(The subject of my post is what I think the likely response to my question will be, so I figured I’d just get that out there.)
I’m looking at my calorie intake. I read the Massive Eating article, used the calculator and so forth, but the thing is, I don’t know what goal the calculator was created with. I mean, I want functional hypertrophy, but I don’t want to go all sumo wrestler in the process.
I’m about 5’10, 180lbs with an acceptably low bodyfat percentage (there’s some blurring on the bottom two abs of the “six pack”, but I’m not the “walk around shirtless” type, so that’s fine by me). I’m 21 and not extremely advanced in the strength game, but I can squat twice my bodyweight and that sort of thing.
I lift four times a week. Once with a 2x3 or 2x5, twice with a 5x5, and once with a 3x8. I walk two miles with a 30lb backpack every weekday (which is unavoidable).
I’m eating about 3,500 calories a day, with an average of 200g of protein. The Massive Eating calculator says I should be eating 5,300 calories.
What would be a good calorie goal for functional hypertrophy?