Man, the above question lands in my inbox a LOT!
People want to know what the main differences are between the MANS diet (a CKD diet), and the Total Six Pack Abs program.
It’s a good question and deserves an article of its own. That way everyone who wants to know can get the info AND I can point further queries to this post instead of typing a lengthy response.
So here’s a round up of the key differences….
(1) MANS is a bulking diet, Total Six Pack Abs is a FULL cutting strategy.
This is the main difference. When you’re priority is to build muscle, opt for a MANS or GLAD style diet. When you want to focus on cutting fat, go for TSPA.
Yes, people have built muscle and lost fat simultaneously with MANS, BUT, you need to be CERTIFIABLY RIPPED to see your six-pack . People that succeed in building muscle and losing fat on MANS tend to be those starting off at higher body fat percentages. You can lose fat but only to a certain extent.
There comes a time when you have to prioritize getting shredded i.e. get below 10% body fat (women below 17%) – this is where TSPA comes in.
TSPA is better suited to men at-or-under 16% body fat, and women at-or-under 24% body fat. Heavier people CAN use the system successfully but in these cases I recommend that you cut in cycles i.e. implement the program for around 8 weeks at a time, come off it to maintenance calories for around 3-4 weeks, and then go back to cutting.
(2) MANS is just a diet. TSPA is a FULL program. The Total Six Pack Abs system is a 3-prong approach…
- Nutrition – THE fat-burning diet
- Weight Training – Essential! Based on THT training but tweaked a little for cutting purposes
- Cardio – Cardio is an essential part of cutting. However, no marathon sessions are needed! Short, intense bursts work best – you’ll discover why and HOW to do it.
What makes TSPA superior to other programs is that each one of the 3 factors above actually INCREASE in intensity throughout the program.
- The diet actually INCREASES in its fat-burning potential
- The weight training INCREASES in its muscle-building and fat-burning potential
- The Cardio INCREASES in its fat-burning potential
This is the secret of those who KEEP losing fat week on week VS those who stall, lose motivation and QUIT! Abs can be attained quite quickly if the fat keeps coming off week on week!
(3) Both Diets Are Carb Cycling Diets. HOWEVER, TSPA gives very precise amounts of protein, carbohydrate and fat to eat based on YOUR body.
There are FORMULAS in the book which will reveal the EXACT CUTTING macronutrient grams for both the low carb AND carb up section of the diet. As the carb-up is where people may start adding a bit of fat in MANS, the formula I have created for the TSPA carb-up is LASER-PRECISE. You will re-fill your muscle glycogen stores to full capacity without so much as a gram spilling-over into fat storage.
(4) One more point of the carb-up differences. You may find it surprising that the TSPA carb-up will focus on HIGHER GI carbs, rather than lower ones. Those TREATS are back on the menu! Inside the book you’ll discover the science of why this is the case and why it’s BENEFICIAL.
(5) The MANS diet is pretty much always the same i.e. you eat the same amounts in the same type of ratios. The abs diet changes as you proceed through it. It’s basic structure is the same BUT the simple changes are necessary to encourage the body to KEEP giving up its fat stores for energy. After all, the last thing we want is a nasty stall!
(6) MANS will use predominantly dietary fat for energy. TSPA will use BODY FAT also and will actually INCREASE its body fat usage over the course of the program!
Ok, this isn’t an exhaustive list. To cover it all I’d have to pretty much re-write the entire book right here!
As previously stated, there comes a time when it’s TIME TO GET RIPPED. MANS will not take you to that level, Total Six Pack Abs will.
Speaking of getting ripped; as it’s June, my cut will be starting very shortly. For those of you following me on Twitter, you may remember that towards the end of 2008, my carb-ups were getting VERY dirty. Well, I pretty much kept it that way – seems I’ll have my work cut out for me this summer! It’s no probs though, it takes some effort but at least I have the CERTAINTY that it WILL come off pretty easily.
By the way, if you didn’t see the pics from my first successful cut, check them out. Yes, I was skinny back in the day but had built a solid base – read the accompanying article for the explanation.
For those of you who are interested in torching your unwanted flab this summer, check out the TSPA page. I recently decreased the price from $47 to $34.95. I’ll keep it there for a short while to get the material out to more people for the summer cutting season.
Get LEAN and Stay LEAN!
P.S. I also seem to get a lot of guys in their 40’s asking me will it work for them. In short – YES! I have just received a testimonial from just such a person on the TSPA page. Don’t worry, I only use REAL testimonials from REAL people!
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I bought a copy copy of TSPA a while ago as I was interested in what Mark had to offer and I wasn’t dissapointed, I highly recommend picking it up even if you dont need to cut just yet, it’s a great read. I’m currently trying too add more muscle and I’ve started using Hardgainer Project X from Jeff Anderson to do so. When I feel it’s time to cut I’ll definatley be using TSPA.
5 stars all the way.
People, Mark is the man!!! He has shared with us his trials and errors and i too have purchased his program and it is all that. He has taken the guessing game out of the equation all you have to add is discipline and patience. Good luck and thanks, Mark for a quality product.
Alright Mark, after reading this blog for awhile I’ve decided it’s time to take the plunge and give the program a shot. I’m very excited to start seeing some results!
@Who AM I. Thanks for the kind comments bro.
@Al. Thanks man. I appreciate the positive feedback 🙂 .
@Andy. Good choice bro, and a good time to get started!
I started out with the first version of the TSPA program a while ago, and switched the M.A.N.S.
I’m ready to go through a cutting cycle, and so bought this a second time – thats how well I think it works.
One note Mark. I noticed a “Warning” including cough syrups containing a lot of sugar. My solution – look for Diabetic cough syrup. There are almost zero carbs there. They don’t taste QUITE as good, but are pretty close.
Hi Mark, did I ever tell you how cool you were? lol, seriously – thanks for the kind comments and your custom.
Nice tip on the cough syrup, I hadn’t thought of that.
Al the best for your ’09 cut!
I designed a program for my 6’3″ friend using MANS, and he went from 190 to 210, all of it big beefy muscle! Now he wants to cut for the summer, so this special price comes at the perfect time. Thanks for putting all this info out on the web, and keep up the great work!
@Jennifer. That’s great to hear and well done!
I appreciate the positive feedback too 🙂
I am going to give this book a shot,but before starting i’ve got a problem here,the thing is I love carbs,so after my TSPA diet,can I go bak to the high-carb diet(my preference) or should I stay in MANS diet?
Hi Sid, good question buddy.
Ideally, go on my new GLAD diet – I’ll have the article typed up here before you get done on TSPA. It’s a high carb diet but low glycemic load so less worries about fat gain. Work out your sufficient calorie level (more on this later) and don’t eat above it.
Yes, you can get your abs and keep them 🙂
Sid, funny thing was I felt the same way but after a few months of being on the two diets my craving for carbs has all but disappeared (except of course for beer.. not sure that one will ever disappear)
I’ve just started your program and working through it for my body. I havent bought TSPA yet, but was wondering about Cardio. I have dropped from 34% body fat to 22% and bulked up a bit. You recommend TSPA for men under 16%. My goal is to get to 10% but Ive Stalled and cant seem to budge any more fat. What is yuor recommendation for men with over 20% body fat? How do I get it to move again?
I’m thinking of taking up the MANS diet as it makes perfect sense that your body repairs itself ‘Naturally’ with hormones etc and without food. I just came out of an ‘attempted’ cutting phase. Got down to 13% body fat and shot up a cm (180cm) with a bit of muscle lost as well which really gave me the shits. So now I’m starting to bulk up again.
My main question is, to make this MANS diet so effective, must you still go over a little of your TDEE? My TDEE when I workout is 2623 and on off days its 2448. I workout 5 times a week now each body part a week. Would an ideal ratio of nutrients to take on low carb day be 40:60? 40 being protein, 60 being fat or other way round? I’m 16 years old by the way. I really want to chuck some muscle back on and in my mind, I see this anabolic way of doing it is genius. Since steroids are a ‘lipid’ and a lipid is a fat then it makes sense. Just need some guidance,