At the conclusion of the four month trial, researchers found that the two carbohydrate restricted conditions led to greater weight loss and fat loss (both groups lost an average of ~9 lbs vs. Now to be fair, this is just the summary report from a conference presentation so I can’t exactly go through the methodology to see what kind of diets the two low-carb groups were following the other 5 days of the week. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if the participants in those two intermittent low carbohydrate groups actually ate fairly low carb for more than just those two days a week. But in any case, the important thing to note here is once again, we see evidence of superior body composition results as well as health outcomes when you consciously reduce (*note I did not say eliminate) the amount of carbohydrate you consume in your diet. Incorporating a few deliberate low-carbohydrate days into your regular routine can also be a fantastic way to avoid gaining a whack load of weight through the Holiday season, which is fast approaching.
This list of low carb foods is divided into several groups, including meats, vegetables, fruits, oils, dairy products, whole grain foods, beverages, and dressings. There is a wide selection of foods and ingredients for preparing healthy, nutritious recipes. Fats and oils –cod liver, olive, lard, butter and coconut oil are your best low carb options to be consumed once in a while for a complete balanced diet. Nuts and seeds – sunflower seeds, walnuts and almonds will give you the strength to sustain the low carb lifestyle and be healthy.
Dressing – mustard, mayonnaise, tartar Sauce, Blue Cheese, French and Italian salad dressing, sour cream, vinegar, barbecue sauce, and soy sauce are great examples for low carb dressing. You can have these intact whole grains – such as barley and brown rice – as part of a slightly low carb diet. The starch found in whole, intact grains is broken down more gradually into glucose, making it less likely to cause the sharp spikes in blood sugar levels than that found in refined grains – such as white rice – or grains ground into flour – including whole wheat flour. Fruits can also be tricky because lots of fruits tend to have lots of carbohydrates in them, primarily the simple sugars glucose and fructose.
In fact, some of the more popular low-carb diets differ in their opinion of fruit, depending on whether they rely upon glycemic index or glycemic load – South Beach, Zone – or the total carbohydrate content – Atkins. However, if you stick to the fruits listed above, you’ll get an extra boost of vitamin C, antioxidants and phytonutrients while remaining relatively low carb. There are foods available with no carbohydrate content that regulate your blood sugar levels and help keep them stable.
Adding these zero carb foods to your diet can help manage your weight and control your blood sugar levels. Water, black coffee (without the creamer)  and most diet sodas are good examples. Water, however, is the best no-carb drink option. Studies show that consuming diet drinks containing artificial sweeteners, such as sucralose, saccharin or aspartame, may increase your risk for weight gain, metabolic syndrome, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. However eating a diet overly high in protein is a great way to limit the amount of muscle you build, especially as an ectomorph.
I’ve been doing a lot of research lately into clinical studies conducted on muscle growth. It seems like once the minimum required amount of protein is met, eating more protein on top of that has very little effect beyond the extra calories that you get from it. Jose Antonio is the director in chief of the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (JISSN)—the journal that publishes all the best muscle-building nutrition studies—believes that a very high protein diet is ideal for building muscle, and he has been doing a lot of fascinating research into very high protein diets lately. So while we do need to eat enough protein, we don’t need the bodybuilder style 1-2g protein per pound bodyweight when trying to put on muscle.
In addition to this, protein is also the most filling of all the macronutrients. Eating a lot of calories while also eating a lot of protein is miserably difficult, and us ectomorphs already have enough trouble eating enough to gain weight.
As you may be noticing, us ectomorphs often stumble into doing mainstream appetite control tricks for chubby people trying to be lean and muscular.
Second, some of the carbohydrates we eat are stored in our muscles in the form of muscle glycogen, and it’s that glycogen that entirely fuels our weightlifting workouts (study, study). For most ectomorphs eating enough to gain weight, 20% of your calories coming from protein works out to a little over a gram of protein per pound bodyweight – and that’s more than enough protein while still leaving plenty of room for other nutrients. This may sound counterintuitive, considering that muscle can only be synthesized out of protein, and that carbs are currently infamous for being the fat-causing macronutrient… but they actually have a ton of anabolic effects and really don’t have much risk of being converted into fat if you consume them intelligently.
Opening the door to meals that are higher in carbs and just moderate in protein makes bulking a whole helluva lot more realistic. Naturally chubby guys often respond better to a diet higher in protein and fats, and these guys make up the majority. Protein is a perfectly fine macronutrient, and you can digest over 100 grams of it in a single meal without a hitch. As you can imagine, this opens the door to eating a pretty delicious, nutritious and well balanced diet even when trying to bulk up in a hurry.
If you want to master this once and for all and gain 20-30 pounds over the next couple of months check out our full step-by-step muscle-building system for naturally skinny dudes – complete with training program, nutrition program, recipe book, exercise videos, members community and individualized coaching from us. That’s a really really interesting topic and it would take me ages to dig into it with any kind of thoroughness. There are potentially some factually false statements and misquoted pieces of information though. In addition my buddy also confirmed that he didn’t need as much protein as he thought even tho he is more endo. Eating less meat is also better for the planet I think since we wouldn’t have to farm animals so much, necessitating the need for dirty and unethical factory farms.


During the first week I was craving the meat a little but eventually substituted it for more starchy carbs but I never neglected veggies. Normally my body doesn’t react to pasta very well (bloated afterwards) but this time it was fine. What I definately found about the vegan diet was that tissue recovery was a little slower than a diet with more protein. Shane DuquetteMost whole food carbs are pretty good (potatoes, yams, quinoa, fruits, beans, lentils, dairy, whole gains, oats, etc).
The heavily processed stuff, like stuff made out of refined flour (pasta, pastries, etc), isn’t very nutritious, since pretty much all of the vitamins and minerals are processed out of it. As for insulin, that DOES have a big effect on how much muscle you can build, and it very is something you’d want to be optimizing surrounding your workout!
Just stumbled across this site a few days ago and being a tall ecto-mesomorph (or something like that) I find the concept of your site very intriguing. I’m a type 1 diabetic, so consuming large amounts of carbohydrates in a single sitting becomes somewhat problematic.
Yes, I realize I should talk to my doctor before making changes to my diet, blah blah, but one dude to another, do you have any thoughts on my dilemma, or is this the reason I’ve never gotten truly beastly?
Everyone is a little different and having a medical issue certainly warrants adjusting the diet to suit your particular needs. The good news is though that you don’t NEED to consume massive amounts of carbohydrates in a single sitting. Shane DuquetteSome think that women respond better to diets with a few fewer carbs and a higher protein intake, so perhaps, yeah.
I am a (french ) ectomorph, i have improved my posture and my strengh during othe last year. 5 lbs in the Mediterranean condition), as well as yielding superior benefits in decreasing the prevalence of insulin resistance (22% reduction in the low carb calorie-restricted, 14% reduction for the ad lib group and 4% reduction in the Mediterranean group).
In fact, we can take the whole periodic, deliberate low intake philosophy one step further for really explosive results… but that’s a blog article for next week!
Low carb diets are becoming very popular and with this popularity comes the conundrum of what foods you can eat and which foods to avoid. This list is also helpful in that you can use it to modify classic recipes and make your own low carbohydrate versions. Strawberries, blueberries, pears, oranges and apple are fruits that will give you an extra boost of vitamin C without the carbohydrates.
You may ask why bread is on the list, but remember that certain carbs are acceptable on a low carb diet. The type of bread that you can eat on a low carb diet should be 100% whole grain with lots of fiber because this has a reduced carbohydrate content and fewer calories. This is important as eating carbohydrates causes blood sugar levels to rise, which could lead to weight gain and obesity if excess amounts are consumed. Sugars, sweets and other foods that have artificial or added sugar and flavorings should be avoided, as well as pastas and breads (unless they are 100% whole grain). Most of them are funded by supplement companies who pay their bills by selling protein powders, so these companies have a huge vested interest in proving that more protein = more muscles.
Beyond that amount it hasn’t been proven that more protein results in any more muscle growth whatsoever (study, study, study, study). If you get even just 20% of your calories from protein you’re eating 170 grams of protein. Your body expends a certain amount of energy digesting and processing nutrients, and this is dubbed the thermic effect of food (TEF). Bulking diets become far easier when you’re getting more of your calories from carbs or fats.
If you try to bulk on high protein diet you’ll probably be eating tons of meat and tons of dairy (especially whey protein powder). Things like muesli cereal with milk, or peanut butter and banana sandwiches—these are super cheap, super healthy, super easy to prepare, quite high in calories, and the nuts, grains and dairy will still provide the minimum amount of protein per meal that you need to spike great muscle protein synthesis (20g).
It may unfairly vilify certain foods, but it’s easy to understand and works pretty well for the vast majority of people. If you were asking me how to maintain your muscle mass or lose fat my nutrition advice would be different… but we’re trying to build muscle here.
It won’t strain your kidneys, stress your liver, make you ugly, lower your sperm count, or any of the other anti-protein myths you may have heard (study). You just don’t need ludicrous amounts of it when trying to build optimal amounts of lean muscle as an ectomorph.
Everyone is a little different, which is why it can be really helpful to track your results and adjust accordingly… but likely you’ll want to be getting 50% or so of those calories from dense and healthy carbohydrates—potatoes, yams, fruits, grains, rice, dairy, legumes, etc.
Thanks for bringing it up though, and this is a great place to at least expand on it a tiny bit.
Many researchers believe that the most, if not all, of the information in the book has been refuted by studies that are conducted in a manner that are far more scientifically reliable (randomized controlled trials > epidemiology and correlation).
But he also trained really hard and that’s where I think training is underrated and eating right is overrated. That being said I do love my meat but maybe we all should cut back to a few times a week and preferably from free range animals.


SunWarrior makes some pretty good stuff, and you can even get vegan creatine, BCAAs, b12 and DHA. All of those are packed full of vitamins and minerals and excellent at building up tons of lean muscle.
The calories can help though, and added into an already very nutritious diet it can certainly do the trick!
I have read contradicting information about the benefits of carbs in a post workout shake in these two articles. I liked to blame my diabetes as the reason for being skinny growing up and since come to believe that wasn’t the case, but perhaps I wasn’t too far off the mark? You’re totally right, in that you should consult your doctor before making changes to your diet. I definitely wouldn’t let something like this discourage you from accomplishing your goals. As a frame of reference, I’ve managed to gain 20# in a year (still in the same clothes size though- go muscle!) by eating and lifting like a dude but lately have kind of stalled and my lifts are starting to plateau.
Pretty lucky, as they’re the cheapest macronutrient out there, pretty quick to prepare and they taste pretty great!
And about low carb athletes and their diet like developed in “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance from Volek?
The Paleo diet, like most other diets, also does some great things though: avoiding processed food, eating plenty of veggies, getting in lots of protein, etc. Losing fat by entering into ketosis is EQUALLY as effective as losing fat by not entering into ketosis, so it’s really a matter of preference. More carbs and more calories means we’re able to build more muscle out of less protein. However, his studies still aren’t showing that much of a benefit despite the incredibly high protein intakes.
For chubsters this is often the express highway to fatville, but for us ectomorphs this is an incredible tool for loving a calorie-heavy diet that will have us building loads of muscle. In fact, you can build tons of extra muscle just by having carb-filled post-workout shakes without any protein in them at all, especially if they have creatine in them (study). In order to do this we need to intelligently stimulate our muscles and increase our calorie intake.
Even beefy guys will often benefit from consuming plenty of carbs within the two hours following their workouts if they’re looking to maximize muscle gain while minimizing fat gain. And maybe 30% from nutritious fats—olive oil, butter, avocados, fish oil, nuts, coconut oil, eggs, cheese, etc. Is it possible for an animal rights activist to be unbiased when it comes to animals products and health … of course. I think it’s really noble, and all the vegans I know are really kind and incredible people.
The point referring to insulin counteracting growth hormone levels is an interesting one that I thought you might be able to address, as I am quite confused about which method to go with. Nutrient timing and carb cycling are just bits of the puzzle, and not nearly as significant as the quantity and quality of what you eat overall!
Women and men both respond really favourably to lifting heavy and eating a wholesome balanced diet. In fact it can’t build muscle, since muscle is build directly out of digested protein. That will give you more than the required amount of protein, and any extra is muscle gravy. I have one qualm with this post, however and that’s the, excess amounts of protein have no adverse affects on health.
Your growth hormone levels will be stellar overall just from training heavy, eating well and getting plenty of quality rest anyway.
Since overweight people living that lifestyle are so prevalent, this is great nutrition advice for the masses. If our goal is rapid muscle gain we should even be eating plenty of carbs up to 48 hours after our last workout (within reason). We’re always on guard for things that indicate that things may or may not be good for us or our goals. The trick is finding what works best but if you are a conscious human being you will wake up and put in the effort.
I hear some people have a strong preference for it though, as it’s good at eliminating cravings.
Only 3% of the population wants to gain weight, so, for better or worse, we are not the masses.
As ectomorphs we have higher metabolisms and naturally expend a lot of energy (often as heat).



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