It is amazing how many muscle-building programs out there promise that you'll look like the incredible Hulk if eat more than 5,000 calories each day. Sure, you'll look like a hulk ... of fat. Many of these programs cause you to gain an enormous amount of unnecessary fat, giving the illusion that you put on muscle. The number on the scale might increase, but the likelihood that lean-muscle gains are the cause is slim. Never rely on the scale as indicator of how much muscle you put on, because it doesn't differentiate between lean muscle and fat. The only way to determine how much lean muscle you have is to get an underwater body-fat test or a Bod Pod test to break down your numbers on fat-free lean muscle mass weight versus body fat.
I find this selection very surprizing. But I find all such selections very surprizing so it’s not really a surprize. I started learning German four years ago, and after 4 months, I started reading my first book: Glennkill, by Leonie Swann (a German author with an English penname). Since then I have read Die Schachnovelle, Das Parfüm und Die Verwandlung (among others which are not in this list). I would certainly not recommend a single one of them as a first book or an ‘early’ book. Die Schachnovelle is written in a very intricate style, with lots of Schachtelsätze (sehr intricate periods). It is very hard to read and nobody writes in that way nowadays. So ok, you acquire a certain dexterity when it comes to analyzing sentences forwards, backwards, sometimes you have to read the same sentence 4 or 5 times to figure out how it works, but as like as not you will give up and loose much of your motivation. Das Parfüm is full of antiquated words which hardly anybody knows, let alone uses. I have a notebook with more than a thousand words from that book, most of them totally useless for me. I don’t want to express myself like a parody of 18th century novel. Die Verwandlung is very beautifully written, but it is not very easy to read, and it is very hard to appreciate the style if you’re a beginner. I don’t think such lists help at all. In the beginning, you need to read books which are beautifully written, but in a German which you can actually assimilate and use in everyday life. Beautiful doesn’t necessarily mean virtuosic or erudite. When you start to acquire a good feeling for the language, and lean to appreciate the rhythm, the beauty of a sentence… then you can start reading whatever you feel like. I started to read Die Blechtrommel, but I stopped when I realized that, although I could decipher it and understand more or less the content, I was not yet ready to fully appreciate it. I’ll come back to it later. I think the best criterion is: choose a book you’ve already read in your mother tongue, and which you love. I recommend Herman Hesse, his style is rather simple, his language elevated indeed, but without pyrotechnics, and the content is deep and motivating. Many german friends tell me that he is or has been at one point their favorite author. But as a first book, I’d pick a book by a contemporary author who writes beautifully, such as Cornelia Funke. Or Leonie Swann: Glennkill was for me the perfect starting point.
While it is a common practice to feed the sow gestation diet to breeding boars, recent research suggests that this may not optimize reproductive performance. Limit-feeding the gestation diet to control weight gain limits protein intake, which may decrease libido and semen production. Mature boars should consume about 6000 kcal of metabolizable energy and 17 g of lysine daily to control weight gain and optimize reproductive performance. Feeding lb daily of the example gestation diet (Table 3) will provide 6400 kcal ME but only g of lysine. Therefore, a boar diet should be formulated that contains .85% lysine.