Here’s how to work out your required calories – Take your bodyweight in pounds and multiply it by 18, 20 or 22 – Multiply by 18 if you have a sedentary job and train hard with weights two to three times per week.
Multiply by 20 if you have an active job and train hard with weights two to three times per week, or have a sedentary job but train hard with weights four to six times per week, or two to three times per week with additional high-intensity cardio sessions thrown in.
This should be largely based off personal preference, as provided you’re hitting a minimum of 0.3 and not exceeding 0.6, you’re okay.
When cutting, we upped this to 1 gram per pound, as a lower calorie intake can cause muscle loss, so a little extra protein acts as a buffer.
Additionally, you will be hungrier when dieting, and protein has a satiating effect.
Alcohol is a fourth macronutrient and has 7 calories per gram, but for now we’re not overly concerned with this.
Bulking refers to the process of gaining body weight, preferably in the form of muscle mass.
If you tend to err towards fattier foods, such as cheese, bacon, nuts and fatty desserts, then aim for 0.5 or 0.6 grams of fat per pound.
You’ll likely enjoy a diet far more (and therefore be much more likely to stick to it) if you have more room for your preferred higher-fat foods in your diet.Bodybuilders tend to have two different approaches to bulking; the “eat everything” approach, which involves not monitoring calorie intake, and just eating virtually as much food as is physically comfortable.This can yield excellent gains in muscle and strength, but brings with it a lot of added fat mass, often in as high as a 2:1 to 4:1 fat to muscle ratio.Using this approach (depending on your starting point) you could bulk for 12 to 24 months while still looking lean and without fear of gaining an uncomfortable or excessive amount of body fat.Step 1: Determining Calories First step again is to calculate roughly how many calories you need per day.Multiply by 22 if you have an active job and train hard with weights four to six times per week, or you’re an athlete performing multiple weights and cardio sessions weekly or even daily.