View Full Version : Weight gain diet, but on a budget

04-29-2010, 08:32 PM
Hey all,

I'm a college student and really on a tight budget, especially now. I'm in the gym 5 days a week lifting with the main goal of trying to get bigger. I'm 5'9, 160, looking to be 170.

Daniel Roberts' guide, http://www.wannabebig.com/diet-and-nutrition/to-bulk-or-to-cut-that-is-the-question-or-is-it/ has been of great help to me, and so I've decided to eat like I weighed 170.

I would love to hear any tips you guys may have on what to buy at the store and what to eat. I have a hard enough time eating enough calories as it is, and getting my protein is tough since I can't really afford much meat right now.

Here's an example day from my diet (who am I kidding, it's pretty much the same every day). I'd love any advice or ideas.

I'm shooting for 2,700 calories per day and 170 g of protein, 80g fat

7:00 am: 4 eggs, 1 cup oatmeal: 510 calories, 34 g protein, 31 g fat

10:00 am: bagel, 2tbsp peanut butter: 410 calories, 15g protein, 17g fat

1:00 pm: 1 scoop (half serving) muscle milk: 150 calories, 16g protein, 6g fat (before workout)

4:00 pm: 1/2 cup rice, 1/2 cup beans: 480 calories, 20g protein, 0 fat

7:00 pm: 1 can vegetarian chili, 1/2 cup beans, 1/2 cup rice: 920 calories, 50g protein, 2g fat (eaten over a couple hours, when hungry)

The total here is 2500 calories, 56g fat, 135g protein.

It falls a little short, but I usually have to have a snack like some cheese or something. I hit the calorie mark usually, but not the protein.

Any ideas on how I can get more protein? Would it be ok just to eat lots and lots of eggs? They're cheap :)

Any comments or ideas are appreciated, thanks in advance.

Off Road
04-29-2010, 09:19 PM
Ground beef.

04-29-2010, 09:22 PM

04-29-2010, 11:24 PM
Try to drink milk shake after the workout and take foods which have maximum amount of fats and protein this will provide you stamina and strength..

04-30-2010, 04:00 AM
Ground beef is the cheapest meat, and red meat has a great nutritional profile.

Learn how to make chilli and burgers and make a batch each week.