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    When bulking do you need to be at a constant surplus or just a daily surplus?

    When eating at a caloric surplus for bulking are you supposed to constantly be at a surplus through out the day, as in every time I eat or snack I should be putting myself ahead of the calories I've burned so far? Or are you just meant to be at a surplus by the day's end?
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    Originally Posted by LaserWolf View Post
    When eating at a caloric surplus for bulking are you supposed to constantly be at a surplus through out the day, as in every time I eat or snack I should be putting myself ahead of the calories I've burned so far? Or are you just meant to be at a surplus by the day's end?
    How would you know how many calories you've burned through every specific feeding time of the day?
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    Originally Posted by air2fakie View Post
    How would you know how many calories you've burned through every specific feeding time of the day?
    Fitness tracker. Fitbit, Apple Watch, etc...
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    Originally Posted by LaserWolf View Post
    Fitness tracker. Fitbit, Apple Watch, etc...
    I don't think you'd find those exactly accurate, especially pinpointed at specific times of the day.

    Regardless, you just need to be in a surplus in the sense that you have a trend of weight gain over time. Most people will calculate this on a daily basis out of convenience and consistency.
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    Originally Posted by LaserWolf View Post
    Fitness tracker. Fitbit, Apple Watch, etc...
    not possible....
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    Doesn’t even really “need” to be daily but thats an easier timeframe for the average human mind to comprehend.
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    Originally Posted by LaserWolf View Post
    Fitness tracker. Fitbit, Apple Watch, etc...
    Definitely not, those things are not accurate at all.
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    Originally Posted by LaserWolf View Post
    constantly be at a surplus through out the day
    When you're not digesting food, you're in a deficit.
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    Originally Posted by LaserWolf View Post
    When eating at a caloric surplus for bulking are you supposed to constantly be at a surplus through out the day, as in every time I eat or snack I should be putting myself ahead of the calories I've burned so far? Or are you just meant to be at a surplus by the day's end?
    The average calorie intake over time (weeks to months) is what ultimately drives things.
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    Originally Posted by EiFit91 View Post
    The average calorie intake over time (weeks to months) is what ultimately drives things.
    So does this mean that's it's also not a big deal if I have days here-and-there where I didn't get a surplus? So long as the trend is that I typically get 500 extra cals or whatever a day?

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    Originally Posted by LaserWolf View Post
    So does this mean that's it's also not a big deal if I have days here-and-there where I didn't get a surplus? So long as the trend is that I typically get 500 extra cals or whatever a day?

    Edit: Thanks to everyone else for their responses too.
    if your goal is to limit fat gain, 200-300 surplus is enough too
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    Originally Posted by LaserWolf View Post
    So does this mean that's it's also not a big deal if I have days here-and-there where I didn't get a surplus? So long as the trend is that I typically get 500 extra cals or whatever a day?

    Edit: Thanks to everyone else for their responses too.
    Yeah it doesn't matter much in the grand scheme of things. It may matter for "optimizing" things wrt muscle building but obsessing about doing everything optimally is probably not good for your mental health in my opinion. Been there lol. Better to just be consistent and patient and not panic about small details. Exercise is supposed to be a positive factor in your life not another stress factor.
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    Originally Posted by faithbrah View Post
    if your goal is to limit fat gain, 200-300 surplus is enough too
    Second this. Been eating clean with just a 400 surplus for 6 months. Making lean gains not gaining any fat.
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    Originally Posted by Basiliskboy View Post
    Second this. Been eating clean with just a 400 surplus for 6 months. Making lean gains not gaining any fat.
    If you're in a 400 surplus, you're gunna gain some fat... but perhaps not too much if you're new to lifting.
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