Hey, I read in a “gang of five” article about the best place to get maltodexrin for discount. It said call either a beer OR wine supply distributer. Well I found a beer supply distributor that sells it. He gave me lots of choices: Munich, Pale ale, Amber. I guess it takes different “malts” for different beers, but which one tastes better in a post workout shake? Do they have a nutrition guide on them as well? Thanks for your responses and I’ll probably be asking more about the T Dawg Diet (Sorry Chris, I know you’re sick of me by now).

It sounds like he’s talking about Malt extract, not maltodextrin (they sound alike… he probably assumed), which is the base of some home brewed beers. I don’t think this is what you are looking for.

I also wanted to get some maltodexrin but i couldn’t find it. But i found out i was taking it all along in N-large2 by prolab. Its the first ingredient. I have always got good results from N-large so im just going to stick to it.

I need to re-write the T-Dawg diet. It’s still effective, but way out of date. I don’t have my notes handy, but off the top of my head I’d bump up the carbs to 100 on training day and 50 on non-training day. That’s just as effective for fat loss as 70/30 IMO, plus it makes the diet easier.

I’d use Surge or a Surge-like drink after training instead of an MRP. I would also absorb, Borg-like, some of the ideas behind Massive Eating (macro combining).

So is the 70/30 bad or does it just make the diet more difficult?

70/30 isn’t bad. Neither is the Fat Fast or the Atkins diet, when put in perspective, although the latter two are for short term “emergencies” in my opinion.

Low carb dieting taught me a lot. We, as fit people, needed to see that side of the argument, as opposed to the low fat/high carb fanatics that dominated the 80s and early 90s. It was the Anabolic Diet that opened my eyes, as you see in my “Eat Like a Man” articles. But severe low carb dieting represents a far swing of the pendulum. I’m beginning to believe that it was a good idea taken too far. Yes, carbs must be monitored. Yes, it would help most people to lower their carb intake when trying to lose fat. Yes, some carbs should be avoided most of the time regardless of your diet goals (white bread for example, and table sugar). But I don’t think ketosis is necessary or ideal, especially for someone who wants to gain muscle. So the pendulum is swinging back towards the middle, where it should be. I think John Berardi is helping with that.

So, in other words, 70/30 is fine, but why go so low if 100/50 gives great results too and is less painful and allows more freedom? You’ll feel better at 100/50 and in my experience the results are the same as far as fat loss goes, all else being equal.

I also changed my guidelines because we know now that post-workout nutrition can’t be optimized my simply adding some carbs to an MRP. That seems really primitive now, pure guess work. Better than nothing, but primitive. We now know exactly what’s needed pre, mid, and post-training, and it involves more carbs than the original T-Dawg allowed.

Also, keep in mind that we’re all a little different in how we react to carbs, so 70/30 may be better for some and 130/100 may be better for others. For me, if I want to easily drop some fat, I simply lower carbs to 100, a little less on non-training day. I still eat a good restaurant meal once a week or so, but I lay off the bread, fried stuff and dessert.

The malt he is refering to is malted grains… it is the process that is used to prepare them for brewing… what you want to ask for is corn sugar (invert sugar) they will know what that is, normally when you brew from a kit you add 2.2 kg of corn sugar. The yeast turns the malted grains & sugar into alcohol.

Do you plan on rewriting the T Dawg Diet to address your suggested changes in the magazine? And when you talk about pre/during/post workout nutrition, can most what I need to know about that be found in the previous issues?

One of the better places I think is supplementsdirect. Pounds of md for relatively few dollars!

I may rewrite it, but probably not soon.

Yes, you can learn plenty about post-workout nutrition at T-mag. Read “Solving the Post-Workout Puzzle” and this week’s “Precision Nutrition” articles. Many of the “Appetite for Construction” column will help too.