Hey guys, I had a question for you all. I was thinking about doing the Radical Diet. I was wondering, do you think that its a legit diet, or do you think that a person might lose to much muscle on a diet like this? Its 1200 calories a day until you hit your goal of 2 to 3 pounds lost, then a 2000 calorie carb up day. I’m currently 215 and about 15.5 percent body fat.
My goal is 8 percent or lower. I just dont see how a guy would’nt lose muscle on a diet like this. Any opinions on guys who have done the diet or anyone else would be much appreciated thanks.[/quote]
That is a terrible idea, and here is why:
1200kcals is not alot. You are going to be restricting all of your macronutrients immensely. And I am sure you are planning on tossing out those worthless carbs in favor of protein and fat.
On a 1200kcal diet, you are probably going to be restricting your carbohydrates by alot.
If you go under 50-100g of CHO in a day, you are going to be depleting your glycogen stores and your body will start the metabolic process of gluconeogenesis(the formation of new glucose). Essentially when this happens your body uses other means such as amino acids and the glycerol portion of fat to produce new glucose molecules. You will essentially be breaking down bodytissue or muscle to make glucose. This is bad. Now there is some muscle sparring effect that occurs during ketosis, but its all a very retarded dieting approach.
Furthermore, for every gram of glycogen in the body there is 3 grams of water. You will lose a lot of muscle glycogen and body water when you are taking in 1200kcal, and then be gaining back all that water weight on your “carb up” day. It defeats the purpose of weight loss altogether. IT might end up making you wonder why you are losing weight and gaining it all back.
If you are seriously at 215, 15%bf then maybe you shouldn’t be losing 2-3lbs in a week. You are already fairly lean, and your dietting approach should be less drastic. A few hundred calories below maintenance and/or increased cardio should do.