I understand that for most of us we can't expect to achieve maximum results without crunching the numbers and making the sacrifices detailed in so many T-Nation articles and forums. However, to what extent would simply adopting a set of eating habits, guidelines and rules be beneficial? Without worrying about getting into contest-shape, can an athlete or bodybuilder lay ground rules, avoid certain things, and not deal with the stress of calorie-counting?
I guess the bigger question is this: how far can such an approach take us? Ten percent bodyfat? What kind of progress can be made on such a plan?
If anybody goes about their day eating by a nutritional philosophy more than a diet plan, please share your guidelines.