This thread reminds me of almost every online conversation about diet, workout, and bodybuilding over the last 15 years (starting with news groups -- remember those?).
Some of my rules of thumb:
o Beware anyone who projects their own experience too strongly. They use the first person almost elusively ("I believe" "I think" "As far as I'm concerned" me me me me). These people feel that "what works for them, must obviously work for everyone else", cause, well gosh -- why isn't everyone just like them, after all? If you're a big fanboy of such a person, by all means worship the ground they walk on, but for all others, consider the source.
o Beware of people who use the phrase "I heard that..." too frequently. These folks typically skim the surface of information, settling on the most easily remembered headlines, which are often the most sensational, and the most whacked.
o Beware of people who use the words "always" and "never" too many times. Especially if they yell them in upper case. These folks are often absolutist types, and believe in black and white rules. In the 1930's we learned that the world behaves probabilistically, down to its very core components. It hasn't changed since, to say nothing of the unpredictability and variety of humans.
The real answers to bodybuilding, workout, and diet questions are always lying somewhere in between all the opinions. If it was easy, we'd all be built and ripped.
Oh, and I do love how the end game of heated bodybuilding arguments always get to the "but dude, you're bod is lame compared to his, so WTF!"
So much more fun than heated political discussions that always end with trying to figure out who is the most like Hitler.
PS The alert reader should also analyze this very post to figure out how much credit my opinions merit as well.
PPS As to the poor OP's question, I don't have anything valuable to add. I'm just in a scrumming mood.
PPPS Skiing: I recommend asking your question in a new thread. I think it will get buried here, and there's probably a number of guys interested in that topic (despite the predictable and loud-mouthed "vegetarians are stupid" crowd).