Muscle Chow

Muscle Chow by Gregg Avedon

If You Are a Bodybuilder and You Don’t Have This Book… Get It!

  • If you are a bodybuilder looking for quick and easy to make recipes to build muscle and burn fat, this book is for you.
  • If you are just somebody looking to eat healthy and needs quick and easy ideas in the kitchen that doesn’t involve being a sue chef, this book is for you.
  • If you want to pack on mass and burn fat but the whole nutrition thing has your stumped, this book is for you.
  • If you know you should eat but don’t know what to eat and even less how to cook it, this book is for you.
  • If you don’t have a lot of money to spend but need some ideas, this books is for you.

My Muscle Chow Story

Before I found this, I kinda went from website recipe to website recipe. Or to overly complicated cookbooks that were not for bodybuilders trying to get lean or build muscle. Greg Avedon nailed it with this and wrote to the married guy or single guy who can’t cook but wants to cook something in order to build muscle. It was so incredibly simple to follow. I am not a cook or chef by any means. My biggest accomplishment was grilled chicken and burgers. This is so stinking simple to use. It doesn’t have a ton of ingredients and you’ll find that many of the recipes use the same foundations. Meaning, less big trips to the store. Many of them are only 4 steps. They taste great and are low in fat and sodium. Perfect for that lean look.

It’s not that I didn’t know what to eat.  It’s not that I didn’t know how to cook it.  My main problem is similar to many of you.  I get too caught up in making this sport or lifestyle more complicated than it needs to be.  I want something easy to make, that tastes good that doesn’t take 60 minutes to do.  I don’t want a huge mess in the kitchen and I don’t want to be in the kitchen for 2 hours each time.  I don’t like to cook.

The biggest problem anybody will face when it comes to building muscle, burning fat and making the changes they need to enhance their body is all done thru nutrition.  And the biggest problem we all face, unless you are OCD or love to cook is that you don’t have too many ideas and cooking isn’t enjoyable.

Cooking Isn’t Enjoyable (to me and maybe to you)

I’m not a food person.  As Tom Venuto said in his Body Fat Solution, people he’s interviewed see food as fuel.  A way to get the energy necessary to live and workout.  But that’s it.  I see food as fuel.  I don’t like cooking or else I’d not have issues with eating often, eating enough and having plenty of cooking ideas.

My guess is that you don’t like to cook either!  You don’t like being in the kitchen for hours.  You have  few ideas but not nearly enough.

But if you do like to cook but just don’t know what to cook that fits into the category of healthy, this book will solve it for you.

It’s your guide to leanness and your guide to packing on muscle.  As much as that sounds crazy, it’s the only thing in 10 years that literally changed my life in the kitchen.

“Do you sit down to every meal with a calculator in hand?  No?  Me neither.  Any diet that requires more than basic counting skills is a diet that is way too complicated and will ultimately fail.” - Page 3 of Muscle Chow

A Small Sample:

The Key Lime Pie that I pulled out of Muscle Chow took hardly any effort to make and was arguably the healthiest dessert you could have given the circumstances.  Those circumstances being I love Key Lime Pie!  But it’s proof that cooking can be quick and easy.

There’s over 150 healthy recipes in Muscle Chow.  They are broken down into several categories.  It’s more than enough ideas to get you lean and muscular.  In fact, too many ideas is a bad thing.  It leads to indecision and in the bodybuilding world, too many choices means you can’t plan for your specific needs.

The real secret to meal planning is advanced planning.  Knowing what you will eat before you eat it.  Not tracking it after the fact and realizing at 9:00pm that you’ve missed your target by 1000 calories or ate too much.  Planning in advance is key and having easy to make meals that are geared towards your goals is what this book is about.

What Makes Muscle Chow Different?

It’s not just a cookbook.  It’s not a diet.  It’s easy to make healthy recipes that fit into a healthy lifestyle.  You can use it to burn fat, build muscle.  It’s not complicated.  It’s low in sodium which is a factor for some.  It’s lower in fats but higher in healthy fats.

If you don’t have Muscle Chow, go get it.  It’s a fantastic resource, well written and should be in your kitchen right now.  And you can pick it up at Amazon or Barnes and Nobles for under $20.00.

To Your Health,

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”

P.S. - I wish Muscle Chow was a sprial book as I’ve got 2 copies.  And both are coming apart at the seams because I use it that much.

Categories: Book Reviews, Natural Bodybuilding, Nutrition

  • Carlos

    Might be “Pain Covering” behavior. Maybe there lurks some Unfinished Business, Unresolved Issues.

  • Marc David

    Sure.. learning how to cook. But since then, the pressure to make meals and not just force myself to do them has vanished. I found something I can identify with that fits my “I dislike” cooking attitude. Certainly used to be unfishished business or unresolved issues. That was a gap. Nutrition is important but I can't live life with oatmeal, egg whites and chicken breasts! But I can't stand cooking nor difficult meals.

    Carlos.. you nailed it. And once I found something to connect me with making food easy to cook and helped me thru the pains of learning how to do it simply, I feel… relieved.

  • Mark Webb

    Is this book worthwhile for a vegetarian builder?

  • Marc David


    If you can eat eggs and dairy… then 70% of the recipes would still work. If you can't eat beef, turkey, eggs or dairy.. then it's not really going to be worthwhile. You'd have to do so much modifications you'd be a chef. It could be done but it may not be a venture you'd want to invest a lot of time doing.

    Really depends on your personal level of veganism.

  • kalll

    I am convinced that this book is for me, I am a bodybuilder that has intensive trainings everyday and still need to make some adjustments to my diet. I am also taking an anabolic steroid under medical supervision and I hope this book will help me find the right adjustments for muscle growth.

  • kalll

    I am convinced that this book is for me, I am a bodybuilder that has intensive trainings everyday and still need to make some adjustments to my diet. I am also taking an anabolic steroid under medical supervision and I hope this book will help me find the right adjustments for muscle growth.

  • Gregg

    Thanks Marc for the post! I poured so much of my time and effort into this book and it always is great to see when people use it as part of their program.

  • Radford B.

    Just got this book yesterday and have at least skimmed through the whole thing. As opposed to Marc, I *do* love cooking and spend a good bit of time coming up with my own recipes too. My critiques of Gregg’s book are as follows: if you already are comfortable & experienced cooking healthy, lean meals, some of these recipes will be redundant & are more common sense. Also, he indicates specific brands of ingredients (low sodium baking soda, low carb bread crumbs) that you may not be able to find exact matches for, so the nutritional info he lists may vary a bit. However, aside from that I found many recipe ideas that I’m excited to make and if you *aren’t* as experienced in the kitchen, this book will be great in that it’s simple, straightforward, and educates as well as providing recipes. Last night I already made the “Burger Bombs” and the Protein Mousse 1. The stuffed peppers turned out great, the mousse not so much, but I think that was in part operator error and I’m gonna try it one more time.