Originally Posted by BendtheBar
Eating for the overweight trainee. How should a moderate to severely overweight beginner eat during the first year when looking to build muscle?
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A moderately overweight beginner may not need to alter their caloric intake at all since the act of working out will be enough to burn calories and building muscle is going to need fuel; working on building muscle may be enough to take care of any excess weight in the form of bodyfat, at least in the beginning.
A severely overweight person would probably need to cut some calories alongside the workout.
Though, it would be wise to ditch junk foods, in both instances, especially if they're being consumed en masse and have an 80/20 diet set-up; 80% based on the generally accepted healthy
foods and the 20% for the remainder of the intake.
Bodyfat and lean mass should be monitored alongside the intake and adjustments should be made as necessary until the lifter reaches a stable base to work from.