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teaturtle
08-01-2006, 09:25 PM
Is it possible to gain 2.5 lbs in a week based on a 2,000-3,000 caloriee diet?

Built
08-01-2006, 09:30 PM
Well, let's do the math.

Okay, I will.

2.5 lbs of fat is 3500X2.5 or 8750 calories. This would be a surplus of 1250 calories a day.

If your maint is 1750 and you eat 3000, I suppose this is possible.

In terms of muscle, for an unassisted female, maybe a quarter of a pound of this is muscle.

More likely: you're eating more carbs, and you have more glycogen. Also, your bowel is more full.

teaturtle
08-01-2006, 09:39 PM
So even if I am lifting while eating all this food, most of it will still be fat?

What's the best way to gain good weight?

Built
08-01-2006, 09:42 PM
Yes, most of that much weight, that fast, will be fat.
An unassisted female can expect to gain not much more than a pound a month (and that's optimistic) in muscle.

Plan your diet around a gain of no more than 2-3 lbs a month, get up to about 23-25% bodyfat, then cut.

teaturtle
08-01-2006, 09:55 PM
What if i'm already in the 20% range? I think I am just going to cut down on the fats and only gain on carbs protein and low fat..

sCaRz*Of*PaiN
08-01-2006, 10:04 PM
I think I am just going to cut down on the fats and only gain on carbs protein and low fat..Fat doesn't make you fat. Excess calories over your maintenance on a consistent basis makes you fat. You need healthy fats in your diet. They are essential.

MagnaSephiroth
08-01-2006, 10:06 PM
My scale said I gained about 1.5 pounds in a week. Of course I ate more on the day I weighed myself (I think) but this machine says I'm at 22% bf (which seems rediculus) I gained 1.5 lbs on my first week on 2200 kcals a day, previously when I was at 2000 kcals the previous week, I had lost a third of a pound. Whats going on?

teaturtle
08-01-2006, 10:10 PM
If excess calories makes me fat then how am i going to gain weight w/o too much fat if i need the extra calories??

sCaRz*Of*PaiN
08-01-2006, 10:18 PM
If you go on a slow bulk, you will gain minimal fat while gaining muscle, but no matter what you decide to do, you will gain some fat, unless your genetics are freakish. Now...to clarify something...are you working out or are you just trying to gain weight?

SwoleSam
08-01-2006, 10:28 PM
DO NOT try to gain so quickly. I was throwing down 3.5 lbs a week for 10 weeks unassisted. Yeah I worked out like hell. But I became fat. And it sucked.

Paladyr
08-02-2006, 02:58 PM
If excess calories makes me fat then how am i going to gain weight w/o too much fat if i need the extra calories??

Your body needs excess calories to create more muscle. In order to gain muscle without fat, you have to eat just enough more than what you're currently eating (assuming your weight is staying the same) to allow your body to add muscle, but nothing more than that. It is pretty difficult to do that though, so plan on adding a little bit of fat.

If you cannot handle gaining any more fat, I would cut first.

teaturtle
08-02-2006, 08:24 PM
scarz of pain, I am working out and trying to gain mass.

Paladyr, would you say 3,000 calories is too much to go on a slow bulk? I've been eating 2,000-2,500, but with trying.

Paladyr
08-02-2006, 08:33 PM
scarz of pain, I am working out and trying to gain mass.

Paladyr, would you say 3,000 calories is too much to go on a slow bulk? I've been eating 2,000-2,500, but with trying.

I would add no more than 10% if not gaining fat is more important that gaining muscle.

After the first week, you may gain a little in water weight so don't worry about that, just look in the mirror/pinch/take measurements to see if you are gaining fat. If in your next session of workouts you are able to improve in almost every workout, then you are eating just the right amount of food. If you aren't really improving, add another 100-200 calories to your daily amount and see if that helps you improve next week.

I also tend to eat a little more on workout days, and a little less on non-workout days.

teaturtle
08-02-2006, 08:45 PM
And if gaining muscle is more important to me, should I add more than 10% or what?

Paladyr
08-02-2006, 08:58 PM
And if gaining muscle is more important to me, should I add more than 10% or what?

I'd go with 15% or more then.

teaturtle
08-02-2006, 09:31 PM
Okay, thanks. :D