some secrets I learned on my diet so far
here are some things that I have learned through experimentation lately, that hopefully will help yall out.
high fat can kill your progress- even on SCD fats should still be watched. I figured a little mayo would be ok since there are no sugars, and basically only fat. Mayo killed my progress. After stopping I noticed my muscle gain/ fat loss started going.
water tricks- along with the mayo issue I noticed that water was in a slight lack in my diet. I started increasing water intake at a linear rate every day and my results and overall appearance have improved. While drinking at least 3/4 of a gallon a day seems to keep your diet going, I have noticed that exceeding this amount can vastly improve results. I have been trying to drink twice this amount daily. The results of which are:
faster recovery from workouts
faster sleep (just don't drink right before bed or that'll change fast)
better skin (less breakouts)
less sunburn (can't tell you how true this one really is. I used to work on yachts. I can say that the says I got sunburn I was dehydrated, and if I did get sunburn, drinking lots and lots and LOTS of water did help speed recovery)
Lower need for food
The last really neat result was found by mistake. While on a cheat day I was at a party and went wild with the boos. At the end of the party, there was a bit of drama with a certain lady friend that got me pretty upset. At that point I didn't know what to do, but I didn't want to drink anymore. I started chugging water (like a gallon in about an hour). The results? I had stomach cramps for about an hour from all the water and pissed like a race horse every 30 minutes for like 3 hours, but I had almost no hangover the next morning, and I noticed that the alcohol had almost no effect on figure. I can usually tell the next day that the alcohol affected my diet, but that day I still looked like I did before starting my cheat. Gonna try it again and see if the same thing happens next drinking cheat time.
Running- the last thing that I have gone back to is running regularly. I know that Tim says running is not really necessary for the SCD program, but I honestly love it and decided to see what happened. Since running I have greatly increased fat loss again, and I am still maintaining muscle tone. I didn't change my workout sched.. As for my running I run a mile or two usuallly, at a 6-5:30min/mi pace. For muscle progress, I'm increasing not much slower than before (about 5lbs/2-3 weeks for chest and lifts).
hope this helps
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I've never been a huge water drinker before SCD, and I have been forcing myself to drink more water since starting. Now I perpetually carry around a 1000mL water bottle and feel like i'm drinking from it all day. But i'm still having difficulty finishing 3 of those bottles a day because i'm just not thirsty. How do you managed drinking twice that amount everyday?
Yup, the water is magic!
I live in Hyderabad, a hot and dry city in India. I normally drink about 3000 ml of water a day (about 4000 ml on workout days) I too found good effects from water intake on sleep.
Also, with the amount of beans in the SCD, the water helps to settle the stomach.
You're right about the alcohol. I love beer, and occasionally overindulge. drinking a couple of liters of water soon after, really takes the bite out of the morning after.
Thanks for sharing!