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    Bulking question

    Hey peeps,

    I have been looking to add size for the past 6 weeks or so. Eating 4,200 cals a day. Macros 360 carb 120 fat 360 protein. I've barely budged on the scale, 177 lbs to 179 fluctuation.
    I'm 44, work out 4-6 times a week and have a very active job. I recently upped my carbs to 420 and cut protein to 300. Will this be a better way of bulking? Looking for ideas.....

    Thanks

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    That's a decent amount of cals.

    Are u on cycle? I'm guessing no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 73rr View Post
    That's a decent amount of cals.

    Are u on cycle? I'm guessing no?
    No not on cycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto99 View Post
    No not on cycle.
    My suggestion would be give it some more time with your diet at 4200 cals like u have been. Gaining lean weight isn't easy and u said u gained 2 pounds.

    Size takes time. I don't know how intense your work out is but maybe make your week into a 4 gym days. Recover in the 3 off days and then hit it hard again for 4 days.

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    Thanks for the reply. Workouts go to failure every set, with at least one drop set, sometimes a couple more. Do you think adding the carbs and dropping the protein will help? Just don't want to give up any muscle.
    Thanks

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    Hey Roberto.

    How about some stats?

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    Quote Originally Posted by numbere View Post
    Hey Roberto.

    How about some stats?
    Age 44, 179 lbs, 5'11, about 10% bf I'm guessing, abs slight defined

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    For what its worth, I'm about your age, currently at 3600cal for my endomorphic self... not on a cycle either. I'm 40% protein, 30/30 carbs and fat. I get pudgy easily, and I hate cardio.

    These are for my body, but... I've experimented with various percentage splits over the years, upping carbs being one of them, several times. I seem to gain weight easily but at my best nowadays, I seem to always add about a 50/50 mix of muscle to fat (ie: If I'm up a pound, its 1/2 fat and 1/2 muscle) assuming of course that fat calipers and a tape measure are accurate to some degree.

    My point being that I'd kill to add 2 pounds of LBM in 6 weeks... that would be 8 1/2 pounds a YEAR(ish). At 44 and not being on a cycle, I'd say you're getting it right already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie67 View Post
    For what its worth, I'm about your age, currently at 3600cal for my endomorphic self... not on a cycle either. I'm 40% protein, 30/30 carbs and fat. I get pudgy easily, and I hate cardio.

    These are for my body, but... I've experimented with various percentage splits over the years, upping carbs being one of them, several times. I seem to gain weight easily but at my best nowadays, I seem to always add about a 50/50 mix of muscle to fat (ie: If I'm up a pound, its 1/2 fat and 1/2 muscle) assuming of course that fat calipers and a tape measure are accurate to some degree.

    (My point being that I'd kill to add 2 pounds of LBM in 6 weeks... that would be 8 1/2 pounds a YEAR(ish). At 44 and not being on a cycle, I'd say you're getting it right already.)

    The part in ( ) is pritty spot on to me! ^^^^His last paragraph. Keep doing what you have been and give it some more time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie67 View Post
    For what its worth, I'm about your age, currently at 3600cal for my endomorphic self... not on a cycle either. I'm 40% protein, 30/30 carbs and fat. I get pudgy easily, and I hate cardio.

    These are for my body, but... I've experimented with various percentage splits over the years, upping carbs being one of them, several times. I seem to gain weight easily but at my best nowadays, I seem to always add about a 50/50 mix of muscle to fat (ie: If I'm up a pound, its 1/2 fat and 1/2 muscle) assuming of course that fat calipers and a tape measure are accurate to some degree.


    My point being that I'd kill to add 2 pounds of LBM in 6 weeks... that would be 8 1/2 pounds a YEAR(ish). At 44 and not being on a cycle, I'd say you're getting it right already.
    Thanks for the reply Charlie,
    Your response totally makes sense. I know growing is a patient mans game. I have had good results in the past couple years, but I feel like I'm plateauing a bit so I guess I'm getting a little frustrated. Your insight makes me take a step back and realize that I'm doing well and just got to keep going. I'm an ectomorph so growing is always been a challenge.
    Thanks again

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    Thanks 73rr, I have to be more patient and realize I'm doing well. Thanks for making me realize this. I think I will keep upping cals as I grow, to ensure I'm feeding the muscle enough.
    Thanks
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