To start, I am about 5'11", 190 lbs, maybe 10%-12% bf. Wondering if calorie restriction on rest days might effect muscle building? My schedule has been going something like this:
- Sunday: heavy weights, ~3000 calories
- Monday: morning (fasted) tabata cardio, fast until dinner, maybe 1000 calories total
- Tuesday-Thursday: 5am-6am heavy weights, ~3000 calories
- Friday: same as Monday
- Saturday: it's Saturday...who the hell knows
My thoughts are...eat to gain on heavy lifting, fast/eat less on rest days to counteract extra calories. Does anyone see any problems with this? Thanks!
asked byDesmond (2312)
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on March 04, 2014
at 11:07 PM
I would think it would be extremely difficult to gain much muscle if you're only eating 1,000 kcals on days where your muscles are healing and looking to grow. I don't think kcals play as big of a role as keeping protein to 1g per bodyweight (or lean bodyweight) and keeping carbs below 70g or so. Fill the rest in with fat and eat until you're full.