Anyone who tells you that bodybuilding is about lifting heavy weights and eating as many calories as you can either A) has no idea what their talking about or B) is not a bodybuilder.
Yes bodybuilding is about lifting weights, but not necessarily heavy ones all the time. Yes, it is about calories, your have to feed your body if you want it to grow, but what kind of calories? How many? You can’t just go to a drive thru, spend 40 bucks, workout, and expect to get muscular and lean, it won’t happen!
If I have learned one thing through becoming a natural bodybuilder it is that bodybuilding is a science in every way. Everything is measured, recorded, written down and tallied in an effort to achieve aesthetic perfection and a lean, hard physique.
Whole foods can never be replaced in the life of a bodybuilder. Supplementation is key, don’t get me wrong, but whole foods will help you grow along with supplementation far more than supplements on their own! Egg whites, whole eggs, chicken, lean beef or turkey, green veggies and yes even carbs like oats, sweet potatoes and brown rice all have their place in the bodybuilders kitchen and if their not in yours then your lacking vital nutrients and hampering your efforts to achieve your goals!
My diet right now is made up of egg whites for 2 meals, fish or chicken (lean protein) for 2 meals, oats post workout and the rest of my carbs are made up of vegetables like broccoli, asparagus or brussel sprouts. That’s it!
Now, that being said, I am dieting for a show, but in the off season my diet won’t stray very far from these key elements because they are what have given me great results. The calories, number of meals and frequency may increase, but I won’t be cramming my face with processed, greasy foods, if it won’t help me build muscle or reach my goals then I won’t put it in my body, and neither should you. Plain and simple. Stick with the basics, stick with what works, and the results will follow!
Luke was born and raised in Owen Sound, Ontario, a small town on Georgian Bay. Having a french father, he speaks both French and English, which he found quite useful during his time spent in Ottawa for school. Due to the fact that he spent far more time and money in bars and clubs than he did in school, he moved back home to Owen Sound to work. A lifestyle of excess finally caught up with him and he suffered a stroke. After spending a week at the University Hospital in London, Ontario he was released since he had no lasting effects from the stroke. He could not get motivated nor did he care enough about himself to lose the weight. All that changed when he had a son. Finding out his girlfriend was pregnant was the jump-start he needed and he hasn’t looked back since! now lives and breathes fitness, and he tries to pass every ounce of knowledge he has picked up along his journey to anyone looking for help! He’s constantly in search of new information on training and diet and is currently trying his hand at natural bodybuilding, aiming for his Natural Pro Card. He has lots to learn still and that’s what he loves about fitness so much, as there is always more you can do to your diet and training regime to increase your performance and gains.