Muscle Building Nutrition

Bodybuilding Bones To Pick

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People often know me for my online rants under my pseudonym Grim83. They view me as angry, or distraught, which I am. But I also do it to get the big points across in a way that you will remember. So bear with me now as I unleash my wrath on a few subjects.


I’m sure you have heard statements like this before… “nutrition is 80% of gains”. If that were true, then why would you need to workout? Just find a good diet and you will be massive. But you’re not! You must lift to grow.

Now on the other hand, let’s assume you lift without following a special diet.  You take in enough calories to survive. Would you not gain some muscle? Yes, a correct diet will increase those gains. But that will happen anytime you improve a part of the triangle (the triangle is lifting, eating, rest). Lift better and you will grow more. Eat better and you will grow more. Rest better and you will grow more. So therefore, it is my belief that each side is as just as important as the others. So each is about 33% of gains.


Many lifters often become OCD like, and it manifests in almost every facet of life related to lifting. It doesn’t have to be that way. Everything isn’t always perfect. Life isn’t predictable so don’t try to make it that way. Just live, and if you can’t do everything, don’t let it ruin your life.

People on diets often fall off the wagon from one bad meal. All you have to do is just let it go and continue on with what you were doing. Life happens, and a champion is not measured by how many times he gets knocked down, but by how many times he gets back up.


Nothing pisses me off more than seeing all the outlandish claims the supplement companies make. They lead people down a path of stupidity, claiming that you need their latest snake oil to grow. I’m not saying every supplement is bad –  some are great. But people need to use common sense. If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is. The best supplements are protein powder and a multi vitamin. Outside of that, they fall into three categories:

1. nice but not required.

2. crap in a can.

3. crap in a shiny can.

These are just a few of the bones I had to pick, but there will be more next time. Take these to heart, and keep your mind open.

Mike Gossett
Mike Gossett is a classic physique enthusiast, and writes to help guide others onto the path of health and lifting. He believes in basic hard work for the best results, and lives what he preaches. Mike can be reached at:
  • Mike Gossett Dec 8,2009 at 6:58 pm

    @TODD If you look in the bodybuilding rags you will see it, heck go online to any of the big sites im sure you’ll find a few nutts claiming this

  • Mick Madden Dec 6,2009 at 6:40 pm

    Gironda started the 80% myth decades ago. It’s as old as the dinosaur.

    Surprisingly, many of the naturals I interview repeat that mantra. But then again, modern bodybuilding is all about being cut…so, once you have base muscle, it is 80% diet.

    Gironda was no muscle mass monster, even for a natural.

  • Todd Dec 6,2009 at 5:29 am

    80% for gains? I’ve never heard anybody say that. Now, when it comes to shredding, I could get on board with that number. But when it comes to gaining, I don’t know of anybody that would make that claim.

    I love the OCD comments.

  • Tony E Nov 30,2009 at 1:46 am

    I totally am living proof of this. If nutrition was 80% gains I would be in trouble. True you must eat food and view it as fuel for your workouts and recovery, the body is a machine,in terms of cars, you can be a powerlifter/strongman built like a tank or truck, or bodybuilder Ferrari, or olympic lifter racing car, but either way you look at it, it all comes down to : WHAT is all that “fuel” needed for if you don’t know how to “drive” to begin with.

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