Hit a Plateau (Critique my diet and routine)

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  1. Hit a Plateau (Critique my diet and routine)


    Hey I 5'7 and started bulking up in September and went from 140 Lbs up to 170lbs and then dropped back slightly to 168lbs while travelling during Christmas (I also injured my shoulder and had to take a week off lifting) I'd like to get to 185lbs but since I started lifting hard again 2 weeks ago I havn't been able to gain nothing. Now I know these things take time but being able to gain 30lbs in a few months and now seeing absolutely nothing makes me think I'm at a plateau. Could someone give me some advice for busting through here.

    My normal eating looks something like this

    Breakfast
    - Large Bowl of Oatmeal
    - Glass of Water with Animal Pak
    - 600 Cal Protein Shake with two servings of eggwhites

    Lunch
    - Rice and a Can of Tuna

    Snack
    - Some sort of protein bar or cereal or something

    Dinner
    - Chicken and Potatoes

    Before Bed
    - 600 Cal protein shake with two servings of eggwhites


    - I'm currently using an FST-7 workout that I found on FST7.com, and working out 4 days a week. 20 mins cardio 3 days a week (just to hit target heart rate and keep the heart in good health)

    -I'm getting 8 hours of sleep a night or more and drinking 3/4 - 1 gallon of water a day.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.


  2. whats your total daily calories? I know scivation has a free ebook called bulking for ectomorphs.. might be helpfull
    "The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance." - Socrates

  3. probably close to 3,000 calories a day
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  4. A Pre and Post workout meal unless you just didn't include it

  5. My workout is usually after dinner so my dinner acts as my pre workout meal and the protein shake acts as a post workout meal

  6. If you go right to bed after your workout then i would suggest adding two more meals. You should be eating ever 2-3 hours and an hour post your post workout meal. I personally eat 2 servings cottage cheese and some almonds pre bed. Some cold cuts as well would be good to add to that. I'm sorta a beginner but I'm sure i got all this right

  7. Bro, up the tuna meal to TWO cans, and add pasta instead of rice. DREAMFIELDS pasta is whole grain and tastes good IMO. In addition, add in a post workout meal after the shake of 6-8 oz ground sirloin, onions, peppers, and 1 cup rice, brown or white, but prefferably brown since its evening. Its good. Add some sea salt and pepper to it. You will recover better and grow through the night. If you wake up at night have some cottage cheese handy in the fridge, or pop a few grams BCAA's and go back to sleep. Good luck

  8. eat, eat, eat, eat. looks like you know what to eat, just eat more of it. change up your exercise routine every 1-2 months. If that does work, (I hate to say this) but less cardio may help. add some creatine in the mix maybe, so you can brake some plateaus.
    Keep some fruit, protein bar, chix breasts, milk, legumes, ect on you at all times. never feel the need to eat through out the day haha

  9. Quote Originally Posted by fatherenis View Post
    probably close to 3,000 calories a day
    i am your height and hit similar "plateaus" on my way to 186...where i also now seem to be stuck. however i do know the fix and its calories!
    i can tell you one thing. i lose weight quickly at only 3K cals a day.
    i need over 4300 to gain.

    i read your diet. how about a shotglass of extra light olive oil with each shake? each shot is 400 cals. how about huge scoops of mayo on the tuna? how about some nuts or ....heaven forbid....poptarts for snacks?
    you can easily add 2K cals a day with these. i'm going to bust through my 186 by throwing 2 shots of OO in my shakes and hitting burger king more often

  10. All joking aside.. Pizza will bulk you up, and I believe each slice is 400 calories , so a couple of slices at least *once a week*. Or eat a whole one, and make it your cheat meal.
    MK9

  11. dave tate once wrote an article about breaking his plateau. his coach said here's what you do:
    eat 4 fast food breakfast sandwiches every morning
    for lunch order a large pizza and pour olive oil on it. eat the whole thing
    supper is a pound of meat and potatoes, each.
    oh and dont forget the daily gallon of milk.

    worked for him

  12. This sounds good I'm workin on upping the cals. I moved the morning protein shake to inbetween breakfast and lunch and I'm adding fruit and a protein like sausage or something to breakfast.

  13. You dont eat enough... **** the pizza... only as a cheat meal.. here is wat a good diet looks like if ur tryin to gain lbm.

    Carbs 380+
    Protein 416

    Meal 1: 4 whole eggs
    8 whites
    4 oz beef 1.5 cups oats

    Meal 2: 2 cans tuna
    4 pieces whole wheat
    1 piece fruit

    Meal 3: Weight gainer scoop with whey

    Meal 4: 10 oz chicken breast
    Large sweet potato

    Meal 5: Weight gainer scoop with whey scoop

    Meal 6: 10 oz beef
    1 cup brocc
    Meal 7: 2 scoop whey iso w/ 2 tbs of natty peanut butter

  14. Nice meal plan. The night time nutrition is vital. Its when you grow. Bro, you have to keep feeding yourself. Even a shake with a bowl of instant oatmeal is good. Add in some fats to the shake, and youre golden. Use a whole grain, or high fiber bread to make sandwiches with for snacks.

  15. Quote Originally Posted by kmk25 View Post
    You dont eat enough... **** the pizza... only as a cheat meal.. here is wat a good diet looks like if ur tryin to gain lbm.

    Carbs 380+
    Protein 416

    Meal 1: 4 whole eggs
    8 whites
    4 oz beef 1.5 cups oats

    Meal 2: 2 cans tuna
    4 pieces whole wheat
    1 piece fruit

    Meal 3: Weight gainer scoop with whey

    Meal 4: 10 oz chicken breast
    Large sweet potato

    Meal 5: Weight gainer scoop with whey scoop

    Meal 6: 10 oz beef
    1 cup brocc
    Meal 7: 2 scoop whey iso w/ 2 tbs of natty peanut butter
    that's great, for you. is it working? I dont see your stats.
    I simply cannot fit that much volume in my stomach, i mean 12 eggs plus oats and beef? For me i need my fats to make up for my lack of capacity. Pizza, olive oil, burger king, gets me to where i need to be. The OP can decide what works for him be it high volume like you or high caloric density like me.
    416 protein is a bit overkill too unless you're a 300 pound strongman.

  16. Start smaller, and let your metabolism speed up by eating more and training harder. Then week by week, up the calories, and amounts till, surprise, you are eating that much. You would be shocked. It will take some work on your part, but its part of the dedication to get bigger.

  17. Quote Originally Posted by kmk25 View Post
    You dont eat enough... **** the pizza... only as a cheat meal.. here is wat a good diet looks like if ur tryin to gain lbm.

    Carbs 380+
    Protein 416

    Meal 1: 4 whole eggs
    8 whites
    4 oz beef 1.5 cups oats

    Meal 2: 2 cans tuna
    4 pieces whole wheat
    1 piece fruit

    Meal 3: Weight gainer scoop with whey

    Meal 4: 10 oz chicken breast
    Large sweet potato

    Meal 5: Weight gainer scoop with whey scoop

    Meal 6: 10 oz beef
    1 cup brocc
    Meal 7: 2 scoop whey iso w/ 2 tbs of natty peanut butter

    yeah... about that... your funny. he's hit a plateau and hes trying to gain, this is good for keeping mass with low BF but garbage for a gain. i dont see your stats either so im voiding this meal plan. Also this looks like something you copied from "flex" magazine and if you think thats what the pros follow im sorry to be the one to tell you, they dont.

    keep the pizza. dorian yates ate 3 whole pizzas a week on his offseason not to mention burgers and ice cream.Ronnie ate cornbread chile and french fries and cutler eats burgers. Plus when you eat that much, its hard to keep motivated when your food taste like crap i.e. chicken and a sweet potato. through in some tastey food. your on a bulk so bulk up. people dont understand that bulking and cutting are two different things.

    heres what works for me. i have gained 50 quality, and i mean quality pounds in the past five months and i average a couple pounds a week. i used to be 170 like you but over time ive worked my way up to 250 now and aim to get to 280 by may. check out my album in my profile if you want.

    meal 1: 4-6 whole eggs mixed with 4 peices whole grain toast, 4 os sausage in a bowl. 25 oz OJ. animal pak, animal omega

    Meal2: 2 scoops whey, 1 cup ground up oats, 2 tbs mack oil

    Meal 3" 8 0z steak, 1 cup baked beans, ceaser salad dressing, 20 oz whole milk, animal flex

    meal 4: same as meal 3 but with rice instead and BBQ sauce on my steak

    Meal 5: pre workout: 2 scoops whey, PBJ sandwhich or two if i am hungry, if not skip it. 2 grams Beta alanine.

    during workout: animal nitro

    Meal 6: post workout: 1 scoop waxy maize, 1 scoop creatine, 2 grams beta alanine, 2 scoops whey, 1 scoop glutamine with 16 oz gatoraid.

    meal 7: 6 pancakes with syrup, 25 oz skim milk

    meal 8: 3.5 scoop real gaines with 20 oz whole milk

    If its a rest day ill got to mcdonalds, burger king or five guys and eat whater, i also try to have a pizza or two a week. getting big isnt easy and i understand this looks like a lot of food but you wont be getting bigger eating 3000 cals. I feel like im gonna puke all day but you gotta eat to get big. you grow at home not at the gym. so my suggestion to you is to not copy what i do but look at how much i eat a day and just add more to your diet.

  18. Quote Originally Posted by Cooky32 View Post
    Start smaller, and let your metabolism speed up by eating more and training harder. Then week by week, up the calories, and amounts till, surprise, you are eating that much. You would be shocked. It will take some work on your part, but its part of the dedication to get bigger.
    i also 100% agree with this man. dont try to each alot all of a sudden. build up to it. great advice man

  19. Just trying to keep it real bro. You have to keep shoveling it in to grow. Off season I am also doing heavy hard training and need the calories. STAY HUNGRY FELLAS

  20. Quote Originally Posted by Ricky5145 View Post

    If its a rest day ill got to mcdonalds, burger king or five guys and eat whater, i also try to have a pizza or two a week. getting big isnt easy and i understand this looks like a lot of food but you wont be getting bigger eating 3000 cals. I feel like im gonna puke all day but you gotta eat to get big. you grow at home not at the gym. so my suggestion to you is to not copy what i do but look at how much i eat a day and just add more to your diet.
    props man, i love this post.
    i too eat until i am in pain and have an uncomfortable fullness all day, even when i wake up at 3am to pee (from my night casein shake). but i dont have your capacity (OMG 6 pancakes?) so i wont ever be 280 but i do pack in as much as i can strategically using fats.
  21. Never enough
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    I don't see quite enough healthy fats in any of these diets. buy natural peanut butter (no sugar added, non-roasted, no salt added) and at 2tbsp at each meal, whether in the shakes or just eating it. every 2 tbsp is around 150-200 cals, so it will add a significant amount of calories easily, and useful ones
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  22. Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    I don't see quite enough healthy fats in any of these diets. buy natural peanut butter (no sugar added, non-roasted, no salt added) and at 2tbsp at each meal, whether in the shakes or just eating it. every 2 tbsp is around 150-200 cals, so it will add a significant amount of calories easily, and useful ones
    I believe i said 4-6 whole eggs, mack oil, animal omega, whole milk- all good sources of fat. Just because we didnt add peanut butter (god forbid) doesnt mean were not getting enough good fats. oh wait, i did include peanut butter...silly me thats more good fats for me. Plus i cook all my food in either mack oil or peanut oil which helps with the sat. fats i get from my other foods like steak. and if you catn afford natural peanut butter, jif and peter pan work just as well.

  23. Quote Originally Posted by urbanski View Post
    props man, i love this post.
    i too eat until i am in pain and have an uncomfortable fullness all day, even when i wake up at 3am to pee (from my night casein shake). but i dont have your capacity (OMG 6 pancakes?) so i wont ever be 280 but i do pack in as much as i can strategically using fats.

    props to you man for eating during that 3:00 am pee.

    also, if you saw how good my pancakes were you could get down 6 easy.

  24. Well, I know I saw plenty of fats in there Bro. I dont see why he buys no salt peanut butter. Laura scudders with salt has a minimal amount of sodium in it. I never held water from it, and could eat it out of the jar. Skippy natural is great for sandwhiches, and just uses palm oil instead of hydrogenated fats. Macadamia nut oil is good too, according to dave palumbo. I just have to find it.

  25. Quote Originally Posted by Cooky32 View Post
    Well, I know I saw plenty of fats in there Bro. I dont see why he buys no salt peanut butter. Laura scudders with salt has a minimal amount of sodium in it. I never held water from it, and could eat it out of the jar. Skippy natural is great for sandwhiches, and just uses palm oil instead of hydrogenated fats. Macadamia nut oil is good too, according to dave palumbo. I just have to find it.
    Ill tell you where my friend. My organic market has it or any other organic store. i know its sucks but the stuff is impossible to find at local grocery stores. i use mack oil in my shakes and cook with it. i love the stuff.

  26. Thanks I am on it. Good looking out.

  27. its a little pricey tho

  28. I understand, but its all good. I am not broke. thanks a lot man

  29. not saying your broke. Im in college so its expensive to me.

  30. Its all good bro. It sucks this week I will maybe get to train on the ship 3 times. I worked the FIT EXPO yesterday, which was great. I just hardly got time to eat. Good show, except the cancelling of the IRONMAN. Ronnie was there and says he in doing the olympia this year, and he is still huge.

  31. i've been hearing he was going to be on stage in 2010. I am rediculously excited for this. call me what you will but i will always be routin for ronnie.

  32. he is diesel. Nice guy too. You aint crazy. LIGHTWEIGHT BABY

  33. yeahhhh budddy

  34. Its actually a meal plan my buddy gave me to try and get ready for a show.... I havent been able to get down all that food yet either. I just started. So, im starting with all the whole food and then when i think im ready for some more add in the shakes... i didnt post my stats... im at 195 right now low bf but tryin to hit about 230 before summer

  35. And by the way.... Dorian yates and ronnie coleman were gassed!!! to the gills bro.. wat they eat would not be the same results for people who dont shoot 5g of test and who knows wat else a week

  36. yeah man, take your time getting used to eating that much. i know its hard. i have to keep eating more the bigger i get to even just maintain my growth. drinking alot of liquid calories on top of your meals for a week will help expand your stomach a little. dont continue this, just for a boost.

  37. @Ricky:

    Just out of curiosity, what is your weekly routine like on a bulk? Your story is impressive and just peaked my interest.

    Also, when it is time to cut for you, what do you bring you caloric intake down to?

  38. Quote Originally Posted by SimplyDraven View Post
    @Ricky:

    Just out of curiosity, what is your weekly routine like on a bulk? Your story is impressive and just peaked my interest.

    Also, when it is time to cut for you, what do you bring you caloric intake down to?
    thanks for the interest man.
    well ive crafted my routine off many years of figureing out what works and what doesnt for me.

    This may sound rediculous, and i thought so too at first a few years ago but i only do one set per exercise. i based my routine off a dorian yates style of training or HIT as its called, (high intensity training). i used to train 4-5 sets and alot of different exercises and was tired all day everyday. i was demanding too much of myself. I then swithced to 3 sets and still found myself lagging. I came across and article by dorian and was interested. I then looked it up and read about mike mentzer and HIT and HEAVY DUTY. the more i read the more i liked it. the whole system is about priming your body for OPTIMAL growth by hiting the muscle enough to put it in an anabolic state but not too much to where your in a catobolic state. when you exercise too much you break down you central nervous sytmes and immune system and your body has to recover. recovery and growth are two very different things. this style of training lets me grow more and recover less. as soon as i swithced to this sytle of training my max incline bench went up 39 lbs in 2 weeks not to mention my other lifts. i have honestly not had a week where i didnt go up or in weight since i switched. it is the best/smartest thing i have ever done when i comes to training. I have atleast 10 guys up here at school swithcing to HIT aswell because of seeing my results. i only do 4 exercises at max for chest and back and only 3 for arms. rest is the most important thing, you grow at home, not in the gym.

    as for your second question i have to start cutting up in may. ive been on a bulk for almost a year and wouldnt suggest going further than that on a bulk without cutting up. when your on a bulk too long you start to accumulate too much intramuscular fat which is harder to get rid of. im not worried as my BF is not high but i want to cut up to start from a primed canvas again next fall. my diet will change alot, and ill start cardio. the first week ill do 2 20 min sessions, the next 3, the next 4 and the next 5 until im at 5 30-40 min sessions a week. i bring it on gradually because im 21 and dont have too much muscle maturity yet so its easy for me to loose the mass i worked so hard for. Ill still be eating alot but ill cut the crap out. Ill switch all my bread to ezekeal bread and mana bread. ill eat about 4 times as much fruit. its actually funny, i eat more carbs when i cut up then i do when i bulk. the reason i do this is because im trying to get an insane amount of natural fibers from fruits and mana bread. its easy on the stomach to digest and helps shred the pounds. i keep this high crab/fruit diet til i get about 5% bf and then i have to start carb cycleing to get lower. the lowest ive had it was at 3% but i felt like i was loosing too much mass so i had to stop. i can post my diet and training routine if you like.

  39. Thanks for the detailed response. Very interesting.

    i can post my diet and training routine if you like.
    If you have the time, that would be great. I'd love to hear more about your routine. I know what you mean in regards to always feeling fatigued and never feeling completely recovered. I think I am currently over-training but I enjoy the gym so much, I have a hard time with forcing myself to stay away long enough. But I suppose I would enjoy faster progress even more...

  40. Monday: 1 working set 1-3 warmup sets for most
    chest:
    Incline babrbell bench: 1 set 6-8 reps ( I do inclinces at a 15 degree angle instead of 45, I hit my chest more and shoulders less)

    Hammer strength Inline: 1 set 6-8 reps
    Flat Flys: 1 set 6-8 reps
    Cable flys: 1 set 6-8 reps


    Tuesday:
    Back:
    Reverse grip pulldowns: 1 set 6 reps
    Reverse Grip BB rows: 1 set 6 reps
    Old school T-Bar rows: 1 set 6 reps
    Deadlifts: 1 set 6 reps


    Wednesday:
    rest day


    Thursday:
    Delts:
    DB shoulder press: 1 set 6 reps
    Cable lateral raises: 1 set 6 reps
    bent cable rows: 1 set 6 reps
    Wide grip upright rows: 1 set 6 reps

    Traps:
    Closegrip reverse BB shurgs: 1 set 6-10 reps
    reverse grip Widegrip BB shrugs: 1 set 6-10 reps
    DB shrugs: 1 set 6-10 reps

    Friday:
    Biceps:
    BB curl: 1 set 6 reps
    Incline DB curl 1 set 6 reps
    Maching 1 arm preacher crul: 1 set 6 reps

    Triceps:
    Cable pushdowns: 1 set 6 reps
    Decline french Press: 1 set 6 reps
    1 arm Db extentions: 1 set 6 reps

    Forearms:
    Barbell wirst curls: 1 set 6-10 reps
    Barbell reverse curls: 1 set 6-10 reps

    Saturdat:
    Legs:
    Squat: 1 set 6 reps
    Leg press: 1 set 6 reps
    1 leg, Leg extention: 1 set 6 reps
    1 leg, leg curl: 1 set 6 reps

    Calves:
    Standing calve raise: 1 set 6 reps
    Seated calve raise: 1 set 6 reps

    Sunday:
    rest


    thats basically it
  

  
 

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