Don’t sweat it too much. Nutritious food is much more useful than crap “bulk” food, if you want to stay healthy and keep your joints and stay a little leaner. Really, it comes down to you–Are you happy with the gains you’ve made and the rate you’re making them? If yes, don’t sweat eating more. If no, then log everything you eat for a week following your “normal” plan and see where you are. Then either the answer will present itself to you, or you can post again and we can help more with the background you give.
I don’t know how long you’ve trained seriously with weights or other sports, so I really don’t know what to tell you about your gain rate. I will say this, though–30 pounds in 3 months is NOT normal. Such big gains usually happen in short spurts, or when someone is going from vastly underfed and untrained to properly fed and hard training. If you’ve been at it for a while, it ain’t going to happen that fast. Aim for .5-1 lb a week. Ish. You could be higher or lower.
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Thanks alot for your help mate. I’m really happy with my gains since I started working hard with weights. Previously I was a dedicated cyclist and have always been involved in athletics, which kept me very lean. I’ve had a knee injury which got me started on the weights as a substitute, and
I’ve enjoyed enough to want to go further with it. Seeing and feeling results for your hard work is a good motivator, and I can already feel my body is more balanced in its strength, whereas before it was all in the lower portion.
I’m at the point where I am lifting every second day unless muscles not repaired enough, and have been at it seriously for a few months. Before that it was just the odd bench here, curl there…you know the drift.
Due to my low body fat % it is easy to see development over a short period of time, and due to my previous cycling my legs and gluts are already built up, so upper body, back and core are the areas I have been focussing on, both with weights sessions and body-weight training. Lots of push-ups of differing widths, pull-ups and torso-lifts. I find this helps my stabiliser muscles, leading to results in other areas too.
I’m in for the marathon all the way baby, and it’s great to have some good advice and help on hand here