Okay, so I've started going to the gym full time as of 2 weeks ago. I've never held a gym membership before this and the only times I've ever gone were sporadically, but never for as a routine. I have to say that I really enjoy going and look forward to it and I can see differences in strength in just 2 weeks. However, here's my problem. I am definitely trying to build muscle and for that I know I must eat a lot. The only problem is that I've recently guesstimated how much calories I'm taking in per day and it's around 2000 at most (majority at night). To attain my goals, I should be consuming at least 2800 calories per day. I usually wake up at 8-9 am and sleep around midnight so that gives me just enough time for 6 meals which throughout the day should be roughly 470 calories per meal.
For breakfast, I usually have my protein shake with 8 oz of milk which is 230 calories. Then I have 2 slices of whole wheat toast which is 160 calories (total) and I have 2 whole eggs and 1 natural egg white usually scrambled which is roughly 160 calories. So for breakfast, I've already consumed 550 calories. Now before I go into the day, let me say that I have a casein protein shake before I go to bed. This usually consists of 8 oz milk, 1 scoop of casein protein, and I also have 8-12 almonds as well an hour or so before bed. So that's roughly 330 calories for my last meal.
Now this gives me 1900 calories to spread out through 4 meals split between breakfast and when I go to sleep. The only problem is that I see no possible way for me to consume this much on a daily basis without spending almost $10 a day purely on food and I just don't have that kind of money. I usually spend my time at class/gym from when I wake up to around 8pm which is my 5th meal. During the course of all this, I'd have to prepare 3 meals which is nearly impossible especially when they all have to be around 400-500 calories each. I'll usually prepare enough for a single meal and then buy something for $3 that fills me up but I'm still short a meal and my two meals don't necessarily add up to 800+ calories.
My problem isn't with eating or trying to figure out what to eat, but how to do it in a way where I can save some money. It's great that my gym membership's $10 a month. But at this rate, I see myself spending more on food per month than I do on my car payment.
02-04-2012, 10:56 PM #1
Getting in Enough Calories per Day
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02-04-2012, 11:41 PM #5
I agree with you, you definitely need to be eating more calories. And like Avodo said, if you're on a tight budget then fill up on milk. As for fast food I think that you're best off with subway's five-dollar footlongs. That's more than enough calories if you get a good sub with lots of stuff packed into it. And you'd only be spending $5 a day.
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Weight gainer is no replacement for real food, should just be used a supplement. Dictionary.com has a great definition on what "supplement" means. Especially on a fixed income, weight gainer is ****ing expensive.
02-05-2012, 01:53 AM #8
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