Carb Backloading: Use Carbs Like Drugs
A new dietary strategy stormed onto the scene several months ago. It defied all logic. Promised muscle gain and fat loss simultaneously from copious amounts of refined carbs at the back end of the day. Some were intrigued, many were outraged. I gave it a try.
Formulated by John Kiefer, Carb Backloading had supposedly cracked the code to simultaneous fat loss and muscle maintenance, and even muscle gain. Every magazine and online article makes this promise about every new diet. However, reading this guy Kiefer’s stuff made him seem angry, bitter, mean, and overall hateful towards the general “nutrition-knowledgeable” community. I liked that.
Coming off an intentional winter weight gain, I decided to give backloading a try to recompose and lean out after the winter gluttony. Re-composition is apparently Backloading’s forte. Once I figured it out, it worked. Fast. Morning weigh in’s were consistent, and bodyfat percentages consistently dropped.
Backloading as I understand it so far:
Skip breakfast. First meal is 3+ hours after waking.
Fat and Protein meals only until post workout.
Workout should occur between 3pm and 5pm.
Carb and Protein until last meal by 9pm.
Carb heavy, consume the whole day’s worth of carbs in the time after workout until last meal of the day.
Supplement with Leucine, Whey, Creatine, and Caffeine.
Why does it work?
Something about hormones, circadian rhythm, using carbs like drugs.. Read ALL of Kiefer’s stuff. Then try it.
Here are links to Kiefer’s articles relating to Backloading. Bookmark his blog: Dangerously Hardcore.
What it is:
Read it. Read it ALL!!!
After another month I’ll post a before and after.