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Old 09-07-2011, 10:22 AM   #1
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One topic that interests me is nutrition prior to 1990. I like looking at how bodybuilders and powerlifters ate prior to the information overload era.

Here is a quote from Tom Platz I found last night:

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I would traditionally go on a higher fat diet and a high calorie diet, going into what I call "high fat metabolism." Really in the 70's we were all on the high-fat, high-protein diet; eating mostly eggs, tuna, and other meats, basically restricting our carbohydrate intake.
I know he played around with more carbs during certain shows, primarily 1981, but it seems this style approach was a staple for him.
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Any idea how much was his carb intake on the high fat diets. Pre-1990s dieting is interesting. Unlike the modern day pros, they stayed pretty lean through out the year, with their competition weight being 10-20 lbs below their off-season weight.
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Any idea how much was his carb intake on the high fat diets. Pre-1990s dieting is interesting. Unlike the modern day pros, they stayed pretty lean through out the year, with their competition weight being 10-20 lbs below their off-season weight.
Still trying to find that out. It's hard to find out information from Platz because he partnered with more than a few different authors over the years so a lot of information that is floating out there that doesn't reveal what he did during his peak building years.
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What about Draper, Ferrigno, the Mentzers and others? They were all from around that same time, give or take a few years. Definitely pre 1990. I too am interested in this subject.
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For Lou Ferrigno all I could find:

--4 to 5 meals per day
--Balanced diet. I have meat, fish, eggs, fruit and vegetables. I eat proteins every meal. I like to keep my calories to maybe 3,700 a day. I eat how I feel but I don't over indulge with sweets or anything like that.

And this regarding contest dieting:

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Question: So prior to your comeback at the 1992 Mr. Olympia in Helsinki, Finland, you had to go back to the drawing board to plot your approach for this contest with its new generation of top professionals. What exactly did you do differently compared to when you trained for the 1975 Mr. Olympia?

Lou: I trained the same way but the change was the diet. In the old days of Pumping Iron and when I won the Universe it was more like a low calorie, high carbohydrate diet. So I realized the difference were the carbohydrates. And instead of training down for the competition I would train hard off-season. And the body parts (training) were the same it was just that I trained smarter and paid more attention to correct form (for the 1992 Olympia).

Q: So prior to the 1975 Olympia you were eating only three times per day.

Lou: Yes.
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Interesting quote, goes against the 5 - 6 meals a day theory.
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I would be curious to see how big his 3 meals were at that time. He mentioned somewhere that he just ate instinctively. The talk about balance seemed to come around when he switched to 4-5 meals per day which makes me wonder if he was doing some monster chow sessions prior to that.
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I know that Sandow (I think it was Sandow) or one of the strongmen of that era used to take a sort of protein-based milk, similar to protein shakes, I guess, about 3 or so times a day in addition to his diet; though, I think, if memory serves me correctly, it was only 3 tablespoons mixed with water.

It's in one of the downloaded books that I have but I don't remember which one it was in; out of curiosity, I did look the brand name up via the internet but nothing came of it, and it was so long ago that I can't recall the brand name.

I was just fascinated to see that they were using a "supplement" so far back. I don't know if that's any help to you. If you're interested, you may be able to find the info in the Sandow site pdf downloadable books which is where I came across it.
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They are finding meals and the old eat every 2 hours isn't all its cracked up to be. They are finding its is all a "in and out" (burned that day) thing.

Many things they are finding out go agenst main stream ideals so you don't see a lot about it because its not back by money making companies.

I now a guy that did high fat and low carb and had great results with it. Same guy is also having great results with the "RAW" foods diet.
This also comes back to what your body works good with.
Meals per day, timing, macro % are not cookie cutter for everyone best results. Good info here though Steve for people to try and see if going out of the box and see if it works for them.
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One thing I will wager...if you are training hard and eating enough food, things will work out well.
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