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Old 03-16-2013, 12:47 PM   #44
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Originally Posted by LindenGarcia18 View Post
Ok, so I think I have it nailed down for monday which is when I'm starting this bulking phase.
Work out how many calories to eat through trial and error, until I start gaining a pound a week.
Eat clean foods, and lift heavy, aiming to increase the weight on the bar every workout.

However, I'd still like to know more about the fat to muscle ratio when bulking 1 pound per week.
How much of this is going to be muscle, and how much is going to be fat?
If I know this, I can estimate what stage I'll be at and how I look throughout the year.
I'm not even sure that there's a way to work that out; I tend to drop fat and gain lean mass at the same time (either one of the lucky few or just have everything spot on by accident), but since I drop one and gain the other, simultaneously, there is no fat gain to take into account.

For a beginner, eating just above what they need (a couple to a few hundred cals), most will be a lean mass gain with either neglible fat gain or a fat drop. Only really excessive eating will see massive fat gain and more so if done without any exercise etc, however, intense sessions can offset even a really hefty intake which is why monitoring the intake and the changes or non-changes are important.

Take pictures and assess that way, oh and use a tape measure (biceps, chest, waist...minimum) track them once a month, along with pics and scal readings, to get an overal picture of what is occuring. After a while the brain/perception will adapt to the changes that have happened in your appearance and you won't necessarily see them any more, but photos of 3 months apart compared alongside one another show what is going on and the changes that are occuring.
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