Ask The Trainer #47 – The Best Diet Plan

QUESTION: I know you probably get this question a lot but what does your diet consist of? I have been on a variation of the paleo diet for about a month and I have gotten pretty good results with it. What should my diet be like if I want to bulk up some but stay trimmed up? Just more lean protein or what? Thanks for the motivation.

ANSWER: Protein is important. However, I think that generally, most bodybuilders consume a bit too much. Consuming too many calories in any form can lead to fat gain.

I know a few people who’ve done well on the Paleo Diet. While I’ve never used that particular diet myself, I have practiced carb cycling and even did a Ketogenic Diet for a while.

These diets did get me shredded. But, so did just following a reduced calorie diet where I simply reduced my overall calorie intake.

Chad ShawWhen you’re following a reduced calorie or low-carb diet, your body may require more recovery time between workouts if you intend to gain muscle.

Keep in mind, building lean muscle comes from training as intensely as possible for a relatively short amount of time and allowing sufficient recovery between workouts to allow your body to recover and grow.

Most people believe a lack of calories is the primary reason why they can’t grow when in reality it is their lack of recovery time that is preventing them from growing.

These Are The Main Staples Of My Diet:

1. Protein: Cage-free eggs, whey protein, beef, chicken, wild caught salmon, low-fat cottage cheese, cod, and tuna fish.

2. Carbohydrates: Broccoli, spinach, green beans, tomatoes, asparagus, yams, sprouted brown rice, a little-sprouted bread, and green salads.

3. Fats: Extra virgin coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, flax seed, chia seed, fish oil, almond butter, and almonds.

Personally, I eat 3 well-balanced meals per day and a scoop of Training Ground Pure Whey protein between meals.

When I want to gain more definition, I simply reduce the portion sizes of all of the foods I typically eat, with the exception of green vegetables.

Certain supplements have worked wonders for me in my efforts to build more muscle and get lean.

Kre-Alkalyn EFX creatine is the main staple of my supplement regimen. I feel this helps me with recovery and growth more than just about any other supplement.

In addition to Kre-Alkalyn, I love taking Training Ground PRE before my workouts to get me jacked up for an intense workout.

I also find that taking GlutaZorb before and after my workouts speed my recovery quite well.

One of my favorite supplements to take is Test Charge. Since my testosterone levels aren’t what they used to be, I find this product really helps with my overall stamina both in and out of the gym. In fact, I almost always notice surges in strength when I take this product.

When I’m leaning out, I like taking Lean Fix to cut up for photo shoots.

I hope that my advice helps you out! I wish you all the best in achieving your goals!

Prove ‘Em Wrong,
Chad Shaw

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