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Carb limits and weak points
I am doing Vince's "Secrets of Definition"
program. I have [
1) When is it time to eat carbs? I have been
consuming strictly protein and (good fat) and feel great. But every third or fourth
day I feel rundown. And what kind of carbs are good to eat for the "Definition"
2) I tend to be a lean person and don't have a
tremendous amount of fat on me. When I do the "Secrets of Definition"
program I tend to lose weight and look a little thinner (not pumped or full
looking). Should I increase a possible carb meal or add more protein per serving?
3) Doing Vince's leg routine is awesome. I love it.
However, my hamstrings and inner thighs don't seem to get enough work. They look
thin. What would you do to get these areas more improved? My contest is October
The primitive Eskimo, Rocky Mountain men, American
Plains Indian, and the African Masai ate very little to no carbs, but very few cultures in
the world today dont eat carbs. Most of the worlds people today have adapted
to carbs simply so they wont starve to death. Wild animals (carnivores) still eat
meat only, but domestic pets have been forced to eat carbs by Ralston Purina.
My research has shown that 80 to 120 grams per day of
natural carbs is the normal amount that each person can handle. However, while this works
for many, you must find your "grams per day" personally since it can vary from
person to person. (A gentleman who I once trained from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, by the
name of Art Barker, was one of the few people that I have seen in my life who did not seem
to need carbohydrates at all.)
Now that you are on Vinces definition diet, you
must therefore listen to your body. On Vinces diet you will essentially be eating
zero carbs, and then either on the third, fourth, or fifth day, you will become
light-headed when your liver is void of glycogen (sugar). As you said, you feel rundown.
So, therefore, on the third, fourth, or fifth day, you must eat a very large natural-carb
meal, consisting of fruits or vegetables, and some starches. The carbs will be converted
to glycogen and stored in your liver. This system should replenish your body and eliminate
The old saying is that "you cant have your
cake and eat it too." Of course, this applies to you, too. Carbs, in most cases, will
give you that pumped and full look. On the definition routine, you must remember that you
will lose body fat and not muscle, and your purpose is to lean out. You cant always
have that full look. Listen to your body, as I outlined for the previous question, and you
should have no trouble achieving your goals.
That said, you should not add extra amounts of protein,
because it will likely not be digested the extra protein will simply turn to body
fat (many people dont realize this), and you dont want that. Here we have a
situation where Vince would say "know thyself." Readily experiment when you can
and find out whats right for you.
I have two additional recommendations that might help:
water and Celtic Sea Salt. Do you drink adequate amounts of water? Its important.
Are you using Celtic Sea Salt to give your body trace minerals? Thats important,
too. Remember, without trace minerals or enough water you will become dehydrated, and this
may be your problem. Also, you may have hypothyroidism. Call me and I will see if I can
locate a CRA doctor in your area.
I think it is too late to correct your poor hamstrings
and inner thighs at this time. Wait until the next contest. You dont have enough
time to specialize on your weak points.
But, before your next contest, specialize on your
hamstrings first and then your inner thighs. This is how you can do it: Whatever your
routine is at this time (6x6, 8x8), cut it in half for all the muscles except hamstrings
and inner thighs. You are not worried about growing your other muscles you just
want to maintain size when youre specializing on others. Then, invoke 10 sets of 10
with very little rest between sets for your hamstrings and thighs until they respond to
the point you want. Again, this method of reducing work for all muscles except the ones
youre specializing on was one of Vinces ideas. It works. See how smart he was?