Bodybuilder Chris Bumstead shares his 5,000+ calorie diet
The next Mr. Olympia event may not take place until the end of the year, but Canadian bodybuilder Chris Bumstead is already preparing, which means increasing his food intake. Currently weighing 255lbs, his goal is to gain another 10lbs and he will officially be the biggest he has ever been.
Having previously shared the diet he uses to bend over before a competition, not to mention the epic cheat day menu he indulged in after winning his third consecutive Mr. Olympia Classic Physique title, Bumstead just shared a new video explaining how he eats to regain volume during his offseason.
For breakfast, he takes a bagel with ghee butter – most of the time it’s pancakes – and makes a shake with protein, oats and almond butter, which he uses to wash off his vitamins and supplements. This amounts to 1,344 calories.
The second meal of the day, at 980 calories, is a classic, steak and rice, quickly followed by the third meal, chicken and rice (760 calories). “I like to eat chicken and rice before going to the gym because it’s the easiest meal ever and it’s easy to digest,” he explains.
The post-workout meal is ground turkey with sweet potatoes and a banana, at 780 calories. Bumstead adds that he bakes or fry his sweet potatoes rather than boiling them because they cook and become smaller and easier to eat, helping him reach his calorie goal for the day while bulking up.
Meal number five consists of more sweet potato, avocado and ground beef (682 calories). Then the last meal of the day is a 600 calorie protein shake with oats and almond butter. “If I have a shake in the morning and in the evening and I get all the food I need, then I’m good to go,” he says. “I haven’t been the biggest eater lately, so that helps me get some stuff in.”
Bumstead’s biggest tip for swelling? Make sure you drink enough water, which will help your body digest all the food you eat.
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