View Full Version : How many calories should be enough?

07-08-2005, 03:00 AM
Ok heres the deal.

Im 16 and weigh about 160lbs.

How many calories do I need to consume a day to be able to build enough muscle?

Also lets say if I got about 160 grams of protein a day and around 2500 calories. Is this enough to warrant getting bigger?

I do also hit the gym 3 times a week obviously.

Thanks for any help :)

07-08-2005, 04:55 AM
your mostlikly going to need more then 2500 cals. Iweight 130 and get 3k+cals and barly gaining weight. Also get in more protein just incase I take in 300+ w/o trying.

07-08-2005, 06:48 AM
1 gram per pound of bodyweight in protein is fine. As for how many calories to get bigger, you figure it out. We can't just tell you what you need as no one else is you. We can recommend to you based on certain estimates, such as 16 x bodyweight and so on. But, in the end, it will be your body that will tell you what is enough.

My recommendation, track what you are eating for a week to maintain your present weight, then eat 500 calories more than that. Adjust from there until you're gaining weight at a comfortable rate. If 2500 calories is your theorized bulking calorie goal, try it out. If you aren't gaining weight, add more food.

07-08-2005, 06:53 AM
Ok Thanks :)

07-08-2005, 06:53 AM

Except for the 16xBW figure(I know it was just a ballpark figure )
Being 16 your metabolism will be nice and fast so you'll 'probly' need above 18-20xBW cals a day to bulk nice.
Of cource though, as shao said the only way to find out for sure is to try.

07-08-2005, 08:54 AM
By little brother weights 180lbs and puts away 5-6k calories a day just t put on 1lb a week. It really depends on how fast your metabolism is.