I am relatively new to this site, but I have worked out for a number of periods during the last 11-12 years (god, has it been that long?!) with varying degrees of commitment and success. About 3-4 months ago I started up again, and was on a cut for the duration of that time. I did pretty well, and lost some unwanted body fat. Now I'm ready to start building. I have changed my routine around significantly to work muscles twice a week instead of once each. (I'm on a 2 day rotation, and work out 4 days per week.) Monday-pushing (abs-chest-shoulders-triceps-legs) Tuesday-pulling (abs-back-biceps-forearms) Wednesday-repeat monday, Thursday-repeat tuesday, etc...
Anyway, a part of my daily routine consists of a significant amount of cardio. Designed for the cut. Pre-workout cardio consists of 30 minutes of running (5-6miles) and then post-workout cardio consists of 30 minutes of running/jogging (5 miles).
Now, building up (punn) to my question. Now that I am switching over to start building. I am trying to eat more. I use fitday, and it says I am using 4300+cal per day, and then I've read if you want to build you should be eating 500 more calories per day than you're burning. So that means 4800cal per day. I honestly can't fathom eating that much, and it is a real struggle for me. I feel like it's just too much, and I must've done something wrong. I'm scared to get flabby and undo any progress that I've made. I guess I was looking for some reassurance that I'm not totally unrealistic with my numbers.
I was also considering cutting out my post-workout run to stop burning those calories which will not only save me 1/2 an hour a day, but reduce the volume of food that I seem to have to eat. My workout partner thinks this is a bad idea, and that I should keep up the running. I want to know what you guys think, is there something to it that I'm not seeing or is it as simple as it appears to be.
Oh yeah, I saw a recipe on here last week for homemade protein bars made primarily with peanut butter, and I think they were about 1000cal each bar. I tried to search for them again and I haven't turned anything up, I keep getting an error with the search function throughout the past 2 days;
(Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 8388608 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 1024 bytes) in /home/forums/public_html/search.php on line 839)
so if anyone has that recipe handy, and could paste it here that would be much appreciated.