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Building the Monolith Nutrition for Women?


#1

what would you recommend for women on the monolith program per the 1.5lbs of beef and 12 eggs?

I could see 2/3 or 3/4 of the eating volume being sensible (to account for generally smaller frames, higher tendency of fat storage compared to men, etc.).

However, I can also see the value of women learning not to be scared of higher volumes of the right kinds of foods and eating to be awesome. Part of why we have a higher body fat is the the smaller amount of muscle, and gotta eat to change that, right?

At any rate, I'm very much considering using this program when I finish up my current training and curious as to what experience you have with females and this plan. The lifting looks challenging (as it damn well should be), but it also seems pretty clear that if the nutrition part isn't right, I'd just be tearing myself down, or at the very least missing out on optimal gains.

Side note #1. I'm already a big believer in 5/3/1 results and have been steadily training that way for almost 4 years. I don't need to be convinced of the awesomeness of the plan--only wanting to get the nutrition part right before I start planning my next grocery and supplement budget!

Side note #2. I enjoy beef and eggs, so this is purely a volume question, not an aversion to red meat or bogus cholesterol concern.


#2

[quote]l-bomb10 wrote:
what would you recommend for women on the monolith program per the 1.5lbs of beef and 12 eggs?

I could see 2/3 or 3/4 of the eating volume being sensible (to account for generally smaller frames, higher tendency of fat storage compared to men, etc.).

However, I can also see the value of women learning not to be scared of higher volumes of the right kinds of foods and eating to be awesome. Part of why we have a higher body fat is the the smaller amount of muscle, and gotta eat to change that, right?

At any rate, I’m very much considering using this program when I finish up my current training and curious as to what experience you have with females and this plan. The lifting looks challenging (as it damn well should be), but it also seems pretty clear that if the nutrition part isn’t right, I’d just be tearing myself down, or at the very least missing out on optimal gains.

Side note #1. I’m already a big believer in 5/3/1 results and have been steadily training that way for almost 4 years. I don’t need to be convinced of the awesomeness of the plan–only wanting to get the nutrition part right before I start planning my next grocery and supplement budget!

Side note #2. I enjoy beef and eggs, so this is purely a volume question, not an aversion to red meat or bogus cholesterol concern. [/quote]

Women, in general, don’t have the same metabolism/muscle mass to support that kind of diet. If I were you, add something to what you usually eat (if you aren’t already eating “big”) and see how you recover.

For the most part, women can train like men. Despite efforts by N.O.W. and people who oppose suffrage laws, women and men are both human. This is big news in this day and age. Scream it from the rooftops, people! Women are not aliens (although they often grow them in their womb.)

Just be smart about your eating. You have to remember that in all my years of doing this in public, I can count on ONE hand how many people have written me with appropriate food intake to support growth. Think about that for a second - for about 12 years, I answered something like 500-700 questions a month at EFS and around 1000-1500 emails a month. That doesn’t count dozens of phone calls a day. People are fucked when it comes to eating habits. Truly FUCKED.

Take what you will from that.


#3

Makes sense, will apply accordingly. Thanks.