View Full Version : Am I eating enough?

02-16-2005, 06:25 PM
I pretty sure Im eating a sufficient amount of food, but I want your input as well...Keep in mind Im 5'11, 17 years old, and 155 pounds (I know I know but I gained 10 pounds since I started lifting 4 months ago)...
Anyway, I eat about 3200 calories a day, and make sure to get around 180g of protein. I workout 6 days a week, 1 day being a rest day and one day being a cardio day out of the 6. Every day I walk my dog for 45 minutes, and I do about 10 mns of cardio before each workout. I dont get that much other exercise, except for standing oround when cooking or walking around between classes.

Is the amount I eat sufficient?

02-16-2005, 06:29 PM
are you bulking? if so... eat more ! :)

02-16-2005, 06:48 PM
Nah Im not bulking, Im not cutting either. I dont really wanna gain too much extra fat TBH so I dont have to cut much later...

02-16-2005, 07:21 PM
so then you are on a slow bulk?

02-16-2005, 07:42 PM
walking the dog. I love when people include this in their cardio. LOL.
Getting enough calories depends on your goals.

02-17-2005, 04:25 AM
Yes Im on what you could say a "slow bulk". I included walking my dog because it burns calories, not part of my cardio. I have 1 cardio day a week where I do about 40 mns and 10 mns before each workout.

By the way, Im a busboy and I usualy work 2 days a week. Im on my feet for about 7 hours straight walking around on those days, but I make sure to eat at least 3500 calories on those days.

Also you were asking for my goals. I want to get bigger muscles, so they are visualy bigger and more defined. I dont want to look huge, but big. For the summer IM really striving for a 6-pack as well.

02-17-2005, 06:03 AM
you have to tell us if it is enough calories. are you progressing towards your goals at a good pace? if so then it is enough calories

02-17-2005, 08:53 AM
I think so, but then again I dont knwo what good pace is...

02-17-2005, 08:57 AM
10lbs in 4 months isnt so bad. I can even see you increasing the cals a bit more and not have to worry about fat gain. It seems like you are keeping yourself pretty busy and burning enough call so that the majority of the weight gain is muscle. I would shott for .5lb-1lb per week (on average) for a clean bulk.

02-17-2005, 10:45 AM
if you start to feel sluggish, your brain feels dead, or not getting the gains you think you should then eat more. I notice when I don't get in enough food. My brain feels tired, I can't think and can't perform well.

02-17-2005, 11:50 AM
If .5 to 1 pound is good for a clean bulk, roughly how much could someone expect to gain if they pay less attention to cleanliness, and just eat lots?

02-17-2005, 01:07 PM
Yeah I eat very healthy, and Im gaining about .5lbs a week. Most of it is muscle. I noticed a bit of fat on my stomach but not anything to worry about yet, its only a little bit.

02-17-2005, 04:22 PM
Stop doing cardio before you work out. Just do some warm-up sets. You're going to gain some fat no matter what if youre bulking. Up you cals by 300-500 a day

02-17-2005, 04:42 PM
i dont know... at 155 pounds I think 3200 cals a day is pretty good. Rock gets in 3700 cals a day and hes 270lbs 6'5.

02-17-2005, 05:26 PM
i dont know... at 155 pounds I think 3200 cals a day is pretty good. Rock gets in 3700 cals a day and hes 270lbs 6'5.

I'm 6'1'' 147 lbs as of yesterday and I'm eating 3800 cals a day.

02-17-2005, 05:58 PM
I am 5'10'' and weight 156 and eat 5000 to 6000 cals a day. I am a soccer player so it doesn't matter how much I eat i would utilize all the food I eat. Fat seems to dislike me for some reason-It doesn't want to stay on me :O) I ve gotten muscles too but it is hard to get big when you do a lot of running.

02-17-2005, 07:12 PM
Hmm...Ok I will up my food a bit. Ill see about eating 3300-3400 cals.

02-19-2005, 06:35 PM
I'm 6'1'' 147 lbs as of yesterday and I'm eating 3800 cals a day.

well thats good for you. if you have the metabolism to pull it off by all means go for it.

02-19-2005, 07:17 PM
It is differnt for every person you have to see what works best for you im 170 eat 3800 a day and i gain weight like crazy... it depends on how you are just keep moving around the cals untill you see what fits you.

Not Not Brian
02-19-2005, 08:11 PM
I'm 6' and when I started bulking, for some stupid reason I picked 4000 calories, I think someone here said tha'd be a good place to start. Well two weeks later I gained almost 10 lbs...yeah, it's a tight squeze into my work pants now. I did some further research and decided to move it down to 3000 a day to see where that gets me. I suggest moving in small increments if you want a lean bulk, like +250-500 a day. There was a link I followed from here that had some good info. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but 1 lb of muscle/fat takes 1000 calories. So, add 1000 calories to your diet per week and that's one pound of muscle/fat. They also mentioned that any amount past 2lbs a week of gain will result in excess fat (which I know first hand). In my opinion it's better to gain at a moderate rate and keep somewhat lean rather than get a bunch of fat and have to work it off. Not even sure if I'm on topic anymore, hope this helps.

02-20-2005, 09:15 AM
It takes so much longer to stay lean while bulking i think it is much easiser to gain the fat than burn it off after.

02-20-2005, 01:31 PM
It takes so much longer to stay lean while bulking i think it is much easiser to gain the fat than burn it off after.

Agreed, ESPECIALLY for those with fast metabolisms. I think if your metabolism's not very good you should definitely monitor the fat gain at least a bit because things can get out of hand real quickly, but if you've got a fast one just stuff as much food down your throat as possible every day. If you do happen to gain some fat, it won't take much effort to diet it off.

02-20-2005, 02:25 PM
I dont really know if my metablism is fast. I mean when I was younger I used to be really fat, but then again my mother fed me ****. Now I really watch what I eat, and I havent really gained much fat eating ~3200 cals a day, so Ill gradualy move up.

But I really dont know how fast my metabolism is. I dont think its that great, but then again I might be wrong. I dont know, I just dont want to get too fat, but I also dont want to undereat and hurt my results. :(

02-20-2005, 02:28 PM
Yeah thats true, Oh, sorry I thought this post was in the aas department. Yeah, then you probably are getting sufficient cals. sorry!