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2/7/13 12:07 P

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Coach Tanya

GLITCH019 Posts: 1
2/2/13 11:25 A

my basic stats:
17 years old, male, 5'9", 107-110 lbs. when I first wake up in the morning.

Back in April of 2012, I weighed 125 and was 5'7. Since then I have lost weight because of my extreme diets and over-exercising. I have developed a strained relationship with food. I want to start gaining some mass because I am incredibly small and want to be a bit bigger. According to my BMI, I am underweight and need to gain weight- not just muscle. I figure since I need to gain weight, I should focus on gaining muscle.

I lift weights 3-4 times per week at the gym for 45-60 minutes per session. On lifting days, I also the elliptical for about an hour.
On non-lifting days, I run on the elliptical for about 2 hours.
Sometimes I'll instead run on the treadmill or do the stationary bike. I average 1-3 hours of cardio a day.

I eat about 200 grams of protein a day.
I eat plenty of fresh green vegetables and lots of fruit.
I don't eat junk food.
I eat lots of whole grain.

My general nutrition (macros) is not my concern. My concern is calories. How many do I need a day?

I used online calculators to find my BMR which is 1500 kcals. I factor in my walking around school and other various factors like that and arrive at 2000. After adding in my desired 500 calorie surplus, I'm at 2500. I then add in my cardio calories and I sit at about 3000 calories a day.

Is this enough calories? I usually find myself hungry even after eating all of this food. I wonder if it's all the cardio that I do. I don't think I'll give up my cardio because I love it too much but I'm also afraid of overeating. Will my body adjust to this number of calories and the hunger pangs will stop? I measure out all of my food very carefully so I am very sure I am actually eating this many calories a day.

Any advice is greatly appreciated. If you have any recommendations on how many calories a day I should eat, that would be great. Thanks. If you have any questions for me, just ask.

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