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Getting More Calories in Your Diet

GASP somebody eats around here! It’s not a diet or ‘cut’ thread! lol jk all.

I wanted to make a thread where we share any tricks we may know about how to consume massive amounts of calories when bulking.

Eating shitty won’t cut it. I mean I eat McDonalds while bulking as well as pizza…that can be a trick, but please don’t post eat 5 big macs every 3 hours as we know that won’t happen.

Other things I do is snack on almonds or nuts throughout the day.

Tablespoons of olive oil with some meals.

Does anybody else know of any special ways to get more calories in. “eat more” is not sufficient because that gets a ‘no shit asshole’ response.

Currently I’m consuming around 5k cals a day and I think I need to be between 6000-8000 per day to continue to grow. I need some assistance.

Thanks

DG

Gallon of milk a day worked well for me when it came to getting calories up…

Also, I found that walking around with either nuts (almonds and cashews) or peanut butter on whole wheat bagels helped me a lot. I can only eat so much in a meal without feeling ill, but I do well snacking all day.

The milk was the biggest help for me though.

You can also switch out the peanut butter for egg salad.

You can make a 1500 calorie supershake for breakfast, easy.

Whole milk
Grow! Whey/Metabolic Drive
raw oats
coconut oil
peanut butter

Lots of it.

Hell, you could even throw more stuff in, but I cant think of many more things to throw in there that are calorie dense and will still taste palatable.

Liquid calories?? I like to stick table spoon of coconut oil and a table spoon of peanutbutter in a blender with oats and protein powder with a banana and some other fruit. Yogurt if I got some.
Add raw eggs of you can stomach it ( I can’t).

I gained a fuckload of weight on the squats and milk program. Granted, I put on some more “bad” weight than I wanted, but I blame that on me making the volume lower.

I think with your program, and your uh, supplementation program*, you’ll stay within your projected BF levels. You’re also smart enough to change shit up if it’s not working for you.

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All types of nuts: Brazil, Macadamia, Almonds, Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Cashews, Pistachios, Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Hemp Seeds.

All types of oils: Olive, Almond, Macadamia, Walnut, Hazelnut, Coconut, Avacado.

Chicken wings with no sauce

Steak

Sausage

Also, I found that mixing in a packet of sugar free jello mix with cottage cheese ment I could eat a shit load more then I could before… (no matter how hard I try, I just cant enjoy normal cottage cheese)…

sweet keep em coming guys!

pineapple and cottage cheese is the winner for me. I actually look forward to it.

thanks for the supershake rrjc5488. lol and yes I keep my supplements strict and I’ll know if I’m messin up so I can change things quickly lol.

Ratchet I actually think I’ll try that gallon of milk a day thing if I can stomach that much. lol How long did you do that??

Jack N the Box bringing back those teriaki bowls is a nice thing. Having a flame broiler nearby as well as a hometown buffet should help me too. lol

DG

If you’re not afraid of some pretty dirty calories, then you can’t beat eggnog. 400+ kCal / 8 oz. glass. And it doesn’t seem to fill me up very much either.

Also homemade beef jerky tends to have more fat (and therefore more calories) than store bought stuff. (Plus it also tastes better.) I would guess that swapping store bought for homemade would probably bump the calories per serving by about 20%. Granted, it’s somewhat time consuming to make.

[quote]Dirty Gerdy wrote:

Ratchet I actually think I’ll try that gallon of milk a day thing if I can stomach that much. lol How long did you do that??

DG[/quote]

um, started in July and up until first week in December so… little over 5 months… put on 35 pound, 15 to 20 of it was solid muscle as most of my lifts doubled.

I basically got back to where I was pre-severe knee injury… My legs are basically the same size again which is nice…

[quote]Ratchet wrote:
Dirty Gerdy wrote:

Ratchet I actually think I’ll try that gallon of milk a day thing if I can stomach that much. lol How long did you do that??

DG

um, started in July and up until first week in December so… little over 5 months… put on 35 pound, 15 to 20 of it was solid muscle as most of my lifts doubled.

I basically got back to where I was pre-severe knee injury… My legs are basically the same size again which is nice…[/quote]

Thats good man.

thats insane tho… I couldn’t imagine a gallon of milk a day for 5 months. lol

but I can try lol.

DG

Really fatty meats help. Bacon with my eggs, sausage and peppers, etc. A few scoops of whey throughout the day. And of course a big bowl of cottage cheese and peanut butter before bed. All of that, plus post-workout carbs, has been the difference between maintenance and gaining weight.

My latest addition was string cheese. Seems to be keeping things going.

My fav and simplist way of adding kcals, I have a jar of Omega enriched chunky peanut butter with a spoon on top of it laying on the counter.

every time I walk by I take the spoon full of that, and straight to the fridge to wash it down wit ha little milk.

adds about half gallon of milk = about 1000 kcals give or take
and each spoon full is about 200 kcals so thats about another 2000 or so.
my fitday chart when I checked on doing that was up to about 6300 kcals just from the peanut butter and milk added along with nibbling on nuts and beef jerky.

about the milk, after a while your stomach gets used to it and you will not have the distress that milk brings.

I used to have an allergy untill I started drinking milk.
now when I can afford it I drink about a gallon a day,or so.

Here are some things that have helped me:

Make your eggs with olive oil.

Dietary Fat was key for me. I realized that if I was maintaing on what I was eating,5 tbsps of peanut butter would be a perfect way to slowly start gaing mass. For you though… 5 thosand frikin calories!!! Dam Michael Phelps. (I know, 11 thousand or ten or nine or who cares,) that’s alot of food though! Back to the original topic

Steak
Salmon
Salmon burgers or sanwiches can pack about 1000 calories in them if you make them like I do.

Whole Wheat Roll or Bread,
8-16 0z of Salmon,
Canola Oil
Seasoning
Pepper
Lemon Juice
Avacado
Blue Cheese Crumbles or Swiss Cheese
Tereyaki Sauce… you get the idea.

PB + protein powder, plus honey or splash of milk to loosen. Roll in a log, refrigerate, and a slice is an easy snack.

[quote]Dirty Gerdy wrote:
Ratchet wrote:
Dirty Gerdy wrote:

thats insane tho… I couldn’t imagine a gallon of milk a day for 5 months. lol

but I can try lol.

DG[/quote]

Not that you would have this problem, as it has been pointed out before.

but, fiber is key when drinking that much milk… anyone who has done this will probably agree with me on that…

Juice?

Pasta/rice over food with higher volume (ie potatoes/oatmeal)?

Meat based sauces to go with that pasta?

IV with a protein shake going into your arm? :slight_smile:

That’s all I got besides the aforementioned stuff. I only need about 4000-4500 cals to grow…not 7000

Anybody recommend any digestive enzyme supplement?

I know that I generally use whatever I can find cheap while I’m really throwing down calories.

Has anybody also thought about Poliquin’s HCL supplementation idea when bulking?

Fiber is a must, but thanks for the reminder Ratchet.

DG

[quote]Dirty Gerdy wrote:
Anybody recommend any digestive enzyme supplement?

I know that I generally use whatever I can find cheap while I’m really throwing down calories.

Has anybody also thought about Poliquin’s HCL supplementation idea when bulking?

Fiber is a must, but thanks for the reminder Ratchet.

DG[/quote]

fiber and yogurt
the thing about yogurt its got acidophilous (sp) in it which makes digesting dairy eaiser

[quote]Dirty Gerdy wrote:
Anybody recommend any digestive enzyme supplement?

I know that I generally use whatever I can find cheap while I’m really throwing down calories.

Has anybody also thought about Poliquin’s HCL supplementation idea when bulking?

Fiber is a must, but thanks for the reminder Ratchet.

DG[/quote]

I used HCl when I switched back to bulking. All the extra food (especially the carbs) was bloating me and I wasn’t really gaining much at first. I polished off a bottle of generic Betaine HCl and all was well.