1) GOMAD – Gallon of milk a day. This is exactly what it sounds like. You drink one whole gallon of milk every single day for a specified period of time. Why would anyone do such foolishness? To put on weight, of course.
Does GOMAD work?
Yes and no.
Let's start at the beginning. When I decided to embark on this experiment I was pretty dang lean. I had just dieted down and I wanted to pack on some mass.
I had been reading about G.O.M.A.D. for a number of years, had always had an interest in it but I do not drink pasteurized milk so I never tried it. As luck would have it I found a local farm that sold fresh, raw unpasteurized milk (at only $8 per gallon) so I was in business.
Every single day for 6 weeks I forced a gallon of raw milk down my throat. No matter what. When I went to underground poker games I brought a gallon of milk and a glass with me. If I still had a half gallon of milk left and it was time for bed I would stay awake and finish it all. There was not one single day in this 6 week period that I did not drink an entire gallon of raw milk.
One thing that happened is that my strength shot through the roof. It really did. I got stronger than I ever was before (but keep in mind I was also training for strength for the first time).
I did put on weight, about 25 lbs to be exact. At the end of my experiment I was lifting at the gym and a guy came up to me and said “Don't you workout with that Asian dude? Man you got HUGE! You were always big but you got way bigger. How much do you weigh?” etc.
Sounds great! What are the downsides?
The downside is that I got pretty dang fat. Not fat compared to an average person but pretty fat, too fat. I definitely put on muscle, but once the shirt came off you couldn't see it.
I also had to wake up roughly 6 times per night to urinate. Every single night. For 6 weeks.
I also spent $8 per day on milk in addition to the food I still ate. That's $400 for 6 weeks. That's as expensive as a steroid cycle and about 1/10 as effective.
What's the verdict?
GOMAD is not worth it – UNLESS you are extremely underweight and are lifting like a maniac 6 days per week. Anyone else shouldn't be doing this. If you don't have access to RAW milk I cannot recommend it to anyone. Pasteurized milk will get you fat (and probably sick) pretty dang fast.
2) Eating Raw Paleo – The paleo diet is a new fad diet in which you eat the way your ancestors supposedly ate. Lots of meat, vegetables, fruits and nuts. Not a bad idea. Of course I like it extreme so I took it one step further and did RAW paleo. I did this for three months but stopped when I wanted to put on some extra weight.
What is Raw Paleo?
Raw Paleo is when you eat a Paleo diet (Meat, Veggies, Fruits and Nuts) but you do not cook anything. You eat everything completely raw.
Surely you didn't eat raw meat?
I sure did. Every single day I ate raw beef, and sometimes raw Lamb or raw Buffalo meat in addition to the many raw vegetables and raw fruits I was consuming. Mostly I ate tomatoes, apples, oranges, some “raw” cashews (they use heat to open the cashew shell, not exactly raw). That's pretty much what I ate, with some raw Liver thrown in once in a while.
[DISCLAIMER: I REALLY Don't recommend you eat raw meat.]
How does raw meat taste? and doesn't it make you sick?
Raw Beef tastes pretty dang good. It's a weird feeling at first, but after you get used to it you like it very much. Raw Steak fat is especially delicious. I never once had a problem eating raw beef but raw buffalo did give me diarrhea once.
When you cook meat you denature the proteins with too much heat. If the meat isn't heated it isn't denatured. So A) You don't need to eat as much and B) Your body utilizes much of what you eat. You'll notice that bowel movements are just a shell of their former size when you utilize everything you eat.
When I was eating nothing but raw I felt like superman. I felt invincible. I felt so great I stopped wearing a seatbelt, I thought nothing could hurt me. My bodyfat was just coming off like nothing and I was barely working out at the time. I got in the best shape I had been in at that time and I was lifting maybe 3 days per week with not much intensity.
What's the verdict?
Give it a try – if you've got the stomach for it!
3) Celibacy – No sex for 8 (eight!) months. My least favorite experiment. I had been reading about guys like Nikola Tesla who were celibate geniuses and I already knew about the power of Transmutation of Sexual Energy so I bit the bullet and decided to give it a try.
Nothing good came of it. I could literally feel my testosterone sapping away. During this time I wasn't especially productive or happy. Probably because I didn't outlaw masturbation, only sex – big mistake. I felt like those guys that have never had a girlfriend and spend all their time playing world of warcraft. I was just in a bad mood all the time.
What's the verdict?
Not worth it! In fact, to get great results you should reverse this experiment – no masturbation but plenty of sex!
4) Keto dieting combined with Intermittent Fasting – A keto diet is one where you eat nothing but protein and fat – no carbohydrates – in an effort to lose bodyfat. Intermittent Fasting is where you eat for part of the day and fast (don't eat) for most of the day. In this case you eat for 8 hours per day and fast for 16 hours per day.
There are plenty of health benefits and reasons to eat and not eat, feast and fast, detailed here. I did this diet to burn off all the extra bodyfat I put on drinking a gallon of raw milk per day.
What was your diet?
For lunch I had steak and eggs cooked in butter. For dinner I had bacon and eggs. That's it. I did this Monday through Friday. Saturday was my cheat day and I could eat anything I wanted, usually I ate a whole blueberry pie with french vanilla ice cream. On Sunday I ate moderately. I did this diet for 4 weeks, every single Monday-Friday was nothing but Steak, eggs, butter and bacon.
I burned off a whole bunch of that bodyfat that I put on while doing GOMAD. But I had some other, even better side effects – constant energy levels. I never had a dip in energy, I never had to take a nap, I didn't even feel the need to eat – that's because I didn't eat any carbohydrates and I never had an insulin spike.
On my Saturday cheat day I would ALWAYS have to take a nap and I wouldn't feel too great on top of that. During the week I felt like a million bucks, never bloated, never hungry, no ups and downs in energy levels – just calm, cool, steady and collected. It was a great feeling.
What's the verdict?
Definitely worth doing! Lose some bodyfat and keep energy levels steady – it's win-win!