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2011/03/21 21:13:54 (permalink)

Leangains - Martin Berkhan

I don't know if any of you have seen this guys website, he outlines a dieting approach that revolves around intermittent fasting and nothing as extreme as dropping in Ketosis and feeling really bad (like I have done sometimes).
 
I have been using it and have dropped 10kg in 10 weeks with no extra cardio and eating whatever I want on the weekends and having some drinks.
 
He doesn't have a book etc that he is selling, so it's a fresh perspective in my opinion.I'm not saying it's the best method, but it's a method that has worked for me without having to limit my diet horribly, and I see it being a diet that I can keep too and remain lean with. It fits well around wanting a "normal" eating life, not having to carry around chicken and broccoli in Tupperware.
 
Just wondering if anyone else has tried it or knows anyone who has?
 
Site: http://www.leangains.com/
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    Brotein
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    Re:Leangains - Martin Berkhan 2011/03/21 21:32:59 (permalink)
    Been doing this way since November last year, really enjoying it and having great results. He is bringing a book out but don't ask when!

    Hasn't ate breakfast since October...
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    Re:Leangains - Martin Berkhan 2011/03/21 21:39:26 (permalink)
    He's writing a book with Lyle Mcdonald which I an very keen to get hold of. Love his blog.

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    Re:Leangains - Martin Berkhan 2011/03/21 21:53:44 (permalink)
    Think the book will be done in 2 weeks.
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    Re:Leangains - Martin Berkhan 2011/03/21 21:57:36 (permalink)
    CheekyChappieThink the book will be done in 2 weeks.

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    Re:Leangains - Martin Berkhan 2011/03/21 22:17:04 (permalink)
    Had a brief look at the site but it seems a bit sketchy! Is it as simple as working out your cal requirements then just base them around the timings he suggests?
     
    Be curious to see what you guys do who are actually following this method.
     
    Must admit it sounds like the easiest and most "pleasant" way of dieting!

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    Re:Leangains - Martin Berkhan 2011/03/21 22:19:42 (permalink)
    Been on it for 2 months and leaned out a fair bit. Looking forward to getting the book.
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    Re:Leangains - Martin Berkhan 2011/03/21 22:57:28 (permalink)
    I'm glad it's not only me that is enjoying it. Most of my fasting is done overnight.
     
    This is how I plan my day:
    7am Wake up
    Midday (Protein shake if I am feeling like I need it)
    3pm Protein and Carb meal
    5pm Train (Protein shake consumed from 15 minutes before training and all through training)
    6pm Large Protein and Carb meal
    6pm-9pm Any protein snacks I want (Sugar free jelly etc)
    9pm Stop eating
     
    I drink a few cup of black coffee during the day with Splenda.
     
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    CheekyChappieThink the book will be done in 2 weeks.


     
    I've always read and respected what you had to say Nigeepoo as you appear to be very knowledgeable about diet and the science behind it, what are your thoughts on "leangains" methods?
     
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    Re:Leangains - Martin Berkhan 2011/03/21 23:43:43 (permalink)
    Interesting stuff, im starting my cut at teh start of April. Will have a gander at the site.
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    Re:Leangains - Martin Berkhan 2011/03/22 08:53:13 (permalink)
    El Gringo, how many calories do you have per day? Also how much cardio do you do per week?
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    Re:Leangains - Martin Berkhan 2011/03/22 13:31:37 (permalink)
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    CheekyChappieThink the book will be done in 2 weeks.
    I've always read and respected what you had to say Nigeepoo as you appear to be very knowledgeable about diet and the science behind it, what are your thoughts on "leangains" methods?
    Thank you. For people that IF suits, it's great. For people that IF doesn't suit, it's horrible. This applies to any Way of Eating.
    The only way to find out whether or not IF suits you is to suck it and see.
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    Re:Leangains - Martin Berkhan 2011/03/22 15:13:53 (permalink)
    I must admit i'm intrigued but his site lay out is pants.  I'm struggling to find the motivation to sift through the crap.

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    Re:Leangains - Martin Berkhan 2011/03/22 15:37:52 (permalink)
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    CheekyChappieThink the book will be done in 2 weeks.
    I've always read and respected what you had to say Nigeepoo as you appear to be very knowledgeable about diet and the science behind it, what are your thoughts on "leangains" methods?
    Thank you. For people that IF suits, it's great. For people that IF doesn't suit, it's horrible. This applies to any Way of Eating.
    The only way to find out whether or not IF suits you is to suck it and see.

    Nige, do you see anything inherently wrong with the plan? I'd much rather eat more protein and less carbs in general, and i've always been somebody to wake in the morning and really not want to eat anything till later on. This has become especially apparent since i came off prozac. While i was on the meds my sleep pattern was vastly improved, and i found i could much more easily force myself to have some oats in the morning, maybe some eggs on toast, but now a good few weeks off the meds i'm back to struggling again. I need to rehydrate after i get up, but eating is a huge chore. Ironic for a fat lad.
     
    Thinking of giving it a try.

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    Re:Leangains - Martin Berkhan 2011/03/22 15:47:57 (permalink)
    Had a glance round this a couple of months ago but when it said about not eating: mind was blown.  I can't go an hour without thinking about food.
     
    Will give it a proper read later.

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    Re:Leangains - Martin Berkhan 2011/03/22 15:54:06 (permalink)
    essex_chrisNige, do you see anything inherently wrong with the plan? I'd much rather eat more protein and less carbs in general, and i've always been somebody to wake in the morning and really not want to eat anything till later on. This has become especially apparent since i came off prozac. While i was on the meds my sleep pattern was vastly improved, and i found i could much more easily force myself to have some oats in the morning, maybe some eggs on toast, but now a good few weeks off the meds i'm back to struggling again. I need to rehydrate after i get up, but eating is a huge chore. Ironic for a fat lad.

    Thinking of giving it a try.
    It looks fine to me. As discussed to death in Timings - Overrated or Underrated? , it doesn't matter how many times a day you eat, as long as you get the calories in.
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    Re:Leangains - Martin Berkhan 2011/03/22 16:10:57 (permalink)
    Cheers. Much appreciate the reply.

    Awesome pic, but Tony you're not doing yourself many favours posting up tips on preventing the gag reflex and then a picture of a guy touching his toes - Ak
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    Re:Leangains - Martin Berkhan 2011/03/22 17:05:57 (permalink)
    Been using fasted weight training with the BCAA's first thing for the past month now, seem to be responding well with very little dip in strength.

    I am going to try some more of his theory after the SUC, should be quite interesting seeing where I am with 4 weeks trial
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    Re:Leangains - Martin Berkhan 2011/03/22 17:15:02 (permalink)
    At the end of the day once your protein and total calorie intake is sorted then the diet that is going to work best is the one you can keep to.

    Carb/fat ratio of remaining calories and the timings and quantities of each meals make little to no difference.

    Go with what works best with your lifestyle.

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    Re:Leangains - Martin Berkhan 2011/03/22 19:38:05 (permalink)
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    El Gringo, how many calories do you have per day? Also how much cardio do you do per week?

     
    No idea how many calories, I just eat and adjust, but fasting and then having a few bigger meals leaves more more satisfied and less likely to binge.
     
    Cardio - I don't do any gym cardio, only play football, jump rope if I'm bored. My rest periods in my training are 45 seconds - 1 minute so that keeps the HR high. I have a high level of aerobic condition so it's not something I worry about.
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    Re:Leangains - Martin Berkhan 2011/03/22 22:37:08 (permalink)
    Been following this since the start of the year and personally think it's brilliant! Easy to stick to, I go to the gym during my lunch hour at work, workout fasted with some BCAAs then just have a meal at roughly 1pm, 5pm, 9pm.
     
    Haven't counted calories once just adjusted as I needed to. And as above I don't really do much cardio. 5 a side football once a week and the odd bit of steady state or HIIT if I get time in the week.
     
    Didn't notice any loss of strength from training fasted to be honest and my lifts and size have gone up whilst my body fat has gone down. It's not the magic pill but for me personally it's been the easiest routine to follow that produces decent results, always you to live much more of a normal lifestyle IMO than a lot of diets.
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