'm sure you'll be able to see a clear difference after 3 months but even that is not much time in the end. If you keep it up for a year you'll feel like it was nothing,
Similar question to and similar stats as this guy, is it possible to lose fat while gaining muscle? I always see you guys talking about bulking than cutting, but that seems to be for getting huge. I just want to stay the same size while improving my bf%. Thoughts?
Here's my progress. 0 lifting experience, started at a deficit. Made noob gains on a deficit. This was a 3 month cut. It's doable.
>Is it not absolutely necessary for me to use different weights for different exercises?
This is about the most interesting question from the post, and here:
Just pick an amount of weights -- 75-100lbs, for example -- and master it. Barbell rows, bench presses, OH presses, and even curls or whatever. The point is to make sure you have enough protein, to lift the weight evenly over the muscle and with minimal jerking (reducing irritation, increasing endurance, and minimizing recovery), and getting a really well-supported 6in. lift if nothing else.. or even isometric. Low rep, high weight is key.
That's possible. It is an analog scale, though I don't know if they are typically more or less accurate than digital. I might have a digital one I can use somewhere for a second reference.
So I found my digital scale, it weighed me at 146.6 and I'm getting roughly 146 on the analog as well. Higher than 145, but I usually weigh myself in the morning after waking up.