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Eat Like a Pig & Still Get Ripped

You're built like a man. You act like a man. Here's how to eat like a man - and still get shredded.

By Jim Stoppani, PhD, and Jon Finkel

As a regular reader of M&F, you know the roster of bodybuilding-friendly foods like the back of your hand: chicken breast, tuna, cottage cheese, oatmeal, brown rice, vegetables, etc. Chances are, you’ve tried every imaginable combination of these staples to keep your meals tasting fresh. But if you’ve exhausted your culinary creativity and you’re about to eat tuna with oatmeal just to try something new, we urge you to stop. Back away from the Starkist and the Quaker Oats, and read on. We’ve just developed a diet that’ll allow you to eat like a regular guy while still getting ripped. Read that sentence again if you have to. You done? Now we’ll explain how you can do this with a little primer on “bad foods.”

Bad foods can generally be placed into one of three categories: 1) high-carb foods, 2) high-fat foods, and 3) high-carb and -fat foods. The trick is knowing which type of food to eat on which days. And that’s what our “Eat Like a Pig Diet” tells you. Each week from Monday through Friday, you’ll follow a higher-fat/low-carb/high-protein diet. Saturday is high-carb/low-fat/high-protein, and Sunday is a high-fat/high-carb/high-protein cheat day.

The secret to this diet is separating the carbs from the fat (with the exception of Sunday). That means when you eat higher-fat foods, you eat low-carb foods; and when you eat high-carb foods, you eat low-fat foods. Of course, your protein intake stays high. Lastly, you have one high-fat/high-carb day each week in which you can eat both - that’s your cheat day.

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