Originally Posted by BendtheBar
My point is that if you aren't training hard, your food intake is merely calories. It may be healthy calories, but it's just calories.
Yep I agree, I don't place nutrition nearly as important as training. Nutrition as far as I'm concerned for the majority of people is the easy part, sitting down and eating 3 squares and some snacks isn't hard. Despite common thinking on the subject gaining for beginners/intermediates doesn't need to be a hell of a lot more complicated than that.
On the other hand, how many people do you see in the gym (outside of M&B) consistently working hard on the basics? Unless you're in an exceptional gym the answer will be none to few.