If we had to give the beginning bodybuilder one piece of advice when it comes to proper nutrition, it would be this: Don’t overthink it. Keep it simple. You can drive yourself insane trying to calculate every nutrient ratio for every meal, every day of the week, with little to show for your efforts. Better to focus on the fundamentals, which is why we’ve boiled your initiation into bodybuilding nutrition down to 10 simple guidelines. Follow these rules habitually to the point that they’re second nature and all other diet minutiae will fall into place. You’ll undoubtedly learn more about nutrition in the coming months and years, but these basics will be more than sufficient in helping you build serious muscle right from the get-go.