I watch a lot of Lockup Raw shows as well as other documentaries on prison life. I also know a few people that have done some time in jails and prisons.
And with only a few exceptions, I’ve never seen on TV or knew anyone that does or did time in prison that have physiques worthy of winning a bodybuilding show or were jaw-dropping!
But yet the fascination with prisoners’ physiques continues and I still see people writing and hear people saying that the need for high-quality, high-protein diets is unnecessary because, after all, prisoners are so darn jacked!
If you take a look at some of the shows, which take place in MAJOR, super-max prisons like Attica, San Quentin, and Folsom, you’ll see that, although most of the guys are in “decent shape”, hardly any are highly ranked in the size department. Most of them have physiques that can be had after a year or two of SEMI-serious weight training.
And to say that there’s no need for a high-protein, high-quality diet because that’s not the sort of diet that’s provided in prison to some jacked dudes is faulty logic; there ARE ways of getting enough protein and calories for the more nutritionally inclined and connected people in prison. I don’t know any dietitians working in prison right now (I’ve only met one in my life some time ago), but I doubt that they serve a diet of less than 2,500 to 3,000 calories per day. If they can obtain just a bit more food, they can consume about 4,000 calories per day, not an insanely high caloric amount, but not chickenfeed either.