My name is Sean and I am pretty new to weight-lifting. I've been trying to get healthier for the past few months, and for the past month or so I have been trying to get more experience with resistance training to gain muscle.
Recently I have become really discouraged and unsure of whether or not the changes I'm making to help make more muscle are succeeding or not.
This is some information about my body:
- Weight: 201Ibs
- Height: 5'9"
- Body Fat Percentage: 29%
I have made changes to my daily routines mainly exercise a few times a week. I started out running after being inspired by my boss who is a running enthusiast. I think I lost around 18Ibs from eating at a deficit and exercising like that. Right now I am regularly visiting a gym and I pay for a personal trainer that I meet with 5 times a month to do weight-lifting.
That's going great. I like my trainer and it feels good to exercise my muscles, but what is difficult for me is figuring out the changes I need to make for my diet. I have a high body fat percentage and so I'm trying my best to minimize fat gain while I try to build muscle, but there is so much confusing information surrounding what, when, and how much I should be eating.
These are the things I have done to modify my diet:
- Try to eat 200g of protein everyday.
- Try to eat only "clean" sources of carbohydrates.
- Try to eat according to macros (35% Protein, 45% Carbs, 20% Fat right now.)
- Eat at a surplus.
That last one is the most difficult for me. When I use calculators online I come to the conclusion that I need to try to eat 2,900 calories a day. For me that sounds kind of high and makes me worried about gaining too much fat as I gain muscle. Is a number like this close to what it needs to be for me? Right now I am eating around 2,400 calories because at my gym my BMR was 1791 calories.
I am searching for help from this community to try and give me an idea of what is expected so that I can better understand how to succeed. I am a web developer so when I thought of where to post this was the first website that came to mind.
My plan right now is to keep doing what I am doing what I am doing for a few months and measure the results. For my long-term I'd like to gain muscle and then lose fat after that.I'm just worried I could be making a few mistakes that I could try to prevent.
I'd really be grateful for any tips.
Thank you for any help and please ask me questions if I wasn't clear.