[quote]The Mighty Stu wrote:
A rough figure though is that most decently muscles men, with an average metabolism will do well on about 3000 calories. I’m actually shocked that you’ve gotten used to eating so little. Still, bf%, natural individual genetics, food selections etc will all factor in. My maintenance cals, when I’m weighing my typical offseason 200-205 lbs is about 3400, hence my starting diet intake of 2800.
I’m curious what your muscle to fat levels look like.[/quote]
First of all thank you SO much for a response. You can probably see why this is sort of a big deal to me all of the sudden. I’m realizing that even the guys in the 148’s are eating like 1000 calories more than I am…
Here is a pic for reference. Like 25% bodyfat I guess? I dunno, I would like to get rid of that fat round my midsection, but I have a literal phobia of weighing less than 200lbs.
(also sorry the pic is enormous, this site always blows up my attachments to epic proportions)[/quote]
Yeah,… I’ve had experiences where I’ve had to sit new clients down and inform them that they’re not eating enough to lose weight (which is always met with an odd look of puzzlement).
As has been mentioned, you’re obviously getting enough nutrients to support your strength training, but in terms of creating new muscle tissue, while possibly whittling away some of the fat, you need your body to make better use of what you’re giving it. Once it’s doing that, then you can work your numbers up, and begin to see the visual yield of proper eating and training.
You’ll always have some people scream about what I’m going to say, but… it’s not as simple as “just eat more”. Sure if you get your body accustomed to ingesting more nutrients each day it will come to expect it and become more productive with its utilization. Then, you have to consider the prime use for each macro nutrient. For example, so many newer trainers will get caught up with the advertisements telling them they need a zillion grams of protein each day to get huge. Of course in the presence of adequate carb intake, a lower amount of protein will be put to its intended use (protein synthesis), instead of filling in where it must substitute for other macros.
People fill find that with adequate training and diet, the body will become a highly efficient machine when it comes to ingesting copious amounts of food. The stuff I would eat during past offseasons, often times late at night, would shock some people but I always woke the next morning with a flat, and fairly cut washboard. My body was just that adept at crushing calories, even on those occasions when I went well above what I truly needed to be eating.
Is there any real thought, or rationale behind your current daily diet, or is it just a matter of caloric tracking?