Why Your Clients MUST Cycle Their Diet with Stefan Ianev

Learn why no single diet will work for everyone and why no single diet will work forever.

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As a personal trainer, if you’re providing dietary advice to help your clients achieve their goals, then there is one thing you should know: No Single Diet works for everyone AND No Single Diet works forever. Today, we’re going to discuss why it’s important that all of your clients cycle their diet.

 

What’s In This Session?

  • Why all your clients should cycle their diet (0:44)
  • Anabolic or Rebuilding Phase (1:05)
  • Catabolic or Detoxing Phase (1:18)
  • Negative effects of Anabolic or building phase (2:01)
  • Negative effects of Catabolic or detoxing phase (3:01)
  • Here’s what you need to know… (4:23)
  • Recap (5:04)

 

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The Full Transcript

As a personal trainer if you're providing dietary advice to help your clients achieve their goals, then there is one thing you should know: no one diet will work for everyone AND no one diet will work forever. In this video, we're going to discuss why it's important that all of your clients to cycle their diet.

What's up everybody! I'm Stefan from theFitnessBoss.com helping you take all of those 166 hours that your client's try to undo when they're not training with you. We published brand new videos every single week, so make sure you subscribe to our channel, and if you like this video, we would greatly appreciate it if you gave it a thumb’s up and leave your comments below and let us know what you think.

In today's video, we're to discuss why there's no such thing as a perfect diet, and why all of your clients should cycle their diet. Now here's why it's so important for your clients to cycle their diet. Our bodies naturally cycle between anabolic and catabolic phases, and they do this day to day, week to week, month to month, even season to season.

Now, during that anabolic phase, this is when the body rebuilds itself. So, anabolic means to synthesis a more complex molecule, from smaller less complex molecules. So, during that Anabolic Phase, we can think of that as the "Rebuilding Phase". And then we have the Catabolic Phase. Now, during the Catabolic Phase, in bodybuilding catabolic is always seen as this critical sin, must be avoided at all costs.

However, during Catabolic Phase is when the body detoxifies, cleanses, kills cancerous cells, reduces inflammation, and improves insulin sensitivity and leptin sensitivity, and so forth. So, a whole host of positive metabolic adaptations take place while you're in the Catabolic Phase. Just like a whole host of positive metabolic adaptations take place while you're in an Anabolic Phase. During an Anabolic Phase, the metabolism goes up, energy goes up, you're able to put on more muscle mass, you're able to increase your sex drive. All those things happened during the Anabolic Phase.

However, when you stay in any one phase too long, each phase also has negative metabolic adaptations associated with it. So, for example, if you stay in an Anabolic Phase too long, because you're constantly synthesizing new tissue, you'll start to develop toxicity, you start to develop inflammation, you start to develop insulin resistance, you start to develop leptin resistance, and you'll start to feel generally sluggish, puffy and inflamed. So, if you're in the gym training, and all of a sudden you no longer are getting the same pumps, your strength is not going up day to day, and your lean muscle is not going up, and you becoming progressively more and more anabolic in your fat cells versus your muscle cells. So, if you stay too long actually in an Anabolic Phase, what will happen is over time you will end up looking like Jabba The Hutt. OK. And that's why we see a lot of bodybuilders who stay in an anabolic phase for too long, they age prematurely. So, you've seen some bodybuilder at 25 years old, they look like 40. It was always about trying to stimulate anabolic pathways, but that could have a detrimental effect of a body.

Now at the same time, if you stay in a Catabolic Phase for too long, initially, like I said, there are always positive effects associated with the Catabolic Phase. For example, fat loss is a catabolic activity. During the Catabolic Phase, we mobilized fat for energy. And initially when we go into Catabolic Phase, like I said, we allow for detoxification, we reduce inflammation, we improve insulin sensitivity, all of those things happen. However, if we stay in Catabolic phase for too long, what happens is the body goes into a chronically destructive state. Okay, so there's a great catabolic or turnover of tissue in the body. And not just lean muscle tissue, but also the connective tissue, organ tissue, and so forth. So, the longer we stay in that Catabolic Phase, we start to become increasingly more catabolic in muscle tissue, the body starts to preserve fat tissue, our energy levels plummet, our sex drive plummets, and we start to feel depleted. So, if you stay too long in that Catabolic Phase, that could also age the body prematurely. And that's why I see some Yogi's, or people, that are always about cleansing or detoxing, always in Catabolic Phase. Or I see this a lot with people that they're chronically dieting. So, they're always reducing carbs, or they're always reducing fats, or even sometimes protein, and their body is in the chronic state of catabolism. Your body is basically turning over tissue, so that will age the body prematurely as well.

So, here's the thing you need to know: The longer you stay in any given diet phase, the more the body will adapt to the positive adaptations, and it will start to accumulate the negative adaptations. And that's why you can't stay on one diet for too long. You need to cycle between these building phases or Anabolic Phases AND the Catabolic Phases or detox phases.

OK. And that's why your diet needs to vary day to day, week to week, but also more importantly, month to month. Along the scale, you need to have periods where the body can rebuild itself, and you need to have periods where the body can detoxify and cleanse. And BOTH are very important. And that's why if you try to stay on one diet all the time, you're going to accumulate all the negative effects of the diet and adapt to all the positives.

So just to recap. Our body naturally cycles through Anabolic and Catabolic Phases. Both are equally important! And if you stay too long in one phase you'll accumulates all the negative aspects of that phase. If you stay too long in the other phase you'll accumulate all the negative aspects in that phase. So, it's important to cycle your client's diet for that particular reason.

And that would do it for today's video. We'll see you in the next video. If you like this video, make sure you hit the Like button and subscribe to the Fitness Boss channel. We post new videos like this every week, providing you with practical tips and tools to help get ahead with business building, client training and social media.

Today, we talked about why no diet will work forever, and why all of your clients should cycle their diets. If you've got any questions or comments, make sure to leave a comment below as we would love to hear from you. Thanks for watching and I'll see you next time!

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