The Most Mysterious Fat Loss Expert You’ve Never Heard of Explains his Diet

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The Most Mysterious Fat Loss Expert You’ve Never Heard of Explains his Diet

Intro (00:00:00)

  • Thomas talks to various experts, including research groups and universities, for advice on diet and training.
  • Thomas's guest, Grant, is not seeking a large online following and is interested in having genuine conversations about diet and nutrition.
  • Breakfast: 14 egg whites, 3 yolks, 1 tbsp olive oil, ½ avocado, greens powder.
  • Pre-workout: whey protein shake.
  • During workout: essential amino acids, glucose, and fructose.
  • Post-workout: whey protein shake, sweet potato.
  • Lunch: jasmine rice, venison.
  • Dinner: ground chicken, sweet potato/jasmine rice, 1 tbsp olive oil, cruciferous vegetables.
  • To cut weight, Grant runs a slight deficit six days a week and a significant surplus one day a week.
  • To bulk up, Grant runs a surplus six days a week and a deficit one day a week.
  • The diet for both cutting and bulking is the same, except for one "tasty treat" meal during the surplus phase.
  • The "tasty treat" meal consists of Greek yogurt, blueberries, dark chocolate, honey, and whey protein.
  • Grant emphasizes that adding just one extra meal can put someone in a surplus.

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Dieting 6 Days a Week (1 cheat meal day) (00:05:12)

  • Deficit of 500-700 calories for 6 days a week.
  • Cheat meal on the 7th day with a surplus of 2,000 calories.
  • Cheat meal is high in protein and strategically includes foods not normally eaten.
  • Cheat meal foods are chosen to be gluten-free to avoid digestive issues.
  • Cheat meal foods are calorie-dense with a small food volume to minimize bloating.
  • Cheat meal is important for leptin response and psychological well-being.
  • Cheat meal foods are chosen to be high in calories and low in volume to minimize bloating.
  • Cheat meal foods are typically gluten-free to avoid digestive issues.

Recent Research on Cheat Meals (00:09:01)

  • Cheat meals may not be beneficial for overweight individuals with high body fat and leptin resistance.
  • Leptin resistance occurs when the brain does not respond to leptin signals, similar to ignoring persistent phone calls from an ex-girlfriend.
  • Cheat meals can be detrimental for overweight individuals as they further increase leptin resistance.
  • Cheat meals seem to work well for lean individuals but can backfire for those who are not lean.
  • Cheat meals are earned, not a right, in the bodybuilding world.
  • Bodybuilding nutrition has been ahead of the curve in terms of scientific understanding.
  • Cheat meals are deployed strategically to address leptin downregulation or performance decline.
  • The goal is not the cheat meal itself but the body's readiness to receive it for optimal outcomes.

Bodybuilding & Broscience (00:12:56)

  • Bodybuilding coaches who have helped many people achieve sub 5% body fat likely have a good understanding of nutrition mechanics.
  • Bodybuilders have been ahead of the curve in terms of nutrition and training knowledge.
  • John Meadows was an example of a bodybuilder who had interesting and effective training methods.
  • Bodybuilding science has evolved and is now more respected, with some TikTok influencers also providing valuable information.
  • The speaker introduces the guest, a fat loss expert who has helped many people lose weight and improve their health.
  • The guest explains that his approach to fat loss is based on a combination of factors, including:
    • Calorie restriction
    • Intermittent fasting
    • Resistance training
    • Sleep optimization
    • Stress management
  • The guest emphasizes the importance of finding an approach to fat loss that is sustainable and enjoyable in the long term.

Emotional Response to Food & Cheat Meals (00:16:11)

  • Cheat meals as an emotional response can lead to problems.
  • Rewarding oneself with cheat meals for emotional reasons is not recommended.
  • Some individuals may benefit from occasional planned deviations from a strict diet to avoid feeling deprived and binging.
  • Personality traits and individual preferences should be considered when designing a nutritional strategy.
  • A rigid approach may not work for everyone, and finding creative solutions is essential.

Supplements (00:20:49)

  • The speaker, a former drug addict, uses supplements as a way to experiment and satisfy his addictive tendencies.
  • Magnesium, Carlson fish oil, and vitamin D are essential supplements for the speaker.
  • Hydrogenated water is used to combat oxidative stress and improve overall stability.
  • Urethan A, recommended by Thomas DeLauer, has shown significant benefits in post-workout recovery.
  • Schisandra is used as a hedge against excessive caffeine consumption, which can lead to mineral leaching.
  • TMG (trimethylglycine) has shown promise in combination with NMN (nicotinamide mononucleotide) for increased energy, improved recovery, fat loss, and muscle preservation.
  • TMG works by reducing oxidative damage and harnessing the power of NAD, a coenzyme involved in many important bodily functions.
  • TMG has also shown promising effects in improving joint health, especially in individuals with replaced hips or knees.
  • Supplements should be viewed as tools for experimentation and potential health improvement, not solely as a means to make money.
  • A balanced approach to supplements is encouraged, avoiding excessive consumption while acknowledging their potential benefits and enjoyment.

How to Know if a Supplement is Working (00:40:54)

  • Monitoring performance and feelings after workouts can lead to improvement and provide valuable data for future progress.
  • Double-blind experiments with placebos can help assess the effectiveness of supplements, especially in evaluating short-term effects.
  • Long-term effects of supplements may be noticeable but can be challenging to attribute solely to the supplement.
  • Feeling the effects of a supplement compared to a placebo indicates its effectiveness.
  • Substances like caffeine and beta-alanine produce noticeable changes, such as increased power output during exercise, making them distinguishable from placebos.

Where to Find More of Grant (00:45:54)

  • Grant's Instagram page is @grantormelorra_uncore.
  • His Instagram page is a scrapbook of things he likes, including training content, golf content, and pictures of his dog.
  • He does not have a big platform outside of Instagram.

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