I agree. 3500-4000 minimum.bulking means a surplus in calories regardless of macro content. im at 240ish and it takes 3500+ to gain weight, and that is a minimal gain
if you chart out your macros, I suggest a little lower percentage of fat and a slightly larger emergence of quality carbs
Originally Posted by BendtheBar
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.