I've seen many topics and articles, describing recommended macros / calories and whatnot, there is a lot of good information out there;
Question 1 - would anyone like to share a comprehensive list of clean foods you use to help you stick to a diet plan? Preferrably with some method for determining the number of grams / calories / macros? I'm trying to start a controlled diet and am having trouble figuring out exactly what I should go shopping for.
I read http://www.tmuscle.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance_diet_nutrition_bodybuilding/7_habits_of_highly_effective_nutritional_programs and it's very general, I'm still clueless as what foods to shop for, that I could realistically use for say, an entire week's worth of meals.
Question 2 - The aforementioned site makes it seem as if calories don't matter as much as other factors. If you're trying to bulk and follow the guildelines on the site, you won't gain lean muscle mass without enough calories, correct?
Aren't calories the most important factor when cutting fat or gaining muscle? Below caloric deficit, lose weight. Gaining muscle requires caloric surplus. How is this not an important part of the article? Sure, processed foods and hormones can screw things up, but calories from clean foods will still determine whether or not you lose weight. To switch from a bulking phase to a cutting phase, you'd just eat less of the same foods, and vice versa, no?