“Things You Do to Be a Bodybuilder”: From Eating Red Meat to Giving Up on Eggs, Here Are the Dietary Adjustments Jay Cutler Made to Win Mr. Olympia

Published 11/18/2023, 11:00 AM EST

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Jay Cutler is a four-time Mr. Olympia winner and is one of the greatest that the bodybuilding industry has ever seen. Whether it is with his podcast, his bodybuilding prowess, or his fitness supplements company, Cutler still continues to carve his space in the sport. However, did you ever wonder what fuels the legendary Jay Cutler to maintain his ripped physique even at 50? How did he win the four Olympias, that too, defeating Ronnie Coleman in his last? The journey was not easy, but Cutler always worked hardest and was determined to win.

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He started working from the age of 11 with his brother and viewed the hardships of life which might’ve helped him in his bodybuilding career. Apart from that there was training, and a nutrition plan, which are the secrets to his achievement. Let’s get ready to uncover the secret behind his shredded physique and a special diet.

The way of Cutler: balanced nutrition for becoming a muscle beast

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In a recent YouTube video, titled Life After Bodybuilding | A Movie Star? The legend discusses the mindset as well as the sacrifices that it took to maintain one of the world’s best physiques during his bodybuilding career. With four Mr. Olympias and three Arnold Classics, he is one of the greatest-known bodybuilders in the industry. Apart from his achievements, he is also known for an iconic rivalry with Ronnie Coleman. In 2006, Cutler defeated the eight-time Mr. Olympia champion. 

According to him, food was everything and it was his special diet that helped him win Mr. Olympia. He delved deep into his process of a high-protein diet, which he abides throughout his career. Cutler also talked about buying 140 LBS of chicken at one time and also about buying red meat. In one podcast, he reminisced about how he bought a whole cow for a long-time supply of beef.

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Furthermore, Cutler also engaged in a blood type diet, a special form of dieting, which helped him get into better shape for competitions.

What is the blood type diet?

Cutler first of all started his day by eating enough food that would normally feed a family of five. But when you are as bulky and huge as him, you need to consume enough carbs and proteins to ensure that your muscles are always chiseled and growing. The morning carbohydrate choice was switched from oatmeal to Ezekiel bread because this bread follows the blood type diet that helped him win Mr. Olympia. Cutler also made certain sacrifices. He was told that he could not eat eggs which was hard for him to do because he loved eggs during the morning, while he had to eat chicken breast for breakfast, which he did not like at all. 

In the latest video, the 50-year-old, who achieved the Fit for 50 challenge, spoke about his 2006 Olympia where he first tried the blood type diet. When his manager, Matt Daniels asked him how much he waited during the time Cutler said, “Yeah 273 to 267 the night I won so I lost a few pounds from prejudging Friday …. Yeah I was huge!” He was his biggest weight during Mr Olympia.

The blood type diet helped him get the best body for Mr. Olympia, and eventually, he won even if he might not have liked eating what was recommended to him.

Cutler’s way of treating his body

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Cutler spent millions of dollars on his diet to get the best body. He also achieved his physique through proper exercise and training, even at 50 he challenged himself to the Fit for 50 challenge and achieved the goal. He always gives tips and tricks to other bodybuilding enthusiasts on getting a shredded body.

Cutler once talked about getting abs and reducing body fat. According to Cutler, who worked out until his nose bled, the path to getting amazing triceps and a horseshoe shape was not easy. One had to be smart about an exercise selection. The triceps need a combination of the push-down type of exercises and a lot of overhead exercises to get the proper stretch. Cutler also emphasized that triceps are very hard to make so to get them steep incline EZ bar and cable overhead extensions are the best.

When he was talking about abs, he spoke about getting shredded abs only by getting the body fat down. No amount of ab exercises would do that for anyone, the best way to get abs was to have a proper diet and do cardio. Therefore, Jay Cutler gives a lot of importance to the way his food contributes to building his body, which helped him win his Sandow trophies. 

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Tanushree Bhowmick

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I am Tanushree Bhowmick. I have always loved running and sprinting since I was a child and I often took pride in being unbeaten at sporting events in school. The love I had for sport continued to follow me into adulthood.
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