Each year I receive thousands of letters from bodybuilders and other athletes around the world, requesting information on my dietary habits and intake of food prior to competitive events. Only a few answers can be given in a letter. It takes the scope of an entire book to explore fully the bas s for my attitudes, opinions, and personal development in relation to nutrition. Remember, success is achieved not only by following the example of another, but also by understanding his reasons for pursuing a particular plan of action. Therein lies the power and self-mastery needed to overcome obstacles, outmatch competition, and become an expert or champion in any field.
My serious training for the Olympia started 8-10 weeks before the contest when I concentrated on working with full power. Careful attention was paid to my diet since mistakes could be costly, leading to a weight gain or to a loss of definition. During this period, when I trained from two to four hours a day, I increased the number of my daily meals. When bodybuilders are training an average of three hours per day for a contest, their meals should be increased from three to four or five daily, depending on the individual. Study the diet in this chapter, which were designed to maintain top shape without loss of energy. Minor alterations are allowable to suit your taste and needs. The emphasis on hydrochloric acid tablets ensures proper digestion of nutrients, one of the most important elements in a bodybuilding diet.
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