Mr. Bear wrote:
Eat some whole eggs, peanut butter, ice cream and burgers. Bulking diets that are restrictive usually do not work.
How does this apply to people that are already a little chunky to begin with? I am not lean but would like to put on more muscle. I am doing a clean bulk and have stayed away from ice cream, burgers and such but am eating 2-3 whole eggs a day along with cottage cheese,etc.
Is it better for me to do an unclean bulk and worry about the fatloss later? For that matter is it healthy?[/quote]
Well, I would normally say yes and here is why. You are going to gain fat when you bulk up, plain and simple. If you are looking to put on around ten pounds are so, I think plans such as massive eating are great. But if you are looking to really put on some pounds, and you are dedicated to dieting down, then why not eat some value meals and pizza along the way.
I think prof alluded to having a nutritional foundation earlier; this is a good point. It is important to have a solid understanding of nutrition and macronutrients. But once you have this understanding, it isn’t about choosing “health” or “junk” and only eating one or the other. For example, I usually eat a cup of oatmeal and two scoops of protein for breakfast, pasta and chicken at lunch, but then I might stop by Mcdonalds later that night to pick up a couple double cheeseburgers. Not so long ago, I would have been mad at myself for a couple days for such “indulgence.” But now I realize it is nearly impossible to eat a “clean” 5000 calories day in and day out without eating “cheat” foods. It’s been minimized lately, but calories in minus calories out is still the main part of the equation when it comes to gaining or losing weight.
You said you were already chunky…I think JB says that people above 15% will gain more fat when they bulk, so that is something to consider. It all depends on your goals, though. If you want to get leaner, or not gain much fat, stuff like massive eating is effective.
As for health, before you started training, were you concerned about the health risks of eating peanut butter?