I managed to lose 13 lbs (of fat) in the last two months. Now I think it is time to add some muscle, even though I still would like to lose 3 or 4 lbs more. I recently changed my wourkout routine in order to allow some hypertrophy, but I am still trying to adjust my calorie intake. I've read a lot about this, but I find it extremely disturbing that each source comes with a different theory.
The problem is: as I still want to lose 3 or 4 lbs of fat, I kept running three times a week (in the morning). I go weight lifting three times a week too (in the same days I go running, but in the evening). In general, I spend 3500 calories in the days when I go running + weight lifting. In the remaining days, I spend 2600 calories. It is easier to reach the minimum calorie intake on rest days, but almost impossible to do so in the days I go running + weight lifting.
Besides, I still don't know if I should maintain a calorie deficit (in order to lose the remaining body fat), or if I should eat exactly what I spend, or if I should start having a calorie surplus (in order to build muscle). It doesn't make sense going running three times a week if I have to eat like tons of food to reach my minimum calorie intake (to build muscle). Should I stop running?
Any advice from you is welcome!