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  • Posted On: 07-02-18, 5:02 pm (EDT) #1

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    July 2, 2018, 5:02 pm

    Hey Scott,

    Really enjoying the content you have out there and I stick to your exercise programs (currently in push/pull/legs, and seeing progress in strength). However, I've always struggled with the diet part of fitness. I've tracked my macros before but never really knew how much I needed to eat/how many calories I needed to consume. I've seen some of your videos and calculated my BMR/meal planned on your website exactly 2 months ago. I weighed 172 then and now 177, which is pretty good but I don't feel/look much different. I am 5' 9,5", 21 years old, training for 2.5 years now. My goal is to gain muscle and strength, though I am wanting to shred/lose fat when appropriate. Based on the BMR calculator you have on the site, my BMR at rest is 1,914 and BMR in motion is 2,968 (working out 3-5 days a week). This would mean that I'd have to eat about 3,468 calories a day. When I watched your video today (Bulking vs Cutting), it said that BMR in motion is 2,450, putting me at 2,950 calories on workout days to bulk. It's a pretty big discrepancy, and quite frankly I'm a little confused as to how much I should eat. Could you help me out with this?? 

     

    PS. It might just be me, but I feel like 3,468 is so much to eat for me. I can barely get 3,000 in. 

  • Posted On: 07-03-18, 11:01 pm (EDT) #2

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    July 3, 2018, 11:01 pm

    Hey Scott,

    Really enjoying the content you have out there and I stick to your exercise programs (currently in push/pull/legs, and seeing progress in strength). However, I've always struggled with the diet part of fitness. I've tracked my macros before but never really knew how much I needed to eat/how many calories I needed to consume. I've seen some of your videos and calculated my BMR/meal planned on your website exactly 2 months ago. I weighed 172 then and now 177, which is pretty good but I don't feel/look much different. I am 5' 9,5", 21 years old, training for 2.5 years now. My goal is to gain muscle and strength, though I am wanting to shred/lose fat when appropriate. Based on the BMR calculator you have on the site, my BMR at rest is 1,914 and BMR in motion is 2,968 (working out 3-5 days a week). This would mean that I'd have to eat about 3,468 calories a day. When I watched your video today (Bulking vs Cutting), it said that BMR in motion is 2,450, putting me at 2,950 calories on workout days to bulk. It's a pretty big discrepancy, and quite frankly I'm a little confused as to how much I should eat. Could you help me out with this?? 

     

    PS. It might just be me, but I feel like 3,468 is so much to eat for me. I can barely get 3,000 in. 

    I would start with the calculator on the site, and go from there.

     

    But that doesn't mean you have to start with 3400 calories. Start at about 3200 calories which would have you in a 250 calorie surplus for lean gains.

     

    However, with that being said, if you're not even eating 3000 calories now, but you're gaining weight, then there's no need to increase your intake just yet. Keep in mind that any calculator, here on the site or in my videos, is just a starting point to work from. It's not set in stone.

     

    So if you've found that personally, you can eat 2800-2900 calories and gain weight, keep doing that. Only increase your intake when you stop gaining weight. And the bottom line is if you stop gaining weight, but struggle to eat 3000 calories, you just have to find a way to do it. Because that's the way to keep making progress 💪 😊 

  • Posted On: 08-09-18, 2:14 pm (EDT) #3

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    August 9, 2018, 2:14 pm

    Hey Scott,

     

    took your advice and I'm eating 3,200 on workout days and 2,600 on rest days. Just gotta give it time to see if it works out for me. Thanks again for your words of wisdom.

  • Posted On: 08-10-18, 12:26 am (EDT) #4

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    August 10, 2018, 12:26 am

    Hey Scott,

     

    took your advice and I'm eating 3,200 on workout days and 2,600 on rest days. Just gotta give it time to see if it works out for me. Thanks again for your words of wisdom.

    @basicallyvegetables Great! Happy to help!

     

    It definitely does take time. Got to be consistent and patient. Don't go too low on your off days though, because you still want to make sure you're in that surplus to gain weight/muscle! 💪 

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