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I’m in great shape right now, thanks to your advice and all your info, but notice your talking about this carb back-loading thing. You don’t think that actually works do you? I went to the site and it sounds like another “fad diet” to me. - Scott

Does Carb Backloading Work?

Scott, define “what actually works?”

If you simply mean… does this crazy sounding program carb backloading by John Kiefer that I’ve been following almost to the letter for 2 month, that has all these typical before and after shots plus the marketing pitch of eating junk food on the sales page really build muscle or burn fat like they claim?  In a minute, I will talk about some carb backloading results from my own experience if that would help.

Then Yes but there’s more to the discussion.  Here is my personal Carb Backloading Review.


Carb Backloading Cliff Notes:

In a hurry? Watch the video on Carb Back-Loading

Being the experimenter I am, I purchased the Carb Backloading book based on a friend’s recommendation.  At 327 pages, it’s probably one of the shorter ebooks on a fitness protocol I’ve read.  The spacing is nice, the font is large so you can breeze thru it in a day.  But I highly suggest re-reading the text several times as the first pass, you miss a lot of subtle but very important points, recommendations and tips.

In a nutshell, Carb Backloading is…

Almost every bullet point above in the concept of carb backloading, goes against what I’ve been taught and almost all mainstream nutritional advice.  It’s not that they are wrong, it’s just a different way of thinking and using a concept of nutrient timing to accomplish body composition changes.  Furthermore, the carb backloading protocol utilizes the time of day and insulin to spur growth.

Personal Carb Backloading Results in 32 days:

Carb Backloading Schedule:

My chosen carb backloading schedule was to Density Bulk on every day (even non-training) so some fat gain was unavoidable.  My strength increased on almost every lift.  My energy levels were high.  I was not hungry at any point or felt the urge to eat (that low blood sugar urge I seemed to get when I was eating 5-6 meals every 2-3 hours that included carbohydrates).  I trained in a “fasted” state (not hungry) but slammed the carbs starting with the post workout shake on wards until bedtime.  I kept my back loading windows to about 4 hours.

Carb Backloading on Off Days:

This is where you use the program as a guide but you tweak it to your needs over time based upon your results.  Depending on your initial level of body fat, you can density bulk every day, even on your off days.  This is a bit different from the Strength Accumulation option which simply says, on your off days, you don’t back load.

There’s a lot of info in the above paragraph that probably makes very little sense.  The plan is so simple it’s stupid!  There’s no workout that comes with it as it assumes you have that piece of the puzzle.  And while there is a carb backloading workout, you could do a number of bodybuilding programs that deplete your glycogen stores and get the same if not better results.

What About Carb Backloading for Morning Training?

You’ve heard somewhere that it’s not possible or doesn’t work.  That the time of day dictates the outcome of this program.  While Kiefer recommends late afternoon/early evening training, carb backloading can be tweaked to morning training routines.  Maybe you won’t get the best effects, but the concepts work and you can adapt it to such a schedule.  There’s a section in the book called “Nobody’s Perfect.”  John Kiefer outlines what to do in these type of situations to make the program work for you.

Now here’s some food for thought from another critic on the subject who’s never tried it.

“I just went to that site “Dangerously Hardcore” and I find it hard to believe not to mention the before and after photos are complete garbage. Marc, you are into this  carb backloading stuff, do you call bullshit the claims John Kiefer makes or are they legit? I think you were trying this system … Also, he says he eats cheeseburgers and fries? I mean come on man. Great that you can eat that, or want to eat it, but if you are serious about fitness you really shouldn’t consume that kind of garbage.

Furthermore, there is nothing wrong with tracking your diet, more American’s should get in the habit of this. Instead they pay more attention to the release date of new apps, “smart phones”, and when dancing with the stars is coming on TV. I also love how proud he is that he does no cardio. Who is this guy? America needs to do more cardio from my observations of the general public. They also need to pay attention to what they eat.”

Let’s be clear friend, carb backloading is NOT nutrition advice for the average mass seeker or person who’s looking to have a nice and neat healthy lifestyle.  This is performance nutrition and the lines get blurred.

The average person should indeed:

Carb Backloading isn’t meant for the person who’s chubby and has random gym experience.  John Kiefer wrote a previous book called The Carb Nite Solution to address people looking to lose weight and fat as a primary goal.  This is for a different class who’s not pigeon-holed into definitions of health or what it means to “be healthy.”

I Ask You to Define: Healthy

People are quick to say “that’s not healthy!  That’s junk!”  But without the proper context of how the food or items are being used, it’s absolutely meaningless.  A handful of jelly beans after an intense workout cannot be compared to eating a bowl of fruity pebbles in the morning before school.  However, most people label and define on a broad scope without any second thought as to what they are defining and in what context.

Here is my carb backloading meal plan for your use as a template or to critique.

My own thoughts on Carb Backloading are quite simple.  It is by far the best mass gaining program (nutrition) I’ve ever used up until this point.  In no other time in my life have I gained 20 lbs with a majority of that being muscle.  It took me over a year to go from 175 to 190 in the past and it was with many more meal sessions, less productive workouts and a feeling of being stuffed all the time.  I experience none of that on carb backloading.

Marc David – CPT
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
Author of NoBull Bodybuilding

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Muscle Chow – Healthy Recipes for Every Occasion

If You Want Healthy Recipes and You Don’t Have This Book… Get It!

Desperately Seeking Healthy Recipes

Before I found this, I kinda went from the cooking light magazine searching for how to cook healthy. Or to overly complicated cookbooks that had a lot of easy diet recipes for overweight people but not for bodybuilders trying to get lean or build muscle. Greg Avedon nailed it with this and wrote to the married guy or single guy (not married to Rachael Ray) who can’t cook but wants to cook healthy meals in order to build muscle. It was so incredibly simple to follow. I am not a cook or chef by any means. Planning meals was grilled chicken and burgers. This is so stinking simple to use. It doesn’t have a ton of ingredients and you’ll find that many of the recipes use the same foundations. Meaning, less big trips to the store. Many of them are only 4 steps. They taste great and are low in fat and sodium. Perfect for that health and nutrition conscious person.

It’s not that I didn’t know what to eat as I’ve made plenty of healthy side dishes (albeit a bit boring). It’s not that I didn’t know how to cook it. My main problem is similar to many of you. I get too caught up in making this sport or lifestyle more complicated than it needs to be and when it comes to creativity in terms of healthy recipes or even some off the beaten path ideas like vegetarian recipes, I tend to stick to the same old things. I want something easy to make (I do not want pre-made Jenny Craig type meals), that tastes good that doesn’t take 60 minutes to do. I don’t want a huge mess in the kitchen and I don’t want to be in the kitchen for 2 hours each time (Hint: I don’t like to cook).

The biggest problem anybody will face when it comes to building muscle, burning fat and making the changes they need to enhance their body is all done thru health nutrition. And the biggest problem we all face, unless you are OCD or love to cook is that you don’t have too many healthy recipes ideas and cooking isn’t enjoyable probably because you don’t have many easy food recipes at your disposal.

Cooking Isn’t Enjoyable (to me and maybe to you)

I’m not a food person.  As Tom Venuto said in his Body Fat Solution, people he’s interviewed see food as fuel.  A way to get the energy necessary to live and workout.  But that’s it.  I see food as fuel.  I don’t like cooking or else I’d not have issues with eating often, eating enough and having plenty of healthy food recipes socked away in my kitchen junk drawer (everybody has one of those right?).

My guess is that you don’t like to cook either! You don’t like being in the kitchen for hours. You have few healthy recipes ideas but not nearly enough.

But if you do like to cook but just don’t know what to cook that fits into the category of healthy recipes, this book will solve it for you.  Healthy cooking is about to get really easy.

It’s your guide to losing weight and your guide to packing on muscle. As much as that sounds crazy, it’s the only thing in 10 years that literally changed my life in the kitchen.

“Do you sit down to every meal with a calculator in hand?  No?  Me neither.  Any diet that requires more than basic counting skills is a diet that is way too complicated and will ultimately fail.” - Page 3 of Muscle Chow

A Small Sample of Healthy Receipes in Muscle Chow

The Key Lime Pie that I pulled out of Muscle Chow took hardly any effort to make and was arguably one of the better healthy dessert recipes you could have given the circumstances. Those circumstances being I love Key Lime Pie! But it’s proof that diets that work can be quick and easy and things like pie you don’t think would be good for you can still classify as healthy food recipes. One of my go-to baked chicken recipes is Mustard Roasted Chicken.

There’s over 150 quick healthy receipes in Muscle Chow that even somebody on the Weight Watchers program could easily use. They are broken down into several categories that includes healthy fish recipes (You are getting your Omega-3′s right?!). It’s more than enough ideas to get you lean and muscular and you won’t be in the kitchen long enough to setup your own food network show! These are 30 minute meals or less. In fact, too many ideas is a bad thing. It leads to indecision and in the bodybuilding world, too many choices means you can’t plan for your specific needs and ultimately no action leads to unfulfilled dreams.

The real secret to meal planning is advanced planning. Knowing what you will eat before you eat it is the concept behind those pre-packaged meals like Nutrisystem. Not tracking it after the fact and realizing at 9:00pm that you’ve missed your target by 1000 calories or ate too much. Planning in advance is key and healthy food recipes that are geared towards your goals is what this book is about.

What Makes Muscle Chow Different?

It’s not just a healthy foods cookbook or some random collection of 30 minute weight loss recipes. It’s not a bodybuilding diet. It’s healthy receipes that integrate into a healthy lifestyle (one of the rare diets that work is the one you’ll do for life). You can use it to burn fat, build muscle. It’s not complicated. It’s low in sodium which is a factor for some. It’s lower in fats but higher in healthy fats. There’s even vegetarian recipes and low carb dinner recipes that are skewed towards the person who wants to build lean muscle.

If you don’t have Muscle Chow, go get it. It’s a fantastic healthy food recipes resource loaded with 30 minute meal ideas and should be in your kitchen right now. And you can pick it up at Amazon or Barnes and Nobles for under $20.00. The first thing I’d do is look thru the healthy breakfast recipes and pick one. Before you know if, your friends will be calling you the Rachel Ray of the group

To Your Good Health,

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”

P.S. - I wish Muscle Chow was a sprial book as I’ve got 2 copies.  And both are coming apart at the seams because I use it that much.  This was my first introduction and love into the world of healthy receipes.

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