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    Bulking question

    Alright I’m sure I know the answer to this but I would love to hear if it’s correct. So I’ve been bulking since I was 135 so about the last 5-6 months at 0.5 pounds a week and this week I weighed in at 146. Now I have an app called happy scale to track my moving average and since I started at 135 I’ve gained my 0.5 a week eating the exact same foods for the last 5 months to make it as easy as possible for me.

    Now this week I started at 146.2 and today i weighed in at 144.6 and now my average has finally changed to 0.4 a week.

    So my question is this, as you gain weight on a bulk are you supposed to increase the calories the more weight you gain? This looks to be true based off my weight finally dropping to under 0.5 a week. I did just switch to the intermediate fierce 5 U/L after doing the novice program but that was on Monday and I wouldn’t think me adding an extra day of workouts would effect my weight. Especially when I haven’t finished this week yet.

    Calories I’ve been eating at last 5-6 months is 2800 and my TDEE at 146 is 2475
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    Originally Posted by Calikid32190 View Post
    Alright I’m sure I know the answer to this but I would love to hear if it’s correct. So I’ve been bulking since I was 135 so about the last 5-6 months at 0.5 pounds a week and this week I weighed in at 146. Now I have an app called happy scale to track my moving average and since I started at 135 I’ve gained my 0.5 a week eating the exact same foods for the last 5 months to make it as easy as possible for me.

    Now this week I started at 146.2 and today i weighed in at 144.6 and now my average has finally changed to 0.4 a week.

    So my question is this, as you gain weight on a bulk are you supposed to increase the calories the more weight you gain? This looks to be true based off my weight finally dropping to under 0.5 a week. I did just switch to the intermediate fierce 5 U/L after doing the novice program but that was on Monday and I wouldn’t think me adding an extra day of workouts would effect my weight. Especially when I haven’t finished this week yet.
    Yes but not after 10lbs or so. You're probably only burning 15-20 calories more than you were 10lbs ago.

    There could be a lot of reasons for this change in rate. At the beginning of overfeeding, you probably gained a good bit of water weight before truly putting on weight, hence a higher average at first. You could have become more active overtime, increasing your TDEE on your own. Also, it could just be one of those weeks. Weight gain/loss seems to come in batches for some people vs. a steady rate. You may be retaining less water than usual for whatever hormonal, dietary, exercise-related reason.

    Don't increase yet. Continue on as long as you are progressing in your program, which is the number 1 priority.
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    Originally Posted by Nicksosure1 View Post
    Yes but not after 10lbs or so. You're probably only burning 15-20 calories more than you were 10lbs ago.

    There could be a lot of reasons for this change in rate. At the beginning of overfeeding, you probably gained a good bit of water weight before truly putting on weight, hence a higher average at first. You could have become more active overtime, increasing your TDEE on your own. Also, it could just be one of those weeks. Weight gain/loss seems to come in batches for some people vs. a steady rate. You may be retaining less water than usual for whatever hormonal, dietary, exercise-related reason.

    Don't increase yet. Continue on as long as you are progressing in your program, which is the number 1 priority.
    Thank you I won’t rush out to get more food then 😂 and you’re right because when I was 135 to about 142 it was actually normally averaging 0.7-0.8. It’s finally starting to average out to 0.5. Also I do carb ups on weekends and do keto Monday-Friday so that first weigh in on Monday is going to look crazy coming off 2 carb up days. Typically though it was averaging out to about 0.5 the first few months. It would be hit or miss but I stuck with my 2800 calories because it was 0.5 more times than not. Having carb up weekends I know once I deplete the glucose over the week my weight will go down. So even though I would have weeks where that average was 0.7-0.8 I felt it was more from the carb ups. Once I can’t progress on lifts then I want to eat more?
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