The overwhelming consensus was actually four things.
To the credit of everyone that posted in that thread, those
So how does one remedy these four problems, instead of avoiding them, or not making time for them?
Let's simplify some shit shall we?
I read from one assclown that he didn't trust my dieting advice because he had never seen me shredded.
Why the fuck, would I need to get shredded right now? I train for strength and performance. To me the term shredded means walking onto a bodybuilding stage in super low bodyfat, weaker than Iggy Pop after 10 days of zero carbs and dehydration. I do like to generally lean up a little more during the warm months, and eat a little more during the cold ones. This summer in particular I wanted to lean up but I spent more than a month fucking around with 2 diets that did not work for me (IF and carb backloading). But I generally try to keep the bodyfat in check all year. I adhere to my own 15% bodyfat rule. Don't exceed. There is really no need to.
|Look how fat I am|
As far as dieting goes, it is without a doubt one is the most confusing aspects of the training paradigm. I'm not sure why. Eating boils down to some time tested rules that work, which are namely calories in and calories out. Some will try to argue this, but I don't give a shit. Weight Watchers has about eleventy billion former fat people that all prove that's all it is. Bodybuilding has about eleventy billion big people that prove the other scale. I don't care what your scientific study says. So let's make this simple. If you want to lose fat, you have to be in a calorie deficit. If you are after more mass, you need a surplus. Easy enough.
The biggest problem is that people don't realize if you are going to eat a certain kind of way, preparation and planning goes with it. Consistency goes out of the window when you don't prepare, and you don't plan.
Most guys and gals don't just walk into the gym and decide right then and there they are going to wing the whole workout; though that does happen and is ok on a now and again basis. So why would you treat your diet any different? Especially when from a how you look and feel perspective, it's probably the biggest factor.
One of the reasons that people struggle with "dieting" so much is because there are so many options, and so many articles about different kinds of diets and all of them have "evidence" that one is better than the other, and that "this one is the only healthy diet, the others are bad!"
South Beach Mountain Dog Keto Carb-Cycling with low fat Ketogenic Diet
Let's keep this simple and eliminate some confusion.
- Eat clean foods. This is easy. You know what this means, stop frontin' like you don't.
- Eggs, Chicken, Fish, Turkey, Lean Red Meat (sirloin, flank), a Whey Isolate
- All veggies
- Solid complex carbs like sweet potatoes, oatmeal, and brown rice and of course fruit
- Some good fats through nuts and/or an oil.
- 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight is FINE. I've done up to 2+ grams per pound, couldn't tell any difference. In fact, Kiefer wrote an article on the studies that show that protein mega dosing doesn't offer any benefit that 1 gram per pound of body weight doesn't offer. So protein requirement is an easy solution. 1 gram per 1 pound of bodyweight. Whether you are dieting to lose or gain, just stick with that.
- Eat carbs. I hate this whole fucking ultra retarded carb hate that is going on right now. Carbs are KING when it comes to building strength and mass. You will not get big and strong without them. If you don't believe me, carb deplete or do some keto and watch what happens. Even after you cross over into the metabolic change for that style of diet and you adjust to it, you can add carbs back in and your strength will skyrocket again. You can also get lean while eating carbs, and not feel like shit the whole time. You just have to limit them to clean sources, as listed above, and not go overboard on quantity. That means you're dieting.....you can't eat 14 baked potatoes. Also, my friend Patrick Hackley had a great little post about dieting and one of the things he wrote about carbs was "you don't fill up your car everytime you drive around the block." This is a great way to look at eating carbs. Eat enough to meet your energy needs for training, then either plus or minus some, based on what you want to do from a body composition standpoint.
- If you want to do some simple carb cycling, what I do is this. On non training days I just eat a ton of veggies all day. If I feel "flat" I will have a jar of baby food sweet potatoes at lunch, and then see how I feel. It's only like, 25-29 grams of low GI carbs. On training days, I have 2 jars of sweet taters with my lunch, or a cup of brown rice. With my post training meal I will do the same. That's easy. If I feel REALLY flat on a training day, at lunch I will use a cup of jasmine rice instead, which is a type of delicious white rice.
- Eat all the veggies you want and can. Almost every meal should be loaded up with vegetables. If you don't like them, fuck you. Eat them anyway. There is no compromise here.
- Eat a small handful of nuts or a tablespoon of peanut butter with 2 meals a day. That is enough for good fats. If you don't like peanut butter....kill yourself.
- If you want to lose fat, calories should be bodyweight x 10-12 (12 on training days, 10 on non training days). If you want to gain, bodyweight x 16-20. If you tend to gain weight more easily, stay on the 16 side. If you're a skinny little bastard, go to 20. If you're an extra skinny little bastard go to 20+ and dirty it up a bit. But do it POST clean eating. Or, simply add a shake after every meal. This work well too.
None of this is hard to follow, and it's time tested and proven to work for 99.9999% of the population.
Diet Prep -
The main reason most people have trouble with their diet consistency is because they do ZERO diet prep. In other words, you don't cook and prepare your meals, so then you get to lunch or dinner or whatever, and you have no plan. So you just "do whatever". Then you keep doing whatever, until you're just eating like shit again. Sound familiar?
Take these steps and save yourself the confusion.
Weight loss - bodyweight x 10-12
Weight gain - bodyweight x 16-20
1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight.
Eat all the veggies you can
Get in some good fats twice a day
Fill the rest with carbs from good carb sources
After you figure out your marcos, write out an ACTUAL MEAL PLAN based on those macros. After you write your meal plan out, cook your shit. Put it in tupperware containers for the week, and don't deviate from it. Again, if you know that you need to be better about consistency in your diet, then put in the work and planning to make that happen.
Stop worrying about Ketogeneic Mountain Dogs on South Beach and just stick with solid quality foods, adjust calories based on need, and do your planning and prep work. Take your diet prep and planning as serious as you take your training and masturbation. That's it, that's all.
I understand the lack of sleep issue very well. As a lifetime insomniac, I know all about the nights where you get in bed and your mind simply will not shut off enough for you to relax, and drift into dreams about a threesome with Adrinna Lima and Kate Beckinsale.
|I'll take one of you......|
Sleeping, like eating, takes some planning. One of the reasons I think some guys struggle with sleeping now, is because pre-workout stims have become such a big thing. Guys are drinking liquid meth at 6 o'clock at night, lifting (which also jacks you up), and then wonder why the hell they can't to sleep and are up all night.
Should be pretty obvious.
I don't take pre-workout stims on the norm. Every once in a while I will down a low-carb Monster but usually it's a cup of coffee and a good warm up (which btw could have been the #5 problem on the list).
|....annnnd one of you, thanks.|
ZMA has been a really good supplement for helping me to relax in the evenings. Especially after a really brutal workout, which tend to amp most of us up for hours afterwards. I have also found that not eating too much in my evening meal helps a lot, as I can take ZMA or Lunesta or Melatonin on an empty stomach and they work about 100000 times better that way. Lunesta is a Rx drug btw, so if your insomnia is really bad you'll need to go see your doctor about getting some. It works fabulously however.
If you wanted me to give you my schedule that has worked for me for a while now, here it is......
- Get my last FOOD meal in by 7:30. This has been constant for a while now.
- Take sleep aid at 9:30 on an empty stomach with ZMA. If no sleep aid was taken, it means I'm having sex. I generally try to finish up by 11, but no later than midnight.
- If sleep aid was taken, shake and peanut butter at 9:45.
- Read or write for a while.
- Get in bed by 10:15.
- If I'm still awake at 11, masturbate quietly. I almost never jack it. So this has to be a special occasion. If I wake Tiff she will want to do it. Then I'm up until 1. Operation Get-a-good-nights sleep status -- failed.
- If I'm still awake after either sex or a jacking it, I get up. One thing I have found is, that if your mind won't turn off to allow you to relax, staying in bed is one of the worst things you can do. I go read or watch a TV show I've seen before. But I don't let my mind carry me from place to place while I lay there in the dark.
In Part 2 I will go over Conditioning and Mobility.