let's say i need 3,700 calories to maintain 175lbs. I decide to go on a bulk and with 4,500 or so calories thru a period of 3 or so months i get to 185lbs. I then decide to cut down. Can i slowly go back to the 3,700 calorie diet and use that as a cutting diet to maintain the newly created lean muscle? or will my body now require more calories to maintain the new muscle. 4,500 to maintain 185?
ur body will need more calories... more muscle = more calories burned in a day...
if u drop back down to what u were at to maintain.. you'll lose precious hard earned muscle because that new muscle is basically burning itself off when you dont have the caloric intake to support it...
3700 calories to maintain 175!
Man, I wish I had that metabolism.
But yeah, you will need to account for the new 10lbs, with an appropriate amount of calories. I'd say a few hundred extra would be about right.
Originally Posted by galileo
you and me both.
no, it sucks..i dont enjoy eating so much sometimes =/ alright, so ill need to eat more, will i need to eat those 4,500 though? im guessing not...perhaps 100-200cals more right?
the more muscle you gain the more you will have to eat to maintain or gain. If you are trying to gain and not puting on any weight at your current calorie level then yes up your calorie intake about 250-500 calories and monitor your progress... if that doesnt put any weight up it again until you see some results.