What could be the healthy fats to gain weight. Then some plyometrics at the end and maybe a little bit of kickboxing, just for some conditioning. That’s Option A. Option B is, we’re going to start really, really easy on this guy. We’re going to do a little bit of flexibility training, a lot of education early on, a little bit of mobility work I’m sure those joints could probably use a little bit of help. And then maybe start introducing the concept of resistance bands. So, we want him to utilize his own bodyweight which is heavy or some additional weight through weights and barbells, at this point in time. Which one would you go with? Which would you think is the more appropriate for that individual?
There’s always the A-hole of the bunch who’s going to say, “Option A”, but we should all know that Option B is where we need to go. You probably realize that’s probably a better route. At least taking a step off the gas for that guy. So why is it when we decide we’re going to do something about our nutrition, and we decide to go down this ‘diet’ road, why do we jump into it head first? Why do we go from 0 to 60? Who thinks that going from 0-60 makes anymore sense, nutritionally, as it does when you’re taking your first crack at weight training? It doesn’t. It’s setting yourself up for failure. I can give you a couple examples of that. Let’s take a popular diet regimen right now. https://nutritiongainer.com/what-does-mass-gainer-do-insights-pros-and-cons/
I’m going with the Keto Diet. Guys, I have nothing against a particular form of eating because if you can turn that form of eating into a lifestyle a lifelong style of eating then I am thrilled. I don’t have one way and I’m going to get to this in a second, too one way of demanding that you eat. That is not my methodology. As a matter of fact, I think anyone that tells you that there’s only one way to do it, and this is the only way you should do it and gets ‘cult-like’ I guess, the ‘keto cult’, who’s going to tell you ‘this is the only way to do it and everything else is wrong’; you’ve got to run as fast as you can away from that person.
But back to that. Ketogenic dieting requires that you drop your carbohydrate intake pretty severely, to about 10% or less of your total, overall caloric intake for the day. Now, let’s put ourselves back in the shoes of that individual that was overweight, who needs to lose weight which is a lot of people. Do you think that person is sitting there eating 10% or less of carbohydrates right now? No I can guarantee you, they’re probably eating, in excess, of 60% carbohydrates, if not more. So, to go from 60% or 70% of your overall caloric intake from carbohydrates down to 10% or less how logical is that? So, cut all that out. That’s it. Diet starts on Monday. You’re going to cut it all out. We’re going to get you right down here. You’re going to do great.
This is going to be perfect for you. You’re going to change your way of fueling your body. We’re going from carbohydrates to ketones. You’re good to go. Let’s go. You think that’s got a likelihood of success? Will he lose weight? Of course, he will. It’s a diet. It’s earned its title. It’s going to work. Long term? I doubt it. If it does, then great. He’s found a lifestyle that he can do. Now it’s worthwhile. But if you jump into it like that it’s not going to work. So, what would I do in a situation like this? I’d recommend something different. You want to stick to the diets? Go to something like the Zone Diet. 30/30/40. At least see if you can stick to that first. Get yourself down, knowing that you’re heading toward keto. But you don’t just down there.
You try to take an approach that’s a moderate step in the right direction, to at least set yourself up to become more accustomed to that. As opposed to jumping right in. It’s going to have the same impact to be able to take these things in stages. I understand that we’re not getting the same outcome that a Ketogenic Diet is creating, in terms of your body’s preferred fuel. I understand that. That’s not getting there via a 30/30/40 diet. But from a standpoint of an individual being able to stick to that, they need to be able to take some sort of moderate step. Even when I first started my full reign of eating better, and healthier, and turning it into a lifestyle I went from a really crappy diet of a lot of sugary foods, and sweets, and things that are not part of an athlete’s diet. Not on a consistent basis, they aren’t. And I made small changes.