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Old 03-03-2013, 02:29 PM   #1
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Question Bulking question.

So to build muscle you increase your calories, but could bulking straight to 3000 calories, be a bad idea and cause me to gain weight?
Thats what Iv'e been doing for the past month.

People say you should Slowly Increase your calories, rather than just go for it.

Am I doing this wrong or doesn't it really matter?
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:31 PM   #2
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What was your calorie intake before?
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To limit fat gain, let your workouts dictate your eating. On heavy squat and deadlift days you could eat HUGE. On other days, eat more sensibly. What you eat fuels your workouts and allows recovery, so base your BIG eating days on your workout schedule.
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A good read on the subject is the Shelby Starnes e-book "Lean Gains."
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What was your calorie intake before?
I don't know mate, I didn't eat much really.
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To limit fat gain, let your workouts dictate your eating. On heavy squat and deadlift days you could eat HUGE. On other days, eat more sensibly. What you eat fuels your workouts and allows recovery, so base your BIG eating days on your workout schedule.

Wouldn't you build more muscle if you were eating above maintenance all the time though?
Wouldn't be able to help thinking I was jeopardizing my muscle gains if I did that.

I'll check out the e-book, thanks for letting me know.
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Wouldn't you build more muscle if you were eating above maintenance all the time though?
Wouldn't be able to help thinking I was jeopardizing my muscle gains if I did that.

I'll check out the e-book, thanks for letting me know.
The protein stays consistent so there is a constant supply for muscle repair and growth. The carbs and fat are fluctuated to fuel workouts. That's pretty much how the macros are used so it makes sense. If the carbs and fats stay high all the time then they are stored as fat when not being used as fuel.

And Shelby Starnes is THE guy to listen to when it comes to bodybuilding nutrition.

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On heavy squat and deadlift days you could eat HUGE. On other days, eat more sensibly
in my experience, there isn't a 1-to-1-to-1 connection among hunger, caloric intake, and activity. on some of my off days, i absolutely crave calories and can easily rack up 4,000. on some of my lifting days, i perform really well but don't have much appetite. to me, it's pointless and absurd to force feed yourself just because it makes mathematical sense to your brain.
i personally think that when you're bulking, you need to listen to your body and what it wants/when it wants it and not try to impose some rationalized plan onto it. and this is probably especially true for skinny guys like me. but then again, i really don't care about getting fat (although I haven't been getting fat) if it means building lots of muscle and strength.

i say this, but if you're someone who will consume 3,000 calories of birthday cake and 2,000 calories of beer if not given any kind of restriction, then you have other issues and need to learn the fundamentals of nutrition first.

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You need to eat more to gain, but only enough for what your body needs at the time. Too much is excess and goes to fat after the body takes what it needs. So yes, increase your calories as your body needs more.

But you will gain some fat in the process.
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The protein stays consistent so there is a constant supply for muscle repair and growth. The carbs and fat are fluctuated to fuel workouts. That's pretty much how the macros are used so it makes sense. If the carbs and fats stay high all the time then they are stored as fat when not being used as fuel.

And Shelby Starnes is THE guy to listen to when it comes to bodybuilding nutrition.

I see. However, every workout I'll be lifting heavy seen as I'm doing a full body 3 times a week.
Could I eat more on workout days, and less on rest days, would that work?
Also, how do I determine how many calories to eat on the big lift days, and how many on the rest days?
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