In the coming weeks I plan on executing the following:
For the next 10-16 days, I will follow a low carb diet. For a similar period of time following the low carb phase, I will follow massive eating recommendations. I will finish with another low carb phase and meltdown training for up to three weeks to get as lean as possible. Duration of each phase will depend on body fat measurements and general feeling (i.e., am I imagining how people taste?).
I have questions about my low carb dieting. First of all, I have used the T-Dawg diet before with meltdown training and had good results. However, one of the ideas behind a low-carb diet is (at least in part) to get the body to switch fuel types for energy, that is use fat preferentially for energy, right? So then, why should I eat carbs at times when they ?will go where they are supposed to go,? that is, when they will be used to replenish glycogen stores? Should I even be trying to replenish glycogen stores? I am not concerned with difficulty or psychological compliance because I will have a massive eating phase laying in wait. I am also aware of the benefits of post workout-nutrition, but is it possible to reap some of the benefits of increased protein synthesis, decreased muscle catabolism etc., without the insulin or carbs? I expect most people will answer that the benefits of the post-workout drink will out-weigh the disadvantages, but all opinions and reasons highly desired.
Also, what do people think is the best way to transition these phases? I am thinking I might have a brutal workout to end my low carb diet phases and either re-introduce (depending on whether I decided carb-containing post workout meals were necessary) a post workout meal or increase post workout meals to 2 after that. I would then not train for the following two days, but have one carb breakfast the first day, and two carb breakfasts the second day, increasing calories by about 500 each day. I would then go completely massive eating and begin training again. Likewise, I think I would transition from massive eating to low carb by performing a brutal workout late in a day (maybe cardio or intervals instead of weights), using no post workout nutrition (or one that is as small as possible) and then simply resume low-carb restrictive eating the next day, taking two days off from weights.
I have also not decided how I will be training for my first two phases. I was thinking something along the lines of EDT with training every other day for the first phase followed simply by a very high volume of work (possibly double sessions) in the second phase (I am also 17, if any one is wondering about this level of volume). Additionally, in the second phase I will probably choose Chad Waterburyesque supplemental workouts.
Is the initial concept (ABCDE influenced) even solid?
My primary goal is to reduce body fat. My decision to make the fat-loss diet a low carb diet is based firstly upon lack luster results with don?t diet recommendations and secondly, based on an overwhelming tendency by my body to store fat at the midsection and a corresponding article by Don Alessi relating fat storage tendencies to diet recommendations.