Losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time
Six weeks ago, I decided to get myself in shape. I had too much body fat and hardly any muscle, so even though I was only 12.5 stone (I'm 26 & 5"10), it wasn't a pretty sight.
I've been on the Atkins diet for six weeks and have lost a stone and half. My belly is disappearing fast and seeing such dramatic results has really motivated me to keep going. I also feel AMAZING. I know lots of people find the Atkins diet draining, but I have tons more energy than ever - and I'm much fitter too. My resting heart rate is back in the "normal" zone, I can exercise for longer, I sleep better, my skin is better. It's great.
My question is about how this sort of diet will affect muscle growth. As I lose fat, I want to replace it with muscle. Not too much - but I'm starting with very little, so I need to add quite a bit.
My original plan was to lose all the fat first, and then change diets and hit the gym. But I tried lifting weights yesterday and I've never seen such a dramatic difference in size straight afterwards. My biceps looked much bigger after just 3 x 12 reps.
I'm mostly living on protein shakes, to be honest. And a bit of chicken, cheese, salad.
Do you need carbs to build muscle?
Is there anything I need to bear in mind?