Thread: supplements vs real food
02-02-2004, 08:00 AM #1
supplements vs real food
I eat 7 meals a day but many of those are shakes. I work 9-5 and just do not have the time to cook or eat that many meals. I'm wondering how my body would respond if I cut out all the supplements and ate real food for every meal. Calories are calories, but I suspect I'd grow faster. Opinions?
02-02-2004, 08:09 AM #2
I'm all for it. IMO, nothing is better then real food. You'd probably grow a hell more and actually become "healthier". It would be a little tough to down all the food and you would probably 'crave' cheat foods less since your body is constantly digesting food, but that's a good thing. Unless you're bulking. But IMO, it's a good idea.
02-02-2004, 08:11 AM #3Respected Member
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I agree with Ronny. When at all possible eat solid foods. I perfer to do this just for the simple fact that it fills my stomach and it stops the cravings while dieting.
02-02-2004, 08:21 AM #4
I was reading through my "Shawn Ray's Way" booklet I got at his Musclecamp last summer and it got me thinking. He lists his bulk diet and it entails eating a large meal every 3 hours, 6 meals a day. He also adds in 2 high calorie protein shakes...1 in the am before breakfast and one right before bed. I was amazed at all the time he must spend cooking and eating! I doubt I could do this and work full time and train and have any free time! When I said large meals...I meant huge. Here's what his breakfast was...
10 egg omelet (3 yokes)
1/2 lb ground beef w/ onions/peppers
1 large bowl oatmeal
2 slices wheat toast
3 hours later he was eating...
2 New York Strip steaks
2 large yams
and every 3 hours more of the same...
I will post his full bulking diet when I get a chance.
02-02-2004, 08:26 AM #5
I personally like to eat three or four times and I drink four meal replacements on top of that. If I don't have an appetite, I can still force myself to drink an 8oz supp. The thing I notice most about food is the temporary weight. I can eat 2Lbs of food in one sitting, so do that three times and I'm 6lbs heavier by the end of the day. If I can get the same calories without all of that weight in my gut, that's better. Plus, I could never eat eight - 2Lb meals.
02-02-2004, 08:33 AM #6Originally Posted by DBarcelo
02-02-2004, 08:45 AM #7
i know that when you eat real food the nutrients are better absorbed in your body as well. when you take a shake the liquid get digested at a quicker rate therefore some of the nutrients arent in your system long enough to be absorbed....what i would do is cook you meals two to three days ahead of time and put them in ziploc bags or gladware in your fridge and pack a cooler with food.
02-02-2004, 11:43 AM #8
As long as I rotate real food to shake to real food to shake, etc, and I'm not eating shake after shake, I'm happy.
02-02-2004, 11:51 AM #9
My entire diet is based on real foods with the exception of a protein bar every once in a while... I am happy with the results I have been getting
02-02-2004, 11:53 AM #10AR Hall of Fame
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I'm w/Rambo on this one.
02-02-2004, 02:22 PM #11Originally Posted by rambo
02-02-2004, 02:26 PM #12
What's Shawn Ray's bulk diet?
02-02-2004, 02:30 PM #13Originally Posted by Andre Avigdor
02-02-2004, 02:58 PM #14
I hear ya... I made it up to about 4500 cals a day in Nov & Dec in 9 meals a day and this was my absolute limit... I was taking naps during the day, it was too much for my system to handle...
02-03-2004, 10:12 AM #15
I try to limit liquid meals to post workout only, but that doesn't always happen.
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