I recently went to a 6 hour John Berardi presentation on nutrition in Victoria BC Candada.
Before everyone flames me for my question and ideas (because i know this site is full of Berardi lovers), i totally agreed with everything Berardi said… except this one thing:
At the presentation, Berardi stated that if you have a client that MUST have a cheat meal, to have the client eat it as a post workout meal. Now i know that cheat meals are bad no matter what time,
i’m not defending that, i AM however puzzled at the time Berardi recommended the cheat meal. He claims that post workout your metabolism will deal with foods (even cheat foods) much better since you have just worked out. This makes sense to me, not arguing that. What i AM concerned about is the approach taken on this subject. Berardi is claiming that if you MUST eat a cookie and chips every day, have it as your post workout meal. Why? Because you body is in such a state that it will handle junk foods better post workout.
So here’s my question.
Would it not be better to eat a nutrient dense, high protein, high carb meal post workout, and eat the cookie and chips in the morning? I KNOW that your body would not handle the cookie and chips as well as it would post workout, but it is my belief that a nutrient dense post workout meal is a MUST. It seems to me that Berardi’s logic has an approach of PREVENTING unwanted body composition changes, whereas my approach encourages PROMOTION of desired body composition changes.
Remember, i understand that cheat meals are always bad… this situation would only be for a client that MUST have a cheat meal everyday for whatever reason.
I’m not nearly as educated in Berardi in this field, so i’m completely open to the possibility that everything i’ve questioned is wrong. However, everything i’ve ever read always underlines the importance of a nutrient dense post workout meal.
puts on flame suit