Paul Salter, MS, RD

Background

Paul Salter, MS, RD, CSCS is Bodybuilding.com's nutrition editor. Also known as The Nutrition Tactician, he has worked with elite youth, collegiate, professional, and Olympic athletes. Salter received his BS in dietetics from the University of Maryland and his MS in exercise and nutrition science from the University of Tampa.

Salter is a firm believer that nutrition plays an integral role in maximizing health, body composition, and performance. Standing a mere 5-foot-3 entering his junior year of high school, Paul tried every "get big" training program and method he could think of to keep up with his bigger, stronger peers. He found that nutrition had a major impact on his performance and has since been heavily involved in both bodybuilding and powerlifting.

Before joining Bodybuilding.com, Salter was a sports dietitian for IMG Academy, a boarding school for youth elite athletes and home to multiple professional and Olympic training programs. He has had the opportunity to work with Olympic gold medalists and professional athletes across all major sports.

Today, his passion is providing individuals with the tools and knowledge necessary to reach their respective goals, and to do so in a way that is easy to understand and simple to implement. Salter also works as a nutrition consultant for Renaissance Periodization.

Be sure to follow him on social media for nutrition education, tips, and more to become your best self!

Competitive Background

  • First place, Men's Bodybuilding Lightweight Novice Division and Overall Novice Champion, NGA Annapolis Cup
  • Third place, Men's Bodybuilding Lightweight Open Division, NPC East Coast Classic
  • Second place, Men's 83-kg class Sunshine State Games Powerlifting Meet (1134 lbs. total)

Links

Articles

  • 7 Supplements To Help You Thrive On The Keto Diet

    The first few weeks of ketogenic dieting can leave you feeling worse than a high-volume leg day if you're not prepared. Add these keto-friendly supplements to your stack to experience this diet's many benefits!

  • 3 Ways To Sneak Veggies Into Your Diet

    Stop making excuses to not eat your veggies! Sneak them into your day to reap their many health and performance benefits!

  • 8 Muscle-Building Fast-Food Options!

    When you're stuck with fast-food fare, don't use "bulking" as an excuse to eat like crap. We searched your favorite spots and found muscle-building options to support your macro and micro goals!

  • 7-Day Fall Meal Plan

    Stay fit and full this fall with these seasonal recipes you'll crave year round.

  • Your New Favorite Bedtime Protein Treat!

    For a nighttime treat, you can’t beat this high-protein, peanut butter pudding recipe!

  • 5 Foods You Didn't Know Were Keto-Friendly

    There's more to the ketogenic diet than butter, oil, and avocados. Expand your grocery list with these 5 keto-compatible foods!

  • 3 Protein Bar Recipes For Muscle Growth

    Protein bars are a great way to grab extra nutrients on the go. But did you know you can also use them to pump up your favorite recipes? Try these 3 sweet treats that feature our customer-top-rated protein bar!

  • Don't Let Flying Ruin Your Next Workout

    Traveling can complicate your normal workout routine, especially if you travel by plane. Discover how flying can wreak havoc on your next workout and what to do about it.

  • 2 Post-Workout Shake Mistakes And How To Fix Them!

    That big post-workout treat you just whipped up could be hurting your diet. Put the blender away and increase your diet success!

  • 6 Ways To Help Your Physique Survive The Semester

    The chaos of classes and a new daily routine can interrupt your fitness goals, but it doesn't have to make them take a sabbatical! Here's how you can keep up your lifting while you're preparing for the rest of your life.

  • 4 Big Mistakes Hardgainers Make In The Kitchen

    Sorry, bro; eating for muscle growth is far more complicated than just tossing another egg in the omelet or another chicken breast in the Tupperware. Stop making these 4 critical bulking mistakes!

  • 4 Reasons Your Body Needs Hydrolyzed Protein

    Protein hydrolysates, or hydrolyzed proteins, have been around for a while, but some lifters have questioned their efficacy. Here's what the science says, and 4 situations where hydrolysates can help you!

  • Ask The Nutrition Tactician: What's The Difference Between Simple And Complex Carbohydrates?

    Not all carbs are created equal! Learn how simple and complex carbs can affect your weight, health, and energy levels.

  • 4 Nighttime Nutrition Blunders Solved!

    Are your nocturnal food choices limiting your fitness gains? Here are 4 common late-night blunders and how to fix them!

  • 3 Ways Whey Protein Can Help You Lose Weight!

    Find out how whey protein can help you beat hunger and hit your goals!

  • 4 Handy Supplements For The Vegetarian Athlete

    Without a strategic approach to protein and nutrition, vegetarian athletes can find themselves at a disadvantage to meat eaters. These supplements can help level the playing field!

  • Ask The Nutrition Tactician: How Can I Make IIFYM As Healthy As Possible?

    An "if it fits your macros" nutrition plan may be the answer to your flexible-dieting dreams, but only if you do it right. Here's everything you need to know!

  • 5 Must-Read Rules Of Successful Meal Prep

    Meal prep doesn't have to be something you dread. Rather than making last minute grocery trips and guessing about the numbers, follow these 5 simple rules of successful meal prep!

  • Your Guide to Intra-Workout Carbohydrates

    Taking carbohydrates while training can help you exercise longer, work harder, and even get better results. Here's your guide to why, when, and how you should use carbs in a workout!

  • 5 Steps To Put The Joy Back Into Your Diet!

    Nutrition plateaus are common. If you think epic cheat meals are the only way you can stay sane, try these 5 ways to put joy back into your diet!

  • Supplements And Snacks For Paleo Dieters

    Protect your foundation of health and performance with these paleo-friendly supplements and snacks!

  • Train For Veins: 6 Ways To Boost Vascularity

    You're not a bodybuilder unless you have those pipe-like veins coursing through your body. Here's how to dial in your training, nutrition, and supplementation to be that guy.

  • 5 Ways Working The Night Shift Affects Your Health And Fitness

    Working the night shift can take a toll on your energy, health, and waistline. Find out how to tweak your nutrition to maximize your progress!

  • 5 Supplements For Ketogenic Dieters

    Adapting to a keto diet can be difficult, even when it's delicious. Here are 5 staple supplements to help maximize your adaptation and your progress in low-carb living!

  • Ask The Nutrition Tactician: What's The Difference Between Low-Carb And Keto?

    One diet is low-carb, the other is lower-carb. Is there anything else you need to know? You bet. Learn the differences, and decide which is better for you.

  • 4 Reasons Dairy Belongs In Your Nutrition Plan!

    If your daily doses of dairy mostly come in the form of a scoop in your shaker bottle, you're missing out on some serious benefits. Here's why you should head into your grocery store's cooler and stock up!

  • Think Theanine For Brain Gains!

    Nootropics are all the rage, but which ones actually work? This nutrient found in green tea offers a wide variety of cognitive benefits to take your mental performance to the next level!

  • 7 Foods With A Bad Rap That Are Actually Good For You

    Some foods get wrongly accused of all kinds of mayhem. These 7 choices often get a bad rap, but they're surprisingly healthy once you look at the research!

  • 5 Mistakes Keeping You From Your Resolutions

    Make this year's resolution stick by avoiding the most common New Year mistakes!

  • Ask The Nutrition Tactician: How Often Should I Weigh Myself?

    Believe it or not, how often you step on the scale can have a measureable effect on your weight-loss efforts. Here's what you need to know!

  • Slow Down Your Eating To Speed Up Your Fat Loss

    Are your meals slow and savored or fast and furious? When it comes to fat loss, the answer may be more important than you think.

  • Is Peanut Butter Healthy?

    Before you make your next sandwich, get the facts about the nutritional profile of this popular nut butter!

  • 10 Foods Proven To Fuel Your Muscles

    Find out which nutrients you need to boost performance and recovery!

  • Don't Throw Away That Egg Yolk!

    Here's what you need to know about using yolks to get yoked.

  • How To Have A Fit Vacation And Dessert, Too

    Dieting and vacation are two words that don't often go together. But if you master these 4 simple behaviors, you'll maximize your fun while keeping your nutrition on track!

  • What's The Difference Between Whey And Casein Protein?

    What's The Difference Between Whey And Casein Protein?

  • A Beginner's Guide To Healthy Fat Loss

    You're ready to lose weight, but overwhelmed by complicated diet plans. Learn how to achieve your goals by focusing on what's absolutely necessary!

  • 4 Simple Supplements For Vegetarians

    Don't wait until you're deficient in an important nutrient to start looking for answers. Boost the power of your vegetarian diet with these simple supplements!

  • The Simplest Weight-Loss Diet Ever!

    If you're looking to lose weight without the stress, this article is for you!

  • Ask The Nutrition Tactician: How Does Alcohol Affect Muscle Growth?

    What effect does alcohol have on your physique? Here's the latest research on the negative impact alcohol can have on your hard-earned muscle gains.

  • 5 Tips To Reduce Your Risk Of Foodborne Illness

    Could your food-prep and cooking methods put you at risk for diarrhea, fever, and more? Find out how to defeat many common foodborne illnesses in your kitchen.

  • 4 Physique-Friendly Pizza Recipes

    Pizza lovers, rejoice! No matter your fitness goals, one of these 4 DIY pizza recipes is sure to fit your macros!

  • How To Lose Weight And Keep It Off!

    You just completed a Transformation Challenge and achieved your best self. Congratulations! Here's how to maintain your hard-earned physique.

  • Performix Ripped Remix: Nutrition And Supplements

    You've got a month of hard work ahead of you. Don't leave your recovery and performance up to chance with shoddy nutrition! Here's your complete plan to fuel yourself through Ripped Remix.

  • 6 Dairy-Free Smoothie Recipes

    Next time you're in the dairy aisle, pay close attention, because there's more than moo juice available. Here's what you need to know to get the most out of the wide world of nondairy milks!

  • 3 Cooking Benefits Of Coconut Oil

    By now, you've no doubt heard that coconut oil is a worthy addition to your cupboard. But what to do with it? Here's where to start!

  • 5 Supplements To Keep On Your Kitchen Counter

    Supplements can help you get specific nutrients in spades, and they aren't just for shaking and taking. These 5 supps are great for baking, mixing, and so much more!

  • 5 Must-Try BCAA Summer Mocktails!

    Your summer menu isn't complete without one of these cold, delicious drinks served over ice in a glass (or shaker bottle). Doll up your aminos with fresh fruit and herbs, and prepare to have your mind blown!

  • 5 Delicious No-Bake, No-Bottle Protein Treats

    Protein powder isn't just for shakes and pancakes anymore. Here are 5 simple recipes you can use right now to get more protein any time of day!

  • The 3 R's Of Recovery Nutrition

    Regardless of your training style, you'll benefit from a sound, systematic approach to post-workout nutrition. Follow the 3 R's of recovery to build yourself back up after your training breaks you down!

  • 6 Monster Shakes For XXL dudes

    Leave your smaller, former self behind with hard training and these 6 simple, delicious shakes! Think you can train hard enough to earn them?

  • 8 Fat-Loss-Friendly Fast-Food Options

    You're in a pinch and only have big chain restaurants to choose from. What are you going to do? We looked at 4 popular restaurants and found the best meal options for weight loss!

  • Mark Lost 130 Pounds On A College-Student's Budget

    Overweight and bullied, Mark began eating nothing but fruit and vegetables in order to lose weight. Hungry for more, he hit the weights to achieve his dream body.

  • Your Complete Guide To IIFYM

    Flexible dieting, or "if it fits your macros," has its critics and plenty of diehard fans. But is it right for you? Here's everything you need to know, and some numbers to get you started!

  • 12 Keys To Building Muscle In The Kitchen

    It's easy to put on mass if you don't mind the pudge. Putting on muscle without the lard requires a more exacting approach. This guide points you in the right direction.

  • Are You Ruining Meat's Health Benefits By How You Cook It?

    Meat is a protein-packed powerhouse, but you may be short-changing yourself when you prepare it. Don't let the cooking process rob you of your physique goals!

  • 5 Essentials For Your Transformation Toolbox!

    Stuck in a rut and not making progress in your fat-loss or weight-gain efforts? You may be overlooking these five powerful components of long-term success.

  • Spice Up Your Health With Cinnamon

    Cinnamon is more than a popular holiday flavor; it may actually play an important role in regulating blood sugar. Learn more about how and why to use cinnamon to spice up your health!

  • 4 Reasons Grass-Fed Beef May Be Worth Your Buck

    Are you wasting your money on grass-fed meat, or is this premium beef worth the extra buck? Discover the nutritional benefits of grass-fed beef here!

  • 4 Tips For Weight Loss Without Counting Macros

    Stuck in a weight-loss rut, but tracking macros isn't your thing? Include these 4 strategies to keep the weight falling off without lugging the scale around!

  • 4 Tips For Sticking To Your Diet When Dining Out

    Don't surrender your social life in an effort to eat clean. Learn how to navigate restaurant menus and stay on your diet while eating out!

  • Ask The Nutrition Tactician: What's The Difference Between A Refeed And A Cheat Day?

    Many people use the terms "cheat" and "refeed" interchangeably. They shouldn't! There's a different reasoning behind each, and doing either one wrong can set you back in your goals!

  • 3 High-Protein Breakfasts On the Go

    There's no excuse for not grabbing a quick bite before you begin the day, especially when you can take one of these protein-rich treats with you!

  • Is Alcohol Wreaking Havoc On Your Physique?

    Does alcohol inhibit fat loss? Is there some truth to the dreaded "beer belly?" Find out if alcohol is keeping you from your dream physique.

  • Time Your Carbs Perfectly To Crush Your Goals

    Not sure how many carbs you should eat before and after your workout? Synch the answer to your schedule with this complete guide to carb types and timing!

  • The Do's And Don'ts Of Holiday Treats

    An all-or-nothing approach to seasonal treats rarely works, and when it does, it's not fun. Here's how to make moderation work while everyone else is going to extremes!