5,000 Calorie Meal Plan for Mass Gains with Macros By Body Type

5000 calorie meal plan for mass and strength gains
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You have one simple goal. Mass gains.

You train heavy and hit the gym consistently. That’s the easy part. The challenge is eating enough of the right types of foods to get huge and strong.

In this post, you’re going to get a 5,000 calorie meal plan for mass and gains for each body type. And it’s not going to be filled with junk food (although there is some leniency with this type of diet!).

I’ll also help you calculate your macros for your body type. So you’ll see meal plans specific to all 3 types.

Let’s dig in…literally!

Note: This meal plan does not follow any trendy or fad diets. You will be eating protein, carbs, and fats! And meats, dairy, grains, and veggies!

Macros for Mass and Strength Gains

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You know you need to eat a lot of food to gain mass and strength. But unfortunately, the ‘just eat, bro’ mentality will only make you a fat ass.

Again, there is far more leniency with gaining mass than getting lean. However, you still need to ensure you’re getting enough of the right nutrients for muscle growth and recovery, and not overeating with junk food.

So let’s tackle the tough part first and assess your daily macros. A good starting point is following the 40/40/20 rule:

  • Protein: 40%
  • Carbs: 40%
  • Fats: 20%

According to the above, your macros for 5,000 calories per day would look (approximately) like:

MacrosGramsCalories
Protein5002,000
Carbs5002,000
Fats1111,000

However, we’re going to take things a step further and break down your macros according to your body type. Once you start reading each section below it will make more sense.

Ectomorph Macros for Mass Gains

Ectomorphs are naturally lean (skinny) and have the most difficult time gaining muscle, and weight in general. If this is you, you may respond better to higher carbohydrates.

The goods news is you can get away with more cheat meals than the other body types. However, you still need adequate protein and you also don’t want to develop bad habits (body types and metabolism can change over the years).

  • Protein: 35
  • Carbs: 55
  • Fats: 20
MacrosGramsCalories
Protein4381,750
Carbs6882,750
Fats1111,000

Endomorph Macros for Mass Gains

If you’re a true endomorph then you may be reading the wrong article because you do not have trouble gaining mass. You may need to read this post instead: Lean Muscle Meal Plans

However, if you’re still looking to pack on more muscle, you’ll want to eat more protein and quality fats, and minimize your carb intake. If you’re eating too many carbs, sure you may gain weight but it may not be quality weight from muscle.

In addition, whenever you lower carbs you’ll want to raise your (healthy) fat intake so that your body can use fats for energy.

  • Protein: 45
  • Carbs: 10
  • Fats: 45
MacrosGramsCalories
Protein5622,250
Carbs125500
Fats2502,250

*Though the fats are high and carbs are low this is not a ketogenic diet but you could easily shift the macros around to make it one (for keto, you’d have to decrease your protein, raises your fats and still cut carbs a little more).

Mesomorph Macros for Mass Gains

Mesomorph is known as the perfect body type for bodybuilding and weightlifting. You have no issue gaining muscle mass and you also don’t have a tendency to get fat.

So your macros are going to mimic more of a balanced diet. Consider yourself blessed!

For mesomorphs, we’re going to stick with what was recommended earlier as a good starting point, and that’s 40/40/20 macros.

  • Protein: 40%
  • Carbs: 40%
  • Fats: 20%
MacrosGramsCalories
Protein5002,000
Carbs5002,000
Fats1111,000

Remember, these are just starting points. You’ll need to experiment with your eating and make adjustments to your meal plan accordingly.

If you want to learn more about the different body types for building muscle, there’s a helpful article called ‘What’s Your Body Type’ by Ben Creicos on the bodybuilding.com website.

Meal Plans by Body Type for Mass Gains

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Now it’s time to sit down and eat for mass gains. Below you’ll find a meal plan for each body type as we discussed above.

The foods for each plan will be similar, for the most part. The major change you’ll see is the amounts for each to cater to the macros for each body type.

Here’s how the below meal plans will work:

  • Each meal plan will consist of 6 meals per day
  • That means you’re looking to wolf down over 800 calories per meal
  • The goal is to try your best to follow the same macronutrient ratio for each meal
  • You may notice that not every meal will hit these macros exactly
  • That’s okay because the other meals will make up for this

*The calories and macronutrient amounts listed below are approximates and come from WebMD.com Food Calculator except where noted.

5,000 Calorie Mass Meal Plan for Ectomorphs

Macros

  • Protein: 35%
  • Carbs: 55%
  • Fats: 20%

Grams Per Meal

  • Protein: 72
  • Carbs: 115
  • Fats: 18

Meal 1

FoodCaloriesProteinCarbsFat
4 whole eggs28824020
2 pancakes1804306
2 tbsp syrup1000240
2 servings of oatmeal28610642
1/2 cup of dark berries421110
Totals8963912928

Meal 2

FoodCaloriesProteinCarbsFat
3 scoops whey protein3607096
1 cup of frozen blueberries842220
2 bananas2102540
1 slice of pineapple741200
1 cup of yogurt (low fat)10013174
8 oz almond milk40123
Totals8688912413

Meal 3

FoodCaloriesProteinCarbsFat
12 oz chicken breast4268208
2 servings of Jasmine rice1734374
2 potatoes2304540
1 serving of mixed veggies1002240
Totals8799410312

Meal 4 (same as Meal 2)

FoodCaloriesProteinCarbsFat
3 scoops whey protein3607096
1 cup of frozen blueberries842220
2 bananas2102540
1 slice of pineapple741200
1 cup of yogurt (low fat)10013174
8 oz almond milk40123
Totals8688912413

Meal 5

FoodCaloriesProteinCarbsFat
8 oz ground turkey (fat free)2405604
9 oz of pasta33612633
1/2 pasta sauce1102183
2 servings of mixed veggies2004480
Totals8867412910

Meal 6

FoodCaloriesProteinCarbsFat
8 oz fish (cod)1864002
1 cup of quinoa2228444
1 cup of black beans22816400
1 sweet potato902210
1 apple95045
Totals821661306

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5,000 Calorie Mass Meal Plan for Endomorphs

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Macros

  • Protein: 45%
  • Carbs: 10%
  • Fats: 45%

Grams Per Meal

  • Protein: 93
  • Carbs: 21
  • Fats: 41

Meal 1

FoodCaloriesProteinCarbsFat
5 whole eggs36036030
4 pork sausage links2008016
1 serving of olive oil1260014
1 servings of oatmeal1435321
Totals829493261

Meal 2

FoodCaloriesProteinCarbsFat
3 scoops whey protein3607096
1 tbsp of peanut buter94438
1 cup of Greek yogurt30015723
8 oz almond milk40123
Totals794902140

Meal 3

FoodCaloriesProteinCarbsFat
8 oz sirloin steak45646046
6 oz chicken breast2134104
1 serving of lima beans15010280
2 servings of spinach14220
Totals833993050

Meal 4 (same as Meal 2)

FoodCaloriesProteinCarbsFat
3 scoops whey protein3607096
1 tbsp of peanut buter94438
1 cup of Greek yogurt30015723
8 oz almond milk40123
Totals794902140

Meal 5

FoodCaloriesProteinCarbsFat
6 oz fish (salmon)31246012
1 tbsp olive oil1260014
6 egg whites1032210
1 avocado3224179
2 servings of spinach14220
Totals877742055

Meal 6

FoodCaloriesProteinCarbsFat
3 scoops of whey protein3607096
8 oz almond milk40123
1 cup of Greek yogurt30015723
1 serving of almonds1526613
Totals852922445

5,000 Calorie Mass Meal Plan for Mesomorphs

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Macros

  • Protein: 40%
  • Carbs: 40%
  • Fats: 20%

Grams Per Meal

  • Protein: 83
  • Carbs: 83
  • Fats: 18

Meal 1

FoodCaloriesProteinCarbsFat
4 whole eggs28824020
2 egg whites34700
4 turkey sausages1802008
2 serving of oatmeal28610642
1/2 cup of dark berries5010420
Totals8386110630

Meal 2

FoodCaloriesProteinCarbsFat
3 scoops whey protein3607096
1 tbsp of peanut buter94438
1 cup of frozen blueberries842220
1 banana1051270
1 cup of non-fat yogurt1001870
8 oz almond milk40123
Totals783967017

Meal 3

FoodCaloriesProteinCarbsFat
12 oz chicken breast4268208
2 sweet potatoes1804420
1 cup of quinoa2228404
2 servings of spinach14220
Totals842968412

Meal 4 (same as Meal 2)

FoodCaloriesProteinCarbsFat
3 scoops whey protein3607096
1 tbsp of peanut buter94438
1 cup of frozen blueberries842220
1 banana1051270
1 cup of non-fat yogurt1001870
8 oz almond milk40123
Totals783967017

Meal 5

FoodCaloriesProteinCarbsFat
8 ounces of lean ground beef40046022
4 oz ground turkey (fat free)1202802
6 oz pasta2248422
1/2 cup pasta sauce1102183
Totals854846029

Meal 6

FoodCaloriesProteinCarbsFat
3 scoops of whey protein3607096
8 oz almond milk40123
1 cup of Greek yogurt (non fat)1001870
1 banana1051270
1 slice of pineapple741200
1 cup of strawberries460120
4 slices of mango1002240
Totals825931019

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How to Meet Your Macros with Cheat Meals for Mass

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Some don’t even think about cheat meals when they’re training for mass. They just eat everything in sight when size or strength is the goal.

You may be able to get away with that to some degree, especially if you’re a hard gainer. The problem is, if you’re not feeding your muscles the right nutrients they need to recover, they simply won’t grow, or at least not as much.

So here’s an easy way to make room for those cheat meals like pizza, ice cream, burgers and fries, and heck, even some craft beers now and then.

  • Take note of the approximate macros of your cheat meal
  • Adjust your other meals for that day accordingly

That’s it! And if you can plan for your cheat meal, that makes things even easier.

Let’s say you plan to have a pizza with some beers that evening. All you would need to do is cut much of the carbs and fats from your other meals leading up to that (basically just eat a bunch of protein meals!).

Your macros probably won’t be perfect. But it should work out close enough.

If you’d like to learn more about how to hit your macros with eating almost whatever you want, read my post: Flexible Meal Plan for Mass Gains.

Eating for Your Body Type, for Mass Gains

There are 3 important things to remember about eating for your body when your goal is to gain muscle mass:

  1. Experiment to find what works best for you
  2. Don’t get stressed out about counting every single macro
  3. Your body will change over the years; learn to adjust your meal plan accordingly

Also, be honest with yourself. Here are some things to ask yourself to know if your meal plan is working for you (or not):

  • Are you gaining muscle or fat?
  • Are you losing weight or is your weight and strength stagnant?
  • How do your clothes fit? – if your jeans don’t fit because of your quads, that’s a good thing; if they don’t fit because of your waist, that’s a bad thing!
  • Do you have high energy levels or do you feel sluggish most of the day?
  • Are you getting stronger?

These are all great questions to ask yourself in order to gauge what’s working and what’s not. For example, if you’re feeling sluggish after a meal you may need to adjust your macros by reducing carbs and raising the protein or fats. Or maybe you need better quality food.

Another example is if you’re trying to pack on size but you’re not making any gains. You may need to bump up your carb intake or overall calorie intake (eat another snack before bed or add another meal during the day).

Monitor your progress along the way and have fun with it! And always be ready and willing to make changes to your meal plan. Dieting for mass gains (or for any goal) is rarely a straight line.

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Excuses Don’t Build Muscle,

Jason

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