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jayhawker
07-24-2004, 05:10 PM
I'm 5'10'' ~158lbs currently, and my goal is to reach ~175lbs by December 1st. What should my calorie/protein intake be at per day?

Holto
07-24-2004, 05:21 PM
at your height I assume you are really lean and have a fast metabolism

any idea how many cals you are eating now ?

I would say as a rough estimate around 3000 would be a good start

assuming fat gain is the least of your concerns

jayhawker
07-24-2004, 05:29 PM
Holto, so if i continue working out while consuming 3000+ calories, i wouldn't just turn into a fat ass, will i?

Vido
07-24-2004, 08:04 PM
You may or may not. You don't just set a caloric intake and stick with it no matter what. You have to guage your progress and adjust up or down to suit your needs. 3000 is just a starting point, but it would be surprising if that did turn you into a "fat ass".

SW
07-25-2004, 08:58 AM
Jay it depends on if you use those calories i.e. cardio or lifting.

gopher
07-25-2004, 09:26 AM
How many calories are you currently eating every day?

jayhawker
07-25-2004, 01:19 PM
ive never really kept track of my calories, so i really have no clue...

Holto
07-25-2004, 02:18 PM
start at 3000 if you see significant fat gain reduce it

if you are not gaining weight increase it

gopher
07-25-2004, 06:57 PM
ive never really kept track of my calories, so i really have no clue...
Well then keeping track of your calories is the first thing you need to do. Figure out how many calories you are eating each day then add about 500 more per day to that. Try that for four weeks and see how things are going. If you are not gaining any weight bump the calories up another 2 or 3 hundered and check your progress in another 2 or 3 weeks. keep bumping up the calories until you find that you are gaining weight. Any time the weight gaining stalls out add more calories. If at some point you decide that you have added too much body fat you can always do a short cutting phase and then get back to the mass gaining.
Once you have figured out how many calories you are eating and the ratio of carbs/fats/proteins we can give you more specific advice about exactly what you should be eating.