Do you lose belly fat as you put on muscle?Watch
If you're already fat... maybe a surplus isn't the way to go?
Basically, yes. I believe these direct fat > muscle gains tend to be at the start of weight loss as the body somewhat reorders itself. Remember fat is in it's own way a surplus.
If you're already fat... maybe a surplus isn't the way to go?/
Imo neither. You need to be a bit more honest about what you're doing, you can't be pretty skinny AND have a big belly of puppy fat. likewise you say you want to be lean... then that you want huge muscles? These are not the same goal and people will struggle to give you decent advice unless you can be specific.
If you want to build proper muscle you will want to put yourself in a surplus at some point, but I would treat that as a reactive process when you feel gains dropping off, rather than a proactive one where you try and force it on a body that's still kinda reeling from puberty.
Just my opinion right enough, and i'm pretty old fashioned in these things. (up ye gym rats! UP YE! )