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Shortcut To Size: Phase 1, Week 4, Day 28

Shortcut To Size: Phase 1, Week 4, Day 28

Active rest for the body, more knowledge for the mind. Follow the doctor's orders for best results!
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Doctor's Orders: The Incredible Egg

Eggs are a versatile, easy-to-cook and easy-to-consume protein source. They're also relatively inexpensive. Eggs can be boiled in bulk, they're easily transported, and they make fine between-meal fare.

Like eggs, dairy products provide many dietary options. First and foremost, milk proteins - casein and whey - have innumerable nutritional benefits. Nonfat milk is an excellent, cheap and readily available source of protein, calcium and other nutrients. Cottage cheese is the casein fraction of milk and an outstanding bodybuilding protein - you can find low- or nonfat varieties that are relatively inexpensive. Greek yogurt is another great option that is high in casein protein and low in carbs. Unsweetened plain yogurt is also a good protein source (though not as high in protein as Greek yogurt), and it contains beneficial bacteria to help support the immune system and improve digestive efficiency.

I recommend eating at least 3 egg yolks each and every day. Research suggests that those consuming 3 yolks daily while following a strength-training program gained about twice the muscle mass and strength as those not eating yolks.

"Like eggs, dairy products provide many dietary options."

Active Rest

Remember that every rest day should be an active rest day. Rest days are for recovery; they're not an excuse to be lazy. Get out and hit 15-30 minutes of HIIT cardio today, or perform 30-60 minutes of your favorite activity: hiking, biking, walking, playing a sport, etc.

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Jim holds a doctorate in exercise physiology and has been the personal nutrition and health consultant for numerous celebrity clients...

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Jim, is it good to consume dairy when cutting up?

May 3, 2012 6:19pm | report

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it depends... regular milk and yogurts has some fast carbs (sugars), so if your in a cutting cycle in my opinion i would stay away of fast carbs ... i only have slow carbs three times a day. eggs dont have carbs it only has protein (egg whites) and unsaturated fat (egg yolk) thus avoid milk

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what about low fat cottage cheese?

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I eat Greek yogurt when cutting and I find it's very beneficial. Low fat cottage cheese is perfectly fine as well as long as you control the portions you are having. It would be great for either breakfast or the meal after, but you don't want it later in the day as you want carbs to be lower/non-existent late in the day.

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Just finished up week 4 and I have already added 90lbs to my squat (5RM). The best part... I'm still just as lean as I was when I started, but bigger and stronger and it's only week 4. Can't wait until the end of week 12 when I see the final results!

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