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Dublo
12-01-2006, 08:24 PM
During a bulk phase, does anyone here eat much less on off days?
I've seen a few people do this in their logs, and I'm guessing it all depends on person to person.

Sockomalo
12-01-2006, 08:28 PM
for me the only difference between workout and non workout day is my post workout shake

1quick1
12-01-2006, 08:34 PM
If you wanted you could cut 200-300 calories out on non-workout days, preferably carbs in the later parts of your day.

Dublo
12-01-2006, 10:23 PM
If you wanted you could cut 200-300 calories out on non-workout days, preferably carbs in the later parts of your day.

Wouldn't it be beneficial to eat some carbs at night, so when you're sleeping your body feeds off glycogen and not the aminos in muscle tissue?

jstone28
12-02-2006, 06:53 AM
[QUOTE=Sockomalo;12914893]for me the only difference between workout and non workout day is my post workout shake[/QUOTE

IMO the only real difference is calories from the pre/post shakes. you need food on your off days to grow, especially while bulking

Sam C
12-02-2006, 09:22 AM
I usually take 200-300 calories off on off days. This is because lifting takes like 200-300 calories, so when you don't lift, you don't need the extra calories. Please correct me if I'm wrong though.

Macrobolic
12-02-2006, 09:23 AM
During a bulk phase, does anyone here eat much less on off days?
I've seen a few people do this in their logs, and I'm guessing it all depends on person to person.

I eat less on off days

OzStriker
12-02-2006, 12:20 PM
200-300 Calories seems like a good figure, I stick religiously to my Calories each day and find that my hunger/energy levels are similar on on and off days with a 300 Calorie deficit on off days.

I workout in the AM and on off days basically cut back on my morning food, eating the same as an on day from 10am onwards.

MisterBrian06
12-02-2006, 04:33 PM
I tend to feel like i need to eat alittle bit more caloric dense food on off days so i can load up the next 2 days off off days for my next intense week of working out. but I stay off the carb after around 6-7 pm. but i only do this when im tryin to gain weight.

purefitness
12-02-2006, 07:51 PM
I used to feel like eating the same amount of food on my off days was too much, but now i do some light cardio in the mornings and eat to my hearts content the rest of the day. I know a lot of it is in my head, it helps to increase my appetite and in my head all the food i am eating is going to good use...i also think it helps with the nutritient partitioning. (ps im bulking, and eating like it)

buffgrk
12-02-2006, 07:55 PM
i eat the same ammount apart from my preworkout meal and postworkout meal which is about 900 cals so yeah..

StandTall
12-02-2006, 08:31 PM
An off day is just the day before another workout day for which the food you take in the day before will be a primary source of energy. As above prety musch stick to the status qo without a post workout shake

cute_asian_girl
12-02-2006, 11:09 PM
If I'm already cutting at 1300 calories should I consume less on off days? That would put me at about 1000 calories and I always heard that dropping below 1200 eats muscle.

*Keep in mind I eat a lot less than most the people on here because I'm so small. I.e. 5'4".

Vante
12-03-2006, 04:50 AM
If I'm already cutting at 1300 calories should I consume less on off days? That would put me at about 1000 calories and I always heard that dropping below 1200 eats muscle.

*Keep in mind I eat a lot less than most the people on here because I'm so small. I.e. 5'4".

At most drop it to 1200...

livinonlava
12-03-2006, 07:44 PM
If I'm already cutting at 1300 calories should I consume less on off days? That would put me at about 1000 calories and I always heard that dropping below 1200 eats muscle.

*Keep in mind I eat a lot less than most the people on here because I'm so small. I.e. 5'4".

You should be cycling your calories to avoid your body's adjustment to the reduced level. If your target is 1300 daily, cycle this number between, say, 1000 and 1600 to obtain an average of 1300 daily over the course of a week. Try to center the higher calorie days around your most intense training. Make the lowest calorie days your off days. There is no magic level at which your body "eats muscle". If you are sub-maintenance, your body will already be wanting to break down muscle protein to make up the energy deficit. This is why you should keep your protein intake high and your training intensity up -- you must convince your body that it requires the muscle to perform daily activity. It will then shift to its only other stored energy source: fat. Hope this is useful.