John Berardi's Tailor-Made Nutrition from T-Nation, Part I John Berardi's Tailor-Made Nutrition from T-Nation, Part II John Berardi's Tailor-Made Nutrition from T-Nation, Part III You guys might notice I don't post diet schematics. The truth is, I don't worry too much about calories, or my breakdown thereof. At least I'm not precise with it. I couldn't tell you how many calories I've had so far today. I could figure it out, but most days I don't have a clue. Despite that I even have a diet calculator. But who has the time to plan their day to the letter every day? The sheer scope of such an undertaking boggles my mind: x grams carbohydrates and y grams protein and z grams fat. The only time to really get those things precise is PWO, and that's reasonable, because most of us don't mind the same PWO shake and PWO meal every day. But I see some guys post in here a daily meal plan they figured out to the letter, and their progress eating that every day. First, fuck that. Second, this violates the principle of variety. Any diet is going to have shortcomings: by not diversifying your diet, these weaknesses become crutches. Instead, I try to follow general guidelines. So it was funny when I read Berardi's article, because these have already been my strategies: I suppose I would add: #8: Drink water constantly- even if you're not thirsty. But you see where this takes you. This is the proper application of science: you take a template, then modify it. You don't reify yourself in a particular- even if that particular is this expert's diet customized perfectly for you. Berardi alludes to the 2nd and 3rd parts of this diet strategy to come. I can already tell you how he will instruct you to adapt this strategy to your own diet: *If you're gaining weight (fat), cut out calories, first fat, then carbs. *If you're gaining weight (muscle) and that's your goal, don't change anything. *If you're maintaining weight and that's your goal, don't change anything. *If you're losing weight/strength, add calories, in the order of protein, carbs, fat. The goal is a diet strategy you can live by. Because you're not going to count calories the rest of your life- even if you are now. You're not going to plan your diets daily for the rest of your life- even if you are now. You're not going to know the amount of protein per pound of bodyweight you're consuming every waking moment for the rest of your life- even if you do right now. So I don't believe in diet templates and I don't believe in programs and I don't believe in fads. I believe in strategies, habits, lifestyles...call them what you will. Because, like the land, oh Scarlett, they're the only thing that lasts.