I tried posting this in the general nutrition forum but didn't get any responses. So I'm giving it a try in the advanced nutrition forum to see if anyone has an answer. Thanks much in advance.
I have recently been surprisingly successful in cutting down via a simple yet intense regimen. I calculated by basal metabolic rate, added exercise calories, subtracted calories for fat reduction, cut out alcohol and refined flour. I have gone from 183-4 pounds in late April to 168 pounds at the end of July. Body fat from 17% to 11%-12%. (The exact fat number awaits a forthcoming hydrostatic test.)
When I started the program, I set a fat loss goal of 1.5 pounds per week. To get there, I used 3,500 calories per pound of fat, meaning 5,250 calories per week, or 750 per day, below BMR + Exercise. Sometime in August, I will reach my lean-out goal, which was the lower of 165 pounds or 10.5% body fat. (Trust me, I have been pleasantly shocked as hell by how well this has turned out.) Then I will swing into a bulk-up program, with a goal of ending up at 190-195 pounds with 13% body fat or less.
Here's my question: In figuring out how much above my BMR to go during bulk-up, is there a number of calories per pound of muscle, similar to that per pound of fat, that I can add my BMR to arrive at a total caloric intake? As during cut-down, I will be in the gym four times a week, but during bulk-up I will be significantly reducing (yet not eliminating) my cardio workouts. I have begun to read through the library of bulk-up articles on this site, and don't see anything expressed in those terms, i.e., extra calories per pound of muscle. I'm thinking that the concept might not transfer between muscle and fat, but I thought I would ask here just to be sure.
I apologize for this awfully long posting for a simple question. I'm really not, at least at this point, asking for other advice. Between my trainer and the library articles here, I think I'll have enough advice. But if someone does know whether there's a direct muscle-calorie connection like there is with fat and calories, I'd love to hear about it. Thanks much!
Thread: Calories in 1 Pound of Muscle?