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Old 12-19-2011, 07:47 AM   #1
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Exclamation The Bodybuilder's Nutrition Book by Dr. Franco Columbu

Has anyone read this book? If so, what are your thoughts on it? I have started to read it & enjoyed it up until where Franco starts discussing all the complicated stuff! lol. No seriously, I'll continue to read until the end, but I'll need to take my time to read & fully understand what the guy is saying. Maybe a pen & notepad to jot down notes will be a good idea also.

For those who have read the book, what are your thoughts on the sample diets towards the end of the book?
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Has anyone read this book? If so, what are your thoughts on it? I have started to read it & enjoyed it up until where Franco starts discussing all the complicated stuff! lol. No seriously, I'll continue to read until the end, but I'll need to take my time to read & fully understand what the guy is saying. Maybe a pen & notepad to jot down notes will be a good idea also.

For those who have read the book, what are your thoughts on the sample diets towards the end of the book?
I own it. ^5 great read. Great way to start learning how and why we eat what we eat. He was ahead of his time in nutrition.
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I own it. ^5 great read. Great way to start learning how and why we eat what we eat. He was ahead of his time in nutrition.
Great! Positive feedback What are your thoughts on his diet plans toward the end of the book? I'm asking because I'm learning about nutrition & I need to re-evaluate my own diet.

He quotes a conversation he had with Reg Park regarding protein. Reg went on to say that he would eat "good quality protein" such as fish & eggs. When Franco went on to ask him about meat, Reg apparently replied, "it's good, but not as good as fish."

What are peoples thoughts on this? Is fish a better quality protein than meat?
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Great! Positive feedback What are your thoughts on his diet plans toward the end of the book? I'm asking because I'm learning about nutrition & I need to re-evaluate my own diet.

He quotes a conversation he had with Reg Park regarding protein. Reg went on to say that he would eat "good quality protein" such as fish & eggs. When Franco went on to ask him about meat, Reg apparently replied, "it's good, but not as good as fish."

What are peoples thoughts on this? Is fish a better quality protein than meat?
To a bodybuilder fish is better due to its lower in fat but yet you get your Omega's.

Its been a long long time since I read it. I'm sure its a great starting point before you tweek to your personal needs.
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To a bodybuilder fish is better due to its lower in fat and you get your Omega's.

Its been a long long time since I read it. I'm sure its a great starting point before you tweek to your personal needs.
Very interesting, thanks
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Thank you. I would really like to see you finish the book and maybe use stickies or highlighter for referances. I did that in the begining and never regreted it.
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:51 AM   #7
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Thank you. I would really like to see you finish the book and maybe use stickies or highlighter for referances. I did that in the begining and never regreted it.
I'm defo going to finish the book. & I'm definately going to also jot down notes too.

I can't believe i acquired this book for free from someone who was clearing out their shop due to their retirement
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He quotes a conversation he had with Reg Park regarding protein. Reg went on to say that he would eat "good quality protein" such as fish & eggs. When Franco went on to ask him about meat, Reg apparently replied, "it's good, but not as good as fish."

What are peoples thoughts on this? Is fish a better quality protein than meat?
Reg Park also drank a lot of full cream milk.
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Reg Park: I liked to eat like a king, but only food that was good for me. I ate prodigious amounts of food during the day, but adhered to a very balanced diet with everything in proper proportions. My favorite food is steak, which I sometimes eat twice a day. I also like salads, orange juice and wine. I have a wine cellar in my home. I also have used protein supplements and take vitamin and mineral tablets.
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In the world of modern bodybuilding nutrition (egg whites, low fat diet styles etc.) Reg's diet is something of a contradiction to all of that. Here is what he did...he ate anything he pleased! To bulk up he simply ate more! Back in the late 1940's and early 1950's there were no set or accepted diet rules for the bodybuilder, no books on bodybuilding nutrition. In the modern program "Body for Life" the six meals a day has almost been punted as a new, modern concept, but Reg was doing this way back then. Reg's main source of protein was - Full Cream Milk! He drank pints/litres of it per day (full cream, not the modern low fat variety). Reg has always said that milk is your cheapest source of protein.

Reg was a huge eater and he ate anything that was calorie rich! Reg believes in a simple nutrition plan - to bulk up, eat a lot! and workout hard!
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Earle Liederman once wrote in "Iron Man" about the gastronomical indulgences of bodybuilding starts, "Reg Park of England wins a good second to Mac Batchelor with his speed. Once, when dining with Reg, he gargled three large plates of vegetable soup, then gulped chucks from his extra large and thick steak without his teeth sinking into the meat once, apparently, next stuffed many side dishes of vegetables into his ever open mouth and these include an extra large pair of baked potatoes, a huge bowl of salad, three glasses of milk and the last, the piece de resistance, a big dish of ice cream with cake. And all this, mind you, in about ten minutes. Gee! I've seen hungry bloodhounds gobble down food, but Reg Park wins a can of fried grasshoppers as second place for amount, and first place for speed."
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And here's a basic diet template he sometimes used.

Reg Park's Diet.

Breakfast:

A glass of fresh orange juice
Fruit: paw-paw (papaya) & banana
Cooked Oatmeal (Large soup plate full) with full cream/whole milk & fresh cream
A plate of bacon, eggs, tomato and toast
A couple of cups of tea

Lunch:

Large bowl of soup (tomato, pea, minestrone etc.) with rye bread
Cooked vegetables
Beef steak (2 Kg)
Desert
A couple of cups of tea with some chocolate
Also wine or milk stout(like Guiness)

Supper:

Same as lunch.

(Reg would consume Milk stout/Guiness as an aid when he needed to gain weight)
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I think Reg's diet will come as a real surprise to most! I have asked Reg on many occasions to confirm this.
In the world of modern bodybuilding nutrition (egg whites, low fat diet styles etc.) Reg's diet is something of a contradiction to all of that. Here is what he did...he ate anything he pleased! To bulk up he simply ate more! Back in the late 1940's and early 1950's there were no set or accepted diet rules for the bodybuilder, no books on bodybuilding nutrition. In the modern program "Body for Life" the six meals a day has almost been punted as a new, modern concept, but Reg was doing this way back then. Reg's main source of protein was - Full Cream Milk! He drank pints/litres of it per day (full cream, not the modern low fat variety). Reg has always said that milk is your cheapest source of protein.

Reg was a huge eater and he ate anything that was calorie rich! Reg believes in a simple nutrition plan - to bulk up, eat a lot! and workout hard!
This is what I try to get threw so many heads as does others. As long as you can work it into your macro's eat it. Cutting or even building shouldn't kill you and verity keeps you sane.

But on the other hand dieting is all very personal also. All depending on how serease or lean you want to get or how your body reacts in the building mode.
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