I was just wondering if anyone else had experienced this:
When I weighed 200 pds, I was gaining on almost a pound a week on 3600 kcal/day
I dropped 8 pds to 192, and started slowly ramping up cals again to gain. I have been at 3600 cals for the past 2 weeks, and haven’t gained anything (been weighing on same scale). I should also mention my macros are very similar, as are my workouts/cardio.
While eating 3,600 cals the last time (at 200lbs) you put on some new muscle. Now, because of the new muscle, your metabolism is slightly faster (maybe significantly faster, depending on how much you’ve added). This would be a reason why 3,600cals currently, can not put weight on you. Also, take a look at your everyday activities. Maybe you’re doing more walking or standing on your feet more ect.
EDIT: This is what RED was getting at.
considering a lb of muscle only burns about 5 extra calories per day, even if he added 10 lbs of solid muscle, that would only net him 50 extra calories per day, sweet.
what is more likely is that his lifestyle changed and/or he is getting more NEAT. If your overweight, you probably don’t feel like moving around a lot, but once you lose some excess flab, all of a sudden, you may feel like taking the stairs more often.[/quote]
Previously you said that fat burns about 1/2 as many cals as muscle does. So lets he was 200lbs and lets say his lean muscle mass was 165 lbs just for the sake of the argument. And that after he bulked and cut, he ended up with 192 lbs and 175 lbs.
So that would mean that his metabolism is more demanding now that he has 10 lbs more muscle than before, and is burning twice as much calories for those 10 lbs of muscle that he gained (not total calories, just for the 10 lbs).
So you’re contradicting yourself. Which one is it? Does muscle only burn 5 cal more per day, or does fat burn half as much as muscle does?