I am pretty set in my ways as far as the way that I prefer the athletes that I coach to eat. Doesnt mean I wont listen to something new, but I would have to be convinced... And in fact, because I dont have much contact with the "fitness" and bodybuilding world, sometimes take it for granted that most people would agree with me. I was surprised to get into a fairly heated "discussion" with a woman who considers herself something of a nutrition "expert" for fitness on another website. Debate here... Muscle Dog This exchange got me to wondering... how widespread are the ideas that I adhere to? Am I in the majority or the minority? Which camp most MMA guys fall into. IMO, there are 3 major diet camps when it comes to athletes... 1. This is the we train damn hard and dont put on bodyfat eating 3 double whoppers at BK, eat as much as we damn well want of whatever food we damn well want camp. 2. These are the guys who are not scared of fat, but try to eat "whole" and unprocessed foods. Many take cues from the "Paleo" crowd. Lots of eggs and meat. Lots of vegatables. Maybe make sure you get your salmon and Omega-3's, but not afraid of a slice of butter. Usually stay away from sugar and starchy and "processed" food. Try to emphasise veggies over fruit. 3. The food pyramid crowd. Fat is bad, plenty of complex carbs. Loves whole grain bread. Red meat in very small amounts, always buys the leanest cuts. Usually big chicken eaters. More likely to have orange juice for breakfast than milk, and its skim milk when they do drink it. I am pretty squarely in the #2 camp. I know a lot of successful athletes are in the #1 camp. Bodybuilders and "fitness" folks are often in the #3 camp. Women seem to be more likely to be in the #3 camp. I have run across a number of women, more than a few actually, who will tell you that they train so very hard, then tell you that they are eating egg whites with the yolks out to say within 1500 calories a day. This does not compute for me. But, back to the topic at hand, I am interersted in what the prevailing wisdom is in MMA. Burger King, Paleo, or Food Pyramid?