What Does Natural Bodybuilding Really Mean?

We’ve all heard of “natural” bodybuilding, but what does it really mean? If you take some form of supplements or anything man-made or synthetic, does it already disqualify as “natural”? Tom Venuto, author of [thirstylink linkid=”3671″ linktext=”Burn The Fat Feed The Muscle Program” class=”thirstylink” title=”Burn The Fat Feed The Muscle Program”], clarifies this issue here.

Personally, I really resonate with going drug-free and consuming whole, unadulterated, unprocessed foods grown by Mother Nature herself. I just find that I have much more energy, vitality, mental clarity, emotional stability and Spiritual acuity whenever I follow a diet comprised mainly of living foods.  What I think is most important though is that ultimately YOU need to listen to your body and follow the practices that allow you to function at your optimal, highest level possible.

What Does Natural Bodybuilding Really Mean?

By Tom Venuto, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
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“Tom, could you tell me what supplements you take? I know that you aren’t really big on supplements, but I remember reading somewhere that you said you believe in a few basic supplements. I also read something on Jon Benson’s website where he said you are the most “natural” bodybuilder he knows and that you don’t even take aspirin. Is this true?”

“To tell you the truth, Tom, I do not believe it is possible to obtain 3% bodyfat with as much muscle as you have without drugs or at least supplements. And also, don’t you think that the term “natural bodybuilding” has been abused quite a lot everywhere? No one who uses it on the net is really natural. As natural would mean one eats only what appears in nature and does not ingest man-made stuff from bottles. Right?”


You’re 100% correct – the definition for “natural,” as you pointed out, is vague and open to an individual’s interpretation.

If you take creatine, does that mean you are no longer natural? After all, you can’t get that much creatine out of your food in its natural form (unless you eat half a cow!) Again, it depends on what “natural” means to you.

To me, the definition of a “natural” in the context of bodybuilding means no illegal drugs, prescription drugs or any substances that are banned in competition.

I also use the term “natural” in a different context when describing my food. Natural food is food that has not been “messed with” by human hands. If it grew on a tree, off a plant or out of the ground – it’s natural. If it walked, flew or swam (and wasn’t pumped full of chemicals) – it’s natural.

As for supplements, I use only a multi vitamin and an oil blend of essential fatty acids (or fish oil, although I prefer to just eat the fish). I’ve used creatine in the past with some results. I also use some protein powder almost every day (mainly because it’s convenient and I think vanilla protein powder mixed in with oatmeal and some cinnamon tastes good). I also use post workout drinks when I’m working on gaining muscle. That’s it. No other supplements… no drugs.

If you were to stay away from man-made drugs and man-made foods, that alone would take you a long way towards better health and a better body and you’d probably surprise yourself how far you could take your physique. Don’t underestimate what you can achieve naturally… why would you put limits on yourself like that?

If you don’t believe it’s possible to reach low single digit body fat without “fat burning” supplements or drugs, then you never will. As Dr. Wayne Dyer said in the book of the same title, “You’ll see it when you believe it.” Have you heard of “self-fulfilling prophecy?” How about the “placebo effect?” It’s a scientific fact that belief can change biology.

Even if you believe you can do it naturally, you’d better be willing to work for it. Sitting around visualizing, thinking positive and meditating on it won’t give you ripped abs or build one ounce of muscle.

Positive thinking + positive doing = results… not one or the other. With both, you can develop an amazing body 100% naturally, but it takes a lot of work!

Most people not only underestimate the amount of hard work and discipline it takes to reach extremes of low body fat and muscularity, they are downright kidding themselves at the amount of results they expect for the amount of work they put in… Then they complain that “It can’t be done without drugs.”

Most people have been so brainwashed by advertising for supplements and diet pills that they get frustrated and give up at the drop of a hat when they don’t have six pack abs “almost overnight” like the ads promised.

Forget about drugs and forget about so called fat loss supplements. A great body doesn’t come in a pill – never did and never will. Stay natural (drug free), eat as natural as possible and work your butt off. Pay your dues. Pay your dues!!!

If you’re willing to pay the price in hard work and discipline – and if you have the right information such as what I provide in [thirstylink linkid=”3671″ linktext=”Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle” class=”thirstylink” title=”Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle”] – then pick the body you want … pay the price… and take it, it’s yours.

Train hard and expect success,

Tom Venuto,
Fat loss coach
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Tom Venuto, author of Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle
Tom Venuto, author of Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle

About the Author:

Tom Venuto is a fat loss expert, lifetime natural (steroid-free) bodybuilder, independent nutrition researcher, freelance writer, and author of the #1 best selling diet e-book, [thirstylink linkid=”3671″ linktext=”Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle: Fat-Burning Secrets of The World’s Best Bodybuilders & Fitness Models (e-book) ” class=”thirstylink” title=”Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle: Fat-Burning Secrets of The World’s Best Bodybuilders & Fitness Models (e-book) “]which teaches you how to get lean without drugs or supplements using secrets of the world’s best bodybuilders and fitness models. If you’re interested in learning even more secrets of bodybuilders and fitness models, [thirstylink linkid=”3671” linktext=”visit the Burn The Fat website at: www.burnfatgainmuscle.info” class=”thirstylink”]


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Founder of Muscle4Hardgainers. Loves to experiment and teach others the best ways to reach their physical goals.

  1. i have been hitting the gym on and off with a very different kind of routine
    day 1: chest and back
    about 14 differnt excerises for the chest and about 4 somethimes 5 for the back
    day 2: bi’s tris’s and shoulders
    bi’s 6 tri’s 6 shoulders 6
    then just rotate to the beginging
    many people say i am doing it wronge but i have great results. i take no supplaments no protien no nothing right now i am deployed to afgan and have limted equipment but still making it work. i took a 8 month break from the gym and getting back in it now and i am just making massive gains

    1. If you’re having great results then keep doing it until you experience otherwise. Everyone is wired differently and sometimes it makes sense to listen to yourself first! Great job, and if you hit a plateau come back and see if you can get some info on how to start gaining again.


  2. I couldn’t agree with you more about taking the natural approach. It’s so much nicer, too, when you realize you’ve made all these gains without the help of external powers. If that ain’t fulfillment I don’t know what is 😉

  3. I believe that natural body building is possible. For me to go natural is to perform your training workouts without the aid of steroids or any other super pill you find in the market that will promise you a herculean body overnight.

    Discipline, determination, clean living and eating nutritious organic food will give a good result in body building.