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jww13
10-08-2003, 08:33 AM
Does 3000 sound right? I think I've been getting about 2200 but recently started working out again and trying to gain weight.

Also how much protein, and what kind of fats are good/bad? (saturated, unsaturated??)

thanks

HORNEDFROGS07
10-08-2003, 09:20 AM
However many cals you need to gain weight. If you only weigh 145 and are 18 yrs. old, then I'd guess that you have a fairly fast metabolism, so you will probably need quite a few calories to gain anything. Everyone is different though, so you'll just have to experiment and find what works for you. (personally, I have a pretty slow metabolism, but I still have to have 3250-3500 cals per day just to maintain my weight)

jww13
10-08-2003, 11:06 AM
Thanks.

Btw, what is your age/weight/height?

Also, does everyone else agree?

Dedicated
10-08-2003, 11:26 AM
I'm 24, 5'7 and 3/4, and 162-166 pounds. I think my maintanence is about 2500 calories prolly. 3000 calories is comfortable for me and it lets me workout extremely hard so that's what I eat. I'm slowly losing fat with this also. I've also seen some muscle start to be put on, and my lifts are increasing pretty fast:)

So you are lighter, only 145lbs hmm. You could try 3000 but be careful you don't start to put on fat, if you do just drop it to 2500. You won't get FAT all of a sudden hehe, so it should be ok to try at first. I think starting with more calories and working your way down is better than starting with less and working your way up.

EdgarMex
10-08-2003, 11:27 AM
the best way to find out how many calories you need to gain is to start adding 200-300 calories per week until you reach a point where your gaining about 1 lb per week. That way you won't be putting on much fat and you'll get used to the larger ampounts of food.

bradley
10-08-2003, 01:25 PM
Originally posted by jww13
Also how much protein, and what kind of fats are good/bad? (saturated, unsaturated??)

thanks

Protein intake should be about 1g of protein per lb. of bodyweight, and fats should come mostly from healthy sources (fish oil, flaxseed oil, olive oil, nuts, natural pb, etc.). You do need some saturated fat in your diet, but this is usually something that will take care of itself, due to the amount of saturated fat found in your diet. I would say fats should make up about 20-25% of your daily calories, and don't skip out on the omega 3 fatty acids that are found in fish oil and flaxseed oil.

WillKuenzel
10-08-2003, 01:32 PM
Originally posted by Dedicated
I think starting with more calories and working your way down is better than starting with less and working your way up.

Why would you say this? I would think that starting lower and working your way up would be better since there is less chance of body fat increasing if you take it slowly. If you jump right up initially your body is likely to store more of it quicker because its not used to that. That'll just be that much more weight you'll have to cut when that time comes. If you start slowly and work your way up then there is less chance of that happening.

WestyHeadbanger
10-08-2003, 07:05 PM
Your 18 hey? Do not be afraid to eat everything. Fat is a good source of energy and is calorie dense. Eat at least 30% fat.

Saturated fat is bad though. Avoid foods with a sat. fat content higher than 9%.

Scott S
10-08-2003, 08:14 PM
I'm 5'8" and I stagnated at 146 lbs this summer. Eating 3000+ got me gaining again. Hope this helps.

jww13
10-09-2003, 04:04 PM
Thanks for the replies everyone.

Scott, what's your current weight and how long did it take to get there from 146?

I've been eating more and I'm at 147 or so. It might just be water/glycogen but hopefully it will keep rising!

jww13
10-09-2003, 04:14 PM
Another question, what ratio of carbs/protein/fat should I be eating?

bradley
10-09-2003, 04:32 PM
Originally posted by jww13
Another question, what ratio of carbs/protein/fat should I be eating?

http://www.wannabebigforums.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=38169

Scott S
10-09-2003, 04:58 PM
I stagnated in June and started eating 3000 at the end of June. Eating at 3000+ (with at least 120g protein) got me to 160 lbs by the end of August. :D


Right now, I'm cutting and I'm at 151 lbs.