Summertime is here! The time of year when everyone starts peeling off layers and browning up their white, pasty folds after a long, gluttonous winter. All winter long you have made and broken promises to yourself about getting in shape for the summer… mostly dietary promises.
You train a few days a week. Sometimes more if the stars are aligned. You work hard and you have made some gains, but the tough part is your diet. That’s where the broken promises lay: in a shameful pile behind the fridge. It’s a common mistake: you fool yourself into thinking you can eat crap because of the work you are putting in in the gym.
You are wrong, my friend.
Yes, training is important. For many of us it is a way of life. But training without the proper diet is like flying without wings. It just doesn’t work. In fact, training properly is a small part of the puzzle. An integral part for sure, but without the right nutrition you will never reach your true potential. Whether you’re after strength, endurance or cosmetics, diet is the biggest piece in the puzzle.
How big? The answer is 75%. Your diet’s role in your fitness, performance and general well-being is responsible for 75% of your success.
Let’s imagine you have to dig a ditch. You have the choice of using your hands or a shovel. You can get the job done with just your hands. It’s possible. It will be very difficult and you will get dirty, but you will eventually dig your ditch. With the shovel the job will be faster, cleaner and easier. The ditch represents your fitness goals. Your hands are your workouts. The shovel represents your diet.
If you want to stay clean and get the most out of the work you are doing, use the shovel.
With a clean, well thought out and well planned diet you will make huge gains. Add a comprehensive training program and some decent recovery and you have the foundation for success.
Deepwater (no carb) diet guidelines:
This diet is not easy. Deepwater philosophy is based on discipline and hard work. If you have the sack to hold true to the guidelines you will be amazed at the results.
If you want to be aggressive, try this:
2 grams of protein per pound of body weight and 1 g of fat per pound of body weight.
If you want to be a little less aggressive, try this:
1.5 g of protein per pound of body weight and 1 g of fat per pound of body weight.
If you want to stay married to mediocrity:
1 g of protein per pound of body weight and 1 g of fat per pound of body weight.
These guidelines should be a minimum. If you want to eat more, go right ahead. You should never feel hungry with this approach.
Fat intake is a little bit different for everyone. Your fat intake may have to be adjusted slightly according to your needs. Remember, you must include good fats as a large portion of your fat intake: Avocados, grass fed animal products, nuts, olive oil, fish oil and flax seed. Your body will not use fat efficiently for fuel unless it has a balanced, healthy fat intake.
The more healthy fats you included the better you will feel.
You will go through an adjustment phase without carbohydrates. It will not be easy. However when you get to the other side you will see the fruits of your labor.
No diet worth following is easy. In fact no fitness program that produces positive results will be a walk in the park. This diet in particular goes against the dietary paradigm that exists in America today. It will be as difficult emotionally as it is physically to adhere to a Deep Water diet while being inundated with the slick advertisements that the food industry pours into the airways. You’ll find yourself battling an industry rooted in making money, not in supplying healthy, clean, nutritious food to its customers. It will take careful, intelligent planning on your part.
Be consistent. Be smart. Be brave. Be dedicated. Nothing worth doing is easy. Roll up your sleeves, spit in your palms and grab your shovel! Summer is here! It’s time to get to work!