Eating Enough To Gain Muscle
I've been Bulletproof (Diet and BPIF) for three weeks now and have lost 10 lb., most likely all from fat. Energy is great, skin is looking better, I've been getting plenty of compliments from friends, and random women keep grabbing my butt when I pass them on the sidewalk.
That last one may not be totally true, but nonetheless I've been feeling great! I'm definitely not "ripped" yet, so far I've gone from a BF of about 20% to about 16% (my roommate's BF scanner is not very quality).
Although one of my biggest goals is to drop bodyfat, I have recently decided to shift my focus to gaining lean muscle. I've picked up Body By Science and love both the reading material and the HIT workouts. My logic in wanting to gain muscle first is 1) I want to see how well the BBS protocol actually works for myself and 2) if I gain lean muscle first, with the increased caloric expenditure from the muscle, I am sure it will be easier to strip fat after gaining some muscle.
Also, I'm getting a nice raise pretty soon so I will be able to afford all of the supplements needed for the Rapid Fat Loss Protocol in the next several weeks.
So my plan is to focus on building muscle for the next 2-3 months and then do the RFLP.
The only problem is, I am finding it difficult to eat tons of calories. My roommate has decent muscle (5'10", 184 lb. 11% BF) and can easily put down 3500 calories in a day (he also lifts 4-5 days a week). I'm 5'7", 155 lb. 16% BF and I have a hard time getting down 1900 calories. I'm so full from my BP Coffee for breakfast and other healthy fats throughout the day that I have virtually no appetite.
But I want to make sure to have enough calories available so muscle growth is promoted in my body. I've read that you should eat the calories of the body you want to have. So should I be aiming for 2200+ calories and my bodyweight in protein every day?
Would love some advice on the subject!
(Again the BBS protocol is one workout per week, which is the same day I also do refeeds.)
Thanks for the help!
When I'm not eating delicious, Bulletproof food, I spend my time reading, listening to podcasts/audiobooks, lifting, traveling, and helping people to:
1.) become a more powerful version of themselves and 2.) create real income online. I have to admit, my life is quite fun!