If you are a bodybuilding contest aspirant, that high-protein-low-carb diet is great until the last few weeks before the big event. At that time you have to revert to a contest mode and go for the strip-it-all-off diet program to get rid of those last bits of body fat. The late Iron Guru, Vince Gironda, had an extreme diet that would melt off that last layer of subcutaneous fat very quickly. You might also lose a little muscle tissue, but that could be minimized by loading your system with protein and soluble oils that help metabolize the protein.
Vince would recommend this diet to his clients, most of whom were major bodybuilders, both amateur and professional. He advocated using this diet for from three to six weeks and no more than eight continuous weeks or you could start losing muscle tissue as your body burns that for energy from the lack of carbohydrates in your system.
This bodybuilder’s pre-contest diet was a five day cycle of four days on, one day off, then four more days on, another day off. The minimum he recommended was three cycles (two weeks) and the maximum was for eight cycles (about six weeks).
For the first four days of the five day cycle, eat as close to zero carbohydrates as humanly possible. Consume lots of eggs (very high in usable protein and 95% biological), organ meats (liver, kidneys, heart and sweetbreads), lean meat, poultry (particularly turkey breast), and fish (salmon and tuna for the Omega 3). Raw milk, also a great source of protein and calcium, is recommended. Eat salad greens, spinach and broccoli for the fiber, minerals and minimal carbs. Use olive oil and vinegar for salad dressing.
Supplement your food intake with: Protein powder, kelp tablets, desiccated liver tablets, wheat germ oil and amino acid supplements like Lipo3 compound (three essential amino acids available in a capsule form).
Drink lots of water, but avoid caffeine, alcohol and soft drinks of any kind. Get plenty of rest and good sleep. Perform your normal workouts, but avoid overtraining.
Note: Inositol, choline, betain and methionine are essential amino acids produced in the body and are important for metabolizing fats. They are often taken as dietary supplements to assist in controlling estrogen levels, cleanse the liver and in the processing of hormones. They also help prevent the build-up of bile in the liver, a condition that may lead to cirrhosis. Inositol is also an “unofficial” member of the B vitamin group and assists in relieving panic and depression.
The fifth day of the cycle is a free day in which you should eat normally of a balanced diet of protein, carbohydrates, fats and fiber.
In this manner, you should cycle three or more times until you desired body fat level is reached, about two days before competition.
One bodybuilder to whom I provided my copy of Vince’s program, told me that he lost fat in places he didn’t know he had fat! He went on to say that he had developed “hollow” cheeks . . . on his buttocks.
The supplements are very important as they provide additional nutrition and the catalyst for fat loss. Wheat germ oil has been used for many years by bodybuilders because of the energy and endurance gained from its consumption.
Do You Know Any Vegan Bodybuilders?
A number of internet marketers who are selling books on health and fitness programs profess to living a vegetarian lifestyle. They maintain that eating of any meats is unnecessary in our modern age, as we can get all our proteins and nutritional needs from vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. These folks may be trim and fit looking, but very few of them have any real muscle development.
I’m sure there are a few vegan bodybuilders, but I personally don’t know of any. Those who claim to be must be augmenting their diet with a lot of protein supplements in order to grow their muscles.
Most people who claim to be vegetarians are really not. They will eat fish, shellfish, some poultry and dairy products. They do not eat beef or pork. Here are some comments on vegetarianism by a college professor.
“When I ask my university students if they’re vegetarians or meat eaters at least two-thirds of the class claims to be vegetarians. But, most of them admit to eating fish, poultry and dairy products. This wishful thinking is common to vegetarians. Even nutrition students are misinformed. Avoiding red meat doesn’t make you a vegetarian . . . and it doesn’t make you any healthier.”
If you are not eating red meat, chances are you are deficient in zinc. Those who avoid beef are seven times more likely to be zinc deficient.
Zinc is second only to iron as the most concentrated mineral in the human body. Zinc helps produce the hundreds of enzymes that are critical for body function regulation. One organ that is very high in zinc is the prostate gland. Zinc deficiency may cause an inflammation known as prostatitis. Any man who has suffered from prostatitis can tell you that many aspects of their lives change dramatically . . . including their sex life.
Zinc is also essential for the production superoxide dismutase (SOD) the most potent antioxidant in the body, one that is responsible for keeping your skin elastic and resilient so you retain that “youthful” look.
Zinc also transports vitamin A to your retina, keeping your vision sharp and improving your night vision. It also slows down the effects of aging on your visual acuity.
Zinc helps promote a healthy immune system, it helps with the growth of reproductive organs and aids in fertility and conception. It aids in wound healing and cell reproduction and bone formation. In short, zinc is very essential in the human body.
Have you heard CoQ10? CoQ10 is a coenzyme that is critical to life itself. It is directly responsible for the production of ninety-five percent of the energy in the body. It is particularly concentrated in those organs that need high energy input; the heart, liver and kidneys. Without CoQ10, we cannot live. Red meat is the only dietary source of this coenzyme!
Sure your body produces CoQ10, but you need a dietary source as well to assure that you are getting enough. Non-beef eaters are often critically low in this vital nutrient.
Vegans are also prone to be low in vitamin B12, the creator of red blood cells and maintainer of our nervous system. Without the protection provided by B12, your brain cannot function properly. Memory loss or lapses may occur. Animal sources are the only reliable dietary supply of B12. So eat your liver, fish, eggs and meat to avoid B12 deficiency.
Most vegetarian ideas have no scientific basis. Some of them are totally wrong and more than a few are dangerous to your health.
- The Myth: Animal fats cause heart disease – The truth is that the arterial plaque that contributes to heart disease is made from unsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats found in vegetable oils, not saturated fats found in meat.
- Fact: The body needs saturated fats to utilize other key nutrients.
- The Myth: Vegetarians live longer – The truth is that there is a higher mortality rate among vegans, even though there is slightly less mortality from heart disease.
- Vegans often choose an overall healthy lifestyle of exercise, non-smoking and minimal alcohol consumption, but they still don’t live longer than their meat-eating brethren.
- The Myth: Humans evolved as vegetarians – The fact is that there are no native vegetarian cultures. Every native culture has prized meat above all other foods.
- Until Western diets entered their systems, native cultures ate a diet rich in animal products. Some, like the Eskimo people, eat a diet of nearly seventy percent animal fats and they are healthy (until we introduced them to the Big Mac and fries).
- The people of the Caucasus Mountains of Russia are known to live to great ages on a diet that is heavily fatty pork and raw milk products.
- The Hunzas, legendary for robust health and long live eat a diet rich in goat’s milk that is higher in saturated fat than cow’s milk.
- Most vegetarians in the Hindu culture in India have the shortest life spans in the world. There is no animal protein in their diet.
- Myth: You can get all the protein you need by substituting soy for meat – Fermented soy foods like miso, tamari, tempeh and natto are healthful. Processed soy as found in soy milk, soy flour and other Western soy products is actually not nutritious at all. Unfermented soy is high in phytic acid.10, an anti-nutrient.
Vegetarian diets are mineral deficient and also lack many of the essential amino acids that are the building blocks of tissue. Vegetarian foods contain zero B12 and CoQ10, and a minimal amount of zinc.
Soy is no meat substitute. It has high levels of phytoestrogens that can feed tumors and decrease cognitive function. Parents who elect to feed their babies on soy-based infant formula are giving them the hormonal equivalent of five birth control pills per day.
Our ancestors thrived on meat and it is in our DNA to savor a juicy rib steak. The best meat is not what’s on special at your local supermarket (usually). Grass-fed beef is the most nutritious and is not loaded with growth hormones or antibiotics, like the meat from feedlot animals.
Grass-fed meats are becoming more readily available as consumers become better informed. There are ranches that specialize in grazing beef cattle and bison for their rich, low-fat meat. Sources of these delicious cuts may be found online, or maybe as close as your local telephone directory.
If all of this information still hasn’t convinced you vegan readers, then be sure to have regular blood tests to detect any deficiencies in zinc, CoQ10 and B12.