Healthful, High-Calorie, and (Hopefully) Cheap Bulking Foods

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    Feb 02, 2015 2:23 AM GMT
    Hello, RealJocks!

    I'm at about 202 lbs. right now and I want to get to 215. Do you have any recommendations of high-calorie foods to eat that are relatively healthful and won't break my savings account to buy? I want to get BIG!!

    NOTE: I know I'll clearly have to gain some fat while doing this, but as I actually find guys with muscles and a bit of a gut sexy from time to time, I'm not averse to the idea of packing on a little around the waist if it means everything else will get bigger as well. icon_lol.gif

    Thanks!
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    Feb 02, 2015 5:18 AM GMT
    I'm no bulking expert but peanut butter goes with everything and has a lot of calories. Just get the natural kind that isn't full of sweeteners and hasn't been hydrogenated.
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    Feb 02, 2015 3:41 PM GMT
    There really is no such thing as a "bulking food". To get to your desired weight you need to consume daily approximately 2640-3080 total calories; 231-269 grams of Protein; 297-346 grams of Carbs; 58-68 grams of Fat. Keep your proteins lean except eggs. Eat the whole egg. Your carbs can be varied between fast (e.g., white rice) and slow (e.g., brown rice). Fats include avacodo, nuts and nut butters as well as some oils.
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    Feb 02, 2015 4:53 PM GMT
    Chicken breast and potatoes.
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    Feb 02, 2015 7:18 PM GMT
    15lbs of LEAN mass are easy to gain if you are a beginner in your first 2 years of training. A seasoned bodybuilder will not gain that not even on steroids.

    I'm currently eating 6000Kcal per day and I barely keep my 200lbs with less than 7% body fat. Must-haves in my diet: coconut meat (350Kcal/100g), cashew nuts (550Kcal/100g), oatmeal bran (250Kcal/100g), chia seeds (490Kcal/100g) and whey (most of my protein comes from whey)

    These foods have several benefits:

    - Very low glycemic index -- so you can eat big without getting fat
    - You don't need a big appetite since they pack a lot of calories in a small volume
    - You don't need a lot of time to consume them since they are easily blendable when preparing a shake

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    Feb 03, 2015 1:46 AM GMT
    Was going to say oats and nuts, but the poster above me beat me to it. For extra protein I go with egg albumen over whey or casein, but I guess that choice depends on the rate at which you want to digest it.
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    Feb 03, 2015 7:47 AM GMT
    Beans.
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    Feb 03, 2015 10:56 PM GMT
    Yes, beans, oatmeal, nuts, sweet potatoes, root vegetables, other shole grain cooked cereals, apples, bananas...

    And the list goes on.

    Just enjoy good food and ldon't be overly conscious about the carbs.

    But you'd best be exercising, too.
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    Feb 04, 2015 6:22 AM GMT
    Cottage cheese, butter ,sweet potatoes ,russet potato, beans , beef ,baked whole chicken, tuna, gelatin.
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    Feb 08, 2015 5:34 AM GMT
    Amandus812 saidHello, RealJocks!

    I'm at about 202 lbs. right now and I want to get to 215. Do you have any recommendations of high-calorie foods to eat that are relatively healthful and won't break my savings account to buy? I want to get BIG!!

    NOTE: I know I'll clearly have to gain some fat while doing this, but as I actually find guys with muscles and a bit of a gut sexy from time to time, I'm not averse to the idea of packing on a little around the waist if it means everything else will get bigger as well. icon_lol.gif

    Thanks!

    You don't have to get fat to get more muscular.
    http://www.t-nation.com/training/truth-about-bulking
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    Feb 08, 2015 3:16 PM GMT
    ^

    I read this article a few years ago, very enlightening!
  • mybud

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    Feb 15, 2015 4:41 AM GMT
    Buy frozen meat instead of package fresh. If you have a friend with a Sam's Club or Costco card go as his guest and buy in bulk....Beans, Rice, Nuts...all are cheaper this way.
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Feb 16, 2015 2:31 AM GMT
    Glad I'm not the only one who thinks a bit of gut is sexy. Especially if the guy who has it carries it very well. One of my martial arts teachers is like that and it drives me mad, in all the right ways icon_lol.gif

    And why the hell has no one mentioned Greek yogurt? Just make sure you gun for the stuff that doesn't have like 21g of sugar per serving because then it's no better than a soda with a bit of protein powder in it.
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    Feb 25, 2015 9:28 AM GMT
    Food Stamps. Because eating all those calories ain't cheap.

    I miss my food stamps. I was eating good and got to 195 pounds. Plus it covered protien shakes in the premixed bottles.
  • Kovyn

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    Mar 25, 2015 7:34 AM GMT
    bachian said15lbs of LEAN mass are easy to gain if you are a beginner in your first 2 years of training. A seasoned bodybuilder will not gain that not even on steroids.


    Uhh. Wut. I assume you mean in a couple months or something?
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    Mar 25, 2015 2:45 PM GMT
    ^

    I should have mentioned I was speaking for myself.
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    Mar 31, 2015 12:44 AM GMT
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    Amandus812 saidHello, RealJocks!

    I'm at about 202 lbs. right now and I want to get to 215. Do you have any recommendations of high-calorie foods to eat that are relatively healthful and won't break my savings account to buy? I want to get BIG!!

    NOTE: I know I'll clearly have to gain some fat while doing this, but as I actually find guys with muscles and a bit of a gut sexy from time to time, I'm not averse to the idea of packing on a little around the waist if it means everything else will get bigger as well. icon_lol.gif

    Thanks!

    You don't have to get fat to get more muscular.
    http://www.t-nation.com/training/truth-about-bulking


    Speaking of that site, there is a thread by a powerlifter named Hunter Poole (who goes by GSUBarbell) titled "The Poor Mans Guide to Getting Strong and Huge". It is rather short, but his posts mention a lot of historically low-cost food items; as do other "Bulking on a Budget" type articles. Though in his, I also recall a few behavioral changes and reminders of necessary sacrifices so a person can divert energy and funds to food. Like, you cannot go out drinking on the weekends anymore because you'll be pissing away three day's worth of meals.

    An article I really like on that site is "Diet Planning for the Long Haul" by Lonnie Lowery. It gives very simple tips on how to create a dietary schedule, which includes setting aside time each week to prepare meal components in advance. Food prep saves time, but can also reduce food waste so every penny counts.
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    Apr 17, 2015 6:51 PM GMT
    I'm on a bulk now myself, currently on 3800 cals and am 195 pounds/88,5 kg. Rice and pasta are good options for me, and I also make a protein pancake out of wheat flour. I'm a very strong believer in IIFYM, but still try to eat (what's generally considered) healthy.