Bodybuilding on a Budget

Bodybuilding is not easy, but bodybuilding on a budget is even harder. Learning to cut costs on the massive amounts of food you need to eat takes planning and patience. Before becoming one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time, Jay Cutler built his body on a very strict diet and at times, an even stricter budget.

Follow Jay as he takes you through the aisles of Costco looking for the bodybuilding staples at bulk prices. Here the highlights:

KEEP IT SIMPLE & STAY CONSISTENT

Consistency with your meals is a key to success in bodybuilding. You can’t go wrong with steak, chicken, eggs, oatmeal, rice and potatoes.

“People try to complicate [the diet] too much. What I've learned over my career, I always get the same thing. I always had eggs for breakfast with oatmeal, then meals two through six… was always steak or chicken and then either rice or potatoes.”

HOW MUCH RED MEAT SHOULD YOU EAT?

According to Jay, you should eat about a half pound of lean cut beef a day. Choose lean cuts like sirloin over filets if you don’t want to break the bank.

“Get top round steak which is lean. I remember I would buy fillets when I wasn't really watching the budget as closely, because all I cared about was winning… I suggest one serving of eight to ten ounces a day of beef.”

EGGS VS. LIQUID EGG WHITES

When you’re eating four-dozen egg whites a day, you should always buy in bulk. Liquid egg whites add convenience but also expense. For bodybuilding on a budget, Jay recommends cracking all the eggs and separating out the yolks by hand. This way you can also mix in some whole eggs.

“Before I had liquid egg whites shipped to me, I would just crack all the eggs. I would buy 30 dozen eggs at a time.”

DON’T CHICKEN OUT

Eating chicken breast day in and day out can get boring, but the results are exciting.

According to Jay, chicken breasts are a staple of any bodybuilders diet. Jay chooses large packages of Kirkland Signature Chicken Breasts and buys about 8 pounds for the week. Mix up your seasonings to keep from getting bored.

CUT COSTS WITH STEEL CUT OATMEAL

Oatmeal is an inexpensive bodybuilding staple. Ten-pounds of steel cut oatmeal costs about $8 and will last your whole 12-week diet.

“I usually have a cup to two cups in the morning,” says Jay.

JAY’S FINAL THOUGHTS

Remember the diet’s a huge part of what you do.

“I would say 80 to 85 percent is what you eat. You can't gain muscle and keep the body lean without a good balanced diet. Just keep it simple. Don't try to complicate things. I think a lot of people just try to complicate what they eat and, yes it gets old eating the same thing over and over but the results are pretty substantial as long as you stay on the program.”