The title sounds too good to be true right? Sounds like I’m about to hit you up for the newest, latest, and greatest supplement to just hit the market that will finally deliver the results you want without the strict dietary protocol.
That is not the case here. What I’m about to share with you is the discoveries that I have made throughout a long winding road of studying health and nutrition for a couple of decades now. I’m not going to tell you that the diet I’m about to write about will work for everyone, but I will say that it works for me.
I’m just bummed that I didn’t heed the advice of Ori Hofmekler way back when his book The Warrior Diet first came out. My approach is a little different but I need to give credit where it is due. He was the first guy that I read about who really went against the gospel of eating 5–6 small balanced meals a day, and instead proposed one daily feeding at the end.
It is interesting to note that one of my biggest influences in the past decade has been John Danaher. I was always impressed that he maintained an athletic physique despite being crippled by his leg and back and more surprisingly only eating once per day. John would teach and train all day long at Renzo’s and like clockwork you could swing by whole foods around 8pm and you would find John having his dinner. Usually charming the ladies who sat around him.
Shouldn’t he be skinny from the lack of a steady stream of amino acids? Shouldn’t he be fat from the overload of cortisol, since we wasn’t getting post workout recovery fuel immediately after training 2–3 times per day on an empty stomach? Shouldn’t he have low blood sugar and be unable to perform?
I figured it was because he mostly taught and didn’t train super intense. He just trained a lot. I can circle back on that later, but the man I looked up to for technical advice was actually on to something. I remember when I asked him about how he can eat so little and maintain his energy all day. He told me,”I have always felt that food when overeaten has a toxemic effect on the mind and body.” The writing was on the wall but I didn’t want to lose my hard earned muscle mass and get skinny fat, so I kept doing what I always did. Eat every 3–4 hours a balance of protein, carbs, and fat.
Intermittent fasting has become one of the hot terms in the nutrition world. I think for good reason. I never felt good when I ate a lot. Although I love breakfast food, I have never liked eating breakfast. When I was growing up and still to this day. I liked eating a light lunch and a heavy dinner. It is funny hat I was already doing what I’m doing now back when I was a chubster growing up. Thing is now I know which foods to eat and how to cycle in the junk food. Back then I was just eating all of the wrong stuff and with all the macronutrients mistimed or in the wrong ratios.
So here is what I have personally found to work. I have a lot of self discipline when needed but I also love eating. If I must follow a strict eating plan for life to maintain low body fat then I will quit before I begin. So far this week here is what I have eaten.
Monday: Lunch: 5 Eggs in Paleo Wrap, Mixed Greens Salad, Dinner:12oz Wild Alaskan Salmon, Broccoli with Butter
Tuesday /Gramercy Tavern: Duck liver mousse with Grilled Bread, Meatballs with Collard Greens, Kombucha Squash, 2 Heller Bamburg Beers, Coconut Cream Pie, Cheesecake
Wednesday: 12oz Bison Tenderloin, Mixed Greens with Avocado Dressing
Thursday /ABC Kitchen: 2 IPAs, Pork and Chicken Sausage with Greens and Potato, Akushi Cheeseburger with extra fries dipped in Mayo, Spinach Goat Cheese Pizza, Apple Pie with Ice Cream
Friday / Cosme: 1 Pinkus Pilsner, 1 Dos Equis Amber, Tlayuda, Enmoladas, Uni Tostada, Artic Char Tostada, Short Ribs with Tortillas, Chocolate Cake, Brown Butter Cake.
Almost every morning I have coffee with full cream and a Bio K probiotic. Usually in the afternoon I have a large bone broth. I will usually have an egg and a meatball or two with my broth. One my low carb days I will eat some 80% or higher Dark Chocolate at night time to hold me over from eating anything sweet.
When you look at my menu, you might say holy shit that is a lot of food dude. I would most definitely agree. I do not get cravings at all. I don’t even get hungry until 2 days or so after the last big meal. I know this flies in the face of what most people write about health and fitness, but this really works.
Even when people write about fasting they tend to tell people eat only grassfed meats and monounsaturated fat sources, or perhaps some precise ratio of macronutrients. I’m eating the best quality food at every meal, but I’m not going to tell you that I don’t have any rules. I just make sure everything I eat tastes good and I eat until I’m content. I don’t rush and I don’t force feed myself during my big meals.
The rhythm isn’t exact but I tend to go one day low carb and then the following high carb. If you look at my high carb days the cheat meals are only about 200 grams of carbs. Eating at fine dining establishments the portions are smaller and there are usually substantial veggies with each meal. When you consider that I am having no carbs for about 48 hours and in that timeframe I am training 4–6 hours, that meal is burning off before I even eat it.
There are some real hormonal tricks going on here. The most important is that for a 24–48 hour window between the big meals my insulin levels are quite low since there is little to no carbs coming into the diet. Just protein, fiber, and fat. That makes the body produce more glucagon and makes my cells release energy to burn. Then when I have my big meal my glycogen depleted muscles and liver soak up all of those carbs I am eating like a plant getting rain in the desert. Your body can supposedly store up to 600 grams of carbs in the muscles and liver so 200 grams every other day is a paltry amount.
Now the key is once I stop eating I don’t have anything to eat for at least 16 hours and usually up to 20 hours. I will have my coffee with full cream and a Bio K in the morning, but is mostly fat and a little protein. In the afternoon I usually go for a walk after my morning sessions and get a bone broth with 2 grass fed meatballs. Sometimes I will have a duck egg with that. I switch the broth and meat source but I make my lunch a protein and fat based meal. Again no carbs so my body stays in an energy releasing mode, which means I’m burning off all of that food from the night before.
Then my dinner is a simple fair that I can easily cook at home. Game meat, beef, poultry, fish, or seafood along with fibrous vegetables and plenty of good fats. I like to use olive oil, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil, coconut oil, butter, ghee, cream, lard, tallow, or schmaltz (chicken fat). Fats are our friends and I welcome them onto my plate. If I am still hungry I will have some dark chocolate, almond butter, or coconut butter. Usually a little bit is all it takes to keep me satisfied.
The day of the cheat meal is just like the day before. I have my coffee in the morning. My protein and fat based lunch, and then whatever I want at night. Although I make sure I eat plenty of carbs there are certain rules I follow. Everything has to be from the best sourced ingredients and everything has to taste absolutely amazing. I think life is too short to eat bad food. I don’t force feed myself but I do make sure I leave this meal completely satisfied. Maybe I could be an anatomy chart if I followed strict rules, but I am leaner at 37 than I was at 17 and even 27 when I was fighting professionally. I train less intense than I ever have and I am stronger than I have ever been. I’m still at right around 165 pounds which is my natural bodyweight since I was a teenager.
This style of eating is against most everything I have read throughout my life but it works. I’m not sure it will work for everyone else, but that is why I’m sharing the basics with you. Give it a try and if it works shoot me an email let me know the results. I’m seriously considering writing a book about it so people can understand the hormonal reasoning behind all of this. It’s not just mathematics as some of you might be thinking. It is much more about getting the fat cells to release energy and instead of store energy. It is also about teaching your body to run off fat, the way it is supposed to, and not off sugar, which is the way the food and supplement industries want you to.
It flies in the face of what most of the roided body culture priests expound to their minions. Perhaps they are right and I’m wrong. Perhaps they are being disingenuous. I honestly don’t care and to each their own. You can take this info free of charge and get the physique you want while eating what you want. All that I ask for is an email telling me about your experience at firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. Don’t give up on it until you have done this for at least 3 months. You don’t change hormonal patterns overnight.
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