Nick Shaw over at Renaissance Periodization (RP) was kind enough to give me an Auto Template to do a review of the diet/process. My plan is to follow their mass building guidelines for ~8-10 weeks. I’ll have this post and then a final review post to detail my thoughts about everything involved with my nutrition. I’ll also be running a log where I will post semi-daily updates along the way and include my workouts for the day.
My regularly update log can be found here at WLForums
First Impressions:Nick was really fast to respond to my email and subsequent emails so their response time was great. He asked me for a few details (age, gender, weight, goals) and very soon after he sent me a handful of spreadsheets that would be outlining my diet for various types of training days (Light, Moderate, Hard, and Rest Days). The main difference being the quantity of carbs consumed. Each spreadsheet nicely laid out the number of meals each day and what each meal should consist of (Protein, Fat, Veggies, Carbs).
Accompanying the spreadsheets were two word documents, describing how to use the spreadsheets and a FAQ documents. Also included are a list of foods one should aim to eat for each different macronutrient. This list is relatively small but it makes everything simplified. Cheese is not on the list, does this mean you can’t eat cheese!? You just need to realize that cheese is both a protein and a fat source so it takes an inkling of brain power to figure out.
Ease of Use: It’s really well put together, I am confident even the most basic of bitches could follow these templates
RP also put out an e-book that explains their methods and reasoning a lot more in detail and it really is a great read. It goes in depth explaining how calories and macronutrients are the most important elements in nutrition and that meal timing and food composition has an impact, albeit a smaller one.
As I am writing this I realize I will have to put up another post after the first few days or so regarding how I went about following the plan laid out before me as well as my first thoughts on how I will handle the nutrition changes so come back soon for Part 2 of the RP Diet Review!