Scheduling is good, especially when you’re new.
Calorie-wise, large eggs are about 90 apiece, so you’re looking at 1530. Also depends on how they’re prepared too, I suppose. Overall, the downside is you’re probably not consuming as much numerically as it would seem (not even 3000). That’s common. The macro and micro balance could definitely be better, but amount is the first thing to fix.
Don’t worry about eating perfect just yet. Just count your cals and get it in the right ballpark. Taters are quite starchy carbs and aren’t the best choice (on that note, I don’t think more complex carbs would hurt at all). Adding some fruits and veggies might be nice too, but focus on getting used to the amount first, then tweak the specifics.
Liquid calories (i.e. shakes) are a great help when you have trouble stuffing it down. I (and many others) really like taking a hefty shake right before bed when I’m trying to gain weight (and PWO of course). Best times for it. This is, of course, assuming you have decided to gain weight. The downside is you will gain some fat (and lose the abs), and people will bitch about you letting yourself go.
The first bulk is the most annoying, even if it is fairly clean, as most regular people do not understand that this is part of a long-term process. If you want a clean bulk, aim for about 1lb of mass per week and let the scale guide your efforts. If you aren’t gaining after a few weeks, up the cals. If you’re gaining too fast, drop them and/or add more conditioning work.
I am hesitant to say much regarding your injured area. If an exercise causes pain, especially hurting “really bad”, stop immediately. There may be form issues affecting it, or you may need to look for alternate exercises. But I would consult a physio or someone qualified in this area to get an accurate assessment of what’s going on. There’s nothing worse than getting hurt.
EDIT: Stronglifts is also a nice program for putting on a good strength base for newbies. Also, Starting Strength and many more. If you look at the programs, you’ll get the gist of what they’re like. Research some good programs and pick something that YOU like because most importantly, you have to like it enough to stick with it.[/quote]
I will focus more on eating more cals for sure. I figured this whole time that I could just use my extra body fat as making up for the calories but clearly I was way wrong. I can tell that its too early to cut cause I would actually be close to the same muscle % as when I started, and no one wants that. So if I’m taking creatine, should I be taking it on my off days? this question is all in regards to anything else I am taking.
As for my lifting, I have been doing quite well with form and concentration during my reps. If I go up in my weights (trying 5-8 reps instead of 10-12), that’s when I start hurting due to my injury.
My advice to any beginners deciding whether to cut or not is to not cut. This may save you years of spinning your wheels. Unless your excessively fat or are playing a sport that requires you to be in a certain weight class there’s no point cutting until you’ve trained solidly for at least five years. By the you’ll have enough mass to shed the fat quickly and will look good when you’re done.
By this I’m not implying that you should bulk excessively either, unless you have the genetics / metabolism to handle it - just eat enough to keep increasing your weight and strength slowly.
Btw 15%bf is no where near even close to being considered fat.
I feel this way all the time. I can drop or go up, there’s no limit for me. I realize that 15% isn’t fat at all. I just didn’t know if I should of cut first or something. Thanks for the positive information though!