Since going vegan a few months ago I've lost around a stone in weight, which thankfully is mostly fat, but I've also lost some muscle mass, and with it some strength.
With my stats being roughly as below for 1RM I really need to be upping my strength, and certainly can't warrant losing any more:
40kg OH press
At around 65~70kg body weight
When vegetarian I tried bulking, getting around 3000 cals/day, and the weight did go up, but unfortunately so did the waistline. Recently my diet has become very clean, and vegan, so I was hoping that just simply by eating more I should increase my strength without increasing too much bodyfat, but this doesn't seem to be happening.
My daily food intake tends to be:
Breakfast: almond milk and 50g oats ~ 300 cals
Morning snack: Fruit, veg, protein smoothie ~ 400 cals
Lunch: Leftovers from previous nights dinner ~ 300-400 cals
Afternoon snack: 25g nuts & a piece of fruit ~ 300 cals
Post workout if training day: Thrive recovery drink ~ 300 cals
Dinner: homecooked, vegan meal ~ 300-400 cals
Now, after adding all this up I'm getting around 2000 calories per day on training days, and 1700 on rest days. (Shit, just writing this down I can see I need more than that!)
SO......is 3000 calories something I should still be aiming for as a rough guide to do a clean bulk? I don't mind putting on some fat, but I'd rather stay the right side of 14% bf, and I'm around 13% now. I just get the feeling that adding another 1000 calories/day on top of this is just going to result in my belly coming out at me again.
Apologies for this stream of consciousness.....
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