What’s so different about this diet compared to standard fat reduction and competitive bodybuilding diets in general? Number one, this diet will improve your health. You may find that your cholesterol levels improve, your joints feel better, your skin looks better, you don’t feel as lethargic, or many many other nice side effects that go along with eating this way. You’ll see and become a believer.
Will this diet enable you to gain 20 pounds of muscle you otherwise wouldn’t have been able to gain? Clearly no. But the increased focus on fat soluble vitamins will help with gains through better endocrine function. Remember, the theme here is health, and making better choices regardless of whether you’re trying to gain muscle or lose fat.
The approach itself is a nutrient driven approach. My number one rule is this:
Focus on MICRONUTRITION NOT MACRONUTRITION.
This diet emphasizes the following key concepts:
1. The best food comes from animals that have been fed their natural diet.
2. Correct ratio of fats with a special emphasis on saturated fats.
3. Fat soluble vitamins and their role in endocrine function.
4. Keeping your liver healthy.
5. Supplements to manage glucose disposal.
There are actually MANY other key concepts such as carb intake/sources and rotations, veggie and fruit consumption, how to incorporate cardio, what spices and condiments can do for your metabolism, etc. but for the sake of this conversation I’m limiting it to these five.
Many of the foods and practices I recommend are in fact not new. Many years ago they were used by some of the more popular bodybuilders, but in today’s world of bodybuilding, the ideas are long forgotten. I highly recommend a book called “Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors” by Randy Roach. He dives deeply into the diets of some of the legends like Armand Tanny, Vince Gironda, John Grimek and Tony Sansone. You’ll see some similarities with what they ate, and what I’m recommending, such as raw milk, liver and copious amounts of whole eggs.
For the purposes of this article, I’m going to cover the approach at a high level, to introduce you to all the concepts, rather than only focusing on a few of them.
* The best food comes from animals that have been fed their natural diet.
Remember the old saying you are what you eat? It’s NOT true! You are what you eat has eaten!!! Here’s a sample of a few of the mainstays in this diet and a little about why.
Continues on page 3