Starting this log to track my progress and maintain motivation. It'll probably do a better job of keeping me accountable if I deviate from my goal.
Here are my stats:
Current Goal is a clean bulk to add 10 lbs.
Been working out off and on most of my life. Don't have a mentor/coach for guidance, but have learned tons since I found this site not too long ago. A few weeks back, I began tracking my macros and realized that my diet has been holding me back all this time. I calculated my caloric maint level, but something doesn't seem right. Although the mirror tells me I am fuller, the scale shows that I am still not gaining weight. I've slowly added the calories to where I am close to 4,000 cals a day.
Cal Maint Level = about 2,400 according to the Harris Benedict Formula
Current Macros (avg for the most recent week)
Calories = 4,000
Carbs = 380g (40%)
Protein = 270g (30%)
Fats = 120g (30%)
All calories come from natural foods (lean meats/complex carbs/good fats). Only add a whey protein powder for Pre/Post workout. Will most likely begin adding basic supps in the future. And I kill the weights. Only other thing I can improve is my sleep. But with work and 2 kids, that's hit or miss. Since increasing the calories, I have felt more muscle fullness so I'm on the right track, just afraid to gain too much weight too fast if it hits me all at once.
So my question is: at 4,000 calories does it make sense to continue adding, or is there a delay where the body says WTF! and then starts growing?
I'll be updating weekly. Any tips/critiques are welcome. Thanks