I Love receiving positive feedback from people via email.
I’ve gotten a lot and I’ll soon be creating a page on the site to display some of them. In the meantime I thought I’d share the following one from Stephen from New York City.
Stephen has tried the MANS diet and experienced what I would call paradigm-shattering results. This happens when a long-held belief is put to the test and is shown to be false. The results for Stephen have been great, as they have been for me.
Anyway, here’s the email from Stephen:
“I just cannot believe it, Mark. I have never liked fat much, as a kid always
avoided ALL fats. Yet I am a very fast sprinter 10.81 at best a few years ago. I
have always been very lean and incredibly skinny as a child. I had focused my
diet on protein always and although minimizing my carbs too, I avoided fat
altogether. I always felt and looked bad. I did put on muscle, but also put on
fat when increased the carbs as they always say you must.
Concerned about my hormone levels as muscle has been hard to put on lately and
trouble losing abdominal fat, I stumbled across your article on lifehacker.com.
I was begging for a change and this hit me right in the face. How after so many
years could I ignore this?
I have done this strictly for the last two weeks and not only have a lost fat,
but gained muscle with MINIMAL exercise. I feel stronger, I feel healthier, my
blood pressure and blood sugar are more consistent. I no longer get water
retention. This is just outstanding. I am transforming like never before. I
cannot wait for 3/4 months down the line, but if this works, as an athlete, I
will not hesitate to endorse your efforts.
Many thanks and keep up the good work.”
Obviously Stephen had been suffering from something a lot of people still have to this day – Fat-o-phobia. Luckily it’s curable.
Hopefully people are beginning to see that low-fat diets and bodybuilding are about as well suited to each other as Ron Paul and George W. Bush.
I feel the main points of the email are as follows:
- Stephen did build muscle on a high-carb diet. However, he gained fat too
believing that this was a necessary evil. The ‘gurus’ are wrong on this.
- He lost fat & built muscle simultaneously
- He has achieved this with minimal exercise. This is why I am constantly
advising people to keep cardio to a minimum and have short (45 min MAX)
- His blood pressure has stabilized
- His blood sugar levels have stabilized
- Water retention is a thing of the past
Stephen has basically summed up everything I have experienced (as well as countless others like Hugo Rivera) with this way of eating.
I don’t plan on ever returning to the fattening high-carb lifestyle. The endless cycle of bulking (adding muscle and fat) and cutting (losing fat and muscle) is gone for good as far as I’m concerned.
Yes steroid-users can strip fat off their bodies without losing their muscle, but unless you’re into drugs, chances are you can’t. That is, you can’t unless you adopt a low-carb, cyclical approach to diet like the MuscleHack Anabolic Nutritional Strategy.
Thanks for the email Stephen. If any other readers would like their feedback added to the new testimonial section, please feel free to contact me. (Your feedback is not restricted to diet of course).
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