March 2007 Muscle & Fitness Preview: Eat Yourself Huge!

Here is an excerpt from the March 2007 issue of Muscle & Fitness that will give you a glimpse of gaining big-time mass with sound nutritional advice. Check it out!

The following is an excerpt from the March 2007 issue of Muscle & Fitness:


Eat Yourself Huge!

To gain big-time mass, you should follow the advice of the dietary expert who oversees current Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler's meal program.


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2006 Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler.
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"Can you put together a mass-gaining diet for me?"

As a nutritionist and dietary consultant to 2006 Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler and other top-level bodybuilders, my reply to this question usually isn't what people want to hear: "No, I can't."

Truth be told, with 20 years of experience and a solid university background, even I lack the ability to peer into some sort of dietary crystal ball and devise an eating plan that promises nonstop results. Problem is, the body is always changing, and what works straight out of the gate for a few weeks may end up causing you to gain unwanted bodyfat thereafter.

The only way to truly put together a mass-gaining plan that works is not to rigidly plan anything, but rather to continually re-evaluate yourself to ensure that what you're actually gaining is muscle, not bodyfat. Indeed, trial and error is your best bet.

That's the type of strategy Jay has always used. From the time he won the Teenage Nationals 15 years ago to his most recent barnstorming victory in Sin City - after which MuscleTech signed him to the biggest supplement contract in history - he has always been one to analyze, "Am I gaining muscle or fat?" It's the million-dollar question for many, and one I'll clear up for you right here and now.

Be Realistic:

    Bottom line, as long as you're gaining more muscle than bodyfat, you're headed in the right direction. That's important, because many are under the impression that it's possible to gain 100% pure fat-free muscle. Good luck.


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Jay Cutler.
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    In the real world, you'll always add some bodyfat with muscle, and that's okay. Here's why: Think about body composition, your muscle:fat ratio. If you gain 1 pound of fat and 2 pounds of muscle, you've actually become leaner. Yet if you add 3 pounds of fat over six weeks without adding muscle along with it, you're going in the wrong direction. But if you gained 3 pounds of muscle with that 3 pounds of fat, you're even.

    Now, if you gain 4, 5 or even 6 pounds of muscle with that 3 pounds of fat, you'll likely appear both bigger, since you've added muscle, and leaner, since you added more muscle than bodyfat. In this case, your muscle:fat ratio has shifted to the positive, the ultimate goal in any mass-gain diet.


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2006 Mr. Olympia, Jay Cutler.
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For the rest of Aceto's guidelines on gaining muscle through food intake, including a complete, seven-day meal plan, pick up the March issue of M&F, on newsstands February 6.

For more M&F, visit their website: www.muscleandfitness.com.