About 8 months ago or so, I decided to change the way I looked. I messed around of and on for years, never really doing anything except loosing a few pounds.
Like most of you, I started reading everything I could here on T-Nation. The amount of information almost drove me crazy. So what was I supposed to do, total body, a CT split, GVT, HIT, cardio or no cardio? And what about my diet, carbs, no carbs, cycling? It’s alot for anyone, especially when you HAVE to look huge and lean in two months! Well, I started asking a few questions, and was pissed off when the experts here told me, “there is no right program, you have to try and see what works”. Surely there had to be the perfect program and diet.
So, basically I tried every program I read about until I read about another great program. I changed all the time. I also did high carb all the way to no carb. I got almost zero results.
I finally picked a Waterbury program as he seemed the most passionate and the most informed. I did stick with it for a couple months. I got stronger and fatter, but the program is not to blame for the flab or my no-muscles. It just wasn’t the program for me, and I wasn’t eating the right way for me.
After reading alot, I realized that the reason I was skinny and fat at the same time was because and don’t tolerate carbs very well. It all made sense cuz even at my lowest weight, I also had a tire around my waist and too much fat on my ass!
I went on the Anabolic Diet and started dropping fat quick. The good thing is I still ate a bunch of calories. I started picking up a little muscle but I felt I could do better. I’m talking like 3 pounds if you consider that gaining.
A couple months ago I decided to go on a push/pull/legs split. It seemed like a good mix of frequency and recovery, while allowing me to work each muscle group a little more, including some iso exercises.
Now my body is finally transforming! Within the first four weeks I could tell this program was working. I LOOK DIFFERENT! I have a long way to go, but it’s easy to keep going when you see improvement.
The AD is working for me as I have gone from a waist size of 38 to 34. The 34’s are a little snug but I’m getting there.
The workout is also working because my body weight is still the same with the new waist size. It’s easy to see I am leaner. My lifts continue to get heavier.
I do eat big, just not many carbs. I’ll tell ya, for me, carbs go right to fat. I eat lots of meat, cheese, eggs, nuts, protein powder. I use Flameout and ZMA, but my most important supplement, which isn’t really a supplement, is Olive Oil. I use it as a weight gainer. Between meals, I add three tablespoons to my protein shakes. Ends up being about 550 calories and I cant really taste it. On the weekends I get to pretty much eat whatever. Enough of the AD as it has it’s own thread.
Basically what I’m saying is what the experts here say. There really is no perfect routine or diet. Everyone is different. Some respond well to full body, while others do best with splits. It doesn’t mean anyone is wrong, it’s just that everyone is different. So, try until something works, just give it a fair try first.
It’s not what everybody wants to hear, but it’s the truth. The good thing is, when you find the sweet spot, it’s really sweet cuz you get to see yourself begin to change from all the hard work.
So, that’s my story. Oh well.