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    Big eating...

    This is part of an email from John Berardi, its about his early bulking attempts. I thought it was interesting, especially the part in bold.

    ...................So I sought out the big
    guys in the gym to inquire as to what they were doing.
    Their advice was to eat all the time. Now, all the time
    meant something very different to them than it does to
    most people. Most people think that eating all the time
    means 3 meals and then some snacks. Well, to these
    guys, eating all the time meant literally chewing food
    all day long. As a result of their tutelage, here is
    the diet I generated:

    Breakfast, 8am:
    6 whole eggs, 4 slices of whole grain bread, and 4
    packets of instant oatmeal

    Lunch, 12pm:
    1 lb extra lean ground beef, 1-cup cauliflower, and 2
    large baked potatoes

    Evening Meal, 4pm:
    1lb of extra lean ground beef, 1-cup broccoli, and 2
    large baked potatoes

    Post Workout, 8pm:
    0.5 lb of pasta (weighed before cooking), 1-cup green
    beans, and 0.5lb extra lean ground chicken

    Before Bed:
    6 whole eggs, 4 slices of whole grain bread

    Also, upon waking each morning I would mix up a 1-
    gallon jug of water and somewhere between 5 and 10
    scoops of whey protein. In addition, I would open a bag
    of 6 cinnamon raisin bagels and put peanut butter in
    between each bagel. The protein drink and the bagels
    were to be consumed all day long when an actual meal
    wasn't being eaten.


    The motto was "If I'm not chewing, I'm not growing."
    I'm not lying when I say that as soon
    as I would finish each meal, I'd start
    right away with my protein shake and bagels
    and continue on them until the next meal.

    Gluttony? You bet! Did I feel sick 1/2 the time? Check.
    Was my food bill expensive. Sure. Did I throw up
    occasionally for all that force feeding. Yup.

    (I know that it's politically incorrect these days to
    talk about extreme measures like this, but I prefer to
    tell it like it is. Those were desperate times.)

    But did I grow?

    You bet!

    On this plan I went from 165lbs at 8% fat to 210lbs at
    12% fat in about 6 months. Hurray for newbie gains!
    That's 34 total lbs of lean mass or about 6 lbs of lean
    mass per month.

    In the end, the point of my story is not to give you an
    exact diet to follow. Nope, my goal is to illustrate
    just how important it is to push the boundaries of your
    comfort zone if you're interested in making gains. Quit
    worrying about being full and just eat more. Even if
    you feel sick sometimes. Heck, although this isn't a
    pleasant thought, I did throw up a few times during my
    early phases of eating big. But I haven't thrown up in
    about 12 years and am still eating big.

    As you continue to push yourself in terms of how much
    food you can eat, the body will adapt by becoming more
    comfortable at these new levels of intake. Just like
    with training. Increasing your muscle mass isn't about
    comfort. In the gym we train until we're uncomfortable.
    And likewise, if we're interested in getting as big as
    possible, at the table, we should do the same.

    Cheers,

    John M Berardi, PhD, CSCS

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    interesting. i would rather use a liquid diet if im having that many calories than force feed, theirs no need in my opinion when you can have 1000 cal shakes etc
    Last edited by HILL; 09-18-2005 at 11:38 AM.
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