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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3. 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

4. how can u easily figure out ur maintaince cals

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