I posted this on another site and couldn't really get a definitive answer, but I have a feeling I will find one here.
I'm 6'1", 193 lbs. and I weighed 233 lbs. about half a year ago (I lost a lot of fat through exercise and moderate lifting). Now I want to put on some muscle mass and have started an Overload Volume program this week. I'm eating extremely healthy foods now with plenty of protein, but my daily numbers are averaging:
So I'm easily hitting my protein numbers, but I'm definitely eating less calories than I'm burning. I was hoping that this would equate to both muscle gain and fat loss, but I want to make sure before I really get going. It would be really easy to add calories (and probably more carbs) if needed.
So as I ask in the subject, what is the difference between calories and protein in gaining mass? Are the calories needed?
I'm sure prisoners get deficient amounts of both, but they can put on some size. So what's the deal?