The industry has gotten so saturated that they're coming up with all these diets and stuff to eat and calling it bodybuilding nutrition. The truth is more simple than people lead it on to be.
If you want to grow you have to eat more calories than you're burning. If you want to lose weight you need to eat less calories than you burn. Lastly if you want to maintain you have to eat the same amount of calories that you burn.
The truth is I'm no expert on nutrition, nor do I pretend to be. I also told myself that I would never count calories, count macros or measure out every food I eat. To me that takes the fun out of life and that's just a miserable way to live.
I teach you just need to be aware of what you are putting into your body. That doesn't mean I'm eating whatever I want to everyday. It means I'm eating food high in protein with a good amount of carbs and little fats.
I indulge every once in a while but for the most part I can keep up this fairly easy way of eating and not get bored of it.
Muscle is a fat burning machine. That means the more muscle you have the more calories it needs to keep running. That's why I preach you need to really push it with the weights in the gym so that you don't have to focus too much on the food part.
I'd say it's 60% how you train and 40% your diet. Now if you really focus on your diet and kill it in the gym than you will be seeing results very quickly.
A lot of guys I know are on the diet plan of forever bulking. Which is they eat a lot of fast food and a lot of junk and call it bodybuilding nutrition. Which ends up giving them a big but sloppy physique.
It does matter what you eat when you're bulking, contrary to popular belief. The best way to "bulk up" is to eat lots of protein and lots of carbs and moderate fats.
This means lots of rice, lots of chicken and beef and anything else you can get your hands on with those characteristics.
Bulking is definitely the easiest to do of the three options as far as weight management goes.
This one is notorious for sucking but I've managed to do it where it sucks a little less. Mostly because I'm not measuring my food every time I'm eating.
You need high proteins, little carbs and little fats for this one. This does mean you will have to cut out a lot of the carbs that you're eating. This does mean you will not be as strong.
It's depressing that you can't lift as much weight but when you start to see some definition and veins start showing than you'll be happy with the sacrifice. That's the plus side of cutting is that you will look better but it is hard work. There's no denying that.
Maintaining your weight and muscle mass is tricky. That's why I always just commit to bulking or cutting because I feel like it's easier to do.
It's like trying to hit a moving target because some days you'll burn more calories than you eat and other days you'll burn less than you eat.
The truth is you just have to play around with it and see what works best for you.