Dave Ruel has been a buddy of mine for a few years now. A few years ago Dave even competed at a show I created and promoted called The Heavyweights Classic, where we had Mr. Olympia as guest poser twice, needless to say we had a good laugh!
Pretty Boy Dave is a great guy and a wealth of information. I hope you find this helpful and useful.
Dave thanks so much for taking the time out to do this interview. I am always preaching the whole “You can’t out train bad nutrition” philosophy when it comes to getting in shape, yet Nutrition is the factor that I hate the most.
Why do you think most people fail at Nutrition?
No problem Rob! Always up for an interview with an old buddy! ☺
No, you can’t out train a bad diet… without proper nutrition you won’t see the results you want, period.
People can fail at nutrition for many reasons, but the most popular reasons are:
• People tend to over-complicate nutrition. Sincerely, nutrition can be easy to manage of you keep it simple.
• People are usually not prepared! You need to be organized by preparing your meals in advance, have a specific meal plan, and be ready at any time.
• Boring foods! Most people have been told that a bodybuilder should eat plain food to get big and ripped. That’s just wrong and that’s the #1 reason people fail at their “diet”. In fact, eating for bodybuilding and fitness purposes with complete disregard for taste has become one of the most detrimental concepts ever imagined.
This question is more my own personal gain. I hate the kitchen, I hate to cook. Every time i have competed I ate the same stuff over and over, even now same thing. What do you recommend for someone who is “Afraid of their kitchen”?
Many people are very insecure in the kitchen, always scared, fearing that their meals would end up tasting like cardboard.
Why? Because cooking looks complicated and difficult when in reality it’s not… Heck, I became the MuscleCook with no cooking training or culinary experience. If I did it, you can do it too!
Cooking is fun and a lot easier than you think, you’d be surprised!
Also, if you follow my recipes, it’s very unlikely that you’ll screw it up, they are all very quick and easy to prepare!
One of the biggest excuses I hear for people not preparing and cooking their meals is “Lack Of Time”. Is there any truth to that? Does cooking clean and healthy food take a lot of time? How can the average gym goer improve on this?
Another excuse you hear too often! How come I have time to cook and others don’t? I’m a busy guy too!
The reason is ORGANIZATION!
When it comes to meal preparation, organization is very important. It’s tough making six meals a day. Sometimes the desire to stop at the closest burger joint and scarf down a quick burger is almost unbearable, especially on days where you feel a bit lazy. But if you organize properly, you can save yourself a lot of the anguish.
The best way to stick to your diet is to plan your meal preparations. For example, you can cook up a bunch of chicken breasts from your favourite recipe, make up a pot of rice and some vegetables, and make microwavable meals that are very convenient. That way, when you’re feeling a tad lazy, all you have to do is open your freezer, reheat and eat!
Once you’ve cooked the food, you should definitely pack it by portion size and weight. I use Tupperware to store much of my food. The important thing to keep in mind is that your food should be vacuum sealed in order to lock in the freshness, as well as avoid freezer burn, which can make any meal unappetizing. I usually cook most of my meals on Sundays, and it doesn’t take me more than 3 hours.
Whats going on with you Dave? Anything cool in the works for the New Year? Any cool projects or planning to compete again anytime soon? I think we need a Epic Dave Ruel, Lee Hayward & Rob King trip soon!
Lots of stuff going on Rob! ☺
I’m actually working on my new cookbook, Metabolic Cooking, that will be released in March 2011. I’m also working on a healthy BBQ cookbook, and a few top secret projects also!
No competition this year as work is the priority. As you know I am self employed and I need to focus on the right things.
However, I intend to travel quite a bit. I regularly travel to meet with other fitness experts in order to learn new things and offer product and service quality to my customer. And yes, there will be a epic Dave Ruel, Lee Hayward and Rob King trip very soon as we will meet in January in Florida! That should be fun as we are all old friends from Eastern Canada ☺
Dave thanks so much for your time, is there any words of wisdom you can give to people when it comes to Diet & Nutrition? Also how about hooking my loyal blog readers a deal ☺
Just always remember this simple equation:
DEDICATION + GOOD NUTRITION + HARD WORK = SUCCESS
We all have our own stories and I’m glad I can influence some of them. I consider myself very lucky to be able to help people who have the same interests I have, and when you asked me to hook up your readers with a deal, I couldn’t say no!
Dave THANK YOU For the awesome information!
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