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Is 2600 calories enough for me to gain 20 pounds of muscle
« on: July 02, 2011, 09:36:22 AM »
My stomach i finally flat from being paleo, but I had to cut so many things from my diet to remain paleo that I'm now at 2600 calories a day. I get enough protein and fat, but don't know if this will just get me cut instead of bigger. I workout intensely so please give me tips. Thanks

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Re: Is 2600 calories enough for me to gain 20 pounds of muscle
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2011, 09:50:33 AM »
i went from 160 to 200+ on paleo, killing myself in the gym 3x a week. I know trainers don't agree, but if it doesn't hurt the next day, you didn't push yourself hard enough.


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Re: Is 2600 calories enough for me to gain 20 pounds of muscle
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2011, 11:42:13 AM »
how many calories were you eating a day?

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Re: Is 2600 calories enough for me to gain 20 pounds of muscle
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2011, 08:02:49 PM »
Depending on your current weight and your goal that might be enough, or you might have to scale it up as you gain.

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Re: Is 2600 calories enough for me to gain 20 pounds of muscle
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2011, 09:48:55 PM »
What does your training plan and diet look like?
How long have you been training?
What other activities are you doing outside of training?


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Re: Is 2600 calories enough for me to gain 20 pounds of muscle
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2011, 11:42:24 PM »
My diet is a dozen eggs a day, 4 hamburgers 75% lean, an avocado, and 4 servings of olive oil. I work out 5 days a week, 2 days for recovery. I lift heavy and do calisthenics at the end of each workout. I do loads of negative reps as well. I am getting built I just want to know if this would be able to sustain another 20 pounds of muscle. I am 5"65 weigh 142 and I am aiming for 160. I have been training 2 months now. I am moderately active out side of training.

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Re: Is 2600 calories enough for me to gain 20 pounds of muscle
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2011, 05:29:11 AM »
My diet is a dozen eggs a day, 4 hamburgers 75% lean, an avocado, and 4 servings of olive oil.
That's it?

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I work out 5 days a week, 2 days for recovery.
I'm going to guess that you are training with a body part split?

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I lift heavy and do calisthenics at the end of each workout. I do loads of negative reps as well. I am getting built I just want to know if this would be able to sustain another 20 pounds of muscle. I am 5"65 weigh 142 and I am aiming for 160. I have been training 2 months now. I am moderately active out side of training.
20 pounds is a LOT of muscle! That will take years!

Calisthenics aren't going to help you add muscle. Negatives are just going to cook your central nervous system and not do much for your training.
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Re: Is 2600 calories enough for me to gain 20 pounds of muscle
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2011, 07:05:30 AM »
ExRx has a pretty nifty calorie calculator that takes into account your activity levels throughout the day. You'll need more than this expenditure to keep gaining muscle and, the more muscle you gain, the more you'll have to eat just to maintain yourself!

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Re: Is 2600 calories enough for me to gain 20 pounds of muscle
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2011, 08:22:11 AM »
Well I am limited to what I can eat (can't have too much iodine because of thyroid which means no fish, and I can't do added sugars). I was also eating a pound of chicken breast in addition but learned about gluconeogenesis which makes the excess protein turn into carbs which I am not looking for. And like I said, I only eat 2500-2600 calories, and that is that exactly. Negative reps I find build me more than anything. I do 2 regular sets, then the last one I do negative reps of a higher weight. I vary my workouts over a 20 day period, no workout is the same and each set contains a different number of reps to prevent plateauing.  I don't know what foods I can add that won't make me fat but will allow me to gain pure muscle.

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Re: Is 2600 calories enough for me to gain 20 pounds of muscle
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2011, 03:24:18 PM »
I don't know what foods I can add that won't make me fat but will allow me to gain pure muscle.

If you're eating high fat/low carb Paleo, you will gain lean weight.

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Re: Is 2600 calories enough for me to gain 20 pounds of muscle
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2011, 01:04:30 PM »
It may seem like you're not gaining fast enough though or really not at all at times, the key there is having realistic expectations.

Realistically, adding 20lbs of lean mass is likely going to take years of work.  Lean muscle comes slowwwwly, and there are time when you might not even see much of a scale difference for months if your body is recompositioning itself.

That has been my experience so far at least, my weight isn't increasing fast but I'm gradually becoming more muscular and vascular.

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Re: Is 2600 calories enough for me to gain 20 pounds of muscle
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2011, 10:49:47 AM »
Thank you so much!