1. I don't want to go from my current caloric intake of around 2200 up to 3000 instantly. Does anyone have advice on how to work your way up to your caloric intake goal? Maybe add an extra 200 calories a week? I've read bumping up your calories too quick will result in unwanted fat retention.
"Yes don't increase to fast I'd say 200 cals a week would be much less fat gain then going that high directly"
2. I work out at 5:00 am. Would a heavy carb meal prior to bed (ex 1 cup oats) be beneficial with an early morning workout? What are your thoughts about the "no carb before bed" rule if you're bulking or working out in the morning?
"Carb back loading...look it up a bit just keep the sugar out of those carbs before bed so oats would be good"
3. Below is an example of my diet. I think my protein is good, but what about carbs and fat? I'm going to have to bump carbs and fat up to make it to 3000. Any suggestions where I'd add carbs and fat? More dextrose post workout? More carbs spread throughout the day? I'm just looking for any suggestions or comments.
"I like the bulk of my carbs post workout and on off days on a bulk ill eat carbs for my first meal but I drop my carbs a lot on off days so I up my good fats mostly with natty peanut butter"