BIG On A Budget

4 Jan

Now that we’ve saved all that money instead of spending it on crappy supplements, we can talk about the best bang for your buck foods that will help you get huge. A couple of points before I go any further..

First, you aren’t going to get big AND get ripped at the same time. It is possible to do both at the same time if extreme attention is payed to your training and diet, but the most effective route is choosing one goal and focusing on only that. If you want to get BIG, know that you’re going to get a little fat. It’s cool though, your mountain sized traps and bowling ball shoulders even things out a little bit.

It's okay to get chubby if you've got traps that could catch bears.

Second, the foods on this list are not all super organic, free range, natural, whatever. I’m a realist, and if you’re really on a budget you might not be putting the highest quality food into your body and that’s okay. There are much worse things you could be putting into your body besides macaroni and cheese.

Third, if you want to get big you need to EAT. You need to eat a lot. No, seriously. A LOT. Don’t call yourself a hardgainer if you’re eating 2,000 calories per day and not seeing your weight shoot up. You should forget what hunger actually feels like. You should get to a point where you despise food because you’re so tired of constantly eating. Keep that up for a couple of months and then check the scale again. Onto the list:

1. Ground Beef/Turkey – depending on the quality, a pound of ground beef will usually run you $6-$10. If you can afford it, go for the organic grass fed beef. There is a significant difference in taste and quality. 1 pound of ground beef adds up to about 640 calories, 36g fat, 84g protein, and 0g carbs.

2. Mac n Cheese – a box usually costs around $2 but you can almost always find bulk deals on mac n cheese. Depending on how you prepare it, a box of macaroni and cheese will get you around 750 cal, 45g fat, 30g protein, and 105g carbs. Mix your ground beef or turkey in with a box and you’ve got some serious gains on the way.

Everyone likes dinosaurs.

3. Tuna – canned tuna is one of the most inexpensive sources of lean protein you’re going to find. Again, look for bulk deals like 10 cans for $10 or something along those lines. A single can of tuna adds up to about 120 cal, 2g fat, 26g protein, and 0g carbs. Tuna sandwiches are a fast and super easy way to get calories in on the go. I’m a solid albacore in water type of man, personally.

4. Eggs – again, look to buy in bulk if you can. Free range eggs are more expensive and, from what I’ve seen, usually aren’t sold in packages larger than one dozen but the quality of the product will be a little higher. If you’re trying to stretch your dollar and pack some size on, buy the biggest packages you can find.

5. Chocolate milk – Lately I’ve been polishing off a 1/2 gallon of chocolate milk after really heavy workouts. 1/2 a gallon with probably coast you around $4 and you’ll be getting about 900 cal, 64g fat, 64g protein, and 140g carbs. Again, not the healthiest or cleanest way to get your weight up but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t work. Also, the NSCA says it’s okay:

There you have it, getting big on a budget. Get to the grocery store, fill up the shopping cart, and you’ll be too big for all your clothes in no time. Coming soon: Big on a Budget pt 2 – Bargain Shopping For Clothes That Actually Fit.

Get huge.


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