Hail to the Dinosaurs!
I'm often asked, "How many meals a day do
And a lot of people don't believe the answer.
The answer is "three."
Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Now, for the record, that's what John Grimek
ate -- what Steve Stanko ate -- what John
Davis ate -- and what almost every strongman,
bodybuilder and weightlifter ate prior to 1950
Around 1950, the muscle mags started to push
six meals a day for weight gaining.
And ever since, trainees have been obsessed
with the idea of eating six meals a day (or
more) and gaining more muscle mass than
a herd of charging elephants.
But like many things, that turns out to be
good for some people - and not so good for
Six meals a day may work for some very
skinny and underweight trainees during a
relatively short period when they're trying
to gain muscular bodyweight -- but it's not
necessary to do it forever.
For an older trainee who has gone through
the weight gaining phase and is already as
big as he wants to be, three meals a day
will work fine.
Of course, they need to be three big meals,
with plenty of high quality food.
And they should be easy to prepare, because
nothing beats home-cooked meals.
And they should be delicious -- because the
more you enjoy your meals, the better your
digestion will be.
And besides, after a hard, heavy workout,
you deserve a delicious meal.
I post photos of my meals on Facebook,
Instagram and Twitter. Friend and follow
me and take a look at exactly what I'm
talking about. You can find me at
#brooks kubik and #dinosaurtraining.
I cover diet and nutrition for strength training
in detail in Knife, Fork, Muscle. It gives you
everything you need to know about what to
eat for lifelong strength and health -- and
includes meal plans, daily menus, and even
some simple recipes and cooking tips direct
from Dino Headquarters.
By the way, did you know that John Grimek
believed that three meals a day were BETTER
He wrote several articles about this. He believed
that it was easier to digest and assimilate your
food if you gave your body more time between
He also believed that overloading your digestive
system was a mistake -- especially for skinny
trainees. After all, one of the reasons they're
skinny is that they have trouble digesting and
assimilating their food! And giving someone a
belly ache doesn't build strength and muscle.
In any case, I get the question all the time --
and the answer always seems to shock people.
It's three. Three meals a day. That and hard
training are all you need for great results.
As always, thanks for reading and have a great
day. If you train today, make it a good one.
Yours in strength,
P.S. Go here to grab Knife, Fork, Muscle in
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We're also releasing Knife, Fork, Muscle in
a series of Kindle e-books. The first three
books in the e-book series are right here;
book 4 in the e-book series is coming soon:
Knife, Fork, Muscle, Kindle e-book 1
(covers protein for strength training -- how
much, the best sources of high-quality
Knife, Fork, Muscle, Kindle e-book 2
(covers healthy and unhealthy carbs,
vegetables, starchy vegetables, grain
and gluten issues, organic foods, and
Knife, Fork, Muscle, Book 3
(covers healthy and unhealthy fats,
food and chemical allergies, and the
importance of allergy-free diets)
P.S. 2. My other books and courses are
right here at Dino Headquarters:
P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Train hard and
eat well. It works every time." -- Brooks Kubik