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        FITNESS TIPS FOR 4/28/2003           

Vince Gironda's Stone Age Diet For Modern Body Sculpting
by Paul Becker

I get this question all the time, "What workout or exercises should I 
do to get rid of fat?" 

Regarding the reduction of bodyfat, these problems are almost always 
diet, not workout, related. The "Iron Guru" Vince Gironda stated "body 
sculpting is 80% diet...if you don't have your diet down first, the rest 
is moot.

I was told a story of a nineteen-year old named Pete who was 
overweight and fat, his diet consisted of mainly pasta and other 
carbohydrates. Pete’s goal was to become a Mr. America winner. Under 
Vince Gironda’s wing, Pete got ripped and won the Mr. California title. 
How did he do this? By taking Vince's advice, he gradually reduced 
his carbs and increased his protein intake. 

Stone Age Eating

The vast majority of nutrient consumption for the past 100,000 years or 
so has been in the form of saturated animal fat and protein, with fat 
taking the larger percentage. The balance was made up of  things that 
could be eaten in a raw state such as vegetables, berries, some fruits 
(in season) and nuts. That's basically it. It has only been fairly recently 
that mans diet has shifted to a diet of high carbs - breads, pastas, candy 
bars, sodas, etc.  And we grew fat and sicker and weaker after that 
change was made.

Arnold and many of the bodybuilders of the 60's were on the Vince 
Gironda's diet of steak, eggs, protein powder mixed with half and half, etc.  
It was a healthy moderate fat, high protein, low carb diet with plenty of 
green veggies.

A bodybuilder named Eddie Giuliani, who worked at World's Gym in the 
1980's,  used to laugh at the "carb freaks" who were trying to get lean on 
diets full of pasta. "I can't wait until bodybuilders go back to the steak and 
eggs diet.",  he would say.  At the time Eddie was in his fifties, but he still 
had a ripped six-pack that would make everyone envious. 

There should be  no doubt that dietary fat does not make people fat.  It is 
the combination of fat and carbohydrates (and excessive caloric 
consumption along with a sedentary lifestyle) that makes people fat. 

Recently I decided to radically lower my carbohydrate intake. I replaced all 
carbs with green vegetables and limited my fruit to one serving per day. I  
got much leaner on a 65% fat diet than I ever was on 50% carbs. (I do try 
to balance my saturated fats with omega 3 oils and try to consume more 
lean meats, but fat is still fat calorically speaking. Dietary fat also has 
little to do with cholesterol and heart disease. If you want the truth, read 
The Cholesterol Myths by Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD.) 

My calorie intake was higher, but my bodyfat has decreased and my 
energy levels were way up and I didn't have the "blood sugar lows'' I 
had while on a higer carb diet.

Give Vince's Diet a test drive

First, gradually cut back on the amount of processed carbs you're 
consuming. Pastas, breads, sugars, etc., are typically the biggest 
problems. Replace the calories from these with protein foods and 
green vegetables.

Plan on eating five to six small meals throughout the day will help.  
For example, if you're consuming 2,500 calories, divide that by five 
and have 500 at breakfast, morning/afternoon snack, lunch and 

Drink lots of water.  If you're not drinking at least a gallon per day, 
you're setting yourself up for water retention.  Your kidneys won't 
have enough fluids to work with and you're going to have trouble 
losing bodyfat.

Note: For more information go to: 
The Training and Diet Secrets of Vince Gironda The Iron Guru
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