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Suggestions, Eating to Gain?


#1

I'm mid-thirties, and spent the last year or so dieting my ass down from 180 (est 30% BF) to 150 (est 12%). I've been lifting the whole time but only t-nation style for the last couple of months. My current intake averages around 1500 calories (at 5ft 6inches).
I've read everything about what to eat when I start trying to gain some muscle ... but the question is:
Do I just jump my calories up to the target level overnight or should there be some kind of progression?

I'm assuming progression is required but I'm not clear on how long/slow to take it.

Thoughts?


#2

Congrats on your hard-earned results, chub39. Maybe it's time to change you're username now that you're a BUFF 150. (grin)

Take it slow and easy re raising your calories. If you're currently doing cardio, back off to no more than 2 or 3 HIIT-type sessions (20 minutes max).

Give it a few days to a week and watch the scales.

From there you you need to start adding in calories, as you've already surmised. My recommendation is that you add 100-125 calories to your PWO nutrition in the form of starchy carbs. Keep all other things the same. Give it a week. Then add another 100-125 calories once again in the form of starchy carbs to a second PWO meal. Starchy carbs are defined as brown rice, sweet potatoes, yams, oatmeal.

Make sure you're meeting your protein and healthy fat requirements; i.e., 1.5g x LBM for protein and .4 to .5g x LBM for fat. If you work out in the evening, you should be eating green veggies during the day and starchy carbs PWO.

From there, pick a good bulking program. I like Chad Waterbury's programs and Charles Staley's EDT for bulking.

That ought to give you a running start. Once again, congrats on the results.


#3

Read Berardi's Massive Eating Reloaded Part I, it answers your question in detail. Here is the link:

http://www.t-nation.com/findArticle.do;jsessionid=4757FA7035ECE558777D1F1FF4EFEAAB.ba13?article=302mass2

Basically he lays out the progression of how to build up the calories until you get where you see the results you want. Hope this helps.


#4

GREAT info. for you here so far.

I just wanted to add a little link to a VERY recent thread that may help you. Lots of good info. "Bulking Tips for Newbies" they just seem to get buried fairly quickly round here.

http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=487126

I think I might even bump that bad boy up for ya just because it was such a great thread.lol

Hope that helps,
Phill