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The Holy Grail
Body Transformation Program
How to Gain Muscle and Lose Fat at the Same time
By Tom Venuto Version 2.0.1
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or CCN) for your special nutrition program. Always consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet or nutrition program. elevated blood cholesterol. cardiovascular disease.Page iv Official Site: www.shtml . or any other medical condition or metabolic disorder requiring special nutritional considerations. The user assumes all risk for any injury. The use of diet and nutrition to control metabolic disorders and disease is a very complicated science. directly or indirectly by using any information described in this course. The author is not a medical doctor. or clinical nutritionist. The author and publisher shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any of the information contained in this manual. metabolic disorder. elevated blood pressure. the author is a fitness and nutrition consultant.HEALTH AND MEDICAL DISCLAIMER This program is for educational and informative purposes only and is not intended as medical or professional advice.com Support Community: www. and diabetes). The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that apparently healthy individuals who are male and over 40 or female and over 50 to have both a physical exam and a diagnostic exercise test prior to starting a vigorous exercise program. loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused. The purpose of this program is to help healthy people reach their cosmetic fitness goals (gaining muscle and losing fat) by educating them in proper nutrition and exercise guidelines.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. RD. or correct any illness. you should obtain your physician’s clearance before beginning an exercise program. A diagnostic exercise test and physical examination is also recommended in individuals of any age who exhibit two or more of the major coronary risk factors (smoking. and is not the purpose of this program.com/innercircle. we suggest you consult a health care professional with a clinical nutrition background (MD. high blood cholesterol. Any individual with a known history of heart disease or other heart problems should be required to have a medical evaluation including a graded exercise test before engaging in strenuous physical activity. If you have been sedentary and are unaccustomed to vigorous exercise. This nutrition and exercise program will not help cure. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program .HolyGrailBodyTransformation. chronic hypertension. family history of heart disease. or medical condition. registered dietitian. heal. If you have diabetes. and/or if you have any orthopedic problems. No health claims are made for this program.
HolyGrailBodyTransformation.com/innercircle.com Support Community: www.TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction Part 1: Theory and science Part 2: The nutrition program: periodization and cyclical dieting Part 3: Training guidelines Part 4: Lifestyle factors Part 5: Frequently asked questions Conclusion References Appendix 1: Carb cycling menu plans Appendix 2: How many calorie should I eat Cheat Sheet Appendix 3: Burn the fat 2.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.0 food guide Bonus: TNB workout The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program .shtml .Page v Official Site: www.
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shtml . difficult doesn’t mean impossible.Page 2 Official website: www. regardless of your age. Fortunately. I haven’t sold out and you won’t hear any claims from me that can’t be backed up with science.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.com/InnerCircle. Feed the Muscle. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . this entire Holy Grail body transformation program is largely based on two maxims: Timing is everything.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Introduction Gain muscle and lose fat at the same time? Have I gone mad? Have I “sold out” and joined the weight loss and muscle building opportunists who make wild claims to sell diet and training courses? Aren’t I the guy who always said it’s impossible to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time? Don’t worry. 7 days a week).com Support Community: www. It’s also common to see a large increase in lean body mass with a small decrease in body fat. which was first published in 2002: “It’s common to see a large decrease in body fat with a small increase in lean body mass. the nutritional methods necessary for gaining muscle and burning fat are mostly antagonistic to one another.” You see. which make doing both simultaneously a difficult proposition. if you define the same time as “right now” (as in. it’s best to focus on the things you can change. so rather than fret about your genetic lot. It may indeed be virtually impossible to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time. notably your genetics and the way your body is biologically hardwired. Let me start off by making one thing very clear: Gaining muscle and losing fat at the “same time” is possible and I’ve said that for years. I tempered that statement by continuing as follows: “One thing you will rarely see is a large increase in lean body mass and a large decrease in body fat. Let me quote myself from my book Burn the Fat. For everything there is a season. couldn’t you put the odds of achieving concurrent muscle gain and fat loss in your favor? Bingo! That’s exactly why I created this program. Confused? Let me clarify this further. there are some factors that you can influence. Gaining a lot of muscle and losing a lot of fat at the same time is also most likely to occur only under certain optimal conditions. That temporal distinction is more important than it may appear. experience or genetics. this very moment you are reading this). Nevertheless. I haven’t gone crazy. In fact. are not under your control.” However. or as a continuous process (as in. The somewhat depressing problem is that many of these conditions. That might pique your interest and make you wonder what those mysterious conditions are.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. gaining muscle and losing fat simultaneously 24 hours a day. If you could duplicate and control them.
my own beliefs on the subject.Page 3 Official website: www.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. drug-free muscle gains with fat loss have become a more frequent occurrence among highly dedicated. the Holy Grail of body transformation. Interest in pursuing this Grail will never wane. It represents a best case scenario – the ultimate prize. have expanded somewhat.shtml . and start all over again with a new product. “oops. sorry”. I do pledge that all case studies and testimonials are real and verifiable.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.com/InnerCircle. I still believe this today. Because many of the claims for muscle building. That’s also why I make no specific claims about the results you’ll get. it pays to be skeptical of advertising claims. Third. fat-burning programs and supplements are based on best case scenario results or even fabrications. and self-reported body composition results are subject to a large margin of error. With advances made in the last decade in our understanding of nutrient timing. I will cite the scientific sources for any numbers when sources are available. that wouldn’t seem so impressive – it might appear as The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . training and lifestyle techniques. They say. Ben started at 153 pounds and finished the 98-day challenge at 154. I’ve seen the results with my own eyes too many times to deny that it’s possible to gain muscle and lose fat during a training/nutrition cycle. by highly motivated individuals. I thought it worth writing a short manual on the subject to satisfy the insatiable thirst for knowledge on how to achieve this most highly coveted goal.8 pounds. I’ve seen enough proof. Unrealistic goals lead to eventual frustration. Even with the Federal Trade Commission clamping down recently. But if that’s true. Although the results may not be typical.com Support Community: www. then why bother writing about how to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time? There are three reasons. If you only focused on scale weight. hard-working trainees. After nearly a decade of seeing the results produced by the diligent application of certain nutrition.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Why I created this program Because of these challenges and because muscle gain and fat loss are antagonistic goals. pay a fine. The second reason I’m writing this is because gaining muscle while losing fat is the most desirable goal for all bodybuilders and physique athletes and for many people interested in body composition improvements. The first is because wild claims of muscle gain with fat loss are running rampant in bodybuilding. cyclical dieting and lifestyle strategies. fitness and weight loss product advertisements and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. This has created totally unrealistic expectations in many trainees. while they have not changed fundamentally. That’s why there’s a real need for a science-based guide on the subject to put muscle gain and fat loss claims into their proper perspective. Any case studies I mention are anecdotal and are no indication that you’ll get the same results. some well-heeled companies are making illegal claims anyway and waiting for the slap on the wrist. A competitor in our Summer body transformation contest. however difficult it may be. One of the most impressive transformations we’ve seen so far came from 44-year old Ben Brown. or as I call it. I’ve always suggested that your best bet is to focus single-mindedly on one goal at a time – either gaining muscle or burning fat. Therefore.
The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program only 1. “The most important thing that I learned is what should be done to reduce body fat AND gain muscles.1 pounds of total body weight.4 pounds of lean body mass in 98 days (14 weeks).shtml The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . Whether you’ll achieve more remarkable gains of muscle while you simultaneously burn fat. Her waist shrunk by 6. in our most recent summer body transformation challenge. “was that I have even added visible muscle to my frame in the process. it’s common for those following the Holy Grail techniques to lose large amounts of body fat with modest but significant gains of muscle.8 pounds of muscle gain. The catch is.6 inches. He intentionally set out to “lose 25 pounds of fat and gain as much muscle as possible in the process. this was after she had already achieved a previous 100 pound weight loss.2 pounds in 98 days – all of it fat – while gaining 3.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.4 pounds of fat while gaining 5.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. as Ben intentionally set out to use Holy Grail techniques to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time and he succeeded in spades. But it’s true!” Ryan Wilson also competed in our summer body transformation challenge. body composition transformation happens “Accidentally. For example.3% and his ending body fat percentage was 10. Ryan said that he already understood nutrition but “The Holy Grail has revamped my thinking. These results too.” Josh Ketter. are quite remarkable and not necessarily typical. In other cases. cutting 16.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.5%. the fact that many other people have achieved the Holy Grail of fitness goals should be encouraging. In only 7 weeks. “The best part of all” she said. But certainly.” 36-year-old mom of three Anna Goldenberg made an impressive 98-day transformation as well.com/InnerCircle. Josh’s goal was to lose body fat. Remarkably. you can see that this translates to a 13. Thirty-four year old Erica Perna Dropped 15 pounds of body weight while gaining 6 pounds of lean body mass. 42-year old Jay Lemon lost 32. He wasn’t trying to gain muscle – his results just turned out that way. He lost 28.8% body fat loss in 14 weeks is exceptional by itself.2 pound loss in body fat and a 15 pound gain in lean body mass. But body composition testing (and Ben’s before and after photos) told a different story: his starting body fat was 19. The good news is.Page 4 Official website: www. I can’t say.shtml . The photos of these and many more success stories can be seen on the Holy Grail Website at http://www.” He exceeded his goal. That depends on many different factors.com Support Community: www. the men’s winner of our 1st annual Holiday (winter) body transformation contest is a perfect example.” These are the types of results that I can confidently say are attainable for most people using the techniques you’ll learn inside this e-book. Large gains in muscle with large (or equal) losses in fat are usually the exception. Unbelievable? Yes. but it’s certainly encouraging.2 pounds of very visible muscle in the process. She said. as you’ll discover shortly. but after crunching the numbers. This result is not typical. Josh gained 7 pounds of lean body mass and lost 8 pounds of body fat while his body weight only dropped by a pound. 8. while adding 4 pounds of muscle.com/testimonials.
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What can we learn from the success of other people? For starters, you can get inspired and motivated. On a more practical level, by studying both the deliberate and the accidental successes, tracing the effects back to their causes, I’ve discovered some commonalities in methods among every person who has achieved the Holy Grail. This has allowed me to fine tune this body transformation process to the point where it is today. Here’s the best part: The Holy Grail system has always been based on solid science. Now it is also thoroughly real-world tested. This e-book is divided into five parts, plus the appendices and a special bonus section. Part one discusses the theory and science. This section should not be skipped. It’s very important to understand the physiological process by which you gain muscle and lose fat because the nutrition program design is based entirely on manipulating these mechanisms. Part two gives you the specific techniques to make this happen – an eating program based on nutrient timing and nutritional periodization. This cyclical nutrition plan is the core of the Holy Grail transformation system. Part three covers general weight training and cardio training guidelines. (A complete training program is included in the bonus section at the back of the e-book). Part four discusses the lifestyle factors, focusing on the “big two” which could sabotage an otherwise near-perfect nutrition and training plan. Part five contains the newest addition to the program – questions and answers. This new section was made possible by the first wave of Holy Grail body transformation students who sent me hundreds of emails as they pursued their quest for the Grail. By compiling all of the most frequently asked questions, this has created an immensely helpful new chapter to this 2nd edition of the program. In the remainder of the e-book, you’ll find the appendices which include sample meal plans, calorie calculators and the Burn the Fat 2.0 food data base. You’ll also find the important bonus section with my complete “T.N.B.” workout program. I’ve also included some selected references from the peer-reviewed journals for readers who are scientifically-inclined. Should you decide to pursue the Holy Grail, you are about to embark on a challenging journey. The beauty of a traveling on a difficult path is that when the destination is reached and the goal is captured, the achievement is all the more rewarding.
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The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program: Part One – Theory and Science
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Gaining muscle and losing fat – the debate Some bodybuilding experts call it "body recomposition.” Dan Duchaine was probably the first, while Lyle McDonald deserves much credit for popularizing and keeping this neat little phrase alive. In his 1996 book, Duchaine wrote: “The dirty little aspect of weight loss that diets have to address is muscle loss. Whenever you reduce calories to lose body fat, you also sacrifice muscle. Sometimes it’s a significant amount; other times it can be measured in mere ounces or grams. However, the status of your lean body mass directly affects both your metabolism and your ultimate shape. Replace, maintain and increase muscle – recomposition – accomplishes all three.” Academic types call it concurrent hypertrophy and fat loss (hypertrophy means muscle growth and concurrent means “at the same time”). Whatever you call it – I use both phrases - gaining muscle and losing fat at the same time is clearly the "holy grail" of body transformation goals. However, there's been ongoing debate over whether this goal is even possible and if so, whether it's a wise goal to pursue, or if a focused one-goal approach (aka building or cutting) is more efficient. The experts are divided: Some advise that it's impossible to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time. Others claim that it's not only possible, but on their programs, larger muscles and a ripped physique are both guaranteed. A third group says, you can do it, but it takes a very systematic approach, it’s most likely to happen under specific conditions, and there may be a compromise. You can count me in the third group. But who should you believe? And why is there any confusion at all? Can’t this debate be settled easily with science? Well, even after looking at the science, it’s still a difficult question to answer. How the body partitions energy and nutrients is so complicated, it can make your brain hurt if you start digging into the research. Can you gain muscle and lose fat at the same time? Like so many areas that involve the almost inconceivable complexity of the human body, the real answer is, "it depends." There are so many “x factors” that affect whether muscle is gained or lost and whether fat is burned or stored, it’s not a simple cut and dried issue. The good news is, if you understand just a few of the key scientific principles that govern concurrent muscle gain and fat loss, and if you pay attention to real world results, these complex physiological processes can be codified into a very simple and practical nutrition, training and lifestyle plan. That’s what this short course on gaining muscle and burning fat is about. The core of the Holy Grail body transformation program is a cyclical nutrition plan and that’s where our primary focus will go.
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8-12 reps per set. So much for needing one of those super-high tech training programs you see advertised on the web. That is remarkable progress. What was significant in these unusual cases of exceptional body recomposition was the fact that the men were beginners to training. were these results really examples of gaining muscle and losing fat at the "same time?" Well. and that is also not unusual. yes. These types of results are not just anecdotal. It has been done. Occasionally. but the before and after photographs were congruent with these results.3 pounds of fat. if your definition of "the same time" is 7 weeks or The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . I'm not sure how anyone can still dispute that over an extended period of time . Body composition and weight were self reported. let alone in 14 weeks with a concurrent 16 pound fat loss. the subjects had gained an average of 9. researchers from the United States Sports Academy studied a group of overweight sedentary men who followed a program of endurance and weight training exercise for 14 weeks. 4 sets per exercise. Most of the controversy and confusion revolves around your definition of "the same time.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. but the type of resistance training program is not the most significant factor. It’s also noteworthy that they were overweight.weeks or months . The weight training consisted of 8 exercises. In our recent 49-day (approx 7 weeks) Burn the Fat body transformation challenge. The workout program was nothing unusual. with a 2-5 pound gain of lean muscle over 12 weeks are not uncommon.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.com Support Community: www. although this is the exception.com/InnerCircle. don't bother looking up the study.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program What science and the real world say Personal reports and my own measurements on clients with 15-20 pounds of fat loss. results on the order of 15-20 pounds of fat loss with a concurrent 6-10 pound muscle gain in 12-14 weeks have been documented.shtml . More on those “x factors” in a moment. It might even make you wonder what kind of training program these guys were on so you could copy their routines. Defining "the same time" With this kind of scientific and strong anecdotal evidence." The real question is. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. It can be done.5 pounds of muscle with no drop in body fat in a year. either. At the end of the study. In one study published in the scientific journal. two of our male contestants and (surprisingly) one of our female contestants each dropped 7-8 pounds of fat and gained approximately 7 pounds of muscle with little change in body weight.it's possible to see an increase in muscle and a decrease in body fat. An advanced bodybuilder would be thrilled to gain 9.Page 8 Official website: www. They did 3 days a week of steady state cardio . A good resistance training program is a MUST to optimize your chances of gaining muscle and losing fat. On muscle gaining programs. you might see an 8-12 pound muscle gain and a 2-3 pound loss of body fat. Well.5 pounds of muscle and lost 16.30 minutes of cycling and 30 minutes of walking at 60-70% of heart rate reserve.
Feed the Muscle. Our goal is to purposely manage this flux between surplus and deficit so that fat loss and muscle gain over an extended time period are the end results. Your goal on a muscle gaining program is to keep the accumulation of fat tissue to a minimum as you gain lean body weight. the skinny and naturally lean ectomorph and the round.com Support Community: www. The problem is. cardio training. Having ruled out muscle gain and fat loss at the same time literally.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program 14 weeks. This is the key distinction of the Holy Grail Body Transformation program: What really happens is you alternate between periods of caloric surplus (anabolism) and periods of caloric deficit (catabolism). Your body is in a constant state of flux: protein synthesis and protein breakdown. optimal macro and micro-nutrition. you do not gain muscle and lose fat 24 hours a day. usually both body fat and lean tissue go up together. if you are training.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. Most people who follow bodybuilding and anyone who has read my book Burn the fat. fat-storing endomorph. keeping muscle loss and fat gains to a minimum on cutting or building programs. for the rest of this ebook. much of the equation is genetically governed. complete recovery from training. as they are incompatible goals for your body to pursue. Even when you define the same time as an extended period of weeks or months. Keep in mind that on training days.shtml . your state of energy balance still fluctuates. when we say “same time” we will be referring to a multi-week or multi month period. to be in perfect energy balance all the time is somewhat of a misnomer. The net result of the sum of these processes over time dictates the change in your body composition. This zig zagging of anabolism and catabolism happens to some degree whether you do it intentionally or not. lipolysis and lipogenesis. Usually when you lose weight. If body composition stays the same.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. will be familiar with the concept of body types (somatotypes). so even if your caloric intake remains the same.com/InnerCircle. is easier for some people than for others. Even though many people maintain approximately the same body weight and body composition for years. so to think that you can always be 100% in control of the partitioning of fat and muscle is overly optimistic. respectively. lifestyle strategies and the ideal hormonal environment. But in such scenarios. 7 days a week for 14 weeks straight (which would be the "same time" literally speaking). While lifestyle and nutrition strategies can facilitate lean gains and fat losses. You have the genetically-gifted muscular mesomorph.Page 9 Official website: www. Our tools of the trade are strength training. body fat and lean tissue compartments both go down together. the perpetual see-saw of anabolism and catabolism has balanced each other out over time. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . Your goal on a cut is to keep the loss of lean tissue in the form of skeletal muscle to a minimum. you have a higher calorie expenditure than on rest days. On a muscle building program. gaining muscle and losing fat at the same time is very difficult.
one is forced to the conclusion that the lean and fat components of the body are in a sense companions. as this regain is called. you are unlikely to gain muscle and lose fat concurrently in very large amounts. Beginner's bodies are more responsive because they've never done weight training before. To gain muscle and lose fat together is to battle your biology. Muscle Memory.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.Page 10 Official website: www. Sometimes it seems like our bodies don’t want to be lean or muscular. Concurrent muscle gain and fat loss: the exceptions (X factors) When you look at how our bodies are genetically programmed. How do they do it? That’s what this program is all about. Several conditions allow some people to make larger muscle gains and fat losses at the same time: 1. the harder it is to gain additional muscle. Perhaps that’s why people call it the Holy Grail – because it is so elusive. Beginners.com Support Community: www. and in the same direction. Genetic superiors (mesomorph body types) are more likely to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time. let alone both at the same time." Translation: The body’s most natural tendency is to lose some lean body mass when you lose weight and to gain some fat mass when you gain weight. hormone levels.shtml . advantages in muscle fiber type and number. Energy balance provokes a change in many body components. a small handful of people achieve it. 2. is not a bodybuilding urban legend – it’s a real phenomenon with a scientific basis. Forbes helped us answer the question with this statement from one of his research papers (underline my emphasis): "For the most part. They have many inherited advantages. Muscle memory. He was arguably the pre-eminent expert on the subject. They're a long way from their genetic potential so they have more room for improvement. a physician and renowned obesity researcher. there are exceptions to almost every rule. starvation and refeeding since he began in the field in the 1950's. Genetics/Somatotype.com/InnerCircle. Nevertheless.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. performed hundreds of studies on energy partitioning and body composition during growth. but depressing from a looking good naked point of view. it’s remarkable and wonderful from a survival of the species perspective. as in the case studies I mentioned earlier. The longer you've been training (the higher the “training age”). It’s easier to regain atrophied muscle than to build new muscle from scratch. a change in one usually being accompanied by a change in the other.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program The late Gilbert Forbes. most importantly. We’ve seen the results in the real world and in the research. Concurrent muscle gain with fat loss is often simply the regaining of muscle that had been previously developed and lost after a layoff. However. 3. as well as nutrient partitioning (including something called the "P- The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . not just fat. but it also depends a lot on the "ideal conditions" I mentioned earlier. As a general rule.
HolyGrailBodyTransformation. but they don’t help enough to account for unusual gains either. Stronger Faster.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program ratio" which is the amount of protein deposited into tissues relative to the amount ingested). wow man. not just among competitive bodybuilders and fitness models. then so be it. If they choose to believe that’s the only thing I’m taking. Boeving’s shockingly honest confession speaks volumes on point #4 above. Some supplements can be useful. Drugs. Chris Bell: So you’re advertising a supplement.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. I started taking steroids when I was 16. In one scene. So I go and take Hydroxycut or I take some supplement because I think I’m going to look like you but what I don’t know is that you were taking steroids.shtml . Not surprisingly. I started training with weights when I was 14.com/InnerCircle. Christian Boeving takes Hydroxycut. and yet some of them claim to be natural. If you haven’t watched the documentary Bigger. or simply don’t tell anyone.’ So I started to study Arnold and his achievements. Do you have any problem with that? Christian: If someone looks at an ad which says.com Support Community: www. Don’t underestimate how widespread drug use really is. of course. most users don’t want you to know they’re “on the juice. you can explain most cases of exceptional body recomposition. More often than you’d imagine. Excellent training and nutrition programs help. The drugs were legally and legitimately prescribed by a doctor for hormone replacement and “anti-aging” purposes.Page 11 Official website: www. the way it reveals the extent (and nonchalance) of drug use in the bodybuilding and fitness industry. Christian Boeving: I saw Conan the Barbarian (the movie) and at that moment I said. steroids and other physique-enhancing drugs are the “mysterious” explanation. which I did and I do. it’s quite enlightening. and a guy like me goes and looks in the magazine and I see Christian Boeving and I’m like. producer Chris Bell interviews fitness model and former supplement spokesperson (“former” because he was fired after the interview). Looking at these four X factors. Anabolic drugs or fat burning drugs can increase the probability of losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time.” I know some 40 and 50-something men who take growth hormone and testosterone. 4. as well as the amount of muscle gained and fat lost. Christian Boeving during a beachside photo shoot. ‘that’s exactly what I want to do. they should be smarter than that. but training and nutrition alone can't explain the extraordinary results some people experience. I want to look like that guy. if not shocking. I doubt however. but among the recreational exercisers and average The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . these exceptions are the ones that often end up in the before and after pictures for supplement ads. whether they are not enjoying the “side effects” of better body composition. And remember. that doesn’t necessarily mean that I don’t take something else.
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Joes you see in the gym. You can build a fantastic body drug-free, but it’s important to know the truth about what goes on in the bodybuilding industry, so that the drugfree trainee can set realistic expectations. Training age is also a huge influence on your rate of muscle growth. The longer you've been training, the slower your muscle gains occur. The closer you get to your genetic ceiling, the smaller the remaining room for improvement and the slower your gains become. Even if the nutrition and training aren’t perfect, most people make the best progress of their lives (particularly muscle gains) when they’re just starting out – the infamous “newbie gains.” If you're a beginner trying to gain muscle and you’re not getting results, it's likely that you’re doing something very wrong with your nutrition, training and lifestyle (that should be encouraging, not discouraging, by the way). Concurrent muscle gain and fat loss: more variables (the X2 factors!) Just to give you even more understanding of how NOT cut and dried this muscle gain and fat loss process really is and how much "it depends" on multiple factors, there are even more X factors to consider. How easily you lose fat or gain muscle is influenced heavily by your current body composition (lean or fat) and dieting status (dieted down or not dieted down). I call these the “X2 factors” and they’ve been compiled based on the published research of Dulloo, Forbes and Hall. The Five X2 factors 1. Overweight people are less likely to lose muscle while in a calorie deficit 2. Overweight people are more likely to gain fat while in a calorie surplus 3. Lean people are more likely to lose muscle while in a calorie deficit 4. Lean people are more likely to gain muscle while in a calorie surplus 5. Lean people who starved or crash dieted are more likely to gain fat when initially going into a calorie surplus (fat rebound/overshooting) Keep in mind especially #3 on that list: the leaner you are, the more difficult it is lose fat without losing lean tissue (let alone gaining any). For physique athletes like bodybuilders or figure competitors, when heading into the home stretch of the contest preparation period, holding on to lean muscle becomes a major concern and high priority, especially if they’re drug-free. The message is, forget about gaining much muscle when you’re extremely lean and trying to get even leaner or during the final stages of contest prep. You will look more muscular due to increasing muscle definition and separation, but it won’t be from an increase in body mass (unless you’re some kind of genetic mutant – such freaks of nature are known to exist).
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Why you don't gain muscle and lose fat at the same moment in time, literally speaking By now, the picture should be getting clearer: gaining muscle and losing fat concurrently is best explained as a process of moving in and out of within-day and within-week deficits and surpluses; bouncing back and forth between anabolic and catabolic states. But one question still remains: why don't you gain muscle and lose fat at the exact moment in time? Some experts argue that you can be in a continuous caloric deficit for an extended period, and use some of the energy from fat stores to build muscle. Theoretically, it seems possible, especially in overweight individuals, because there’s an energy cost for building muscle, and you have plenty of energy stored when you’re overweight. You can even find a rare study if you want some evidence that muscle gain in a severe calorie deficit is possible. A 1993 study that was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that weight training can produce muscle hypertrophy on an 800-calorie per day diet concurrent with large-scale (33 pound) weight loss! At first, this seems to contradict the idea that concurrent muscle gain and fat loss is difficult. It also seems to upturn the entire premise of very low calorie diets being harmful and nutritionally inadequate. But when you read the full text of the paper, you see that the subjects were obese and probably beginners. There you have it again. It’s almost a given that one or more of the X1 and X2 factors are present in every unusual case of concurrent muscle gain and fat loss and you can’t extrapolate these results to the rest of the population. It’s also worth noting that in this study, the muscle hypertrophy was seen specifically in the thigh muscles. Overall fat-free mass actually decreased! Most people who quote this study don’t mention that. It’s an interesting finding, nonetheless, demonstrating that you could lose muscle overall but gain it locally in certain body parts that are resistance trained. The theoretical possibility and rare research study notwithstanding, it’s just not likely that you’ll use energy from fat to build muscle when you think about your body's survival mechanisms. And remember the X2 factors - the leaner you get, and the longer you’ve been dieting, the less likely it becomes. When you're in a caloric deficit, especially an aggressive deficit for a prolonged period, your body is far less likely to expend energy to build muscle tissue, even when conditions seem otherwise optimal. When food intake is running short and body fat reserves are getting low, the body's survival instinct is to do everything possible to conserve energy. Why would your body take energy from the sparse and shrinking supply of incoming food or limited body fat reserves (energy needed to prolong survival during a food shortage), and use it to build tissue (muscle) that is only going to cost more energy to support? It makes no evolutionary sense.
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In an energy shortage, stored energy must be used to fuel activity and basal metabolic needs as the top priorities. The more aggressive the deficit and the leaner your body is, the less likely it is that any of this precious energy will be diverted to help fuel the muscle building process. If muscle growth does take place when energy is in short supply, it is surely not taking place at an optimal rate. There must be a compromise. Gaining muscle at the maximum possible rate requires a caloric surplus. Losing fat at the maximum rate requires a caloric deficit. You cannot be in a calorie surplus and a calorie deficit at the same moment. Therefore, there are large differences in the nutritional strategies necessary to gain muscle and lose fat with optimum efficiency. If your goal is fat loss, the recommended deficit will fall somewhere between 15% and 30% below your maintenance level. If you're a large, active male, your maintenance level might be around 3000 calories per day, so a calorie target for fat loss would be probably fall somewhere between 2100 and 2500 calories per day. If a typical male wanted to gain lean body mass at the fastest possible rate, he would probably aim for about 3300 to 3600 calories per day. That's a 1000-calorie difference between an optimal caloric intake for fat loss and an optimal caloric intake for muscle gain! The two programs are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Hormones and energy partitioning Explaining fat loss and muscle gain by only discussing the calorie balance model would be overly simplistic. A deficit doesn’t guarantee 100% fat loss. You can be in a deficit and lose muscle, not just fat. A calorie surplus doesn’t guarantee 100% muscle gain – as we all know too well, you can be in a surplus and gain fat, not just muscle. The key is to partition as much of that surplus into lean tissue and have as much of the energy deficit withdrawn from fat tissue as humanly possible. Anabolic and catabolic hormones are primary players in the partitioning of energy and nutrients. Simplified, energy partitioning means: (1) When you are in a caloric deficit and you withdraw energy from the body, where does the energy come from? Fat, glycogen, muscle tissue or other body proteins? (2) When you have a caloric surplus, and you deposit energy in the body, where do you store the excess energy? Fat, glycogen, muscle tissue or other body proteins? Hormones are like traffic cops, directing energy and nutrients down one road into cells or down another road out of cells, and these endocrine factors are influenced by weight training as well as lifestyle, including sleep, stress, diet composition, state of health and other factors. The same concept applies to hormones and energy partitioning as with energy balance: you have anabolic hormones, which are responsible for the depositing of energy into tissues or the building of tissues, and you have catabolic hormones that
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However. you probably won’t see any huge muscle gains during your fat loss program. Because these hormones are antagonistic to one another. I recommend choosing one primary goal – building muscle or burning fat. while in an aggressive caloric deficit and a dieted-down state. For example. In one sense. during that program which has one main focus. but few people just want to stand still and make no body improvements at all. Many people are satisfied with their present body weight. no doubt for #3): 1) fat loss (cutting) 2) muscle gain (building) 3) gaining muscle and losing fat at the same time Maintenance of your current body composition is another possibility. That’s a welcome departure from the traditional “bulking” approach where you gain a lot of fat along with the muscle. your body is simply not set up to gain muscle in a deficit or to put on muscle and lose fat at the same moment in time. Furthermore. However.com/InnerCircle. So while muscle gain and fat loss are clearly not dictated by calories alone. Cortisol is antagonistic to growth hormone and testosterone (the testosterone to cortisol ratio is often used as a measure of the anabolic status of your body. Unless certain x-factors are present. by using the Holy Grail techniques. Rather than view body transformation as three possible goals. you could choose to pursue a secondary goal as well. set a primary goal of gaining lean body mass with a secondary goal of losing a little bit of fat at the same time. glucagon is antagonistic to insulin. if it’s appropriate to your situation. losing a lot of fat and gaining a little muscle at the same time is entirely possible! That is also a welcome departure from the muscle loss problem so many people experience while losing fat. In other words. set a primary goal of fat loss and think of gaining a small amount of muscle as a secondary goal. that’s true.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program are responsible for the mobilization of energy from tissues or the breakdown of tissues. but we’re assuming that you’re reading this because you want to make some kind of change or improvement in your results. I suggest changing the goal posts. you don't release them at the same time. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . so building processes and breakdown processes are not occurring simultaneously. you are far more likely to be releasing predominantly catabolic hormones.Page 15 Official website: www. A new perspective on body transformation goals It may seem like I’ve just spent pages and pages discouraging you from trying to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time.shtml .HolyGrailBodyTransformation. Alternately. You may have started reading this ebook thinking that there are three possible body composition transformation goals (and hoping. This was necessary to lead you into looking at body transformation from a new perspective.com Support Community: www.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.
I will explain the nutritional techniques that will increase your chances of achieving these new “Holy Grail” body transformation goals #3 and #4. based on your top priority at the moment. Feed The Muscle. Once you’ve got your body fat level down into the fair to good category. choose focused fat loss. If focused fat loss is the right goal for you. In part two.shtml . Consider muscle gain or recomposition goals later. concurrent muscle gain secondary goal Muscle gain first priority. Body fat rating scale Competition shape (ripped) Very lean (excellent) Lean (good) Satisfactory (fair) Improvement needed (poor) Major improvement needed (very poor) Male 3-6% < 9% 10-14% 15-19% 20-25% 26-30%+ Female 9-12% <15% 16-20% 21-25% 26-30% 31-40%+ When you have high body fat (approximately 20% or higher for men. concurrent fat loss secondary goal Essentially. I recommend referring to my complete fat loss program Burn The Fat. 25% or higher for women).Page 16 Official website: www. choose focused muscle gain. it is best to single-mindedly focus on one goal – fat loss – and maximize the fat loss without introducing any compromise or delay.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program These new body transformation goals could be categorized this way: 1) 2) 3) 4) Focused fat loss (traditional cutting/maximum fat loss) Focused muscle gain (traditional building/maximum muscle gain) Fat loss first priority. 2) If you are skinny or underweight (ectomorph body type).com Support Community: www. 3) If your body fat level is at least in the average (satisfactory) category or better. then you can shift gears and start working on ganing lean muscle. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . You can use the body fat rating scale below to help you decide if you’re lean enough to pursue a “Holy Grail” body recomposition program or whether you should focus on fat loss first. we have gone from two possible goals to four possible goals.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.com/InnerCircle. take your pick out of the 4 goals listed above. and we’ve developed a new system for achieving goals #3 and #4 – the recomposition goals. Selecting a goal is easy: 1) If you are significantly overweight.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.
com/InnerCircle.Page 17 Official website: www.shtml .HolyGrailBodyTransformation.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program: Part Two – Nutritional Periodization and Cyclical Dieting The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program .com Support Community: www.
You learned all the reasons why concurrent muscle growth and fat loss is a challenge and you heard about the "X factors" which create ideal conditions for burning off fat and gaining muscle simultaneously. you realize that you can move into and out of surpluses and deficits throughout the day and hormone levels fluctuate throughout the day. optimal hormonal environment. etc). You also learned the difference between energy balance and energy partitioning and why there’s more to this than calories in versus calories out. you learned about the theory and science behind gaining muscle and losing fat at the same time. Some nutritionists. Now I'd like to show you how you can manipulate both energy balance and energy partitioning in your favor. your perspective on gaining muscle and losing fat changes. Dan Benardot. So does your perspective on how and when to provide fuel to your body.com/InnerCircle.Page 18 Official website: www. have developed algorithms and software that can actually track within-day energy balance. For example. while the rest of your meals were smaller? Considering calorie utilization hour-by-hour rather than day-by-day is known as within-day energy balance. at least over a period of weeks and months. such as Dr. recovery. and cycling your calorie and macronutrient (especially carbohydrate) levels. but had a few hours when you were in a surplus and a highly anabolic state. by including serious weight training. you had a deficit for the day. Although within-day energy balance is difficult to measure and track on a practical level (and is not necessary for our purposes). what if you loaded a large portion of your daily calories before and after your workout. you could add up the calories consumed in the previous 24 hours. This is where concurrent muscle gain and fat loss start to seem possible.com Support Community: www. You might have been in a deficit for most of the day. If you expended more than you consumed. you understand that if all the other conditions are in place (weight training.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program From theory to practice In part one. nutritionists and fitness professionals have only looked at energy balance in terms of 24 hour periods. judiciously using cardio. sleep. When you think of energy balance and nutrient partitioning being perpetual processes rather than a once-a-day accounting process. Some of those factors are under your control. With this new point of view. Nutritional periodization and within-day energy balance Traditionally. fine-tuning your nutrient timing. many of them are not.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. and compare that to the calories expended. Calculating your calorie requirements in 24-hour time units is still the ideal method for convenience and practicality reasons. it's possible The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program .shtml . But it's entirely possible that you were not in a deficit for the entire 24 hours.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. it’s immensely useful to understand this concept on an intellectual level. With this perspective. At midnight on any given day.
daily nutrient timing. fully-measurable fat loss with muscle gain. Multi-month fat loss or muscle gain phases are macrocycles – the traditional way. In essence. Nutritional periodization is something that most bodybuilders already do.shtml .com Support Community: www.com/InnerCircle. it would appear as full-blown. typically lasting 12-16 weeks to as long as 6-12 months (some bodybuilders even skip competing for an entire year to focus on gaining size before they hit the stage again). but the duration depends on how lean the bodybuilder is at the beginning of the cut phase.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. you can see that many savvy bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts have already been using nutritional periodization and didn’t even know it! (which explains some of those “accidental successes” with body-recomposition). The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . and even to use calorie and carb cycling techniques. Nutritional Periodization Multi-month primary goal Within-week carb/calorie cycling Within-day nutrient timing Macrocycle Mesocycle Microcycle When you consider how common it is to have an off-season and an in-season. to focus on post-workout nutrition. the net effect would be a small but significant decrease in fat and increase in muscle. we are making a case for the periodization of nutrition. When they’re satisfied with the muscle they’ve gained. the change in body composition would not be noticeable. these longer phases or seasons. Over a few months. usually multiple months in duration. but traditionally. In nutritional periodization lingo.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. the way athletes periodize their training programs. it would be in ounces or grams. If it could be measured.Page 19 Official website: www.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program to gain muscle during a within-day surplus and then lose fat during the rest of the day while in a deficit. etc) are microcycles. they shift into cutting seasons to get leaner or prepare for competition. Within-year (monthly) energy balance: the macrocycles Bodybuilders have traditionally had bulking seasons for gaining muscle. But over a week. by alternating cutting programs with building programs. Within week (daily) changes in energy and macronutrient intake are mesocycles. The cutting phases usually last 8 to 16 weeks. But you can also manipulate your nutrition on a meso and micro level. are called macrocycles. Within day (hourly) changes (post workout nutrition. this has only been done on the “macro” level. By the day.
rather than staying in a calorie deficit all the time. and hopefully. Long building cycles with a consistent surplus are the fastest and most efficient way to gain muscle. Once again. these within-week changes in nutrition are the mesocycles. there are some potential downsides to the traditional bulking approach to gain muscle. Burn the Fat. this technique helps you stick with your diet better. followed by one day at maintenance. overweight people are less likely to lose muscle in a calorie deficit than lean people and can handle a linear caloric deficit safely for a longer period of time. tip your body out of catabolism and provide psychological relief from prolonged calorie deprivation. increase metabolism-regulating hormones such as leptin.Page 20 Official website: www. you raise calories and then drop them back down at regular intervals.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Using long (multi-month) building (surplus) and cutting (deficit) phases is the classic approach.shtml . on a fat loss program. Within-week carb/calorie cycling: the mesocycles Getting lean presents its own set of problems. Prolonged periods of cutting and caloric deficit make it difficult to hang on to lean muscle.com Support Community: www. most of the muscle they gained during the bulking phase is still there. The problem is that anyone other than a genetically favored (to be lean) ectomorph or pure mesomorph may gain an unacceptable amount of fat along with the muscle. Clearly. One solution is a cyclical (zig zag) approach to fat loss nutrition instead of a traditional linear approach (straight line low calories all the time). This approach does assume that you’re already lean or carrying only moderate amounts of excess fat. If you recall the X2 factors.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. prevent plateaus and keep fat loss coming. Refer to my ebook. not to mention it's no fun to be hungry all the time. In general. Then during the cutting phase. As such. For example. If your primary goal is fat loss. you have to strip off all the newly accumulated fat. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program .HolyGrailBodyTransformation.com/InnerCircle. While not designed as a muscle-building method per se. preferably with some strategic timing involved. anyone with high body fat levels should set a goal to get the fat off as their first priority. which has led many bodybuilders to wonder if they could slowly add muscle without adding any fat or even drop a little of fat while gaining muscle (goal #4). refeeding for one full day can restore muscle glycogen. This 3:1 method is an approach I’ve been teaching for years. you would take three days in a caloric deficit. That leads us to cyclical dieting in shorter blocks of time – mesocycles and microcycles. Feed the Muscle for a complete A to Z fat loss program.
Page 21 Official website: www.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. we might follow the same 3:1 schedule. you can now see that it can be used in both directions. then 25% of your time is spent in a surplus and 75% of your time is spent in a deficit right? The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . If we wanted to increase our chances of gaining lean body mass during a fat loss phase.com Support Community: www. In a focused fat loss program. then I recommend introducing refeeds with the 3:1 cycling method and your goal could shift to recomposition rather than focused fat loss 3:1 Zig zag cycle for fat loss There are many ways to approach cyclical dieting.shtml . 3:1 Zig zag cycle for fat loss with muscle gain Although most people think of carb and calorie cycling as a cutting technique. and your body fat reaches the average or lean categories. If this 3:1 cyclical or zig zagging pattern of raising calories up and down is carried out over 12 weeks.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program As you get leaner. but one of the most time-tested is the 3:1 method. with one small new tweak: a high calorie day that exceeds maintenance needs and goes into a surplus.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.com/InnerCircle. This is the core nutrition technique of the “Holy Grail” program when your primary goal is fat loss and you want to gain a small amount of muscle as well: Mesocycle Duration 3 low calorie days 1 high calorie day Calorie Level 20-30% below TDEE 15-20% above TDEE Energy Status Underfeeding/moderate to aggressive deficit Overfeeding/surplus * Endomorph body types will probably want to use the more aggressive deficit on the low days (30% below TDEE) and the more conservative surplus on the high days (15% above TDEE). it looks like this: Mesocycle Duration 3 low calorie days 1 high calorie day Calorie Level 20-30% below TDEE @ TDEE Energy Status Underfeeding/moderate to aggressive deficit Refeeding/maintanence * TDEE refers to total daily energy expenditure and it’s the same thing as your maintenance level for caloric intake. Now let's look at what kind of results this might produce. * Refer to the calorie guide in the appendix to determine your TDEE.
this is a good way to do it. but need to stay sharp. because prolonged surpluses usually result in some fat gain along with the muscle gain. This is by design.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. this technique is actually very helpful for gaining muscle while keeping the gains as fat-free as possible (especially to the endomorph body types). As you can see. The only people who seem to pull it off are ectomorphs and the occasional ecto-mesomorph. you need to provide ample amounts of fuel and nutrients when your body needs and is able to utilize them the most. or even lose some fat at the same time. If slower muscle gain in exchange for some small fat loss with the muscle gain is a trade off you can live with. up to 50% of your time is spent in a surplus and 50% in a deficit. While not as efficient as the straight-line surplus method.shtml . may find this technique appealing. but you don’t want to gain any fat or you would like to actually drop a bit of fat while gaining muscle? Could you still use the cycling technique by increasing the time spent in a surplus? Yes. With only half your time in a deficit. then give the 3:3 method a try. Even if you don’t lose a significant amount of fat. people such as models and actors who want to gain weight.Page 22 Official website: www. and you want to be sure the gain is lean. It might look like this: Mesocycle Duration 3 low calorie days 2-3 high calorie days Calorie Level 15-20% below TDEE 15-20% above TDEE Energy Status Underfeeding/conservative deficit Overfeeding/surplus Here.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.com Support Community: www. this method of muscle gain is not a quick fix. It is very difficult to gain 100% fat-free tissue when you are in a continuous surplus for a long time. but that’s ok because your primary goal is not fat loss.com/InnerCircle. it’s an approach tailored to the patient person.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Isn't it logical that after three months of this. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . The Microcycle: Daily Nutrient Timing To take advantage of the training-induced partitioning effect. To the contrary. This cycling technique is different than the fat loss cycle in that the number of surplus days does not exceed the number of deficit days. your amount of fat loss over a 12 week program will be significantly reduced. you would see a large fat loss and a small muscle gain at the same time? 3:3 Zig zag cycle (lean muscle gain) What if your primary goal is gaining muscle. When the primary goal is gaining muscle.
or any athlete with extremely intense or glycogen depleting workouts. then it makes sense to eat like one. explained in their book Nutrient Timing. The overall concept is simply to provide more fuel and building materials when you need them the most and less when you need them the least.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. with a handful of minor adjustments . However. Many experts have devised formulas to calculate exact protein and carbohydrate amounts for your post-workout meal. during the "window of opportunity" where the potential for a positive partitioning effect is highest. While not set in stone. maintenance (isocaloric) or muscle gain (hypercaloric). on total daily energy expenditure and whether the goal is fat loss (hypocaloric). It's important to have one of your meals immediately after strength training because this is a critical time for muscle growth and recovery. For strict fat loss programs. PhD and Robert Portman."the 5 ultra simple guidelines of post workout nutrition. Essentially. nutrient timing isn't all that important. the post workout meal will be the same as your other meals.Page 23 Official website: www. eat soon after your workout. the following is a common recommendation as a minimum: 0. Post workout nutrition and nutrient timing made ultra-simple To a couch potato. PhD. this usually works out to about 30-50 grams of protein and 60-100 grams of carbs for the post workout meal. this would mean consuming a significant breakfast." First. I suggest you keep it as simple as possible – while not dismissing its importance. training changes things. and can go much higher. At no other time during the course of your day can nutrition make such a major difference. Basically.5 grams of carbs per pound of lean bodyweight (1. As John Ivy. it can't be. "The 45 minutes immediately following exercise is the metabolic window of opportunity. when I speak of microcycles." Get your first postworkout nutrition intake anytime between the end of your workout (still in the gym) and 30 minutes after your workout. Post workout nutrition doesn't have to be so formulaic. including proper post-workout nutrition and pre-workout nutrition. (For endurance athletes. the carbs may be lower. I am simply remaking the argument for nutrient timing.1g/kg) 0.com/InnerCircle.com Support Community: www.shtml . In fact. when your body is metabolically primed to receive the nutrients (after an overnight fast) and one of your larger meals after your strength training session. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . depending on the degree of carb restriction imposed).The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Ideally. these carb amounts are more like starting points.55g/kg) For body composition improvement.25 grams of protein per pound of lean bodyweight (. however.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. If you train like an athlete or bodybuilder. The optimal amounts of protein and carbs can vary depending on energy expenditure during the workout. The post workout meal should contain protein and a significant serving of natural carbs. 5 post workout nutrition strategies to improve muscle growth and enhance recovery Most people over-complicate the subject of post-workout nutrition.
Other people insisted that post-workout protein was more important to rebuild muscle. if you're going to eat high glycemic index foods or rapidly absorbed carbs. which are quickly digested due to their high glycemic index. glucose or a combination of these quicklydigesting carbohydrates. the post-workout period is a time when simple and high glycemic (quick absorbing) carbs are acceptable. while satisfying the appetite better. Whole food can provide micronutrients and fiber. If your goal is fat loss and you have the endomorph body type or carb-intolerant metabolic type. restore blood sugar. Liquids are often recommended for post-workout nutrition because they're absorbed more rapidly than whole foods. However. Most commercial post-workout drinks use maltodextrin. Third. If you opt for a liquid "meal" after your workout. you can drink your post workout meal if that's your preference. they are burned or partitioned into muscle glycogen. This is also a reason why we do not have zero carb days anywhere in this program – if you have no carb allowance at all.com/InnerCircle.com Support Community: www. A whole food example is white potatoes. then right after intense and exhaustive workouts is a good time to do it. you may want to be more cautious about high sugar post-workout drinks and stick with natural. Both are available in bulk from supplement wholesalers and it pays to compare prices between your own home-made postworkout drinks and commercial drinks as the cost difference can be substantial.shtml . not just calories and carbs. you can use a commercial post-workout drink or make your own using cheaply obtained individual ingredients such as whey protein powders and carbohydrate powders. Even if you're using a reduced carb diet. then worrying about getting quick absorbing carbs immediately after training isn't as important. If you're eating frequently throughout the day. which will suppress the catabolic hormone cortisol. especially in the strength and bodybuilding world. they're accounted for in the daily calorie and macronutrient budget and the majority of the daily food intake is high in nutrient density. and cause a beneficial insulin spike.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. especially in the endurance world. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program .Page 24 Official website: www. Fifth. and those are decided advantages over liquids. carbs alone were emphasized as a way to replenish glycogen after a workout. whole food. it's acceptable on your weight training days to make your post-workout feeding one of your larger and higher carb meals. dextrose. you cannot properly re-fuel after training. Carbs eaten after workouts will replenish glycogen. You might be wondering if it's wise to eat any refined and simple carbs at all. Fourth.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Second. many athletes do and get great results when the carbs are consumed mostly in the post-workout period. and drive amino acids into the muscle cells. The fact is. one of the best times to consume your limited amount of carbs is after intense weight training. At one time.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. Carbs ingested immediately after training rarely get stored in fat tissue. The science has now shown that glycogen synthesis and protein synthesis are achieved faster when protein and carbs are consumed together. eat both protein and carbs in the post workout meal.
The rest of the daily meals are mostly protein. then push back your pre workout meal just enough to allow enough time for your food to comfortably digest before training (so it's not sitting heavily or sloshing around in your stomach). Keep it simple: Eat at regularly scheduled meal times and have substantial pre.com/InnerCircle. healthy fats and fibrous carbs (green veggies and salads. It’s the amount of carbs that will vary the most. which are basically the same as any other meal: natural complex carbs and lean protein. Proteins and fats will be held steady at all meals. However. If you get a nauseous feeling from working out with food in your stomach. It’s the carbs you will be manipulating with one of two microcyclic techniques: carb tapering and carb targeting. What time of day you train will dictate where you allocate the lion’s share of your calories. etc). For example.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.Page 25 Official website: www. and the extra calories in those higher-calorie meals will come in the form of carbohydrates.shtml . for the vast majority of everyday fat loss seekers. I can eat a large meal just 30 minutes before a workout and experience no stomach upset while training – in fact. Many physique athletes report great results with the bracketing technique: simply surrounding their workouts with their two largest meals of the day. don’t stray from the protein plus carb combination. I prefer it that way. Many people say they need to wait 60 minutes after a full meal to train. However. It's a common belief that a big high carb meal or even simple sugar is the ideal preworkout fuel for quick energy.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program What about pre-workout nutrition? Some of the supplement and sports nutrition companies would love to have you take a pre-workout drink. higher carb meals of the day. To have the best chances of getting that small lean gain during a fat loss program. then the carbs are mostly saved for the post-workout and pre-workout feeding windows. your weight training should be done fed (don't lift on an empty stomach) and the post workout meal should be one of your larger.and during-workout nutrition (which often comes in liquid form and sometimes includes additional amino acids or other nutrients).com Support Community: www.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. This can vary a lot from person to person. Carbs eaten by themselves could actually cause a hypoglycemic crash in the middle of your workout and research has shown that pre-workout protein is important to support muscle growth and maintenance. If the workout falls on a lower calorie deficit day and therefore fewer carbs are available for the day.and post-workout meals. a during-workout drink and a post-workout drink. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . Serious athletes and sophisticated dieters may want to keep their eyes on future research regarding pre. it's best to avoid over-thinking this subject.
Carb Targeting Meal one Meal two Meal three Meal four (pre workout) Meal five (post workout) Meal six lean protein. small portion starchy carb. fibrous carb (or just lean protein ie shake)* * Meal six optional for women and people with low energy expenditure * Low or non-fat dairy products and fruit may be included along with starchy carb meals as desired and as calorie requirements allow * healthy fats are included throughout the meals as calorie and macronutrient needs dictate * Refer to the burn the fat 2.com Support Community: www. fibrous carb lean protein. you’ll benefit by moving some of your carbs to later in the day to accommodate that. fibrous carb lean protein. starchy carb.0 food guide in the appendix for lists of lean protein.Page 26 Official website: www.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. starchy carb lean protein. fibrous carb lean protein.shtml . Carb Tapering Meal one (pre workout) Meal two (post workout) Meal three Meal four Meal five Meal six: lean protein. fibrous carb lean protein. large portion starchy carbs/simple carbs or post workout drink lean protein.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Carb tapering (morning training) If you train in the morning and you're inactive at night. This form of nutrient timing is known as "carb targeting" and it's a way of manipulating within-day energy balance to provide post workout nutrition when you only have a limited number of calories to spare.com/InnerCircle. fibrous carb (or just lean protein ie shake) The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . This is known as carb tapering. fibrous carb lean protein. fibrous carbs and starchy carbs Carb targeting (late afternoon or evening training) If you train later in the day.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. starchy carb lean protein. this means front-loading your calories and starchy carbs early in the day. large portion starchy carbs/simple carbs or post workout drink lean protein. fibrous carb lean protein.
3 to 0.0 food guide in the appendix for lists of lean protein. The first is to eat a lean protein with every meal. For people who are overweight. That makes frequent consumption of protein advantageous for fat loss as well.5 grams per pound of body weight.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program *meal six optional for women and people with low energy expenditure *low or non-fat dairy products and fruit may be included along with starchy carb meals as desired and as calorie requirements allow * healthy fats are included throughout the meals as calorie and macronutrient needs dictate * refer to the burn the fat 2. per pound of lean body weight or per pound of target bodyweight. The The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . then you are overthinking it – nothing could be simpler than carb cycling. Lean protein is the most thermogenic of the macronutrients and is also a proven appetite suppressant (makes you feel fuller).or over-prescribe protein needs. then we would easily under. Second. The carbs are where you will have the most fluctuation. The range of protein intake could actually span anywhere between 1. as you are not just calorie cycling on this program. Feed the Muscle. you are not eating more of everything (protein.5 grams per pound of body weight. This is cyclical diet program where we are prescribing calories across hypocaloric (deficit). you are carb cycling.Page 27 Official website: www. There is a reason we are setting protein in grams and not as a percentage of total calories. Almost all the additional calories come from carbs. on the high calorie days. If you’ve read my previous e-book Burn the Fat. you simply eat more carbs until you hit your calorie target for the day.com/InnerCircle. the rest of the calories will come from fat and carbs. get a minimum of 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. If we prescribe only one percentage (ratio) of protein.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. Once your protein is set. carbs and fat).0 to 1. In other words. On the higher calorie days.shtml . If this seems even remotely complicated. This is not just a muscle growth recommendation. fibrous carbs and starchy carbs Protein and macronutrients There are two very important rules about protein intake on this program. the protein and fat stay approximately the same while the added calories come entirely from carbs. You cannot prescribe one macronutrient ratio that covers all three.com Support Community: www. It’s important to take in adequate fats to obtain your essential fatty acid requirements. Note: There’s always debate about whether you should prescribe protein by grams per pound of body weight. isocaloric (maintenance) and hypercaloric (surplus) ranges. you’ll see that this is essentially the same concept as my Phase III (competition) diet plan. Competitive bodybuilders and those with extremely intense training schedules may lean toward the higher end of the range. the 1 gram per pound of total bodyweight guideline may overestimate protein needs and the grams per pound of lean bodyweight or target bodyweight may be more accurate.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. Dietary fat can vary but a good general guideline is 0.
and follow that with 2 weeks of super strict dieting. as long as the overall principles were followed. and early 1990’s.com/InnerCircle. refer to the appendix in this e-book. Dieters alternated 2 week phases of cutting with 2 week phases of bulking. I continued to feel the fatigue of multiple days on lower calories/carbs and I craved more carbs. Fred Hatfield popularized the “zig zag diet” where calories were raised and lowered rather than held constant. I also found that cutting carbs virtually to zero was unnecessary and more moderate carb restriction produced the same low carb benefits without many of the low carb downsides. they began to accumulate fat along with the muscle during the bulk phases and many fell off the wagon during the excessively strict cutting phases.com Support Community: www.Page 28 Official website: www. In the late 1980's. That led me to make the 4th day a full day of higher calories/ carbs (a full reefed day). however. Dr. having been advised to stuff their faces for the 2 week bulking phases. I found however. refer to the “How many calories should I eat cheat sheet” in the appendix in this ebook. but arguably ill-fated cycle dieting experiment was called the ABCDE diet (anabolic burst cycling of diet and exercise). and we are adding the carb targeting technique for optimum post-workout nutrition. Unfortunately. that some methods have been proven to work better than others – sometimes due to practical considerations as much as physiological ones. Vince Gironda recommended a huge one meal carb up (such as pasta) every 4th day during a low carb ketogenic diet. That worked wonders for me on many levels. that one meal didn’t cut it. To see sample menu plans that show how the carb tapering and carb targeting look in a real world situation.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program major difference is that in the Holy Grail program. Some variations on cyclical dieting have been around a long time. most dieters complained of the same old problem that longer traditional bodybuilding bulking and cutting seasons had always presented them with: fat gain during prolonged surplus. Hatfield suggested The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . my muscles remained flat. Reading Gironda was where I originally got the idea to carb up every 4th day. For guidelines on calculating your total daily energy expenditure (TDEE). In the 1960's. One popular. Other cyclical dieting variations Formal cyclical dieting techniques have at least a three-decades-long history and I’ve seen numerous variations produce success for different individuals. we are crossing into periods of caloric surplus when there is a muscle gain goal. (not a clean or slow bulk). by dividing it into equal periods with 50% of the time in deficit and 50% of the time in surplus (they had the right idea). even during a mere 2 weeks in a surplus. Keep in mind. rather than a single carb up meal.shtml . no matter what time of day you train.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. It was published in Muscle Media magazine in the 1990's and created quite a stir.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. Although the intention was to achieve concurrent muscle gain and fat loss over each 4 week period. With just one carb-up meal. also known as your daily calorie maintenance level.
This technique is also known within-week carb targeting. recovery and restoration/rebuilding. This refers to matching your high calorie and high carb days to your days with your weight training days instead of using a pre-set cycle such as 3 low and 1 high. If your primary goal is muscle gain with secondary goal of concurrent fat loss.Page 29 Official website: www.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. In that case.com Support Community: www. Cyclical dieting where you rotate low. followed by 2 days of overfeeding with high carbs on the weekend. Floating high carb days (aka targeted high carb days) One technique worth experimenting with is the floating high carb day. there were cyclical ketogenic low carb diets that called for 5 days of caloric deficit with almost zero carbs. Of course.shtml . There are many variations on “cheating diets” where you eat "clean" for 6 days and have a free-for-all cheat day on the 7th day (presumably in a significant surplus.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.com/InnerCircle.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program the “down zag” last 3 to 5 days. targeted refeeds or targeted high carb days. you may have too many high days and not enough low days to achieve significant fat loss. medium and high days (instead of just low and high days) has also become popular. Later. so it makes for a lot more complexity in your nutrition program. a cyclical plan using targeted high carb days might look like this: Training Schedule Upper body Lower body/abs off Upper body Lower body/abs off off Calorie Level 15-20% above TDEE 15-20% above TDEE 15-20% below TDEE 15-20% above TDEE 15-20% above TDEE 15-20% below TDEE 15-20% below TDEE Energy Status Overfeeding/surplus Overfeeding/surplus Underfeeding/conservative deficit Overfeeding/surplus Overfeeding/surplus Underfeeding/conservative deficit Underfeeding/conservative deficit The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . Out of all the cyclical dieting approaches ever produced in the bodybuilding community. you could save your high calorie/high carb days for your most demanding. I still believe that Hatfield was closest to finding the optimum method with his 3-5 day low cycles and briefer 1-2 day high cycles. although many protocols don’t give specific calorie targets). This method falls right into our paradigm of providing more fuel when the body needs it for training. the only possible downside being the added complexity of additional meal plans. If you have a high training frequency. and the “up zag” last only 1 or 2 days (even for muscular weight gain). A possible downside of using floating high carb days is that you’re not on a pre-defined schedule. most intense resistance training days. there is no perfect way to do this.
com/InnerCircle. with the lowest calories and lowest carbs on the rest days.shtml . The downside is that depending on your training schedule. low carb days. If you train on bodybuilding body part split routines. Typically. with a body part split program.Page 30 Official website: www. I also think it’s worth considering that your muscles are recovering and growing on your days off.com Support Community: www. I have always opted for the 3:1 method or the 3:3 method for its sheer simplicity if no other reason. it becomes even more complicated. as the workouts for each body part place different energy and recovery demands on your body. I find that this makes the floating high carb days optional.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. you might match the highest carb. that’s the legs and back workouts. I don’t eat many carbs on low days.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program In the example above. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . If your primary goal is fat loss with a secondary goal of concurrent muscle gain. I know my workouts are properly fueled and my post workout recovery is handled because I never go to near-zero carbs and I use the bracketing technique of pre-and post-workout nutrition. it’s going to be necessary to take more days in a deficit and your low days may have a more aggressive deficit. so you could argue that it’s not a bad idea to keep the nutrition coming in on the non-training days for the muscle repair and construction process even though your total energy needs are lower on non-training days. but the carbs I do eat get placed before and after my training. Even on low calorie. Some people even begin to divide up their carb cycling into low.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. using floating high carb days and matching them to your training creates a lot more complexity in the program. Nevertheless. highest calorie meals to the days with your most intense workouts. Here’s an example: Training Schedule Upper body Lower body/abs off Upper body Lower body/abs off off Calorie Level 15-20% above TDEE (high) 15% below TDEE (medium) 30% below TDEE (low) 15% below TDEE (medium) 15-20% above TDEE (high) 30% below TDEE (low) 30% below TDEE (low) Energy Status Overfeeding/surplus Underfeeding/conservative deficit Underfeeding/moderate to aggressive deficit Underfeeding/conservative deficit Overfeeding/surplus Underfeeding/moderate to aggressive deficit Underfeeding/moderate to aggressive deficit It’s entirely possible that this kind of precision targeting might improve your results. medium and high carb days. For most people. notice how the high calorie/high carb days are matched/targeted to the training days.
I’ve found that the ideal method for the leanest muscle gains is to spend more time in a deficit with strategic spikes in calories. It’s very easy to gain fat when you stay in a prolonged surplus – especially if you’re an endomorph body type.com Support Community: www. or even just weeks. science and strategy behind the cyclical dieting system I’ve suggested in this program. Therefore. It simply requires more planning and precision.shtml . you have that problem with gaining too much fat along with the muscle. It’s tough to stay in a deficit because you have to deal with hunger and deprivation.com/InnerCircle.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program floating high carb days are a technique worth trying and I predict this method will continue to increase in popularity. It’s on the surplus side that you have to be especially careful. is that the surplus eating side of the game can be equally challenging. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . If you wish to experiment with longer cycles. With longer cycles of caloric surplus. Which Cyclical Dieting Method is Best? Why did I choose 3 low and 1-3 high? Why not 6 low and 1 high.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. lasting for months. I would not recommend making the deficit cycles more than 5 days. I would not discourage you from taking the general principles presented here and experimenting with cyclical dieting in different time periods.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. metabolism can drop and risk of muscle loss increases. Zig zag dieting makes it easier on both sides. glycogen becomes depleted. not weeks long). linear calorie deficits can produce the greatest amount of fat loss. I’ll be eager to hear about your successful and even your not so successful experiments to help advance our Holy Grail program for future readers. but there is definite logic. I’ve chosen the 3 day deficit cycles and 1-3 day surplus cycles as the default method of the Holy Grail body transformation system. hormones of body weight regulation decrease. You often must eat even when you don’t feel like eating. While I am offering you a specific cyclical nutrition program structure. Even 6-7 days on very low carbs and or very low calories is long enough that hunger starts to be a problem. keeping in mind that failure is merely feedback and an important lesson that further advances your knowledge. What’s often surprising to those who haven’t yet pursued muscle gain the traditional way. or 10 low and 5 high or 1 week high and 1 week low or some other combination? There are pros and cons of virtually every cyclical dieting variation. This makes a strong case for the shorter mesocycles (days long. spend an equal amount of time in deficit and surplus (3 low 3 high) on muscle gain priority programs. At the very most. the more you invoke the starvation responses in the body.Page 31 Official website: www. but the longer you stay in a deficit and the larger the deficit. Long cycles of surplus or deficit can also be psychologically draining. Long.
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but who is not interested in bodybuilding.your muscle gains will be minimal. However. Burn the Fat.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program The Importance of Resistance Training If you want to gain muscle while losing fat. I recommend physique-oriented training and that usually means a body-part based split routine. Even if your goal is fat loss. In extreme cases. cables. amino acids shuttled into the muscle for tissue repair and growth. it should go without saying that the only logical place to start your training efforts is with resistance training.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. In the absence of weight training. (2) “The New Bodybuilding” (TNB) workout as seen in Men’s Fitness magazine. which are decidedly cosmetic goals: (1) Traditional bodybuilding split routines as seen in the ebook. You’re not even in the recomposition game without serious strength training. In fact. They fit into smaller clothes. Without some type of resistance training.shtml . I’ve included the TNB training program as a bonus with the purchase of this Holy Grail e-book. and carbohydrates sent to replace muscle glycogen. They simply become smaller versions of their old selves – skinny fat people. all bets are off . The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . weight training is mandatory and so crucial to getting optimal results that we need to discuss the basics of training design. Resistance training has a powerful effect on anabolic hormones and the partitioning of energy and nutrients. It is a system of nutritional periodization and cyclical dieting which you can match to whatever training you choose. but they don’t look good out of clothes (and they may not be healthier either). a large percentage of the energy surplus gets stored as adipose tissue. preferably with weights (barbells.com Support Community: www.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. as much as half the weight loss could come from lean tissue. Feed the Muscle. a calorie deficit can lead to 25% of the weight loss coming from lean tissue. calories will be utilized for energy to fuel training. it has been a frequent finding in research on starvation and very low calorie diets that in the absence of weight training. etc). For physique athletes. typically performed on a 3 day or 4 day split. the weight training is necessary to maintain the lean body mass you have and to keep your body looking hard and lean. dumbbells. but their body composition doesn’t improve. I have two recommendations that will work perfectly in the context of body recomposition goals.com/InnerCircle. if all else remains equal. I recommend this style of training – an upper and lower 2-day split for everyone else who wants to gain muscle and lose fat. so a 2 on 1 off schedule will work well in conjunction with The Holy Grail nutritional cycling plan. What kind of resistance training is ideal? The Holy Grail program does not require a specific weight training program. I think the opposite of successful recomposition is what most of the general public does for weight loss: they crash diet without training and lose a lot of body weight. If you do not have a weight training program that you currently prefer.Page 33 Official website: www. You can use almost any strength and hypertrophy-based workout program you like. some machines. By simply adding resistance training. I recommend not training more than 2 days in a row.
they grow after your workouts. good exercise form and continuous progression. but should not replace the heavy and moderate training. Bodybuilders might be the exception. the frequency of working each muscle group would actually be lower.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. utilizing more training days with a body part split routine (ie. but the job can get done in under an hour. you should run your program through this quick checklist to make sure it’s an optimal choice to use in conjunction with The Holy Grail nutrition program. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . rows and deadlifts. The resistance training program should emphasize basic compound lifts. 4-5 days per week of training). pull ups. dips.com Support Community: www. split squats. I have case studies in my files of people who gained muscle with virtually every type of program imaginable. or supersets. High rep training in the 13-20 rep range can be included in smaller amounts. The program should have a dual strength-hypertrophy emphasis. For body recomposition. Your muscles don’t grow during your workouts. depending on your experience level. The majority of your exercises should be basic compound movements such as squats. but it lacks the maximum strength and hypertrophy elements. you will almost always find the presence of the X1 and X2 factors (beginners. but considered of secondary importance. More sets and exercises are not necessarily better. The resistance training program should emphasize mostly straight sets and or supersets. where you perform two exercises back to back with little to no rest in between. You will actually be more likely to lose muscle. You will get the best results if you use straight sets. No training duration is set in stone. chest presses. The training volume you choose (number of exercises X sets) should usually not have you training more than about 45-60 minutes per session. However. available time and your goals.Page 34 Official website: www. Romanian deadlifts. shoulder presses. The resistance program must use a frequency that allows optimal total body recovery and individual muscle group recovery. Optimal results will be achieved when you rotate between heavier lifting in the 4-6 rep range for strength and moderate lifting in the 8-12 rep range for hypertrophy. Circuit or bodyweight-only training can be excellent for conditioning and fat loss. etc) that explain the concurrent muscle gains with fat loss even with sub-optimal protocols. This program will not work optimally if you only use high reps.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. The resistance training program should have an appropriate training volume and duration. including circuit training. It’s a huge mistake to lower the poundage and perform only high reps thinking that you’ll burn more fat.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Regardless of which training system you use. Isolation exercises and small body part exercises should be included. Better is better! Better training means more intensity. with isolation exercises used as secondary movements. lunges. resistance training frequency is optimal in the range of 3-4 days per week.shtml . However. as each workout might only focus on one major and one minor muscle group and each muscle group might only be worked once every 5-6 days.com/InnerCircle. where you perform one set then rest. then rest.
many people want to gain muscle and lose fat. jack of all trades. But there’s no doubt that too much cardio added on top of a weight training program has the potential to hinder strength and muscle size gains. you stimulate mostly fast twitch (type IIb) muscle fibers. The order of weight lifting or cycling was rotated with each session. no one can successfully train for a marathon and a powerlifting contest at the same time.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. And of course. you send a message to your body to get bigger and stronger.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Cardio training It’s widely believed today that endurance training. If you impose the demand of lifting heavy weights. suggests there’s room for both. so they lift and do cardio. The strength group performed eight weight training exercises for one warm up set and three maximal effort sets for 5 to 7 reps per set. you stimulate mostly slow twitch (type I) muscle fibers.shtml . how much cardio is too much? How much is too little? A study published in Medicine and Science and Sports and Exercise recruited 30 sedentary (untrained) healthy men who were divided into three groups. But what happens when you do both together? Many strength and aerobic adaptations are antagonistic to one another. Exercise physiology 101 tells us that the human body adapts specifically to the demands imposed upon it. The endurance group performed 50 minutes of continuous cycling at 70% of heart rate reserve. The concurrent group completed the strength and the endurance protocol in the same session. In short. can interfere with your strength and muscle gains. If you impose the demand of endurance training. to the point of muscular failure. Some athletes need a little bit of both – strength and aerobic capacity. strength. In fact. muscle aerobic enzyme activities. capillary density and mitochondrial density of your muscles. The question is. increase maximal oxygen uptake. endurance and concurrent (both).com Support Community: www. with a 10-20 minute break between each workout (lifting or cycling). there has been so much aerobics-bashing in the fitness and strength training community in recent years that debates between pro-cardio and anti-cardio camps sometimes get heated. In short. increase the size of your muscle fibers and increase the neuromuscular connections. Rest between sets was approximately 75 seconds.Page 35 Official website: www.com/InnerCircle. can they? As they say. master of none. you send a message to your body to increase aerobic capacity and become more resistant to fatigue. Most bodybuilders integrate cardio with weights year-round in moderate amounts and in larger amounts before contests. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . also known as aerobic exercise or cardio.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. Research plus anecdotal evidence from groups such as competitive bodybuilders. They seem to have no problem maintaining their muscle mass as they get ripped. After all.
etc or cycling.Page 36 Official website: www. choice of exercise and frequency of training are all important factors when you design a cardio program for concurrent muscle gain and fat loss emphasis.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. Therefore. then you can appreciate the role of good cardio in a strength training workout. First. you can also recover faster from your weight training. “A combination of some forms of strength and endurance training may be ‘additive’ rather than antagonistic. Moderate amounts of cardio can help you gain muscle. while staying lean! When the amount of cardio is moderate (2 to 3 days per week). up to 11 workouts per week were performed. As one group of researchers from McMaster’s University put it. If you ever felt yourself sucking wind after a set of squats or rows. At the same time. nutrients and hormones to the muscle cells. Many forms of low intensity cardio actually serve as active recovery. strength development was NOT compromised as compared to the strength training only.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Results: When strength and endurance training were performed on the same day and for only 3 days per week on alternate days.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. cardio can help increase nutrient clearance from the blood and enhance nutrient uptake into the cells. rows and lunges. but there are many explanations for why this is the case. lower body recovery. deadlifts. Second. cardio can increase capillary density. etc. the increased capillary density helps with the removal of waste products from working muscle tissue. In many of the studies which showed impairment in strength. the training protocol involved training the thighs 6 days per week (either via strength training such as squats. cardio and strength training together can actually improve muscle growth without impeding strength. when your cardiovascular fitness improves. you can perform better on demanding compound strength training exercises like squats. But here’s the kicker: The subjects in the concurrent training group actually experienced greater muscle growth in the thighs than the strength training only group! The interference effect of doing cardio and weight training together is definitely not a foregone conclusion.” This may come as a surprise to many people.shtml . In some studies showing strength interference. Fourth. Third.com Support Community: www. when you’re in good cardiovascular condition.com/InnerCircle. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . which can enhance delivery of oxygen.).
Bodybuilders typically do cardio 4-7 times per week during precontest training in addition to strength training as often as 45 times per week. high impact or a strong eccentric component may place additional stress on the lower body and on your overall recovery capacity.Page 37 Official website: www.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Cardio recommendations Looking at the research on concurrent cardio and strength training. You can start on the low end and increase duration or intensity based on your weekly progress. start with 3 days of cardio. Increase cardio conservatively and use mostly nutritional manipulation to get the deficit you need. Increase conservatively. However. The shorter sessions may be higher in intensity and could be performed as interval training (HIIT). be alert to the impact this may have on strength and muscle retention. If your primary goal is fat loss with a secondary goal of concurrent muscle gain. If you do additional cardio. The longer sessions will be low to moderate in intensity. If your goal is focused fat loss. Research says that moderate amounts of cardio can actually help increase muscle growth. the higher cardio frequency is not only acceptable. combined with experience of physique athletes and strength athletes helps us come up with some solid guidelines for cardio while seeking concurrent muscle gain and fat loss: If your primary goal is muscle gain with a secondary goal of fat loss. limit yourself to 3 days per week of cardio. higher cardio frequencies are helpful and sometimes necessary. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program .HolyGrailBodyTransformation. High intensity interval training (HIIT) has become popular as an effective and time-efficient way to do cardio.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. keep in mind that the greatest area for concurrent training interference effects is in the legs. Choose any type of cardio you want. if your secondary goal is muscle gain. However. which may even serve as active recovery while burning some calories. During any cutting program. Cardio with high intensity. When your primary goal is fat loss. Running has been shown to be particularly taxing on the lower body and is believed to increase risk of muscle loss more than other forms of cardio. Let the weight training and nutritional manipulation do the rest. As long as you maintain your LBM. it is ideal for helping you get leaner faster. I recommend no more than 2-3 HIIT sessions per week when concurrently doing 3 or more days per week of high intensity strength training. but too much intense cardio on top of intense weight training can easily lead to over training.com/InnerCircle. make it lower intensity training or light activity like casual walking. longer and more frequent cardio sessions are helpful for increasing the weekly caloric deficit and burning fat faster. gaining strength and muscle mass are no longer priorities.com Support Community: www.shtml . The duration will be dictated largely by your intensity level. as the goal switches to getting lean while maintaining muscle. Use running or high impact cardio sparingly or not at all. Choose a cardio duration between 20 and 50 minutes. The key is to keep it to 2-3 days per week. Restrict intense cardio to 2 days per week. 3 days max if you have good recovery ability.
may help you enhance recovery and avoid some of the residual fatigue where one interferes with the other. refer to my fat loss book Burn The Fat. but when strength and muscle increase are primary goals. pay more attention to the trend in body composition over time and not so much to the daily fluctuations. and body fat percentage. But be forewarned: When you’re using cyclical dieting methods. For detailed information on how to measure your body fat. always do the weights first and cardio second. Keep a meticulous progress chart with weekly results for total body weight. fat mass. Endurance athletes are the exception to this rule.com/InnerCircle.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. If you do cardio and weights in the same session.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. If you do cardio and weight training in the same day. Feed The Muscle chapter 3 and chapter 4 for detailed information on how to track your results and chart your progress. scale fluctuations can mess with your head. As glycogen stores fill up on high carb days.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Do cardio and weights separated into 2 sessions. especially those with large carb-ups. Be especially certain that your legs are recovering completely and that fatigue from cardio doesn’t interfere with your weight training workouts.shtml .com Support Community: www. lean body mass. and then drops precipitously by the third low carb day before jumping back up. the strength training should go first. especially if you are prone to large water weight fluctuations. especially on leg day. at least 8 hours apart.Page 38 Official website: www. Do weights first and cardio second. However. separating them into two sessions. Body composition testing and the scale Weekly weigh-ins and body composition tests are extremely important for tracking your progress. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . if possible. your body weight usually spikes.
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Hormones also affect your appetite. which is arguably the optimal sleep duration. strung out on caffeine all day long and indulging in alcohol late at night on a regular basis? You know the answer – your results would be sub-optimal and your odds of achieving that elusive Holy Grail would be much lower. inducing increased appetite and food intake.com Support Community: www. and I used to be one of them. others send a signal to eat more. Sleep We talked earlier about how hormones can affect the ever-important nutrient partitioning that determines where energy comes from in a deficit or where it is stored in a surplus. In fact. Lower leptin levels in turn affect thyroid and other body systems that decrease metabolism. sleep-deprived. but there are a few biggies and I suggest you start with these. so you’ve got fewer calories being burned and a greater chance of more calories being eaten.” I know many bodybuilders and athletes.Page 40 Official website: www. scientists discovered that sleep deprivation can reduce leptin.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. I defiantly thumbed my nose at the thought of sleeping 8 hours every night.shtml .The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Your Lifestyle Matters Muscle gain and fat loss are not influenced only by training and nutrition. Therefore. the antistarvation hormone (also known as an anorexigenic hormone) and increase ghrelin. Hormones also affect your metabolism (thyroid is one you are probably familiar with). This phenomenon may be contributing to the current epidemic of obesity. There are many lifestyle factors we could discuss. In a study published in Nutrition Research Reviews. That’s a double whammy. which include an increase in the stress hormone cortisol favoring central fat deposition. a decrease in the adipostatic signal leptin and an increase in the orexogenic signal ghrelin. What do you think would happen if you were following the most perfect workout but you were also stressed out. a stomach hormone that increases hunger. who stubbornly refused to sleep 7-8 hours a night. Higher ghrelin levels increase your appetite.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. the lifestyle factors get totally taken for granted and blown off. Don’t let that happen to you. Some hormones send a signal that you’re full. I seemed to get not only satisfactory results with only 5 ½ to 6 hours of sleep. I competed during times when I was sleeping less than 6 hours a night and I placed high or even won.com/InnerCircle. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . A study published in Hormone and Metabolic Research also explained how shorting yourself of quality sleep can increase cortisol as well: “Sleep deprivation induces specific alterations in neuroendocrine systems. Concurrent muscle gain and fat loss is the type of goal that requires you to have your act together in every area of your life! Far too often.
If you have high stress in your life. both for physiological and psychological reasons (women tend to be more emotional eaters than men). Avoiding caffeine or stimulants late in the day Remember also that the largest growth hormone spike occurs after you fall into deep sleep. I would not take any chances by neglecting sleep quality or quantity. altered lipid profiles. and a very high incidence of coronary artery disease. as well as adrenal hypertrophy.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. (to maximize sleeping nighttime hours and waking daylight hours) 3. Waking up early. insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia. it can make you fat! The stress response causes an increase in cortisol. Avoiding alcohol right before bedtime 6. it can quite literally kill you! If it doesn’t kill you.com/InnerCircle. knowing what I know now. the catabolic stress hormone. remember one thing: the only people that don’t have stress are dead people. Chronic stress can lead to increased food intake especially for women.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Nevertheless. impaired glucose tolerance. and induce leptin resistance. if I wanted the best odds for getting the best results possible. if possible. energy partitioning and insulin action. The stress response is a normal part of our evolutionary fight or flight programming. Stress Continuous exposure to adverse stressors without release and without coping mechanisms is not just bad for you. Before you get stressed out about stress though.shtml . Going to sleep and waking up on a schedule (at the same time every night/day) 4. high stress kills your maintenance efforts after weight loss). Good sleep habits include: 1. both for health and body fat control. you cannot underestimate the importance of developing coping mechanisms and using stress reduction techniques. Anything that disrupts getting quality sleep can also affect growth hormone as well.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. What’s not normal is continuous The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . Getting to bed early 2. Sleeping in a totally dark room 5.Page 41 Official website: www. High cortisol may suppress thermogenesis. High levels of chronic stress also predict weight relapse and overeating after weight loss via low calorie dieting (ie. Inability to cope with long-term adverse stressful events has been linked to enlarged visceral fat deposits. Research has shown that glucocorticoids (cortisol) may have a direct or indirect effect on adipose tissue metabolism.com Support Community: www.
if possible). So…. while fat oxidation takes a back seat. And that’s the bad news: when you’re metabolizing alcohol. the alcohol is metabolized by the ADH pathway into acetate. As soon as you absorb it. I’ve always had this sneaking suspicion that even when someone asks me an innocent question about alcohol during a fat loss or muscle building program.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program stress and that is what many people are exposed to in our modern fast-paced society.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. light an aromatherapy candle. turn to a trusted friend. listen to classical music. you MUST either escape (at least temporarily) from the source of the stress or find/develop coping mechanisms to deal with the stress to lessen your response to it. a “holy grail” transformation is also a time when nutritional details matter the most. fat burning goes on hold and the other foods you eat are more likely to be stored as fat.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. it is simply used first in the oxidative hierarchy. ahead of other fuels. Gaining muscle and losing fat at the same time is the most challenging of all body composition goals. Some people take up meditation or use deep breathing exercises.com Support Community: www. get a massage or spa treatment. so it must be immediately eliminated. Your body has no storage capacity for alcohol. watch a comedy and the list of stress relievers goes on and on from there. It takes focus. but it comes right from the scientific literature. Get a support buddy. Here’s one suggestion that may seem novel. release and recovery that you run into problems.com/innercircle. alcohol is not stored as fat.com/InnerCircle.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. or join a motivation and support group like our own inner circle: http://www. Some people take walks (along the beach or out in nature would be nice. but potentially serious downsides? How serious are the downsides? Will drinking really give you a beer belly or sabotage your muscle building goals? Whether alcohol is really "fattening" has been a controversial subject because technically speaking. they take a hot bath or jacuzzi.shtml . which is used as the fuel source instead of fat.Page 42 Official website: www. Just as you’ll rarely see a serious figure or bodybuilding competitor boozing just weeks or months prior to an important contest. boyfriend/girlfriend or spouse. When you feel continuously stressed. Why make compromises or risk making it more difficult than it already is by indulging in habits or behaviors with little or no upside.shtml Alcohol My clients and readers ask me all the time about whether it’s ok to drink just a little or even how they can “get away with” drinking while doing the least damage. They’re hoping they can keep drinking and wanting someone to tell them it’s ok. effort and attention to detail. what they’re really doing is looking for permission. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . Research published in the Journal of Biological Psychiatry has demonstrated that emotional social support reduces the physical effects of stress and lowers levels of cortisol. So don’t stress about having stress! It’s when you feel continuous stress and you don’t balance that with rest.
they gain more weight. given the right conditions: calorie surplus and hormonal disarray. are known to have a weaker effect on satiety (fullness) than solid foods (soft drinks sweetened with high fructose corn syrup are a notorious example). specifically in older men. which compounds the negative hormonal effects. Age may be a factor as well.com Support Community: www. this also seems to play a major role in the alcohol .HolyGrailBodyTransformation. They pointed out that a high alcohol intake was closely associated with abdominal body fat. elevated insulin levels and even a higher mortality rate. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . Chicken wing and nacho-eating men take notice: The correlation between alcohol and body fat gain is much stronger in men in almost all of the studies. while women tend to drink instead of eating. Statistics show that when men drink more. which can lead to visceral fat accumulation. in combination with the appetite-induced increase in food intake. liquid calories are usually not a good idea to begin with. because fluids. Women also tend to shift their fat storage from hips and thighs to the abdominal region once menopause arrives. Hormones may be strongly involved because high alcohol intake has been shown to decrease testosterone in men. it can be a serious health risk.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. says otherwise. some studies show an inverse relationship between alcohol and body mass in females. they drink in addition to what they normally eat or they eat even more then usual . Deep abdominal (visceral) fat increases the risk for cardiovascular disease. The alcohol calories themselves. In fact. as the recent research shows a very strong correlation between alcohol use and abdominal fat.Page 43 Official website: www. have an additive effect on weight gain.com/InnerCircle.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program A study that was widely publicized by the BBC in 2003 dismissed the concept of the "beer belly" and said it was just a myth. especially sugar-containing and non-viscous fluids. a simple and likely explanation is that women might be better at compensating for the alcohol calories they consume. Although there may be a gender-based physiological reason for this. men tend to drink and eat. Women don't. In other words. The weight of the current evidence gives scientific support to the "beer belly" phenomenon. and also increase cortisol levels. Drinking often goes hand in hand with late nights and disrupted sleep cycles. waist circumference and waist to hip ratio.body fat relationship. but not after you got older. Their failure to compensate leads to a caloric surplus (weight gain).and they do it unconsciously (especially men). high blood pressure. Speaking of gender. Abdominal fat accumulation. also known as "android" or "central" obesity. independent of total body mass. They found a very "robust" association between alcohol intake. But a recent study published in the journal Obesity. glucose intolerance. high blood lipids. Most people don't cut back their food intake when they drink alcohol. is not just a cosmetic problem. This explains the common complaint that you could “get away with it” in college.shtml . or the loss of their caloric deficit (an "unexplainable" fat loss plateau!) On fat loss programs.
added sugar or drink mixes. An 8 oz margarita. But unless you want that “skid row physique” I wouldn’t recommend the alcohol plus calorie deficit approach. hold that thought while you consider this nutritional reality: Empty alcohol calories displace nutrient-dense whole food calories. suppressing fat oxidation. alcohol is not stored directly as fat in the literal sense. if you're aware of the calories in alcohol. stimulating abdominal fat buildup.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Fatty foods are a major culprit in adding to the calorie surplus and fat storage potential.com Support Community: www.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. Another one of the worst combinations is alcoholic drinks made with soda. If you drink in moderation. In conclusion. decreasing testosterone. if you're aware of the calories from additional food consumed during or after drinking. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . A study by Angelo Tremblay in 1995 emphasized that alcohol and a high fat diet are a combination that favors overfeeding.com/InnerCircle. but before you rush off to the pub for a cold one.I just need to stay in a calorie deficit?" Yes. disrupting sleep. and leave only 1000 calories for health-promoting food. increasing cortisol.shtml . does she really want to "spend" 500 of those calories ." (especially women). If you stay in a calorie deficit." For example. protein and essential fats. A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association many years ago revealed significantly higher calorie intakes among drinkers. you will still lose fat. you have a fairly small "calorie budget. Whether or not you gain weight as a result of drinking depends on whether you’re in a caloric deficit or a caloric surplus. The skinny. but much lower nutrient densities of vitamins.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. and if you compensate for all of the above so you stay in energy balance. you won't get fat.one third of her intake – on alcoholic drinks. it's a waste of calories. fiber and lean muscle-building protein? I realize some people may answer "yes" to that question. but alcohol affects you in many ways. minerals. if some people spent their money as frivolously as they spent their calories. You need nutrients. so you need to give some careful consideration to how those calories should be "spent. and you could erase days worth of work. can set you back 500 calories! A couple of those on top of a high fat junk food meal. the priority is to achieve adequate intake of protein. although it does provide metabolizable calories that count. Alcohol contributes to worsening your body composition by way of: caloric surplus. given the small "calorie budget" available. disrupting training intensity. beer and wine lovers might be wondering: "You mean I can drink and still lose fat . but malnourished and atrophied alcoholic is a perfect example of someone who has stayed in an energy deficit by replacing quality nutrient dense food calories with worthless empty alcohol calories. for example. not just calories and you also need enough quality fuel to power your training sessions. providing little nutritional value and displacing foods that are high in nutritional value.Page 44 Official website: www. For optimal body composition improvements. if a female is on a 1500 calorie per day diet. but then again. stimulating appetite. When you're on a fat loss program. they would be deep financial trouble fast! Although drinking alcohol doesn't necessarily cause fat gain or slow down weight loss if you stay in negative energy balance. With that said. fiber and all other essential nutrients first and obtain the highest nutrient density possible.
I don't recommend daily drinking because behaviors repeated daily become habits. Alcohol and Obesity: "Alcohol is essentially a poison which must be detoxified as soon as possible. What about the reputed upsides of a drink or two? The current consensus in the scientific community is that moderate amounts of alcohol. However. are low in the diets of most heavy drinkers.com Support Community: www.Page 45 Official website: www.com/InnerCircle.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Beyond the one or two drinks that most people consider as moderation. Plan it carefully into your calorie budget as part of a balanced diet rich in fruits. If you make this choice. not to mention other healthy compounds found in wine such as polyphenols and proanthocyanidin. not hurt them. vegetables. Much ado has also been made of reservatrol lately. Although you could drink and "get away with it" if you diligently maintained your calorie deficit. binge drinking and getting drunk never has a place in a fitness lifestyle (not to mention hangovers aren't very conducive to good workouts). Your optimal strategy is to avoid alcohol while on a fat loss or a body recomposition program. After reaching your goal and shifting back to maintenance or more casual fitness goals. then you can enjoy it without feeling guilty. foods which coincidentally. Behaviors repeated multiple times daily become strong habits. particularly red wine. nutrition and moderation.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.shtml . you can drink in moderation if that's your choice. and which are wellspent calories that help your fat loss efforts. provide causally-proven heart health benefits. There are countless alternatives to gain similar or greater health benefits. alcohol is toxic and not beneficial in any way. then enjoy your adult beverages moderately. Habits can be hard to break and habitual drinking can lead to binges or even alcoholism. it's all about energy balance. lean proteins. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . both from exercise as well as the intake of other foods such as fruits and vegetables.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. essential fats and other nutrients." Needless to say. sensibly and responsibly – preferably infrequently such as on weekends or special occasions. In the long run. As Andrew Prentice of Cambridge wrote in his much cited paper. drinking does not help with your quest for the Holy Grail.
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will help increase the odds of you gaining some lean body mass as you continue to get leaner. I still recommend that you focus on the fat loss first. possibly lower if you are very ambitious.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.6 pounds. I don’t feel like I’m overweight. confirming the first test (only a little worse). That’s what’s confusing me. It said I was 33. I’m a 27 year old female. now I can’t decide what my goal should be. in the first part of your Holy Grail e-book.Page 47 Official website: www. Please let me explain.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program QUESTION: Tom. Can you make this decision making process a little more clear for people like me who are not super overweight. During that time. but I’m still confused. concurrent muscle gain secondary. and regardless of whether you’d like to gain muscle right now. but the tests say I’m definitely overfat. My problem is. then fat loss should be a priority for sure. Choosing a goal may have been easier if I had been clearer and said “overfat” instead of “overweight. I couldn’t believe it. That’s when you’ll begin cycling your calories during the week. you’ll be able to bring your body fat down into the acceptable (“average”) range as quickly as possible.shtml . you teach how to categorize goals into four different possibilities.com/InnerCircle. but then our class also did DEXA testing as part of a graduate level nutrition class at UC Berkeley. My goal is to look lean but I also want to get stronger and gain some muscle. So gaining muscle and losing fat (Body recomposition) is exactly what you need. in your case. combined with the weight training and proper nutrient timing around your workouts.7%. However. if your body fat percentage is high.8% fat. 5’ 6” tall. You’ll still be focused at that point on getting even leaner.com Support Community: www. But if you do the math. You then go on to say that selecting a goal is easy. choose focused fat loss. your lean body mass is 92. Consider muscle gain or recomposition goals later. Once your body fat level is average or better. so you are also right that increasing your lean body mass would be a good goal to pursue as well.” You are a perfect example of why the weight versus fat distinction is so important. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . then you can begin a new macrocycle with a goal of fat loss first priority.” That’s where I think some confusion might have entered. by staying in a caloric deficit. I only weigh 140 pounds and I’m fairly happy with my body shape. and my goal isn’t really to get thinner. but including that one day of surplus calories every fourth day. I suggest you take a patient. I recently had my body fat measured by BIA and it said my body fat was 31. So I’m going to repeat the advice I gave at the end of part one of this e-book: “if you are significantly overweight. big picture approach to achieving that dual goal. but I know that having body fat over 30% is unacceptable. ANSWER: If your body fat is 33. That means you should set aside the Holy Grail body recomposition strategies briefly and begin your journey by setting a 12-week focused fat loss goal for your first macrocycle.8%. Regardless of body weight. longer term. nor underweight? Thank you. That could bring you to around 25% to 27% body fat or thereabouts. planning out your mesocycles with 3 days low and 1 day high.
it may cause you to put your muscle gains on hold.to three days a week. Low intensity cardio has been criticized by a lot of fitness professionals in favor of higher intensity cardio. you may actually find that it helps with stress release. keep your “formal cardio” – the moderate and intense stuff that you’d consider a “real workout” . Some types of light activity can actually restorative in nature and could be considered a form of active recovery. it’s possible there may be some strength and/or hypertrophy compromise introduced. you could – and many times. I have a lot of stress (which I honestly don’t manage that well). it’s important not to over-do the cardio. must – do more cardio to reach low body fat levels or achieve goals in aggressive time frames. I really enjoy training and I’m not afraid of hard work. It doesn’t chew up muscle and it doesn’t use up valuable nervous energy that could be directed to the important muscle building weight training workouts. can add to your daily and weekly calorie expenditure. that’s a perfect example. So.Page 48 Official website: www.com/InnerCircle. Some types of cardio. there is a place for it. The trick of course. So in summary. because I have always believed that hormones were a huge part of how our bodies work.com Support Community: www. I’m worried that doing too much cardio may be holding back my muscle gains. So knowing how much cardio to do is very much a matter of prioritization of your goals. I guess I’m a type A personality. It’s possible you might find some other activities. is knowing how much is excessive. or a beach nearby.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. this is probably one of the reasons that large professional bodybuilders often opt for treadmill walking as their choice of cardio in the pre-contest phase. as it is on this program. when you’re simultaneously doing three or more days per week of strength training. Incidentally. The difference is. That’s my problem – I think my stress hormones are out of whack because I don’t get enough rest.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program QUESTION: Tom. If you can find some type of light activity that is enjoyable and relaxing. In extreme excess. and I have a tendency for overtraining. even things like yoga. The thing is. like moderate to brisk walking. When you get up to daily cardio (and for certain twice a day cardios) it’s very likely there will be a compromise.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. However. Too much cardio can interfere with strength and muscle gains. lower intensity cardio does not break down muscle fibers and does not tap into your limited central nervous system recovery reserves. my time in the gym is like a “release” for me. I appreciate that you talked about hormones. there’s a good solution in your situation. My goal is losing fat and gaining muscle and I’d rather do more training than less. but add in some lower The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . I work long hours. while larger amounts of cardio help you get very low body fat and lean out at the maximum rate of speed. In fact. Fortunately. but after reading your e-book. Research on concurrent strength and aerobic training shows that once you go beyond three days a week of cardio. If you have hiking trails in the hills or woods. it can add up and help with fat loss. that could keep you active and burn a few more calories while actually decreasing the stress response.shtml . When gaining muscle is also one of your priorities. While the amount of calories burned is no where near what you’d achieve with more intense cardio. ANSWER: On a focused fat loss program. it could even decrease strength or lead to loss of lean body mass. I really enjoyed reading the Holy Grail and am excited to try it out.
com Support Community: www. you can’t discount the importance of making your nutrition as practical and easy to follow as possible. what would be the best way to do it? ANSWER: This is a good question that I’ve received quite a few times.shtml . it would make eating more on the training days and less on the non training days would be the ideal method. which are rotated.) take The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . the type of training you’re doing on a particular day.Page 49 Official website: www. is a simple instruction. One of the reasons I opted for the 3:1 or 3:3 cycles as the standard method for the Holy Grail program is for sheer simplicity. The Holy Grail is the new and improved model. you’ll be providing more fuel and more building/recovery materials when you need them the most. almost every day would be a high calorie day. your desired weekly calorie deficit and your weekly calorie budget available. rows. so this approach seems logical and in perfect alignment with this program’s philosophy. your training frequency.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. That’s the old school “bulking” method. to satisfy your urge to stay active and possibly even to relieve some stress at the same time. Repeating a designated cycle over and over is easy to do – there’s not much thinking involved – and it could be as simple as creating just two menu plans. But there are some other things to consider first. but you also mentioned eating more on training days for the whole day. the time of day you train. QUESTION: You mentioned eating more after training or even before and after training. If you were intending to eat more on every training day (going to maintenance or surplus level calories). just manage the intensity and energy expenditure.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. It seems to me that staying in line with the overall principles of the Holy Grail. If they were to eat more on every training day. What if you train almost every day? Bodybuilders often train 5 or 6 days a week because they’ve split up their workouts to the point of hitting only one or two body parts a day. one of our goals with this program is to stay out of prolonged surpluses. if we wanted to use this targeted high carb day strategy. While I assume that most followers of this program are highly motivated and disciplined enough to follow more complex nutritional programs. another factor you’d have to think about is your training frequency. your goals. If you eat more on training days. Is there any reason you didn’t set this up so that you’re always eating more on training days and eating less on non training days? Second. including your need for simplicity. Which leads me to two questions: First. Energydemanding workouts such as legs (squat day) or back (deadlifts. You can’t achieve much fat loss if you’re eating at maintenance or in a surplus most of the time. I agree that it may help with muscle growth not only to use pre and post workout nutrition interventions on training days but also to consider eating more overall for the entire day on training days. Stay active. Furthermore. “Eat more carbohydrate calories every fourth day” for example.com/InnerCircle.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program intensity activity to get some additional calories burned. etc. because it’s very hard to avoid some fat gain when you’re in a surplus most of the time. You only talked about this briefly though. when you mentioned “floating” or “targeted” high carb days. You also have to consider the intensity and energy demands of the workout.
if you train several times a week. this provides important appetite control and stable blood sugar levels during the day. calves or arms. or would it be more beneficial to eat more starting right after a late night workout and continue into the next day? Even though the day after may be a nontraining day. both in fat loss programs and in recomposition programs.com Support Community: www.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. it might make the most sense to quantify the demands of every workout (energy expended.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program much more out of you than abs.shtml . The trouble is. if not an exercise in futility. stress on nervous system etc). they grow after the workout when you’re recovering. muscle growth and recovery is really a perpetual process. This provides fuel before the workout for energy and the nutrients needed after the workout for recovery. so a certain amount of base nutrition must be provided every single day.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. if you train late in the evening.Page 50 Official website: www. It would make sense then to take the higher calorie/carb days when the most energy is used. including on the days you’re resting. You make your preworkout meal one of your more substantial meals of the day as well. so that becomes one of your larger meals and it always contains ample amounts of carbs. is simply unnecessary. therefore it would make sense to put more back in for recovery. On training days. If your training split has workouts where only small muscle groups are trained – an arm day for example – that is much less energy demanding. For example. I know a lot of bodybuilders and physique athletes who have been sold the bill of goods on post workout recovery drinks (and even pre/during workout drinks) and they chug the same (quantity) of sugar-laden post workout drinks with every workout. I have used the 3:1 and 3:3 methods for years. glycogen depleted. So you can see that true integration of nutrition to training 100% of the time can surely be taken to a higher level. you move some of your calories into the post workout meal. and devise a refeeding or carb up strategy by the numbers on that basis. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . that could make your nutrition program immensely complicated. afternoon or evening. abs or forearms? Not every workout is equal. The Holy Grail program does integrate nutrition with training by taking advantage of the windows of opportunity around training times. But do you really need all those carbs after training your calves. In a perfect situation. but it could also make your nutrition plan exceedingly complex and difficult to follow and who knows how much more it will help. Your muscles don’t grow during the workout. What time of day you train could also complicate your decisions about what days to make your high calorie days. doesn’t the recovery period extend into the next day? Which day should really be the high carb day? The 24 hours preceding the workout or the hours after? While there are important windows of opportunity to attend to. Depending on your calorie budget for the day. For most people. This pre and post workout nutrient timing is known as the bracketing technique and it’s part of the microcyle (daily training-nutrition integration).com/InnerCircle. I believe that trying to get it perfect. should you start your reefed early that day even though you don’t hit the gym until nighttime. regardless of whether you train in the morning. you would ideally make breakfast (or the first meal after waking) a substantial meal as well.
This gives you approximately half your days in surplus and half in deficit. that means you’ll only be in a deficit 43% of the time. If the high day is a training day.com Support Community: www. A maximum fat loss goal requires more time spent in deficit. Assuming you’re training 3 or 4 days per week. then I recommend that you stick with the 3 days low (deficit) 1 day high (surplus) cycle.Page 51 Official website: www. concurrent muscle gain secondary goal. I don’t believe it 100% vital to eat more on every training day. go ahead and try eating more (mostly carbs) on all your intense training days and see for yourself how it works. then take your higher calorie days only on the workout days that demand the most energy (typically back and legs). The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . Assuming you want some kind of body recomposition. Here’s why: If you train 4 days a week and you always eat more (maintenance or surplus) on every training day. pick one of the four goals and commit to it. your strategy is simple: On the weight training days. or the time required to goal completion will take much longer. Since this could make the program complicated and there are pros and cons to either method. let me make a specific recommendation for you. If the high day is not a training day.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program If you want to take nutrition-training integration a step further. due to the factors I mentioned above. concurrent muscle gain secondary goal) or goal 4 (muscle gain first priority. even though this type of carb targeting appears to be a more sophisticated integration of training and nutrition. that is fine too.” just make sure your pre and post nutrition is covered. I’ve seen excellent results with the 3:3 method even though some of my training days were “low days” and some of my rest days were “high days. go back to section one. it’s critical that you’re totally clear on what you want to accomplish. concurrent fat loss second priority.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. But if muscle gain is your first priority. then here is where you can use the technique of eating more on training days (aka “floating” high carb days). If you train more than 4 days a week (as in the bodybuilding splits I mentioned above). The solution to some of the problems I mentioned above is to match the higher carb/calorie days to your hardest training days. There’s no need for a huge carb up if you’re only training small body parts and/or the workouts are low in intensity. not less. that’s fine. So with fat loss as first priority. but don’t worry about eating more overall on every training day. In summary.com/InnerCircle. concurrent fat loss secondary goal) If your goal is fat loss first priority.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. then you can certainly use the floating high carb days method (within-week carb targeting). If your goal is muscle gain first priority.shtml . you eat more (surplus) and on non training days you eat less (deficit). use the bracketing technique on training days. If you haven’t firmly decided on a body transformation goal. you will have either chosen goal 3 (fat loss first priority. First.
the lower carb diet is naturally higher in protein. Advantages of cutting some of the calories from carbs to create a larger deficit include the following: it helps to control insulin (which is helpful in getting rid of the last bit of stubborn fat).Page 52 Official website: www. because if you cut carbs all the way to zero. You could do that by reducing calories overall and you could also increase your deficit by increasing your cardio volume. you can gain virtually all of the potential low carb benefits without the low carb downsides. That’s where people fear carbs. The Holy Grail program is quite the opposite – it’s about learning how and when to use carbs. Obviously. you simply have to increase your calorie deficit. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program .The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program QUESTION: Tom.shtml .com Support Community: www. ANSWER: It wouldn’t be surprising if zero carb days increased fat loss. you are cutting more calories. If your calorie intake goes down – regardless of which macronutrient is cut – you’re going to lose more fat. Those types of diets are unbalanced and usually unsustainable. Studies suggest that you need about 100-120 grams of carbs for optimum thyroid function. Moderate restriction of carbs can be very beneficial. Without the energy to perform high intensity weight training at peak levels. but it’s not necessary to be so extreme. that defeats the purpose of what you’re trying to do in the first place. plain and simple. it can have metabolic health benefits for people who are carb intolerant. An occasional zero carb day supposedly increases fat loss compared to just low carbs. Getting leaner will come mostly as a result of the caloric deficit. But there are many downsides of zero carb diets – even if it’s only for a day here and there. There are potential advantages of selectively reducing carbs over other macronutrients. The downsides hit you when you get into a more is better (or “less is better” in this case) mentality. your results will suffer. if you like). which is a good appetite suppressant and muscle maintainer.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. so you don’t have to reduce carbs to zero to increase fat loss.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. or close to it. There are rare exceptions. but when your carbs go really low or all the way to zero.com/InnerCircle. I don’t like any diets that go to extremes or which remove an entire macronutrient. and it’s much harder to unknowingly overeat calories when you’ve restricted an entire calorie-dense group of foods (call it automatic calorie control. There’s also a significant amount of research suggesting that very low carb diets can down-regulate your thyroid. what do you think about taking some of the low days – but not all of them – on zero carbs? I’ve seen some carb cycling programs where they varied the amount of carbs and some days were zero carbs – or at least nothing but green veggies and fibrous carbs. resulting in a slower metabolism. most people experience “brain fog” and their energy levels plummet. demonize carbs and become more worried about carbs than calories. I also think it’s important to mention that cutting out all carbs can lead to some very neurotic thinking – I call it carbophobia. not how to completely eliminate them. I’ve found that with moderate carb restriction.
then wouldn’t the longer cycles make sense – like 2 weeks of deficit then 2 weeks of surplus. with no energy to train and suboptimal muscle growth. I recommend you continue eating plenty of green veggies. or even 3-4 week blocks at a time? I’d heard about the ABCDE diet before and understand that people complained about gaining fat with that approach. your calories would also probably drop too low for the day.com/InnerCircle. For the active trainee or physique athlete. That might put a typical male at 175 to 200 grams a day and a typical female at about 130 to 150 grams a day or thereabouts. Cut the carbs in the form of all processed sugars and the starchy carbs or grains.Page 53 Official website: www. especially if your goal is focused fat loss or primary fat loss. but maybe people were just pigging out on the surplus days. But it is enough carbs to get you through your training and keep your head on straight. That’s part of why I prefer three day cycles (5 low days at most) to every other day carb cycling programs. otherwise you may find yourself a “low carb zombie” . QUESTION: Isn’t there some kind of benefit to staying in a deficit for a while to get into a “fat burning mode” and staying in a surplus for a while to get into a “muscle building mode?” If so.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. It’s even enough so you have plenty of carbs to put after your workouts for a nice post workout meal – even on a low carb day. If you went to zero carbs. I would recommend that you try it only on non-weight lifting days and you don’t do it very often.8 to 1.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program When I’m asked to give a number. Low carb purists would hardly consider this a low carb diet. My best advice: Avoid going all the way to zero carbs or using protein-only diets – it’s simply not necessary and may do more harm than good. I also prefer three day cycles in a deficit over longer multi-week cycles for reasons I discussed earlier in this book – I don’t want the groove to turn into a rut. then on training days you wouldn’t be able to properly fuel your workouts or re-fuel afterwards. unless you replaced some of them with more fat and protein. You also may need to increase the protein if the drop in carbs puts you into a very aggressive deficit.0 grams per pound of lean body weight for the low carb days. Couldn’t you do longer cycles and prevent the fat gain by eating cleaner on the surplus cycles and keeping the surplus smaller. When dropping the carbs to lower levels than indicated above. If you went to zero carbs.shtml . I typically recommend 0. I’m sure that all kinds of combinations of low and high cycles could work including every other day and alternating 1-4 week cycles of surplus and deficit. Such a severe deficit could increase the risk for muscle loss and metabolic slowdown.in mental haze all day long. But one thing The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . You’d be doing more damage than good by going to zero or very low carbs on training days. ANSWER: I do think that you get into a groove after a few days on deficit or a few days on surplus compared to raising and lowering calories every other day. Try making 100-120 grams per day a bare minimum. I think these levels are actually quite low. I don’t see anything wrong with experimenting and trying greater carb restrictions on the low days.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. salads and other fibrous carbs.com Support Community: www.
an endomorph who tends to gain fat with the muscle would be especially advised not to stay in a prolonged surplus. I think it makes sense to stay in a surplus to maximize muscle gains. I was also happy to see that you talked about getting enough sleep as I think that is far more important than most people realize. the likelihood of gaining fat increases with the duration of the surplus (especially for the endomorph body type). The net effect is you spin your wheels and get nowhere with regards to the fat loss side of recomposition. It’s like taking one slow step at a time. I was very happy that someone finally focused on this topic that so many of us are interested in – gaining muscle AND losing fat. It’s very difficult to stay in a surplus all the time.shtml . but every step moves you forward toward improved body composition versus taking 2 steps forward and 1 step back.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program we clearly do NOT want. so as to be sleeping between 10 pm and 2 am and to maximize the amount of dark hours asleep and light / daytime hours awake. This Holy Grail approach of short cyclical dieting is not necessary for the skinny “hard-gainer” type of person. then when you go into your fat loss cycle. anabolic state.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.com Support Community: www. you have to spend some of that time burning off the fat you just gained rather than getting leaner than when you started. The trade off is that the muscle gains come more slowly. ANSWER: I have seen research about benefits of getting exposure to early morning sunlight (early to rise). high quality food. not weeks or months) and we may even spend more time in deficit than in surplus. I think this is where the ABCDE method fell short – too much fat was gained along with the muscle during the surplus/overfeeding phase. additional surpluses are very very easily stored as fat. if you cheat in that already overfed. So what happens with the traditional approach to gaining muscle is that you gain the maximum amount of muscle. On the other hand. The short cycles eliminate the back stepping. You have to take that fat off later during the fat loss phase. for a long period of time without gaining at least a little bit of fat. If you experience any significant fat gain during your surplus cycle.Page 54 Official website: www.com/InnerCircle. QUESTION: Thank you for the Holy Grail. If you’re an ectomorph body type and you have more difficulty gaining weight than losing it. I appreciated that you covered the science behind everything and was wondering if you had seen any research that confirmed this belief about “early to bed and early to rise” and how it could affect our fat losses and muscle gains. but you accept a small fat gain along with it. But what we’ve noticed is that even when your surplus is small. I notice in particular that when you’re in a prolonged surplus. With the Holy Grail approach we use very short cycles of surplus and deficit (days. Certainly fat gain could be minimized during long cycles by using a more conservative surplus and by eating clean. I’ve heard it’s more beneficial to go to bed early and get up early in the morning.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. The Holy Grail strategies of 3:1 or 3:3 cycles of deficit and surplus are especially helpful to the endomorph. and early to bed and early to rise go together because you The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . but you also slowly get leaner at the same time. That’s the approach you take on a traditional focused muscle gain program. not even 2-4 weeks. is to err on the side of staying in a surplus so long that we start to gain fat. This approach helps prevent any fat gain in the first place.
I feel that I am in both categories – newbie and overweight. The subjects who were awakened at 5:00 am and exposed to bright light had a 69. a psychiatrist at The University of San Diego. but an actual type of depression. loss of energy. you’re wondering if you start on a fat loss phase and stay focused on fat loss for 12 weeks or more. you mentioned that an overweight person should focus strictly on fat loss (no secondary goal). that by the time you finish the fat loss phase.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program have to get to bed early to get up early and still get enough hours of quality sleep. you will no longer be a beginner.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.” What was of even greater interest to Kripke. For example. motivational factors. In part one. said that “benefits of increased testosterone may include a muscle building and strengthening effect. but it does appear that getting maximum daily exposure to sunlight has benefits of its own. start with fat loss first. Symptoms include depression. 200 pounds and 27-30% body fat.5% increase in LH while the placebo light group did not. it’s awfully easy to gain fat along with the muscle. these types of symptoms and behavior can affect whether you lose or gain fat just about every way possible – through calories consumed. hormones and so on.com/InnerCircle. so testosterone could be enhanced with extra hours of bright light exposure. And when your body fat is high and you go into a prolonged calorie surplus. Daniel Kripke. A condition known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) has been studied at length by psychologists and psychiatrists. after you re-defined the possible goals. Maybe we know why Southern California was always the “Mecca of bodybuilding!” QUESTION: I’m a 40 year old male. calories burned. A lot of people in bodybuilding and fitness immediately connect increased testosterone with increased muscle size and strength but it’s not always clear whether transient spikes in test or growth hormone have a direct effect on increasing muscle mass.Page 55 Official website: www. Much more than just the winter blues. Obviously. It’s now widely accepted that sleep deprivation is a risk factor for obesity. muscle loss is much less of a concern than when you are already lean and wanting to get leaner. There are very few exceptions to this rule. I see how this could be an interesting question! My answer is my standard advice: if you have high body fat. you also mentioned that “newbie gains” can account for a person sometimes having near equal gains in muscle and losses in fat over an extended period.com Support Community: www. However. feelings of hopelessness and oversleeping. in reference to the results of this study. SAD occurs during the short days and long nights of winter and fall when there is less sunlight and colder temperatures. However. was the possible effect on mood and depression. so I’m left wondering if I should start fresh with a singular focus on fat loss as you suggested or whether I should try to “cash in” on those newbie muscle gains before switching to a single goal of fat loss? ANSWER: If I understand your question correctly. one of the authors. Dr. That’s because when your body fat is high.shtml . cravings for specific foods (especially carbohydrates). right? A 2003 study published in the journal Neuroscience Letters found that Luteinizing Hormone (LH) was increased after bright light exposure. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . body composition was not measured in this study.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. LH in men drives up testosterone levels.
So pour your mental focus and physical effort into getting lean right now.shtml . I predict that you will find that the first 10-12 pounds of muscle is fairly easy to put on regardless of whether you do it now or 3 months from now or 6 months from now. natural gains almost always start coming very slowly. Three days per week is often cited as optimal. You’re likely to see only minimal differences in results between the three and four day schedules. This program however. I recommend three to four days a week for most people. without that much compromise in results. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . you still haven’t put on that first 10-12 pounds of muscle yet. To achieve optimal hypertrophy. secondary fat loss). You’ll be less likely to add fat while adding muscle to an already lean body. However. because in this case. after that. for a total of four weekly workouts. Once your body fat is down to the average or better range. four or even five days a week can be beneficial. because the honeymoon period of “newbie gains” is over. Instead of training each muscle group twice a week on the two day split. you’d be usually be considered out of the beginner stage. You’re no longer a “newbie” in muscle gaining terms.com/InnerCircle.Page 56 Official website: www. newbie gains is not referring to how many months or years of training you’ve accumulated (training age). With muscle growth. for people who have very busy schedules or people who have lower recovery abilities. not how long you’ve been weight training per se. as long as it has a periodized system with strength and hypertrophy elements. abbreviated programs can be used. although the workouts can be shortened if necessary. And once you’ve put on 20-25 pounds of lean mass. is not one where you should be looking to do the minimum amount to get by. Each session will last approximately an hour. you cut back to three days a week. depending on how much you split up your body parts. The second 10-12 pounds of pure lean body mass will be significantly more difficult. QUESTION: What is the minimum amount of strength training required to prevent muscle loss in a hypocaloric situation? ANSWER: The consensus among most trainers and strength coaches – and the strength training research backs this up – is that you need a minimum of two training sessions per week to maintain the muscle you have. So even if you focus on fat loss for 6 months and at that point. accumulating a certain amount of training volume is important. and on bodybuilding or hypertrophy-focused programs. Virtually any weight training program could be used in conjunction with the Holy Grail system of cyclical dieting. then switch gears and go into your focused muscle building macrocycle (or primary muscle gain. so you should really be asking yourself what is the optimal training frequency. so extremely brief and infrequent types of training paradigms would not be optimal while following the Holy Grail. Body recomposition is a challenging goal.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program You don’t need to be concerned about missing out on newbie muscle gains. newbie gains means the first pounds of new muscle you gain. after you’ve already gained a sizeable amount of muscle. how to abbreviate your workouts is discussed in the TNB workout that’s included with this program.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. and I think you’ll find that first spurt of muscle will still be there for you to enjoy.com Support Community: www. and in fact.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.
secondary goal of muscle gain. But keep in mind that doing so will decrease your weekly deficit. that probably won’t happen either in just 3 days. It’s prolonged severe deficits that you should avoid. you can cut back on the isolation/ secondary exercises and leave only the primary exercise in the routine. you may surprise yourself what you can achieve with a fairly modest time investment. then I recommend sticking with the 3 days low.Page 57 Official website: www. If your goal is primarily fat loss. small muscle group exercises). Typically. with a reefed at least every fourth day to provide psychological relief and help prevent any metabolic slowdown. With that in mind. by the 3rd day you’re just starting to sense the hunger and craving the “missed foods” like the starchy carbs. you cannot necessarily judge the effectiveness of your workouts on time spent training. QUESTION: You suggest a 3 days low 1 day high carb cycling schedule for someone with the primary goal of fat loss. secondarily muscle gain. It’s what you do in the time you have that counts – did you train with intensity? Did you hit your training goals for the day. We don’t cut calories severely or for a long time on this program.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program In addition. if your body fat is on the high side. large muscle group exercises) and which are secondary (generally isolation. although a little hunger comes with the territory on low carb days.com Support Community: www. Your metabolic rate and regulatory hormones are not going to crash in just 3 days. When you need to minimize your training time. 1 day high method. This could clip off anywhere from 15 to as much as 30 minutes off your strength training time. secondary goal muscle gain. I’m wondering if spending 3 days in a deficit might be enough to trigger a slowdown in metabolism or starvation mode symptoms. so it shouldn’t worry you. and one step closer to muscle gain as your primary goal. would a 2 days low. bringing the length of your workouts into the neighborhood of 30 minutes or so. the TNB program has specified which exercises are primary (generally compound.shtml . In fact. Usually it takes a more prolonged deficit before there’s any metabolic slowdown or before a low calorie/ and or low carb diet becomes harder to tolerate. As for other starvation mode symptoms like appetite increasing. The answer to your question is really about whether you want to compromise on the fat loss side of things a little bit more. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . but it’s easy to hold out because you know you have a reefed day coming. you can set that fear aside. Keep in mind that while the type of strength training recommended in the Holy Grail program typically lasts close to 60 minutes per session.com/InnerCircle. adding weight where called for and progressively overloading your muscles from one week to the next? That’s what counts. If your sole rationale for doing 2 days low instead of 3 is that you’re worried about metabolic slowdown. with the three days in a deficit and the 1 day all the way up into surplus – a pretty big reefed day. and I mentioned in a previous Q & A that some people even like doing every other day cycles. you could actually take reefeds even less often (once every 5 to 7 days). If you hit it really hard on the basics. Three days in a deficit is a short period of time and it’s intentionally set up that way. 1 day high carb cycle be a useful option? ANSWER: You could experiment with 2 days low and 1 day high. for any reason.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. so you’ll be moving further away from primary goal fat loss.
In a separate question.shtml . Low intensity or even medium intensity cardio training does not require any special pre or post workout nutrition strategy. load. your acute training variables (sets. Use weight training as your tool for building muscle and strength and use cardio and nutrition as your tools for burning fat. fat loss and what many women call “toning”. QUESTION: Do the post workout nutrition guidelines apply to cardio training as well? If so. the less effective it becomes for building strength and muscle. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . But a good principle to remember is “Never compromise your primary objective. But if your primary objective is gaining muscle (and that’s one of the goals of this program).” What is it – cardio training or resistance training? All kidding aside.com/InnerCircle. I often joke around about circuit training being “exercise with an identity crisis.Page 58 Official website: www. I have nothing against circuit training – it has it’s place. However.com Support Community: www. This could help increase fat loss to some degree.” it’s very possible that may increase the amount of calories burned during your workout.” If you are highly time-restricted and your goal has nothing to do with gaining muscle and you simply want physical conditioning. someone asked me about fasted cardio. For optimum strength and muscle growth. It might also elevate your metabolic rate after the training session similar to the way high intensity cardio increases metabolic rate after the workout (known as excess post exercise oxygen consumption or EPOC). then what if I separate my cardio and weights – do I take a post workout meal and carb up after both training sessions? ANSWER: All our discussions about post workout nutrition refer primarily to intense weight training. the more you try to turn your weight training into a fat loss workout. This is both for energy reasons and for recovery and body composition improvement reasons. not cardio.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. All kinds of intense training – cardio or resistance – are best done fed. however. I answered that low intensity cardio is ok to do fasted. some of our observations about pre and post workout nutrition could apply to high intensity cardio training. Arguably. then I could understand why you might use circuits or metabolic strength training workouts.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program QUESTION: What do you think about changing the type of training on fat loss days to something more metabolic and calorie-burning like circuits and then change the type of training to strength and muscle mass workouts on the higher calorie surplus days? ANSWER: If you switch some of your workouts from traditional strength training to circuit training or the increasingly popular “metabolic weight training. rest intervals) need to stay in the optimal strength and muscle growth ranges.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. then don’t compromise your muscle gains by using general fitness or conditioning workouts like circuit training. Use the most effective muscle building workouts possible – traditional hypertrophy-focused strength training. This is why we don’t recommend doing high intensity interval training fasted. reps.
you’d take your primary post workout meal after the weight training workout. so protein and carb intake afterwards might help. depending on his split.shtml . it might pan out like this: Many people do their cardio right after their weight training and this is often for practical reasons. The carb intake simply would not be as high as after the longer. A Holy Grail transformation means gaining muscle. but it may also be missing the forest for the trees. Intense cardio creates a window of opportunity of its own. this may provide benefits including better energy allocation (you’re not as tired from weight training so you can put more energy into the cardio). it doesn’t necessarily deplete the whole body and is not as energy intense as a 60 minute weight training workout. For example. with the intention of increasing fat loss.m. but it actually does make sense to get some kind of intake before and after all intense training sessions. and the possibility of getting that second (albeit less impactful) window of opportunity. The difference is. Then.Page 59 Official website: www.m and biceps plus intense cardio in the p. depends a lot on how many calories and grams of carbs you have to spare in your nutritional budget. Having two post workout meals. you have to save the bulk of them for after your most intense workouts and that means intense weight training first. an intense cardio workout might be as little as 20 minutes.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. In this case. Or. assuming you have carb calories to spare. you’d arrange your daily meal schedule so one of your other meals falls after that high intensity cardio session. both of substantial size. and back in the p. and often what’s optimal for losing fat is not optimal for gaining muscle.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. On a tangent. this could actually improve body composition results over once a day training (provided that the double training sessions don’t push the body into an overtrained state). but the size of the meal would be smaller than the meal following your longer weight training workout. a bodybuilder might do chest in the a. In practice. This is very counter-intuitive to a lot of people because many experts advise their clients NOT to eat after cardio.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Post workout nutrition for cardio is a little bit fuzzier. Either way. This subject is still being debated. The amount of carbs and calories provided might simply be higher or lower depending on the volume.m. After this long weight training plus cardio workout. When carbs and calories are limited. Intense cardio is only secondary. In a perfect situation.com Support Community: www. intensity and energy demands of the workout. take two showers. more intense workout. the same situation occurs with double split weight training that is often employed by advanced bodybuilders. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program .m. as they don’t want to schlep to the gym twice a day. Some people argue that twice a day training creates two windows of opportunity and with proper feeding after each session. it would actually be beneficial to have some kind of nutritional intake after intense cardio training. he might do chest and abs in the a. Eating after every intense workout is optimal for gaining muscle.com/InnerCircle. and low or medium intensity cardio requires no extra intervention at all. post workout nutrition could be applied to both post workout windows. If you split your weights and cardio. It’s possible that may indeed increase the fat oxidation during the acute period after the workout. you’d certainly take a very large post workout meal – the highest carb meal of the day. etc. much like weight training.
The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program QUESTION: What percentage of calorie limits can be treat/cheat foods without impacting on fat loss? Has this ever been assessed in a scientific way? ANSWER: First of all. My typical advice is to follow a 90% rule: stick with natural. Naturally of course. A period of reduced carb hypocaloric dieting that precedes a large surplus alters the hormonal milieu and depletes glycogen. that’s if you’ve created a space for those extra carbs with previous depletion. This is how it appears that people get away with eating junk food or unusually high amounts of carbs in a surplus with no ill effect or possibly even achieving a positive effect. If eating cheat foods pushes you more easily into a greater surplus than you need. eating large amounts of junk food. Also. hypocaloric dieting. pancakes. Also. have whatever you want. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . but keeping within your target calories and macros. it’s going to negatively impact your fat loss. I’m not sure if any scientists have ever looked at how much junk food and cheating you can do without storing body fat or slowing down your overall progress . Another way to approach it is to allow one or two free meals every week where you can eat whatever you want.shtml . or even flat out junk food on high carb day seem to work at least as well as natural complex carbs and possibly better – again. cereals. so we know that kind of surplus is needed for optimal muscle growth. A lot of it depends on what happened before the cheat. increases the odds that you’ll push yourself into a calorie surplus larger than you can utilize. These kinds of rules usually make for better compliance in the long run.com Support Community: www. I recommend allowing yourself room to eat your favorite foods on occasion. You need a small surplus – typically about 10-15% over maintenance calories to gain lean mass at the maximum rate. calories always count. which creates a space for some of those excess carbs to go on the surplus/refeed day (“cheat day”). it’s more likely that if you’re in a surplus. Either way. (Witness the bodybuilder who actually looks better the day after his contest after the victory celebration feast!) How often you can do this and how much extra you can eat on the surplus (“cheat”) day are the big questions and I think there are too many variables to give a single answer.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. That might give you some insights. unprocessed foods 90% of the time and the other 10% of the time. not to mention much happier dieters. a high fat and high sugar intake increases the likelihood that some of those dietary fat calories will easily convert into body fat. there is reason to believe that using high glycemic carbs or even called “not so clean” carbs like pasta. Some nutrition and bodybuilding experts have looked at how much carbohydrate you could take in on a reefed day following a period of low carb. But cycling carbs changes the game – a lot.at least not in the context of a carb cycling program.com/InnerCircle.Page 60 Official website: www. unrestricted cheat days or cheat weekends. including refined sugars and fat.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. I don’t recommend free for all.
Page 61 Official website: www. Furthermore. Aktins) low carb diets).HolyGrailBodyTransformation. These cyclical ketogenic diets were viewed by some as an improvement over ketogenic diets like Atkins which did not have any carb up. Doing extreme reefeds or all-out unrestricted cheat days is not my favorite approach to carb cycling. myself included. many people. This causes the muscles to fill out from water and glycogen being driven into the cell and it creates an overall anabolic response. The cyclical low carb diet called for 5 days of low calories and very low carbohydrate intake followed by 2 days of high carbohydrates and fairly high calories – enough to achieve glycogen supercompensation. a full 5 days of near-zero carbs is harder to tolerate than just 3 days of low carbs. find almost zero-carb. After a period of depletion. I prefer the allowance of one or two “free meals” per week (eat absolutely anything you want. though. if I weigh 195 pounds at 10% bodyfat and I’m on a Holy Grail style recomp program. but it’s never a carb or sugar “binge” and it’s not the 700 – 1000 gram refeeds you sometimes hear about after a more extended and extreme depletion period. I’ve seen the extreme carb up or junk-loading approaches work. you temporarily won’t get fat from overeating – even junk food carbs. Keep in mind. or about 350-450 grams. Taking a break from carb depletion and spiking carbs also stops the catabolism and even allows you to rebuild muscle. it requires depletion of glycogen and this is not appropriate for everyone. Now. I would occasionally go higher if my activity level is really high and/or when muscle gain is the first priority. and that could include so-called junk food sources of carbs. They also seemed a better choice for bodybuilders. here’s where this ties into your question.0 g/lb bodyweight. for this to work. you can consume a surprisingly large amount of carbs for one day without storing body fat.shtml . These programs called for 1-2 days of massive carbing up. this should answer your question and goes to show that if you’ve primed yourself through diet depletion and or training depletion to a great enough degree. carbs are pushed first into muscle cells. (never below 100 g) as well as more conservative on reefed days. That may seem like an insane amount of carbs. Nevertheless.com Support Community: www. It’s the depletion phase that potentiates the ability to carb load so much without getting fat – even junk carbs. I prefer to be more conservative on low carb days seldom dropping below 0. This means that after a period of carb depletion and continued training.8 to 1. my low carb days might be 175 grams and then on reefed days I might go up to 2-3 times that. This wouldn’t happen under normal circumstances. even after getting adapted to it. and when your muscles have become insulin sensitive. high fat ketogenic diets distasteful and hard to sustain. For example.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. but I’ve also seen them backfire far too many times to prescribe it broadly. How many carbs? We’re talking at least 9 g per kg of LBM which would be about 750 grams of carbs on in one day for an average 185 pound male. but stay within The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . In addition. but some people who use these types of diets actually hit those amounts – and higher (1000-1200 grams is not unheard of) and continue to improve their body composition. cyclical low carb or ketogenic diets became a popular variation on the standard (ie.com/InnerCircle.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program In the 1990’s.
As for pure fruit and vegetable days.com Support Community: www. who doesn’t eat any animal based proteins whatsoever. while a vegan should have no difficulty with fat loss simply by setting calories and total daily protein correctly. you will probably come up short on total daily protein. Establish your calorie goals first.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. Then I recommend controlled refeeds with mostly “clean” (nutrient dense) carbs. a vegan diet probably puts you at a disadvantage in the muscle building department. pasta. Meat and fish eaters will simply have a wider variety of protein sources to choose from and the non-meat eater will need to carefully double check her daily protein intake to make sure she’s getting optimal amounts. I have seen a handful of vegans pursue physique goals to the point of bodybuilding. You’ll get plenty of complete proteins from using dairy products or eggs daily and or mixing and matching your vegetarian proteins each day for the full spectrum of amino acids. If you mean only green veggies and salads plus fruits. co-ordinated with training. and I know which vegetarian protein versions to substitute for meat in your suggested meal plans. that’s approximately one gram per pound of body weight. be sure to hit your protein requirement every day. that’s the day to have your bread. you could still probably get close to hitting your protein target for the day.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.com/InnerCircle.Page 62 Official website: www. I don’t. QUESTION: Tom. The diet completely void of animal based proteins is sub-optimal for building muscle in comparison to one that contains at least small amounts of animal based protein. legumes and high protein whole grains. vegan bodybuilders are somewhat rare and arguably. I eat some yogurt and cottage cheese and some eggs. cereal. you can easily get all the protein you need (as an ovo-lacto vegetarian). That’s not to say a vegan can’t build a fine physique. however. especially in your post-workout meal after really intense training sessions. or 120 grams for you. see any reason why an ovo lacto vegetarian can’t get equal results as someone who eats meat. Your goal should simply be to hit your daily macronutrient and calorie goals every day. first. I don’t eat any meat at all. My questions are. By vegetables if you mean including beans. and secondary in importance. which is an area of nutritional expertise I don’t have. the physiques of vegan bodybuilders I’ve seen don’t compare to the physiques of non vegetarians. In fact. etc. And if you want to relax your carb choices. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program .shtml . what do you think about taking 1 out of every 3 days eating purely raw fruits and vegetables? ANSWER: Between dairy products. Also. However. at least from a competitive perspective. I suppose that depends on what you include with vegetables. As per the Holy Grail nutrition guidelines. It would require an entirely new set of specialty menu plans for that.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program your macro and calorie targets for the day). I’m a female 5’6” 120 pounds. will this make it harder to gain muscle and lose fat? Second. eggs and high protein plant-based foods. I could stand to gain some muscle and lose a little more fat. This program was not designed for a strict pure vegetarian (vegan).
then you’ll definitely want to decrease your cardio.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. QUESTION: Tom. When I increased my cardio to 40-45 minutes twice a day. I see that you are tracking body composition and if you’re getting good fat loss results while maintaining your lean body mass. taper it slowly over a period of weeks. it shouldn’t be done all year round purely for body composition purposes. My concern is that I won’t be able to reach my long term goal of 17% body fat without the cardio so I’m wondering if it’s ok to keep doing cardio 2X a day at least until I reach that goal. don’t fix it if it’s not broken. I have the time – I’m a student and so the only time commitment I have is studying.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program I think it’s a great idea for everyone – meat eaters especially – to eat more fruits and veggies.5%. I don’t feel exhausted from doing 2 cardios a day. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . I figured out my body type and I am definitely an endomorph – I put on fat very easily. but I still have more fat to lose and then I want to gain some lean muscle.Page 63 Official website: www. As a general rule. you can always bring the cardio back up. But for optimal results in terms of gaining lean body mass. double cardios can also be helpful. Two cardios a day is highly effective for focused fat loss programs. then your high volume cardio strategy is working. High volume cardio is for peaking. in your Holy Grail program. ANSWER: I’m not against double cardio for short periods of time for the physique athlete prepping for competition or anyone working under time pressure to reach a goal. The problem is. It may surprise you how you can stay lean or even continue to lose fat on less cardio. then daily cardio is an effective strategy and occasionally for peaking. I’m fairly happy with my results so far. But I’ve heard so many warnings about doing too much cardio. now you’re saying the same thing I heard elsewhere – don’t do too much cardio. I used your fat loss program (Burn the Fat. I lose it slowly and the ONLY and I mean the ONLY way I seem to lose it quickly is to do a lot of cardio.com/InnerCircle.shtml . However. elliptical machine and running) – plus lifting – that’s when I really started to drop the fat.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. 5-7 days a week (I alternate between spinning class. and even though you mentioned that you’ve done 2 a day yourself when you competed. You could even take occasional days of “fruit and veggie fasts” where you take a break from the high daily protein intakes. For optimal muscle gains. metabolic adaptation and interference with strength/muscle gains. but don’t overdo it when muscle gain is a primary goal. Rather than cut your cardio drastically. Once your goals switch to gaining muscle. If your goal is focused maximal fat loss. There’s no way you’re going to be able to keep doing double cardio and maximize muscle gains.com Support Community: www. But there are downsides of doing a large volume of cardio which include overuse injuries. especially when you’re doing intense training that includes the 4X a week of weights and 3X a week of cardio that’s called for on this program. If you need to. keep your cardio down to 3 days per week. I would make it a point to hit your daily protein target the majority of the time. and certainly you can eat some of those veggies raw. Feed the Muscle) to go from 28% down to 20. I don’t feel overworked.
For optimal results on a body recomp program. it’s best to avoid any nutritional or training techniques that are “high risk. for optimal performance and optimal body composition results. Intense training of all kinds. As for high reps. on those days you should change your training for better fat loss like doing more high reps and then on the carb up days you should change your training more for muscle mass with heavy weight and low reps.com/InnerCircle. But switching entirely to very high reps (13-20 and up) for all your training is a mistake. In fact.com Support Community: www. as it teeters on the catabolic side. it’s a myth that doing high rep weight training will increase fat loss. On this program we do heavier strength days in the 5-6 rep range and more moderate hypertrophy days in the 8-12 rep range. I’d recommend eating breakfast (meal one) immediately afterward. love doing it this way. Burn the Fat. Feed the Muscle. It’s always a good idea to use a periodization program and that can include alternating between lower and medium/higher rep days. Occasionally mixing in some high reps there is fine as well. Keep the majority of your weight training focused on strength and hypertrophy and let the cardio and nutrition take care of the fat loss. should be done fed.” QUESTION: Tom is there a reason you don’t synchronize your training periodization with the nutrition periodization? I’ve read some stuff about cyclical dieting before that said when you’re doing a depletion phase of a carb cycling schedule.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. but I don’t think you said anything about it in the Holy Grail.Page 64 Official website: www. Fat loss is achieved from the caloric deficit which is best handled primarily though nutrition and then secondarily through cardio.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. including cardio (interval training for example). Thanks! ANSWER: Doing cardio in the morning fasted (or semi-fasted on just a protein shake) is fine even during this program as long as you keep the intensity level low to medium. ANSWER: I covered on this subject in a previous Q & A about whether you should eat more on training days and another about whether the type of training should change on low carb and high carb days. Is it ok to keep doing it fasted when your goal is concurrently losing fat and gaining muscle? The reason I ask is because you hear a lot of people say that fasted cardio can make you lose muscle. I’ve read your articles about the pros and cons of fasted cardio I the morning and I for one. You mentioned fasted cardio and recommended it in your earlier e-book. It works for me and I like having it out of the way early. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . I have been tracking my lean body mass and didn’t lose ANY muscle at all.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program QUESTION: Hey Tom. you could actually lose muscle if you stop training with the heavier weights and you’d get no added fat loss from the higher reps. Doing intense cardio in a fasted state is more risky. but I was just wondering what you thought.shtml .
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you can put one and one together. Ripped muscles create an optimal illusion of more size. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . Building large muscles while getting cut goes against our evolutionary programming. Of course. supplement and weight loss marketing has brainwashed people into expecting incredible gains of muscle along with large losses of fat (if you use their products. but he competes in bodybuilding as a bantamweight.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. why do so many people persist in believing that huge simultaneous gains in muscle and losses in body fat are easy and common? I can think of two reasons. But it would be irresponsible of me to rave on about how you can “easily” gain huge amounts of muscle and lose a lot of fat concurrently. nutrition. Looking at some before and after photos. they reveal more muscular definition. More often than not. you’d swear they weighed MORE in the lean after photo. which revolve around certain ideal conditions being present. Instead. I want to encourage you. especially in the legs. Having huge muscles also has no survival value. I want to conclude with both a dose of encouragement and a dose of reality so you can set your goals realistically. Choosing the right parents helps too (and if you’re just starting out. He would likely be much larger and stronger. steroid-using models. Being ripped and huge… well. One reason is because when people get leaner. but they might be 10 or 15 pounds lighter than in the fat before photo.not the typical results. of course).Page 66 Official website: www. photoshopped pictures).The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Conclusion: Fat loss and muscle gain reality Although I've made a strong case for how to gain some muscle during your fat loss program (or just prevent muscle loss) and how to lose some fat during your muscle gain program (or just stay lean).shtml . what you're really seeing is a complete fabrication (phony testimonials. Training for strength and maximum muscle mass while trying to train for long distance endurance events at the same time is a perfect example.com Support Community: www. especially for men. if he didn’t run so much. or the best case scenarios . I want to end by re-emphasizing the main point from part one: gaining a lot of muscle and losing a lot of fat at the same time is difficult and uncommon. Despite all the biological and evolutionary evidence to the contrary. I have a friend who wins masters bodybuilding contests and has run full marathons in the same year. Being ripped has no survival value. as I mentioned in part one. Second. They don't go well together. You’ve got to have all your ducks lined up in a row to make this work: training. and lifestyle. There are only a handful of exceptions. enjoy those newbie gains while they last!) One of the most common obstacles blocking the way to reaching a goal is setting two or more goals that conflict with one another.com/InnerCircle. This is a challenging goal to achieve. there are exceptions to everything.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. because what we are trying to do with the Holy Grail program is to put the odds in your favor for making a “results not typical” transformation.
Make sure all lifestyle factors are in place (adequate sleep. Double check for adequate protein intake – eat protein at each meal. Choose a primary goal for your macrocycle 2. let’s summarize the components of the Holy Grail body transformation system: 1. 5. Determine maintenance calorie needs and set calorie levels for low days and high days. little or no alcohol. 1 – 3 days high carb) 7. etc. the more you begin to make compromises. Adjust carb and calorie levels as needed based on your weekly results. Add sparingly when fat loss is primary focus. Your chances for success are greatest if you choose your single most important priority. Start with 3 days per week of cardio.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program The more you attempt to split your focus between two conflicting goals. In closing. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program .com/InnerCircle. while the carbs vary (example: 3 days low carb.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. To get the most out of this program. what often happens is your progress in either direction will be so slow that you'll give up out of sheer frustration. Limit cardio to 3/d/wk when muscle gain is primary goal.Page 67 Official website: www. Cycle calories by manipulating your carb intake – protein and healthy fats stay relatively constant.) 11. Use menu templates or sample menus as examples to design your own meal plans 6. remember our new paradigm on setting body transformation goals: That is.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. 10. even when you’re pursuing the “Holy Grail” of body recomposition.com Support Community: www. Establish a plan for pre and post workout nutrition (microcycle) on training days 4.shtml . minimum 1 g/lb of bodyweight 8. make that your primary goal. stress management plan. Measure body composition once a week. If for no other reason. and pour your heart into it. Without a primary focus. prioritize one goal because it's psychologically detrimental to split your focus. Set up your weight training schedule with 3-4 days per week of training (bodybuilders may use higher frequency on body part split routines) 9. Choose your within-week calorie/carb cycling plan (mesocycle) 3. be sure you have a primary goal.
I’d love to hear from you right away. Now that you’ve finished reading.com/innercircle. In a few months. Although this program has expanded tremendously since it’s early days. you can get membership information at: http://www.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Afterword Thank you for reading The Holy Grail Body Transformation System – which is now in its second incarnation. author of The Holy Grail Body Transformation System. if you’re a member of our Inner Circle.com/InnerCircle.shtml Thanks again for reading. This will help us create future editions of the program as well as prove motivation and inspiration to our new users and our current community. I’d also like to hear from you again to find out about your results.Page 68 Official website: www. Last but not least. if you used the workout. after you’ve put this program to work. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program . If you’re not a member of our private community yet. you can discuss this program with our thousands of members or ask me questions in the Inner Circle discussion forums.com/contact. This program has grown from a short e-book that was originally offered as an ancillary bonus report for another product to an exciting stand-alone program which is already becoming immensely popular after less than a year on the market.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.com Support Community: www. Please take a moment right now to drop me a note via email with your initial impressions about this course at: http://www. I want to hear not only about your experience with the Holy Grail nutritional periodization and cycle dieting techniques. or there were unanswered questions and you’d like to have a question added to the FAQ section.shtml .shtml. The entire question and answer section in this edition is a result of all the feedback I received from first edition users.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. then I expanded it for our Inner Circle members who started testing the TNB workout last year. the interest in the Holy Grail Body Transformation system has exceeded our expectations by such a large magnitude that we plan to expand it even further and continue to build it into an even larger and more comprehensive program. Our gallery of success stories is growing rapidly and we want to hear about the results from even more Holy Grail users. Train hard and expect success! Tom Venuto. but also your experience with the TNB workout. Whether you hit a snag and had some challenges. I would love to get your feedback. The response and the results from this workout system have been phenomenal. let me know either way. In order to create the next edition of this program. or it all worked brilliantly and you have a success story or testimonial to send me. TNB first appeared in Men’s Fitness magazine.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.
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personal tastes in food would dictate that no generic menu plan will be ideal for everyone. Depending on what part of the world you’re from. That means you must learn the arts of substitution and customization. That’s one reason I’ve never been keen on prescribing meal plans.shtml . You can also increase or decrease the calories or macronutrients as your personal needs dictate. That’s because the Holy Grail program requires a certain amount of weekly training. you may need to decrease the calorie and macronutrient amounts slightly.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. You can use these samples as idea starters and easily make substitutions with your favorite foods. You might be allergic or intolerant to certain foods (dairy and wheat/gluten products are commonly avoided for these reasons). most people get the idea that if they don’t follow exactly what the meal plan says 100% of the time. This kind of perfectionist thinking is not beneficial – it’s another form of neurosis. macronutrients and foods To create a set of general menu templates that’s useful to you. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program – Appendix 1 www. it would require an entire book filled with a huge variety of meal plans to cover the majority of scenarios. you’ll need to calculate your personal calorie needs and increase the calories and servings of all the foods listed on the sample menus. These are only a handful of the reasons why it’s virtually impossible to create one set of “perfect” menu plans. Even then. Yet another is because if I print a specific menu. macronutrient and nutrition needs. or within 10 pounds or so. I’ve created one set of sample menus which you can use as templates. we’re making an assumption that your activity level won’t go much below moderately active once you’re into this program.com www. some foods may be readily available while others are not. we will use a “reference person” that represents the average or typical individual who might follow this program. so we will estimate that the reference male is about 190 pounds and the reference female is about 140 pounds. some people think they’re not allowed to have that food (not true). like the “carbophobia” I mentioned earlier. Although I haven’t created a customized meal plan exclusively for you.com/innercircle. they’ve failed. In setting calories. There are some foods you may love to eat every day and some you strongly dislike. You may like to use post-workout or meal replacement drinks for convenience or you may prefer whole foods.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. That person is moderately active and not obese. At the very least. but still has body fat to lose. Another reason is because if a certain food isn’t printed on the menu. and that requires a certain amount of energy. I have done something that will help all Holy Grail readers immensely. Customizing your calories. I prefer to teach nutrition principles which give you the information you need to create your own meal plans.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Introduction to the Holy Grail carb cycling meal plans Every person has unique calorie. If you’re very small in body size. If you’re much larger and more active than the sample reference person.
This is an easy way to get started in the beginning. For example. and it allows you to see how a simple musclebuilding meal is created (lean protein plus natural carbs). these contain whey protein and simple carbs. All the sample menu plans in this section are based on 5 to 6 small meals per day rather than 3 (or fewer) huge meals. If you have particularly intense and energy-demanding workouts.shtml . it’s easier and more practical for most people to spread the large food intake into multiple smaller meals. Some people may find 3-4 meals or 3 meals plus snacks is more practical for their personal schedule and lifestyle. the bodybuilder’s method of 5 to 6 meals a day is not a hard and fast rule as long as daily goals are reached and nutrient timing is carefully observed. This meal frequency is considered the “best practice” on the Holy Grail program as well. especially oils and fats which are very calorie dense. In programs where surplus calories are required. Instead. You can create fancy omelets with any kind of vegetables.com www. On the fat loss (deficit) side. Customizing your meal frequency Five or six smaller meals has been the favorite method of bodybuilders for decades and is beneficial. These menu templates show you generally how to place more food around training sessions. It’s also helpful for maintaining stable blood sugar levels. Anything added that is caloric must be carefully counted into your daily calorie and macronutrient totals. frequent meal pattern has proven very helpful for controlling appetite and avoiding binge eating. Refer back to the post workout nutrition section of this book for more details. You can make all the substitutions you like.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. If you make substitutions in your meal plans. if you see plain chicken breast.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. provided you follow the overall principles of the program and achieve your nutrition goals in the order of their priority.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Our sample meal plans have not been created with complicated recipes. this doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t substitute these basic meals with more complex recipes. the meals have been made with individual foods.com/innercircle. You can use herbs or spices on your fish and meats. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program – Appendix 1 www. One thing you will notice about all the sample menus is that post-workout meals have been labeled and they are almost always the largest and highest carb meal of the day. the small. broccoli and brown rice on the menu. if not optimal for muscle-building programs for a variety of reasons. one thing that should stay the same is the post-workout meal should always be one of your largest meals. it’s your prerogative to move even more of your daily carbs into the post-workout meal. A post-workout whole food meal can also be substituted with a post-workout drink. for the most part. adding whatever flavorings and additional vegetables you desire. then all meals need to be larger and the post-workout meal much larger. Meal frequency can be customized. Typically. However. If you alter your meal frequency from the standard template. However. you could substitute your favorite vegetable stir fry. spices or even low/nonfat cheese.
The 80-20 rule says that 20% of your actions (the important few) will produce the majority of your results. Following any program that’s optimal for body re-composition or building muscle mass is going to take some planning. On a program like this. In fact. with a serving of protein at each meal. This could include a piece of fruit. or a protein shake. But using the 80-20 rule and taking care of the most important stuff first is a guaranteed way to cut through confusion and start getting results right from the start. If you decide to eat fewer meals. it’s vitally important to make sure you hit your protein requirement. If you’re in the latter group. a serving of cottage cheese. you should avoid meal schedules that make it any harder to stick with your eating plan than necessary. each meal may seem like little more than a snack. Note: A snack is generally something with fewer calories than a meal (75 to 200 calories is typical) and requires no cooking or food preparation. A handful of people however. you’ll be happy to hear that you could consider a 3 to 4 meal per day schedule or 3 meals plus snacks schedule. every day. Note: a protein shake. a yogurt.com/innercircle. a handful of nuts. These low energy expenditure individuals also may prefer to spread the food out into 3 or 4 meals or 3 meals plus small snacks. But if possible. discipline and hard work. Most people will find hitting their protein target is easy if you eat protein 4 to 6 times per day. if you identify and apply just a handful of the most important nutrition principles.” Meal planning priorities Many people get immensely confused about meal planning when they first start a muscle building or fat burning program and some people stay confused for years until it finally clicks.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program People with very low calorie requirements (someone short and/or very small-framed) may find that spreading their small daily calorie allotment into 5 or 6 meals doesn’t leave much food per meal. you’ll get great results and you won’t have to worry about all the little details. set nutrition priorities in the order of most to least important and use the famous 80-20 rule.com www. Your first priority should be to make sure you hit your calorie and macronutrient targets for each day. It’s also important to consider the impact of your daily meal schedule on compliance (can you stick with a certain meal plan as a lifestyle?). the details do matter. The remaining 80% is minutia (the trivial many). meal replacement shake or post workout drink could also count as one of the “meals. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program – Appendix 1 www.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. After nailing down the right amount of calories. All you have to do is approach your nutrition program from a “hierarchy of importance” point of view. There’s a short cut solution to this problem and it works every time. You can fine tune the details later as you go. Many people – including most bodybuilders and athletes . a serving of raw veggies.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. find it inconvenient and difficult to eat every 3 hours. In other words.shtml .thrive on eating 5 to 6 times per day. you have to be certain to increase your protein per meal so you still hit your daily target. That means.
when you eat often. On the other hand. during-workout nutrition is unnecessary when you’re eating frequently. The other (smaller) meal is placed in the day as convenience dictates. highercarb meals after your strength training sessions. Breakfast (the first meal of the day after waking) is close behind in importance.shtml . Now. and another large meal is eaten approximately one hour after the post-workout drink. the importance of meal timing on training days is greatly amplified. For the same reason. The drink is optional and purely a matter of personal preference. overeating and inappropriate snacking later in the day and night.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. your pre-workout nutrition comes next. but if you’re like most people. Unless you train before your first meal or after your last meal at night (not recommended). The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program – Appendix 1 www. has to fall somewhere between two of your six meals. it’s not so urgent to eat the post-workout meal immediately after training. You will load a very large proportion of your daily carbs into this feeding. In addition.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Next on the list of priorities is to be sure you consume one of your larger. if the post workout feeding comes in the form of a protein/carb drink. breakfast may not be your largest meal (post-workout meals are often larger). pre. In fact. Five to six feedings per day is optimal for most people on this program. but that’s not relevant to this program). Therefore. then the post-workout meal will be your largest meal of the day by far. when you eat less often. because nutrients from the pre-workout meal are hitting your bloodstream during the workout (endurance athletes with workouts lasting over an hour are an exception. Anytime within the 30-60 minute window of opportunity after training is fine. 3 to 4 meals a day should be the minimum. One popular meal schedule for people who prefer fewer meals is the traditional 3 whole food meals per day and one drink on training days (that’s four “meals”). Slowdigesting carbs and lean protein with a little healthy fat are ideal. you’ve got a fairly constant flow of nutrients hitting your system all day long. One of the meals should be placed close enough before the workout to optimize energy levels for training.com/innercircle. Fewer meals = greater need for precision nutrient timing If you’re eating 5 or 6 times a day like a bodybuilder. by default. The post-workout meal should be eaten immediately after training. On training days.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. but with the priorities above in mind.and post-workout nutrition is automatically handled. as long as you include carbs in those meals. If you eat a whole food meal after training and you’re on a meal plan with fewer meals per day. a post-workout drink is consumed immediately after training. then your workout.com www. this part is very important: If you opt for fewer meals. you’ll find that eating a large breakfast helps stave off hunger during the day and it helps most people avoid binge eating. One meal is placed within an hour before the workout. you could even start drinking it at the end of your workout while you’re still in the gym. Following in order of priority. the meal timing is much more important and requires some fine tuning. It may be your largest meal of the day.
On a personal note. but always remember how important it is to customize everything. The meal plans that follow should give you a good starting point. It’s important to acknowledge the need for customizing nutrition for each individual. That includes not only the right calorie and macronutrient levels but also the right meal schedule to suit your goals and your lifestyle. However.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.com www. not everyone is a bodybuilder.com/innercircle. This is the recommended method for the Holy Grail program.shtml . it’s the method I’ve used for all 22+ of my years in bodybuilding with better results than any other meal plan I’ve tried.The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Final advice on daily meal planning The majority of successful athletes in the bodybuilding and physique world set up their daily meal plans on the tried and tested 5-6 meals per day schedule. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program – Appendix 1 www.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. A logical way to start is to begin with the best practices but don’t be afraid to experiment to see what works best for you.
3 Carb (g) 0 6 Fat (g) 4 0 5 0.6 10.women Meal #1 (pre) Food Item oatmeal. extra lean top sirloin asparagus Quantity 5 oz 10 spears Cal 200 102 75 41 418 Cal 200 180 93 65 538 Cal 91 110 46 247 Cal 180 40 Pro (g) 6.8 0.7 35 4 1 46.5 Fat (g) 5 0 meal #4 subtotals: Meal #5 Food Item chicken breast green beans Quantity 4 oz 6 oz 220 Cal 110 50 35.3 Carb (g) 20.4 26 4.8 270.6 Carb (g) 36 4 6 16. whole (scrambled) 1/2 cup blueberries Meal #2 (post) Food Item oatmeal.2 48.4 1. 4 oz 4 oz 1 cup meal #3 subtotals: Meal #4 Food Item beef.6 33 Pro (g) 31. quaker oats egg whites (scrambled) egg.1 1 0.0% 17.3 13.3 Fat (g) 0.5 Pro (g) 6.1% .1 Pro (cal) Carbs (cal) Fat (cal) 709.5 34.2 30.1500 calorie low carb (tapered) .2 Pro (g) 26 2 6 Carb (g) 0 12 5 Fat (g) 1 0 meal #5 subtotals: 160 Calories 1583 28 12 1 Grand Totals: Pro (g) Carbs (g) Fat (g) 177.4 158.2 4 Carb (g) 36 1.3 Fat (g) 4 3 6 0.7 0 8.6 29.3 9.7 21 6.8% 40.7 Pro (g) 2.9 Pro (%) Carbs (%) Fat (%) 44. quaker oats Whey protein powder ground flaxseeds 1 orange Meal #3 Food Item white potato baked chicken breast broccoli Quantity 2/3 6 1 1/2 cup Meal #1 Subtotals: Quantity 2/3 2 scoops 2 tbsp 1 med (5 oz) Meal #2 subtotals: Quantity small.3 62.6 632.3 0.
6 4. whole (scrambled) 1/2 red.2 Carb (g) 0 5.1% 17.9 21.4 0.2 0.2 5.7 150.5 2 39 Carb (g) 1.5 0. 1/2 green bell pepper chopped fresh onion Meal #3 Food Item salmon cauliflower Quantity 4 1 1/2 each 1/2 cup Meal #2 subtotals: Quantity 5 oz 1 cup 335 Cal 68 75 40 30 213 Cal 257 26 32.2 4 3.1 38.6 Grand Totals: Pro (g) Carbs (g) Fat (g) 164.2 meal #3 subtotals: Meal #4 (pre) Food Item beef.2 0.3 Fat (g) 11.6 Pro (g) 34.9 Pro (g) 13 6.7 26.4 50 11.2 Carb (g) 0 6 34 40 Carb (g) 0 8.2 Meal #1 Subtotals: Meal #2 Food Item egg whites (scrambled) egg.1 5.8 601.5 Pro (g) 31.3 1.2 6. quaker oats Whey protein powder Quantity 2/3 cup 1.1500 calorie low carb day (targeted) .6 270 Pro (%) Carbs (%) Fat (%l) 42.4 5.6 4. extra lean top sirloin asparagus yams Quantity 5 oz 10 spears 5 oz meal #4 subtotals: Meal #5 (post) Food Item chicken breast broccoli white potato baked Quantity 4 oz 1 cup 8 oz 1 cup meal #5 subtotals: 283 Cal 180 40 150 370 Cal 110 46 183 339 Calories 1540 36.3 Pro (g) 26 4.5 scoops Cal 200 135 Pro (g) 6.8% 39.2 Fat (g) 1 0.2 Fat (g) 0 5 0.5% .7 Fat (g) 5 0 0.4 30 Pro (cal) Carbs (cal) Fat (cal) 658.8 35.2 1.4 0.women Meal #1 Food Item oatmeal.6 41.2 Carb (g) 36 3 Fat (g) 4 2.6 9.8 16.
1 Carb (g) 0 6 40.7 39.6 5 3 38.2100 calorie maintenance (refeed) .5 Calories 2083. quaker oats Whey protein powder natural peanut butter orange Meal #2 Food Item oatmeal.5 4 3.4 Carb (g) 36 0.5 scoops 1 tbsp 1 med (5 oz) Meal #1 Subtotals: Quantity 2/3 cup 1 4 3/4 cup Meal #2 subtotals: Quantity 5 oz 10 spears 6 oz meal #3 subtotals: Meal #4 (post) Food Item chicken breast broccoli brown rice teriyaki sauce Meal #5 Food Item chicken breast green beans white potato baked Quantity 4 oz 1 cup 1 Cup cooked 1.6% 17.6 44.3 11.5 Pro (g) 6.6 31.2 8 0 14.3 13 0.7 26.2% .8 Pro (cal) Carbs (cal) Fat (cal) 708.4 9.0% 50.7 Pro (g) 34.4 Fat (g) 11.4 16 58. whole (scrambled) egg whites (scrambled) blueberries Meal #3 (pre) Food Item salmon asparagus yams Quantity 2/3 cup 1.7 6.6 Carb (g) 36 3 3.6 Pro (g) 26 2 3.5 0 0.2 Fat (g) 4 5 0 0.2 Pro (g) Carbs (g) Fat (g) 177.4 1054.2 4 1 37.8 42.3 Pro (g) 26 4. quaker oats egg.4 1.women Meal #1 Food Item oatmeal.2 Pro (%) Carbs (%) Fat (%) 34.8 9 62.2 1.5 tbsp meal #4 subtotals: Quantity 4 oz 6 oz 6 oz meal #5 subtotals: Grand Totals: Cal 200 135 95 65 495 Cal 200 75 68 63 406 Cal 257 40 180 477 Cal 110 46 216 37 409 Cal 110 50 136.8 46.8 Carb (g) 0 8.3 53.2 Fat (g) 1 0 0.8 Fat (g) 1 0.4 Carb (g) 0 12 31 43 Fat (g) 4 2.8 0 3.9 Pro (g) 6.6 1.7 26.2 15.5 296.1 263.8 358.
4 29 75.5 26.6 1.4 Grand Totals: Pro (g) Carbs (g) Fat (g) 183.2 52.2 15.5 2.4 4.9 Fat (g) 1 0 0.women Meal #1 (pre) Food Item egg.3 13 0.5 0 0.5 Pro (g) 26 2 5.4 1.5 scoops 1 tbsp 1 med (4.1 Fat (g) 5 0 0. whole (scrambled) egg whites (scrambled) blueberries banana Meal #2 (post) Food Item oatmeal. quaker oats Whey protein powder natural peanut butter banana Meal #3 Food Item beef.3 29 46.1 58.4 oz) Meal #1 Subtotals: Quantity 3/4 cup 1.2 Fat (g) 11.4 1142.4 33.5 4 5 43.2 8 0 14.6 5 47 Pro (g) 34.6 Pro (cal) Carbs (cal) Fat (cal) 734.1 Carb (g) 40.2 4 1 38.4 11.6% .2 Carb (g) 0 12 46.4 Carb (g) 0 6 46.6 44.8 8.6 285.7 1 21 Pro (g) 7.2400 calorie surplus day .7 Fat (g) 6 0.5% 50. extra lean top sirloin broccoli brown rice Quantity 1 4 3/4 cup 1 med (4.4 oz) Meal #2 subtotals: Quantity 6 oz 1 cup 1 cup cooked meal #3 subtotals: Meal #4 Food Item salmon asparagus yams Quantity 5 oz 10 spears 8 oz meal #4 subtotals: Meal #5 Food Item chicken breast green beans white potato baked Quantity 4 oz 6 oz 9 oz meal #5 subtotals: Cal 75 68 63 110 316 Cal 225 135 95 110 565 Cal 216 46 216 478 Cal 257 40 240 537 Cal 110 50 203 363 Calories 2259 Pro (g) 6.8 53.4 0 5.5 3 3.7 41.4 Pro (%) Carb (%) Fat (%) 32.7 Pro (g) 37.4 Carb (g) 0.4 1.4 Fat (g) 4.6% 16.9 Carb (g) 0 8.8 374.
quaker oats egg. whole (scrambled) egg whites (scrambled) Quantity 3/4 cup 2 4 Meal #1 Subtotals: Meal #2 (post) Food Item oatmeal.4 Carb (g) 0 6 Fat (g) 4. extra lean sirloin asparagus Quantity 5 oz 10 spears Cal 225 150 68 443 Cal 300 180 110 590 Cal 180 165 46 391 Cal 286 40 Pro (g) 7.2 Fat (g) 11.5 Grand Totals: Pro (g) Carbs (g) Fat (g) 250 210.4 oz) Meal #2 subtotals: Meal #3 Food Item yams chicken breast broccoli Quantity 6 oz 6 oz 1 cup meal #3 subtotals: Meal #4 Food Item beef.5 2 6 Carb (g) 0 12 11.6 47.3 Fat (g) 11.5 Fat (g) 6 3 0 9 Fat (g) 0. water packed light italian dressing Large mixed green salad Quantity 6 oz 3 tbsp 2.2 1.5 0 meal #5 subtotals: Meal #6 Food Item tuna.2300 calorie low carb day (tapered) .6 49.men Meal #1 (pre) Food Item oatmeal.3 1.7% 36.7% 19. quaker oats Whey protein powder banana Quantity 1 cup 2 scoops 1med (4.1 Pro (g) 10 35 1 46 Pro (g) 3.5 Fat (g) 1.4 Pro (g) 43 4 Carb (g) 40.3 0 meal #4 subtotals: Meal #5 Food Item salmon green beans Quantity 5 oz 6 oz 326 Cal 257 50 47 Pro (g) 34.4 2.5 0.5 1.7% .6 14 34.5 10 0 14.8 0 8.0 cups meal #6 subtotals: 307 Cal 180 12 40 232 Calories 2289 36.5 0 0 1.5 12.8 39 4.9 Carb (g) 54 4 29 87 Carb (g) 40.2 450 Pro (%) Carbs (%) Fat (%) 43.2 42.5 Pro (g) 39 0 0 39 12 Carb (g) 0 3 10 13 11.3 50 Pro (cal) Carb (cal) Fat (cal) 1000 841.
1/2 green bell pepper chopped fresh onion Meal #3 Food Item salmon broccoli Quantity 6 2 1/2 each 1/2 cup Meal #2 subtotals: Quantity 5 oz 1 cup Cal 225 180 65 470 Cal 102 150 40 30 322 Cal 257 46 Pro (g) 7.4 Carb (g) 0 8. whole (scrambled) 1/2 red.4 meal #3 subtotals: Meal #4 (pre) Food Item chicken breast green beans yams Quantity 6 oz 6 oz 6 oz meal #4 subtotals: Meal #5 (post) Food Item chicken breast oriental mixed stir fry vegetables brown rice Quantity 6 oz 1 cup cooked 1. water packed light italian dressing Large mixed green salad tomato Quantity 6 oz 3 tbsp 2.5 37.8 Pro (g) 39 1 7.5 0.8 44.5 0 0.5 47.9% 40.6 Carb (g) 0 12 40.8 1.2 Pro (cal) Carb (cal) Fat (cal) 1002 930 334.8 Carb (g) 0 6 67.3 Fat (g) 11.6 4. quaker oats Whey protein powder orange Quantity 3/4 cup 2 scoops 1 med (5 oz) Meal #1 Subtotals: Meal #2 Food Item egg whites (scrambled) egg.7 8.5 Pro (g) 21 12.7 39.8 17.5 Grand Totals: Pro (g) Carbs (g) Fat (g) 250.0 cups small (4 oz) meal #6 subtotals: 303 Cal 165 50 180 395 Cal 165 35 324 524 Cal 180 12 40 35 267 Calories 2281 39.2 Carb (g) 0 3 10 7 20 11.5 Pro (g) 39 0 0 0.8% 14.5 0 0 0 1.1 10.5 0 2.3 1.5 cups cooked meal #5 subtotals: Meal #6 Food Item tuna.9 Fat (g) 1.2 Fat (g) 1.5 Fat (g) 0 10 0.5 3 0 7.2 73.7% .1 Pro (g) 39 2 3.9 Pro (g) 34.8 Pro (%) Carbs (%) Fat (%) 43.6 1.9 35.men Meal #1 Food Item oatmeal.6 Fat (g) 4.4 0.5 232.8 Fat (g) 1.7 4.5 35 1 43.5 Carb (g) 1.5 4.2300 calorie low carb day (targeted) .5 4 16 60.8 52.6 Carb (g) 40.2 0.2 9.
baked Quantity 1 cup 1.3 2. green pepper.3 39.4 56.6 14.3 11. onion Meal #3 Food Item salmon asparagus white potato.3 Carb (g) 0 12 40.0 cups meal #6 subtotals: Cal 300 135 110 95 640 Cal 200 102 75 70 447 Cal 257 40 160 457 Cal 286 50 180 516 Cal 165 69 324 558 Cal 180 12 160 40 392 Calories 3010 Pro (g) 10 26. baked Large mixed green salad Quantity 6 oz 3 tbsp 1 lg (7 oz) 2.8 Carb (g) 0 12.1 Carb (g) 0 3 36.3 Fat (g) 6 2.6 Pro (g) 34.5 53.2 11.4 89. quaker oats Whey protein powder banana 1 tbsp natural peanut butter Meal #2 Food Item whole wheat toast egg whites (scrambled) egg.5 cups meal #5 subtotals: Meal #6 Food Item tuna.7 54.8 Carb (g) 0 6 36.7% 49.4 oz) 1tbsp Meal #1 Subtotals: Quantity 2 slices 6 1 1/2 cup ea chopped Meal #2 subtotals: Quantity 5 oz 10 spears 1 lg (7 oz) meal #3 subtotals: Meal #4 (pre) Food Item beef.7 Fat (g) 11.2 42.5 scoop 1 med (4.6 2.6 Fat (g) 1.2 0 1.7 4.3% 16.2 1 4 41. extra lean sirloin green beans yams Quantity 5 oz 6 oz 6 oz meal #4 subtotals: Meal #5 (post) Food Item chicken breast broccoli brown rice Quantity 6 oz 1.2 1482.8 370.8 7.2 0 8 16.men Meal #1 Food Item oatmeal.5 0.7 Pro (g) 43 2 3.7 Pro (%) Carbs (%) Fat (%) 35.8 Fat (g) 1.2% .2 Carb (g) 54 3 29 3.3 8.3 10 49.2 Pro (g) 10 21 6.3 0 0.5 cups 1.8 48.4 Carb (g) 40 1.8 488.5 4 4.2 Fat (g) 3 0 5 0.8 52.2 0 43.8 0.7 Grand Totals: Pro (g) Carbs (g) Fat (g) 268.9 67.3 Pro (g) 39 0 4.3 Pro (cal) Carbs (cal) Fat (cal) 1075.3000 calorie maintenance day (refeeding) . whole (scrambled) red pepper.3 Fat (g) 11.5 0 0.3 42. water packed light italian dressing white potato.2 80.5 0 0.8 Pro (g) 39 6.
9 Fat (g) 13. baked olive oil & balsamic dressing.9 Fat (g) 0 0 10 0 10 Fat (g) 11.5 scoop 1/2 med (3.8 1.7 63.5 Pro (g) 51.6 Pro (g) 39 4.5 51.0 cups meal #6 subtotals: Cal 300 135 94 95 624 Cal 340 102 150 110 702 Cal 257 40 240 537 Cal 343 50 229 622 Cal 165 46 324 535 Cal 180 229 67.5 4 5 43.5 Calories 3536.5 0.5% 17.8 Carb (g) 0 51.7 Carb (g) 76 1.7 Carb (g) 0 8.6 2 6 59.4 6 0 7.9% 51.5 40 516.2 2.9 Grand Totals: Pro (g) Carbs (g) Fat (g) 282.6 7.7 Fat (g) 6 2.6 Fat (g) 1.2 1821.5 Pro (g) 6 21 12.2 Fat (g) 1. extra lean sirloin green beans white potato.4 14. quaker oats Whey protein powder canteloupe 1 tbsp natural peanut butter Meal #2 (post) Food Item cream of rice hot cereal egg whites (scrambled) egg.7 4.6 Pro (g) 34.3 455.2 29 108 Carb (g) 0 6 54.5 Pro (cal) Carbs (cal) Fat (cal) 1129.5 Pro (%) Carbs (%) Fat (%l) 31.4 82.3 3.4 11.8 0 0. light Large mixed green salad Quantity 6 oz lg 10 oz 3 tbsp 2.4 2.men Meal #1 (pre) Food Item oatmeal.5 oz) 1tbsp Meal #1 Subtotals: Quantity 1/2 cup (dry) 6 2 1 med (4.4 oz) Meal #2 subtotals: Quantity 5 oz 10 spears 8 oz meal #3 subtotals: Meal #4 Food Item beef.6 1 40.3500 calorie surplus day .5 0.3 67.2 2.5 cups meal #5 subtotals: Meal #6 Food Item tuna.4 Carb (g) 0 12 51. water packed white potato.6 67.1 Pro (g) 39 6 0 0 45 Carb (g) 54 3 22. whole (scrambled) banana Meal #3 Food Item salmon asparagus yams Quantity 1 cup 1.4 60.7 3 10 64. baked Quantity 8 oz 6 oz lg 10 oz meal #4 subtotals: Meal #5 Food Item chicken breast broccoli brown rice Quantity 6 oz 1 cup 1.3 4 42.7 8 18.2% .5 0 0.2 75.2 607.5 Pro (g) 10 26.
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Calorie Cheat Sheets I have provided you with four methods to calculate your calorie needs. your calorie needs will be in the lower end of these ranges. I’ve provided the averages and quick method as well. THE QUICK METHOD Use this formula if you want a personalized ballpark estimate with one quick calculation. I recommend the Katch-McArdle method if you know your body fat percentage and the Harris-Benedict method if you don’t. so they'll be reasonably accurate if your body size or activity levels are average. of bodyweight 3. Note: BMR = basal metabolic rate. THE AVERAGES METHOD Use this method if you want a general ballpark estimate and you don't like math. If you’re going to attempt to gain muscle and lose fat concurrently. If you're a statistical "outlier".6 X wt in kg) + (1. your calories needs will be in the upper end of these ranges or beyond. of bodyweight Maintenance (TDEE): 14 . Men: BMR = 66 + (13. 2. If you're very large and or very active. THE HARRIS-BENEDICT FORMULA Use this formula for a very accurate estimate of your maintenance level if you know your body weight but not your body fat percentage.7 X wt in kg) + (5 X ht in cm) . For fat loss. Our sample meal plans are based on an “average” reference man and women weighing 140 and 190 pounds. For fat loss: Men: 2100-2500 calories per day Women: 1400-1800 calories per day For maintenance (TDEE): Men: 2700-2900 calories per day Women: 2000-2100 calories per day * NOTE: These are average numbers.8 X age in years) Women: BMR = 655 + (9. if you're very small-framed and or very sedentary.(4.8 X ht in cm) . create a 15%-30% deficit below maintenance. Use the lower number for lightly active. the middle number for moderately active and the higher number for very active.12 calories per lb. 1. Fat loss: 10 . respectively. For quick estimations and ballpark figures. who is moderately active and has average or just slightly-above average body fat levels.16 calories per lb. ie. then a precise by-the-numbers approach is almost a necessity. which is the amount of energy you require for normal body functions at rest (does not include activity).(6.7 X age in years) .
THE KATCH-MCARDLE FORMULA Use this formula for a very accurate estimate of your maintenance level if you know your body fat percentage and lean body mass. (also known as total daily energy expenditure or TDEE). BMR (men and women) = 370 + (21.6 cm) You weigh 120 lbs.5 kilos) Your body fat percentage is 20% (24 lbs. i.6 kilos) Your BMR = 370 + (21.55 (moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days/wk) Very active = BMR X 1.e marathon. you can calculate your maintenance level.55 X 1339 = 2075 calories/day 4. fat.Conversions 1 inch = 2. lean) Your lean mass is 96 lbs. you simply multiply BMR by the activity multiplier: Your Your Your Your BMR is 1312 activity level is moderately active (working out 3-4 times per week) activity factor is 1.725 (hard exercise/sports 6-7 days/wk) Extr. competition etc.55 TDEE = 1. (43.6) = 1312 calories To determine TDEE from BMR.55 Your TDEE = 1.54 cm.55 X 1312 = 2033 calories per day .5 kilos) Your BMR = 655 + 523 + 302 .9 (hard daily exercise/sports & physical job Or 2X day training. 1 kilogram = 2. 96 lbs.375 (light exercise/sports 1-3 days/wk) Mod.6 X 43. For fat loss. (54. active = BMR X 1.141 = 1339 calories/day Now that you know your BMR.6 X lean mass in kg) Example: You are female You weigh 120 lbs. by multiplying your BMR by your activity multiplier from the chart below: Activity Multiplier: Sedentary = BMR X 1. (54. desk job) Lightly active = BMR X 1.2 (little or no exercise. Example: You are female You are 30 yrs old You are 5' 6 " tall (167. active = BMR X 1.2 lbs. create a 15-30% deficit below maintenance.) Example: Your BMR is 1339 calories per day Your activity level is moderately active (work out 3-4 times per week) Your activity factor is 1.
The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program Appendix 3: Burn The Fat Foods 2.shtml .HolyGrailBodyTransformation.com/innercircle.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.0 Calorie & Nutrient Data Base The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program – Appendix 3 www.com www.
0 1.0 0.3 26.5 1. liquid Egg whites. U.1 3.5 7.1 0. Tuna. Striped Fish.0 0.0 0.0 0. ground 95% lean Beef. tenderloin (filet) Buffalo (bison) steak.8 3.0 0.0 0.0 0. Pollack Fish. top sirloin Chicken breast.0 0.0 0.0 2. Fish. lean (select) Beef.9 0 0 1 1.0 0.7 0.9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.0 8. skinless. Cod.0 0.1 3.0 0. soy (vegetarian) Protein powder.5 0 0 0 11.0 0.0 5.6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0. Mackerel. Atlantic Fish. round tip. canned Chicken breast.0 0. Flounder (flatfish) Fish. whey (a milk protein) Scallops Sardines (herring).7 1.0 0.7 1.5 2. raw (vegetarian protein) Turkey Breast.9 oz) 2.0 10.3 0. Yellowfin (tuna steak) Fish.2 28. skinless Turkey. canned in water.0 0.2 25 25 26. lean Clams. lean (select) Beef. top round Buffalo (bison) steak. Pacific Protein powder.9 9. sirloin.0 0. Pacific (Jack) Fish.5 1.8 23 32.3 0.0 0.7 3.6 1.9 28 25.0 0.8 18.0 0.9 3.0 0.0 7. hemp (vegetarian) Protein powder. fresh.0 0.0 0.6 0.0 0. chunk light Fish.0 0.9 2.0 0.0 1.8 9. Bass.0 22. canned in water.0 2. 90% lean Beef. raw (Dungeness. canned.6 22.0 0.0 0.5 0.2 oz) 4 oz uncooked 1 burger (3.0 1.7 1.0 0.0 0.0 . ground.7 24.0 0.2 2.7 0 0 0 1 0 1 3.2 0.7 2.1 21.7 15. lean (select) Beef.8 33. Pacific Fish.7 28 10.0 0. raw Crab.6 4.0 0.9 oz) 4 oz uncooked 4 oz uncooked 4 oz 4 oz 4 oz uncooked 4 oz uncooked 4 oz uncooked 4 oz uncooked 4 oz roasted 4 oz uncooked 4 oz raw 4 oz uncooked 4 oz raw 4 oz uncooked 4 oz raw 1 scoop 1 scoop 1 scoop 1 scoop 4 oz raw 1 can (3.0 0.8 1. loin Lobster Mussels Pork tenderloin Prawns Ostrich steak Oysters.0 0.0 0.3 13. large Egg. top.1 24.5 23.1 6. round.6 15.2 24. wild Alaskan Salmon burgers Salmon. canned in olive oil Salmon.1 1. firm.5 20.7 2.5 9.7 23 23 25 18 19 19 22.7 28. Rainbow trout Fish.0 3. albacore Fish.0 0. ground 99% lean Venison steak (deer meat) 4 oz uncooked 4 oz uncooked 4 oz uncooked 4 oz uncooked 4 oz uncooked 4 oz uncooked 4 oz uncooked 4 oz uncooked 4 oz uncooked 4 oz uncooked 4 oz uncooked 4 oz 4 oz uncooked 1/2 cup (4 oz) 4 oz uncooked 4 oz raw meat only 1 cup (8.0 0.BURN THE FAT FOODS 2.0 0.4 12.8 18 16.1 26 21 6. lean (select) Beef.1 0.0 0.0 2.0 0.0 0. Mahi-mahi. lean (select) Beef.0 0. ground. light meat.2 25.8 1.6 21 22.0 5.9 oz raw 4 oz uncooked 4 oz uncooked 4 oz uncooked 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 244 198 50 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 110 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 31 31 31 24 113 91 91 113 91 113 113 113 82 117 113 113 113 199 155 146 138 134 155 144 167 138 128 110 100 100 84 95 87 120 102 75 125 110 108 93 104 124 230 179 290 97 104 120 140 123 135 206 110 217 102 98 123 119 135 92 110 110 120 90 100 150 191 206 80 158 120 104 160 117 178 120 136 22.5 2.1 26 26 26.0 0.1 18.0 0.6 20. 99% lean Chicken breast. eye of. canned in olive oil Fish.0 0. Pacific Fish.8 3.0 3.6 4.5 23. Catfish Fish.2 0 1 0 5. Tilapia Lamb. Tuna.0 0. Halibut.6 oz) 6 1 4 oz uncooked 4 oz uncooked 4 oz uncooked 4 oz uncooked 4 oz uncooked 4 oz uncooked 4 oz uncooked 4 oz uncooked 1 can (3.9 8.5 2. King or Stone) Crawfish Egg whites.0 0.S. top. pink Shrimp Squid Tempeh (vegetarian protein) Tofu.0 0.3 24.0 1.2 oz) 1 can (3.0 0.3 25.0 1. Mackerel.4 2.8 0.9 20.8 23 17.6 2.0 6.0 0. canned in water Sardines (herring). round.8 1.8 3.6 9.2 oz) 4 oz 4 oz 4 oz raw 1/2 cup (2.0 0.6 3 3 2 2 2.0 0.0 0.0.0 1. Mackerel.0 2.0 0. flank steak.8 24 21 22. U. Salmon (wild) Fish.3 6.S.4 23.0 0.2 21.3 Lean Proteins Food Item Quantity Weight (g) Calories Protein Carbs Fat Fiber Beef.2 26 18 24 14.0 0. whole. large Elk (game meat) Fish. casein (a milk protein) Protein powder.0 0. Tuna.
1 0. non fat Cottage cheese. block Cheese.2 1.9 14 4 3. plain. Garbanzo (chickpeas).6 oz) 1/2 med (3.3 2 0 0 3.5 oz) 1/2 cup (4. Adzuki.8 0. unsweetened (dairy substitute) Cheese. canned Lentils Lima beans. uncooked (7 oz) 1 med uncooked (6 oz) 1 can (15 oz) 1/2 cup dry (3. nonfat (dairy substitute. steel-cut (no sugar added) Oatmeal. split. nonfat Yogurt.9 5.4 0 3 1.4 8 8 5 7 6 4 1.8 34 35 14. winter. canned Beans.5 1. soy. Black.3 oz) 1 cup cooked (6.4 oz) 1/4 cup (1. fruit.2 2. low fat Cheese. Navy. soy.8 64 44.5 4 16.8 3 1.6 oz) 1/2 cup (4. non fat. wild. contains sucrose) Milk.1 0.6 3 1.2 28.4 oz) 1/2 cup cooked (3.6 oz) 1/2 cup (4.4 2 7.6 oz) 1/2 cup (5.1 oz) 1 yogurt (8 oz) 1 yogurt (8 oz) 1 yogurt (8 oz) 1 yogurt (8 oz) - 56 56 56 56 56 56 56 11 56 56 33 113 113 113 31 31 226 226 226 226 90 100 121 100 70 90 60 90 120 120 60 80 160 25 100 81 30 100 102 100 31 25 110 143 240 200 8 8 8.5 1. feta non fat Cheese. basmati. canned Rice.5 0 1 0. cooked Rice.5 oz) 1/2 cup (4.6 39. non fat Yogurt. green.1 5 3 4 18 16 47 32 0 2 4.5 3 1 0 0.2 oz) 1/2 cup (4. 1% low fat Yogurt. Pinto.4 oz) 2 slices (2 oz) 2 slices (2 oz) 2 tbsp (1. feta low fat Cheese.5 17.8 oz) 1/2 cup dry (3. dry Rice.5 0. mozzarella. old-fashioned (no sugar added) Peas.8 oz) 1 cup cubed (4.2 0. dry Rice.2 3.2 8. canned Beans. non fat. soy.9 13.7 8 10 5 4 4 1 0 4 2 2 3. skim Milk. canned Beans.3 31.1 5. Swiss. non fat Cheese. brown.3 15. brown. long grain. shredded Cheese. light (dairy substitute. raw. long grain.1 oz) 2 tbsp (1.9 79 164 138 141 147 100 110 120 110 100 90 165 120 70 115 120 150 150 160 180 160 136 174 320 216 320 216 160 166 56 180 8. non fat slices Cream cheese.9 oz) 1 med uncooked (5 oz) 116 130 127 130 130 119 130 99 130 153 99 127 40 40 45 110 198 170 425 94 96 94 6. low fat Yogurt.2 15.5 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . brown.2 19 18 20 23 27 27 24 22 36. 2% low fat Cottage cheese. cooked Squash. canned Corn. mozzarella. shredded Cheese. canned Black eye peas. Kidney.8 oz) 1 cup (5. cheddar. fruit. canned or frozen Cassava (Yucca root) Chickpeas (Garbanzos).3 1. cheddar. 2% low fat Milk. cooked Rice. canned Oatmeal.9 9 16 12 11 11.5 1 0 1 2. Parmesan. dry Rice.6 oz) 1/2 cup (3. shredded low fat (part skim) Cheese.4 oz) 1/2 cup dry (1. low fat.8 8 4 4 4 5 3. plain. Beans & Legumes (natural Complex Carbs) Food Item Quantity Weight (g) Calories Protein Carbs Fat Fiber Beans. (acorn. contains sucrose) Milk. dried Plantains Potato.5 oz) 1/4 cup dry (1.5 2.5 4.1 2.6 4 3.1 3. white Potato.1 7 6 7 10 16 18 12 12 18 16 3.1 oz) 1/2 cup (4. sweet Pumpkin.6 8 5 8 5 6 6. non fat 1 cup (8 fl oz) 1 cup (8 fl oz) 1 cup (8 fl oz) 1 cup (8 fl oz) 1 cup (8 fl oz) 1 cup (8 fl oz) 2 slices (2 oz) 1/2 cup (2 oz) 2 inch cube (2 oz) 2 oz 2 oz 1/2 cup (2 oz) 1/2 cup (2 oz) 2 tbsp (0. non fat Cheese.7 7 7 7 7 6 6 1.Starchy Vegetables. brown.5 1 2 10 11.5 0. wild. nonfat Cottage cheese. basmati.9 oz) 1 lg.5 0.3 1. Grains.7 4 0 4 0 0 2.6 oz) 1/2 cup (4.8 5 3 7.5 20 20 19 20 18 16 39.6 0.2 oz) 1/2 cup (4 oz) 1/2 cup (4 oz) 1/2 cup (4 oz) 2 tbsp (1.8 Dairy Products (Lean Protein & Natural Simple Carbs) Food Item Quantity Weight (g) Calories Protein Carbs Fat Fiber Milk. American.5 8 0 0 9 0 2.3 oz) 1 cup (8.6 oz) 1/4 cup (2. canned Beans. 1% low fat Sour cream low fat Sour cream. butternut) Yam 1/2 cup (4.5 oz) 1/2 cup (4. canned Beans. 1% low fat Milk.4 7 2 9 7 5 5 12 0 4. Swiss.9 0 0 0 2.6 0.6 35 64 44.
25 1. multi-grain. brown rice. hot. low fat Tortilla. whole wheat.5 1. corn. plain Rice.2 oz) 1/4 cup dry (1.5 0. rye. barley.2 oz) 1/2 cup (2.5 1 2 2 1 0 0 1 0. fruit. uncooked Pasta.2 0. honey sweetened (no sugar added) Grits. (oats. grains.9 oz) 1/4 cup dry (1. dry Bulgur (hot cereal) Cereal.6 oz) 1 large (2 oz) 1 large (2 oz) 49 104 104 94 37 46 28 21 21 28 21 28 21 34 82 35 45 40 40 40 43 50 45 36 41 57 60 49 55 37 45 45 31 57 40 40 56 56 56 56 56 60 28 46 34 1. bakery light (reduced calorie) Bread. quinoa.1 oz) 1 pita pocket (1 oz) 1/4 cup dry (1.5 3 4 3 1 3 3 8.2 oz) 1 cake (. flakes.1 oz) 1/2 cup (1. spinach. sprouted Tortilla. cracked Bread.5 26.9 99 48 49 48 48 40 47 57 57 180 270 270 220 110 140 100 40 60 90 60 80 60 80 284 120 150 130 140 150 210 180 170 110 120 120 120 186 250 130 170 160 110 210 120 140 210 210 210 200 210 140 70 172 105 70 347 170 170 120 120 100 110 150 150 7 11 12 11 4 5 5 2. whole wheat high fiber Barley.7 5 4 4 6 3 6 5 4 6 6 7 9 9 10 7 9 6 3 6 3 1 9. whole wheat Bread. corn Tortilla. low fat (no sugar added) Granola. whole wheat. wheat) Cereal.7 oz) 2 pcs (1.3 4 6 3 3 7 4 6 5 31 47 55 47 28 33 20 8. spelt. hot multi-grain (wheat.7 oz) 1 large (1.4 36 40 21 23 13 16 24 28 3 1. dry Millet (whole grain).9 oz) 1/4 cup (1. fruit.5 0 7 5 1 6 5 6 2 2. Pasta and Grains (Lightly Processed Complex Carbs) Food Item Quantity Weight (g) Calories Protein Carbs Fat Fiber Amaranth.75 oz) 1 slice (1 oz) 1 slice (.8oz) 1/4 cup dry (1.4 oz) 1 large (1. oats.5 oz) 1/4 cup dry (1.5 1 1 1. hot. rye Bread. barley.7 oz) 1 bagel (3. barley. oats.4 oz) 1 muffin (2 oz) 1 cup (2. sprouted (Ezekiel) Tortilla. Cereal.6 oz) 1/4 cup (1.5 12 0.5 2. whole grain Bagel. whole wheat Bagel.3 oz) 1/3 cup (1.6 34 29 26 28 45 41 38 25 24.4 oz) 1/2 cup dry (1.5 oz) 1/4 cup dry (1. light (reduced calorie) Bread. uncooked Pita.8 1 0 2. uncooked Pasta.4 oz) 3 tbsp 3/4 cup dry (2 oz) 3/4 cup dry (2 oz) 3/4 cup dry (2 oz) 3/4 cup dry (2 oz) 3/4 cup dry (2 oz) 1 large pita (2. sprouted multi-grain.7 oz) 1 bagel (3. flax) Couscous. hot cereal Rice cakes. uncooked Pasta. whole grain. brown. flax) Cereal. sprouted grain (Ezekiel) Buckwheat groats (Kasha) Bulgur (whole grain). dry Muesli hot or cold cereal.5 1 2 3 3 3 1 1 1. multi-grain (rye.3 oz) 1/3 cup dry (1.6 oz) 1/3 cup dry (1.5 0.5 2 1.1 oz) 1/2 cup dry) 1/2 cup dry (1. triticale.5 1.5 1 2. whole grain. whole grain. whole wheat. traditional Quinoa.3 1 1 4 2 1 0 3. light (reduced calorie) Bread. whole wheat. whole wheat Fiber One (boxed cold cereal) Granola. plain. grains.4 4 5 5 6 7 0 0 5 3.6 4.6 oz) 1/2 cup dry (1/4 oz) 1/2 cup dry (1.6 2 6 0 2 8 2 5 3 . Swiss. plain.6 oz) 1/4 cup dry (1.6 oz) 1/3 cup dry (1.Bread.5 1 1 2 1.75 oz) 1 slice (1 oz) 1 slice (. corn (hot cereal) Kamut (whole grain).7 1 2 2.5 5 5 5 2 5 4 9. multi-grain. spoon size (boxed cold cereal) Tortilla.5 0. whole grain.3 oz) 1/4 cup (1. nuts) Muesli. light (reduced calorie) Bread. multi-grain (oats.5 8 19 9 215 9 15 61. brown. mini-size (pita pockets) Quinoa.75 oz) 1 slice (1. instant (pre-cooked) Shredded Wheat.7 3 26 3 4 2 9 4 4 4 6 2 2 5 7 2 7 5 2 3 2. multi-grain Bagel.7 oz) 1 bagel (3. spelt 1/4 cup (1.7 23 48 39 31 29 35 30 21 41 23 27 42 40 42 41 39 27 14 31 23 16 76.07 oz) 1 bag (3.4 oz) 1/4 cup dry (1. whole wheat Tortilla.4 6. uncooked Pasta. unsweetened (oats. boil-in-bag (pre-cooked) Rice.3 oz) 1/3 cup dry (1.5 1. spaghetti. multi-grain Bread. rye. whole wheat.3 5 5 6 6 8 2 3 5 3. flaked Barley. nuts) Oat bran (hot cereal) Pancake Mix.5 0.7 oz) 1/2 cup (1. uncooked Cream of buckwheat (hot cereal) Cream of rice (hot cereal) Cream of rye (hot cereal) Cream of wheat (hot cereal) English muffin.7 oz) 1 cup 2 pcs (1.2 0 4.6 oz) 1 slice (1 oz) 1 slice 1 slice (. whole wheat Pita. whole wheat & flax Pasta.
7 oz) 2 med (4.2 4 2.6 3 0.0 1.9 4 3 2 8.8 0.0 0.6 0 0.4 oz) 1 cup (4.6 0.9 oz) 1 med (0. fresh Banana Blackberries Blueberries Cantaloupe (melon) Cherries. pitted Clementine Cranberries Custard apple (annona aka bullock's heart) Figs Grapefruit Grapes.6 7 17 16 16. whole with peel Plum Prunes (dried plum) Raisins Raspberries Strawberries Tangerines Watermelon 1 med (5.8) 1 cup diced (5.1 0.3 0 0.2 oz) 1 med (3.2 1.2 19.8 0.3 19 4.4 1.3 oz) 1/2 large (4.6 1.4 oz) 1 med (3.5 0.2 12.1 3 1.7) 5 med (1. raw (not a fruit.4 1.6 0.4 38 26 31 14.0 0.0 1.0 22 26 11 29 18.5 oz) 1 large (9.6 15 11.2 10 25 31.4 oz) 1 cup (8.3 oz) halved.0 .4 17.7 0.1 0 1 0.0 1. 1 cup (5.5 oz) 1 med (5. dried Honey.0 1.2 0.4 oz) 1 med (4 oz) 3 tbsp (1 oz) 1 tbsp (0.6 20 24 11.5 oz) 1 cup.5 1.2 26.0 1.3 22 8.0 0.1 oz) 1/2 med.4 20.2 3.4 2 1.9 oz) 1 med (5 oz) 1/2 med (4.6 0.0 2.0 0.7 4.6 5 4 1 4 7.8 .0 1. cubed (6 oz) 2 tbsp (1. 21 pcs (4.2 10.6 oz) 1 med (3.4 oz) 1 cup (5.6 5 4 0 1 0 4 0 2 1 2 3.6 0 2 0 0 0.1 1.4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1.6 0. (3.0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0.5 oz) 1/4 cup (1.7 oz) 20 grapes (3.Fruit (Natural Carbs) Food Item Quantity Weight (g) Calories Protein Carbs Fat Fiber Apple Applesauce.9 12 25.4 22.3 0 0. unsweetened (no sugar) Apricots.9 oz) 1 med (5.0 1.3 0 0 1.7 oz) 1 cup.3 0.9 oz) 1 med (2.7 24 17 15.0 1.7 0 0 0 0.6 0.6 oz) 1 cup (3.5 1. but a natural sugar) Honeydew melon Jelly.6 oz) 3 med (4 oz) 1 med (4.2 0.4 2.8 oz) 1 med (2.5 2.5 0 0.0 1.4) 1/2 med (4.4 oz) 153 243 113 124 144 145 99 139 74 96 99 65 133 96 113 28 60 170 40 147 108 68 139 139 141 139 18 99 167 167 156 275 133 42 40 122 153 108 153 80 100 60 110 74 82 94 90 35 46 101 47 53 72 45 104 60 60 80 100 22 20 70 70 65 70 14 40 100 118 76 104 80 100 130 61 46 50 50 0.9 2 4 6 1.3 4 2.1 oz) 1 cup (5.6 0. all fruit (no refined sugar) Kiwifruit Lemon Lime Mango Nectarine Orange Papaya Passion fruit Peach Pear Persimmon Pineapple Pomegranate.0 0.3 13.3 2.4 oz) 2 med (5.8 0 2 1.9 oz) 1 cup diced (5.8 10.4 oz) 1 med (3.5 oz) 1 large (2.0 1. seedless red or green Guava Goji berries (wolfberries).9 oz) 1 med (4.
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dumbbells and free weights." The dirty little secret that most people usually don't know about bodybuilders is that most of the upper-level pros take industrial-strength doses of performanceenhancing drugs. But it takes a little more specialization work and even a little. This pharmacological advantage allows them to endure and recover from frequent. usually copies the routines of the pros verbatim and makes mistakes like these: • He overuses the isolation exercises like concentration curls and cable crossovers while neglecting the big compound movements like squats and rows. (gasp!) "isolation" work. These pros also usually have 10 years or more of training under their belt. but most people probably don't plan on tanning up. with multiple sets of multiple exercises for every body part. and counting). He overworks the T-shirt muscles like chest and biceps while skimping on legs and back. but also athletic-looking. Traditional bodybuilding training has fallen somewhat out of favor in the mainstream fitness magazines. such as Vince Gironda or Steve Reeves. which necessitates greater program complexity. and add "shaving down" to that list for some of my more hirsute readers).the intelligent and successful bodybuilders know exactly what they are doing as "physique artists. high volume training. If you train like an athlete you will develop a body that’s not only functional. in his eagerness to develop a more muscular and chiseled body. The problem is.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. It's true that form usually follows function. to develop the highly symmetrical and refined physique of a bodybuilder.I'm a competitive bodybuilder and I love it (28 competitions so far. the average guy. but trust me .shtml .com/innercircle. However.com Support Community: www. He uses a high volume of sets and exercises that would destroy a beginner (or even an intermediate) and be ineffective or counter-productive for anyone but the most genetically gifted bodybuilder (If you've followed The "Mr Universe tricep-trashing. pumping up and flexing on stage in posing trunks under a spotlight any time soon (oh. most people wouldn't mind adding on a little more muscle and improving their body shape. call yourself guilty) • • • The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program – Bonus Official website: www. like some of the top natural bodybuilders of today or the bodybuilding legends of the golden era. more frequent variation and the use of highly specialized split routines. I'm not sure about you.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. He overuses the machines and neglects the barbells. bicep-blasting" 20 set arm routine out of the latest Muscle Mag. I'd even bet that a lot of people wouldn't mind having a physique that is both strong and functional as well as aesthetically pleasing.
not the overbulked. both in rep ranges and exercise selection.That's where I come in. I would have written the same workout! (or pretty close to it). It takes a different approach than you'll find in most muscle magazines and bodybuilding books. puhleeze! Get under a bar.B.com Support Community: www. and then see what happens to those glutes of yours. However. As a lifetime drug-free bodybuilder. and that would unquestionably be the optimal choice for a beginner.shtml . like a whole day for your back or a whole day for your arms. Beyond the beginner stage. in case you're female and you're still reading . As listed." training).. Split Routine This program uses a split routine. squat.N. There is a little more volume to be done on the upper days. Frequency This program is performed four days per week. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program – Bonus Official website: www. Why not use a full body workout? You certainly could. steroid-bloated appearance. but not the typical body part split used by elite bodybuilders. it's just as well that the volume is lower on leg day.com/innercircle. If you're female and you're still doing those "butt squeezie" toning movements you got out of a ladies only mag. this new bodybuilding can build form and function at the same time. That's called a 2-day split.. but since leg training is so taxing. maximum hypertrophy can usually be achieved when you accumulate at least a moderate amount of volume. it's also important to begin using more variation in the training stimulus. put heavy weights on it. and that's where the split routine comes in. If the editors at Shape or Oxygen magazine had asked me for a new school workout program for developing "tight glutes" "firm thighs" and "toned arms". Instead of having body part days. (which is fine for advanced bodybuilders and almost a necessity for competitive bodybuilders).you'd better believe this program works for the superior of the two genders! Extremely well. The best part is. it takes as little as four workouts per week (you could even get away with three if you had to). it works for the average guy and doing it naturally is healthy to boot! Oh. the workouts are: (1) (2) (3) (4) Monday (upper strength/hypertrophy) Tuesday (lower strength/hypertrophy) Thursday (upper hypertrophy) Saturday (lower hypertrophy). This is the bodybuilding of the future for non-competitive bodybuilders at the intermediate or advanced level-the new bodybuilding. without turning them into marathon 90-120 minute sessions. I've discovered the best ways to help the average guy to develop that natural muscular look.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. It just happens that I wrote the original TNB workout for Men's Fitness magazine. you split your body into upper and lower. These goals are difficult to achieve with full body workouts. aka ("T.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.
This 2 days on. Standing DB Shoulder press Neutral Grip 3 sets X 8-10 reps. 0 rest (superset) F2. which enhances recovery. 120-150 sec rest (P) D. Squat 4 sets X 5-6 reps. If you are pressed for time. then simply put workout 4 on Friday. Bent Over DB lateral raises 2-3 sets X 8-12 reps 0 rest (superset) E2. bicycle crunch 2-3 X 12-15 Workout 3: Thursday Upper. Bench press BB 4 sets X 5-6 reps. hypertrophy A. this program can be reduced to 3 workouts every 7 days. 1 day off. such as Monday. 90-120 sec rest D. 1 day on. You would simply train on any 3 non consecutive days per week. The Weekly Workout Schedule Workout 1: Monday Upper Strength/Hypertrophy A. Straight arm pulldowns 3 sets X 8-12 reps. Barbell Curls 2-3 sets X 8-10 reps. 60 sec rest The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program – Bonus Official website: www. 60 sec rest E1. Bench press BB 3 sets X 8-12 reps. Incline DB curls 2-3 sets X 8-12 reps. you would do workout 1 on Monday. but beginners could conceivably use this program by taking the three day schedule and starting out with only the primary exercises). 90-sec rest F1. Lower body. 60-seconds rest C. then repeat the cycle. 60 sec rest E1. although it won't fit neatly into a 7 day week. Swiss ball crunch 2-3 X 12-15 (P) 0 rest (superset) E3. Abs. 1 day on 1 day off program is an ideal weekly schedule as it provides an extra day of rest between the 3rd and 4th day.com/innercircle. 120-150 sec rest (P) B.shtml . Hanging Leg Raise 2-3 X 10-15 (knee ups instead if straight leg too difficult) 0 rest (superset) E2.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. Romanian Deadlift 4 sets X 5-6 reps. 90 sec rest (P) D. 1 day off. 90-sec rest E. Incline DB Flyes 3 sets X 8-12 reps. Lateral raises 2-3 sets X 8-12 reps. (note: this program was not designed for beginners. pronated 4 sets X 5-6 reps 120-150 sec rest (P) B. 60 seconds rest Workout 2: Tuesday. 60 sec rest F1. Narrow grip tricep dips 2-3 sets X 8-12 reps. or if you feel you don't recover adequately from a 4 day training frequency. Strength/Hypertrophy A. Barbell Rows.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. supinated 3 sets X 8-12 reps. 120-150 sec rest (P) C. 0 rest (superset) (P) F2. workout 2 on Wednesday. Seated Calf Raise 3 X 15-20 reps. if you want to keep your weekends free. However. With a M-W-F schedule. Barbell Rows. Chin Ups (supinated) eccentric emphasis (5 second negative) 3 X 6-8 120 sec rest (P) C. Tricep Pushdown (cable) 2-3 sets X 8-10 reps. Wednesday and Saturday). workout 3 on Friday and then workout 4 on the following Monday. 90 sec rest (P) B. Wide Grip (or V-Bar) Gironda Dips 3 X 8-10 reps. Wednesday and Fridays (or Monday. Barbell Dynamic Lunges 3 sets X 8-12 reps.com Support Community: www.
In the third week. if you estimate that you can do 10 reps with 100 lbs. You will take most of your sets to failure and you may miss some reps (you may hit only 3 or 4 reps on some of your strength sets). hypertrophy A.shtml . You will probably hit failure on some of your sets. 60 sec rest F1. Your goal is to start hitting beat the previous week's bests. 1 X 20. Romanian Deadlift 3 sets X 8-12 reps. so your introductory phase will be equal to your previous base loading week or even the overloading week. 90-120 sec rest (P) B. Russian twists 3 sets X 15-20 reps. which means you will not take any sets to failure. wherever this is possible. You may also go beyond failure on some of your exercises by using high intensity techniques such as drop sets or forced reps if you have a training partner. Week 3: Overloading.com/innercircle. you will increase the loading again to above your previous max. you will increase the load to maximal levels. For example. In the first week you will be introduced to the new exercises and training techniques. you continue to increase the weights used. Week 2: Base loading. Bulgarian Split squats.Workout 4: Saturday lower. and aim to hit some personal bests. The intensiveness level is low. you can repeat the program for up to 2 more four-week cycles (12 weeks total).com Support Community: www. 90-120 sec rest (P) C. You will progress through 4 one-week cycles as follows: Week 1: Introductory loading.N. After 12 weeks you either change to a new program. In the fifth week. or you can continue to use the T.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. by starting over again with introductory loading (submaximal load and no sets taken to failure). Loads will be submaximal. Weekly workouts alternate between strengthhypertrophy days with a mix of heavy sets of 5-6 reps and hypertrophy reps with 812 reps and hypertrophy only days. hyperextension 3 sets X 8-12 reps 60 sec rest E. 0 rest (superset) F2. while maintaining good form. At this point you will be stronger. plank hold 3 sets X 60 seconds+. 60 sec rest (P) The 4 week periodization cycle This is a 4 week program with within-week changes in rep ranges and weekly progression in load and intensiveness. abs. With each cycle.B.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. which means you will come close to failure on your hypertrophy sets. Week 5: begin new cycle. The intensiveness level will be high. you can repeat the cycle if you choose. weekly workout schedule and set/rep parameters. you will once again increase the load above the previous week's bests. you would select 90 pounds. 1 X 20. while changing some (or The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program – Bonus Official website: www. Squat 3 sets X 8-12 reps. Standing Calf Raise 3 sets X 15-20 reps. Week 4: Shock loading. as your new-found strength allows. Once you complete the first 4 week cycle. In the fourth week. In the second week. eccentric emphasis (5 sec negative) 3 X 8-12 D.
period. Primary exercises: the biggest bang for your buck The exercises with a "P" after them are the important primary exercises that take priority over the others P = "primary. And don't forget your calves! In recent years. Unfortunately. Isolation Exercises The average trainee spends way too much time on isolation exercises. The Abbreviated routine The primary (P) exercises indicate where to place the most priority and emphasis in each workout. For individuals who have limited recovery ability. Just be certain to put the hard work in on the primary exercises first.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. Most of these exercises are the compound. some specialization is not only acceptable. But more than that. Squats produce more muscle development than leg extensions." P = "priority"). some of your secondary exercises may consist of isolation movements such as flyes for chest and lateral raises for shoulders. the primary exercise notation also tells you where to put your attention if you're short on time. To develop a complete physique.com Support Community: www. anti-isolation exercise sentiment has gone a bit too far and some people have dropped all the isolation exercises from their programs completely. multi-joint movements that involve the greatest amount of muscle mass and allow you to use the largest amount of weight. Obviously.all) of the exercises.com/innercircle. Note: standing calf raise is indicated as a primary exercise on day four. The program as listed is for people who already have training experience (advanced or advanced-intermediates).HolyGrailBodyTransformation. it is necessary for successful hypertrophy and bodybuilding programs. In a time-crunched situation. even with the same set/rep schemes and intensity levels. at least one calf exercise a week is stilla good idea. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program – Bonus Official website: www. also known as assistance exercises or isolation exercises.shtml . stripping the workout back down to the basics may also be helpful. not a compound exercise. this is an isolation. this has resulted in an epidemic of asymmetrical physiques and puny calves! Nothing looks worse than an unsymmetrical physique with huge arms. These big compound movements also produce a larger anabolic hormonal response than that produced by single joint isolation exercises. you can simply do the primary exercises hard and skip the rest. (exercises need to be changed periodically. a big chest and stick-thin lower legs. However. All the other exercises are secondary exercises. Working hard on these basic primary movements covers all your bases and can produce a surprising amount of growth and strength for the time invested. It is merely indicated as primary exercise because in the event you wish to abbreviate the routine. but this weekly routine and set/rep parameters can be used again and again).
Weight The amount of weight (aka "resistance" aka "load") used is often calculated by performing a battery of 1 rep maximum tests and then having the weight prescribed as a percentage of your 1 rep maximum. The stronger you get. Before doing a warm up. you can replace the straight arm pulldowns with dumbbell pullovers (with one or two dumbbells). the loads in this workout will simply be dictated by a repetition bracket and an intensity level that will increase each week. Compared to machines or even barbells. between 70% and 85% as medium and 85% and above as heavy. they require more neuromuscular and stabilizer activation and they are flat out great for building muscle mass. To simplify this program and avoid the need for heavy 1 rep maximum testing. For example. For example. it may also be wise to do some general total body warm up or dynamic flexibility or mobility drills for the joints you will be using on each particular day (upper or lower). don't panic.Use of Free Weights (Dumbbells & Barbells) This program uses primarily Barbells and Dumbbells with a few cable exercises. and of course. to help prevent injury. Alternate exercises In the event you train at home or at a small gym that doesn't have all the equipment required for this workout. The 8-12 rep range is considered medium and is associated with the hypertrophy workouts. A lying leg curl machine would be an acceptable substitute for the Romanian deadlift on Hypertrophy day. and even those could be performed with free weights (for example.com Support Community: www. The only machines used are the calf machines. The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program – Bonus Official website: www. Dumbbells are used liberally because they are such a fantastic training tool on many levels.: The 5-6 rep range is considered heavy and is associated with the strength workouts. Warm ups Warm up sets are important. they allow natural. A traditional prescription usually designates below 70% as light.shtml . especially on the strength days. the more warm up sets you may need in order to prepare the Central nervous system for the heavier loads to come. You can simply make a substitution. unrestricted range of movement.com/innercircle. dumbbells encourage equal development on each side of the body.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. Perform 1-3 submaximal warm up sets on the first exercise for each primary exercise. your warm ups might be 135 lbs and 185 lbs for 5-6 reps before jumping up to the heavier sets with 225. if you were going to bench press 4 sets of 5 with 225 lbs. if you don't have access to a pulldown machine. a one legged standing calf raise holding a dumbbell). prior to your heaviest sets.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.
but under control. or the lifting of the weight up. respectively or B1. Tempo can become a complicated parameter. Supersets in this program are performed for the same muscle group (two ab exercises performed back to back or two shoulder exercises back to back) or for antagonistic muscle groups such as a bicep exercise supersetted with a tricep exercise. that is also a concentric action as the pectoral muscles in the chest shorten and contract. B3 for the first. For example when you curl a weight up. The super set and tri-set techniques Super sets have always been a favorite technique of bodybuilders. Not only are they time efficient.A combination of heavy and medium seems to produce optimal muscle growth because even though the heavy training is focused on developing neural factors. F1. stretch position. Calves and abs do seem to respond well to slightly higher rep ranges and the occasional use of a high rep pump set can be helpful for those seeking pure bodybuilding goals. The tempo may vary depending on your objectives). Notation for supersets is A1 and A2 for the first and second exercise in a superset. while strength workouts use the traditional straight sets technique which allows a heavier load to be used. B2. contracted position). The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program – Bonus Official website: www. F2 etc) Tempo (rep speed) Tempo is how slowly or quickly you lift and lower the weight. Basically. As you become fatigued. that is the concentric action. concentric. Again this can be beneficial for bodybuilding. Above 12 reps is usually considered a light load and this works endurance and is not as effective at building muscle mass and strength. can be done quickly. However we are going to keep it simple and use a two point tempo prescription. with three and even four point tempo counts (eccentric action. High reps develop endurance and pump more blood into the muscle.com Support Community: www. performing the concentric action more slowly is a good choice in order to remove momentum from the movement and make the exercise stricter. When you press a barbell up in a bench press. It's a myth that high reps develops muscle definition. they also increase the intensiveness of the workout. depending on where in the workout the supersets or trisets appear. Hypertrophy workouts emphasize the superset technique. The concentric action is where the muscle shortens or contracts. you have to get stronger if you want to get bigger. but its always a mistake to drop all your heavy work for pump work even if you are in a cutting phase.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. this heavy work helps you utilize heavier loads in the hypertrophy range. your concentric reps may slow down as you struggle to complete the concentric portion of the rep and that is normal. ie. The concentric action. (NOTE: In some cases.shtml . It may take as little as a second or less. respectively (or other letters.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. second and third exercises in a triset. as the bicep contracts and shortens.com/innercircle.
it's easy to overuse high intensity techniques.mensfitness. your biceps and triceps are actually getting plenty of stimulation. Olympia.com/fitness/workout_routines/541 Conclusion Well that's it.com Support Community: www. taking about 3 or 4 seconds to do it. after I hear back some success stories from TNB users. Using extra eccentric emphasis by lowering the weight very slowly (in about 5 or 6 seconds) can make the repetition extremely intense and may help with muscle strength and size. This simply means that you should lower the weight slowly. workout and you can't get this complete program in any magazine . Emphasizing the eccentric part of the exercise is known to increase the tension on the muscle and may help increase strength gains. myself).Tom Venuto The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program – Bonus Official website: www.B. this is an area where many trainees believe that more is better. In their eagerness to build arms like Mr. Adding more of the non-primary (isolation) exercises would only make the workout unnecessarily long and possibly lead to overtraining. a higher volume produces optimal results.shtml .com/innercircle. The reason is because to achieve complete development of every aspect of very muscle. as this reduces the amount of weight you can use. This is not only unnecessary. 4 weeks. 8 weeks or 12 weeks from now. For example. train hard and expect success! . This is the "original" T. so this should be used sparingly Number of exercises Bodybuilding programs generally contain more exercises and a higher total volume than programs for other strength sports. I'd simply recommend moving to a traditional bodybuilding program that uses a 3 or 4 day body part split routine (I use a 4 day split most of the time. you'll notice that in workout one there is only one exercise for biceps and one for triceps.not even Men's Fitness (they didn’t have enough room to print all these details). where the muscle lengthens. However. you can see the photographs at the Men's Fitness website: www. that is the eccentric action.N. Exercises If you're unfamiliar with these exercises.HolyGrailBodyTransformation.When you lower the weight back down.HolyGrailBodyTransformation. With all the pushing you do on shoulder and chest exercises and all the pulling for back exercises. if you want EVEN MORE muscle! Until then. on this program it may be counterproductive. I might even write TNB #2. Too much emphasis as in super slow eccentrics can be counterproductive. many trainees add a second or even a third exercise for each of the arm muscles. If you really want to do more exercises and you've reached the advanced stage of training. and to optimize hypertrophy (as compared to strength or power). An ideal eccentric action is about 3 or 4 seconds. However.
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