Many people think when they are bulking, that is a license to eat whatever they like in whatever quantities they like. Nothing could be further from the truth: if you want success in bulking, you’re going to have to be smart about it.
I can’t count the amount of people I’ve seen who will include sugary beverages, ice cream, cakes, etc, into their bulking diet, in the mistaken belief that ‘all calories are fair game.’ Sure, they get bigger. But bigger how?
What happens, nine times out of ten, is that the quality of the calories they are consuming is insufficient to support the needed muscle growth, and instead can be used for nothing other than storing fat.
You should avoid simple carbs and junk food like the plague. Ok, it’s fine to indulge once in a while, but don’t make it part of your regular bulking habits. This will not work out, and all you are doing is cheating yourself out of muscle gains, and heaping on the fat gains.
For optimum results, stick to whole foods, such as beef, chicken, eggs, tuna, cheese, and milk for protein; brown rice, pasta and potato for complex carbs, and if you feel the need, adding a little extra healthy fats in the form of fish oil may help.
You should eat no less than 4 meals per day, and each meal should contain a good mix of protein, complex carbs and fats. Some people prefer to eat around 6 meals a day or even 8, believing it fuels the body better and allows the food to be ingested better.