Paul Salter, MS, RD

Background

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

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

  • Your 4-Step Nutritional Gainz Plan

    A normal approach to nutrition will leave you under fueled to maximize muscle growth during this high-volume blitz of a workout. Fortunately, Anthony LaVigne shows how to get all the energy and nutrients you need for some major gains!

  • IIFYM Vs. Keto Vs. WTF?!

    Educate yourself on today's popular diets to make sure that you're thinning your waistline and not your wallet!

  • What the Hell Is the Difference Between a Sweet Potato and Yam, Anyway?

    People confuse the two a lot, but there are some very interesting differences on both the inside and the outside of these two root vegetables.

  • 4 Super-Quick, Energy-Packed, Pre-Workout Food Combos!

    No matter your goal, your workout won't go anywhere without proper nutrition. Dymatize athlete and NPC competitor Mike Hildebrandt and I offer four super-fast, super-easy food combos to maximize every workout!

  • Updated Nutrition Labels Help Consumers Make Better Choices

    Several months ago, the FDA nutrition label required on every packaged food product got its first makeover in 20-plus years. Check out its bigger, bolder, and smarter physique!

  • Garrett Started Training with A Purpose and Got Huge!

    Training "just because" and being unable to train for 3 months don't usually lead to monster size. But this combination fueled Garrett's desire to get big. And he did.

  • The Truth About Your Post-Workout Carbfest

    Nothing like some well-earned carbs after a workout, right? Pretzels, cookies, a cold soda: You need them all right now to kick-start recovery ... right? Alas, it's not that simple.

  • Retain Muscle Mass As You Age

    One natural consequence of aging is the slow-but-sure loss of muscle mass. You can't stop aging, but you can slow it down a bit by making this one simple change in your diet.

  • 4 Strategies To Boost Your Metabolism!

    The wrong kinds of training and nutrition strategies can slow your metabolism. Here's how to shift it into high gear!

  • Is It Time To Stop Dieting?

    If you feel as if you've been "dieting" for years with little to show for your efforts, this article is for you!

  • It's Your Cheat Meal, So Cheat Already!

    You've got one chance every week to really load up on calories, so don't be shy. Once a week, your path to bulking up should lead you to all kinds of tasty items you don't even dare glance at the rest of the week.

  • What Are Good Carbs?

    Not all carbs are created equal, but most have a time and a place in your diet. Learn the difference!

  • 5 Foods That Will Crush Your Hunger

    Hunger got the best of you? Add these healthy foods to your diet to keep your appetite in check!

  • Is "Calories In, Calories Out": A Weight-Loss Myth Or The Truth?

    There's more to weight loss than the old adage "Eat less, move more." Learn the ins and outs of weight management so you're better prepared to create and stick to a successful plan!

  • Use Carbs To Fuel Your CrossFit Workouts

    If you're a CrossFit athlete looking to improve performance, you should consider banishing "low-carb" from your vocab. Here's why!

  • Reasons Women Should Eat More Fat

    There are some real differences between the sexes when it comes to energy sources: Women's bodies prefer fats, and men's like carbs. Improve your performance and physique by eating more of this delicious macro!

  • The 5 Most Popular Diets: What's Good, What's Bad?

    These days, it seems like there's a new diet for every letter of the alphabet. We pulled five of the most popular ones out of the mix to give you the pros and cons—and the bottom line—for each!

  • 3 Reasons You Always Feel Hungry

    If your stomach starts yelling at you as soon as you finish a meal, you may be making one or more of these common nutrition mistakes!

  • Fitness Freaks: Know Thy Protein!

    Not all protein is created equal. Learn how to sort the lean from the lardy!

  • Tamer Started With Small Steps, Then Stepped On Stage!

    Tamer got fed up with being overweight and feeling low all the time. He took action one workout at a time, then turned things up and got serious about competition!

  • Stop Fussing Over That Darn Scale!

    Don't let a clunky piece of metal misguide your dieting efforts and steer you down a path of unnecessary stress!

  • 3 Post-Workout Nutrition Rules You Can Probably Break

    There's a never-ending list of post-workout rules regarding what you need to eat and when you need to eat it. But sometimes, breaking these rules might work out better for you.

  • Doing Two-A-Days? Here's How To Bump Up Your Nutrition

    When you're training twice a day, you need to be smart about what you eat and when you eat (and drink) it. Learn how to fuel your body to crush both workouts!

  • How To Build Muscle By Eating Insect Protein

    Caterpillars, crickets, and ants; oh my! These little protein- and nutrient-packed morsels can help you build muscle, recover from workouts, and burn fat. So, what are you waiting for?

  • Ask The Nutrition Tactician: Should I Eat Before Bed?

    A late-night snack can help you build muscle while you sleep. Just make sure it's the right kind of snack.

  • How To Train For Fat Loss First Thing In The Morning!

    Stop skipping breakfast in hopes of enhancing fat loss before your morning workout. Use these two pre-workout meal strategies to lose weight the right way!

  • How To Crush Your Workouts On A Ketogenic Diet

    Plenty of people find that cutting out carbs feels fine...until the reps begin to pile up. Learn how to fuel up while keeping keto, so you can continue to crush your workouts!

  • The Priority Pyramid Of Ketogenic Dieting

    If going ketogenic is in your future, you need a plan. Here's the food pyramid that will help you survive—and thrive—on a keto diet!

  • Sick And Tired of Dieting? Try This New Approach for 2017

    Most diets are so 20th century. Join the modern world by creating sound nutrition plans that align what you eat with your goals, taste preferences, and schedule!

  • The 4 Obstacles Every Dieter Must Overcome To Succeed

    How you handle obstacles during the first few weeks of a diet can often determine whether you succeed or fail. If you know what to expect, you won't be blindsided.

  • The 5 Keys To A Rock-Solid Vegetarian Diet

    There's a lot more to following a healthy vegetarian diet than just "eating vegetables." Without that big hunk of meat on your plate, you need to put some basic building blocks in place to get all the nutrients you need.

  • 4 Must-Have Supplements For Under $75!

    Break your old PRs without breaking the bank with these budget-friendly, research-backed supplements!

  • Drink Green Tea to Ignite Winter Weight Loss

    Drink hot chocolate; gain weight. Drink green tea; lose weight. Not much of a choice if you want to shed pounds. Mix resistance training into the brew, and you're on your way to some serious cold-weather fat burning!

  • 3 Saturated-Fat Sources You Should Eat More Of

    Are you still avoiding saturated fat? Times have changed, and so has the position this macro holds in the modern diet.

  • 3 Fatty Foods You're Free To Love!

    Some foods earn a bad reputation they don't deserve. These three foods are fatty, but in a good way!

  • Enjoy Macro-Friendly Fast Food Without Dining Out!

    Stop blaming your fast-food habit on a lack of time. Keep the right ingredients on hand, and you can dish up more nutritious foods quickly and in the comfort of your own home!

  • Are BCAAs Or Whey Protein Better During Training?

    Should you drink BCAAs or whey protein during your workouts? Research suggests a favorite may have emerged!

  • 3 Ways To Search And Destroy Unwanted Calories

    To successfully lose weight, you need an airtight meal plan that doesn't let calories slip through the cracks. Make these 3 changes to your daily diet, and get rid of uncounted calories!

  • Beta-Glucans: The Healthiest Fiber You Can Consume

    Improve your energy, your health, and your weight loss by adding this fiber to your diet!

  • The Best Mass-Building Food For Under $10!

    Is your mass-building plan taxing your jaw and thinning your wallet? For just $10 a week, you can add quality mass with this common food!

  • RSP Triple Threat: Nutrition Overview

    Triple Threat can be either a top-notch muscle-building plan or a straight-up burner of a fat-loss program. The difference is the approach you take in the kitchen! Here's how to gear this plan for multiple goals.

  • A Dieter's Guide To Building Salads

    Salads are supposed to be your best friend when you're on a diet. But there are definitely ways to get this staple dish wrong. Master these four salad-building rules to keep your salad on your side!

  • How To Fuel Your Body Like A High-Performance Machine

    Many cars these days are designed to run on low-octane gas. But just like a car, your body runs better when you give it superior fuel. Choose the best proteins, carbs, and fats, and get your body humming!

  • Crush Your Hunger Pangs With One Healthy Drink!

    This caffeinated concoction will pick you up in no time and keep hunger on the back burner for hours to come.

  • What To Eat Before Your Morning Workout

    The quality of your morning workout depends on what you eat before hitting the gym. Here's what to choose—and what to avoid!

  • The Perfect Omelet Anyone Can Make!

    Looking for an approach that allows you to make multiple meals at once with minimal clean-up? Try the omelet in a bag!

  • Paleo For The Hard-Training Athlete!

    Fueling for a tough workout is hard enough. But when you add in paleo restrictions to your energy-providing carb selection, things can get complicated fast. Here's how to bend Paleo rules for maximal performance!

  • How To Stick To The Last Few Weeks Of Your Diet

    The last few weeks of a diet are make or break. Here's how to avoid those cravings and finish strong!

  • 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!