mak­ing sense of the di­etary dilemma

Australian Natural Bodz - - Cutting Through The Diet Non-Science -

weight in wa­ter­wa­ter. So drop the carbs and you get what ap­pears to be a su­per bo­body trans­for­ma­tion. This is a fave with most of the coaches, be­causebe it keeps the client happy. Well, be­fore the show it doe­does, after could be a prob­lem! I mean the first two di­etary the­o­ries are nu­tri­tion­ally flawed be­cause they don’t pay at­ten­tion to what your body is built on, nu­tri­ents… That’s why we call it nu­tri­tion! Swap­ping lean chicken for pizza is just fool­ing yourself, as is get­ting away with eat­ing carbs at night if you are look­ing to com­pete in a fit­ness show. Sure you can still com­pete but you won’t be in any­where near the con­di­tion that you could po­ten­tially be. Be­lieve me; I have tried all of this and more. I have made the mis­takes. What hap­pens when some­one can no longer sus­tain the low carb deal? Mega weight gain, be­cause it’s easy come easy go. Low carb di­ets prime your body to store more glyco­gen as soon as you jump of it. This is what most ath­letes do be­fore a show, they re­strict carbs and then load up say 24 hours or so be­fore in the at­tempt to su­per com­pen­sate. The body re­leases more glyco­gen syn­thase al­low­ing more glyco­gen to be stored in the mus­cle. But what hap­pens after the show, once an ath­lete keeps eat­ing, and eat­ing, more and more carbs? They ex­plode, of­ten gain­ing more fat and wa­ter than when they started the diet! You can look it as mega su­per com­pen­sa­tion, be­cause they have primed their body to suck up food like a sponge and store it as fat and wa­ter. If you have monk-like con­trol over your urges the low carb diet may be sus­tain­able, but most of us mor­tals are not blessed with su­per-monk pow­ers. Hence if you can’t sus­tain it, you can’t main­tain it. So su­per low carbs will gen­er­ally not work for 95% of the pop­u­la­tion over the long term.

So what works?

I get asked this ques­tion all the time, es­pe­cially when I post a photo of my­self on So­cial me­dia. I do tend to stay in pretty good con­di­tion all year round, so I guess peo­ple want to know what my se­cret is. I don’t have enough time to go into pre­cise de­tail in this ar­ti­cle but I will give you an over­view. I will be cov­er­ing my nu­tri­tion plan in full de­tail in my up and com­ing book, along with my train­ing style, sup­ple­men­ta­tion and one of the most im­por­tant the win­ning mind set. I don’t like to call them se­crets as I feel this is some­what of a cheesy in­ter­net guru term. I like to call them “Nu­tri­tion Fun­da­men­tals’” as most of the time fit­ness en­thu­si­asts look for com­plex so­lu­tions where the an­swers are sit­ting right in front of their nose! So here we go.

1. Stop over think­ing

Dwelling on what you can’t eat as these thoughts are not real it’s just your in­ner critic telling you that this whole diet thing is go­ing to be hard work. When these thoughts come into your head, rec­og­nize them and just let them go. You can’t ig­nore them, you have to ac­knowl­edge them and then re­lease them. Food is your friend not your en­emy, it’s good for you.

2. Stop count­ing!

This re­lates to what I have said above. It re­in­forces what you can’t have, for ex­am­ple you can only have 1800 calo­ries per day, or 30gms of pro­tein per meal, etc. Count­ing is the ul­ti­mate diet killer.

3. Think Nu­tri­ents.

Your body wants one thing and one thing alone, and that’s NOT num­bers, or calo­ries. It craves nu­tri­ents.

Sup­ply it what it needs and it will thank and re­ward you for it. Make sure you have a ba­sic un­der­stand­ing of pro­tein, carbs and fats. Pro­tein and Fats have es­sen­tial el­e­ments we re­quire on a daily ba­sis to sus­tain, build and pro­vide en­ergy to the body. Carbs are not as im­por­tant, be­cause there is no such thing as an es­sen­tial carb! You body can use fats and amino acids to cre­ate glu­cose for en­ergy. Don’t fall for the old “Carbs for en­ergy”. Be­cause as soon as you pro­gram your sub­con­scious mind with this non­sense you will al­ways crave carbs, the fact is carbs or I should say over eat­ing carbs make you more tired and drowsy. Have you ever no­ticed how sleepy you feel after a big bowl of pasta of high sugar food! So if carbs were all for en­ergy, why do you feel tired?

4. Stop fool­ing yourself

All calo­ries are not equal. Junk food is nu­tri­tion­ally bar­ren… You can’t swap a lean healthy chicken and veg meal for pizza. That’s a BIG red flag, that’s a lit­tle like say­ing you can stay at home yet still re­ceive your weekly pay­check. It’s not go­ing to hap­pen, not in this world. You will have to make a few changes and sac­ri­fices to fa­cil­i­tate change. Noth­ing plus noth­ing equals noth­ing, so don’t ex­pect re­sults from folling yourself that ALL things are equal!

5. Don’t eat too much

Real sci­ence, yes the stud­ies that have more than 8 par­tic­i­pants have shown that un­der eat­ing, even in­ter­mit­tent fast­ing en­hances longevity (You live longer). Think of your body as a gi­ant chem­i­cal pro­cess­ing plant, like a ma­chine. The more you ram food into that ma­chine the quicker it is go­ing to wear out, right? Its logic, just like a car…the more you thrash it, the more kilo­me­ters on the clock the shorter its life span. The se­cret is to give you body what it needs but noth­ing over and above what it needs. How do we know ex­actly what quan­ti­ties per meal? This is where num­bers kill the sit­u­a­tion once again. Don’t be con­cerned about how much per meal; just cut back your to­tal num­ber of meals per day. For­get the eat­ing every 2.5 hours that is to­tal non­sense. Be­lieve me it is. Eat­ing more of­ten will ac­tu­ally make things a whole lot harder for you be­cause every time you eat you spike your in­sulin. Hence you get hun­gry quicker. The idea is to sta­bi­lize your blood sugar lev­els and this can only be achieved by eat­ing fewer meals per day. This may not com­pute for many folk, but be­lieve me meal place­ment (tim­ing) is more im­por­tant than meal quan­tity. I will cover this in de­tail in my book.

6. Don’t let your weight fluc­tu­ate too much

If you are into the gym stuff and are look­ing to build a lean body drop all this off sea­son, on sea­son, lean bulk busi­ness. This alone will de­stroy any po­ten­tial for “real progress” that you may have. High body fat lev­els boost es­tro­gen and lower testos­terone. Not an ideal play­ing field for those seek­ing aes­thetic prow­ess. I am not talk­ing about bulk­ing up by eat­ing junk food, I am talk­ing about bulk­ing up by eat­ing too much food full stop. You can still get fat on healthy food if you eat enough of it. If you are a com­pet­i­tive ath­lete you should be stay­ing within 3-5 ki­los of your prime con­di­tion.


I hope this ar­ti­cle has shed some light on the whole di­etary non-sci­ence that is cir­cu­lat­ing. It does not have to be com­pli­cated, but at the same time you have to have a clear un­der­stand­ing of what foods do and the ef­fect they have once they en­ter your body. It’s about nu­tri­ents, not num­bers, not count­ing, not fool­ing yourself that you can get away with re­plac­ing chicken with pizza. Sci­en­tists them­selves still strug­gle to get their heads around what re­ally mat­ters when it comes to diet and how it af­fects the hu­man body. Why? Be­cause they are num­bers peo­ple, and for that mat­ter very few of them ac­tu­ally work­out yet alone eat healthy or look re­motely healthy them­selves.

Photo by Steve Jones el­lie mc cly­mont

Photo by Steve Jones

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