I know that around here, carbs are out of favor and fat is good.
However, back in the 80’s and 90’s, there were big, ripped bodybuilders whose cutting diets consisted of egg whites, canned tuna, chicken breasts, and white rice. Fat was shunned like the plague.
They would also do tons of cardio while cutting.
(I’m not claiming to know what the elite competitors were doing. These were my perceptions and what some of the relatively big and lean guys I knew were doing when I was getting started.)
So, does ANYONE do the high-carb, low-fat cutting diet any more? If not, why not?
The reason I’m asking is on behalf of a friend. “Bob” is a big muscular guy, 6’2", 320 pounds. Former football player, mid 40’s, powerlifted “all his life” (probably 30 years). Wants to lose weight. Doesn’t look that fat to me. Hired a fitness professional to write him a program. Fitness guy wants him to drop to 260, losing 60 pounds on the following plan:
~1900 cals/day in 5 meals and 1 PW drink
160 g protein, 10 g fat, 145 g carbs
all fat = MCT oil
carbs = potatoes, brown rice, oatmeal
protein = chicken breast, white fish, egg whites
PW drink = maltodextrin
Cardio: 60 minutes of cardio 4X per week in fat burning zone of 60% max heart rate (106-124 bpm)
Lifting: MWF, all with “light weight” for 18-20 reps
Smith incline bench press
Now I know that the whole program is far from the party line here. So I DON’T need to hear
- carbs are bad
- needs healthy fats
- there are better PW drinks
But as stuck in the 80’s as this plan is, if Bob does it he will certainly lose weight, which is what he wants.
What changes would you make, and more importantly, how would you convince him to make them?