View Full Version : Guys, how many cals/day should i be getting?

09-28-2002, 09:22 PM
Hey guys,

Like my name says, I'm pretty skinny (5'11"...150lbs.) I've worked out on and off for the past 2 years, but I'm sick of this skinny crap and am gonna stay true and dedicated this time.

Sooo, how many calories a day should I be consuming to gain some weight. I currently do barely 2000/day. I should be aiming for 3000-3500???


09-28-2002, 11:03 PM
2000 is well below maintenance for you, I'd say. Yes, you should be aiming closer to 3000.

09-28-2002, 11:08 PM
start to increase them slowly. maybe 500 cals a day. increase them each week and work you way up to 3-3.5K

09-29-2002, 12:03 AM
thanks guys. i hafta change some of my eating habits...basically just eat more good food in smaller servings...

09-29-2002, 03:29 AM
Keep a food journal or get an account at www.fitday.com
This will ensure that you are getting in your calories everyday. I know a lot of people who think they eat a lot, but when they add it all up it will be about a 1000 kcals less than they thought. Good luck

09-29-2002, 04:28 AM
I'd recommend you start with theoretical figures for a baseline and work of real-world results.

ie start with between 15 and 18 kcals per lb and judge your change in weight and manipulate it so you gain between 0.5 and 1.5lbs a week.

So if you start with 15 kcals per lb:

150 x 15 = 2250 kcals

So go for at least this figure and judge how your weight changes. If you don't gain 0.5-1.5lbs then increase calories by 200-500.

500 may actually be a quite large of a jump, but use it depending on the weight change eg if you lose weight, up by 500.

150 x 18 = 2700kcals.

So get calories between 2250 and 2700.

Once you've established your ratios from these amounts, just go from there as far as real world results go. By this i mean, where 18kcals per lb of bodyweight may theoretically very well mean you'll add say 1lb a week, in real life this may not necessarily be the case.

09-29-2002, 06:44 AM

09-29-2002, 10:28 AM
With your metabolism don't be afraid to eat fats (clean). If you have trouble getting the calories you need i found it easier to eat hambergers and yams.. mmmm! cook oatmeal in whole milk. and no sex for 3 months. lol

09-29-2002, 05:17 PM
Bradley, thanks for the link, it is a very useful tool.

Chicken daddy, I will gradually increase my cal. intake and look at any increased weight gains and judge accordingly like u say.

Tyler, ya man i'm 23 and haven't gained a pound since like 17 or something. Even all the drinkin i did in college didnt do nuttin. A hamburger every so often wont hinder me.;) Oh and no sex for 3 months? I've already just accomplished that, unfortunately...:rolleyes: :rolleyes: