During a bulking cycle, do you generally eat more than you will enjoy?
I typically trust my appetite to guide my total caloric intake (though I consciously control the timing and macro breakdown). But, on a bulking cycle, should I continue to trust my appetite? I read on this forum from guys that are recommending 6000+ calories per day while on bulking cycles. On a clean diet, there’s no way my appetite will guide me to eat that much. So, should I make myself eat more than my appetite would suggest I should?
The answer to this is the same as the answer to most questions regarding training: It depends. If you need more calories, and are not hungry, I guess you would need to “force feed” yourself more until you are consistently getting what you need to grow. For me, right now, I don’t know if it’s the dbol or the test but I am just hungry all the damn time, so, rather than having the appetite, fixing all of the food and having it available is my problem.
Do you have a good idea of what you need to grow? For me it is really easy, I almost never count calories, I just know what I need to get in me and I do that. If I’m dieting it’s a different story, but bulking is easy for me. But for some people, what they think is enough is nowhere near, and, if you have to ask that question, I would suspect you might be one of those people. In that case, when you start your cycle, you’ll need to keep a log and eat more than you usually would, quite a bit at first. See where that takes you and then you can adjust your calories up or, hopefully, down from there. I am getting between 5000-6000 calories a day depending on the day right now and I would not consider myself stuffing my face. However, I have been eating something like this for years now, and I have pretty well figured out what makes me blow or lean out. You’ll have to work this out for yourself, too.