Sorry for the dearth of material on the blog of late. I have been pretty hammered with travel, the gym growing and frankly, just spinning with my book. I’ve been unlear how to divide the material and make it accessible to the lay-person while keeping the science-y stuff that many people are looking forward to. The direction I’m going is essentially 2 books in 1. The first book will be accessible to literally anyone. It will touch briefly on the health implications of insulin, autoimmunity and associated lifestyle issues, then just hammer the practical elements. book 2 will get deep on intermittent fasting, and a host of topics no one has really addressed in a formalized manner. I have some really good information, it’s now a matter of organizing it and getting it out.
My friend Andy Deas stayed with us this past weekend and he helped me to get organized and he kicked me in the ass to get the damn book done. When this project is wrapped up you will be able to thank him for much of the follow-through.
In the comments someone asked about leaning out. If you recall, I did a mass gain experiment about 9 months ago. Moved from 163-185. Strength was up, but I was pretty damn chubby. I have been following either CrossFit Football or Rutman’s ME-Black Box for training. For about 6 months I was still messing with some post WO carbs, typically about 50-70g depending upon the size of the WOD. Not surprisingly, my leaning out has been glacially slow. I thought back to when I just did cyclic low carb, what Poliquin had to say about leaning out (earn your carbs, be lean…) and I dropped to less than 50g of carbs per day with an occasional (once per week) larger carb meal that I just dropped in whenever. Result? Stunningly rapid fat loss. I’m about 178lbs but below 10% BF at this point. In general I’ve had 4 meals per day, large whacks of protien, just a little added fat and then loads of veggies. I have been using a post WO whey protein with coconut milk (40g protein, 20-30g fat) and I really like this. This was something I used in the past but this article from Mauro Dipasquale reminded me of the utility of a low carb PWO shake. I generally recommend against liquid food for fat-loss scenarios but as with all things, there are exceptions. Keep in mind, a low carb approach will NOT turn you into a CrossFit Super Star. It is however a nice approach to leaning out, getting healthy and not being a fat-ass for summer.