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Old May 12th, 2009, 10:09 AM
Brazilianguy Brazilianguy is offline
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The sweet potato and chicken breast diet

Here in Brazil bodybuilders use this diet in the cutting phase.

You basically eat sweet potato and fat free chicken breast in every meal, and thatīs it. Obviously, there has to be a caloric deficit.

I tried it a couple of months ago. I was eating 1.2 kg of chicken breast per day, and only 600g of sweet potato.

In the first day I noticed significant fat loss, but from then on I only lost muscle, so at the end of 2 weeks there wasnīt a lot of change.

It could be because of the radical drop in calories. I eat 4200 just to keep my weight, and in this diet I dropped my calories to 2400.

Has anyone tried or heard about this diet?
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Old May 12th, 2009, 10:29 AM
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Inadvertently, yes. When I did my competition, my trainer was VERY old school, and that's what she had me eat in my final weeks of prep. Result? I could not LOOK at a chicken breast for 2 years after that. I still have a hard time with chicken, unless it's mixed into something else, or diced very fine.

Not worth it, in my own little humble opinion.
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Old May 12th, 2009, 10:51 AM
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Like Sandi I think it just isn't worth it no matter what the results. And as usual I find it hard to argue with a woman on a horse, my mother must have anchored that deep into my psyche.

First thing to note is how important all the different nutrients are for health and metabolism. We do better when we have variety.

Second note is how vital healthy fats are. All of our systems need it, that diet would make it very hard to function properly if done long term.

Third is to note how many people succeed doing it in a much more pleasant way! Why make it harder than it has to!
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Old May 12th, 2009, 10:01 PM
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haha, the bodybuilders in my gym all follow the chicken breast, sweet potato and broccoli diet. No fish, no beef, no oils, no fat, no taste. Its terribly unhealthy and boring. I ask them why and they say because it says on paper.

I know many people, like our own Brittani, have learned that fats are very helpful in a cutting phase.
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Old May 12th, 2009, 10:31 PM
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Never heard of that diet, but i usually eat chicken on a daily basis and i'm kinda tired of it.. I don't really find much taste to it now heh.
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Old May 13th, 2009, 08:39 AM
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Well, had it worked for me I would always do it, regardless of the taste.

The truth is that I bought PN3 because no definition diet seems to work for me. I already tried the ketogenic, the high carb, but nothing seems to work and I never get leaner than 12% bodyfat.
I lose weight, all right, but the definition remains the same.

I hope I can change that with the PN plans.
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Old May 13th, 2009, 03:00 PM
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Of course you can change that. Precision Nutrition makes you do the imposible, posible! I was at 115kg and 30% bodyfat, and i came down to 79kg and 13% bodyfat and i never thought i'd do it but i got lean, ripped and muscular. All you gotta do is be 100% strict with what you do, alot of people are 90% compliant (which works amazing aswell) but if you're 100% you're gonna see amazing results and quite fast.

Everyone has abs, everyone can be ripped, etc all it takes is knowledge, time and patience. So expect to drop your bodyfat and get lean.
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Old May 14th, 2009, 07:12 PM
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Thanks, Silencer.

I hope PN works out for me, but I have to see it to believe it.

I donīt have any problem with being 100% strict with the diet, since Iīve been eating according to structured plans for about 2-3 years now.

What really bothers me is my failure in dropping bodyfat. I find that really, really annoying and frustrating, having in mind that I never miss my workouts and train from monday to saturday.

I donīt have a problem with putting on muscle though. One technique that helps me gain mass really fast is cutting calories for 2 weeks and then going on a hypercaloric diet for another 2 weeks.
In my case, I even get to lose some body fat when I make the change to the hypercaloric diet (yes, I lose a bit of fat the first day I start to eat more, as incredible as it seems), and then gain over 3-4 kgs of muscle the rest of the hypercaloric period, with no fat.

This strategy is called Anabolic Burst Cycle of Diet and Exercise, or ABCDE. I discovered it reading a musclemedia article.

Just google "abcde muscle media torbjorn" and youīll find the article.

If I can just discover how to make my body lose fat and not muscle during the 2 weeks cutting phase, Iīll have found a way to change my body really fast.
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Old May 14th, 2009, 09:00 PM
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Being strict is the best, no deviations will get you there faster. Think of it like this, you got a big truck that only goes to 40mph pushing the pedal fully. Then you have a small car that goes to 90mph, both are put on the same road.. One gets there faster, the other will get there BUT in time, no matter how much you push the pedal for that truck it won't go any faster. You obviously are able to drop your bodyfat percentage man, unless you're some sort of alien haha.

I'm sure you know your body inside out my friend, i'm gonna go ahead and read that article to sort of understand what you're doing a bit more. Keep in mind that even if you train 7 days a week, 3 hours a day, that won't get you where you need to be faster! What you gotta do is keep tweaking your diets and workouts until you finally notice a result!
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