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So my diet has apparently always sucked...
I say apparently because the results were not what I wanted or expected... Over the last six months or so and with a lot more re-education (I actually have a degree in food science and nutrition if you'll believe that... I slept thru nutrition classes though) I have finally figured some things out that have put me on the right track.
1. I have a better understanding of my body type. I'm an endomorph. It is very easy for me to put on fat. Its moderately difficult for me to put on muscle. Unlike a mesomorph that can pile on muscle or an ectomorph that can eat whatever they want (to a point or at least in my jealous imagination) I must weigh, count or otherwise notice whatever goes in my mouth...
2. Nutrient timing is everything - It seems its not about the totals that I've eaten at the end of the day, but at what time I ate each nutrient. For example, on my training days I have oats and fruit at breakfast, and the next few meals have things like rice or beans. Pre workout I have some shiken and some graham crackers. Post I have a bagel with my whey. After that though, its fibrous carbs for the night. Between training days I have some oats at breakfast along with fruit, and the overall level of starchy carbs is very moderate. On weekends, I have relatively close to no carbs. Carb Cycling is my key to success. I can use this type of diet to bulk, cut, get stronger... whatever it is I need to do.
3. While fat alone won't make you fat and it shouldn't be feared, its much higher in calories gram for gram that protein and carbohydrates. So if you're an endomorph, limit the amount of fat you eat to keep calories low but protein and carbs at optimal levels.
4. I was eating way to much.... Plain and simple. On all macro levels.
5. I hired someone recently to put my diet in order and help me simplify the carb cycle. He devised a menu for each day of the week. All I have to do is eat what he says. The reduction in stress from this is mind blowing. I should have done this a long time ago. I'm seeing results very rapidly and without the use of anything like clen, t3, dnp or any other "fat burner."
6. No cheat meals... I'm a lard ass. I don't deserve one.
7. Consistent eating = consistent training
8. Item #1 carries over to my training as well - For my body type, training less days per week (MWF currently) with plenty of rest and recovery time between training allows me to work for a longer period per session and with more intensity. I will burn more fat and put on more muscle that way. I have proven this to myself already.
9. Finally - if someone bigger, stronger or smarter than you is telling you that what you're doing is wrong or could be done better, listen. Try it out even. Nobody is beyond some point where they have nothing to learn. Take criticism seriously, fix your mistakes and keep making progress.
Thats great you planned out everything that works for you and realized what doesnt work man. Now do what ya gotta do
If you know everything you cant learn anything, great post pob.
Good stuff POB. We learn something new everyday. Like my 4th grade teacher used to say, "the day we stop learning is the day we die"
This last 15 months (when I made a return to the gym) is the first time I have planned and tracked all my nutrition. I have without fail hit my calorie and macro goals religiously (except for a few days here and there as planned breaks...but I still hit protein on those days).
My diet I have been following is a carb cycling based diet. It works really well mentally for me...especially when cutting as it leaves room for things to enjoy.
Anyway....here is a year of progress for me....no AAS. (I still have not taken the plunge....yet)
The first three months I spent cutting...from a fat 205 to the 178....then it was time to rebuild.
To me...this clearly illustrates the power of eating with purpose.
Last edited by macgyver; 06-09-2012 at 07:41 PM.
Thanks for sharing POB. I have used all the advice you have given me and am seeing results so you know what your talking about. Keep us posted with the nutritionist. I have been thinking of using one myself.
Great post pob.
Well put brother great post and I know I need to follow you and find a nutritionist to put my diet in order.
sooo, your saying you dont wanna be fat anymore? lol
good luck with your new diet broham. i am the ecto that you envy so i'll have an extra honey bun for you after my next workout...
you can hate me now