Saturday, August 25, 2007

Today, I'm Just An Average American

I'm starting Joel Marion's "Cheat To Lose Diet" with my wife today. (Actually today is like a "warm-up.") So, I get to eat anything I want. I started off this morning with a run (ok, not a literal run, cause everybody knows I don't run...) to the grocery store. I had 6 blueberry Eggo waffles with real maple syrup and about 32oz or so of Tropicana OJ. Good stuff. Surprisingly, I didn't instantaneously crash into a carb coma.

For lunch, nothing but the best: McDonald's Double Quarter Pounder w/cheese, fries, and a vanilla shake. Felt pretty gross after this and did need to take a nap.

For an afternoon snack I polished off the OJ.

Then we went to our friends' house where I had one chicken breast, mashed potatoes, meatballs, and brownies and ice cream for dessert.

This particular program calls for cardio 4 days per week. Uh-oh! I guess I'm gonna hafta get back into KB snatches. JM recommends five 2 minute intervals which of course are the worst kind. So tomorrow, I'm breaking out the 16kg and hitting 20+20, which I think is approximately 2 minutes. We'll see. This could be painful. I'll have to see how this will play in with my current program. There may be some modifications to be made but I don't think so right now.

I'll post some numbers later.


Blogger Tim Anderson said...

Interesting "warm-up". I haven't eaten a McDonalds shake in about 10 years, how was it?

6:30 AM  
Blogger Mark Reifkind said...

??? I thought you were going to gain mass and weight, not lose it. I'm confused.

8:32 AM  
Blogger Geoff Neupert said...

Tim--Fries way too salty, shake way too sweet.

Rif--I am, but first, I gotta take a step back. As you are well aware, the leaner you are, the more insulin-sensitive you are (allegedly). I need to re-sensitize my body to carbs so I can gain more muscle. Although possible to gain muscle on low carb, it's much more difficult than using carbs to gain muscle. So, that's why the step back.

Ultimately the goal is to get to 235-240 again. This current phase will only last 6 weeks max I think. The point is to gain mass and lose BF. However, it'll allow me to eat high GI carbs again without negative body-comp effects. In the meantime, I'm still focusing on muscle-building and knee-bending skill re-acquisition. I did 25 BW squats in a row on Friday pain-free. The emphasis was on including the big toes in the squat. (I think there's an article in there...) It was a great feeling.

9:57 AM  
Blogger Mark Reifkind said...

geoff in all my years of bodybuilding and powerlifting I have never found it possible to gain JUST lean tissue,especially without AAS.It is hard enough to gain muscle if one allows some bodyfat to accrue.
It will be interesting to see how this goes.

7:01 AM  
Blogger Mike T Nelson said...

Keep us updated on how it goes Geoff. I am very interested in your results. I wish I would have thought of that title myself!

What are you tracking? Body fat percent, scale weight and strength levels?

I've always been fascinated by the "nutrient partioning" effect in the body--the ability to increase muscle and loose fat. It is well known that this it the main benefit of AAS use, but I think you may be able to get the same effect with enough well planned exercise. Jon Berardi refers to this as "G-Flux" so that at higher levels of food intake AND exercise, you see a better response in the body (e.g more muscle, less fat).

Mike N

3:54 PM  
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4:33 PM  
Blogger Iron Tamer said...

what are you now Geoff? 210, 215?

You go ahead and grow, I'll keep doing what I'm doing & we'll meet in the middle!

4:35 PM  
Blogger Geoff Neupert said...

Rif--yeah, I know it'll be hard, but doing it this way the latest research says at least I'll get a running start...

DW, 214/215

Mike, Bodyfat, waist measurements, scale.

6:00 PM  
Blogger Mark Reifkind said...

you know me boss, I always go with experience over research.

10:33 PM  
Blogger kevin said...

Geoff - I've been thinking about the comment about the big toe, and what I've seen from you both lifting and mobility-wise. have you noticed if your tib posterior is working or not again. flexor hallicus longus and tib posterior can both act as supinators if I recall correctly and since you have in the past had a tendency to passively evert some during squats, I was wondering if your FHL is making up for your tib posterior. just a thought or I guess its a few...

4:46 PM  
Blogger Frankie Faires said...


How does he look when performing Athletic Ready Stance?

5:26 PM  
Blogger kevin said...

ok...I realized after thinking about this some more that it was popliteus not tib posterior ... my bad...but I think the big toe helping prevent eversion still should be right...oops

2:09 PM  
Blogger Franz Snideman said...

Yikes! not sure about the diet :)

sounds like fun though

2:26 PM  

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