Your Collegiate Mr. America 1972 Routine & Diet?

Hi Dr. Darden -

I was listening to the podcast interview earlier this week while I did my morning cardio. Could you give some more info on your workout and diet when you prepped for the 1972 Collegiate Mr. America contest you won? Had you switched to your low protein diet by then? How may grams and average calories did you consume? What were you doing in terms of cardio? From the pics you had looked phenomenal so just curious!


In 1972, I had been on my lower protein diet for more than a year. I had been practicing Arthur’s high-intensity routines for at least a year. And I was jogging 1.5 miles three times per week. My average dietary calories per day was 3,000.

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