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Calorie Mix-Up for Muscle Gain + Fat Loss??

Answered on March 04, 2014
Created March 03, 2014 at 8:47 PM

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!

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on March 04, 2014
at 06:56 PM

Eh? ANyone?

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

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on March 03, 2014
at 09:17 PM

Ya I did LeanGains for a while but too hard with an 8-5 job and morning workouts

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at 09:08 PM

sounds like the leangains protocol (http://www.leangains.com/2010/04/leangains-guide.html), except you are not doing IF and your calorie swings are more significant than the leangains approach.

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on March 04, 2014
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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.

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