Are all calories created equal when gaining weight? Are all calories created equal when gaining weight?

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    Default Are all calories created equal when gaining weight?

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    Iím curious about a hypothetical situation in which two identical lifters are trying to gain weight to drive muscular adaptation, while gaining as small a percentage of body fat from diet as possible.

    Letís say you have two adult men that are both intermediate lifters who followed the NLP in terms of both programing and dieting. The lifters want to continue to gain a little weight to drive their intermediate numbers up.

    With the understanding that when you gain weight you will always gain some fat- does the actual skewing of your macros determine how much fat you put on? EG: lifter 1 prioritizes high carb, high protein, low fat VS lifter 2 who does moderate carb, moderate fat, moderate protein both which have the same total calorie count- does one lifter gain more body fat assuming all training variables are the same? For the sake of argument letís say both lifters are trying to eat as clean as possible.

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    The training drives the skew. So whichever diet drives superior training performance is going to work best. Usually that is one that keeps protein high and prioritizes carbohydrate over fat. There are exceptions as there are with everything though. Some people don't need as much as others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Santana View Post
    The training drives the skew.
    Train your way to a 500 deadlift and see how much your macro situation bothers you then.

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