Originally Posted by markintosh
(as in "this is what works for the pros, don't question it, just do it). Anyone knows these kind of studies? Any insight into these kind of things are so hard to come by?
LMAO...usually, that is a reason NOT to do it. I only know a couple of pros personally, but do talk to a few on a regular basis. Honestly, I've had some great debates with one of them over time about nutrition and training and we will always disagree. He can eat the way he does and lift the way he does only because he has a hormonal and anabolic advantage that I don't have and never will. But hey, I can't argue with the results he gets. The man is truly a monster so he knows what he's talking about if one shares his goals and is willing to do whatever it takes to gain mass.
There are some studies out there but not many truly effective ones simply for the reason already stated, validity of the results because of variations in how well the participants stuck to the plan.
I've done a few nutrition studies locally with a limited number of participants and other than the one that was done in my home where I had complete control over what the people involved put in their mouths and over their workouts...I don't completely trust the results. Sadly, this wasn't even my study, it was a 7th grade science
project studying the value of ketogenic diets vs higher carb diets...and there were only 4 participants...not enough to give valid results
So in the end we are left with, "this is what worked for me" kind of stuff...like we have here at DF.
And honestly, a lot of stuff is just assumed and has no studies to back it up. As an instructor for the American Heart Association, I taught something for years that there was NEVER one ounce of proof that it was true... not a single study was done. We just assumed that low fat was good and was the best way to reduce incidence of heart disease and stroke...oops.
It made sense. It seemed right. But was never proven with actual, valid, scientific studies.