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Davis 05-13-2013 11:21 AM

A Good Dirty Bulk For 15 Pounds
Having weighed over 200 lbs before, somewhere in the middle of March(and a month before with little consistency) I decided I was going to get my weight on the scale and bar back up to what it was before losing so much at the end of last summer. In March, I was getting more consistent in the gym, and my eating was too. On the 26th, my fiancee left me. I took a couple of workouts off. The next week I was hellbent on totaling 1200 at a meet in I'm back to about 200 pounds. I went somewhere right below around 185 in the middle of March to now being around 200 pounds. I certainly look bigger, and I am certainly stronger. I've hit a lot of lifetime PR's. Given they aren't significant in the grand scheme of things, but they're definitely nice. No, I'm not putting any pictures up. I look about what a 200 lb 6'3" guy would look like. Maybe a slightly larger back and more lean than some maybe... So what have I been doing?

As I've told my mom: Lots of meat, eggs, milk, and Mountain Dew. A normal day has looked something like this: 6-8 eggs for breakfast, a few sausage patties, and 3 glasses of milk mixed with protein powder. A few times a week for lunch I would usually have an Arby's Max roast beef sandwich or two. If I couldn't afford two, I would order the value meal and get the fries and a Mountain Dew. Each time I ate there, I had at least a liter of Mountain Dew. Dinners were usually a whole frozen pizza or something along those lines. Thrown in between was usually a can or two of another type of pop(usually Dr. Pepper), an extra protein shake or two(same as the morning shake) and any type of meat I could get my hands on. Often I'd eat a couple more eggs in the evening. Also, to chicken, I made sure I added ranch dressing. I never have been a big fan of the stuff, but it's a few extra calories.

So, if you wanna gain a decent bit of weight pretty fast- eat horribly with lots of protein and lifting thrown in. I doubt my gains would have been so solid had I not carried nearly the same amount of muscle in the past. But, I'm stronger and more muscular than I was last summer. However, I think it may be time to slow down on some of the Mountain Dew and highly processed foods- there's always too much of one good thing.

EliteDreams 05-13-2013 01:14 PM

Sounds about the reason why I'm so fat. Good decision on slowing it down :)

leefarley 05-13-2013 01:19 PM

a nice dirty bulk :chicken: :)

bamazav 05-13-2013 02:01 PM

Only thing dirty I read was that you drank Dew instead of Mello Yello. That would have made it a clean bulk. :D

Mello Yello to the rescue!

Epinephrine 05-14-2013 01:40 AM

I did something similar in the past... no soda though. I just don't like the idea of drinking straight sugar. And I would just buy 5 McDoubles or Crispy Chicken Sandwiches. More calories for the same money.

LtL 05-14-2013 04:10 AM

There was an interesting discussion on the Iron Radio podcast this week where Phil recommended doing something very similar for moving up a weightclass: eat a tonne of food, whatever it takes to gain 20lbs as quickly as possible, then back off a bit and maintain and solidify that weight. I did this to pretty decent effect myself as well. Good work.

Davis 05-14-2013 12:16 PM

@Elite, I'm sorry, but that made me laugh.

@Bam, Mountain Dew is the REAL stuff. That's the ONLY way to go.

@Epin, I'll have to keep that in mind for the future. Although, I just really do not like McDonald's hamburgers.

@LTL, good to hear.

I'm still trying to add weight, but I'll probably try to be a little more conservative. So far I'm still pretty lean though. I've got a few more pounds to gain without worry.

EliteDreams 05-14-2013 06:17 PM

That's my issue, dollar menu stuff has tons of calories, just not as much protein or just good taste as I would like. And eating out halfway decent gets expensive.

And no worries man, I laugh at myself.

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