OK, so today I started working out/eating to bulk up and gain muscle and all of that following the advice I got here. I think today I did pretty well, but still need to fine-tune the eating to get more protein and fewer carbs. Heres my fitday food chart/breakdown
What do you guys eat for protein? I'm finding milk, chicken, fish, and cottage cheese are like...my only protein sources. I still need to get more fat and calories into my diet as well as getting more calories. But seeing as it was my first day of working out / eating better, I think I did pretty well.
No offense, but if it is your first day of working out, just start eating more. Once you start putting on the weight (you are bulking, right?), then you can worry more about your macronutrient breakdown.
Suggestions: Cheeseburgers, meat burritos, tacos, pasta with meat sauce, chicken alfredo, chili... think any kind of food with meat in it and BINGO!
Try getting some Grow! into the mix... maybe a shake or two a day. Feel free to mix it with ice cream and milk. Or really with anything. You need calories.
Truly 1400 calories is not going to help you bulk. Unless you are under a 100 pounds, you really need more than DOUBLE that amount of calories. In case you haven't seen it, look at John Berardi's calorie calculator. He's also got great tips for eating big.
1,400 calories? To "bulk"? Are you a man or a woman? Even if you are a girl, most small women can eat more than that when dieting.
Graphicsman is right, there is no reason for someone who just set foot in a gym to be this anal about their intake to the point of making graphs when they don't even know how to eat more in a day than what I try to get down per meal.
I'm 5'4" and 160-165lbs and I'm working on getting a bit leaner while getting bigger and stronger. This is my "dieting" plan and what I'll typically eat:
Meal 1: 4 XL whole eggs with cheese and ham
Meal 2: 12-16oz cottage cheese with blueberries or other fruit
Meal 3: (leftovers from the night before) Pot roast with potatoes and mixed veggies or other leftovers.
Meal 4: 2 scoops Low-Carb Grow! and an apple
Meal 5: Surge (there's also the possibility I'll have two Surge meals postworkout.)
Meal 6: Chicken, sweet potato, green veggies
Meal 7: 2 scoops Low-Carb Grow! (sometimes I'll add peanut butter or eat almonds with it).
What's different between this and my bulking diet? When bulking, I have cheat meals once or more times a week. They could be all-you-can-eat Sonny's BBQ, a pizza, or hamburger or other foods. I also eat more with the above meals. Either bigger portions, or I add more food to the mix.