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I gained over 15 pounds this past month – here’s how.

Friday, December 10, 2004 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

December
10
2004

I’m getting bigger, so this week I’ve been upping my daily caloric intake again. Since Monday I’ve been eating around 3,800 – 4,000 calories every day. As I gain weight I need to make sure I’m giving my body even more fuel so that my muscles can continue to grow.

Back on November 12th I made some pretty big changes to my bulking program: I started eating a lot more food, I made sure I was getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night and I cut out all alcohol. Those changes have paid off big time! I weighed 185.8 pounds at 11% body fat on November 12th. Today, just shy of a month later, I weigh 201.4 pounds at 12% body fat. That’s a 15.6 pound gain in one month – and less than 5 pounds of that is fat! Take a look at my “2004 Bulking Phase” weight chart on my stats page and you can see exactly where I made the changes to my program. Also, compare the past 30 days to the 31-day period from October 12th – November 11th: during that period I was eating much less food, I was very stressed out from work, I was not sleeping well and I was drinking alcohol at least once per week (sometimes more). It’s no surprise that my progress was almost flat-lined: I gained less than 3 pounds during that time.

If you are bulking and not seeing good results, keep what I just wrote in mind. I’m convinced that ALL these things are NOT OPTIONAL if you want to grow: you’ve got to eat big, eat clean, get 8 hours of sleep every night, train hard and consume no alcohol. If you are not doing ALL of these things your results will suffer – end of story.

Bah, it’s a boring cardio day today. I’d better get started on that and then get to work. See ya tomorrow!

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