Dear Jonny, Bodybuilding?
My friend is a 26 year old amateur bodybuilder who is bulking up for the winter. He says that a calorie is a calorie if you’re trying to gain weight, so there’s no reason to pay extra for expensive food. He takes a lot of vitamin and mineral supplements but all he’s really eating are those oatmeal cream pie things, Cheetos, frozen pizzas, and lots and lots of protein shakes. Also, he takes steroids. He says he feels shitty a lot of the time, sort of tired and queasy, but that how strong he is makes up for it. Also he said that baked chips are low in fat and therefore as a good pre workout carbohydrate source as any. He has put on a lot of fat, but he says that’s part of the process. Your thoughts?
Your friend is a fucking idiot. Everything he has told you is stupid, incorrect, and/or dangerous. The “calorie is a calorie” mentality is for lazy, ignorant people who have no real desire to better themselves on any serious level. If all you eat is shit, that’s precisely how you’ll look and feel. Throw steroids into that mix, and your blood pressure and cholesterol levels will have you cruising through heart attack country. Of course he feels sick. Of course he’s getting fat. If taking vitamin/mineral supplements afforded humans the opportunity to treat their bodies like shit yet remain healthy, then many people in this country would be in a lot better shape than they are. Now, as for your friend’s claim that he is “strong”; compared to who or what? Certainly not to someone of the same age and size who puts an emphasis on training smartly, bulking up methodically, and relying on basic common sense as opposed to some sick need for approval and instant gratification (the American way). And I’m not even going to answer the fucking question about “baked pre-workout chips.” My best advice: If you’re gonna hang around/listen to this asshole, do the exact opposite of everything he says.