I’ve been hoping to get my hands on the Reverse Taper Diet for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, I’ve been extremely impressed by everything that Brad Pilon has written so far. Reading How Much Protein helped answer some questions I’ve had about nutrtion (not to mention cutting my supplement spending in half).
I’ve finally had a chance to look it over, so now I can give you my review. Let’s first talk about what is included when you order:
1. Reverse Taper Diet Manual: This ebook explains why Pilon and Barban created this system. Keep reading for more information.
2. Diet Calculator Software: this calculator takes the guesswork out of dieting by showing you how much food to eat to maximize your fat loss while keeping your muscle mass.
3. Forum Membership: you’ll get access to a private forum to interact with other trainees for advice, motivation, etc.
The Way this Diet Works:
The typical bodybuilder or trainee probably starts with a calorie deficit and keeps lowering the calories as he/she gets leaner. The calorie intake “tapers down” to increasingly lower levels in order to ensure fat loss. That’s what you are supposed to do, right?
Not according to the authors. This is, in fact, the opposite of what trainees should be doing as they get leaner. I remember Brad alluding to this in Eat Stop Eat, but the Reverse Taper Diet goes into a lot more detail about it.
The authors explain why you should increase your calories as you get leaner in order to ensure you are preserving lean muscle mass, losing fat, and keeping your energy levels high.
Learning how to do this will also help you maintain a more constant state of leanness. Bodybuilders are notorious for putting on several pounds right after they finish their contests—another flaw of more traditional approaches to diet.
Here’s the theory: you’ll probably have an abundance of stored energy (fat) at the start of a diet/transformation. This is when it makes more sense to live and train on fewer calories. But the body simply has less internal energy as fat stores are depleted. This is when it makes sense to increase your calories.
This is a very simple explanation/summary, but Brad and John explain this fully in the manual. It’s called the theory of fat availability, and I think you’ll find it interesting.
As I’ve mentioned, I really respect the work that Pilon and Barban have done in the fitness industry. I’m intrigued by the theory they have presented for a new approach to dieting.
But there is something you have to keep in mind: the “reverse taper” idea is only theory at this point. It has potential and you may find it worth trying, especially if you are someone who is already lean and you want to find dietary/lifestyle approaches that will keep you that way.
Brad Pilon’s Eat Stop Eat is what I would recommend for someone who wants a more simplified, less detailed approach to fat loss. This one would also be good for someone looking for a basic guide to intermittent fasting (especially if you have significant weight to lose).
Jason Ferruggia’s Renegade Diet has been one of this website’s best sellers as far as diets go. This one is also based on intermittent fasting.