Maxs Supershred is a protein formulation for building muscle and stripping body fat,. If you don't understand what a low carb diet is, there is a basic explanation at the end of this document. Secondly, Supershred should be mixed in water, not milk. Milk contains a significant amount of lactose, which is in fact a sugar or carbohydrate, so you are defeating the purpose of a low carb diet somewhat, by mixing Supershred and is designed to be used in conjunction with a low carb diet. If you are not following a low carb diet, then with milk.
Maxs Supershred has the added benefit of including 2 carb blocking nutrients, Hydroxy Citric Acid (derived from Garcinia) and Phaseolamin (derived from white kidney beans). These nutrients reduce starch digestion and conversion of blood sugars to fat. When combined with several fat metabolisers, Supershred is the ideal high protein formula to use as part of a low carb diet. Just to recap, the idea of a low carb diet is to reduce the amount of carbohydrates you eat, which then forces your body to burn mostly fat for energy. That fat will come form the food you eat and the fat stored around your body. You can use Supershred to help you really kick-start the fat burning process, while at the same time building quality lean muscle. (MAX'S Supershred is approximately 90% protein derived from Whey Protein Isolate and hydrolysed Whey Protein Isolate).
Before you get started it's a good idea to actually set yourself a goal. Perhaps it's a weight you want to get down to or a body fat percentage you want to achieve. Whatever it is, make it realistic and achievable in the short to medium term. If you weigh 130kg and you want to get down to 60kg in 6 months - well this will be pretty tough, and most people will give up. You are better to set a goal of 100kg in 3 - 4 months, a challenge but quite achievable. When you get to this milestone, reassess your goal, adjust your diet and training, and then go for your next goal.
OK, here's what you do. For 7 days you are going to eat one low carb meal each day and replace all other daily meals with a Supershred shake. Well actually, you should take a shake when you get hungry. If you are in heavy training, this may mean 4 - 5 shakes a day - but that's OK! For your low carb meal - most people prefer to make this lunch or dinner, have a good protein serving such as steak, chicken, fish or eggs, accompanied by a large serving of vegetables or salad. Remember, with the salad and vegetables, stay away from the starchy vegetables such as potatoes, pumpkin, peas and sweet corn. Also stay away from bread, pasta, rice, sugar and any product made from flour. Follow this diet for 7 days. Some people find this a bit tough, but it's only for 7 days, after which you can start eating a bit more freely. It's not uncommon to lose about 5 kg in the first week, depending on your initial size, training program, and metabolism. While some of this will be fluid, a good amount will be fat! By day 7 you should really be in the 'fat burning zone'. Now it's time to move onto the next stage.Remember to get a good steamer to boil your food as this video explain's
From here on, as you are working towards your fat loss goal, you will be eating 2 low carb meals each day, and taking SuperShred shakes at other times during the day, as you are hungry. If you have a big appetite, this might mean 3 - 4 shakes, while smaller eaters might only have one. An example of your daily program if you are a big trainer might look like this:
If you have a smaller appetite, simply cut back the Supershred shakes to 2 or 3 per day. Continue this program until your get down to your realistic goal weight. You can stay on an approach like this for weeks or even months.
When you do reach your fat loss target, the next challenge is maintaining that body fat level. By subtly changing your diet, you will find it relatively easy to maintain a stable body weight. At this point, most trainers should maintain 5 - 6 smaller meals per day. However, don't make the mistake of slipping back to old high carb eating habits or you will start piling on the fat you have shed. From here on you can start eating some healthy carbs again but moderation is key. As a general rule, eat about one third of the carbs you used to eat on a 'normal' diet. Also, choose Low Glycemic Index (GI) carbs - these are foods where the carbohydrate content digests relatively slowly. To understand which carb foods are low GI, drop into your local health food store and buy a book that lists the GI levels of common foods.
Should you continue to use SuperShred? If you are weight training or do exercise regularly then you will have a greater protein requirement, and Supershred is an ideal source of the highest quality protein. Supershred will help you to continue to build muscle while helping block carbs to help you get lean and stay that way. 1 or 2 shakes a day is a good level for most trainers.
The Low Carb Diet
In this section we'll have a look at the general principals of the Low Carb Diet. This type of diet relies on high protein, moderate fat, and virtually low carbohydrates - a regime that seems to contradict many traditional views on what an ideal balanced diet is. In our experience low carb diets are excellent for fast and effective fat stripping.
How does a Low Carb Diet work?
Diets high in sugar and refined carbohydrates like bread, pasta, cereal, and other mainly "low-fat" processed foods increase your body's production of insulin. When insulin is at high levels in the body, the food you eat can get readily converted into body fat, in the form of triglycerides (to top it off, high triglyceride levels in the body are one of the greatest risk factors for heart disease). Even worse, high carbohydrate meals tend to leave you less satisfied than those that contain adequate fat and protein levels; so you tend to eat more and get hungrier sooner. If you find this hard to believe, think about how much pasta or bread you can eat at lunch and then how hungry you are running to the vending machine for another "carbo-fix" in the mid-afternoon. If the pasta you ate was really giving your body what it needed, you should stay full until dinnertime. The typical low-protein, low-fat meal tends to leave you eating more and getting hungry sooner.
So what should you do? Get off the insulin generating roller coaster of the low-fat diet and start cutting down on your carbohydrate consumption, especially the worst offenders: sugar, white flour and other refined carbohydrate-based products. What can you expect from this?
Some Key Information about Sugar
Sugar is empty calories. It contains no vitamins. No minerals. It is 100% carbohydrate. So it must be metabolised immediately. Your body is thrown into chaos to quickly process the sugar and turn it into ready energy, depleting your body in the process. Sugar is an energy sucker; an Anti-Nutrient. White flour is its second cousin and almost as bad. When you partner the two together, flour and sugar, it spells disaster for anyone trying to maintain a healthy body, let alone build muscle and lose fat. If they are consumed on a regular basis, the body is in a constant state of nutritional deficiency.
What's frightening is that in recent years, nutritionists have encouraged the consumption of flour by unveiling a food pyramid that is based on grains and recommends six to eleven servings a day. But no real distinction is made between white processed flour, which is stripped of the nutrients, especially important trace minerals, and the much more healthy whole grains (unless you have a food allergy). And the result? Athletes now think they're making healthy choices by loading up on cereals, pasta and breads.
So how do we protect ourselves, stay healthy, lean, and build muscle? You need to give this lower carb diet a proper go, 6 - 12 months, and see the results. If you stick with this approach properly you will shed body fat, and gain muscle! So now we are going to start eating a healthy, balanced diet of low-carbohydrate foods, high protein foods, and moderate fat foods. We will also use a good multivitamin/mineral supplement and a quality, low carb protein powder such as MAX'S SuperShred.
This is all fine in theory, but how do you start. Well here are some basic guidelines about what you can and can't eat. Generally, you should eat 6 smaller high protein, moderate fat, low carb meals each day. Other basic rules that should be followed are:
What can you eat?
The following foods have virtually no carbohydrates and so can be eaten freely:
The following foods and drinks are fairly low in carbs but you have to limit them because you can easily over eat or over drink your daily consumption. Those foods are:
Foods and drinks to avoid completely while dieting:
This article is only really touching the surface of this very interesting subject. If you are interested, give this approach a go for 3 - 6 months, and stick with it, you will be amazed with the results. Once you reach your target weight you can start to moderate your diet and re-introduce some low GI carbs. But this is a whole other subject.