Chris Duffy on Dieting

Chris Duffy on Dieting

Nationals Heavyweight Champion


as told to John Little, Senior Writer, FLEX




Trying to get a simple answer from NPC Nationals Heavyweight Champion Chris Duffy is a little like searching for a humble rap artist; they're both hard to find. Duffy is the ultimate noncon­formist; if it's the norm, he wants no part of it. That goes for nutrition too.


You can expect to hear terms you'd never associate with nutrition when you query him on the subject. Things like solipsism, Mandanism, Gnostisicism, Buddhism and Hinduism pepper his responses He's a practicing solipsist (one who believes that nothing exists or is real but the self — which can cer­tainly leave an interviewer feelingutrition is certainly the sine qua non of compet­itive bodybuilding. You have to eat properly or else you won't grow. It's as simple as that.



But what constitutes eating properly? Many people, including bodybuilders, eat different things and attain the same good health. As you probably know, I don't follow


the norm when it comes to any aspect of


life and certainly this is the case with nutrition. Previous articles about me have touched upon my vegetarianism. I was a vegetarian for two years before my come­back that culmi­nated in my win­ning the heavy­weight division of the NPC Nationals last summer. I'm no longer a vegetarian, though it served me well during one phase of my life. But now I'm ready for something else.


One day he states that he's a vegetarian, the next his diet has him consuming more beef than the average puma. No matter what you think about his philosophical and spiritual rumina­tions on nutrition, there's no doubting the results: The Duffy physique is noth­ing short of breathtaking, He's tall, massive and ripped almost beyond be­lief. How doers he continue to do it, contest after contest? Read on and learn how bodybuilding's favorite noncon­formist applies the Weider Instinctive


Principle to his diet! —John Little



"Vegetarianism were largely ethical and represented a certain stage of my spiri­tual evolution. When I was into it, I had no idea that I would be training seriously again, but even up to three days before the Nationals I was still a vegetarian. At that point, I felt I had taken it as far as I could. Now I'm at the polar opposite end of the vegetarian spectrum; The main staple of my diet is red meat.


I didn't switch over to eating meat for any physical reasons. In fact, you can gain as much mass as you want to while still maintaining a strict vege­tarian diet. For me, it was just time for a change."




"In keeping with my Mandanism/ Gnostic beliefs, I think that we should use every­thing on this earth as part of a spiritual liberation process. But my belief sys­tem has evolved analogously with my physique. These beliefs, I know, are well beyond the scope of this article, so I'll just say that you can obtain the neces­sary nutritional constituents in many ways without having to deprive yourself of anything that life has to offer. When I was a vegetarian, almost all of my nutritional intake came from supple­ments. After winning my division at the Nationals, I decided to experiment with different foods to see how they made me feel The diet that I've come up with now, I feel, is the best I've ever utilized for building quality muscle mass while at the same time achieving gastrointestinal harmony."




"I'm a late riser, so morning for me be­gins at 9 a.m. Once 9:30 rolls around, I'm fully awake — and hungry. I'll start the day off by eating two servings of nonfat yogurt, artificially sweetened. This yo­gurt contains a mere 100 calories per cup, which is great for me because it leaves a lot of room for plenty of other goodies to follow. After my yogurt, I'll take one of Joe Weider's Victory rower Force packs.


My next scheduled nutritional intake


is one hour later, when have 12-16
ounces of red meat, either shoulder steak, ground sirloin or round steak. Lately, I've been eating ground sirloin because I've been training heavier and


can use the extra calories. also put
away 1 quart of nonfat milk with the




I don't add up my calories. I go by feel. I'll up the calories if I feel I'm getting too lean or if my energy levels are down. This way my diet fits my moods perfectly and doesn't upset my stomach in the process.


13y the time 1 p.m. rolls around, I'm ready for a special drink that I like to consume to get my energy levels up for my pending workout It consists of one scoop of Weider Mega Mass 2000 (roughly 550 calories) with 3 cups of nonfat milk. It's quick, tasty and loaded with nutrients, and I'm in and out of the kitchen in three minutes. In the past I've tried to obtain similar nutrition by cook­ing my own food, Iike rice and chicken, but I've found that I wind up in the kitch­en all day long, weighing this and that. Those days are over. I mean, I'm a body­builder, not a chef. My job is to lift weights, so leave me the hell out of the kitchen.


At 2:30 p.m I'll have one-half to three-fourths pound of red meat. I don't drink anything with this meal since I want my stomach as tight as possible for my 4 p.m. workout. Occasionally, if I'm really thirsty, I'll have a glass of Crystal Light Ice Tea, but just a small one to hold me over.


At 3:45 p.m. I'm ready for my last pre-workout nutrition intake. This is an im­portant one because I hate working out when my body is wallowing in the depths of a low-blood-sugar crisis. It really screws up my workout if all I can think about is getting my blood sugar levels back up. To prevent this, I'll have one packet of Weider Pre-Flex Hyper Drive. The great thing about being a Weider contracted athlete is using all these incredible products. Then I'll have one of the Shock Set Pre-Workout tubes. I'm still not finished at this point (again, sustaining my energy levels during train­ing is very important to me), have one scoop of Mega Mass 2000 with 3 cups of nonfat milk and I'm ready for my work­out. (When I start getting closer to the show, I'll also add an optimizer powder)


also don't neglect my nutrition dur­ing my workout. I keep two cans (12 ounces) of fruit juice (grape juice or fruit punch — 200 calories each), plus two cans of Gatorade in my gym bag. I find that consuming simple fruit carbs dur­ing my workout really boosts my energy levels.


At 6:30 p.m. I'm home and ready to kick back a bit to commence the recov­ery process and let the growth I've stim­ulated in the gym start to manifest. "