[quote]Professor X wrote:
Nominal Prospect wrote:
I just got a new job moving furniture, and it got me thinking about a topic that’s been brought up before on these boards.
I’m talking about dudes who work manual labor jobs, eat shit for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but are strong as shit.
Case-in-point: the guys I worked with today. Their day started off with donuts and iced coffee from 'Dunks. Several hours later, they stopped by a convenience store and bought Gatorade and chips. Then, in what must have been the healthiest meal of the day for them, we all stopped at Quizno’s and got subs. After the job, on the way back, they stopped and each got a cup of slush (ice flavored with sugar, for the unaware).
Anecdotal examples such as these have led me to the conclusion that nutrition is practically irrelevant when it comes to strength.
I’d like to hear what people have to say about this. Any more stories of strong guys who eat like shit would also be interesting. I’m sure there are plenty out there.
If you are actually working hard and have decent genetics, overall caloric intake becomes more and more important than where those calories are coming from if the goal is just size and strength. If your goals are to lean up that is where the nutrient analysis becomes more important. It was mentioned before how poorly Mariusz Pudzianowski eats yet looks the way he does. Look at what he does with that food. That makes all of the difference.
Kids today aren’t getting fatter because Mc Donald’s exists. When we were kids we ate the same shit (though possibly not nearly as much) and weren’t obese. We also played outside more. That makes all the difference when compared to some kid who just plays video games all day.[/quote]
You really think the food isn’t any worse now than it was 2-3 decades ago?
I honestly don’t know, I grew up in Romania in the early '90’s and moved here in '97, since then eating mainly home-made Romanian food. So any info would be great.
And for the OP, when it comes to overal strength and size, you just gotta get big, doesn’t matter much where from. Of course, there are little limitations. I’m sure certain foods cause you to be tired too much, or maybe you get less than optimal sleep, which could affect numbers/size, but in the end, what really matters is how much you eat.
When going for athletic performance or great body composition, then you can worry about what types of foods you eat.