I'm not sure if this has been addressed before or not.
In the past, when I would start off on a bulking up journey, I would focus on a high-caloric diet with protein to match my body weight in grams. However, I would pay more attention to the calories than I would protein intake and now I'm starting to wonder which is better for the young weight-lifter. Now, when I say high calories I mean 3000+ per day. So my question is:
To gain lean mass and build serious muscle through an intense work-out schedule, is it more important to get 3000+ calories per day or more important to focus on the protein? Would 2500 calories per day but more like 2x g/protein to body weight be better?
Obviously when you go to work out you want calories and carbs in your stomach to give you the fuel and energy you need to blast those trapz and, when you come home you will be hungry and so you will need to restock on calories. But I'm starting to feel that the high protein is more important than simply shoving calories down your gullet.
Is this true? I'd rather only work on getting 2500 or so calories in a day than 3000+ and focus more on eating high protein items.