Carb/Calorie Cycling For Better Body Composition

muscles 2 flickrIf you want to build muscle with little or no fat gain, or lose fat with little or no muscle loss, then carb cycling should definitely be part of your nutritional strategy.

In fact by using carb cycling some people are able to build muscle and lose fat at the same time. Though this will seldom be optimal, and to get the best results you’d be much better off concentrating on one goal (muscle gain or fat loss) at a time.

But by using carb cycling you’ll be sure to get superior results in terms of improved body composition, as compared to what you would get by following a more standard diet plan. So in this article I’ll explain exactly what carb cycling is, why it’s so effective, and how best to use it to achieve your own particular goals. Continue Reading →

The Renegade Diet Book Review

renegade dietAre you tired of hard to follow diet plans that fail to deliver the results they promise? I know I was. Low carb diets, high carb diets, ketogenic diets, eating six meals per day, starving yourself to lose fat or stuffing yourself to build muscle. Surely there must be a better way.

Well as it turns out there is. Jason Ferruggia spent over two decades experimenting with every kind of diet you can think of – both on himself and his clients. And the final result of all that experimentation, combined with the very latest scientific research, is The Renegade Diet.

The Renegade Diet is essentially a modification of The Warrior Diet, but it takes into account the needs of those who want to build muscle and improve performance, as well as those who just want to get really defined. But perhaps even more important than any of that is the fact that it has a very strong focus on achieving and maintaining optimum health – something that is sorely lacking in most other diet plans.

So what exactly is The Renegade Diet? Is it really all it’s cracked up to be? And more importantly, is it the right diet for you? Well, here’s my review of the book so you can decide for yourself… Continue Reading →

The Best Fat Loss Diet Plan

frank zane wcIf your main aim is to lose body fat, it’s really not that difficult. You will need a bit of determination, but apart from that you just need to get your diet in order and take some steps to ensure you preserve your muscle tissue whilst you are losing fat. After that all you need do is be consistent until you get the job done.

And even if your main goal is to build muscle, if you are carrying too much fat you’ll need to address that first, otherwise you’ll just put on far more fat than muscle due to the fact that your insulin sensitivity will be very poor. You need to get down to below 15% body fat (22% for women) before starting a muscle building program. And 10 – 12% (15 – 18% for women) would be better.

So if you want to start shedding the excess fat, the best diet plan to allow you to do that is as follows… Continue Reading →

The Best Muscle Building Diet Plan

steak and rice flickrTo build muscle effectively takes more than just working out with weights. You need to eat right too. In fact what you eat is just as important as how you train (if not more so). So what exactly should the ideal muscle building diet plan consist of? In this article I’ll answer that question.

But first it’s important to note that if you are over 15% body fat (22% for women) you should really go on a fat loss program first. If you attempt to follow a diet plan to build muscle whilst you are carrying too much fat it’s likely that you will put on far more fat than muscle due to the fact that your insulin sensitivity will be very poor. So shed the excess fat first; and then you can start your muscle building program.

But if you are ready to get started, the best diet plan to follow in order to build muscle as fast as possible (whilst staying lean) is as follows… Continue Reading →