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carb back-loading explained - episode 9

Carb Back-loading is certainly the most lenient diet out there. You can eat lots of so-called junk food without deviating from the program. But as any nutrition-conscious M&F reader knows, fast food like the kind sold at McDonald’s and other drive thru windows can’t be a part of any diet that’s focused on muscle and performance. Or can it? Kiefer reveals who can eat fast food for better results, and who should stick with cleaner carb sources.

Series Background

Last year, M&F introduced readers to physicist-turned-nutritionist John Kiefer, the man who developed Carb Back-loading. This approach to gaining size while losing fat, which entails consuming most of your carbohydrates later in the day, and often in the form of “so-called” junk food, has become one of the hottest topics in sports nutrition.

I recently got Kiefer on the phone to clear up some of the misconceptions about his controversial plan, and get more specific advice on how to make it work under a variety of conditions. I also got Kiefer’s take on various other hot-button nutrition concerns. In this hour-long interview (which we have serialized), we cover, among other things:

  • How to back-load with unusual sleeping pattern
  • How standard bodybuilding foods may be less than optimal for muscle growth
  • Why you shouldn’t back-load with pasta
  • Pre- and post-workout supplementation
  • Whether or not to back-load with fast food
  • The truth about artificial sweeteners
  • How whey protein might be better than vegetables
  • And much more!

See Sean’s transcript of the interview at www.seanhyson.com

Pick up a copy of Carb Back-Loading 1.0, Kiefer’s e-book, at www.carbbackloading.com

View the entire Carb Back-Loading series here.


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