Rob…I attempted to respond to this earlier but apparently there was a glitch somewhere. Basically, total calories in this training phase could be reduced somewhat in comparison to a hypertrophy phase. The reduction primarily from carbs because there is less reliance on glycogen as fuel. This, of course, is assuming activity level outside the gym is constant. However, you may even consider upping your protein intake. One of the scopes of this phase is chronic hypertrophy in that you’re attempting to increase the protein content of the cells and increase the cross-bridges of the myosin filaments.
Wild Bill…you da man! Thanks for all the info. Sorry I didn’t get back to you earlier and thanks for sticking with me. I have to mention that I’m home for spring break and I went to the gym that I used to work at and talked to my buddy who’s a trainer there. I’ve got some great news: 1. he’s letting me borrow his Parrillo training manual and 2. he’s going to fill up his Captri travel size bottle for me to give a test run. I’m pumped. The 4000 cal plan in the manual was what I was going to refer to. However, I really like the Massive Eating plan and JB’s rationale, so I think I’m going to modify the dieting arsenal to be protein/carb and protein/fat meals. I will use one tablespoon of Captri at each meal though. I haven’t done the math yet, but I’ll subtract the Captri calories from my total, and then I’ll shoot for a ratio of 50:35:15 carb:pro:fat, eating only complex carbs, lean protein sources and flax/omega-3s for fats. I do have the computer program and actually have the Parrillo calipers, so I can take most of the measurements on my own (do you think it’s okay to do them myself, or should I have someone else?)
I’m really excited to delve into the training manual. Thanks for that training tip, Bill. I’ve recently been doing some wave training, and I think I’m really guilty of stopping at the number of reps I have engrained in my mind. Yeah, I’m pushing it, but maybe I do have another left in me! And the fascial stretching, I want to learn more, but the last couple workouts I stretched hard between sets and got a sweet pump. Oh yeah, Bill, since I won’t want to be shitting like a wildcat with nine sphinctors (nice analogy:-), is it okay, at the carb/protein meals, to eat more complex carbs in the place of the Captri? or at the fat/protein meals, flax oil? Thanks, Wild Bill, and I look forward to hearing from you as you can expect me to be bugging you for a while yet!