View Poll Results: Should I increase how much I eat, within reason?

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  • Yes, You can build more muscle

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  • No, At your workout rate you will only gain more flab.

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Do I need to eat more?

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  1. Quote Originally Posted by carpee View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SmallTownIron View Post
    It is not going to come to how many calories you are taking in but it mainly depends on your macros your are having. I would like to see the macros of what you are following right now. I am sure some of us on here could offer some useful information.
    it'll depend somewhat on how many calories, but yes the macros are more important.
    Seriously people?

    Steroids aside, (Food) energy drives anabolism - period.

    Yes macro ratio has some influence on how many effective calories your body gets but it pales in comparison to total calorie intake. Pick a reasonable ratio and then stick with it and then a calorie becomes a calorie.

    To the OP, as others have mentioned, you need to eat whatever YOU require to meet you growth goals. It could be 3000kcals it could be 4000kcals. The only way to know is to start counting and then watch the scale and the mirror.


  2. Okay. Thats what I am planning on doing. How do I know if its just going to be stored as fat, instead of muscle? Like I said I want stronger, not flabbier.
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by Cervantes View Post
    Okay. Thats what I am planning on doing. How do I know if its just going to be stored as fat, instead of muscle? Like I said I want stronger, not flabbier.
    you don't. this is where the mirror and experience comes in to play.

    if we all new what's getting stored as fat, we would all be walking around as perfect specimens.

  4. Right, gotcha.

  5. my last comment might've been a little harsh.

    its through experimenting that we learn what works for our bodies. I used to bulk and eat pizza and stuff, and I would get fat. Then I cleaned it up and started eating oats and wheat breads and sweet potatoes. I still got fat.
    I started carb cycling, and that's what works for me personally.


    You'll have to try new things and just figure it out. People don't get the bodies they want overnight.
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  6. After a 1 hour workout, I'd make sure I downed at least 600 calories within 30 minutes.

  7. Quote Originally Posted by Cervantes View Post
    Okay. Thats what I am planning on doing. How do I know if its just going to be stored as fat, instead of muscle? Like I said I want stronger, not flabbier.
    I would suggest getting a body fat tester. You can either buy calipers or the electronic kind. Calipers are probably more accurate, but it takes some practice to do correctly and the test takes a couple minutes to do. The electronic testers cost a bit more but the results are instant. However, I think they are of questionable accuracy and can be effected by lots of factors. However, if you do the test at the same time every day, you'll get a consistent reading and can use this as a guide.

    I have calipers and also an Omron electronic body fat tester. You can get them off Amazon for about $35.

    Also, it's a bit of a pain, but try keeping a food log. Write down what you're eating and how many calories (and what type) and add it all up at the end of the day. I did this recently and was surprised to learn that I was consuming way more carbs than I actually thought.

    Good luck to you.

  8. Yeah cool. Looked up the stuff on carb cycling and got some good ideas. Also, I will check and see if the gym I go to has some calipers, since they do have a full health center, its part of a university, so I imagine they have people training for that.

  9. you wont be able to bulk on 2000 calories but you may be able to recomp around 2500 calories mixed with carb cycling like what has been mentioned.
    For me, the action IS the juice.

  10. Quote Originally Posted by greaser View Post
    Also, it's a bit of a pain, but try keeping a food log. Write down what you're eating and how many calories (and what type) and add it all up at the end of the day. I did this recently and was surprised to learn that I was consuming way more carbs than I actually thought.
    This is the best advice out there. Get a digital food scale and keep a log.

    Weight management is about adjusting portions, quantities, and calories. If you are not tracking this then you are just guessing. The range for getting it correct is somewhat small (500 calories) and is very easy to blow it by guessing wrong.

    Carb cycling, keto diets, supplements, etc all come a distant second to calorie/quantity counting for weight management effectiveness.
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