I have been bulking since the beginning of September and I have gained 25 pounds (170 to 195). After nearly 4 months of lifting more intensely than I ever have in the past, my body and my joints especially feel like they need a week off.
Currently I am eating about 4500 calories on nonlifting days and around 4700-4800 calories on lifting days. During my week off, I do not want to lose any weight, but I also do not know if it is wise to keep eating the amount of food that I eat to gain weight since I will not be working out. I don’t want to knock my body out of weight-gaining mode, but I don’t want to overeat excessively when not training and just put on fat.
When (If) any of you take a week off, how do you eat? Maintenance? A little over maintenance? Thanks for any help guys.