Need a program for gaining or losing weight? Read below to find out what you REALLY need…
Almost everybody, male or female, has one of the following goals in mind when it comes to their training programs: gaining or losing weight.
It seems like everyone thinks that it’s their program that has control over whether or not they gain or lose weight.
“I’m doing a 6-week mass gaining program,” or “I’m doing this AWESOME fat loss program,” is something you almost always hear. But guess what, it ISN’T the program that holds most of the power when it comes to gaining or losing weight.
Think about this for a second: If you were doing a typical bodybuilding program, hitting a bodypart split, and really focusing on hypertrophy work, but you were only eating 500 calories a day, do you think you’d gain any mass? Of course not!
So why do people who are trying to lose weight think that doing ANY so-called “fat loss” program (no matter how sound the program may be), would lose ANY weight if their diet was still made up pancakes, Little Debbies, and a “different” kind of six pack???
Doesn’t make any sense, does it?
Here’s an example, from the months of September to December, I completed virtually the same “strength-focused” training program that I have twice in the past, INCLUDING during the time in which I dieted down from 198 to 184-185 for my track season last year.
So if this was some “super special” fat loss program, then how can we explain the approximately 20 pounds I’ve put on since mid-September (remember, I lost about 13 pounds last year doing the same program)?
I’ll tell you EXACTLY how: Last spring I completed the program with limited carbs (pre-training and on non-training days), and eating slightly decreased calories than normal. This time around? My goal was to put on muscle… and, ahem… build a nice protective layer for the Minnesota winter 🙂 To accomplish this, I ate an obscene amount of calories, didn’t limit carb intake (particularly on training days), and even allowed myself a good amount of “cheat foods”.
The program, for all intents and purposes, did NOT change. The FOOD INTAKE did.
Bottom line, if you want to “GET BIG” you’ve got to EAT BIG. If you want to drop the fat, you’ve got to change your nutrition accordingly. Either way, you HAVE to pay attention to what you eat in order to get the MOST out of your training program, regardless of what the program may claim to be.
Don’t eat crap (use common sense), monitor carb intake (in general, more for gaining and less for losing), and make changes based on your progress.
Let me know if you guys have any questions or thoughts by commenting below, have YOU ever gained weight on a “fat loss” program?
Until next time…