Here’s the next episode of the UNCENSORED Podcasts Season 3.
Traditional Bodybuilding Approach vs. Reverse Taper Dieting
Today’s podcast with John Barban and Brad Pilon compares the two dieting styles of traditional bodybuilding’s “Forward Tapering” to the Adonis approach of “Reverse tapering.” The key discussion points of the podcast were provided via a research paper studying natural bodybuilders preparing for an upcoming competition. Other items of interest that were measured caloric intake, exercise time, body fat levels, hormonal levels, etc.
The data from the research paper on the bodybuilders was fairly comparable to the data submitted by our prior Adonis Transformation Winners.
Traditional Bodybuilding Approach
“Forward Tapering” is when you begin dieting at a HIGHER calorie level and continually DECREASE your calorie intake as you get leaner.
This is the traditional bodybuilding approach to preparing for competitions. Most contest prep plans span between 12-20 weeks. The goal is for the bodybuilder or competitor to “peak” or look their very best on the day of the show. There are several tricks a person can perform to hit their “peak” or final look. It normally begins with drastically cutting calories and increasing their cardio to resulting in depleted glycogen and fat levels. More advanced preps might include sodium loading/depletion, water and/or carbohydrate cycling.
However most of these efforts are short-lived and hard to maintain because the effort it took to achieve that look is not easily sustained. Unfortuately, if a competitor does not have a post-contest gameplan they are at risk of the dreaded “post-contest rebound.” Some have even ended up looking worse than before they started their prep.
Reverse Taper Dieting
“Reverse Tapering” is the OPPOSITE, you begin dieting at a LOWER calorie level and continually INCREASE your calorie intake as you get leaner.
This Adonis Lifestyle approach is SIMPLE, but it’s not EASY. It requires discipline upfront, when there is no deadline looming in front of you. Your hard work is done in the begining and provides more room for you to make adjustments as you progress in your transformation. The Reverse Taper approach also focuses more on calorie deficit through eating LESS food as opposed to eating MORE food and doing MORE exercise.
It’s Not a Competition, It’s a Lifestyle
Most people who would be opposed to this approach simply have to win the “mental” battle in their mind to believe that this process is more efficient and sustainable. If they trust the process they can avoid the longer exercise periods needed to create a caloric deficit with the traditional bodybuilder approach.
John and Brad truly deliver in this podcast, discussing the in’s and out’s of the “Fitness Competitor” lifestyle. In conclusion, both of these approaches have proven results. But the question you must ask yourself, are you working SMARTER or HARDER towards the pursuit of you fitness goals?
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