Episode 101. Cycle Diet Success Story: John Paul Bryce
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Part 1 of a 2-part series. Scott is joined by Personal Trainer and Cycle Dieter John Paul Bryce, who maintains a ripped, muscular physique year-round, climbs mountains in his native Scotland for recreation, and devours a mountain of food on his cheat days.
Enjoy food instead of fearing it
- The Cycle Diet is all about when, why and how to use cheat days and cheat meals to optimize metabolism and stay lean year-round. It’s a lifestyle, not a diet per se that is begun and ended. It’s a sustainable, enjoyable way to eat.
- Every day, we program our metabolisms by the foods we eat.
- Your body is a smart/optimal machine, so ignoring negative bio-physiological feedback (biofeedback) isn’t a good thing. Example: “keto flu.”
- John Paul (JP) is 5′-9”, about 170Lbs, lives in the Scottish Highlands where he runs a very successful Personal Training business, and “walks” the Munro-class mountains (3000’+) for recreation.
- The Cycle Diet works for John Paul and fits well within his lifestyle.
- He divides his refeed day over two days to accommodate his Saturday’s work schedule. He eats a big cheat meal on Friday nights, then extends his refeed day through Saturday late afternoons. He returns to the healthy whole foods Saturday nights.
- Here’s what John Paul consumed on a recent cheat day:
- Two large stuffed crust pizzas followed by a dozen doughnuts and four additional cakes with custard;
- Eight large pancakes, 3 bananas, blueberries, maple syrup;
- 500g ribeye steak, fries, macaroni, peas, cornflake ice cream sundae, two Argentinean pancakes with syrup and ice cream, and more mixed ice cream;
- Small pizza and 200g box of chocolates.
- On Sundays, he heads straight to the mountain. The Munro climbing also provides a means to clear his mind and put things in perspective.
- Figuring out one’s own degree of tolerable hunger is important to the Cycle Diet.
- There are different levels of compensation mode. Some are deep into supercomp mode, like JP and Andy; others like Scott are not quite as deep.
- As a bodybuilder ex-competitor and prior to starting the Cycle Diet, JP tried all the fad diets: keto, carb cycling, IIFYM, low-carb, high-carb, and so on. All these have metabolic consequences.
- Success on the Cycle Diet does require discipline. With discipline comes freedom. Being disciplined with an eating strategy allows freedom to splurge wisely.
- John Paul eats a completely plant-based diet.
- Research continues to support a whole-food, plant dominant diet as a way to stay healthy and reduce disease.
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