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In this blog post, I told you about my favorite line of supplements, put out by the dudes over at GI Nutrition.
Well, that musta got a few of you thinking, but it sparked a number of responses wanting to know what kinda diet plan I recommend.
Now, y’all know I’m no diet ‘guru’ by any means. For that stuff, I defer to the experts.
There are two main types of nutrition program I like. The first kind is carb cycling.
Cycling carbs (or basically having days each week where you cycle through high, low, and maybe medium levels of carb intake) is important for a few reasons. The first is to regulate insulin.
See, when carbs are broken down by the body into glucose, this triggers the release of insulin. And insulin is good, b/c hormonally, it can help you build muscle. However, like most stuff, too much of a good thing is actually a bad thing. When insulin levels rise *too* much, it ends up leading to your body just creating (and retaining) excess bodyfat instead of muscle.
Not good. That’s why you cycle through your carb intake – lower days to keep insulin low (so as not to build fat), but then spike it high every now and then so as to take advantage of its muscle-building properties.
Another reason reason why carb cycling is important? Simple – most people just need to reduce how many calories they eat…the old calories in vs calories out equation. And most carbohydrate-rich foods (esp breads, pastas, and the like) are very calorie dense.
This means that you don’t have to eat a lot of it to take in a ton of extra calories.
Reduce how much of this kinda food you take in, and you reduce your calories. Reduce your calories, and you lose weight.
Pretty cool, huh?
There is a ton more you can learn, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you to check out the book “Carb Cycling for Fitness Professionals”.
This book is was written by Shelby Starnes, and is prolly the best carb cycling book out there. He puts everything you need to know into plain English (no fancy schmancy language) and gives you an action plan you can literally get started on as soon as you’re done reading it.
Oh, and as far as results, Shelby helped “Big” Chris McCombs lose 75 pounds in just 5 months.
Don’t let the title of the book fool you – you don’t need to be a ‘fitness professional’ to use this book. It can be used by anybody.
I bought this book personally, and think it’s a great buy.
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How many of you know who Chris McCombs is?
In case you don’t, “Big Chris” (as he’s known) is pretty much the go-to guy for personal trainers, fitness marketers, and the like for who want to grow their business and earn the moolah they’re really worth.
Chris knows his stuff – plain and simple.
But a few years back, Chris had a nasty hernia injury. Between that and running a massively successful business, he ended up putting on a bunch of weight.
To cut to the chase, he decided to get back in shape, started lifting heavy, doing some basic cardio, and hired diet guru Shelby Starnes.
(Shelby writes for T-Nation, EliteFTS, a bunch of the bodybuilding and fitness mags, and is a competitive bodybuilder himself. If Big Chris is the ‘go-to’ guy for fitness business, in many circles, Shelby is the ‘go-to’ guy for diet and contest prep.)
Result? Big Chris lost a crazy 75 lbs in 5 months.
You can see the before and after pics HERE.
As a result of his awesome transformation, Chris and Shelby decided to put out a nutrition guide for personal trainers called “Carb Cycling for Fitness Professionals”.
Basically, it’s a nutrition guide about how to cycle carbs, and how to administer that kinda diet to your training clients.
But what if you’re not a personal trainer – can you still use the book? Oh yeah, you can.
See, it tells you how to administer the diet, how to assess progress, what kinda changes to make when, and more. Only difference for you non-personal trainers out there is your “client” is yourself.
I picked it up, and was pleasantly surprised. The book not only has a ton of great info, but is easily applied, and even better, written in simply language that is easy to understand.
Personally, I hate reading about nutrition and diet.
The subject just doesn’t interest me as much as training, and diet ‘gurus’ generally try to use words with entirely too many syllables to make themselves sound smart.
Not the case here.
It was an easy read, awesome info, and would be a cinch for anybody to implement.
I *highly* recommend you go check it out…esp considering Big Chris’ assistant just emailed me and said the price was going up in like just a few days.
Have a kickass weekend.
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