So, i've upped my calories quite a bit. I'm getting 3500 minimum every day, even on light days, 4k maximum unless I eat out. The more I eat, the hungrier I get it seems.
How do you interpret this hunger? Does my body need more food? Should I ignore it and just rigidly count my calories and see how much weight and BF% I gain weekly? I'm trying to gain w/o seeing my BF go too high but I don't want to stall any gains I could make by not eating enough.
This is the first time I've tried intentionally putting on weight. I guess i don't really know by BMR, but i'm 16% BF and 210-215 right now (if that helps). I'm kind of keeping track of my calories in my head... I have 6 planned feedings consisting of 500 calories (minimum) each with a PWO shake on workout days and I've been throwing in a snickers or something when I get pretty hungry between meals, or some peanut butter at home (I snack AT LEAST 2x/day, or make a feeding or two bigger to intentionally to hit 3500).
If I eat out, that takes the place of a feeding, but I stay on track with the rest of the feedings. I never thought I'd be able to eat a tripple whopper w/ cheese and then be hungry again a few hours later but I am. This BBB is no joke.
So bottom line: eat more when I'm hungry, even if I end up topping 4-5k? Or if I let my appetite be the driver, will I end up looking like Oprah? (I do not have a problem overeating. I rather enjoy it.)