I started lean bulking around 3 weeks ago, at 165 lbs. On day 1 I started taking creatine and I jumped to 170 practically overnight from the water weight. Since then Iíve been eating 2500 calories a day (about +300 over maintenance) with heavy lifting 3 days a week (completely sedentary other than that). My problem is, itís pretty much impossible to track my maintenance calories because water weight fluctuates my weight anywhere from 168lbs to 174lbs day to day. So does 2500 seem like generally a good number for a 5í11 male of my weight? Or should I try increasing it?
03-04-2014, 02:55 PM #1
Having trouble finding my maintenance calories, am I eating enough?
03-04-2014, 02:58 PM #2
03-04-2014, 02:58 PM #3
03-04-2014, 03:08 PM #4
Thanks guys, my problem has been that when using the TDEE calculators online I'm not sure if lifting should count as activity. I've heard so many different answers to this question, that I just decided I'd go +300 over my "sedentary" number, and then adjust week-to-week. But the water weight jumps are really killing that plan. But I guess eating too much until I find maintenance is better than eating too little at this point though, so I'll bump it up to 2800 or so and see what happens.
03-04-2014, 03:20 PM #5
03-04-2014, 03:28 PM #6
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