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Should I Count Macros? Do You?


I have a very fast metabolism. I am 6’1" 205 lbs and prob around 10-12% body fat. I am not really worried about getting below 10% bf but I want to get my weight up to 220… solid. I squat, I deadlift, etc. My only problem is getting enough food. I am 21 and I see to do okay w/ 160-190 g of protein, as long as I get enough carbs, but I am wondering. Do you count your macros? I feel like if you have a fast metabolism and you overeat you’ll just burn it off right? I see people break their macros down to particular amounts for particular lift days (back and bi vs Tricep and chest)

do you want to over complicate shit?

I don’t count macros as anal as that, but I do just enough to have reference that I am eating enough.

When cutting, I manage every macro. When trying for size (hate the word ‘bulking’), I use more of a rough eyeball approach, with some attention to my carb intake (consciously higher on leg days).

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[quote]The Mighty Stu wrote:
When trying for size (hate the word ‘bulking’), I use more of a rough eyeball approach, with some attention to my carb intake (consciously higher on leg days).[/quote]
Pretty much the same here. I currently have one training day that’s higher volume plus some harsh barbell complexes as conditioning/cardio. I make sure I go into training well-fed that day and eat well afterwards. I perform noticeably worse if I walk into the gym hungry or “off”.

On my other training days, I pretty much only make a conscious decision to scale back carbs overall (going for a big egg-based breakfast, meat-based lunch, etc.).

For what it’s worth, though, my current training priority is not physique-oriented. If it was, though, um… I don’t think I’d actually change my strategy unless I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted each week.

[quote]EmarosaZ89 wrote:
I have a very fast metabolism. I am 6’1" 205 lbs and prob around 10-12% body fat. I am not really worried about getting below 10% bf but I want to get my weight up to 220… solid. I squat, I deadlift, etc. My only problem is getting enough food.[/quote]
You might want to give this article a read. You could be right along the lines of the lifter they’re talking about:

Seriously? I’ve heard of people increasing calories on or before leg day, but I find it very hard to believe that the caloric demands of a back and biceps day are significantly different than those of a chest and triceps day. (Or if you were just tossing out a random example, nevermind.)

[quote]The Mighty Stu wrote:
When trying for size (hate the word ‘bulking’), I use more of a rough eyeball approach, with some attention to my carb intake (consciously higher on leg days).[/quote]

Yeah that makes sense.

Seriously? I’ve heard of people increasing calories on or before leg day, but I find it very hard to believe that the caloric demands of a back and biceps day are significantly different than those of a chest and triceps day. (Or if you were just tossing out a random example, nevermind.)[/quote]

No I actually saw people were like breaking down macros for each day of the week. But I guess if you think about it, no matter how empirical you want to be about it, you gotta just go by how you feel. I just don’t really pay any attention to anything other than protein, and now that I’m a broke busy student and I weigh more than i used to, my diet is starting to affect me in the gym and w/ gains. I think I need to pay attention to carbs more, but I’m not going to start counting calories or anything.

^ might be talking about the “older” school carb cycling, where a lot of articles and people said pick a couple high days (bodyparts you really want to improve), some moderate days (bodyparts you aren’t as focused on bringing up) and the rest low days. In that sense people could have different macros for chest/tri’s compated to back/bi’s. I don’t think people still advocate that though, but I could be wrong.

For the original question, no I don’t strictly count. I know roughly what’s the content of the food, but if im off by a couple grams im not worried. Im not competing so it’s not a deal breaker.

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