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    I would like to build muscle and im wondering do i use my lean body mass or my total body weight? Which one should i use to calculate my caloric needs, Thanks in advance
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanfecto View Post
    I would like to build muscle and im wondering do i use my lean body mass or my total body weight? Thanks in advance
    For what? Your lean body mass is your muscle. Your total body weight is your muscle+fat.
    "Simplicity is the key to brilliance" - Bruce Lee

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    Basically, lean body mass is defined as the weight of your muscles, bones, organs, etc. Basically, the weight of everything minus body fat. So as you gain weight, and want to know the amount of fat and muscles gained, you can compare your total weight and total lean body mass pre and post gain.
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    im sorry i i did not make that question clear at all lol. i meant should which one should i use to calculate my caloric needs

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    Total body weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davidb View Post
    Total body weight.
    Wouldnt i be taking into account my fat as well?

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    Vanfecto,

    At the end of the day, it really is not going to matter. Your going to have to adjust your caloric requirements, based on REAL WORLD observations. The calorie equations are simply estimations to get you started.

    If you need to increase/decrease this value, based on your weekly target rates (0.5 kg/week), then so be it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darshan View Post
    Vanfecto,

    At the end of the day, it really is not going to matter. Your going to have to adjust your caloric requirements, based on REAL WORLD observations. The calorie equations are simply estimations to get you started.

    If you need to increase/decrease this value, based on your weekly target rates (0.5 kg/week), then so be it.
    thats the best answer ive heard in a while because i was going on a estimate and after three months my muscles have gotten harder and ive gotten stronger but in my perception they havent gotten bigger. I feel like ive thrown three months away, so i guess ill just take what ive been doing and increase it.

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    Don't stress about it. Making mistakes is part of the learning process. The problem is when people get "married" to certain ideas or try formulating everything particularly muscle growth.

    Address what you need to do to make progress, and move forwards.

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    thanks man, because ure right, u read and u read, and u think u have to do it this way and if you dont youll never progress. I think at a certain point u have to say hey this isnt working i need to try something else. I come from a point of such ignorance that everything i read i take as doctrine

 

 

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