My wife and I had been in search of a way to dial in our nutrition and we have now settled on a plan. After talking with the owner of our gym and another couple who had some impressive success, we are now going to use Christmas Abbott’s book “The Badass Body Diet.”
Christmas borrows some ideas from other diets like “The Zone” and “Paleo Diet” but the main way she organizes your diet is this: She breaks down your daily food needs into Bricks. Each brick contains around 9 grams protein, 5 grams carbs, and 4.5 grams fat. The macros in each brick will also change based on your goals.
The first step is to set your goal, whether it be losing weight, maintaining, or gaining weight. Then you can use tables in the book to look up a recommended amount of bricks to eat based on your goal, gender, and frame.
Once you know what to eat and how much you’re off to the races. Get to the store and buy up all your food and get to prepping. You’ll have 2 options on how strict you want to be with your food. Option 1 allows you to visually estimate how much food you put into each meal. Option 2 requires you to break out the food scale and measure your amounts.
Week 2 and Counting
So far the wife is down 5 lbs and I’m fitting into pants I used to hate. My main concern was cutting body fat without hurting my performance. Last weekend we competed at a local competition and I purposely stayed on the diet for both days to see how I would perform.
For a two day competition I was more than well fed, in fact I ate a little less than normal so I wasn’t competing on a full stomach.
Overall the diet is doable. I could eat this way indefinitely, the only annoying part is taking the time to cook our food, rather than ordering a pizza. So if you’re in the market for a good plan, I highly recommend this book.
The above picture was taken before we ever heard of Christmas’ book so I can’t wait to be able to take a satisfying “After” picture. Goodbye “dad bod”