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How Many Cals to Grow?


#1

I was reading through Ian King's Book Of Muscle last night and found that I would need to get 2500 kals to grow. I found an artcile on here that said I need 2336 to grow.

Would it be best to keep doing what I am doing (2336k daily) for a few more week than in the crouse of 2 weeks bump it up to 2500 daily calories?

It seem pretty opbvious that this is best but I want to do evertying right this time around.

My stats right now are 5'6 130# and 14% body fat. Down from 180# and 30%BF. I have a long way to go and still a lot to learn but I do not plan on having to cut again untill I get bak to 180 pounds.

thanks


#2

Don’t get too anal about it. Just eat as much as you can without gaining more fat than muscle.


#3

The simplest method to grow is this.

Eat good clean foods with lots of lean protein and healthy fats.

Take current calories add 500.
Try for a week.

If not successful, take new current calories, add 500.
Try for a week.

Etc.

Caloric needs will vary emensly between individuals, don’t worry too much about the numbers, just eat, lift, sleep, repeat until you start to grow, then continue.


#4

I am only 4 week into my first “bulk” and I noticed growth in my triceps and my quads, possibly becasue I like weighted dips and squats more than anything else and also becasue I am squatting alot right now on 5x5. I will stick with 2336 for now and check evertyhing next monday.