I find it hard to figure out what to eat to get to 4500kcal without taking in unhealthy amounts of protein.
I used to eat mostly stuff like chicken breast + rice and some weightgainer shakes. But these meals are so high in protein as it is so how do I get to 4500kcal without going overboard with the protein?
What do you mean by ‘unhealthy’ amounts of protein? I think it’s easier to think about it in terms of intake required for dieting, maintenance or growth.
Read these short but very helpful LiveSpills by nutrition grandmaster, Shelby Starnes. Hope they help.
So according to Shelby, if you’re trying to gain you should be consuming anywhere between 285 to 380 gms a day. [/quote]
285-380grams of protein just seems outrageous and obscene
i’m trying to go with 200-250
are you supposed to count only animal sources or any protein ?
i’m experimenting with nuts and raisins for extra kcal[/quote]
If your personal upper limit for protein intake is 250 gms a day, why not add 35 more grams and check your progress. If you’re using a protein supplement like Optimum Whey you’ll get about 1500 kcal just from the 285 gm of calories (assuming your protein intake is just from supplements). That still leaves you a lot of room for calories from other food sources. If you haven’t been growing on your current intake wouldn’t it make sense to adjust your protein intake + calorie intake and gauge from there?
I also agree with everyone else on this thread that you should start logging what you eat and weigh yourself periodically; then you’ll know whether or not what you’re eating is working to help you grow. I would even go so far as to log how much you’re sleeping every night.