Hi Shadow, awesome thread that you have going here in this forum. Keep up the good work, I love your expertise and opinion!
I was hoping I could take a little of your time, so that you can elaborate a bit on a subject for me. My bf and his buddies are ALWAYS harping about this, and giving me a hard time when this subject comes up, but now that I have found YOU - a professional with experience AND insight from within pro bodybuilding - perhaps you can finally stop the endless bashing and debating.
Long story short, this is about what a typical (pro) bodybuilder's diet, in regards to how one eats during the on and off season. Since I've read many of your older posts, I know that you are someone who takes an intelligent and scientific approach, paying close attention to how things work best for you with regards to diet, while taking his health, diet, pre and peri-workout nutrition very seriously (I'm a fan of this mindset!). Likewise, I also see that you follow a nutritious, clean and healthy diet year round, and that's what I have relayed to my bf and his bros.
The response I get from him when I tell him this, however, is "go read Muscle & Fiction, pros DON'T really eat that way!" He goes on to say that the garbage that's in most magazines is pure ghost writer bull****, and that all these pictures of huge bodybuilders eating chicken breasts, broccoli, oatmeal and such are pure nonsense, that the purpose of this is strictly just to sell what he calls "an imaginary and make believe healthy lifestyle", in order to sell worthless supplements to gullible teenagers.
His contention is that most pros eat tons of fast food, refined carbs and other less than healthy table fare, especially in the off season when they are bulking up, simply because all the gear they take (he and his friends use it too) requires a huge amount of calories that clean food just doesn't provide, and cannot be consumed in sufficient amounts for one to make progress. He references the Firehouse Restaurant in Venice ("go look how the bodybuilder's in there eat!"), mentions Lee Priest and his pre show ten candy bar carb up ("have you seen pictures of this guy in the off season? He even eats lots of donuts, McDonald's and KFC when he's bulking!") and even cites Ronnie Coleman and his consumption at a show he once met him at ("This mamaluke was eating fast food and hamburgers, one after the other at this expo, did they mention that in Muscle & Fiction???"). He shows me grotesque pictures of bloated and red faced off season bodybuilders and asks, "do you think they look that way from egg whites and multivitamins, or mountains of buffet food and Mexican supplements?" Simply put, he believes that I'm totally naïve on the subject, and that I'm drinking the Koolaid these mags are printing. I don't believe that's the case, however.
Equally annoying is his insistency that pros don't "waste their time with supplements they pimp", and if they had extra money to spend, "it's going to buying more tren and deca, not vitamin and mineral supplements, which many completely don't bother with anyway". Your thoughts?
I know different things work for different people, and that there are variations in one pro's diet to the next, but once and for all, is there really 100% truth to what he says, or are these examples simply isolated cases of certain pro bodybuilders?