CT - I know you’re not excited talking about nutrition but it’s inherently tied with the layer system and I’ve found marked performance and aesthetic differences after tryin all sorts of diets. It’s a bit bandwagonish/ADD but I am chasing that holy grail of ultimate shreddedness with fullness, or perhaps in that state where a week of “cutting” and “gaining” could get me to either side without compromising body fat levels or muscle loss. Sorry it’s a bit nebulous but I’d appreciate your thoughts on the following:
Super high protein and lean veggies with low fat. Every 2-3 days “load” with carbs either pre or post workout. => Shredded state? I’m doing this currently - strength is surprisingly maintained while body feels very light. Definitely losing some fullness and that “imposing” look.
Fasted (from food) training. Use intraworkout BCAA’s or Biotest supps. Idea being to avoid carbs preworkout because it deactivates the catacholamine response you get during the workout. Do you buy this? I’ve had great workouts both ways. And I do notice better performance, more pump when I acutally have carbs pre…but sometimes placebo makes me THINK I feel drowsy. What is optimal from a body composition?
High fat / high protein / low carb. I feel like this diet kind of sucks. I read about people eating only meat or doing Keto this or that but they all seem to start off quite round and “bulky”. The lean ripped dudes / actual physique competitrs seem to always AVOID this approach. You basicaly don’t get glycogen, fat is easy to over consume, muscles are mushy and you get smoother and fatter while appetite isn’t really curbed. Any value from this?
Intermittent fasting - I’ve read your stance before on this. But I don’t know what it is, this approach, over the last 2 years, has radically affected my leanness and composition. It just seems I didn’t get results on 6 meals a day, despite “hitting macros” and using hte same training protocol.
Sorry for the brain dump… I guess I’m just trying to get you to elaborate on your diet experiences and take it wherever. Hopefully not “I’m overthinking needless details” :). Thanks.