I'm trying to gain muscle but it's hard for me to hit even 2,000 calories. I'm 125 pounds and if I don't work out I usually eat like 1,500 calories and feel completely satisfied. Today I ate 1968 and only because I had a recovery drink with 250 calories in it after working out hard. I know it's easy to pack in the calories if you drink a lot of soda or have a bunch of junk food. But eating clean and hitting 2k calories a day is hard to me. :( I had oatmeal, boiled egg, milk, banana, 4 ounces of chicken, mixed veggies and canilla enriched rice and an enormous PBJ. I had 4 tbsps of peanut butter. that was like 700 calories. 420 just from peanut butter. but if I wouldn't have had the 250 recovery drink i would have been at 1750...
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On a day that I eat lots of junk food, I'll have 1500+ calories. On days of healthy eating, it's less than 1000. What I eat isn't enough, but I also find it difficult to pack in the calories (without consuming foods that are absolutely horrible for you). Whole foods really do fill you up, and naturally I can eat far less than needed and I wouldn't even notice.
I last weighed in at 159 lbs, and I'm 5'5". I'm trying to snack more on almonds and fruit, because eating 500-1000 calories per day with 30 minutes of cycling is definitely not enough.1