If you’ve been following Joe Fazer, then you’ll have seen his impressive transformation photos. In his own words, he was once a “skinny guy” who struggled to put on weight no matter what he did. He cracked it eventually, though, sharing tips for people with a similar body type to him. Turns out he’s not the type to gatekeep other advice either.
Having finally overcome his own weight-gain difficulties, Joe wants to share some more advice for people who may not have a natural appetite for bulking. Here are the high-calorie snacks that helped him go from 50kg to 80kg.
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Joe struggled with putting on mass for years. By far the biggest factor hampering his progress was the food he put into his body — his poor appetite meant he often struggled to consume the calories needed for bulking. That’s when calorie-dense foods became his best friend.
Joe’s rules of snacks
- Rule #1: Strictly snacks only. No cookingno mess, no blending, no fuss. The easier to get into your body, the better.
- Rule #2: They can’t be “stupid”. Don’t pour yourself a glass of oil and chug it down. It may be full of calories, but it’s not designed to be consumed in that sort of quantity.
- Rule #3: The foods must be easily available. In other words, stocked at most supermarkets.
Enough nattering, it’s time to get snacking.
Especially pecan and Brazil nuts. These two nuts are some of the most calorie-dense nuts you can find. 100g of pecans contain 725 calories and 11.5g of protein, while 100g of Brazil nuts contain 697 calories and 16.9g of protein.
Pecan nuts are one of the most calorie dense nuts. There's a whopping 725 calories per 100g of nuts. And they’re not short of protein either, with 11.5g.
|Calories (per 100g)||720|
|Protein (per 100g)||11.5g|
Brazil nuts are another great option. While they’re marginally less calorific, they are packed full of protein. And they’re better for the bank account than pecans.
|Calories (per 100g)||697|
|Protein (per 100g)||16.9g|
A quintessential British snack. It's not a picnic without one of these. Or rain. All this time, we had no idea how great they were for bulking. The pork pie Joe buys is the size of the palm of his hand and contains 1,194 calories and 30g protein. He reckons he can eat it in a couple of minutes, so that’s one good way for him to get the calories in quickly.
|Calories (per pie)||1,194|
|Protein (per pie)||30g|
It’s not only a popular breakfast but also a great snack. Try it with yoghurt, whole milk or by itself straight from the bag. And there are plenty of options to choose from. The two that Joe looked at had plenty of calories, but one was cheaper and had more protein. No brainer for Joe.
|Calories (per 100g)||511|
|Protein (per 100g)||7.6g|
A sign of a great snack is when it’s easy to so tasty that all you want to do is have another one. And moreish foods are absolutely spot on for bulking. While they might not be the most nutritious food, they’re up there with the tastiest. Pass us another one.
|Calories (per yum yum)||222|
|Cost (per yum yum)||£0.35|
While they aren’t as calorie dense as the other foods in this list, naans are cheap and easy to find in supermarkets. They’re tasty, too.
|Calories (per yum yum)||341|
|Cost (per yum yum)||£0.22|
Take Home Message
And there we have it: Joe Fazer’s favourite calorie-dense snacks for bulking. If you’ve been struggling to consume enough to put on weight, it could be worth following Joe’s advice and finding some high-calorie foods that are easy to get down. Happy snacking!
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