Generation Iron Kai Eating Clean

An in depth look at the off season diets of the pros.

The off season. When the average Joe hears this phrase they’re usually thinking some rest, some relaxation, some time to soak in the glorious rays of victory or perhaps time to lick your wounds and scheme for next years possible triumphs. To pro bodybuilders it’s the most important time of the year. It’s the time when they have to bulk up or work on their problem areas, to perfect their physique in order to come back next season in the best possible condition. There’s no time for laziness, no time for relaxation, not in the off season. It’s a time to have full dedication to the craft. If you’re slipping during the off season it’s a good chance you’ll be paying for it when competition season begins. Most of all, a pro has to keep their diet under strict control. There’s no room for mishaps or half steps when it comes to the fuel a bodybuilder puts into their body. Check out this off season diet plan for Big Ramy – reported by Flex Online.

Big Ramy: Diet Plan

12 egg whites
3 whole eggs
8 oz sweet potato

5 oz of rice
8 oz chicken breast

Protein shake

4 whole eggs
8 oz sweet potato

8 oz chicken breast
1 cup brown rice
1 cup sliced pineapple

10 oz salmon
1/2 cup cooked white rice

10 oz steak
Green salad

MEAL 8 (taken in the middle of the night)
Protein shake
2 tbsp peanut butter

The massive intake athletes like Big Ramy and Flex Lewis must consume on the off season is staggering. They must maintain or build their bulk and muscle without gaining fat. Eating clean is key to positive gains. You don’t gain muscle by eating McDonald’s and Burger King on the off season. It’s not only the portions, but what they choose to put in the mouths in the first place. The clean protein of eggs and steak are macros that will help build and maintain muscle mass. Just looking at the list you have to wonder how hefty that grocery bill must have been. Each of these athletes could easily end up with a bill over three hundred dollars for just a weeks worth of meals. It’s this kind of dedication to eating and supplementation that separates the pros from the amateurs. Some may scoff and say “Eating? What’s so hard about that?”. There’s plenty of difficulties with maintaining a diet of six to seven meals per day, a virtual agony for someone unaccustomed to pro level training. Here’s another pro off season diet courtesy of Flex Online.

Managing editor of Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. He has been writing about bodybuilding, combat sports, and strength sports for over 8 years. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.