Calorie deficit or surplus?

Ok, so I’m new to Huel and I don’t think I will be 100% but it has introduced me to all the ideas about calorie counting ( sorry I have been living under a rock). Anyways, when figuring out my goal number of calories a day I’m not sure if I should be gaining or loosing weight. I do a bit of aerial training which means I am trying to make holding myself in the air easier by more strength and less body fat.
I am not bodybuilding or trying to gain unnecessary mass, just strength but I don’t want to impede strength training by not consuming enough calories

Also do you consume a fairly constant number of calories or add an extra meal on days with intense workouts?

Thank you for any advice :slight_smile:

If you’re comfortable with it, hit us with your height and weight and activity level. Do you work out every day? Much cardio? Do you have an active job? :slight_smile:

If you don’t want to gain mass, I’d probably sit on the edge of caution and eat at “maintenance” for a month. This is the point between deficit and surplus, the point at which you maintain your weight.

If you’re new to training (which I suspect you’re not from the OP) you’ll see plenty of noob gains just in your Central Nervous System adapting. After that I guess it’ll be a slight surplus to fuel up the muscles ready for both training and recovery.

Thanks for your quick response.
I’m 5’8 150 lbs. I’m a student so very sedentary during the year but in the summer working I am standing/moving all day. I try to work out 2-3 times a week but minimal cardio ( a mile run warm up tops)

Different calculators gave me different estimates between 1800 and 2100. Does that sound accurate?

Sounds like a healthy BMI and certainly not overweight.

In that case I’d probably eat 2000 as you say. Perhaps weigh once a week and monitor whether you’re gaining or losing then adjust accordingly. :slight_smile:

Thank you for all your help!

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