Caloric Surplus Question

  1. Caloric Surplus Question

    I'm wondering if, during a bulk, it makes a significant difference to eat more than 500 kcal above maintenance. I know you can grow with a surplus of 500 kcal, but I'm wondering if you'd grow faster if you took in say 1,000-1,500 above maintenance. Or would that just be stored as fat?

    Interested to hear what your opinions are.
    Go hard. Go heavy. Never stop.

  2. IMO thats too much of a surplus. In simple terms, that would be stored as fat. Considering at 1,500 kcals per day over you'd gain a pound in just two days; 3 pounds in a week etc. Its far reaching to expect the body to be able to make a 3 pound gain in muscle mass in just a week.

  3. Is there an ideal surplus to run? In the past I've usually tried to get ~500 over maintenance, and I've had good experiences with it, but I've heard about people taking in 6,000-9,000 kcal daily during a bulk and I wondered if there was a benefit.

    You kind of reinforced my initial hypothesis which was that it would just be stored as fat.
    Go hard. Go heavy. Never stop.

  4. It's all relative and individual. If your maintenance is 5000kcals, then a 500kcal surplus is mild compared to someone with a 3000kcal maintenance. One thing I would like to point out, though, is that having a high (+15-20% over maintenance) will support strength gains quite well, which could indirectly help with hypertrophy.
    M.Ed. Ex Phys

  5. It requires approximately 2500-3000 kcal's for the body to biosynthesize just one pound of muscle. How that works out to what you need over maintenance on a daily/weekly basis is going to vary based on a number of, the amount of degredation during training, hormonal aspects, etc.


  6. yep slow gains. half pound a week. = lean


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