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Your author is now in week three of clean bulking. In a quest to finally get a proper 6 pack (which seems appropriate after so many articles written about how to get one) I have eschewed all artificial sugars (and most natural ones at that), all processed carbohydrates, certainly no sweets and no bread. In the meanwhile I have been doing high volume weight training to ensure that any weight that I lose is fat and not muscle.
It has been fairly straight forward and satisfying although a lot of preparation and planning is needed to ensure success, as arriving at a Tesco extra when starving is a recipe for disaster!
I have also been trying to operate a fast for 14-16 hours a day while eating like a horse for the other 8-10 hours. This is supposed to replicate the lifestyle and eating patterns of our cavemen (and woman) ancestors, promoting the metabolisation of fats while allowing for muscle replenishment.
This has been surprisingly OK. Although I have a small amount of protein in the morning (in the form of 3 eggs) which is a slight cheat, managing to workout, work and not eat has been surprisingly OK. For the first few days I felt a little tired and wobbly, but then it’s as if a second energy system kicks in, allowing great performance on very little food. This system also allows me to eat more in the evening when I settle down after work, so fits in better with conventional eating habits.
The weights sessions (12 sets on a major and connected minor muscle group a week) have also been interesting but do seem to be working. When I began I could only do 2 sets of proper pull ups, with 5 and then 4 reps in each set. After 4 weeks I am now doing 4 sets of 10-9-7-and 6 for the final set. So should be able to do a full 4 sets of 10 soon!
Doing CV (rowing) after lots of weights has also been a big success. Although on some of the muscle groups there is an element of fatigue, this is compensated for by have all energy systems fully warmed up and working. It’s as if my “engine” is actually stronger going anaerobic after the weights. So give it a try!
The omission of sugar is in a way the most tricky. It’s in everything! It forces you to eat only natural foods, lean proteins, vegetables and berries.
4 pack has now emerged, will post photo of the full 6 if/when the other tricy lower two decide to comer out! May even give you a laugh and try the whole Brad Pitt look featured above.
Try the challenge – omit any sugars added to food. Look at the label. Even a simple pasta sauce has up to 10 grams of sugar per 100. In a large jar thats 50 grams (or 12 teaspoons full). Finally…look at the label!