Calculating Calories needed to Bulk

  1. Calculating Calories needed to Bulk


    Any thoughts on figuring out how many calories to bulk?

    I'm 180 right now 14% body fat

    I've checked out this Berardi article

    http://www.johnberardi.com/articles/...sseating_1.htm

    and it suggests 3800 calories a day to bulk after I've done the calculations!

    Any thoughts appreciated


  2. I think the general rule of thumb is to take your weight x 15, then add 20% if you're bulking or subtract 20% if you're cutting.

    180lbs x 15 = 2700
    2700 x 20% = 540
    2700 + 540 = 3240 calories.

    This is just a starting place though. Everyone's different. If you need to gain a lot, I would add a couple hundred more cals, but keep them clean.

    If you're an ecto and have a physically demanding job and play a lot of sports, 3800 is probably a good place to start.
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    I have found that if I know more accurately what my maintenance is then I just add according to the amount of weight I want to gain. For some those #'s in those formulas are way off. I'm an sedentary endo and maintenace at about 11-12xBW and tops.

    Knowing most accurately maintenance will allow you to just add the calories that you want (500/d for 3500/wk for approx 1lb a week, etc.) rather than going by a general formula.

    JMO
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  4. how can u easily figure out ur maintaince cals



    Quote Originally Posted by b5150
    I have found that if I know more accurately what my maintenance is then I just add according to the amount of weight I want to gain. For some those #'s in those formulas are way off. I'm an sedentary endo and maintenace at about 11-12xBW and tops.

    Knowing most accurately maintenance will allow you to just add the calories that you want (500/d for 3500/wk for approx 1lb a week, etc.) rather than going by a general formula.

    JMO

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