Originally Posted by BendtheBar
I prefer to totally detach from the bodybuilding stigma...not from bodybuilding. Most lifters never compete. Some, like me, train for strength and size. Most lifters don't give a rip about competitions. I don't remember most competitions, but I remember bodybuilders with great physiques.
And I will say this as politely as possibler without slipping into full rant mode. I don't care to count grams. I've never needed to count grams. I don't care to worry about diet. I've never need to worry about diet.
I am a small-boned lifter who has broke all the rules and still thrived. I do not like being a slave to macronutrients, and other nutrients. If you want to count your daily omega 3 intake, by all means have at it! But when people pretend, or fall into self dillusion about there being only one way - well, it's insanity.
If you want to compete, then yes - diet is everything. And you do have to count everything.
I just editing an article today that was written by a younger lifter. It stated:
No it is not!
Dieting is the most important aspect to competing.
Of course when we talk "dieting" it is usually associated with OCD bodybuilding staples like X meals every X minutes with proper food timing, and whey protein here, and casein there.
I have to tell you, and I have mentioned this to Glwanabe - I don't eat 5 protein meals a day. My eating is like this:
7 to 10 am...coffee
10 am...string cheese and tomato juice, or a protein bar
1 pm...protein drink
In the past, I have eaten like a bodybuilder. But I have rarely remained strict with any orthodox bodybuilding diet mantras in the last 10 years. Why? I have found that simply eating more is the fastest way to gain muscle.
I'm not implying that my dieting madness is perfect for anyone other then me. I've learned my body, and know what works. I just don't see the value in the slavery.
Slip into full rant mode!! I like to hear your full unedited opinion. However, your post is still solid, and gets the point across.
I especially like the part about making the distinction between building, muscle, and competing for competition, in regards to diet considerations. They are not totally unrelated, but there is enough of a divide between them to treat them on there own terms.