Protein Or Calories While Bulking?

  1. New Member
    JayRock's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    191
    Rep Power
    213
    Level
    13
    Lv. Percent
    70.54%

    Protein Or Calories While Bulking?


    Is it more important to take in excess protein or excess calories while bulking? I've always done both bc it's best, but there was a time last year when i took in less protein than calories and i still grew. I know excess protein while cutting is good, but a personal trainer told me not to worry so much about eating excess protein while bulking, and that it can be bad for you. ?

  2. Professional Member
    PumpingIron's Avatar
    Stats
    5'11"  190 lbs.
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    4,688
    Rep Power
    2462
    Level
    46
    Lv. Percent
    75.73%
    Achievements Activity ProPosting Pro

    the wording of your question is kinda weird, but i think your asking if being more concerned with protein or more concerned with cals is more important when bulking.

    the answer is that you need to be concerned with all three macros. Carbs, Protein, Fats. All three as essential for muscle growth. You will need an excess of them to grow, in turn keeping calories high.
  3. New Member
    t-bone2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    414
    Rep Power
    392
    Level
    16
    Lv. Percent
    27.88%

    It is important to take in excess PRO as that is required to rebuild the damaged muscle tissue caused by intense resistance training. However, it is important to have a CHO substrate to optimally shuttle the nutrients. This is why PWO shakes include some amount of high glycemic CHO. CHOs should be managed during a bulk (i.e. don't go overboard), but they are definitely important. And don't forget the healthy fats - Omegas 3 and 6.

    Also, please ask your trainer to explain it to you so you understand. You're paying for the session, they should be able to explain to your level of understanding. And the come back here and post why it is bad for you.
    •   
       

  4. New Member
    TenMan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Age
    32
    Posts
    119
    Rep Power
    173
    Level
    9
    Lv. Percent
    49.83%

    Balanced diet- Idt you can say one macro is more important than another when all three are critical to making good gains.

    Eat, eat, eat, eat, eat, eat, eat, train, eat, rest, eat, repeat.
  5. Board Supporter
    Nitrox's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Age
    42
    Posts
    1,303
    Rep Power
    803
    Level
    27
    Lv. Percent
    11.24%
    Achievements Posting Pro

    The body can use all three main macronutrients for energy. As long as your ratios are not too heavily skewed your body will adjust as needed. However your body cannot make energy from nothing so IMO first and foremost you have to make sure that you are eating enough.

    I will also echo that your question is sort of strange. As you mentioned that you still grew when you took in less protein. So right there you have somewhat answered your own question. You do not need copious amounts of protein to grow but you do need the calories.
  6. New Member
    TenMan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Age
    32
    Posts
    119
    Rep Power
    173
    Level
    9
    Lv. Percent
    49.83%

    Okay I have to ask this, but you do realize a protein is a calorie?
    I'm not trying to be a d-bag, just by the way you worded your question it leaves us wondering.
  7. Professional Member
    PumpingIron's Avatar
    Stats
    5'11"  190 lbs.
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    4,688
    Rep Power
    2462
    Level
    46
    Lv. Percent
    75.73%
    Achievements Activity ProPosting Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by TenMan View Post
    Okay I have to ask this, but you do realize a protein is a calorie?
    I'm not trying to be a d-bag, just by the way you worded your question it leaves us wondering.
    don't worry, the same thought crossed my mind.

    and just an fyi to the original poster:

    1 gram of Protein = 4 calories
    1 gram of Carbohydrates = 4 calories
    1 gram of Fats = 9 calories
  

  
 

Similar Forum Threads

  1. Are calories all thats important while bulking? simple question
    By matthewmmcc in forum Nutrition / Health
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 05-27-2012, 05:36 AM
  2. How much calories do you eat while bulking
    By jays23 in forum Bulking
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 06-24-2007, 04:28 PM
  3. protein as calories (please only answer if you know)
    By LakeMountD in forum Weight Loss
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 11-21-2003, 07:08 PM
  4. Can my protein mixture degrade while in water?
    By pinoy in forum Weight Loss
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 03-18-2003, 01:08 AM
  5. Best Protein to use while on PHs?
    By EPe9686518 in forum Supplements
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 03-10-2003, 01:02 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Log in
Log in