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    What's the Best Way to Find My Maintenence Cals?

    I really don't wanna take a break from bulking for a week to find out, is there another way to find out that's acurate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Built View Post
    What are your average calories now?

    How fast are you gaining?

    You can reverse engineer it from that.


    I'm eating about 3500 cals a day and I've gained 15 pounds

    From

    6/16/07-190 pounds
    6/19/07-196 pounds
    7/9/07-201 pounds

    I'm 6 feet tall and 16 years old. And overall just by the mirror test I've LOST fat, so mot of that is LBM.

    I'm not sure this would be acurate though because I took a 8 month break from weightlifting and just started again in June, so even if I have been eating maintenence I could still have gained that 11 pounds just because of noobie gains.

    But you know wayyyyyy more than me Built, so can you help me reverse engineer it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by arya202 View Post
    I'm eating about 3500 cals a day and I've gained 15 pounds

    From

    6/16/07-190 pounds
    6/19/07-196 pounds
    7/9/07-201 pounds

    I'm 6 feet tall and 16 years old. And overall just by the mirror test I've LOST fat, so mot of that is LBM.

    I'm not sure this would be acurate though because I took a 8 month break from weightlifting and just started again in June, so even if I have been eating maintenence I could still have gained that 11 pounds just because of noobie gains.
    Um, nope. Not at maintenance. Maintenance means you don't gain weight, and you don't lose it. Newbie gains means you gain muscle while losing fat. There ain't no kinda weight-gain, newbie or otherwise, that doesn't come from caloric excess.


    But you know wayyyyyy more than me Built, so can you help me reverse engineer it?
    You went from 190 lbs to 201 lbs in basically three weeks (24 days) - so 11 lbs in 24 days (assuming this is accurate, which we do NOT know) would mean an extra 1600 calories a day, (over and above maintenance, assuming this gain was all fat.

    Since you did this on 3500 cals a day, this would imply that maintenance for you is about 2000 calories.

    That does NOT sound right to me - MY maintenance is about 2000 a day and I'm an old woman on a cut.

    You're going to have to track for a bit to see what you're actually eating. We have too many assumtions here for any level of accuracy.

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