GOMAD stands for a Gallon Of Milk A Day. A gallon of whole milk gives you roughly 2,400 calories, 124 grams of protein, 204 grams of carbs (sugar), and 128 grams of fat.
Why Drink a Gallon of Whole Milk?
Most people these days, including you, probably don’t consume enough calories to gain weight. One of the main reasons this happens is that in order to gain weight, you have to eat a lot of food. One major problem here is that the majority of people wanting to gain weight don’t have a big enough appetite to sit down and eat what they need to be eating.
The theory behind GOMAD is that if you keep on eating what you normally consume but then add a gallon of whole milk to your diet, you will be adding an additional 2,400 calories, and you most definitely will be gaining weight.
Do You Have To Drink A Gallon In One Sitting?
No you don’t have to drink a gallon in one sitting, and I definitely recommend that you don’t. If you do, there are some pretty nasty side effects! If you don’t believe me, youtube milk challenge. The way I set GOMAD up is to consume half a gallon of whole milk post workout during my anabolic window state because that’s when the body is most sensitive to protein synthesis as well as most sensitive to carbohydrate utilization. The other half gallon of whole milk I spread out throughout the day usually drinking small portions in between meals. That way I can focus on still eating lots and not filling up on just milk.
Problems With GOMAD
One major problem with this weight gaining trick is if you are lactose intolerant. If this applies to you, I’m sorry, but I would not try GOMAD. You can look into supplementing with isolate protein powder and adding in a carbohydrate of your choice. For this I like to use Iso-Gold by PVL and Waxy Maize Carb powder by Allmax Nutrition. I simply make sure I’m still consuming the same amount of calories per day as I would with a gallon of whole milk, but I split up the Iso/carb shake in to small frequent portions. Then I make sure I’m getting in enough fats a day through products like coconut oil, olive oil, grass fed butter, UDO’s oil, MCT oil, and fish oils.
Another problem which happens too often, is that people drink a lot of milk too close to their big meals so they end up eating less then they need to be. One simple solution, spread out your meals and spread out your milk! Even though it is important to get a post workout meal in it is also important to get enough calories. If you aren’t willing to give up your post workout meal, maybe just drink it with a glass of milk, then consume the rest of the milk in small portions through out the day.
If anyone has tried GOMAD before, or if anyone has tried alternatives to GOMAD, please add your experience to the comments.