This is probably one of the most useful posts ever here at MuscleHack.
While most sites will tell you how to work out how many calories you need to build muscle, or how much protein you’ll need, the Hack goes one step further and gives you a free calculator that will do all the complicated math for you!
All you need to know is your current weight and body fat percentage. If you don’t know your body fat percentage, it’ll work that out for you too!
The calculator works on the MuscleHack philosophy that only 200-300 calories above maintenance are all that are requirement to build maximum muscle. There’s a good reason why everyone on “bulking” diets get fat: they’re eating too damn much!
If you want more on why exactly 500 surplus calories is too much, read this post, “Want 12lbs of Muscle this Year?”
MuscleHack is unapologetically about adding muscle, dropping fat and looking good. I don’t see the point of getting bigger and stronger only to walk around looking like someone who eats breakfast, lunch, and dinner at McDonalds.
Anyway, on to the calculator…
Note: The calculator defaults to “moderate work” for the activity factor. I recommend the vast majority of you keep it at this level.
It looks like this…
Download Calorie & Protein Calculator – Click Here (it also has a body fat calculator tab if you don’t know your percentage)
Here’s the web version for mac users (make sure you hit the calculate button at the bottom after you enter your stats. If you don’t know your body fat percentage, use the calculator in the sidebar of this site)
Again, MuscleHack is all about lean gains. However, this calculator is not intended for use by those wishing to drop body fat. Neither is the MANS diet, the GLAD diet, or even THT training. If you are really serious about leaning out once and for all, do yourself a big favor and grab Total Six Pack Abs.
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