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How Long for a Bulking Diet Period?


#1

How long should one do a diet designed to put on mass for it to be effective and worthwhile?

Im 6', weigh 190 and I'm a fairly skinny guy but have been training for years so I have some muscle (sorry to be imprecise on BF). I am planning on 3 or 4 weeks of 6 meals, ~275 g protein and 4000+ cals, starting 3 days ago. i chose this period because i have tried to gain weight in the past to no avail, but for reasons i now understand, and I thought 3 or 4 weeks would be a reasonable period to adopt such a demanding eating routine. It does seem to be getting easier though, and I might extend the time table if it would be beneficial.

Beginning today with legs, I am doing some 10x3 GVT variation i found here (no time to pul up the article now, ive got class) with a Legs, Chest/Back, and Shoulder/Abs day each week. I am dying for some shoulder development and liked what I read about Gvt so this seemed to be a good choice.

So, how long should I be doing this? Routine/diet suggestions are also welcome.

this is my first post, so if the info seems excessive its to avoid not giving enough info. Thanks!


#2

Until you are no longer skinny and people assume you obviously lift weights. You thought otherwise?


#3

Agreed two years is coming Fast for me. Bulking does not mean you have to be Obese, but simply carry acceptable fat mass to add lean mass.


#4

My concern is weighing the length of the cycle versus my tolerance for being fatter than usual and eating constantly. I'm not anorexic or anything but I hate having too much of a gut. I can deal with it, obviously, if my pecs and the rest of my body are keeping pace, but its going to get old.

In any case, I think a nice round number to level off the binge at would be 200 lbs to cut fat. Is this reasonable?


#5

I'll eat six a day till kingdom come if I can finally get past 190. Ill cut when I can't afford any more shakes.

This thing with the meals every 2-3 hours kind of gives me something to look forward to all day. even if the protein doesnt taste all that great there is a mental satisfaction to knowing you just pounded 42 grams of protein in 10 seconds. take that, liver and kidneys.


#6

How long does sex last? It lasts until it is done, same here.

Rolo.


#7

Is acceptable fat mass defined by health reasons or psychological reasons or some combination of both factors ?

Is there some sort of consensus on what acceptable fat levels for muscle hypertrophy are ? What's too much ? What's too little ?

Should some sort of BF % measurement be used, or should I just stick to what I FEEL is acceptable ?


#8

I use the mirror and waist/pant size. Your waist should have to get to big to a point without a LOT of LBM being gained.

Thats my judge.

Yes an accurate BF% would be good, but it really boils down to personal preference as well.