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    Should i be counting my macros if i am lean bulking? (i only count Kcals)

    I am currently 21 years old, 6'3", 13% BF and 180lbs.

    I have started lean bulking(+15%) and training 5 days a week ensuring i progressively overload(on PHAT).

    I have been eating at ~3500kcals for 3 weeks and have gained 1lb (weighing myself everyday in the morning) so i assume this is my maintenance. I have readjusted it to 4000kcals which represents a +15% surplus.

    My question is, if i am hitting 180g of protein at day (at least) do i need to be concerned about my macros at all? in terms of carbs/protein/fats ratio?

    I eat the same meals every week and they are comprised of:

    Oats and milk - 600kcal
    Chicken and rice- 800kcal
    Pizza (Pepperoni, BBQ Chicken) - 1500kcal
    Oven fish and chips - 800 kcals
    Scrambled egg with toast and beans - 1000kcals
    Egg and Bacon sandwiches - 1000 kcals
    2 Mcdonalds double Cheeseburgers - 900 kcals (every other day)
    Mass gainer with 1 litre of full fat milk - 1000kcals (everyday)
    Tuna Sandwiches - 800kcal

    These are an example of how i meet my daily kcal requirements. Everyday i eat a different mixture so sometimes my macros will be 25/25/50, 30/30/40, 40/20/40 (somedays of mainly processed foods and fast foods, some days of not). Does it matter if i am hitting 1g protein per lb of bodyweight and 0.4lb of fat per lb of bodyweight per day?
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    should at least count your protein. and if you gained 1 pound you weren't eating at maintenance.
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    IMO it doesn't matter that much on the long term. If you eat 4000 calories you'll probably hit your protein goals easily without much effort, same goes for fat. I'd say keep it simple and save the macro counting for when you're on a strict cut.
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    Alwats count marcos.

    Even though you are on a bulk, you still want a balanced intake that inlucudes at least 1g/per pound protein.
    Its good to know what you are taking in regardless.
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    I would be counting my macros regardless of what I'm doing personally...You should meet the minimum requirments for protein and fat per day, then filling in the rest of calories with carbs or however you want while providing a 200 to 400 calorie surplus.
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    Originally Posted by hardgainerhub View Post
    Does it matter if i am hitting 1g protein per lb of bodyweight and 0.4lb of fat per lb of bodyweight per day?
    Yes, if you expect to reach the minumum requirements of those essential macros.
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