This summer I am going to gain some weight, and I’m wondering if the following plan is an effective way to keep my calorie/protein intake at high enough levels to gain muscle.
My diet will be broken down into two groups:
- Specific amounts of certain predetermined foods that I’ll eat every day no matter what.
- Random, unreliable filler (I’m still young and living at home, so I don’t have control over what’s for dinner, etc.)
Group no. 1 will consist of something like the following:
One 172g can of tuna (220 cal, 41g protein)
One 144g bag mixed nuts (885 cal, 22g protein)
One 140g chicken breast (231 cal, 43g protein)
One 336g tub of cottage cheese (203 cal, 31g protein)
Three scoops (87g) Metabolic Drive (300 cal, 60g protein)
One quart 2% milk (488 cal, 32g protein)
The above, if eaten every day, gives me 2327 calories and 229g protein. I’m 165 pounds currently, so my protein intake is covered by the above foods. Therefore the “filler” would comprise the couple thousand more calories I need to take in (I’ll need over 4000 cal a day).
What sort of filler would be recommended here? My intake of vegetables/fruits is high, but are they worth counting in terms of calories? Since I’m getting enough protein/fruits/veggies, can the caloric filler be anything (within healthy reason) I want it to be? I thankfully look forward to some advice on this issue.