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    CONFUSED! how many Calories do !I! need to gain more muscle

    i saw that calorie intake articles, and a couple other ones on building mass. ive been trying to do it for about a month now, and i think i have 2 problems.

    1) im not eating enough

    2) im not training right

    with problem 1, i was eating around 3300-3500 calories a day from what i had usually.

    when i checked it said i needed around 3996 calories just to maintain??? it must have been right because for 2-3 weeks straight i had no weight gain at all, and i highly doubt i was losing fat and gaining muscle because my body fat is 5% at 180-183 lbs.

    so i added in an extra half cup of oats with each time i had them to go over 4000, to about 4300? am i correct in doing this?? here is about what i have on average for an estimate, along with what it says i SHOULD be getting.

    whey 3 servings (9 scoops), 990 calories, 180g protein, 18g fat, 36g carbs
    chicken 3 servings - 483 calories, 6.9g fat, 105g protein
    oats 4 servings(1.5 cups) 1800 calories, 36g fat, 60g protein, 324g carbs
    4 medium eggs (3 whites 1 whole) - 1024 calories, 16g fat, 16g carbs, 96g protein

    Total -
    Calories - 4297
    Carbs - 376 g
    protein - 441 g
    fat - 76 g

    Estimated needs -
    Calories = 4000
    Carbs - 550 (a day) - 91 per meal
    Protein - 300 (a day) - 50 per meal
    Fat - 66 (a day) - 11 per meal

    any suggestions on what to do so i can have more clean gain while i am doing this? i also lift very heavy (or attempt to, i know im not doing something right, i have to rethink my routine, or find someone to help me out with it, so im doing the right exercises). i always drink about 2 gallons of water a day as well. i just dont understand, either that or i am actually gaining and just don't realize it.

    if someone wants to try their own calculations or estimates.

    im 6'1
    180 lbs
    5% body fat
    extremely active 5 days a week (my job keeps me under a constant light sweat for 8 hours. go order pickers for grocery distrubuters)
    not sure if theres much else to add.

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    Would you mind posting your current diet. Your metabolism is either screaming through the freaking roof or you may mis-calculated. I'd like to add up your numbers and see what I get. Please make sure you include everything. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kracin
    i saw that calorie intake articles, and a couple other ones on building mass.
    Which article(s) in particular?

    ive been trying to do it for about a month now, and i think i have 2 problems.

    1) im not eating enough

    2) im not training right

    with problem 1, i was eating around 3300-3500 calories a day....
    when i checked it said i needed around 3996 calories just to maintain???
    What calculations did you use to get your maintainence figures? And why do you say you are not correct in your training?

    so i added in an extra half cup of oats with each time i had them to go over 4000, to about 4300? am i correct in doing this?? here is about what i have on average for an estimate, along with what it says i SHOULD be getting.

    whey 3 servings (9 scoops), 990 calories, 180g protein, 18g fat, 36g carbs
    chicken 3 servings - 483 calories, 6.9g fat, 105g protein
    oats 4 servings(1.5 cups) 1800 calories, 36g fat, 60g protein, 324g carbs
    4 medium eggs (3 whites 1 whole) - 1024 calories, 16g fat, 16g carbs, 96g protein

    Total -
    Calories - 4297
    Carbs - 376 g
    protein - 441 g
    fat - 76 g
    I would be reluctant to increase cals by 1000 in one jump... Especially if you want to stay lean and especially if you were maintaining on 3300-3500 cals.

    Now - can you write this up how you would normally eat it (as in split it into your daily meals).

    Also - Why so much whey? You really should be getting more of your calories from real food. You also need more vegetables, healthy fats and some fruit and other things in that food plan.

    Plus - there is no way that you need 441g of protein. At 180 pound you need a max of around 270g - 441 is just a waste of money.. You can get a LOT more anabolic benefit from increasing your carbs or fats instead.

    any suggestions on what to do so i can have more clean gain while i am doing this?i always drink about 2 gallons of water a day as well. i just dont understand, either that or i am actually gaining and just don't realize it.

    if someone wants to try their own calculations or estimates.

    im 6'1
    180 lbs
    5% body fat
    extremely active 5 days a week (my job keeps me under a constant light sweat for 8 hours. go order pickers for grocery distrubuters)
    not sure if theres much else to add.
    Ok - How I would calculate your requirements is to start off with a rough estimate of your needs... Which would be:
    BMR roughly = (LBM (kg) x 21) + 400 = (78 x 21) + 400 = 2038
    Activity factor ~1.7- 1.8 (highly active) = 2038 x (1.7 - 1.8) = 3460 - 3670

    Average ~ 3570 cals/day to maintain

    To add mass - add 5-10% = 3750 to 3930 cals.

    So start with ~3800 cals and see what happens.

    For your macronutrients:
    Protein max needs ~1.5g/pound = 270g
    Fats ~0.5g/pound (highly active) = 90g
    Carbs ~2.5-3g/pound (highly active) = 450 - 540g

    To get ~ 3800 cals:
    1080 cals (270g) from protein
    810 cals (90g) from fat
    You need 480g carbs (2.7g/pound)

    Which is a split of 50% carbs, 30% prptein, 20% fat.

    If you write up a rough diet plan I can look over it and see if I can give you meal suggestions.

    i also lift very heavy (or attempt to, i know im not doing something right, i have to rethink my routine, or find someone to help me out with it, so im doing the right exercises).
    If you post your routine in the exercise section I am sure someone will help you out.

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    whey 3 servings (9 scoops), 990 calories, 180g protein, 18g fat, 36g carbs
    chicken 3 servings - 483 calories, 6.9g fat, 105g protein
    oats 4 servings(1.5 cups) 1800 calories, 36g fat, 60g protein, 324g carbs
    4 medium eggs (3 whites 1 whole) - 1024 calories, 16g fat, 16g carbs, 96g protein

    basically what i am having

    6-7am
    3 scoops whey
    4 eggs (1 whole 3 whites)
    1.5 cup oats

    10 am
    usually nothing if i dont have a quick snack

    1 pm
    6 oz chicken
    1.5 cup oats
    3 scoops whey
    can of green beans

    4pm
    6 oz chicken
    1.5 cup oats
    can of green beans

    6pm (workout then post workout meal after im done around 7)
    3 scoops whey
    1.5 cup oats
    6 oz chicken

    10 pm
    usually been trying to get some cottage cheese but i ran out so i end up just having a tablespoon of natural peanut butter.

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    i guess what i could do is take it down to about 1 scoop of whey per serving, that would eliminate about 660 calories, and also the extra protein which you say isnt needed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kracin
    whey 3 servings (9 scoops), 990 calories, 180g protein, 18g fat, 36g carbs
    chicken 3 servings - 483 calories, 6.9g fat, 105g protein
    oats 4 servings(1.5 cups) 1800 calories, 36g fat, 60g protein, 324g carbs
    4 medium eggs (3 whites 1 whole) - 1024 calories, 16g fat, 16g carbs, 96g protein

    basically what i am having

    6-7am
    3 scoops whey
    4 eggs (1 whole 3 whites)
    1.5 cup oats

    Cut this down 2 scoops of whey. This is too much protein. Here is my suggestion:
    1 whole egg = 10G Protein 5G Fat 1 Carb
    3 Whites = 10G Protein 0 fat 1 Carb
    1.5 Oats = 81 carbs, 15G Protein, 9G Fat
    1 Med Apple = 21G Carbs


    10 am
    usually nothing if i dont have a quick snack

    You need to add a meal in here even if it is only 1 scoop of whey and 5 fish oil caps
    1 Scoop Whey = 20G Protein, 2G Fat, 4G Carbs
    w/ 1 C. Skim Milk = 12G Carbs, 8G Protein
    1 Banana = 28G Carbs, 1G Fat, 1G Protein
    5 Fish Caps = 5G Fat



    1 pm
    6 oz chicken
    1.5 cup oats
    3 scoops whey
    can of green beans

    Good but canned green beans is not very healthy for you. They are loaded with sodium and so overcooked that all the nutrients are basically gone. You are better of with frozen if for convenience
    6 cooked oz. chix 35G protein, 3G Fat
    1.5 Oats = 81 carbs, 9 fat, 15 protein
    1 Scoop Whey = 20G Protein, 2G Fat, 4G Carbs
    1 Cup, Low Sugar yogurt (such as Blue Bunny ) = 14G Carbs, 6G Protein, 3G Fat
    1
    3 scoops of whey is too much, cut it down to 1 scoop here. There is no need to get more than 45-50g of potein per meal.


    4pm
    6 oz chicken
    1.5 cup oats
    can of green beans

    same as above
    6 cooked oz. chix is 35G protein, 3G Fat
    1.5 Oats = 84g carbs, 9 fat, 15 protein
    5 Fish Caps = 5G Fat


    6pm (workout then post workout meal after im done around 7)
    3 scoops whey
    1.5 cup oats
    6 oz chicken

    Same as above, cut the whey down to 1 scoop
    1 Scoop Whey = 20G Protein, 2G Fat, 4G Carbs
    w/ 1 C. Skim Milk = 12G Carbs, 8G Protein
    6 cooked oz. chix is 35G protein, 3G Fat
    1.5 Oats = 84g carbs, 9 fat, 15 protein


    10 pm
    usually been trying to get some cottage cheese but i ran out so i end up just having a tablespoon of natural peanut butter.

    Make it 1 c of 4% cottage cheese = 8G Fat, 6 carb, 28 Protein
    1 T. of Natty PB = 7G fat, 3G Carbs, 3G Protein
    5 Fish Caps = 5G Fat
    Comments in bold above. I made my suggestions as to what I think would be a good meal plan for you figuring in what you already eat and adding some important foods such as fruit and dairy which you were lacking. These are my suggestions and here are the totals.

    This brings the totals too:
    Cals: 3782
    Protein: 303G
    Carb: 440G
    Fat: 90G Fat
    Last edited by Jodi; 03-18-2005 at 03:15 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jodi
    Comments in bold above. I made my suggestions as to what I think would be a good meal plan for you figuring in what you already eat and adding some important foods such as fruit and dairy which you were lacking. These are my suggestions and here are the totals.

    This brings the totals too:
    Cals: 3782
    Protein: 303G
    Carb: 440G
    Fat: 90G Fat


    What she said!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jodi
    Comments in bold above. I made my suggestions as to what I think would be a good meal plan for you figuring in what you already eat and adding some important foods such as fruit and dairy which you were lacking. These are my suggestions and here are the totals.

    This brings the totals too:
    Cals: 3782
    Protein: 303G
    Carb: 440G
    Fat: 90G Fat

    thanks jodi, i didnt mention that i had fruit with breakfast, there is not much of anything in them except for glucose sugars that they dont really count for much. my usualy dairy i was getting from cottage cheese

    today i did change it after i posted that to having 1 scoop of whey instead of 3, when i was doing the 3 i wasnt getting a lot of normal food because it was costing a lot to buy that much, whereas i get the whey 6lbs for 20 dollars, and i guess i never changed it when i was making enough to put more real food into my diet.

    and i typically make homemad meal replacement bars for my 10 am, because i have pretty much no time to eat anything, so i just carry it with me and scarf at 10 o clock. ran out for about a week before i was able to make more when i got home from work today, so ive got that covered. they are made with alot of whey, oats, natural peanut butter and a couple bananas (only half cup of pb. about 5 scoops of whey, and about 6 cups of oats, split among 10 bars, decent enough for me).

    thanks for the advice and help, i just need to straight some things out and get everything back on a correct track, ive been straying lately too

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    very helpful info, Jodi. Thanks for this thread.

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    body weight / 2.205 x 30.4 lets you know how many cals a day to stay the same weight. Then tack on 500-1000 extra a day. Start cal counting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maynard Keenan
    body weight / 2.205 x 30.4 lets you know how many cals a day to stay the same weight. Then tack on 500-1000 extra a day. Start cal counting.

    thats if you sit around do do nothing all day? if you do or dont exercise? not exactly accurate considering i was staying the same weight eating 3500 and that says id need 2480 about.... lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kracin
    thats if you sit around do do nothing all day? if you do or dont exercise? not exactly accurate considering i was staying the same weight eating 3500 and that says id need 2480 about.... lol
    Its just a guideline. I used this method and put size on after I started counting cals and always made sure I had at least 4500 everyday. Just always make sure you dont have days where your cals are low.
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    its a consisten diet, just need to workout out the exercise now.

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    Ian, I'm so glad you got your diet workout

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kracin
    its a consisten diet, just need to workout out the exercise now.
    Speaking as a hard gainer, here are a few things that worked for me;

    Listen to Emma and Jodi cause they are the best at fixing up your diet.
    Do zero cardio.
    Work each bodypart once a week. (I workout 3-4 times per week, usually about 9 sets per body part.) No more.
    Drink 8 oz of grape juice (plus glutamine) immeadiatly after workout for an insulin spike. Followed up with MRP that provides protein AND carbs.

    Some people might disagree or say this stuff doesn't work for them, but I've got super high metabolism and this is how I managed to gain a few pounds.

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