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    'Sup fellas,

    I'm 6'1 180lbs. I'm trying to get up to about 195lbs then cut to 190lbs.

    I've been bulking on 4000 calories, but damn thats a lot of food. I stocked up at Sam's Club though so I'm ready.

    I know its different for everyone. I know we all vary depending on our lifestyles and metabolism.....

    but how many calories do you guys bulk on? Just trying to get a general idea.

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    I ate way over 4000 when I was bulking. More like 6-8000
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    Im generally around 5000 calories, however my metabolism isnt the fastest so i try to eat as clean as possible even while bulking
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    Damn you guys must be monsters...nice. Yeah I guess I just gotta get used to the food. I'm dirting it up a little though since I got a fast metabolism, that helps me get in more calories without worrying about getting too fat.
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    like 3000-3400 depending on supplements im on
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    im on 3500 for a recomp rite now, in order for me to bulk i have to be well over 4000
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    i must have the slowest metabolism at 195 lol
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    I have to eat 5-6000 to bulk. I have a fast metabolism.
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    How many calories do YOU bulk on?


    Thanks for tbe replies. Eating ground beef patties seems to be a great way to get those calories in. Milk has been great too. I was trying to get 'em in on steak and chicken alone so in order to hit my mark i had to eat a lot of food which bloated me. Its a good now though
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    I eat above 4000, constantly..
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    How long do you bulk before you figure out that you need to up/down your calories?

    Im at 4k and want to know when to re-evaluate.
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    I used to go as high as 4500-5000 cals for a bulk, but now I stick more in the 3500-4000 range for a slower leaner bulk.

    You should re-evaluate every 5lbs you go up.
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    im between 4500 and 5500, but i am a diabetic so dunno if that changes things
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL
    I used to go as high as 4500-5000 cals for a bulk, but now I stick more in the 3500-4000 range for a slower leaner bulk.

    You should re-evaluate every 5lbs you go up.
    Right but what I mean is....lets say I stay at 4k cals and I dont gain a pound after a week, should I give it another week or bump up the cals at that point?
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    Yeah, definitely if you've gone a week flat on gains, its time to bump moderately significantly, particularly if you are on some sort of gear. No sense wasting it. If you are 100% natural, realistically .5lb/week of lean mass is about all you can add, so one week with no gains isn't quite long enough.
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    over 4300/day. get fat pretty quick at 5K/day. keeping in the zone of 4300 to 4500 is good for a few lbs a month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL
    Yeah, definitely if you've gone a week flat on gains, its time to bump moderately significantly, particularly if you are on some sort of gear. No sense wasting it. If you are 100% natural, realistically .5lb/week of lean mass is about all you can add, so one week with no gains isn't quite long enough.
    I hear you. I'm natural at the moment so I'll give it some time. I got a bottle of M-drol but I just finished pct on m14add so Im taking time to recover. That cycle went to waste since my cals were **** while on it. I only gained 3lbs after pct.
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    People's bodies are different, when it comes to bulking, so you have to find what works for you. I was stuck at 185 for a while and finally started growing when I limited the amount of time in the gym. Bump up the calories and make the workouts count... heavy weight/ low reps and only 2-3 times a week.
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    I bulk on 3500 kcal,but im only 140 lbs
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    Man...I bulk on about 2700-3200...yall are some eaters, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smooth001
    People's bodies are different, when it comes to bulking, so you have to find what works for you. I was stuck at 185 for a while and finally started growing when I limited the amount of time in the gym. Bump up the calories and make the workouts count... heavy weight/ low reps and only 2-3 times a week.
    Interesting concept. I train 4 days a week, and only do low reps (3-5) the first week of the month. The rest of the weeks im at 6-8 and 12-15. Like a cycle. I wonder if cuttig my gym time will help my gains
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    From what I understand, you grow when you rest. It is very easy to overtrain and put your body into a stressful state. I used to work out 4-5 times a week and wondered why I never could put on any weight, even though I was eating like a horse.
    You got to take breaks every now and then and let your body grow. My intake of calories varies between 2500-3000 depending on how active I am. I work full time and am in school full time but still maintain a very rigorous workout routine. High protein and carbs with a combination of isolated exercise and full body routines are what I shoot for. You got to mix it up and you have to rest.
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    6500ish on a bulk

    4500-5000 while cutting
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    depends on the day, depends on my mood, depends on my training schedule, depends on my hunger levels, depends on my sleep the night before....

    too many factors, i never count calories anymore, whether bulking or cutting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smooth001
    From what I understand, you grow when you rest. It is very easy to overtrain and put your body into a stressful state. I used to work out 4-5 times a week and wondered why I never could put on any weight, even though I was eating like a horse.
    You got to take breaks every now and then and let your body grow. My intake of calories varies between 2500-3000 depending on how active I am. I work full time and am in school full time but still maintain a very rigorous workout routine. High protein and carbs with a combination of isolated exercise and full body routines are what I shoot for. You got to mix it up and you have to rest.
    Ok. But 4 days a week hardly leads to overtraining to the point where you won't make gains. Right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chico222 View Post
    Ok. But 4 days a week hardly leads to overtraining to the point where you won't make gains. Right?
    Depends on your workout but probably not. If all 4 are full body and all to failure then yes. But even working out for 1 hr. 5x a week still gives plenty of rest time if its a well laid out split
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    Im going from training 5 days a week to a 3 day split and from ~3500 calories a day to around 4500. Hoping to gain 10 solid pounds naturally before I even consider a cycle. I'll let you know how it works out I just started 3 days ago and I feel bigger already (mostly in the stomach) but I have yet to hit the gym and weigh myself yet.

    Btw Im 21 and my metabolism is insane and weight fluctuates all over the place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chico222 View Post
    I hear you. I'm natural at the moment so I'll give it some time. I got a bottle of M-drol but I just finished pct on m14add so Im taking time to recover. That cycle went to waste since my cals were **** while on it. I only gained 3lbs after pct.
    Lol when on gear you never really stop eating during the day
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