The next Mr. Olympia event might not be until the end of the year, but Canadian bodybuilder Chris Bumstead is already getting prepared—and that means upping his food intake. Currently weighing in at 255 pounds, his goal is to gain another 10 pounds and he will officially be the biggest he’s ever been.
Having already shared the diet he uses to lean down 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 has just shared a new video breaking down how he’s eating to bulk up again during his offseason.
For breakfast he has a bagel with ghee butter—on most days it would be pancakes—and makes a shake with protein, oats and almond butter, which he uses to wash down his vitamins and supplements. This comes to 1,344 calories.
The second meal of the day, coming in at 980 calories, is a bro classic, steak and rice, followed swiftly by meal number three, chicken and rice (760 calories). “I like to have chicken and rice before the gym because it’s just the most basic meal ever and it’s easy to digest,” he explains.
The post-workout meal is ground turkey with sweet potatoes and a banana, coming in at 780 calories. Bumstead adds that he bakes or air fries his sweet potatoes rather than boiling them, as they cook down and become smaller and easier to eat, helping him to reach his calorie goal for the day during a bulk.
Meal number five consists of more sweet potato, avocado, and ground beef (682 calories). Then the final meal of the day is a 600-calorie protein shake with oats and almond butter. “If I have a shake in the morning and at night, and I’m getting all the food I need, then I’m good to go,” he says. “I haven’t been the biggest eater lately, so these help me get stuff in.”
Bumstead’s biggest tip for bulking? Ensure you’re drinking enough water, which will then help your body digest all of the food you’re consuming.
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