Is it true when bodybuilders say that 80% is in the diet & 20% is in the training?
well some say this but others say other things
i think perhaps 80/20 is too high on the diet side, but it is often exegerated to highlight a lot of peoples ignorance to the importance of diet in a bodybuilding lifestyle.
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No way is that true. It'll probably vary a little from person to person as to how important diet is. Diet and training are both important. But if it's 80% diet and 20% training then where does genetics, sleep, and all of those other factors fit in? People simplify some things too much.
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For professional bodybuilders this may be true, as at their level of development, what they put in their mouth prior to a show may mean the difference between first and second place. For the average person it's not. In order of importance I would assign genetics first, then training and then rest and diet. You can get big with bad training and diet if you have great genetics. You can also get big with good training and a bad diet. If you want to get ripped however, diet becomes equally as important as training, if not more so.