How in the world, when you dieted down, you retain such incredible strength? Do you think JB’s Massive Eating provides the suitable caloric stimulus to achieve such gains - some argue it’s too “clean” and that pure excess is the way to go, followed by strict dieting.
I know you’re all about performance (something I’m concerned with as a martial artist) - what sort of fat loss plan do you think is optimal for someone looking to achieve an efficient, cut physique. [/quote]
From an email I wrote in response to a similar question a few days ago:
I think you might have misunderstood my post regarding making weight. Here’s how I typically do things:
-During the non-competition period, I’m roughly 175-180. This includes sufficient glycogen and obviously adequate hydration status.
-About four weeks out from a competition, I’ll slightly drop my calories to allow for about two pounds of body fat loss. I don’t want to lose too much, as dropping below my set point really compromises strength.
-One week out, I cut out all carbs except fibrous veggies. This isn’t much of a problem, as I’m not really lifting this week. I’ll do some light cardio to assist in glycogen depletion. I’ll get to about 170-171 this way.
-YEAR ROUND, I drink a ton of water and take in lots of sodium. About 24 hours out from the weigh-in, I stop drinking water. Because aldosterone is naturally very low because of my fluid and sodium habits, I can urinate out a lot of water weight before my body realizes that it’s dehydrated. Combined with my carb depletion and the fact that I’m essentially only eating dry Grow!, oil, and maybe some lean meats in that 24 hours, I make weight (165.25).
-The federation in which I lift has a 24-hour weigh-in, so I have plenty of time to rehydrate and take in a boatload of carbs before I lift. Supercompensation is a beautiful thing, as I tend to fill out nicely in time for lifting. I wouldn’t be able to pull this off in a federation that uses the same day weigh-in and lift, though. I generally lift at about 172-173.
Basically, the difference between you and I is that you need to drop weight and stay there, whereas I only need to be there for about 30 seconds! That’s not to say that you can’t drop body fat without strength loss, though; it just has to be a more gradual process. If you drop calories dramatically, your performance will suffer. Bodybuilders can suffer all they want, as they don’t care about being weak. Strength and power athletes need to be a lot more careful.
Hope this clears things up.[/quote]