My cousin has just left the Marines and as always he needs something to be totally dedicated to, he has taken to Raw powerlifting and is totally dedicated already, only problem is he is doing the see food diet and cramming down donughts and pizza like it is going out of fashion.
I have seen great results doing paleo/dolce diet but I must admit my strength has gone down. My cousins main goal is strength and size, not a bodybuilding aestheticly pleasing body so he is not worried about getting a bit fat to get stronger.
I am worried about him though, both his parents have diabetes, his granddad died at 45 from a heart attack and he is looking really out of shape. I love him and want to support him and after constant nagging he has begun to listen to me about my concerns and is open to idead from me.
I suggested dropping his PWO shake and buying a litre of non hogemised gold top milk for his PWO which has 47g carb-52g fat andf 37g protein and dropping a few whey scoops into it. I have recomended red meats and things like stews packed with vegetables. I was wondering if any powerlifters could give me some advice because I don't want to lead him astray.
Thanks and Godbless
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on July 14, 2013
at 02:35 PM
Long time bodybuilder and Paleo dieter here..
Firstly, the "seefood" diet is very effective in the power lifting world. Strength is only partially about actual muscle strength, it's also very much about technique and leverage. So, being as large as possible has distinct advantages for many power lifters, depending on their lifting techniques.
The most important thing your friend should do is really decide what his goals are, so he can then prioritize his actions. Because honestly.. If he's serious about competing in power lifting.. then, by default, health can't really be a top priority for him. He needs to realize this..
Also.. Sweet Potatoes are his very best friend. Power lifting is brutal on your energy stores.
on July 14, 2013
at 02:56 PM
As a competitive powerlifter, I can say without a doubt going paleo can and will make you healthier and stronger. I compete with Natural Athlete Strength Association (NASA) and have the current Colorado state record for raw unequipped benchpress for the 148.8 lb weight category. Before going paleo, I weighted mid 160's and could bench 285, and had 16% bodyfat. Currently weigh 145, bench 315, and have 6% bodyfat. Look at food as a way to fuel the body. The better fuel you put in, the more horsepower you get out.
on June 30, 2013
at 01:24 PM
I suggest you suggest he read something like this: http://stronglifts.com/20-super-foods-you-need-to-build-muscle-lose-fat/
And that you seem pretty switched on about genetic predispositions- I think it's great you have a relationship where you can share things you might have learnt about nutrition/genetic predispoitions re diabetes etc.
Please note also that I'm not a powerlifter. However I don't think I need to be one to say that stews comprised of a lot of non-starchy vegies probably aren't y energy dense enough for someone wanting to gain, if that's an average sort of meal. I'd suggest having a look at ideas concerning 'carb backloading'- they're pretty much about timing carbs and nutrients around workouts (esp after) and eating not a lot of carbs outside that period so as to maximise anabolic effects. Given that your cousin likely has predispositions to diabetes, it may be an idea to become as insulin sensitive as possible, and keeping carbs low for a large portion of day while eating a lot after doing intense exercise may well help to increase insulin sensitivity. There is plenty on this site and other about that topic - you might like to seek out some of the threads that are here, particularly some started by the poster 'Stephen Ross'...
Hope that helps in some way, cheers.