Is 3,600 calories enough

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  1. Quote Originally Posted by raginfcktard View Post
    if you are a hard gainer (assumming you are) i'd recommend carbs over fat. i get my fiber from my oats...other than that stick to pasta, rice, and potatos for your carbs sources. i i am getting the impression that you are complicating things...prepairing meals for a entire day is very easy using high carbs sources as mentioned
    all i eat all day is chicken, vegetables(usually corn or green beans), fish, wheat pasta(can't get enough of it) peanut butter and jelly on 12 grain bread and stuff like that. i think most of my problem actually is that i can't eat that often so i'm eating too many calories at once. i'm guessing that slows down absorbtion and maybe won't absorb as many nutrients as i should


  2. Eat every 3 hours, eat 600-1000 calories per meal depending on how many meals you'll get in that day.
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  3. keep in mind, gaining muscle (when done naturally) should be a slow process. It is very unlikely that you will be able to gain multiple pounds of muscle every week. If you are looking to gain over a pound or two a week you are probably just gonna be packing on the fat.

    I definitely would be happy with 1 lb per week.

    So you say 190 is your short term goal... what is short term for you? If it is around 4 months, I'd say you are good to go.

  4. Quote Originally Posted by BiggerGeek View Post
    keep in mind, gaining muscle (when done naturally) should be a slow process. It is very unlikely that you will be able to gain multiple pounds of muscle every week. If you are looking to gain over a pound or two a week you are probably just gonna be packing on the fat.

    I definitely would be happy with 1 lb per week.

    So you say 190 is your short term goal... what is short term for you? If it is around 4 months, I'd say you are good to go.
    that's about right. it's just been a month and i got on the scale yesterday and i was down a pound. i haven't gained any weight in a month seems kind of weird

  5. Quote Originally Posted by jsp0785 View Post
    that's about right. it's just been a month and i got on the scale yesterday and i was down a pound. i haven't gained any weight in a month seems kind of weird
    you also need to make sure you are in calorie surplus at least MOST of the time. One or two days below maintenance isn't the end of it all, but you calories need to at least average out to above maintenance. I suggest taking at least one week to write down what you eat...without adjusting things...to see what you are averaging. Or if you already have that, add it up, see what the variance is from day to day.

  6. Quote Originally Posted by BiggerGeek View Post
    you also need to make sure you are in calorie surplus at least MOST of the time. One or two days below maintenance isn't the end of it all, but you calories need to at least average out to above maintenance. I suggest taking at least one week to write down what you eat...without adjusting things...to see what you are averaging. Or if you already have that, add it up, see what the variance is from day to day.
    i have an iphone and there's a program i downloaded where i put in everythign i eat when i eat it everyday and it calculates all my calories fat carbs ect. it's a great program

  7. Quote Originally Posted by jsp0785 View Post
    i have an iphone and there's a program i downloaded where i put in everythign i eat when i eat it everyday and it calculates all my calories fat carbs ect. it's a great program
    is it a free program??? I got an iphone too. I'll have to check it out...if it is free

  8. Quote Originally Posted by BiggerGeek View Post
    is it a free program??? I got an iphone too. I'll have to check it out...if it is free
    i think there are free ones but this one wasn't. it's called fitness. u set ur goals and ur weight and by what percentage you want to increase your diet... i put a goal of 190lbs with a 10% diet increase and thats' where i came up with the amount of calories. it has tons of food stored in and exercises where it estimates how many calories you burn doing those exercises. and you can add custom food and custom meals. i think it was 9.99 but it's well worth it.

  9. actually it's called absolute fitness and it's 14.95

  10. hmm I'll check it out... can't really see myself paying for it though.
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  11. Dudes just create an e**** spreadsheet with all the nutritional data. Data from those programs is never accurate. Values always vary. E**** is where it's at and it doesn't take that long. Mine probably has 200 of my favorite foods with calories, protein, carbs and fats for portion size so I can easily create a diet.

  12. Quote Originally Posted by Rugger View Post
    Dudes just create an e**** spreadsheet with all the nutritional data. Data from those programs is never accurate. Values always vary. E**** is where it's at and it doesn't take that long. Mine probably has 200 of my favorite foods with calories, protein, carbs and fats for portion size so I can easily create a diet.
    almost every one i've seen is right and you can add custom food. whatever i eat i can put in all the label information so there's no need to rely on pre made nutrition facts, and most of the ones i've seen anyway are right. i don't have to wait to get to a computer i can access it all the time.

  13. So the program has individual brands and different variations of the same products within each brand?

    PS- I keep my spreadsheet on my phone...

  14. Quote Originally Posted by Rugger View Post
    So the program has individual brands and different variations of the same products within each brand?

    PS- I keep my spreadsheet on my phone...
    some have different brands, and if there isn't i just go to custom and type in the info, there's a lot of restaurant info too so thats pretty nice to have on the go

  15. Quote Originally Posted by jsp0785 View Post
    some have different brands, and if there isn't i just go to custom and type in the info, there's a lot of restaurant info too so thats pretty nice to have on the go
    The restaurant info would be very nice to have.:bruce2:

  16. Quote Originally Posted by Rugger View Post
    The restaurant info would be very nice to have.:bruce2:
    there's a seperate program for like 2.99 i think thta is nothing but restaurant nutrition facts.

  17. that program does look pretty awesome. I'd like to have it, but I still can't justify the price. I already have the macro's for most of the foods I eat regularly memorized, and the rest are written down. Maybe, when I am bulking and want to eat more things I will get it.

    Maybe.....one day
  

  
 

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