Arnold and Lou ‘Hulk’ still are both in good condition today and there is a very good reason why. When science was saying that we had to eat meat three times a day to lose fat and gain muscle Arnold and other bodybuilders were the first to realize that nature could make foods a lot more digestible than scientists could. From there the Arnold Schwarzenegger Diet Plan for Bodybuilding was born.
Arnold believed strongly in raw foods and that he also did not approve of bread. He once said that bread was poison and you should only eat it if you make it yourself. However he did believe in carbs and cutting them down when preparing for a competition. He instinctively knew that the bread was not good nutrition for an athlete.
Creating the most effective nutrition intake to enable the maximum muscle growth is something that takes more than just three meals a day. It is something that Arnold and other successful bodybuilders just did from trial and error without offering any scientific explanation. Arnold has a famous quote when he was asked about the importance of eating correctly when bodybuilding.
In his quote he compares exercise and proper nutrition to farmers trying to grow crops without planting seeds. He goes on to explain that the field without seeds would never grow any crops. This is a very simple yet effective metaphor to further emphasize the need to fuel your body with the proper nutrition. The beginning of one gram a day of protein per pound of bodyweight was something which Arnold and his crew discovered by guess and check.
Arnold did not tell people to stay away from fats, which is something that he instinctively knew. Recent research on the vital importance of eating good fats in order to increase your testosterone production it proved that the bodybuilding world of the 1970’s was 40 years ahead of its time.
In summary of what Arnold recommends for the basic requirements when training to gain muscle is to eat 5-6 small meals per day, make sure that you eat carbs within 30 minutes after your workout. Train no more than 4 days per week and eat 30 to 50 grams of protein every 3 hours plus use protein shakes to get in your daily protein if needed.