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AzBboy
09-09-2005, 09:28 PM
Hi, I just decided to bulk, and I need to get from where I'm at now (1900 cals) to at least 2400 to start. Now I know the body HATES sudden changes, so how should I go about the increase? Add 100 cals every other day? Or 200 every other day? or all in one day? Anyone that can give me some knowledge, please do! Thank you!

Built
09-09-2005, 10:00 PM
I'd add in 100-200 cals (ie go to 2000-2100), leave it there for a week or two, then another hundred or two, wait another week or two, and see how your body responds.

That's how I'll do it this fall for my bulk - and my cals are about the same as yours right now.

HILL
09-10-2005, 02:42 AM
:withstupi

Shankerr
09-10-2005, 01:07 PM
I agree.. Although it depends on your weight, muscle mass, etc. I maintain a bit over 3500 kCal or so, so for me, when i decide to bulk, I add about 500 a week until I get to around 6000 - 7000. Similarily when i cut, I shave around 400 a week until i get to about 2000. Basically, rely more on how your body feels and responds than sheer numbers. Look in the mirror, pay attention to your level of lethargia, etc. and let that information guide you.

AzBboy
09-10-2005, 01:25 PM
You are all so great, thank you!

Built
09-10-2005, 01:26 PM
Yes, yes we are.

Junin
09-10-2005, 01:57 PM
I went from eating 900-1000 calories a day straight into eating 3000 calories a day, and I didnt gain a single ounce for over a week and a half.

spencerjrus
09-10-2005, 02:32 PM
I went from eating 900-1000 calories a day straight into eating 3000 calories a day, and I didnt gain a single ounce for over a week and a half.


Did you expect otherwise?

Built
09-10-2005, 02:37 PM
Why on EARTH were you eating 900 cals a day?

Junin
09-10-2005, 03:26 PM
To lose weight. Because I find controlling my calories incredibly easy to do and because I love the taste of protein.

As to whether I expected to gain weight? Yes, I had hoped I would, considering that is my plan on a bulk.

Shankerr
09-10-2005, 03:59 PM
I went from eating 900-1000 calories a day

Wow, I eat that much in a single meal :|

getfit
09-10-2005, 04:35 PM
and i eat that amount on a few spoonfuls of pb :D

Atomical
09-10-2005, 04:49 PM
Speaking of peanut butter... I went through a jar of soy butter yesterday. 2000 calories.

SpecialK
09-10-2005, 07:31 PM
I agree.. Although it depends on your weight, muscle mass, etc. I maintain a bit over 3500 kCal or so, so for me, when i decide to bulk, I add about 500 a week until I get to around 6000 - 7000. Similarily when i cut, I shave around 400 a week until i get to about 2000. Basically, rely more on how your body feels and responds than sheer numbers. Look in the mirror, pay attention to your level of lethargia, etc. and let that information guide you.

How much fat do you accumulate on a bulk? If your maintenance is really 3500 Cals, why do you go so high to bulk on? I wouldn't think anyone would need to add that many excess cals. If so, then I wonder if your maintenance calculation is correct.

Manveet
09-10-2005, 09:11 PM
I'd add in 100-200 cals (ie go to 2000-2100), leave it there for a week or two, then another hundred or two, wait another week or two, and see how your body responds.

That's how I'll do it this fall for my bulk - and my cals are about the same as yours right now.

great advice!

body
09-11-2005, 02:31 AM
built said it all.