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Old school high fat diet

Good little article i came across that you guys interested in the AD and the like may find an interesting read...

"RHEO H. BLAIR
Nutrition's Man from
the Future

Here in the 21st century our society takes great pride in the advancements a century and a half of industrialization has brought us. From cellphones to hybrid cars to ketchup squeezebottles, the benefits of modern technology have given us a certain confidence that these are the best of times.

This is especially true of the diet industry. After decades of conflicting viewpoints and allegiances to trends, nutritionists have finally reached a consensus (or as close to one as can ever be hoped for) as to the general proportions of macronutrients that constitutes a healthy diet. A high-protein, moderate-fat, low-carbohydrate diet , referred to by some as a "ketogenic diet," is the one which has ultimately shone through as a beacon of effective weight regulation in a cloudy sea of diet fads.

And, as with all of our technological advances, we have decades of progress via new and advanced research techniques to thank for our dietary discovery. After all, no one could have ever come up with a ketogenic diet way back in, say, the 1950's! Right?

Think again.

The Real "Magic" Johnson
Irvin Johnson was a young nutritionist and chemist with a desire to bring order to the chaos that was the diet industry of the early 50's. During this post-war period Johnson saw the need to formulate a nutritional gameplan that could counter the rapid emergence of prepackaged, processed foods.

By way of a combination of informed intuition and using himself as a guinea pig Johnson soon discovered that by limiting carbohydrate intake while increasing the amount of protein and fat in one's diet, bodyweight can be effectively regulated. And the best part was that, with a minor variation in the quantity of these nutrients one consumed, the diet plan could be used as effectively for weight loss as for weight gain.

The Secret Word is: "Mother"
But it wasn't just any forms of protein and fat that would do the trick.

High protein diets were already being pushed by fitness lifestyle entrepreneurs Joe Weider and Bob Hoffman who each sold soy-based powders through their respective publications. But Johnson knew that, while soy protein is the cheapest form to obtain it is not a very effective protein source because it is has a comparatively low level of the essential amino acid methionine.

He rationalized that the highest quality protein in terms of supporting human growth and well-being would be found closer to home– in mother's milk. It is the food that has been honed by millions of years of evolution to nourish newborns and carry them through their most rapid period of growth. Plus, enzymes found in milk, such as colostrum and lactoferrin, were believed to have powerful immune system-enhancing properties. Therefore human milk (or a suitable alternative) would certainly be a better protein choice than soy for his clients.

With the logistics of acquiring sufficient human milk being what it is, Johnson turned to the simplist alternative– cow's milk. Unfortunately, he would discover that cow's milk contains different ratios of the essential amino acids from human milk. To get around this deficiency he mixed dried whole egg powder with the powdered milk protein to create the first "milk and egg" protein supplement.

By the late 50's Johnson's plan had worked so successfully for so many clients that he saw the potential in taking his prouct to a wider audience. It was time for Irvin Johnson to mass market his discovery.

"R" is for Rheo
In addition to being a nutritional genius, Irvin Johnson was a discipile of the occult and a student of numerology. So, before delving into his business venture he decided to consult a professional numerologist to see if he had the numbers that would add up to success.

He did not.

According to his advisor, the letters I-R-V-I-N J-O-H-N-S-O-N just wouldn't do for a prospective businessman. For one thing, there weren't the right number of letters. For another, there needed to be more "R's." The result? Rheo H. Blair, a couture designer-sounding name that would soon be visible on protein canisters and dessicated liver tablet bottles across the North American continent.

The Proof is in the Pudding
As Rheo Blair products began to fill the shelves of health food stores his reputation as a nutritional miracle man grew. Stories abounded of the amazing physical transformations he performed on hundreds of "hopeless cases," regularly turning 97-pound weaklings into strapping men by way of a pudding-like mix of his protein powder and heavy cream and a vigorous volume-based weight training routine.

In one amazing example Blair personally coached a scrawny 15-year-old boy at the request of his father, who wanted his son to know the confidence that comes from being brawny.

The boy was brought to Blair weighing in at 99 pounds. Blair immediately put him on a six-meal-a-day plan (bucking the conventional diet scheme of three-a-day) with meals consisting of either his pudding shake or red meat and vegetables. He forbade the boy to eat fruit of any kind on the grounds that it consists of "empty" calories and that its high sugar content causes spikes and drops in insulin levels.

By the time the boy left the Blair compound he weighed in at a heavily muscled 150 pounds– a 51 lb. increase in just three months [Iron Man, Dec. 67/Jan.68]!

Similar results were being reported by even advanced bodybuilders on the Blair system. In an article in the May 1967 issue of Iron Man magazine a bodybuilder wrote, 'After being on Rheo's program for only three weeks, I made more gains than I had in the past six years. I put almost a half-inch on my arms. And after two months I [put on] almost 20 pounds [of pure muscle]."

Soon bodybuilding pros who could receive endless supplies of Weider and Hoffman products were paying regular visits to Blair and buying his supplements. Frank Zane, Dave Draper, Lou Ferrigno and Arnold Schwarzenegger all "secretly" used Blair's powder while promoting Weider's version.
Larry Scott and Vince Gironda
photo: larryscott.com

Bodybuilding guru Vince Gironda was a particularly strong supporter of Blair's methods and insisted use of Rheo Blair products by all the pupils at hisHollywood health club which included first Mr. Olympia Larry Scott and movie stars James Garner and Clint Eastwood.

The Hollywood Connection
Ever the visionary, Blair quickly realized the potential in marketing his system to the most body-conscious group of people in the world– the Hollywood set. He set up shop a few blocks from Paramount and 20th Century Fox Studios and watched the celebrity clients roll in. Among the Blair disciples were Charlton Heston, Racquel Welch, Liberace, Bruce Lee, Lawrence Welk, Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams and Regis Philbin. Through the 60's and 70's Rheo Blair was known as the nutritional advisor to the stars.

So, What Happened?
Despite his widespread successes between the early 50's and late 70's the name Rheo H. Blair is hardly recognized today by even the most experienced bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts. Why the descent into near-obscurity?

Several elements coincided in the 1970's that pushed Blair's revolutionary concepts out of favor. In bodybuilding, steroids were becoming a significant factor which rendered the need to adhere to such super-strict diets as Blair's obsolete. At the other end of the spectrum, dieters were being told by everyone from the U.S. government to super jogger/health advocate Jim Fixx that fat is evil. The widely accepted ratio of protein to fat to carbs now was 20%-15%-65%– a far cry from Blair's protein- and fat-heavy system.

So, in the high-carb atmosphere of the late 1970's Rheo Blair's philosophy, and company, would meet their doom as outmoded relics of an age before our dietary "enlightenment."

What Comes Around...
Fast forward to 2002. It's impossible to pick up a single health-related periodical without seeing mention of one of the numerous low-carb diets that are being touted by everyone from Dr. Atkins to Dr. Barry Sears (creator of the Zone diet). Natural bodybuilders are embracing the high protein, high fat strategy to remain muscular and lean throughout the year. Even supplement companies, such as Musclelinc, are creating protein powder formulations that replicate the one created by young Irvin Johnson fifty years ago.

In retrospect, it seems that all of the "experts" in the nutrition field might have done us a great service by trusting the visionary nutritionist with exactly ten letters and two "R"s in his name from the start."



Then the diet.
"VINCE GIRONDA’S "HORMONE PRECURSOR DIET" FOR MUSCLE BUILD-UP
Gironda recommended this diet for four to six weeks, followed by a mostly vegetarian "alkalinizing" diet.

Breakfast
Vince’s special protein drink made of 12 oz half and half, 12 raw eggs, 1/3 cup milk-and-egg protein powder, 1 banana. (Make one to three mixtures of this formula and drink throughout the day, between meals, and before retiring)

Supplements

1 multi-vitamin tablet 3 vitamin A and D tablets or 3 halibut oil capsules 1 vitamin B complex
1 vitamin B-15 tablet 1 vitamin C comlex (300 mg) 2 vitamin E capsules (800 iu)
1 zinc tablet 1 chelated mineral tablets 5 alfalfa tablets
10 kelp tablets 3 tri-germ and wheat germ oil capsules 1 RNA/DNA tablet
3 Lysine tablets
(400 mg) 1 hydrochloric acid tablet
(before meal)
3 digestive enzyme tablets (after meal) 3 multi-glandular tablets
(nucleo glan male or female)

Lunch
1 pound hamburger or other meat
Mixed greeen salad or raw vegetables

Supplements
1 iron tablet
4 calcium tablets
Repeat of breakfast vitamins with omission of vitamin E, tri-germ, wheat germ, halibut oil

Dinner
1 to 2 pound steak or roast meat
Raw or steamed vegetables or salad and cottage cheese

Supplements
Same as lunch

Special Supplements
10 amino acids and desiccated liver tablets (every 3 hours) 5 yeast tablets with the protein drink

4 raw orchic tissue tablets (before and after workouts)

6 each of the following before retiring: arginine, ortithine, tryptophan, calcium tablets"

Lots of info here also http://www.palmieribodybuilding.com/Rheo%20H%20Blair%20and%20Blair%20Protein.pdf
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    FatboyGinger
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    Re:Old school high fat diet 2009/03/06 22:12:13 (permalink)
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    Good article IMO, quite interesting in parts.

    However, it kind of implies Johnson came up with the low carb diet- this is completely false, it had been around since William Banting, in 1863!
    ("to bant" is now an English verb meaning to diet)

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    good read, i dont think i could drink the "special" protein drink though, im not too keen on raw eggs!! lol
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    Re:Old school high fat diet 2009/03/07 13:58:43 (permalink)
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    "to bant" is now an English verb meaning to diet


    Really ? Around whose neighbourhood?
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    AlriteGeezer

    good read, i dont think i could drink the "special" protein drink though, im not too keen on raw eggs!! lol


    I tried a raw egg in my usual whey/casein blend drink yesterday and it actually worked quite well. Makes it creamy. You can't taste the egg.
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    AlriteGeezer

    good read, i dont think i could drink the "special" protein drink though, im not too keen on raw eggs!! lol


    I tried a raw egg in my usual whey/casein blend drink yesterday and it actually worked quite well. Makes it creamy. You can't taste the egg.


    Really? maybe i will try it then, how creamy do you think it would be with 12 though? undrinkable i think!! lol
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    Re:Old school high fat diet 2009/03/07 18:52:05 (permalink)
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    Ha, 12...one was enough for me. 12 would completely drown the 2 scoops of powder i put in. You could, if you wanted, use say 3 eggs instead of water/milk and that would work fine. I also added double cream and peanut butter to mine though.
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    do u just mix the double cream with yours instead of water/milk? also do you use double cream in your post workout shake? i think ill give it ago with the eggs though... see how many i can stomach in on sitting!! lol
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    Re:Old school high fat diet 2009/03/07 18:58:18 (permalink)
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    Thanks for the link dude!! I like the old school methodolgy and stuff, find it really interesting, if u have any more keep'em coming


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    do u just mix the double cream with yours instead of water/milk? also do you use double cream in your post workout shake? i think ill give it ago with the eggs though... see how many i can stomach in on sitting!! lol


    No i still use water, i'd have to use a silly amount of cream if i didn't. Although that would be incredibly nice my waist is big enough as it is My bulking shake:

    175 ml water
    1.5 scoops BSD milk protein concentrate (chocolate)
    0.5 scoops nutrisport 90+ (chocolate)
    1 whole egg
    25g double cream
    25g peanut butter
    Eat with spoon out of shaker.

    EDIT: I don't have any fats in my pwo shake but i'm not particularly following the AD anymore. But then even when i was, i didn't have fats in it then. Plenty of people do though.
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    AlriteGeezer

    do u just mix the double cream with yours instead of water/milk? also do you use double cream in your post workout shake? i think ill give it ago with the eggs though... see how many i can stomach in on sitting!! lol


    No i still use water, i'd have to use a silly amount of cream if i didn't. Although that would be incredibly nice my waist is big enough as it is My bulking shake:

    175 ml water
    1.5 scoops BSD milk protein concentrate (chocolate)
    0.5 scoops nutrisport 90+ (chocolate)
    1 whole egg
    25g double cream
    25g peanut butter
    Eat with spoon out of shaker.

    EDIT: I don't have any fats in my pwo shake but i'm not particularly following the AD anymore. But then even when i was, i didn't have fats in it then. Plenty of people do though.


    ok thanks mate, yeah i thought that might have been too much cream! lol but in this article it does refer to it as "pudding shake" lol dont think ill use the peanut butter in mine... i am very partial to the BSD strawberry an cream flavour! i think ill keep to just a plain water shake pwo then... when i start bulking ill use the cream! lol
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    Re:Old school high fat diet 2009/03/07 19:24:44 (permalink)
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    I never liked the idea of pwo fat to be honest, but there is an explanation for it in that AD thread on t-nation. I'm sure GM can chip in to tell us what it is! Doing a search on google will probably turn out some results.

    I tried the strawberry and cream flavour and i found it far too sweet. Find the choc great though.
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    sayin that mind...its the only flavour i have tried, i think ill grab some choc this time then, lots of people say how good it tastes!

    I dont like the idea of the fat pwo either, yeah i will do a quick search.. oh by the way that link you gave is an excellent read, im really getting into the old way of doing things now! lol
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    "to bant" is now an English verb meaning to diet


    Really ? Around whose neighbourhood?


    I don't understand your post- are you asking a serious question? The word is no longer used, but was once used, due to the fact the diet recommended by Banting was effective and simple.

    "Only three men in history have been immortalized by having their names enter the English language as verbs. ... the third was the subject of this article—William Banting..." —Barry Groves, PhD

    http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-ban2.htm

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    All4n

    I never liked the idea of pwo fat to be honest, but there is an explanation for it in that AD thread on t-nation. I'm sure GM can chip in to tell us what it is! Doing a search on google will probably turn out some results.

    I tried the strawberry and cream flavour and i found it far too sweet. Find the choc great though.


    It just provides a source of energy (in the absence of carbs as a source of energy which typically shouldn't be done on the AD unless the individual is overly lethargic and lacking energy, especially during training having been on the diet for several weeks).  Taking in fat at this time together with a protein source does not diminish gh release,  does not impede fat burning by shifting metabolism away from fat burning to sugar burning and also supports test function (through the sat fats).
     
    Just been reading that link you posted All4n, great info on those old school shakes, got me all fired up to replace some good fats with more cream - watch this space


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    Re:Old school high fat diet 2009/03/07 22:22:29 (permalink)
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    I'm going to have a good read of it tonight/tomorrow, only been skimming it so far. Any pages you reccomend?

    Is the idea with fat pwo so that the body utlisies the fat as energy instead of the protein? I don't see much merit otherwise, as a ppwo meal would provide energy. But i suppose if it meant that the protein would be spared for muscle and not broken down via glucogenosis to be used as energy then that make sense.
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    That is exactly what i was thinking about the the shake ideas GM :) im going to start putting the cup of cream/cup of milk in my shakes now soon, problem is my bloody fridge just packed up last night! lol so ill have to sort it out this week before i get any cream! lol

    All4n i found particular pages 17-22 also 26-30 and page 36, these were all very intresting to me, but the whole article is a good read. 
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    Re:Old school high fat diet 2009/03/08 13:07:19 (permalink)
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    Yeah i read through a lot of it last night, pretty interesting read. I've been unintentiionally doing a copy those kind of shakes anyway for ages just without the milk. I may start using milk instead of water and a bit less cream. I didn't use milk before as water worked just as well but without the carbs. His bit about lactose may be worth a shot though. Gonna see if i can find anything else on that actually. It does interestingly tie in with a recent article that suggested milk PWO promoted more lean body mass increases compared with a fast acting protein (soy protein i think). But then i;d never use soy protein anyway to be honest.
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    yeah but with the lactose... as said most protein powders today are near enough lactose free, would there be enough lactose in the milk alone to follow this theory? as it would seem that his "powder" also contained a fair amount of lactose if they need to take digestive caps (hydrochloric acid) to help digest it??
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    Re:Old school high fat diet 2009/03/08 17:25:44 (permalink)
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    All that lactose wouldn't fit in with my AD/NHE style of eating 

    Plus my gi tract couldn't take lactose in those kind of quantities, that may work, it  may not but I don't see the point in taking a lot of lactose but then having to swallow a load of pills, which ain't exactly cheap, just to make the whole plan work
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