HIT Rob wrote:The research shows a degree of muscle can actually be built on a starvation diet (albeit fairly short term research), as long as the proper training stress is present AND a sufficient recovery period followed. But this is not my point, the point is, people have transformed their physiques with no addition to their diets. Ive a friend who's been powerlifted in the same weight division for years, hes now a bodybuilder (same weight) and he looks completely different, hes leaner, stronger than ever, and his muscularity is outstanding,YET he has never upped his calories.
...but he likely has a very different workout regime...which could greatly affect TDEE, which in effect is manipulating the intake vs expenditure ratio. Even changing a job can do this.
Building lean body mass on starvation...complete nonsense in the practicality application of that concept. In the interest of building muscle relative to other competitors (even competing against yourself...for those who have no aspiration of getting on stage) starving yourself to build muscle is probably the worst approach.