If you get into the top 5 for points, you are now officially in the Mr. Olympia competition. One of the best in the world. As you can see, it’s a long and bumpy road. You have to pay your dues – over and over again. The road to pro status isn’t a highway, a road you can cruise down and quickly get off whenever you want. This can’t be stressed enough – bodybuilding is a lifestyle. In order to get pro status this has to be your life. It’s like rising to the top at any job – you can’t have sick days; you can’t just do the expected; you have to stand out – appear perfect.
When it comes to finding the right meal plan, you have to start somewhere. Start with writing down what you eat in a food diary, calculate the calories you’re consuming daily (ex: 3,000 without protein shakes), and break those up into six meals (ex: 500 calories each), says Heath. Then, choose a macronutrient ratio. For example, the 40% protein, 40% carbs, 20% fat ratio is what Heath used to get bigger when he first started bodybuilding. “Buy a food scale, learn how to use it, and you may even have to learn to use the metric system, like grams instead of ounces,” Heath says. “You need to train your body to process food quickly, so eat every three hours.”