Maintaining a balanced and healthy diet is crucial for overall well-being. For those looking at weight gain as a primary goal, 3,700 calories falls on the upper end of a total caloric intake for what may be needed to reach this goal.
But what does a 3,700 calorie diet look like, and is it healthy?
In this short article, we will explore the benefits of a 3,700 calorie diet, as well as provide you with a printable 3,700 calorie diet plan.
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If you’re focused on prioritizing weight gain, a diet that aims for an average of 3,700 calories can be a highly effective approach. This calorie level provides ample energy to support your daily activities and exercise routines, while creating a caloric surplus that encourages weight gain.
However! It’s important to keep in mind that everyone’s calorie requirements are unique. Therefore, determining the appropriate daily calorie intake based on your specific goals, whether it be losing fat, building muscle, or adopting a healthy lifestyle, is paramount for success.
A well-planned 3,700 calorie diet, incorporating a diverse range of foods, can promote healthy eating habits. Of course, this amount of calories should only be followed by individuals with a high level of activity.
If following this style of meal plan creates unwanted weight gain, it may be necessary to reduce total calories consumed accordingly.
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We have created a printable version of a 3,700 calorie meal plan for you to download, use and enjoy.
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Spaced out over 5 meals (3 main meals and 2 snacks) this micronutrient-loaded meal plan aims to create the calorie surplus necessary in promoting weight gain. By following a meal plan similar to this, you can expect to meet the acceptable breakdown of macronutrients needed for your goals, as well as optimal health.
Here is an example 3,700 calorie meal plan:
Provides 3,701 kcal, 219g Protein (24%), 299g Carbs (32%), 179g Fat (44%) per day.
Loaded with protein and Mediterranean flavour!
51.5g Protein (19%)
99.4g Carbohydrates (36%)
54.8g Fat (45%)
Step 1: Heat your oil in a non-stick pan over a medium temperature
Step 2: Whisk the egg in a bowl on the side while things heat up!
Step 3: Scramble the eggs in the pan for about 5 minutes, or until the majority of liquid becomes solid, slice up your black olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach on the side
Step 4: Throw the olives, spinach, tomatoes, and beans into the pan along with the egg and toss together
Step 5: After about 2 minutes of cooking, add the feta cheese to the party
Step 6: Once the cheese has melted a little, lay out your tortilla and evenly spread the mixture onto each
Step 7: Roll up and serve with a little hot sauce on the side (because you’re damn spicy)
53.8g Protein (21%)
84.4g Carbohydrates (33%)
51.5g Fat (46%)
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 200c (400f). Then place some parchment paper onto a baking tray.
Step 2: Slice the bell pepper and sweet potato and then lay them onto the paper. Drizzle with half the olive oil, the paprika, and half the salt then toss to coat. Spread out into an even layer. Put the sheet pan inside the oven and let her roast for 10 minutes!
Step 3: On the second sheet pan, place the salmon and coat evenly with the remaining olive oil. Drizzle the salmon with a little lemon juice and then pat with a little salt and oregano!
Step 4: After the pepper and sweet potato is nicely cooked, remove the baking sheet, place the 2nd baking sheet inside the oven then set the timer for 10 minutes.
Step 5: Serve up! Or, if meal prepping, portion the sweet potatoes into your food containers then put even portions of salmon into each. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
69.5g Protein (30%)
68.6g Carbohydrates (29%)
42.7g Fat (41%)
200 grams Ground Beef (5% fat)
40 grams Breadcrumbs
1 medium Onion
2 tsp Sweet Smoked Paprika
4 tsp Olive Oil
1 medium Carrot
4 cloves Garlic
1 tsp Dried Rosemary
2 stalks Celery
50 ml Red Wine
180 grams Chopped Tomatoes (canned)
100 grams Tomato Passata
40 ml Milk (1% fat)
60 grams Spinach
30 grams Mozzarella Cheese (whole milk)
Step 1: Start off by finely slicing your onion and garlic. Then, chop your carrot and celery into 1-cm (ish) cubes.
Step 2: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, place the beef mince, half the sliced onion, egg, breadcrumbs, rosemary, half the garlic, and half the paprika.
Step 3: Mix with a spoon to combine well. Season a little with salt and pepper.
Step 4: Form the mince mixture into ping-pong-sized meatballs and lay them on a plate. Then, place them in the fridge to chill for around 10 minutes.
Step 5: Line a baking tray or oven-proof dish with half the olive oil and preheat your oven to 180°C.
Step 6: Heat the remaining oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
Step 7: Add meatballs to the frying pan and cook for around 5 minutes ensuring they’re browning evenly on each side. Once they’re well browned, transfer to a plate on the side.
Step 8: Using the same pan throw in the remaining onion, carrot, celery, remaining garlic, and remaining paprika. Stir for around 5 mins or until the onion softens and becomes translucent.
Step 9: Add the wine and allow the mix to come to a nice simmer before adding the canned tomato, passata, and milk.
Step 10: Stir to ensure all is combined and bring to a gentle simmer. Once the liquid begins to reduce, remove from the heat, season, and add the spinach.
Step 11: Place the meatballs into the baking tray, and pour the tomato mix over the meatballs in the baking tray.
Step 12: Shred the mozzarella over the top and place it in the oven to bake for between 20 and 25 minutes.
Step 13: When the mozzarella has browned and the liquid has reduced to a creamy consistency, you’re ready to roll!
Step 14: Serve up and enjoy!
Your toasty companion that will keep you running all day!
10.2g Protein (12%)
30.4g Carbohydrates (36%)
19.5g Fat (52%)
Step 1: Place your bread into a toaster and let things heat up while you scoop out the avocado and mash it in a bowl using a fork.
Step 2: Season the avocado with a little salt and pepper.
Step 3: Once the bread has made the wonderful transformation into its crunchy counterpart, spread the avocado on top.
Step 4: Sprinkle with the cashews and get your munch on.
34.1g Protein (45%)
16.4g Carbohydrates (22%)
11.2g Fat (33%)
Step 1: Thoroughly mix the protein powder with the milk along with a little additional water if necessary.
Step 2: Serve up with the sunflower seeds on the side!
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