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Old 03-15-2010, 07:17 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by ricka182 View Post
I'm trying to work the macros for an upcoming bulk...but I keep getting the wrong totals... Using an average of 3 different BMR calculators with sendentary activity I need about 2300 calories to maintain my lovely 240Lbs...
BMR calculators can be horrendous. At 240, you need much more than that to maintain. I maintain around 3400.

What is your weight gain goal for each month?

Here's what I would do...run 3500 for 2 weeks and watch the scale. If it stays the same, add 500 cals and try again for 2 weeks. If you gain only one pound in two weeks, add calories to adjust to the rate you are trying to achieve. Possible 250 more a day to add a couple more pounds of gain per month.

3500 is a relatively safe number for starts on a bulk. It will allow some give and take. BMR calculators are really no better than guessing. Like I mentioned, your best bet is to get scientific and make adjustments. you might burn a month zeroing in on a good number, but it will be worth it.
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