Over the years I have come across all types of diets. Ketogenic diets, carb cycling diets, and of course the now ever popular IIFYM diets. "Which one is the best one for cutting?", and, "which one is the best for bulking?" are questions I get asked all the time. I have a hard time answering this because when it comes to nutrition there are just too many variables to take into consideration when devising someones plan. Sure I can give some general guidelines on what I feel works and what doesn't, but haven't we all seen or heard that over and over? I am kinda tired of all the arguing and chest pounding... the cultish followings on twitter, its all pretty silly to me. I am going to let you in on a secret: All of it works to an extent.
I am going to simplify this, break it down and tell you what I did to successfully transform hundreds of people over the years. People that wanted to get bigger, people that wanted to get leaner. People who were competing, and people who were not.
I would approach each client the same way. Each client had to give me a full bio on themselves. In the bio I would require current age, current weight, current training regime, current cardio regime, exact diet, all supplements being used, all medications if any, food allergies, and of course the end goal. With this bio I would also require a set of pictures front and back.
The next step is breaking down everything the individual was doing and the pictures they sent, versus the end goal thus completing the equation required for the individuals desired transformation. This is where some basic common sense has to come into play and some thinking outside the box is necessary.
People will tell you certain foods are just plain bad. "Don't eat white rice! Don't eat anything white for that matter!!", but if I got a set of pictures for an individual that was very lean and trying to get bigger, and they were eating a ton of white potatoes... how could I tell this person the potatoes were hurting them? What if I had a client eating only the "good stuff" Brown rice, sweet potatoes, oats, and this person was greatly over weight, and trying desperately to get lean? Of course there are changes that need to be made. But where do you make them? The answer is as simple as it is complex. Everything works sometimes, but nothing works all the time. You simply wont know what works until you try it, but if you have been doing something for a while and not getting the results you desire... guess what? You need to make a change. The definition of insanity is doing the the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Don't be afraid to try new things. Don't just eat a certain way because someone who is a supposed "expert" told you too. Have no fear and learn on your own. Its not rocket science. Listen to your body and become friends with a mirror... that will be your greatest tool, not a calculator. Think outside the box. I promise this isn't calculous, and we all have the tools to figure it out on our own without the calorie calculator.