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Shredded in 6 Days, Fruit to Fill Liver Glycogen?


Hi coach greetings from my side. I am having an upcoming photoshoot and from tomorrow my peak week starts. I read your article shredded in 6 days and i decided to follow it. Now i am preparing my diet according to that, i have a question i am confused at one point.
During carb load, u wrote begin the carb load with fruit to fill liver glycogen. Starting the carb-up with fruit replenishes liver glycogen very fast. We believe that the faster liver glycogen is filled, the more effective the rest of the carb-up will be.
So can you mention which fruit is better to consume to fill the liver glycogen fast and how much to take. ? I m sending u the pic’s of my condition before the shoot. And sorry in advance as i am really a dummie in posing, i don’t know how to pose specially how to open the back etc.


Generally the best fruits for the first stage of carb loading, are considered to be pears, apples, mangoes, cherries and watermelon (yum) but most fruit has enough fructose to get the liver filled preferentially. Even sucrose and HFCS, or grape juice would theoretically work for an initial feeding before turning to glucose and glucose polymers.


I don’t have any advice; I just wanted to say that you look awesome and I hope you’ll come back and let us know how CT’s plan works for you - including pics.


Thanks a million for the reply okay i am planning to begin my carb load with watermelon and lets see how the rest of the carb load goes. Fingers are crossed.


Thankyou very much for the comment, really appreciated yes definitely i will update about coach C.T plan, that how it worked on me including pic’s.


Watermelon is about 2 grams of carbs per ounce (10 per cup) so you will need about 100 ounces or so which is 6+ pounds. It’s good because it will bring in water too but a lot of potassium. I’m not sure on salt timetable but you probably want to get sodium in with that, like salt brined pickles or sauerkraut or other method if anyone has ideas. With frozen cherries you would only need about 50 ounces if bulk of food is an issue, or maybe include some dried cherries.


Man you are way lean! Are you trying to look striated like Andreas Munzer or what? LOL

You are really in Grrreat shape!

I have no experience on this since I just did it one time, but salt (sodium) loading worked great for me along with the increased water ingestion; but don´t know if it could interfere with CT’s plan

One old trick to look more veiny is to take Niacin prior the shooting but don´t know if it works for all and if it’s compatible with CT´s plan

Wish you the best and let us know, and see, the results


This is the whole article in which C.T said to avoid salt sodium as much as possible during carb load. So can think of adding salt or something. I am totally confused plz suggest a proper fruit to begin my carb load.



That’s the whole article of coach Christain thibaudue he says no to salt and sodium as much as possible at the time of carb load. Yes surely I’ll update after the shoot with pic’s thanks for the responce.


Watermelon is going to be high in water. If carb loading is the key, you usually want more water at the beginning of the carb load. If getting dry is more important then you want to limit water. The carb load will even dry you out by pulling water into the liver and muscles. You need to find out if water needs to be limited at meal 1.


According to C.T’s Article which i am following for my shoot he wrote on the day of carb load take 6 meals and drink water under 8 ounce with every meal till meal 4 then stop drinking water after meal 4. Approx after 3 pm i need to cut the water till shoot according to his protocol. So final I’ll go for watermelon and begin my carb load. Thanks for the path u showed. And yes getting more dry is my goal on the day of shoot.