I've been living on around 600-1,800 calories a day for years. Sometimes I'd go a whole day on just a bowl of cereal and milk, or just a bowl of ramen noodles, some days I'd just eat what my mother made for dinner, some days I'd have a lot of what she made, plus a few bowls of cereal/ramen noodles. So I'm 125lbs at 5'7'', no clue what my BF is, or if it even matters right now.
For the past few months I've been thinking about how to change that, and I've been making an effort to eat more because I really didn't know enough to know how. Unfortunately, I pretty much just ate more ramen noodles, more of whatever my mom happened to cook, and more cereal, and a whey shake or two. Now I know a little more, so I'm trying to come up with a diet. My budget will be $50 a week:
Six meals a day, all will be this:
One can of tuna.
Some whole-wheat pasta.
Two tablespoons of peanut butter.
Then, as a snack at night, a can of pineapple chunks and half a cup of cottage cheese.
One can of tuna = 150 calories, 1.25g fat, 32.5g protein
I do not know how much whole-wheat pasta I will be eating, or what the nutritional facts of it are.
Two tablespoons of peanut butter = 190 calories, 16g fat (3 saturated), 7g carbs, 8g protein.
Pineapple chunk can = 270 calories, 15g carbs.
Half-cup of cottage cheese = 110 calories, 5g of fat (3g saturated, is that good or bad?), 5g carbs, 13g protein.
That comes to 340 + x calories, 17.5g + x fat, 7g + x carbs, and 40.5g protein per meal.
2420 + x calories per day.
110g + x fat per day.
62g + x carbs per day.
256g + x protein per day.
Will that be enough for a decent bulk? How many calories should try to get every day? How many grams of fats and carbs should I try to get? How many grams of protein?
I do have 15lbs of whey protein powder sitting in my garage, waiting to be used. I had 20lbs, but I've been using it..
Should I shoot for having a shake with every meal, or would that be too much? With just the milk and protein it would be 22g protein and 120 calories from the whey, plus 150 calories and whatever else the milk has, which would buff my meals by 22g and 270 calories. I realize I'd pretty much be saying "screw you" to vegetables and fruits if I did this, but they don't offer anything I can't get from vitamins, right?