So hear me out.
After today article where Rippetoe was touting once again that to get big, you have to eat big. I decided to write this. Don't get me wrong I know that is universally accepted and I draw the same conclusion that yes, most people have to eat 'big' in order to grow. You just can't grow unless in a caloric surplus. No brainer right?
But why, for the love of christ should we eat 5000/6000 calories a day? Where is the god damn sense in that?
So I would like to point out some observations of mine...
Firstly I know from my own experience, when I was 127lbs and eating 4000 calories a day clean all I got was gut issues despite very well allotted fiber intake, and I gained 5lbs in 3months. Now don't start saying all this crap about my diet being shit or my programme being shit. Because it was as good as any beginners with the right information.
So I dropped eating so heavily and went on to 3000 calories a day roughly 200 calories above my maintenance level of calories, I threw in carbs at every meal and guess what? I grew.
3 months and I was up to 152lbs. Doing the exact same programme, eating the same foods but less calories, more carbs.
My second observation is that I don't believe for a second that people in prison eat enough protein or get NEAR 5000 calories a day. Prove me wrong if I am please.
And some of those guys, seriously have very good physiques.
I know someone who was in prison and I trained with him when he got out. He put on 30lbs in 6months, yeah some was fat - he lived off of weetabix, creatine, and tinned curry. Also interestingly, he didn't know much about programmes he said he just copied the guys in the gym where he was. So while I was there ramping and whatever. He did straight sets of 10 for about 6-8 sets on everything. He also told me he trained 5 days a week.
This is pretty interesting also, as one of the threads here seem to actually prove that most of the guys I personally respect here are training 5 days a week also.
So to wrap up.
I think having to eat such an excessive surplus is nonsense.
Secondly training 3 days a week just isn't going to cut it if you want more size. Frequency and volume really is needed in higher amounts.
Lastly - who knows if it's possible to get to at least a very decent level of muscular development on the most basic of diets. Remember the prisoners when you're worrying about that last 100 calories. They grow calories or no calories.
I would also like to point out how popular the whole pulse fast thing is getting, it may be worthwhile to note that timing of the nutrients may be a lot more important than just getting them in.