The Top 20 Uncensored Ways to Jack Your Appetite Through the Roof!
By Anthony Ricciuto
Now one of the most asked questions I get from many beginners and even advanced strength athletes is how they can increase their appetite. Now for those of you who have a ravenous appetite, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. Well for those of you who can eat a fridge full of food in one go, you need to know you are genetically gifted to be able to handle those large amounts of food. The large majority of the population only have average appetites and then a good amount has what I would say is under average. Now, this may be a good thing if you are a competitive bikini competitor, but if you are a powerlifter, strongman, or bodybuilder looking to maximize strength and muscle mass gains you need to eat for that to happen. Remember I am not talking about wolfing down a box of cookies and a pint of ice cream here either. Anyone including soccer moms all over America can do that without batting an eye and the rate of obesity proves just that. I am talking about consuming large amounts of healthy, anabolic stimulating foods, that when eaten repeatedly may not be as easy to get down as you thought.
A Big Appetite is Critical for Strength Gains!
Why is a Big Appetite Important?
One thing that is for sure is that increasing your appetite will allow you to take in not only more total calories but more protein that is needed to stay in a positive nitrogen balance. This is a must if you want to ward off the dreaded catabolic monster that would love to eat up all your hard-earned gains. One thing that I do with all my athletes no matter if they are a powerlifter, bodybuilder, or even bikini model is to try and get them to be able to consume more high-quality foods. I remember when I first started working with Garry Frank during his competitive heyday and when I got his weekly food report (this is before we started working together) I couldn’t believe how little he ate compared to the size he was. At over 365 pounds of sheer mass, he was eating as much as some clients I had that were under 200 pounds. Once I kickstarted his caloric intake and other macro and micronutrients, he saw a dramatic effect right away. If you can consume more calories and nutrients and still stay lean, you will have a huge advantage over your competitors not only for the natural guys reading this but even more so for the enhanced athlete. If you want to get big and strong you need to eat for growth, that is the bottom line. If you think chicken and salad will help pack on the gains, then you better keep reading this series as you are in need of some serious help.
Garry Frank is Powerlifting Legend!
Who is this Article For?
Now with this article series, I am not pulling out any stops. This is going to be totally uncensored. If this may offend you then it’s best to stop reading right here and go pick up a copy of Vogue magazine. But if you are hardcore balls to the wall hardcore strength athlete then you will be in for a treat, that is for sure. In this series, I will discuss the many natural ways and methods to increase your appetite. Well, I am going to go one step further and also let you know what professional athletes do on the dark side of getting your appetite like that of a bear. Yes, that is right, I am going to talk about the “Better be Over 21” angle of what really happens behind the scenes as well.
Stop…It’s Time for the Yongens to Leave!
Like I mentioned before, with me writing for Power Nutritionist my hands aren’t tied on what I can and can’t say like with many different publications. Even in the current times with the magazines that do talk about drug use in sports, they bullshit you into thinking that Mr.Olympia only took 750mg of Testosterone and 2 IU of Growth Hormone to help him win several titles. While that stack may be good for a newbie, the reality is that is not what’s happening at an elite level that is guaranteed. I will cover the most popular methods pro athletes using performance-enhancing drugs to take their appetite to the next level. I will discuss different anabolic steroids, peptides, Ghrelin receptor agonists, SARMS, THC, and much more. I will also cover the natural methods to improve your appetite as well so those of you who are natty don’t have to feel left out. I will explain about natural methods with your diet and training that can get your appetite revved up as well.
Performance Enhancing Drug Talk Ahead…Please Detour if Offended!
#1 Fasted Morning Cardio
Alright, let’s get his party started. Now one of the best ways to not only start your day but also to improve your health is to do cardio. Oh, I can hear all the powerlifters whining and complaining already but hold on to your horses hear me out. Now I know most think of morning cardio and relate it to competitive bodybuilders or other physique competitors getting ready for a competition. Yes, this is a common scenario among many of them but the reasoning why they are doing it and why I am recommending it is different. Their main purpose is to help burn body fat to help dial in the lines and get those abs shredded. Now for the strength athlete for the large majority of you, losing a few inches of flab won’t do you any harm that is for sure. But once again this is not the purpose here.
Fasted Cardio to Ramp that Appetite All Day Long!
When I am talking about fasted cardio for strength athletes I will have them do only 20 minutes on average of a moderately paced walk. Yep, that is it, folks. I am not talking about 45 minutes on a stair mill, with a weighted vest and dressed in a Kutting Weight outfit from head to toe. If you don’t know about the Kutting Weight apparel look it up as it is amazing for many reasons especially for those looking to drop water weight. While the above torturous example is something that I do with my competitive bodybuilders, it is not something I do with my strength athletes. This means you can do a steady-state cardio session of walking anywhere from 3.5-4 Mph on the speed and you can incline the treadmill if you like but it’s not needed. So you might be wondering why this is included here.
Get the Hunger Train Rolling!
Now doing morning fasted cardio in my opinion does offer your health and physique many positive benefits but that is another article. The reason why I include this with even athletes looking to gain muscular weight is the fact that it will make you hungry. Yes, even that little bit of aerobic stimulation will help stimulate the appetite and keep it going all day long. If you don’t believe me give it a try. Monitor your appetite when you do your morning fasted cardio and then check it when you do nothing at all. You will find that when you do your morning cardio not only are you starving for breakfast, but that hunger keeps you going all day long. I noticed also an improvement in digestion as well, where the meals seem to process through your system at an accelerated rate. When you do this consistently you will find your appetite is greatly improved. What is nice about this is that it will not decrease your recovery rate from your intense training sessions and in fact, will help increase blood flow to working muscles and improve your recovery. The old adage of strength athletes not doing cardio or the fact of it decreasing your strength is a myth. Yes if you want to run 10 miles per day this could be an issue, but a simple walk isn’t going to at all. So get your ass out of bed and jump on the treadmill or go outside on a nice summer day and walk. Yes, it’s that simple!
#2 Consume High Carbs at Breakfast
Now the next step after your morning cardio is to eat a high-carb breakfast. Yes consuming carbs first thing in the morning will once again make you even more hungry and that will also carry out throughout the entire day. You see one of the best techniques to lose fat and suppress your appetite is to eat a Protein and Fat based breakfast. You will burn fat faster and your appetite will be greatly suppressed all day. So here we want to do the opposite. Now just because I said I want you to consume a high-carb breakfast it doesn’t mean that I want you eating junk food, nor skipping out on a high-quality protein source.
Complex Carbs Should be a Staple for Breakfast!
Here you can have a small number of simple carbs, but the majority should be complex low glycemic in nature. What this means in layman’s terms is that you should skip the Lucky Charms cereal and instead have some Rolled Oats. You could add in a banana for the simple sugars and even a bit of real natural maple syrup. I am not talking about the garbage that many use to pour on their pancakes which is nothing but high fructose corn syrup. I mean real maple syrup like the ones I mentioned in my protein pancake article. You can then add in a good low-fat protein source like an egg white omelet with another 1-2 whole eggs add-in for a subtle fat addition. By adding carbs in for the first meal of the day it will cause a dramatic insulin surge which will then cause you to not only be hungry very soon after but also want you to crave more carbs which is what you will need to eat if you want to gain weight. Remember here, the purpose is quality foods not processed junk. You are a strength athlete and not a slob running the Ferris wheel at your local carnival so eat like one.
You’ll Need More than “Luck” for a Good Blood Report After Eating This!
Now the drug talk begins. Just keep in mind that anything related to performance-enhancing drugs that I discuss is not to be taken as something I recommend you to do. You may be living in a country where it is illegal to do so, so your personal safety and freedom are of greatest concern. Next with all drugs no matter if they are pharmaceutical, performance-enhancing, underground, or even recreational they all possess side effects that could damage your health or well-being. So now that I got that out of the way let’s get to the goods.
Made for Horses…Loved by Athletes!
I am sure just about everyone reading this article has heard of the anabolic steroid Equipoise (EQ). Its chemical name is Boldenone Undecylenate. For those of you not familiar with its chemistry or the ester in which is attached listen up. The Undecylenate ester is very long-acting. It has a half-life of about 14 days so it is very slow to build up in your system. This is why it will take around 4 weeks before you start feeling it kicking in. It is a common veterinary steroid that is mainly used in horses. When it comes to those athletes that do use performance-enhancing drugs, for many this is a staple.
You may be asking why so I will give you a brief description. First off it is a compound that is not as toxic as other anabolic steroids especially when compared to drugs like Trenbolone or orals like Anadrol. It is also a compound that can be used by both males and females due to its low androgenic properties. Next, it is amazing for healing injuries for both joints and muscles. For those that cannot use Deca Durabolin due to its libido-crushing nature in some men, many will opt out and use EQ instead. Many use EQ to help heal current injuries or help deal with joint pain from the wear and tear of decades of clanging and banging.
EQ will Make You Ravenous!
Next, it dramatically increases the “Pump” you get in the gym. For many, they can attest that it feels like your muscles will burst right through your skin. On top of that, it will also increase vascularity and help bring out veins in places you never knew you had. Lastly many will find an increase in training endurance being able to train longer without fatiguing. Many will say this is due to the increase in red blood cells that EQ is also known for. Now as good as all these benefits sound there is one more that needs to be noted. EQ will make you ravenously hungry. Yes, it will stimulate your appetite like no other steroid out there. You will eat your meal and then an hour later you are starving again. This is why many will include it in their offseason bodybuilding program to help them get in more calories. In fact, it is not uncommon for you to eat before going to bed and then wake up in the middle of the night with hunger pains. Many athletes who know this scenario all too well will prep a meal before going to bed and leave it ready in the microwave so they don’t have to waste time cooking at the wee hours of the night. Yes, it is that strong. You will need to eat every few hours of the day which isn’t a problem with most strength athletes as that is a normal occurrence. But you will want to eat larger portions of food at each of those meals to feel satisfied. You may even find that whatever number of meals you were eating before that you may have to bump it up by at least one more per day to stay satisfied.
Vascularity that Just Screams….Equipoise!
#4 Take Your Time and Chew your Food Properly
This one may seem like a no-brainer but you wouldn’t imagine how many people do not chew their food thoroughly enough. You see digestion starts in your mouth and not in your stomach. When you take a bite of that steak for example, as you chew it mixes with saliva and enzymes secreted by your salivary glands. Chewing your foods properly primes your digestive process by optimizing your body’s ability to utilize the macro and micronutrients in the food to be absorbed efficiently.
Chew Your Food Properly for Maximum Strength Gains!
By taking your time when eating you will digest your meal much more efficiently. In fact, you should chew at least 30 times per bite before you swallow. You want the mouth full of food that you just took to be fully liquefied and broken down completely. Now the next time you take a bite of food count how many times you chew before you swallow. I bet it is not that many times and that goes to show you that you are not optimizing your digestive process by wolfing your food down like a savage. You may think it looks cool and it may impress your friends but it definitely won’t be doing your stomach or digestive system any favors that is for sure.
Acid Reflux is No Joke!
When you don’t chew your food enough your stomach then has to take the brunt of the effort to break the foods down enough before they enter your small intestine. This is also one of the main reasons why so many people get acid reflux. You should also eat slowly and not focus on work-related things when eating. In Eastern TCM philosophy when you do this you will hinder your digestion and end up with a bloated stomach that feels like the food is stagnating. This is why you don’t want to get stressed while eating or directly afterward as this will also hinder how well you digest the meal.
Now there are other benefits to chewing your food thoroughly as well. Absorbing more of the nutrients from the foods you eat is critical. Why buy expensive grass-fed cuts of beef only to not absorb all that goodness because of your subpar chewing methods? Next, many nutritionists believe that not chewing properly will lead to fat gain and this is something strength athletes don’t need any help with at all. You will find less digestive distress with bloating, constipation, and acid reflux. It will also reduce excessive bacteria lounging in your large and small intestines. Remember this is not something you want as over time it can lead to digestive problems that include Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), as well fungal growth issues, and even candida. Remember you are a strength athlete that is trying to extract as much nutritional goodness from your meals. Eating like a caveman or competitive hot dog swallower is not your goal.
Definitely Not Optimizing Digestion!
#5 MK-677 (Ibutamoren)
If you have never heard of MK-677 before you should know that it is not an anabolic steroid but is known as a SARM. This stands for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator. It falls into a category of drugs known as Growth Hormone Secretagogues. SARM’s have become very popular over the last few years for many reasons. The first is that many of the so-called “Fake Natty’s” like to use compounds like SARMS and then claim to be natural which in my opinion is not the case. I have nothing against anyone using performance-enhancing drugs in the least as that is the nature of the game especially at the upper level of all sports. But what I hate it when people claim to be natural and compete against athletes in legitimately drug-free organizations (note I am not talking about all drug tested competitions because many are loaded with drug users) then claim to be clean. The other reason why they became popular is that a loophole in the law made them legal to sell. With China no longer selling raw SARM powders to foreigners as of January 2021, there has been a large drop in their presence being sold online and elsewhere.
MK-677 is Amazing for Appetite!
So what the hell is MK-677 and what does it do? It stimulates the natural secretion of Growth Hormone. This is why many will call it the “Poor Man’s GH”. It does this by mimicking the actions of Ghrelin and also actually binds to the Ghrelin receptors in the brain. Once this activation occurs then an increased level of Growth Hormone is released. If you don’t know, Ghrelin is a hormone that increases hunger so now you can see the connection. MK-677 will also increase Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1) as well which is the holy grail for muscle growth. This is why it is very popular for those on a bulking cycle to use it in conjunction with their anabolic steroid program. Many “Fake Natty’s” will also use it in hopes of gaining weight which they will do, but without the anabolic matrix to take full advantage of the increased rate of protein synthesis, will add plenty of water and fat in their quest to get jacked.
Get in Those Meals!
Ok folks, as you can see I didn’t pull out any stops just like I said I would do. I promised you uncensored content and once again I have come through like no other. In the first part of this series, I wanted to touch base on who would best benefit from this information. I also wanted to give you the first five ways to get you hungry as a wolf to help you pack on serious mass and strength. We all know that if you want to get big and strong, eating like a bird is not going to get you at your goal. The problem is for many, getting in those daily caloric needs from quality foods is many times much easier said than done. Remember we want to stimulate your hunger for nutritionally dense foods, not empty calories. Like I mentioned earlier chugging down some ice cream and cookies is not going to serve your purpose of gaining hard dense muscle. Yea if that is your jam when it’s time to have a cheat meal that is cool. But to make that a daily occurrence will only not only hinder your performance but also ruin your health. Not to be forgotten is that it will make you look like a gluttonous slob instead of a strength athlete which for most is not the look they aspire to. In the next installment, you can look forward to many more amazing tips from nutrition, supplements, and yes even performance-enhancing drugs to jack your appetite through the roof!