Wasn't using a calculator just basing it off what I know about metabolic rate and how much (well, little) muscle tissue uses. Fair enough though mate. I just remember reading your pre-comp journal and seeing how much cardio you do and thinking...there is no reason you should have to be doing that much (i know you said you enjoy it and it's for health too etc, but it's unarguably not good for holding muscle at that amount)
If you have to fight that hard for muscle you need that much food, I'd rather just up the med use and drop a few thousand kcal.
Genuinely don't see how 7k, even 6k calories, active job and clean sources or not, is productive or necessary, unless meds are absolutely blasted, gaining 1kg in a week, if you've taken water into account and it's an accurate measurement, probably what 750g of that is fat?
Not having a go or anything here, like I said, you know your body and have walked the walk, and I do appreciate the active job and that you find it hard to add mass, I just can't fathom the kcals when I know a fair few active guys 14/15 stone lean who would consider 4k a dirty bulk!
Least I agree the food sources are fine though lol!
obviously some things i cant/dont talk about on the forum in there mate.
Im running this diet for 6 weeks, then it will drop back a bit.
As for the diet, this is where we get into just why its baffling. my body seems super adaptable to food intakes, at 4-5k i honestly wouldnt gain anything at all. I can cut fat on 4k with a little cardio (few sessions a week), and very easily get lean. however, when i get to about the 10% mark something weird happens, and my calorie requirements drop way down, to the point where ive been under 2k cals a day, with hours of cardio on top of my job and struggling to loose fat. I know it defys logic, knowledge and seeimingly thermodynamics, but as much as i enjoy cardio, i wouldnt choose to do 3x sessions a day on bugger all food, at that point im not feeling fantastic thats for sure.
I tried a very lean bulking diet coming out of competitions in 2010, when i was having prep help, calories were slowly built up, diet was clean as a whistle, didnt really even have cheat meals, and everything was nailed (i do think somethimes people doubt me on that) fat very slowly crept on, and at the end of it all when i cut into the next show i had worked my arse off in the gym and made no real gains, beyond a slightly better look on stage, and i ended the diet eating tiny tiny amounts of food.
this year ive ramped food up way high, knowing that as soon as i start cutting it down ill start loosing fat, even when still on 5k, with a little cardio (which i do year round anyway), and im intending on next prep having higher food levels and less cardio.
ill put some photos up in a month or so of where this diet has taken me!