Imagine one being in a slight caloric surplus of roughly 500kcal above their maintenance value every day, but only training four times a week. Is it better to split the eating behavior in training and non-training days or stick to the same calorie intake every day?*
Since I'd imagine a subject like that would need like 300-500kcal extra in order to compensate for the training (weight lifting) on training days but not on non-training days.
I think a little example would describe the issue better:
- An evenly distributed caloric surplus of 500kcal a day would result in 3500kcal for one whole week.
- However going for a whopping 650kcal extra 4 days a week (training days) and only about 300kcal on the other day (in total also 3500kcal a week)
Would one of these options be better than the other? If yes, why? Or wouldn't that really take an effect at all?
*When training for muscle hypertrophy and eating to bulk up a little.