Calorie intake on rest days?

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    Mar 04, 2008 10:04 PM GMT
    I'm trying to bulk up. It doesn't bother me to gain some fat in addition to muscle but I want to keep it at a minimum. I know that i need to be taking in about 3500 calories on days that i lift for maximum results - but what about my rest days? Should i be taking in more calories than normal on those days too?

    Any help is really appreciated. I've been wondering this for a while.
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    Mar 04, 2008 10:18 PM GMT
    depends there are a thousand and one view points on this but one thing is constant is that structure your training to meet your calorie requirements for your goal ie work out how much you feel you can add over a week and work it back from there

    Some prefer more on training days as they feel they have earnt it, and go by the belief the body will absorb more on those days but its swings and roundabouts really as it depends what the rest of your lifestyle is the rest of that week, how much excess you are talking about, how your routine is struictured etc

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    Mar 04, 2008 10:29 PM GMT
    Thanks so much for the response. To clarify, I'm not talking about eating junk because i feel like i've earned it - i mean healthy, protein-rich foods and shakes. Like i said, i know a person who is trying to gain mass should take in additional calories to support muscle growth - i'm just not sure if those calories are necessary on rest days. I'm aware that muscles grow while at rest, but do they need the extra calories?
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    Mar 05, 2008 8:15 AM GMT
    Eat.

    If you get fat, eat less.