I have been getting stronger but thats probably just because I am a beginner. I Haven’t gained any weight though, but I do look a bit thicker all around.
Do you think throwing in some bananas and boiled eggs with my shakes will do it calorie wise?
as for the shakes and Surge I calculated 1320 calories from my shakes for the day. As for my employee meals that is totally un accountable because I never know what will be put out there for us to eat. It could be anything from chicken, beef, turkey to cold cut sandwiches and a salad for sure.
I weight 170 lbs so by going by the formula weight x 16 + 20% is 3264 calories a day. I eat a lot during my employee meals so hopefully it was making up for the near 2k calorie deficit. [/quote]
Firstly let it be known i agree with bonez. that diet is shocking… There is nothing wrong with 4 shakes a day - i have 4 too… but i also have 4-5 meals too! Shit.
As for you being a beginner and gaining strength - that is predominantly an increased neural capacity to use more muscle fibres when lifting - which often leads to much larger increases in strength during this phase of your training life than any other.
Yes in laymans terms it is know an ‘newbie gains’
If you are serious enough about this to be buying protein powder - then you need to sit down on a day off and plan.
Plan your meals each day.
Plan the time it will take to prepare them.
Plan when you will prepare them.
Plan the shopping list.
Plan the calories you need and macronutrient ratios.
Plan where or how you will eat them.
Bodybuilding even on a recreational level (as i said - IF you are as mildly serious as buying protein suggests) takes planning and time management.
If you are not that serious but want to workout and get some benefits - i would suggest the following; Train hard and do your cardio for no less than 3x/wk.
Eat whole meals at least 3 times a day - no excuses. NONE (this you should do even if you DONT workout! Fuuuck!).
Use protein concentrate or egg/milk protein (as they are cheap) to assist with the calories and protein you should eat but have little extra time to prepare.
If someone eats 1-2 meals (one of which is pre-cooked for him) then it is purely a matter of laziness… that doesn’t go down well on this site IMO.