“Everyone wants to lose weight now” – Fitness Volt
legend of bodybuilding cutler jay made a name for himself in the sport largely by prioritizing health and adhering to a proper diet throughout his career. In a recent video on his YouTube channel, Cutler looked at bulk diets versus lean diets and shared which one he likes best.
Cuter amassed four separate Olympic titles during his time competing as an IFBB Pro bodybuilder (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010). Jay was tasked with taking on some of the sport’s most successful athletes, such as eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman and seven-time Olympia winner Phil Heath.
The retired pro opened up about the sacrifices he made to face Coleman during his dominating reign. Cutler and Coleman made up one of bodybuilding’s biggest rivalries, which eventually saw Cutler dethrone “The King” in 2006.
The Massachusetts native approached his preparation holistically, ensuring his diet, cycles and training mirrored that of a world-class athlete. Cutler said he was forced to “separate himself from society” and put his mind in a “dark place” to follow Coleman. Dieting for Cutler has played a huge role in his development as a bodybuilder and in his overall health.
During his time competing in the Open class, Cutler built up quality muscle mass by eating 140 egg whites a day. The 48-year-old is convinced that these measures have helped him create one of the most dominant physiques in the history of the sport.
While he only ate about 20 egg whites a day in retirement, Cutler didn’t forget the importance of nutrition. Whether it’s losing weight or gaining muscle, he puts health first.
Jay Cutler Shares ‘Honest’ Opinion on Bulking Vs Lean Mass: ‘Society Today Wants to Be Leaner’
During an episode of jay walking on Cutler’s YouTube channel, the bodybuilding legend said most people are looking to lose weight instead of building muscle. He thinks people have gone from wanting to be bigger to preferring leaner and lighter body weight.
“The biggest question I have is overcoming challenges, setting 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 that? Yes.” said Jay Cutler. “Everyone’s body is different, so it’s hard for someone to coach someone exactly because they have their own ways.”
There have been an alarming number of deaths in the sport of bodybuilding lately. The concerning trend caught the eye of bodybuilding icon and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He thinks athletes push too much gear/food and hold on to more weight than their body 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 fat and many are focused on cultivating a lighter, leaner physique. Despite this fact, Cutler believes the Open class surpasses all other bodybuilding divisions in excitement and popularity.
“I think it’s better now in today’s society, they want to be a lot thinner. They’re afraid to be bigger. I think tall kind of came out. I don’t know what you think. Cutler explained. “I don’t know if it’s in, 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 most athletes were much more concerned with getting bigger than today’s bodybuilders. Lately, Cutler says most of the people who reach out to him for diet advice are looking to lose weight.
“When I first started with bodybuilding, everybody wanted to get bigger. Bigger was like… I think people always want to get a little bigger, but people were always trying to get bigger. It was less for me people losing weight and now it seems like coming from Expo in Houston last weekend, all the messages I get through Facebook and Instagram and on emails and such, almost everyone wants to lose weight.
Cutler mentioned that he gets a lot of weight loss requests even though his job as Mr. Olympia is to gain and maintain as much muscle mass as possible. He clarified that he knew of a number of different diets used to lose/gain weight.
“Most people want to lose weight now. I always thought, ‘man, I can’t believe people are coming at me’ because they saw me turn into Mr. Olympia. Obviously, I know dietary approaches, I’ve been on a million different diets whether it’s low carb, high carb, moderate carb, zigzag I’ve never necessarily done Keto because it didn’t seem to work for me.
Cutler on Diets: “Go Hunt Lean Physique”
Jay thinks “nutrition education just isn’t there” for the younger generation. Additionally, he said people should generally try to focus on leaner diets and weight loss.
“The requests that are coming in are crazy, the challenges are heavy for people. It just sucks because the education just isn’t there for the younger generation. Like, okay, this is how you should eat. You know, like a physical education class. But nutrition should be taught over and over again in my opinion to hammer it into people’s heads.
“Diets are a lifesaver, aren’t they? People are just challenged and they can’t stay on the program. I think I have an end goal…people who want to set a certain deadline, 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 the goals a person has on the horizon.
“But what is the purpose? Is he getting fat or is he getting skinny? I mean, everyone’s goal is different. Cutler explained. “Gain bulk or be lean? I’m going to compare the two photos of bulking up like me, which is a fake photo by the way, and then me being skinny.
Even if you do strength training, Jay says to “chase the lean physique” and tone up before adding extra food or working out to build a bigger body.
“I’m suggesting right now, go chase the lean physique. If I were to train someone and they were bulky, I hate that word bulky, but if they had a little more body fat, I would tone it down more before you really start feeding him lots of calories.
Can you lean bulk or can you go from bulky to lean and still grow taller at the same time. I think you can do it. I think it’s easier if you lean in a bit and get the metabolism going, then add the calories. This way you stay grounded and you can gain lean muscle mass and not just bulk up. It looks a little better. It’s my opinion.
Despite stepping away from the sport, Cutler hasn’t slowed down and still trains with a chip on his shoulder. The credentialed professional shared his ‘Engage Everything’ workout last month and said in retirement that he now equates the workout with meditation.
Watch the full video below:
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Cutler understands the finer points of diets and training given the consistency he has shown throughout his career. He thinks athletes for the most part should focus on getting a lean physique before taking it to the next level with extra muscle mass.