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liftther4ibeast
02-15-2012, 09:50 AM
Hi, I'm 6 foot, ~200 lbs and am currently coming off of a long cut, in which I didn't really get as cut as I wanted, but after maintaining body weight for 8 weeks at 2000 calories, I decided I was tired of starving myself, losing strength, and not seeing any results in the mirror. So, I decided to bulk up a little, and in the first week of eating 2500 cals, I didn't gain an ounce, so I upped my cals to 3000, and in 4 days, I have put on 4 pounds, and I just feel fat...anybody else have this problem or something similar? And if so, how did you deal with it, or did it just work itself out? Any tips/advice would be greatly appreciated.

Oh yeah...I also lift 6 days a week and do cardio 4 days a week

Cliffs:
-6 foot, ~200 lbs
- maintained weight on 2000 cals for 8 weeks
-upped cals to 2500 for a week and stayed same weight
-upped cals to 3000, and gained 4 lbs in 4 days

cnh57811
02-15-2012, 09:53 AM
Calorie levels should be maintained for at least 3 weeks before changing. 1 week is not enough. If you maintained at 2k for 8 weeks, try sticking with 2500 for at least 3 weeks.

psychodiver9
02-15-2012, 09:56 AM
Most likely water weight. Don't worry. Increase cals in smaller increments to avoid big jumps

liftther4ibeast
02-15-2012, 09:57 AM
So should I drop back down to 2500 for a couple more weeks? Or should I just try and stay at 3000 for a few weeks?

lunchboy
02-15-2012, 10:22 AM
Might as well stick it out at the higher calorie level. With how frequently you work out I doubt you're above maintenance at 3k. Its all likely water weight/increased food in GI tract and glycogen replenishment.

liftther4ibeast
02-15-2012, 10:28 AM
Might as well stick it out at the higher calorie level. With how frequently you work out I doubt you're above maintenance at 3k. Its all likely water weight/increased food in GI tract and glycogen replenishment.

Yeah every single online calculator I've used has told me my maintenance for my activity level should be anywhere from 3200-3700, so I thought 3000 would be safe

KiengKoopa
02-15-2012, 10:28 AM
Might as well stick it out at the higher calorie level. With how frequently you work out I doubt you're above maintenance at 3k. Its all likely water weight/increased food in GI tract and glycogen replenishment.

6 ft, 200 lbs and your activity level...I have to agree with lunchboy.