112- Dave Palumbo- The Godfather of Keto Bodybuilding On How To Manipulate Keto for Bodybuilders

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Dave Palumbo introduced the bodybuilding world to keto way before it was a fad.  His findings on macro balancing and nutrient absorption have challenged the paradigm around the bodybuilder diet.  Ben and Dave discuss how Dave stumbled upon the ketogenic diet, how he is trying to change the thought process behind diet in the bodybuilding world, cheat days and their thoughts on the current state of bodybuilding as well as who the next big names could be in the sport.

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Time Stamps:

3:15- How Dave accidentally found the ketogenic diet and started using it in bodybuilding.

8:45- Why the “bodybuilding diet” isn’t the best diet for bodybuilders.

11:00- How Dave became one of the biggest dudes on the planet.  Why you should put more focus into food absorption not more food.

13:30- Dave’s findings on the ketogenic diet and getting shredded.

17:45- Is it optimal to build muscle on keto?

19:00- Carbs and cortisol.  Which moves the needle more, food or sleep?

23:30- How Dave manipulates his clients diets.

27:20- Dave’s muscle gaining diet.

29:00- Simplicity in diet.  Why Dave is all about simplifying diet.

32:00- How long is necessary to get into ketosis.  Are there any “shortcuts” to speed up the process?

37:45- Pulling the fat lever.  How Dave approaches changing fat intake during contest prep.

39:50- Prescribed cheat days.  Are refeeding days necessary or just a reward.

42:00- Post bodybuilding evolution- how Dave’s life has changed since he stopped competing.

48:45- The mentality behind being a giant human.

52:30- Dave’s strategy for losing pounds of muscle and getting healthy post career.

54:45- What does Dave think of the sport of bodybuilding these days.

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Ben Pakulski

Ben Pakulski

Since first lifting weights as a teenager, Ben has been on a mission to do whatever it takes… …to become the most muscular man on the planet! On the eve of The Arnold Classic, he confronts the dark realities of bodybuilding… And his own future! Follow him on his journey…

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