Everybody will emphasize the importance of caloric intake and the fact that it must be above maintenance in order to ensure hypertrophy. And to maximize hypertrophy, above maintenance caloric intake is obviously a necessity.
However, caloric intake is not the only factor leading to hypertrophy. The other factors are:
-Quality of Training/Training Frequency
-Quality of Nutrition
Now because Nutrition is a factor that we can directly manipulate, it gets the most attention (along with Training and Recovery) in regards to hypertrophy and rightly so.
However my question is, to what extent can hypertrophy occur at maintenance (or even slightly below) levels of caloric intake if the levels of Recovery and Training are intact?
For those whose sensibilities are offended by this question because you are thinking from a bodybuilder’s point of view (pack on as much muscle in as short a period of time as possible), let me remind you that I’m speaking from a standpoint of someone who would want to induce a state of hypertrophy, without adding fat and without time being a factor.