View Full Version : While bulking, as I get heavier, do I slowly increase my caloric intake?

07-09-2005, 10:21 PM
My goal is to go from 145.5 to 160.5. And, right now at 145.5 my maintenance is about 2800 so I'll bulk at about 3300. My question is: by the time I near up to 150, and then 155, and so on, my maintenance calories will have gone up. Will that mean that every lb. I gain should mean a gradual increase in food intake?

07-09-2005, 10:33 PM
Yes, you will need to increase calories as you get heavier. Extra muscle requires extra calories to support it.

07-09-2005, 10:33 PM
Yes, the more LBM you have the more calories you need to maintain it and promote further growth.

07-09-2005, 11:09 PM
Yes, but it's not very many extra calories per pound. Maybe 15-20? (just guessing)


07-10-2005, 12:26 AM
Not really much else to say. If you just want to add size quickly eat alot, if you want to gain mass, and not much fat slowly bulk. It will help when you decide to cut.

07-10-2005, 12:29 AM
Thanks guys.

07-10-2005, 01:48 AM
Try adding a couple hundred calories to your daily diet. Monitor what happens, then add another hundred or two every few weeks until you start gaining too much fat - then pull back a bit.

07-10-2005, 08:23 AM
the increase in required cals for muscle is almost negligible. I think new data shows that it's something like 6-8 cals/lb. This isn't very much. However, you will need to increase cals for other reasons:
1) your body will activate 'thrift' genes, because food will be plentiful, so your body will be less efficient at gathering the nutrients. why work super hard if it doesn't have to, right?
2) your body (assuming you're around your set point) will activate certain mechanisms such as NEAT, etc...because you'll be eating more, so you'll have to fight back by eating even more.

Anyway, IMO you should just stick to the cals you're eating while gaining weight, and wait until you stall before adding more. I think this way u'll avoid putting on excess fat.

07-10-2005, 12:19 PM
Thanks guys.