bodybuilding legend jay cutler he made a name for himself in the sport in large part because he put health first and followed a proper diet throughout his career. In a recent video on his YouTube channel, Cutler examined bulk vs. lean diets and shared which he prefers.
Cuter amassed four separate Olympia titles during his time competing as an IFBB Pro bodybuilder (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010). Jay was tasked with taking on some of the most successful athletes in the sport, including the eight-time Mr. Olympia. Ronnie Coleman, and seven-time Olympia winner phil heath.
The retired pro has spoken about the sacrifices he has made to face Coleman during his dominant title reign. Cutler and Coleman formed one of bodybuilding’s greatest rivalrieswhich ultimately saw Cutler dethrone “The King” in 2006.
The Massachusetts native approached his preparation holistically, making sure his diet, cycles and the training mirrored that of a world-class athlete. Cutler said that he was forced to ‘separate from society’ and put his mind into a ‘dark place’ to keep up with Coleman. Dieting for Cutler played a critical role in his development as a bodybuilder and his overall health.
During his time competing in the open class, Cutler built up quality muscle mass by eating a a whopping 140 egg whites a day. The 48-year-old is confident that these measurements helped him create one of the most dominant physiques in the history of the sport.
Although she only eats about 20 egg whites a day in retirement, Cutler hasn’t forgotten the importance of nutrition. Whether it’s weight loss or muscle gain, he puts health above all else.
Jay Cutler shares an ‘honest’ opinion on Bulking vs. Lean Bulk: ‘Today’s society wants to be thinner’
During an episode of walking jay On Cutler’s YouTube channel, the bodybuilding legend said that most people are looking to lose weight rather than gain muscle. He believes that people have gone from wanting to be bigger to preferring a leaner, lighter body weight.
“The biggest question I get is how to overcome challenges, set goals, how to prioritize, how to stay motivated because they want to build muscle and they want to lose body fat at the same time, can you do this? Yeah.” jay cutler said. “Everybody’s body is different, so it’s hard for someone to train someone exactly because they have their own shapes.”
There has been an alarming number of deceased in the sport of bodybuilding lately. The worrying trend caught the attention of the bodybuilding icon and actor. arnold schwarzenegger. He believes the athletes are pushing too hard equipment/food and holding on to more weight than their bodies can handle. The seven-time Mr. Olympia winner went so far as to suggest that bodybuilding is “the most dangerous sport” in the world and “sometimes” kills people.
According to Cutler, people and athletes are “afraid” of getting bigger and many focus on cultivating lighter, leaner physiques. Despite that fact, Cutler believes the open class dwarfs all other bodybuilding divisions in terms of hype and popularity.
“I think it’s better now in today’s society, they want to be much thinner. They are afraid of being bigger. I think big is out of place. I’m not sure what you think. Cutler explained. “I don’t know if it’s fashionable, because Open is still king. Open is still king. It’s just that the road to get there is much longer. I don’t know if it’s more difficult.”
During his long career, Jay says that most athletes were much more concerned with getting bigger than today’s bodybuilders. Lately, Cutler says most of the people who contact him for diet advice are looking to lose weight.
“In my early days with bodybuilding, everyone wanted to grow up. Bigger was like… I think people still want to get bigger a little bit, but people always tried to get bigger. It was less for me weight loss folks and now it seems like coming from the Houston Expo last weekend all the messages I get through Facebook and Instagram and in emails and stuff pretty much everyone wants to lose weight”.
Cutler mentioned that he gets a lot of requests for weight loss even though his job as Mr. Olympia was to gain and maintain as much muscle mass as possible. He clarified that he is familiar with several different diets used for weight loss/gain.
“Most people want to lose weight now. I always thought, ‘man, I can’t believe people are coming at me’ because they saw me transform into Mr. Olympia. Obviously I know dietary approaches, I’ve done a million different diets. Whether it’s a low-carb, high-carb, moderate-carb, or zigzag diet. I never necessarily did Keto because it didn’t seem to work for me.”
Cutler on diets: “Go chase the lean physique”
Jay believes that nutrition education “just doesn’t exist” for the younger generation. In addition, he said that, in general, people should try to focus on leaner diets and weight loss.
“The requests that arrive are crazy, the challenges are heavy for people. It just sucks because education just isn’t there for the younger generation. Like, okay, that’s how you should eat. You know, like a physical education class. But in my opinion, nutrition should be taught over and over again to drive it into people’s heads.”
“Diets are a lifesaver, right? People just have problems and can’t stay in the program. I think having an end goal… people who want to set a certain time period, and I always say at least four months, right? Obviously, people who are extremely overweight will have to diet longer.”
Jay Cutler believes that the specificity of the diet depends on what goals a person has on the horizon.
“What is the goal, though? Are you bulking up or losing weight? I mean, everyone’s goal is different. Cutler explained. “Gain or be thin? I will compare the two images of my volume, which is a false image by the way, and then me being skinny.”
Even if you’re into bodybuilding, Jay recommends “chasing the lean physique” and toning down before adding extra food or training to build a bigger body.
“I’m suggesting right now, go chase the lean physique. If I had to train someone and they were bulky, I hate the word bulky, but if they had a little more body fat, I’d tone them down before I started giving them a lot of calories.”
Can you bulk up or can you go from bulking up to being skinny and still growing at the same time? I think you can do it. I think it’s easier if you lean a little bit and get your metabolism up and then add the calories. That way, you’ll stay fit and be able to gain lean muscle mass and not just bulk up. It looks a little better. That’s my opinion.”
Despite taking a step away from the sport, Cutler hasn’t slowed down and still trains with a chip in his shoulder. The accredited professional shared his ‘involve it all’ training last month and said at the retreat, now equates meditation training.
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Cutler understands the finer details of diet and training given the consistency he has shown throughout his career. He believes that athletes for the most part should focus on achieving a downward leaning physique before taking things to the next level with additional muscle mass.