How I Fixed 3 Problems With Other Bulking Calorie Calculators
Other calorie calculators use outdated formulas that assume you’re average. So if you have more muscle than average or work out multiple times a week, traditional calorie calculations can be way off!
To illustrate, two studies in 2019 confirmed the industry standard equations aren’t valid for athletes and trained individuals1,2.
In addition, my own spot check of the top 5 bulking calorie calculators put me at about 2,600 calories to gain weight. However, I lose weight rapidly at that number because it’s actually a large calorie deficit.
My tests revealed that some calculators are off by as much as 40% or 1,000 calories! So I set out to solve that problem.
Also, my research showed that other calorie calculators are inaccurate because they don’t account for body composition, body type, and actual activity level. So I fixed those problems and created the most accurate calorie calculator.
1. Based On Body Composition, Not Just Body Weight
The first problem was that traditional bulking calorie calculators only ask for your body weight. This oversimplification assumes that everyone who weighs X amount of pounds burns the same number of calories.
But, as you know, people who weigh the same can have totally different body compositions. So, for example, you might have more muscle and less fat than someone else at your body weight.
Furthermore, your body composition matters when calculating your calorie intake. The reason is that the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn.
My bulking calorie calculator uses your weight and body fat percentage to determine your lean mass. From there, we can more accurately calculate how many calories you need to gain weight.
I make it easy to estimate your body fat percentage with a visual guide. But if you want to measure your actual body composition, try my body fat percentage calculator.