A champion bodybuilder has to have the prerequisite devoted diet to match. 

On May 15, 2022, reigning three-time Classic Physique Olympia Champion (2019-2021), Chris Bumstead, posted a video to his YouTube channel outlining a complete day’s price of consuming. The 5,000-calorie-plus weight-reduction plan is a part of Bumstead’s ongoing low season as he prepares for the 2022 Mr. Olympia on December 15-18, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV. 

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Bumstead begins the video by saying that is the primary time he has shared a “full-day” weight-reduction plan shortly. A fast scan of Bumstead’s YouTube web page confirms that assertion, as his final dietary video was in late February 2022. A brand new version got here on the continued behest of his 1.75 million-plus subscribers (and counting). 

It’s been a minute, you guys at all times ask for these, so right here we’re, doing a full day of consuming.

Overall, it’s one other detailed perception into partly how the top-notch bodybuilder fuels his efficiency and builds his muscle.

Meal 1

Like many individuals worldwide, Bumstead begins his morning with a cup of Joe. Though, this isn’t any strange espresso. The espresso has mushrooms (which have adaptogens) and chocolate sea salt (which has electrolytes). The thought course of behind the mushroom/adaptogen is that it helps fortify Bumstead’s immune system, which analysis confirms is one in all its primary advantages. (1)

After he finishes espresso, Bumstead shifts to a “boring breakfast” — a protein shake. The shake consists of two scoops of his protein isolate model, a scoop of glutamine for fiber, and he pairs that with two entire toasted bagels. Bumstead says he normally has a few eggs on the facet, however they began to not sit effectively together with his abdomen.

As Bumstead notes, meals selection could be integral to maximizing an athlete’s coaching output. One examine maintained {that a} multi-versed weight-reduction plan is very helpful for, say, a bodybuilder who may wish to devour extra vitamins and energy all through the day. (2)

Here’s Bumstead’s full breakfast — which comes out to 985 energy and 70 grams of protein — laid out: 

  • One cup of espresso (with mushrooms and chocolate sea salt)
  • Two scoops of CBUM Itholate Protein™ and one scoop of glutamine in water 
  • Two entire cinnamon raisin bagels (with Ghee butter) 

Before diving into his breakfast, Bumstead notes he’s not consuming as a lot as he usually does. He makes clear it’s a part of an experimental  “carb-cycle test” which may let him safely push towards the burden cap he desires and ultimately keep it simpler. 

Meal 2

After a brief break, Bumstead exhibits off his mid-morning meal — a strong serving to of white rice and floor turkey with olive oil. Bumstead says that he lately began consuming as a lot as 350 grams of rice in a single sitting, so he now makes use of the olive oil for a taste increase.

Here’s this meal — which consists of 796 energy — because it stands:

  • Ground turkey — 185 grams
  • Boiled white rice — 300 grams
  • Olive oil — 15 grams

Per Bumstead, he normally tries to eat at the least thrice earlier than he heads to the fitness center and trains, as he “definitely won’t eat three times” after the actual fact. That makes it very important to get a great bulk of his energy and diet beforehand. 

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Meal 3

As his ultimate meal earlier than heading out to coach, Bumstead opts for a 700-calorie serving to of MegaFit’s™ prepackaged steak and candy potatoes. The bodybuilder says the combo of turkey and white rice, adopted by a steak and candy potatoes, is an absolute “favorite go-to” in his day by day schedule. 

Meal 4 (Post-Workout)

Bumstead rolls with a tried-and-true 1,155-calorie pasta favourite to feed himself after his exercise. It additionally incorporates 145 grams of carbs:

  • Brown pasta — 180 grams
  • Ground beef — 100 grams
  • Ground turkey — 100 grams
  • Marinated tomato sauce — 250 milliliters 

This meal is Bumstead’s densest of the day because it’s roughly 40 minutes post-workout and when his urge for food is the largest. Bumstead’s instance strains up with analysis, which concludes that consuming very important vitamins with high quality timing is nearly as essential for potential energy and muscle positive aspects as what an athlete really eats. (3)

Meal 5

With yet another meal to squeeze in earlier than he heads to sleep, Bumstead treats himself to a peanut butter protein bar for a snack earlier than chowing down on one other serving to of white rice with floor turkey:

  • Peanut butter protein bar 
  • White rice — 270 grams
  • Ground turkey — 290 grams
  • Olive oil — 15 grams

On the entire, Bumstead surprises himself. His complete day’s price of diet comes out to 5,203 energy, 666 grams of carbs, 290 grams of protein, and 156 grams of fats.

“This is why it’s probably good to track.”

Per the bodybuilder, that’s about 300 extra energy than he normally eats. It’s additionally virtually double his typical carb consumption, too.

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Mr. Olympia Lies Ahead

Bumstead will undoubtedly proceed to make use of his weight-reduction plan in prep for December’s Mr. Olympia. There he’ll defend his Classic Physique Olympia title and attempt to make it 4 consecutive championships. The 2022 Mr. Olympia will happen on December 15-18, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV.


  1. Liao et al. (2018). A preliminary evaluation of research on adaptogens: comparability of their bioactivity in TCM with that of ginseng-like herbs used worldwide. Chinese Medicine. 2018 Nov; 13: 57.
  2. Embling et al. (2021). Effect of meals selection on consumption of a meal: a scientific evaluation and meta-analysis. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2021 Mar; 113 (30); 716-741.
  3. Aragon A.A., Schoenfeld B.J. (2013). Nutrient timing revisited: is there a post-exercise anabolic window? Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2013 Jan; 10: 5.

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