Building Your Best Body
How I Found the
I was a division-one college baseball player (“D-1”) and what most wouldconsider a top-level athlete. When I injured my elbow, I was a mess. I was living the easylife; drinking beer, eating fast food, and was quickly becoming, for lack of better terms, afat mess. I knew this had to change because my family had a history of high bloodpressure and diabetes. To get back into playing shape and rehab my elbow, I knewsomething had to be done.I started to research nutrition thinking this could help me get back into playingshape in six months. At that time, I was doing volunteer work at a renal care center (acenter for people with kidney disease) and a center for diabetics. All of this was volunteerwork required on my resume to apply for Medical School. This is where the mostfundamental part of how to diet became clear to me. There was a dietitian there who putpatients on a meal plan with five to six meals per day. Some of these patients on insulin(Type I Diabetic) as well as not on insulin (Type II) were very lean and were obtainingthese results with no exercise. Within 6-10 weeks, patients with controlled insulin levelswould reduce their body fat percentage and lose very little muscle mass or no musclemass at all. I was amazed at these results. I thought, “What if I could eat this way and getback into shape?” I did just that. Then the thought occurred, “What if this response tobalancing insulin levels via proper food intake could be duplicated in all healthypopulations, athletes, exercise enthusiasts, and even bodybuilders?”By eating small, frequent meals that are low in starchy carbohydrates and high inhealthy fats and lean protein, you create adequate insulin release. By eating infrequentmeals with high carbohydrates and loaded with calories, you cause a drastic insulin spikethat results in excessive bodyfat storage and an insulin crash that halts fat loss. The goalis to balance insulin throughout the day and provide frequent, smaller meals to keep yourmetabolism revving because your body is like a furnace—if you don’t keep coal in it, itwill stop burning.At Scivation, we believe in high lean protein (2.0-3.2g/kg body weight), highhealthy fats and low glycemic carbohydrates (mostly fibrous ones) with timedcarbohydrate loads to keep your thyroid happy. The problem with eating all lowcarbohydrate all the time is that your thyroid responds to not only total calories, but alsocarbohydrates. When there are no or very low carbohydrates in the diet for too long of aperiod, the thyroid senses that the body is starving or dying and its natural response is toslow down your metabolic rate to preserve bodymass. Not only do the carbohydrate loadsreplenish glycogen to the muscle, they also keep your thyroid cranking and burning allday long.