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peua2c
08-01-2013, 11:13 PM
Hi All,

Been lifting around 2 years. Moved from a slow cut to clean bulk (aiming 8-12 months) around 6 weeks ago. Calculated TDEE and ate at maintenance for 3 weeks (2500) and since have increased to 2700 per week.

My weight has stayed exactly the same 86.3kg / 190lbs but my lifts are going up almost linearly and I "feel" bigger. No up to date bf% but estimated at 11% at end of cut.

Is this possible? Is eating more calories enough for strength to go up without muscle mass increase? Should I eat more or just stick at this until strength doesn't continue to increase then bump up food intake?

LeanAsFuark
08-02-2013, 12:14 AM
Strength doesn't need muscle mass, only at a certain point where you actually do need more muscles to lift the weights. Non the less, you're bulking = aiming for building muscle. You can't build muscle if you're maintaining your physique
Hi All,

Been lifting around 2 years. Moved from a slow cut to clean bulk (aiming 8-12 months) around 6 weeks ago. Calculated TDEE and ate at maintenance for 3 weeks (2500) and since have increased to 2700 per week.

My weight has stayed exactly the same 86.3kg / 190lbs but my lifts are going up almost linearly and I "feel" bigger. No up to date bf% but estimated at 11% at end of cut.

Is this possible? Is eating more calories enough for strength to go up without muscle mass increase? Should I eat more or just stick at this until strength doesn't continue to increase then bump up food intake?

peua2c
08-02-2013, 12:20 AM
So, maintain 2700 for next week or so then bump up again by ~200cals if no change in scale weight?

KobiDC
08-02-2013, 03:12 AM
Adjust every 3-4 weeks if you're not gaining at the weight desired. Give yourself time; water weight masks results.

peua2c
08-02-2013, 03:54 AM
Cool, thanks.

We've also had unusually warm weather recently and although I'm drinking more to compensate I always wake up dehydrated. Obviously I weigh myself on waking so not sure if water loss over night can skew my readings. Noticed I went from 88.2kg to 86.5kg over night last night.

jimaras22
08-02-2013, 05:26 AM
you have also to take into account the calories you burn.

if your maintenance is 2500 when you don't workout then 2700 are ok for bulk but you need 2900 if you workout.