Jay Cutler holds a special place in bodybuilding history, having been the one and only man to dethrone eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman. In a recent YouTube video published on November 16, 2023, Cutler unearthed details about the ‘blood-type’ diet he used to seize ‘The King’s’ throne in 2006. In addition, he discussed red meat and diet motivation heading into the holiday season.
A bodybuilder’s bodybuilder, Jay Cutler dominated the IFBB Pro League throughout the 2000s. Despite taking runner-up to Coleman a handful of times at Mr. Olympia, Cutler never gave up on his dream of etching his name into the Sandow trophy. Against all odds, Cutler prevailed in 2006 to win the Mr. Olympia title and prevented Coleman from breaking the all-time wins record which he shares with Lee Haney.
Cutler and Coleman’s on-stage rivalry elevated the sport to new heights. However, Cutler added to his legacy in 2009 after becoming the first Mr. Olympia to win back his title. In his last appearance on the big stage, Cutler took sixth in 2013 but remains one of the most talked-about athletes of this generation. Shedding light on the biggest win of his career, Cutler took a break from training to traverse through some old memories.
Jay Cutler Talks 2006 ‘Blood-Type Diet,’ Adapting to Red Meat & Training Motivation Around Holidays
“In 2006, I did a blood type diet. Some of you guys are going to love this blood-type diet stuff. I did a blood-type diet.It kind of worked, believe it or not. I was able to eat, I was a red meat eater. That was adaptive, but they said I couldn’t eat eggs, which was really hard because I like eggs in the morning. So, I was trying to eat like chicken breast for breakfast which I can’t stand.”
“The things you do to be a bodybuilder and be the best in the world right? But, I did follow that blood-type diet, to be honest, I got leaner.You remember how big I was. I was 273 on stage and I didn’t use a diuretic that year even. No for the Olympia in ’06 when I won! That was the first year I did the blood-type diet. Yeah 273, 267 the night I won, so I lost a few pounds from prejudging on Friday,” said Jay Cutler.
Cutler Reveals 274 Lbs Was His Biggest Stage Weight, Discusses Red Meat Consumption
Cutler attributed the blood-type diet to a leaner and bigger physique at the time. As of late, Cutler stressed that he’s kept an eye on his red meat intake.
“Yeah I was huge. I was at my biggest weight, aside the Arnold, the Arnold was the same, like 274. Anyway… so breakfast, you know the chicken and rice, I do have some red meat in there. To be honest, I’m trying to stay away from the red meat as much as possible. I’m not eating as much red meat. I don’t know why. I just talked about my body being pretty adapted to it because of my blood type.”“I still think that eating heavy amounts of protein, especially as you get older, I think it can be a strain, especially when you’re not carrying the muscle. That’s the thing. Bodybuilders, we think that we’re still what we were and we’re still 260 and you guys see the crazy breakfast I eat, 100 grams of protein. I load up and that can probably carry me through the day if I wanted to. I’m still training. This week I’ve trained every day.”
With holidays abound Cutler underlined the importance of staying consistent with diets and training.
“Nutrition or the training aspect… but I think the main thing is consistency with what you do right? And that’s where you know, you have to stay on a regular program, not every day is going to be easy. Not every day is going to be exciting to go to the gym and work out or push through a certain workout or push down a certain meal and eat your egg whites in the morning or your protein shake.”
“You’re going to go to bed some nights and you’re going to feel like ‘Wow, I achieved so much.’ Other days you’re going to feel highly disappointed because you fell off track. We’re coming into the holiday season, coming into Thanksgiving and Christmas, this is where people – you know the New Year’s resolution people start getting their minds together but at the same time they keep blowing their diets on the family holidays and they have the excuse,” says Jay Cutler.
Most of all, Cutler urged everyone to enjoy the holidays without “indulging yourself to the extreme.”
“Moving into these holidays I want you guys to think about one thing. You don’t have to indulge yourself to the extreme. I know it’s a celebration everything else, but it shouldn’t be centered around food. It should be about spending time with family and respecting the holiday for what it is.”
Fresh off transforming his body for a ‘Fit-for-50’ challenge, Cutler continues to encourage the bodybuilding community. With regular podcasts breaking down the Men’s Open action of today, his insight into the sport is unlike anyone else.
Despite stepping away from the stage, Cutler remains one of the sharpest minds in bodybuilding, who continues to offer fans valuable and applicable advice for crafting quality physiques.