About the Hardcore Chef
What is “Hardcore Dieting”?
As we define it, “hardcore dieting” involves ingesting the right foods at the right times in order to serve a goal, whether it’s getting ripped, moving heavier weights, climbing harder climbs, or just wanting to look and feel your best at all times.
We think getting hardcore performance out of your food shouldn’t include making food feel like a chore. Sure, Chris Evans looks like a literal superhero in the movie Captain America, but to hear him talk about what he had to do to get there, you’d think he’d been sent to purgatory for a year:
“Working out sucked, eating sucked more. You get to a point where you just can’t even look at another piece of chicken. You’re just so bloated, but you just have to keep consuming protein, so that was tricky.”
Too bad for Evans that his trainer thought the bodybuilding diet in use 40 years ago was still relevant. We’re pretty sure there’s a better way — and the testimonials from people who’ve used Carb Back-Loading are definitely in our favor.
We say it is possible to enjoy food, enjoy life, AND reach even the most extreme lean mass and fat loss goals without suffering like Chris Evans did.
Who is The Hardcore Chef?
Why, that would be YOU!
Being a Hardcore Chef means knowing how to prepare and (most importantly) EAT food that serves three main goals:
- Feeling like a superhero
- Looking like a superhero
- Always eating food that actually tastes good and makes you feel good.
Because the two diet frameworks we (the staff here at The Hardcore Chef) adhere to involve cycling high-fat moderate-protein (i.e. ketogenic) meals with periods of high carbohydrate eating (also known as cyclic ketogenic dieting), most of our recipes are “ultra low carb” — meaning they help the dieter stay under 30g of carbohydrates per day (that’s usable carbs, not including fiber).
The other portion of our recipes are “ultra high glycemic” (high-GI) — meaning they are specifically designed to get maximal insulin release and to be digested rapidly.
These two meal types, ULC and high-GI, form the basis of both the Carb Back-Loading and Carb Nite diet , the former aimed at bodybuilders, figure competitors, and powerlifters allowing them to pack on as much muscle as possible while keeping fat loss going, and the latter aimed at “normal people” and also many athletes who are interested in losing as much fat as possible without losing any muscle.
Which other diet frameworks could you match these recipes to?
Plenty! The following is hardly an exhaustive list (there’s a new diet plan invented every day on the interwebs), but here are the ones we know about, where eating ultra-low-carb meals with punctuated high-glycemic meals tends to be important:
And when it comes to low carb foods, much of it ends up being Paleo, too. So adherents of the likes of Robb Wolf and Mark Sisson will find much to consume here.