When I asked him how he ate in order to get into the lean condition he did for his AAU raw meet back in 94 he told me something very interesting.
"I did the "every other" diet." he said.
"The every other diet?" I asked, befuddled.
"Yeah, so I would eat something clean one meal, then something you know, not so clean the next meal. Then something clean, etc."
"And that's got you that lean?" I said. Kirk competed that year in the 242 class looking the best he ever had.
"Yeah" he said. "Well, you have to remember at the time, I was working a very physically active job. When I ate clean every meal I lost too much weight. When I ate clean and then threw in some extra calories to cover my physical needs, it seemed to work out just right."
|Kirk knows a thing or two about training and eating|
I've been meaning to write about this "diet" for some time because I thought it was so interesting.
Kirk, regardless of how crazy he is (and he's crazy as fuck, trust me), was and is really smart about these kinds of things. You know, diet, training, managing all the facets involved in what made him great (besides being born a mutant).
Kirk's "plan" was nothing more than energy in vs energy out. Nevermind that people will tell you that not all calories are the same and blah blah blah. Kirk lost too much weight when he ate clean. So he added more calories back in via "dirtier" foods and presto magic, he leaned out at just the right pace, yet still had enough energy to train and get stronger.
When I went to write it, however, the words that Kirk used kept ringing in my ears.
"Clean one meal, dirty the next".
Clean vs Dirty - Shitting on diet gurus until the cows come home
Before I could write this out, I had to address this whole "clean" and "dirty" foods business because well, I've seen several well known diet "gurus" say "there is no such thing as clean or dirty foods".
O Rly? That's where we are at now?
That we're either too fucking stupid or too paralyzed by information to draw some very simple lines as to what clean and dirty foods are?
We don't know what "junk food" is anymore?
|Can tell you what junk food is, while diet guru cannot|
I mean, the common god damn house wife with a couple of ankle biters can tell you what junk food is, but Mr. Diet Guru can't? Well what good are you then?
If you can't even discern between what is a healthy (clean) food, and what is junk (dirty) food, how smart are you really? You're really not. You're just a mental masturbation specialist that fancies himself smarter than he really is. And that's it.
There are eleventy billion diet guru's out there debating on what the fuck "clean" and "dirty" foods are. Last week I even read from one certified assclown about how you shouldn't eat fruit (really? we're at a point where fruit is up for god damn debate?) or drink milk, or how wheat poisons you.
POISON I TELL YOU!
I know every time I am served a fucking bowl of Oatmeal at a place, I sneer at the waitress and wonder why the fuck she would bring me a bowl of hot death. My guess is, it wasn't bubonic plague that wiped out most of Europe in the middle ages.....it was mother fuckin porridge!
|The real "black death"|
If you are a dietary mental masturbator when it comes to diet shit and have no idea what is true or not, please do yourself a favor and look up my guy Michael Israetel at Renaissance Periodization (that's a link to click BTW).
Dr. Michael Israetel has a PhD in Sport Physiology, and has taught graduate sports nutrition and been the head sport nutrition consultant to the ETSU Olympic Training Site.
Dr. Israetel would define DIRTY foods as.......
"Dirty" foods are those which contain: 1.) very high quantities of unhealthy fats (many animal products such as bacon, sausage, etc...), which are both seemingly bad for health and bad for adiposity (fat stores).
2.) Very high amounts of highly glycemic, processed carbs, which spike insulin and also lead to poor health and body composition outcomes. Eating these in the workout window promotes muscle growth. Eating them outside of it likely promotes fat deposition. Examples: poptarts, full-sugar sodas, fruit juices, white breads...
3.) Foods which COMBINE high levels of unhealthy (vs. healty) saturated fats and glycemic carbs. Examples: almost ALL known "cheat foods" (cheesecake, pizza, cheeseburgers, shakes, fries...)
4.) Foods that contain trans-fats (fast foods and some store-bought baked goods), which cause muscle loss and fat growth, and are very bad for health.
Eating lots of these foods has been shown, repeatedly, to be slightly worse for health and body comp than eating the same calories in mostly clean foods (low GI carbs like whole grains, healthy fats like nut butters, lean proteins...). The difference (once calories are equated) is not MASSIVE, but it's meaningful, ESPECIALLY for competitive athletes. Your mom can have a piece of cheesecake and be ok, but if you want to look your best onstage, you should probably abstain.
So to all of you who say "who is to say what's clean and what is dirty?" that is a big fuck you, to you. At least in regards as how to define what "dirty" can be.
Where the confusion comes in, it appears, is when someone tries to define what "clean" means. Someone will say anything processed at all isn't "clean". Or that anything with oats or wheat isn't "clean" (I'm still having trouble getting my head around that).
So again, I'll defer back to Mr. PhD so he can shed some light on what he believes "clean" foods are........
I would say that clean foods are ones that contain low glycemic carbs, more fiber, and low (or zero) levels of saturated fats and trans fats. So... the OPPOSITE of dirty foods.
And just to reiterate, this is a MINOR point... whether or not you eat dirty or clean is not a huge deal, as long as you calories, macros, and timing are in order. BUT if you're looking for that last 5% of difference, it pays to watch your food composition as well... so I have no problem with regular people eating junk on occasion, but I really wonder when people do "flexible dieting" for a BBing contest.
Correct. Now, IIFYM also misses nutrient timing, which is even more important than "clean" vs. "dirty."
Tell me more my friend..........
Cause IIFYM doesn't really make allowances for timing. BUT this will be debated by some people who follow IIFYM because they themselves DO incorporate timing, but other IIFYM people don't.
So what you're saying is, if you follow the IIFYM protocol then it really behooves you to also include nutrient timing into the macros as well?
For example I had a student ask me what's wrong with her bbing diet and why she's not losing weight fast enough. Turns out she was eating ALL clean foods but like 2x what she needed to lose fat!!! So she thought eating clean was some magical thing, but she forgot that calories are even more important much more.
So in closing........IIFYM is good, but needs to built more around clean foods and nutrient timing to make it great, and lastly, the people that argue there are no such things as clean and dirty foods are being fairly disingenuous. Right?