Bodybuilding is 85% Nutrition

Alcohol And Bodybuilding

Vince, when you were training for competition and you consciously set yourself short-term goals to achieve. Today from what read one must keep using the mind to motivate and carry through to success.

I have bought courses, books, and tapes on motivation and goal setting but I still keep missing workouts and partying. From Friday till Tuesday I just like to drink. But I always regret it when I’ve had a hangover the next day.

Please help me because deep down I do want to be a bodybuilding success.

You may want it Henry but you don’t need it! You have to be driven uncontrollably. When I was training for competition I was inspired from within. My biggest problem was the hold back my tremendous drive. I would have willingly trained for ten hours at a time. I did not need to set goals. They were dancing in front of my every waking hour…I was hot for success. I need it! Only a handful of men in my day trained like I did and when it came to dieting, I was king of the mountain. I had an iron will. No wonder I was the most ripped bodybuilder in the world for over a decade!

You are not driven Henry. You have to send away for mail order inspiration. I feel sorry for you because the merry lunacy of having to train like a madman has its special rewards. You feel like you are different to the rest. You have an all- encompassing purpose to life. A pursuit for greatness! Let’s hope your party habits are only temporary. I myself, took a few flashes of time to drown my sorrows in alcohol, and probably most men go through a similar phase. But keep it short Henry, other wise you could become a bum!

Incidentally, the weekend is Friday night until Sunday night. How come you’re still partying on Tuesday? You only have a two-day work week or what?

Does Black Coffee Help Training?

I have heard that you like to drink a great amount of black coffee, Vince. Do you believe it helps training?

I drink very little coffee now, but I did drink it when in my best shape a few years ago.

Coffee is a stimulant and may serve to give you a lift. It can be helpful as a substitute for food when you are on a diet.

Incidentally, I didn’t have any coffee until I was 33 years of age. Currently I am partial to fresh mint tea.

Soft Drinks No Good

I do not like to drink milk because I find that I gain too much flab.

Would it be OK if I had a couple of cans of pop a day instead?

Soft drinks may taste good but they are definitely not good for you. The sugar, caffeine and chemical additives contained in soft drinks can trigger weight gain (two cans of pop a day would add 110,000 calories a year and get you on the way to gaining a full 32 pounds!) also you run the risk of physical and mental dependency, dental decay and increased illness as you get older.

You cannot compare the nutritious value of milk and pop. Milk (especially raw milk) contains a little of almost every nutrient known to man. Soft drinks have no nutritional benefit at all.

Sweets And Flab

Thanks for your course and please may you do these things for me please.

1. Can you tell me some way I can stop eating so much sweets?

2. Can you give me some advice on trimming my flabby waistline?

The reason you crave sweets is because you need proteins and fats in your diet.

You trim the waistline by taking liver tablets and amino acids every three hours.

No problem.

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.

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