Natural Bodybuilding with JC: I’m On My Way!

carbs-300x178…And he gave unto him an abundance of carbohydrates and said, ‘go forth my son, and refeed.’

Today is my first reefed, so I can assure you that I am in high spirits as you read this. My day will consist of pancakes, bagels, potatoes, cereal, and tortillas. I will be taking in 400 grams of carbs today and I couldn’t be happier about it!

I am now a solid week into my diet and I have no issues to report at this time. The drastic change from an unrestricted diet to a contest prep diet was a little shocking at first. You don’t realize how often you snack or nibble throughout the day until you start restricting yourself. Like I have said before, the most unsettling of truths are realized with a properly tracked diet. I can’t even count the times I find myself standing in front of the open pantry or fridge, just staring into it as if selecting something to eat was even an option.

For all of the unrestricted eating that took place since November, I am now filled with regret for all of the eating that did not take place. I had a bucket-list of places that I wanted to eat at before I started dieting again, and I only managed to check a few off that list. As is always the case, I enter prep already desiring specific foods. I can’t help but feel that I subconsciously enjoy the misery of cravings. For now, simple pleasures will have to do. My finger is no stranger to the inside of the peanut butter jar. One trick I have to ward off the sweet cravings is to take a teaspoon or two of protein powder and add a couple drops of water to make it a paste. A spoon of that, as unsatisfying as it sounds, keeps me out of the cupboard.

7311B4DD-0F32-463C-AB4B-7137FEAC24EEAs I start to reprogram myself for the difficult weeks ahead, I have also rearranged my supplement cabinet to be more geared towards a prep strategy. Whilst my cabinet is plentiful, my daily supplement menu consists of the following:
• TSN Whey
• TSN Fish Oil/CLA
• TSN Active Xtreme Multi
• TSN Cool Focus
• TSN Join Support
• TSN Digestive Enzymes
• TSN Hyperblend
• TSN Creatine Monohydrate
• TSN Cardio Igniter
• TSN Sleep
• TSN Astravar 2.0

It might look like a long list, but it really is a simple combination of what I consider the necessities. As I get leaner, I will reintroduce HMB which I find to be incredibly helpful in maintaining and protecting precious gains while on a cut. Just ask Jason Kaiman about it – he is sponsored by HMB and takes this product year round. There is really good research behind this product also. I highly recommend you look into it.

AE3F40D0-D4A8-4DCE-967A-0EEADA1BFFE4For those of you who have their ear to the ground in the supplement world, you may have heard that Top Secret Nutrition has recently made some new additions to their line. Of particular interest to me is the addition of two more flavors of Cardio Igniter (an amazing pre-workout), and the introduction of a powdered BCAA product, BCAA Hyperblend Energy Powder. I am yet to try the Hyperblend powder, but an order is on its way. The Hyperblend pills are what I am currently using.

I have also hit the ground running with my diet. 8FFB6F9A-3F5C-4C1F-BC0B-D68768EAAA2ETo start this prep off right, I went to my local butcher to pick up some good quality natural meat. I was able to get myself a sizable quantity of meat to include pork, beef, buffalo, and elk. From ground meat, to steaks, to jerky, I have enough to keep me happy for a little while. Rationing out my new treats is hard. If I was a weaker man (and a wealthier one), these delicious meats would grace every meal. For now, a couple servings a day in-between my regular diet is serving me well. Pictured are buffalo and elk patties!

8F6BD73A-A9D8-4C23-B2B9-BEE61634D1C6On a final note, you may recall from my post last week that I was going to make another attempt at defeating my nemesis, the 425 pound deadlift. My first attempt several weeks back got the bar above my knees, but I was unable to complete the lift and lock it back. I ended up successfully performing the lift on December 31.

Happy Lifting!

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8 comments for “Natural Bodybuilding with JC: I’m On My Way!

  1. Carlos Flores
    January 3, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Just a thought JC, I remember in the past reading about Glutamine and preserving muscle mass. Have you ever come across this or considered adding this in your cut? I realize it also comes in the BCAA’s however not enough of a dose. My memory is vague but I recall Glutamine is one of the most abundant amino acids in our body. People supplement with it when cutting because glutamine is the first amino broken down and if your body has an ample supply of glutamine the muscle is spared in the process. Just thought I’d share that with you, thanks for sharing your experiences. I truly respect your commitment and dedication to your physique and the pursuit of your evolving goals.

    • JC
      January 3, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      I have performed a lot of research on the matter, as I took quite a bit of supplemental Glutamine in the past. I am now of the mindset that supplemental Glutamine is ineffective and unnecessary in the realm of bodybuilding, unless some other underlying internal issue exists. Your knowledge of Glutamine is correct however, Glutamine is also available in many of the foods we eat on a daily basis. In my opinion you don’t need to worry about specfically adding it.

      • Carlos Flores
        January 4, 2013 at 11:48 am

        I see well thanks for the response, I was not certain and thought I would share that with you. I appreciate you clarify. Keep us posted on your progress!

  2. January 3, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Quick question, if you were ranking supplements to go along side a well balanced eating plan, what would be your top three? A well respected friend of mine in the field listed Creatine at the top of his, followed by Leucine as his main supplements when combined with smart eating. What do you reckon?

    • JC
      January 3, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      I have always considered Creatine, BCAAs (Leucine) and Whey to be my top three. That is providing you are sure you are getting ample nutrition from your foods. On a more simpler lever, I would suggest creatine, fish oil and a good multi.

  3. January 3, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I think it was on Twitter that I saw you mention Beta Alanine. Is that something you only use during bulking, or is it in one of the above mentioned products?

    • JC
      January 3, 2013 at 9:49 am

      Yes, I use Beta Alanine – I recently ran out so I missed it on my list when I referenced my stack. There is also beta alanine in the Cardio Igniter, but on it’s own the dose is too small. I typically take 6g a day, all year round. I get my beta alanine from Complete Nutrition, another sponsor of mine.

  4. Anonymous
    January 3, 2013 at 5:10 am

    Enjoy your refeed day JC! Great to hear your prep is going well so far, although I’m not surprised. When it comes to getting down to business, you don’t mess around!

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