Bodybuilding is 85% Nutrition

Feeling Hungrier After Exercise

I am always hungry and all my life I have eaten pretty well what I like. As a consequence I am fat.

Now I am starting to exercise with weights to get in shape (finally at 49 years of age!)

I read in a book that exercise curbs the appetite, but it seems to me that I get hungrier after exercise.

What do you think? Also, will salt make me fatter?

There is supposed to be some scientific evidence to show that exercise curbs the appetite. I have never noticed this.

What exercise appears to do is normalize the appetite. It puts you in touch with your true need for food.

You will also find that the more muscle mass you build, the better able you are to stay lean (void of fat). Muscle cells are active cells. They maintain a slight continuous contraction (tone) and they burn calories continuously.

Fat cells are inactive, burning very little energy (calories).

Salt (sodium) holds 180 times its weight in fluid. Too much can bloat you out.

Nutrition Contradiction?

I certainly enjoy reading your articles. Your opinions carry a lot of weight due to your years of experience. However, two articles which appeared in Iron Man magazine appear to be contradictory:

1. Iron Man, January, 1979, Volume 38 No. 2: "I have seen students gain one inch on arms in 3 days, eating one dozen eggs and one pound of beef daily."

2. Iron Man, September, 1978, Volume 37 No. 6: "I advocate a relatively 'low' protein intake, about 65 grams per day. The body can’t digest more than 20 grams per meal."

One dozen eggs and a pound of beef would amount to approximately 180 grams of protein a day, far in excess of what you recommend in the September, 1978 article.

Would you please explain?

Sorry about the confusion.

My feeling about body builders seriously training for maximum muscle size is simple; 4 fertile eggs every three hours is a necessity to achieve positive nitrogen balance.

This is the bottom line in body building nutrition. It’s the easiest way to achieve the anabolic state.

Men over 40, like Don Peters and Don Howorth look better now than they did at age 30 or under. Don Peters is at present up to 4 dozen a day, and looks unbelievable. I personally achieved the best condition of my life on 65 grams of protein a day (eggs, meat and butter).

You are opening a Pandora’s Box by expecting a simple answer to your questions. If you ever get to California perhaps I could go into detail and cover every aspect of this with you.

To summarize this, I go on record by stating that you would be far better off with 65 grams of protein, than 300.

An Effective Fat Burning Plan

Please can you give me a good alternate fat burning plan. My doctor says I must cut my carbs right down.

I am sick of the regular diets. Give me something new please Vince.

This diet is designed for those who are on a low or zero-carbohydrate diet as well as for those on a high-protein diet who are at a standstill and want to lose more fat.

This is a total, about-face plan, contrary to anything you have read or been told by diet experts. This diet plan will jog your metabolic rate and cause an immediate weight and fat loss.

It is a meatless, natural carbohydrate regime, composed solely of steamed (organic) vegetables and raw salad greens and fruit.

No meat, fish, chicken, eggs or cheese. Whole grains and rice are allowed.

The following will give you an idea of how to design your meals:

Breakfast:
Steamed Grains or Steamed Rice or Steamed Vegetables.

Lunch:
Caesar Salad or Raw Vegetable Salad or Fresh Fruit Salad

Dinner:
Wheat Pilaf or Steamed Vegetables or Eggplant Casserole

Sesame salt may be used on vegetables. Organic honey on steamed or cooked grains for breakfast.

Select the vegetables from the following list: Green beans, zucchini, Italian squash, acorn squash, eggplant, rutabaga, broccoli, asparagus, artichoke, carrots, onions, lima beans, green peppers, cauliflower.

Vince Gironda And Eggs

I must have read it a hundred times but I still do not understand your position on the eating of eggs Mr. Gironda.

Please answer these three questions.

1. How many eggs do you eat a day?

2. How many eggs would you recommend a person with a high cholesterol count to eat daily?

3. How many eggs should person who is allergic to eggs eat?

The answers to your questions are as follows:

1. I personally eat no eggs at all. The reason for this is that I am not currently trying to add muscle size.

2. A person suffering from high cholesterol should keep his fat low.

Only eat eggs occasionally as they are high in fat.

3. I should have thought the answer to this question is obvious.

Of course a person allergic to eggs, should not eat them!

Now, as to my stand with regard to eggs, that so many seem to find amusing or absurd. I recommend the egg as an excellent source of nutrition for the bodybuilder because it is recognized by nutritional scientists as being the highest quality protein known to human kind.

You probably hear the word "biological" used in terms of nutrition when referring to protein. A biological percentage is not the percentage of protein in a food, it is a term that refers to the structure of protein, indicating how near it is to human tissue.

For example, according to British expert Bernard Beverley human tissue is 100 percent biological.

Since we can’t go around eating each other, we have to settle for second best. That is…eggs!!

They are 95 percent biological in terms of amino acid structure. They are not 95 percent protein. In actual fact, an egg is only about 6 percent protein, but that protein is 95 percent usable in building human muscle tissue.

Next in line to eggs comes milk, organ meats, liver, kidneys, heart - then red meats such as steak, lamb and finally poultry and fish. Protein derived from the soya bean for example, is not high on the list. It’s only about 22 percent biological, so you need a large amount of the higher quality protein foods to supply the essential amino acid balance.

Rather than take steroids I advise bodybuilders in normal robust health to take up to three dozen eggs daily, to push their muscles to a new plateau. I do not suggest that they do this for the rest of their lives.

Nutrition is to be used to achieve a specific goal. You want size, then go for it with eggs. There is nothing better, so get crackin’. After 6-8 weeks or so you can drop down your egg intake to just one or two a day.

Try another diet such as red meat and fresh vegetables…or a diet high in milk products or fish. There are scores of regimens to follow, and each will help you achieve a specific goal.

Anabolic Effect In Eggs

Thanks so much for your letter concerning protein intake and the use of fertilized eggs.

Would you please tell me if the ingredient which causes the anabolic effect is to be found in the white or the yellow of the egg or must the entire egg be consumed in order to achieve the desired results?

Also, how long do you recommend that an individual stay on the fertilized egg diet?

The ingredient that causes the anabolic effect in eggs is the fat (cholesterol). The yolk as you probably know, is 50 % fat!

I, however, would not advise the exclusion of the white because science can only test for that which they are aware, or already know.

This does not mean that justifies the removal of something that is not understood. Science plays it safe; science is not an experimentor. The real scientist is the guy who is trying to discover something that was there all the time (nature), and takes the first step (unscientific) and discovers nature’s secrets.

Actually, there is nothing new at all. The facts were always there. I do not subscribe to man’s laws (science). My information comes from a different source.

All I have to tell you is that I am turning out men like Don Peters, who at 43 years of age looks better now than he ever did when he was 20 years younger and taking steroids. Just put my findings to use and see for yourself.

I will put my reputation on the line to prove that steroids are not any better or as good as four dozen fertile eggs, 100 liver tabs, and 100 amino acid tablets per day.

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