okay, buddy, here: the key word is SLOWLY!!!
what you have done is amazing, and it has given you a great new starting point: your diet now is even more critical than before, because you must realize that gaining lean tissue is a SLOW affair and honestly, except for total noobies or guys on gear, you will NOT put on much more than 5-7 pounds of lean tissue in a year, and even that is not forever.....
so keep your calorie total just above maintenance and not by very much: I would use ONLY 250 CALORIES above maintenance as the starting point of your new diet.
in fact, it could easily be argued, that if you have nailed down your maintenance to an exact amount and proportion of macros, it may simply be a matter of adding ONE measly protein drink a day..seriously....but make it a good one, since you have a couple of hundred calories to spare here, so it could be a drink where you add some fresh fruit as carbs, eg banana, etc.....
this way, you could keep the rest of your diet structured basically the same as before.....with a tiny bit more leeway on portions.....
example: let's say your maintenance is 2500, and you were doing 2000 in the weight losing diet: now you can "relax" the portions so that you are back to the 2500, and then, as before, just add one extra protein drink to get to the 2750 range.......
monitor the weight gains CAREFULLY!! If you have been doing the lower amount (2000) for quite some time, I strongly recommend that you build up to the maintenance FIRST, until your weight stabilizes: by this I mean, as soon as you go back to maintenance, you WILL at first gain a few pounds, even if it is only water weight, but wait until that stabilizes, AT LEAST, a month, before adding over maintenance.
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02-17-2013, 04:43 AM #31
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02-17-2013, 07:13 AM #35
Very impressive work! You look lean, not skinny. I'm interested in seeing what program people suggest for you too. Are you looking for strength gains, hypertrophy, a mix? I'm doing starting strength and there's no reason for me to be thinking ahead to when that is over, but I do sometimes, lol.
I think John gave great advice on your diet. Since you are in the habit of tracking already, you don't really have anything to lose by keeping it up- and as you work on adding muscle/minimizing fat you'll have the data about your body to know what works best for you you calorie wise... Just a thought.My training journal: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=150928103
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