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7 Transformational Nutrition Books Tailored For Bodybuilders

The food you eat fuels the training you do! Get on top of it with these amazing guides

We’ve often found that nutrition and physical training is separate. These books understand the importance of keeping the food and the training in sync. If your training is made more effective by what’s fueling it, then why not take a read of one of these books?
Our top pick is the Body Building Paleo Diet, so be sure to delve into that one first!

#1 Beyond Smoothies by Dan DeFigio

Beyond Smoothies by Dan DeFigio
Who suggested this book?
The Beyond Smoothies by Dan DeFigio was recommended by Dan DeFigio from GettingFit. You can find out more about Dan DeFigio here or read their book recommendation below.

Easy ways to use whey protein powder in your diet! Fruit smoothies and protein shakes can get old fast. Beyond Smoothies comes to the rescue, delivering easy ways you can utilize nature’s perfect protein that are far more interesting than boring fruit smoothie recipes!

Beyond Smoothies also uncovers the different types of whey protein, explains some of the many health benefits of using whey protein in your diet, and teaches you what kind of whey protein you should use.

Whether you’re looking to get more protein in your diet, improve your health, lose weight, or supplement your detox diet, Beyond Smoothies will make it easy to add delicious ways to use whey protein.

#2 Strength Training Nutrition 101 by Marc McLean

Strength Training Nutrition 101 by Marc McLean
Who suggested this book?
The Strength Training Nutrition 101 by Marc McLean was recommended by Daniel DeMoss from DumbBellsReview. You can find out more about Daniel DeMoss here or read their book recommendation below.

I often find most diet plans quite overwhelming. Things become complicated so much, and you simply get nowhere. But, this short read (just 150 pages) is a straightforward weight training diet. It is a masterplan for maximizing your exercise efforts by an experienced nutrition coach. Unlike many authors out there, McLean has not only talked about building muscles but also building muscles in a healthy way. You get the answer to all these questions “what to eat, when, what to avoid” in one place. Moreover, the author has also given practical and easy to follow tips about “how To Break Unhealthy Eating Habits.” In short, it is a complete package.

#3 The Ultimate Bodybuilding Cookbook by Kendall Lou Schmidt

The Ultimate Bodybuilding Cookbook by Kendall Lou Schmidt
Who suggested this book?
The The Ultimate Bodybuilding Cookbook by Kendall Lou Schmidt was recommended by Daniel DeMoss from DumbBellsReview. You can find out more about Daniel DeMoss here or read their book recommendation below.

Whenever I tried to find the meals for bodybuilding, I found difficult to follow, expensive and tedious diets on the internet. However, in this comprehensive cookbook, I came across relatively simple and practical recipes and customizable meal plans. Believe me; you don’t need fancy gadgets or hard-to-find ingredients for these tasty and useful bodybuilding meals. Moreover, these are result-driven meal plans. Every week, you will see noticeable progress that will keep you on track too.

#4 Body Transformation Meal Plan Design by Nick Mitchell

Body Transformation Meal Plan Design by Nick Mitchell
Who suggested this book?
The Body Transformation Meal Plan Design by Nick Mitchell was recommended by Nick Mitchell from Ultimate Performance Personal Training. You can find out more about Nick Mitchell here or read their book recommendation below.

Getting in incredible shape as a bodybuilder follows a very clear trifecta for success – the right exercise regime, optimal stress management and the correct diet.

Far and away the most challenging factor for most new bodybuilders is getting to grips with the diet, and yet paradoxically it is the simplest to establish.

So many people new to bodybuilding jump from one fad diet to the next, but the actual diet that is optimal for most people follows a few basic principles.

This book teaches the fundamental skills of nutrition and setting up a diet for long-term success, which apply across the board, whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, paleo, keto or anything else in between.

It provides a blueprint to be able to create your own diet with the tools and knowledge to understand the core principles of nutrition and how to construct a sustainable meal plan that works around your own specific preferences, lifestyle, eating habits and bodybuilding goals.

It takes you through the whole process of creating a body transformation diet and meal plan from calorie targets, macronutrients, meal planning and prep and creating your own recipes to get real results.

#5 Bodybuilding Paleo Diet by Mariana Correa

Bodybuilding Paleo Diet by Mariana Correa
Who suggested this book?
The Bodybuilding Paleo Diet by Mariana Correa was recommended by Cynthia Lopez Olson from Smart Healthy Living. You can find out more about Cynthia Lopez Olson here or read their book recommendation below.

As a holistic nutritionist and advocate of real, whole foods, I think this paleo diet book for bodybuilders is a wonderful tool. It is a simple approach to eating real foods while supporting your fitness goals, but also optimizing overall health with a nutrient-dense diet.

#6 The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson

The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson
Who suggested this book?
The The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson was recommended by Cynthia Lopez Olson from Smart Healthy Living. You can find out more about Cynthia Lopez Olson here or read their book recommendation below.

This is one of my all-time favorites for all athletes. While not bodybuilder specific, Sisson goes into all types of workout programs and outlines how to best support optimal health and fitness through diet. He’s a big advocate of the less is more approach with both fitness and nutrition, which I think can be a valuable tool for bodybuilders to consider.

#7 Franco Columbu’s Complete Book of Bodybuilding

Franco Columbu’s Complete Book of Bodybuilding
Who suggested this book?
The Franco Columbu’s Complete Book of Bodybuilding was recommended by Caleb Backe from CalebBacke. You can find out more about Caleb Backe here or read their book recommendation below.

This is a complete guide to bodybuilding by one of the all-time strongest and best bodybuilders. Franco Columbu goes in-depth into all the aspects of bodybuilding from nutrition, training, injuries, and even drugs.


Who contributed to this article?

Dan DeFigio from GettingFit

Daniel DeMoss from DumbBellsReview

Nick Mitchell from Ultimate Performance Personal Training

Cynthia Lopez Olson from Smart Healthy Living

Caleb Backe from CalebBacke

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