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drew
03-18-2006, 11:36 PM
OK, first off, this isn't in the diet/nutrition section for one good reason, it's not much of a "healthy" diet. But it will make you pack on the lbs. And if you're a powerlifter, I know you want to pack on some quality poundage. So anyway, these are the basic foodgroups that got me from a measly 177 up to 212 in just 7 months:

#1 MEAT: I'm not talking chicken and fish. THose are great foods, and you should be eating them, but without a bunch of bloody red meat, you just won't be maximizing your poundage potential. Cow and bison and anything large and furry is key here. If you can get a hold of some bear meat, I would highly recommend it (make sure to marinate that sucker, it can be tough to chew otherwise).

#2 Milk: Forget skim milk, you might as well drink more water (you should be drinking at least a gallon or two a day anyway, especially with all the crap I want you to eat here). Whole milk is your best friend when you want to gain weight. I try to get at least a half gallon every day (and hey, if you need a box of cookies to get it all down, all the better).

#3 Nuts/seeds: Peanut butter baby. Lots of it. I like to put peanut butter on anything I can. PB cups are also a great snack (I do so love the Reese's PB eggs that they put out at Easter. I can eat a bag of those every day.) I also eat a ton of almonds, cashews, and sunflower seeds. Natty PB is great, but I love Skippy. I keep both on hand, as Skippy tastes so good with Ritz crackers.

#4 Beer: I'm talking heavy beer. Guinness is best. I like to have on or two after a lifting session. Helps relax me and gets in some extra liquid cals that I could easily get with a protein shake (I still like to have 2 or 3, with whole milk every day) but it tastes so much better. If you don't drink, you're probably some kind of hippie, so you're most likely a vegetarian and I have no time for you. Unless you're a hot chick. Just don't try to make me stop eating furry animals. That just won't fly.

#5 Ice cream: Sure, lots of sugar, lots of fat. AND THAT'S WHY YOU'LL GAIN WEIGHT! I like to eat a pint of Ben and Jerry's every night. If there's peanutbutter in it, even better! (2 food groups in one meal!). I've been known to eat a gallon of ice cream in one sitting.

#6 Vegetables!: Yeah yeah yeah, I know. But come on, you need to try and be healthy here. I try to eat a pound of veggies every day. I just but 1lb bogs of frozen vegetables and try to eat one every day. I love Peas, broccoli and cauliflower. I try to mix it up as much as possible to keep from getting bored. This, along with about 10g of fish oil will (hopefully) keep me from having any kind of heart problems.

So there it is. These are the basics of what I eat every day. I don't count calories anymore. I just eat when I'm hungry and until I'm full (this doesn't happen easily). If I had to make an educated guess, I'm at about 6500 cals a day. Still not quite big enough, so I'll have to find a way to get more food in. I still eat a lot of chicken, turkey, fish, and beans (all the basics) but these 6 foods have really helped me bust through and gain some real weight. My fat% has increased about 2% through these last 35 lbs. Hopefully I can get close to 230 sometime this year. I may even go as high as 250, but I just won't know until I get there. Until then, keep eating and keep lifting heavy.

Balls out baby. Balls out.

brickt.
03-19-2006, 02:41 AM
Drew,

I can see the sense in the big beef, whole milk and pb munching to put weight.. but ice cream and beer? Granted I'm from a BB background, but was just wondering if you were 100% serious about those two?

If you were serious, :thumbup:

getfit
03-19-2006, 03:15 AM
i enjoyed the ice-cream and beer :D

drew
03-19-2006, 08:14 AM
I was absolutely serious about all of them. Like I said, it's not the healthiest diet ever, but it WILL pack lots of weight on you. How you handle that weight is up to you.

biggimp
03-19-2006, 10:11 PM
i eat ice cream and drink lots of beer. i am progressing pretty well if i do say so myself.

Meat_Head
03-20-2006, 12:35 AM
Excellent list!

KevinStarke
03-20-2006, 09:38 AM
#4 Beer: I'm talking heavy beer. Guinness is best. I like to have on or two after a lifting session. Helps relax me and gets in some extra liquid cals that I could easily get with a protein shake (I still like to have 2 or 3, with whole milk every day) but it tastes so much better. If you don't drink, you're probably some kind of hippie, so you're most likely a vegetarian and I have no time for you. Unless you're a hot chick. Just don't try to make me stop eating furry animals. That just won't fly.

I can fully back this up. I gained 10 lbs easy drinking a few guinness a night.

Canadian Crippler
03-20-2006, 11:06 AM
Well, it's ideal for the forum it's in :p

eatit
03-20-2006, 04:20 PM
what did you start at in terms of bf %?

drew
03-20-2006, 04:52 PM
I was about 12% now 14% (caliper, 7-site).

M.J.H.
03-20-2006, 05:43 PM
The peanut butter, milk, and meat I'll agree with. :)

MixmasterNash
03-20-2006, 06:14 PM
I'll concur with the beer item.

Optimum08
03-20-2006, 10:47 PM
mmm ice cream...

brickt.
03-21-2006, 06:04 AM
Hah, awesome drew.

I'm not much of a alcohol person, but icecream will suit me just fine :)

smalls
03-21-2006, 12:11 PM
I'll be the first to admit I could care less about health benefits and I am certainly no powerlifter. But FOR ME, over eating ice cream and stuff like that makes me feel like absolute ****e. Which always leads to poor workouts. I eat like this on vacation to keep cals up and I always feel pretty crappy. Possibly I'm just not used to it.

Whatever works best for ya, go for it. Just giving another opinion.

drew
03-21-2006, 12:31 PM
Hey, if it makes you feel sick and is a detriment, then by all means avoid it. The worst I've ever gotten from this kind of diet is a little indigestion here and there. Which is why I keep a bottle of Tums handy. :D

Hatred
03-21-2006, 02:07 PM
Oh this must be the Powerlifting forum...Yup.
Just bypass all this nancy **** and start spoonfeeding yourself Crisco.

WillKuenzel
03-21-2006, 02:24 PM
Guiness vs. Crisco?? Guiness vs. Crisco?? I'll take Guiness any day of the week. :p

Mik
03-21-2006, 02:28 PM
Would it be OK to drop 1-3, 5 & 6 and simply load up on #4? I suppose squatting would be tough though.

Sidior
03-21-2006, 04:01 PM
best diet ever...

brickt.
03-21-2006, 04:29 PM
Drew for Presidante!

Hockey66
03-21-2006, 06:36 PM
That was basically my bulking diet.

Went from 150 - 210, put on about 4% bf though :(.

Sidior
03-22-2006, 01:15 AM
60lbs and only 4% bf....I hate you and your genetics

brickt.
03-22-2006, 04:24 AM
That was basically my bulking diet.

Went from 150 - 210, put on about 4% bf though :(.

I'd be supremely happy if I went from say 150 @ 10 to 210 @ 14 eating a diet full of icecream and t-bones.

ArchAngel777
03-22-2006, 09:03 AM
The problem with the diet, that I see, is the torture you are going ton induce when you decide to cut. If you have no plans to cut, gorge away. But if you start eating ice cream on a daily basis along with a lot of other junk food, your are going to be in crazy withdrawal for a long time. I'd say your chances of failure increase when cutting after an uncontrolled bulk. Willpower is strong in people, even me, but I doubt it would be easy to go from eating 6,000 calories a day to 3,000. Even if you did it in stages, it would take a long time to get to the body fat you want...

Basically, (no offense to Drew here) I see nothing special in this list other than that it is calorie dense. You don't even have the pick the foods he mentioned. Just take in tons of meat and full proteins, tons of fat and however many carbs you want. Pig out... Lift hard... Rest... Grow.

WillKuenzel
03-22-2006, 09:06 AM
Its the perfect hardgainers diet. I think the reason that this is posted here in powerlifting section is simply because he has no intentions of cutting. Its purely from a get big, get strong standpoint.

If you are trying to stay lean or have a need to do so specifically then this might not be the easiest bulk to recover from.

ArchAngel777
03-22-2006, 09:10 AM
Its the perfect hardgainers diet. I think the reason that this is posted here in powerlifting section is simply because he has no intentions of cutting. Its purely from a get big, get strong standpoint.

If you are trying to stay lean or have a need to do so specifically then this might not be the easiest bulk to recover from.

Good points... However, hardgainers can change overnight... It seems to be around age 30 that metabolism that is ridiculously fast comes to a halt at a certain age and once super lean people become HUGE! I've seen it... Just my thoughts on it.

drew
03-22-2006, 10:42 AM
There's really nothing special about any diet. The basic rules are always the same. This is just the diet I've followed to help gain weight. I do not plan on ever cutting. (Although I am dropping some weight for a meet, not the same!)

If this were a bodybuilding diet, I would have put it in the diet section. This is geared specifically toward powerlifters and strength athletes that are having a hard time packing on the pounds.

ArchAngel777
03-22-2006, 11:02 AM
There's really nothing special about any diet. The basic rules are always the same. This is just the diet I've followed to help gain weight. I do not plan on ever cutting. (Although I am dropping some weight for a meet, not the same!)

If this were a bodybuilding diet, I would have put it in the diet section. This is geared specifically toward powerlifters and strength athletes that are having a hard time packing on the pounds.

:thumbup:

sexy2002svt
03-22-2006, 04:47 PM
sweeet, another excuse to drink!

Kiaran
03-23-2006, 03:48 PM
Drew, you forgot the Fast Food group. What about Taco Bell, Qdoba, Wendy's, MD and the likes?

drew
03-23-2006, 10:17 PM
The only fast food I really eat are burgers from McD and BK and the occaisional chicken sandwich from wendy's. I don't advocate eating fries or drinking soda for any reason other than for pleasure.

Optimum08
03-24-2006, 12:28 AM
chipotle anyone? that should definetly be on a powerlifter's guide to weightgain...i mean 1000-1500 cals in one of those puppies.

Optimum08
03-24-2006, 12:28 AM
chipotle is about the only fast food i eat nowadays