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MFL Podcast 35: Q&A Part 5: Whole body recovery, cardio and muscle preservation, macro “flexibility,” and more…

MFL Podcast 35: Q&A Part 5: Whole body recovery, cardio and muscle preservation, macro “flexibility,” and more…

In this podcast I answer reader questions about muscle vs. tendon and ligament recovery, how to preserve muscle when doing a lot of cardio, how much you can “fudge” your diet numbers, and more!


Debunking the Myth of Weightlifting and Joint Problems

Cardio and Muscle Growth: Friends or Foes?

The Definitive Guide to Effective Meal Planning

Why High-Intensity Interval Training is Best For Weight Loss

The Best Way to Gain Muscle Without Getting Fat

How Much Protein is Needed to Build Muscle

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  • brandon

    Hey mike, can you recommend some high carb low fat cheat meals? I am having a hard time thinking of them for some reason. Thanks.

    • Michael Matthews

      Keep in mind “low-fat” in this context is something in the range of 50-70g. The problems begin when you do what I did this weekend–150g+ in one meal with a lot of carbs, haha.

      My absolute favorite high-carb cheat is pasta but if you make your own food, you can get pretty creative without exploding your fats. There are a lot of ways you can prepare starchy carbs, a lot of delicious sandwiches you can make, really tasty way to prepare grains and seeds, etc.

      Restaurant eating is what makes it tough because they’re in the business of blowing your taste buds away and that means a shitload of butter, oil, cream, etc.

      • brandon

        very helpful, ty.

        • Michael Matthews


    • MsJadensDad .

      I don’t know if you’re looking for sweet or savory snacks, but some of my favorite sweet snacks when I’m re-feeding include fat free greek yogurt with organic preserves, fresh fruit, honey, maple syrup, granola, cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract, etc. I’ll get 30-40g protein with 30-40g carbs and zero fat. Throw in a couple fat free high fiber whole grain English muffins with honey or organic jam, and I’m all set.

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