Two Months DeepWell I have been on the diet now for almost two months and I am pretty sure I am going to be sticking with it for a long time. I have put about 10 pounds on since the week before Christmas, but I think some of that is just glycogen that I didn't use up this past week.
These are all comparisons since starting the diet, most of these were about 1 month apartOther Observations
SSB 12' Box Squat- 275x3 to 335x2
Anderson Good Morning - 405x1 to 455x3 (finally found my groove)
Power Arch GM - 405x5 - 405x10
Glute Ham Raise - 8 reps with light band to 6 reps w/ average band + back elevated
Reverse Band Bench (Metal Militia Blue) - 495x2 to 545x3 (again much better set up second time around)
Pull Ups - BW+45x5 to BW+45x9
There are a couple things I didn't really notice until just recently, but here they are:
Way healthier feeling skin
No more dandruff (had dandruff for as long as I could remember, not really bad but just enough to be noticable)
Way more consistent GI activity
There is a few different aspects to this one, first the only time I get gas or have to let one rip is the night of my carb ups. In fact I can only remember breaking wind maybe three or four time in the past month that wasn't during my carb up. Secondly I never feel bloated or weighed down after eating during the week. My pants are all fitting me like they should everyday, not being tight one day and loose the next because of a carb bloat. Third my stool has been moving easy and has been looking, and smelling, healthier (enough poop info there I am sure). Finally I seem to be way more on schedule for when I am hungry, during a typical diet I would get hungry out of no where and be extremely hungry despite eating a very clean diet with mostly low GI carbs. Now I never feel hungry really but more or less I know that at 8,12,2:30,5-6,9-10 I am going to eat and its not going to be forced or I am not going to be starving before hand.
So I have been sticking to 12 hour carb ups just because other than powerlifting I really am not to active during the week in the winter. Honestly even with the powerlifting and the occasional shoveling this is the most sedentary I have been since my first year of college. Granted I am probably way more active than what a typical person is but compared to how I am in the summer this is pretty bad. This week I am going to try a new strategy by just having one or two large carb meals one week and then the next week having a traditional carb up. This way I will still get the hormone boost with the carb up but I can deplete myself a little further and increase my insulin sensitivity.Supplements
So I have a bunch of Nutrient repartitioners such as Anabolic Pump, ALA, Banaba 20%, and Pslin. I decided to play around with a couple of them to see what they can do for me on the diet.
ALA I tried using the ALA at night before I have the bulk of my carbs during the week and it was just way to strong, it would make me feel hypoglycemic if I used it in the days after my carb up and it seemed to give me a head ache when I woke up the next day. I only had a few caps left so thats all gone now.
Pslin I have used this by double dosing it right before my carb up starts at the end of my "depletion" workout. Every time I have done this I turn into a carb machine for my first couple meals and usually end up laying down a few hours later with pumps every time I try to move. I mean I honestly got a pump in my hand when using my remote last weekend. One this I do like with the Pslin is that I haven't gone into a carb coma if I use it. I don't get a ton of energy or anything but I don't end up taking a nap and sleeping through most of the day.
Anabolic Pump I want to thank Mullet for helping me out with this one, but I had been using the AP right before bed to low my blood glucose levels and maybe even lean myself out a little bit. One thing that I have noticed from protocol is that I stay much more full throughout the week and don't seem to flatten out as the week goes on. Also I have been getting good pumps in my muscles during my workouts throughout the week which I personally find annoying sometimes but the recovery has been good after. Finally I notice a little GH boost while I am sleeping because I have some pretty vivid dreams and if I wake up in the middle of the night to take a whiz my legs are usually sweating pretty good.