You've now mastered the five points from the steroid.com training outline, your endurance and strength is up, you have gained lean muscle tissue, yet your gains and progress have begun to slow down or even stop. Your body fat may have increased slightly, but it is still in a very manageable place. Youre not overweight or Fat by any means, and again your gains have begun to slow dramatically. If this describes you, then you are ready for the steroid.com Intermediate Level diet.
When comparing the beginners diet with the intermediate diet, the first things youll notice is the food is pretty much the same; its the amount of food that has changed. Protein will increase, you should be carrying more muscle mass. Fats will also increase a bit, but it will be the carbs that are the big difference. Your ratios of the 3 major nutrients will remain close to the same; in fact, no matter how far you advance they should always remain close to the same.
There is no way to determine exactly if you are ready to follow this diet from our end at steroid.com. Youre going to have to use your best judgment. Its important to remember, everyone is different, and no ones body has the exact same reaction to a certain diet. However, there are key principles that apply to everyone, nutrients do not change from person to person, a carb is a carb for you just as it is your training partner. Its the manner in which our body processes these nutrients that affect all of us differently. As everyone is different, there are key points to consider that can help you determine if you are in fact ready for the intermediate level diet.
A: If so, this diet is not for you.
A: If you are still over 25% body fat then this diet is not for you. Try to get yourself under 25%, lets shoot for somewhere in the 17-21% range. If you continue on the beginners diet outline and continue to train hard and with consistency, then you will reach that goal. You may very well be chomping at the bit to move to the intermediate diet, but learn to be patient; it will pay off far greater for you in the long run.
A: If you are lean, 21% or under, if your progress has slowed down and the gains are becoming difficult, then this diet is for you.
Its that simple, if you can answer NO to the first two questions and YES to the last, and you have mastered the 5 Points discussed in the beginners training outline, then you are in fact ready for the diet to follow.
Note: This diet is designed assuming all things are perfect. Assuming that the individual who will use this diet is following all guidelines perfectly, is in perfect health, has had a positive genetic response to the beginner diet, and is not someone who suffers from some type of metabolic disorder. If the individual is someone who recently lost a lot of weight using the beginner diet from steroid.com or any other diet, they should not jump immediately to this diet. They should hold their new weight for an extended amount of time, 12 weeks minimum. If this person does not, she will indeed gain a massive amount of body fat very quickly
4 egg whites or liquid equivalent
2 whole Omega-3 eggs
1/2 cup of oatmeal
-25 grams whey isolate powder
-1tbsp natural peanut butter
-1/2cup of oatmeal
When time is a factor first thing in the morning, simply mix in a shaker bottle your 20g of whey, 1tbsp of PB and your oats. Shake and drink. It may sound unappealing but youll find its not that bad.
Many will choose to simply drink their egg whites for convenience. Sounds gross but they have no taste. Use actual egg whites, not egg product.
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KCL: 352-393, PT: 25-26, Carb: 29-33, Fat: 15-19
25 grams whey isolate powder mixed in water
1tbsp of natural peanut butter
4-5oz filet or lean beef
green vegetables or green salad
Peanut butter mixes easily with your whey. You do not have to do this but doing so is fine.
How you cook your steak makes no difference. Grilled, baked or pan cooked with Pam is great.
Green vegetables should not have added ingredients such as cheese or butter.
KCL: 243-250, PT: 25-28, Carb: 2-10, Fat: 10-15
-5oz chicken breast, turkey or fish
-1oz almonds or cashews
-1 sweet potato
Baking, grilling or boiling your chicken is the easiest. Cook enough to last you several days as well as the rice.
Sweet potatoes can be cooked quickly in the microwave. Just poke a few holes in the skin with a knife or fork
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1 capsule Test 600X (order it here>>)
-Same as meal 3
Mix it up to help with variety
KCL: 428-482, PT: 20-25, Carb: 28-30, Fat: 20-25
-Same as meal 2
You should never add sugar to your Oats, Splenda is fine
-4 egg whites or liquid equivalent
-2 whole Omega-3 eggs
-25 grams whey isolate
Last meal of the day, it should be eaten not too far off before bedtime. Being hungry before you go to bed is never any fun.
There are no carbs in this meal since you dont need them. Youve already trained.
KCL: 216-243, PT: 26-29, Carb: 2-3, Fat: 8-14
-25 grams of whey isolate
-15-20 grams of a fast acting carb such as waxy maze
Drink this immediately after training, within 15-20 minutes after you have cooled down.
This meal is not your last meal of the day, which is still meal 6. Place the post workout shake in right after you train, whenever that is.
Have your next meal approximately 45-60 minutes after your shake.
KCL:120-140, PT: 10, Carb: 15-20, Fat: 0-2
Calories (KCL): 2030-2240
Protein (PT): 151-171
Note: Diet does not take into account carbs from green vegetables. This will take your carb total over the amount listed but dont let this worry you at all. Good news is, although on paper it looks very low in carbs, you will have more then enough energy to train. Further, you will be eating a substantial amount of Good fat to fuel your training more then adequately.
Our number one goal is QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY. Because of this, it is imperative that we stay within approximately 15lbs of our contest weight; this does not include water loss weight. If you are not a competitor, you should still follow this rule; you will look better and you will feel better.
If at any time you begin moving beyond this point, you need to examine your diet. Use the advice given in this diet guide and examine your cardio schedule
IF AT ANY TIME YOU NEED TO LOSE BODY FAT AND YOU BEGIN TO STAGNATE, YOU WILL NEED TO BEGIN MOVING YOUR CARB AND FAT SOURCES AROUND.
At this point alternate each meal, in one meal have foods that give you carb sources, but take away the fats, in the next meal take away the carb sources and keep in the fats.
You may need to begin cycling your carb intake. Not in the manner in which you might do if you were dieting hard for competition. You will need to experiment with this.
When we speak of Carb Cycling in this case, simply cut the carbs down one day and then go back to the normal amount the next. At times it may be wise to keep the carbs cut back 2 days in a row, use sound judgment. This is the kind of thing that cannot be written out in detail since it will greatly vary from person to person.
Your daily caloric intake should be split into 3 sections that are adequately planned for utilizing Proteins, Carbs and Fats to the fullest extent possible. Protein being the bulk of your calories, but this does not mean the other 2 nutrients are not of equal importance. Protein will make up 50% of your daily intake, while carbs will be at approximately 30% and fats will make up approximately the remaining 20%. This only refers to your actual food intake. Fat intake will in actuality be slightly higher than this due to the supplements you take, which will be discussed further into the diet outline.
If you train first thing in the morning, do not do so before eating your first meal of the day
There is a post workout shake in your diet at this point, however, if you notice that you are starting to accumulate too much fat, this is the first thing that should go. If this happens, drop the post workout shake and simply stick with the 6 meal plan.
If you have had to cut the post workout shake but are still gaining too much fat, start reducing carbs by way of cutting back your oats and rice. Cut back to 1/4cup per serving if needed.
Meal order is unimportant, specific meals should be eaten at certain times, as said in bullet points above, however, the specific layout of the meal plan is not set in stonemake it fit your routine as best as possible.
Try your best not to drink shakes back to back. Try to limit it to no more then two shake meals per day. This is not a must but will aid you a great deal. However it will not always be possible due to time constraints, and thats fine.
For the last meal of the day there are 3 meal choices, again mix and match
Choose a protein powder that is of isolate form, not concentrate. Isolate protein absorbs more efficiently then concentrate.
Choose a protein powder that is very low in sugar, close to no sugar or even no sugar is what you want.
Choose a protein powder that is not full of saturated fat.
Choose a protein powder that is not high in cholesterol.
Once you have narrowed your search down to meet the above requirements, choose the protein powder that taste the best.
For most, one cheat meal per week is acceptable and recommended.
For those that have an extremely fast metabolism, 1 small cheat food or treat per day is acceptable, but limit the entire meal to once per week. You should already know if you have a very, very fast metabolism.
Milk of any type: All milk contains massive amounts of sugar, regardless if Whole, Skim or in between, it contains the same amount of sugar
Processed foods: Most processed foods contain large amounts of sugar and often lack the nutrients you need
Soda: Any soda that is sugar free, i.e. Diet Coke is fine. If it is not diet or sugar free, then do not drink it.
Fast Food: This should be a no brainer. Fast foods are loaded with sugar and all the bad fats that simply make you fat. Whats worse is they are packed full of calories but many of these calories are the wrong types. Fast food is more often than not made up of so much sugar and saturated fat that the bulk of your calories in those meals come from those two physique building enemies
Excess Cheese: A little cheese here and there is not going to be the end of the world, but there is not a lot of benefit from eating cheese. If youre following a proper diet, proper means gaining lean muscle with as little fat as possible or dropping body fat while preserving lean tissue. Dont go overboard, dont do as some and cover everything you eat in cheese. The less you eat, the better youll do.
Excess Condiments: Condiments cause many bodybuilders to consume more calories per day then they should. Many condiments are riddled with sugar and this is a major downfall to many diets. See list of Acceptable Condiments.
Bread: Bread is often a favorite food for many to eat. For a true hard gainer bread may have a place in a diet. In a real pinch, at times, it may be slightly necessary, but it should be avoided as much as possible. As a part of a regular diet, eating bread is one of the surest fire ways to add excess body fat.
Cereal: This has no place in a bodybuilders diet. Even the healthy cereals are in loaded with empty calories; in fact, the so-called healthy cereals are often packed full of more empty calories and more sugar then the so-called Kiddy cereals.
1. Mustard: calorie free, eat all you want
2. Vinegar: all you want
3. Any spice such as pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, etc.
4. Low carb Ketchup: Ketchup itself has no place in your diet, but a little low carb ketchup which has 1g of sugar per serving will be acceptable.
5. Low Carb Buffalo Sauce: this can be a great addition to your chicken; a low carb buffalo sauce should have no sugar added and only 1 carb per serving.
6. Any condiment made by Walden Farms. Walden Farms makes a line of salad dressings, sauces and other items that are fat free, sugar free and gluten free.
1. Regular Ketchup
2. Barbeque Sauce
3. Regular Salad Dressings. See list of approved salad dressings
5. Any sauce with sugar or abundant carbs. If the sauce has more than 1-2 grams of sugar, avoid it.
1. Oil & Vinegar
2. Sugar free Italian, Balsamic or Greek
3. Any Salad Dressing by Walden Farms
As a rule, protein bars and other so called bodybuilding snacks or meal replacements should be avoided as much as possible. Most of these items will have more sugar in them then a regular candy bar. True, they may indeed be packed full of protein but the sugar far outweighs the benefit.
If you are bulking, you find yourself in a jam and there is no other option, choose a protein bar that has the least amount of sugar. This should be a very limited occurrence. If you are serious about your diet, you will plan out and make arrangements to ensure youre getting the proper foods.
If you are in fact a true hard gainer, some adjustments may need to be made.
The above diet outline will help you make the progress you desire, however, as this is a guided plan, there are substitutions that are acceptable. When it comes to the meats and protein sources, what you have read above should be followed fairly closely. There are instances when other meats are acceptable, i.e. things like beef tenderloin can be great, but the above listed is your staple.
If you desire other carb sourced foods, and this is the big one where many people want a change, always examine the glycemic index. You should make your choices from foods that are lower on the glycemic index. If you want to sub one carb source food that is in your diet outline with another, gauge the glycemic index to make your choices. See the discussion on Glycemic Index below.
Fats, these will be harder to substitute then carbs. Fats are a very important aspect to the diet, but keep in mind that as great and as important as fats are, most of the best ones have been mentioned in the diet outline already. Foods loaded with saturated fat are not acceptable. Foods that have fats that lack the connecting piece of the puzzle when it comes to healthy fats are not acceptable.
The glycemic index (GI) measures the effects of carbohydrates on blood glucose levels. The faster the carb breaks down, the faster it will release glucose into the bloodstream. The foods that do this fast are labeled high GI foods. The slower the release of glucose, the lower the food will rank on the GI.
Foods that are lower on the GI will typically have higher health benefits such as keeping insulin levels under control, and preventing type-2 diabetes and coronary heart disease.
Foods low on the GI will have a ranking of 55 or lower on the GI Index.
Foods that are Medium GI foods will have a ranking of 56-69 on the GI Index.
Foods that are High GI foods will have a ranking of 70-99 on the GI Index.
The ranking of 100 on the GI Index is pure sugar.
Below is a chart to show how some foods rank on the GI.
*Omega-3 Fish Oil: 3000mg every day, split into 3 doses, taken with food
*Coral Calcium: 100mg-1500mg every day, taken with food
*Potassium: 99mg every day, taken with food
*Juice Plus+ or Related Product: 2 garden blend in the morning, 2 orchard blend at night, both taken with food
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An unsaturated fatty acid essential for good health.
Reduce blood triglyceride levels therefore reducing heart attack risk
Coral Calcium: A very important mineral for your overall health.
Deficiency can lead to blood clotting, rickets and osteoporosis
Potassium: Important mineral for electrolyte balance in the body. The green vegetables you are eating in your diet provide potassium, as well as the Juice Plus+ that is strongly recommended, however, it is easy to fall below what your body adequately needs due to the hard training. Potassium deficiency coupled with hard training can often lead to some serious muscle cramping.
Juice Plus+: A whole food based nutritional supplement, including juice powder concentrates from 17 different fruits, vegetables and grains. Each ingredient is specially selected to provide a broad range of nutritional benefits. As a physique athlete it is easy to not get as many of the nutrients you need from fruits and vegetables; Juice Plus+ will take care of this completely.
Juice Plus delivers key phytonutrients that are absorbed by the body
Positively impacts several key indicators of cardiovascular wellness.
You can take other supplements if you like, but try to stay away from anything that has added sugar in it. A lot of supplements contain sugar, and as someone looking to build a great body sugar is one of the number one enemies. The supplements above, along with the diet youll be following is all you really need to get the job done. Whats more, youll be keeping your pocket book fuller if you spend less on supplements and rely on food as the bulk of your daily intake.
For those that have begun to struggle gaining muscle on this diet, you have followed all the procedures laid out to help remedy this, but they are no longer working, you are the few who are candidates for the advanced level diet. This does not mean you will be bigger or stronger then those who have to stay at the intermediate level diet; the intermediate level diet does not mean the individual herself is Intermediate it simply means you require more food to growthats it.
The above plan will work just fine for you. Some of you will need to decrease the carbs a bit to maintain a close weight to your competition weight, if so thats fine, just make sure you make the adjustments. However, when it comes time for show preparations you will need to implement a contest diet.
Many of you will need to add in more calories over a course of time, simply follow the same guidelines listed in the Hard Gainers section. However, when it comes time for show preparations you will need to implement a contest diet.