Hello fellow T-Nationers, just a quick question since I'm curious.
I started bodybuilding almost exactly a year ago, and thanks to this site I've gained over 35lbs without noticeably increasing the amount of body fat I have! Almost entirely thanks to this website and the knowledge all of you pass along freely. (and the great products)
I feel like a new person, but I've got a couple of concerns. Lately a lot of my friends have been telling me that people who eat larger amounts of calories per day live shorter lives than those that live on a calorie restricted diet.
While I certainly believe this to be the case for the "average person" who may become overweight due to increased calorie consumption without the workout regime, is it true for the "average" bodybuilder?
I mean I target 3500 calories a day, I eat lots of lean meats, tons of veggies, and I very rarely deviate from it. So is any of this true? Am I destined to live a shorter life because of my bodybuilding lifestyle?
FYI, I'm not posting this in regards to steroid use or becoming a really "hardcore" bodybuilder, but I mean 200lbs lean, am I at risk?