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G-Flux Redux
An Interview with John Berardi, Ph.D.


That certainly got our attention. What was he talking about? A new supplement? A new training program? Not really.

He was talking about energy flux, or energy turnover, known as G-Flux to the cool kids.

Why should you care? Because if you're like most Testosterone readers, you're always chasing one of two goals: You either want to build slabs of muscle without adding layers of fat, or you want to lose body fat rapidly without losing a lot of lean body mass.

If G-Flux can help you do both, then this is Holy Grail stuff. We talked to Dr. Berardi to get the scoop.


Testosterone Muscle:
John, you wrote about the idea of energy flux a while back here on Testosterone. For those who missed it, give us a quick and dirty explanation.

John Berardi:

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Testosterone: So, the old energy-in vs. energy-out thing? And by "energy" we mean calories?

Berardi:

Testosterone: And who doesn't want that? So what happens if you go the other way with lower calories?

Berardi:

Testosterone: This is a cool theory. Any research to back it up yet?

Berardi:

Testosterone: And how about physique athletes?

Berardi:

Testosterone: Okay, say a guy is eating 1,800 calories a day in an effort to get lean. His fat loss stops. His instinct is to lower calories more. What does G-Flux tell us?

Berardi:

Testosterone: Okay, so what exactly is G-Flux doing for us?

Berardi:

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Testosterone: So back to our example of the guy whose fat loss is stalled out. He should just exercise more?

Berardi:

Testosterone: Cool. Now let's take a deeper look at mass plans. The idea is to eat more than maintenance calories and build a lot of muscle. The problem with many people: excess fat gain, leading to freak-out. What does an energy-flux plan offer us here?

Berardi:

Testosterone: Most people's take-home message with G-Flux is, "Eat a lot, train a lot." Then they say, "Yeah, no shit. I already knew that."

Berardi:

Testosterone: But what about the people who say, "Yeah, cool plan, but I don't have time to train that much"?

Dr. Berardi:

Testosterone: Fair enough. Now, just so readers can get their heads around this amount of exercise and the type of exercise, can you give us a sample week?

Berardi:

Testosterone: How do you respond to those who worry about overtraining?

Berardi:

Testosterone: Okay, so let's say we increase our training — and we do it right. Next we've got to eat more. We have to be careful when we tell people to eat more, right?

Berardi:

Testosterone: Okay, all very cool-sounding, but how about an example of someone who's G-Fluxed his or her way to a better body?

Berardi:

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Testosterone: Okay, don't rub it in, Berardi! Got any other examples?

Berardi:

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Okay, so let's say you've convinced the person reading this to give G-Flux a go. What's his first step? Does he need to keep a food log and figure out where he is now in terms of calories per day, or what?

Berardi:

Testosterone: Cool stuff, as always. Blatant plug time: Where can Testosterone readers go to get more info on this?

Berardi:

Testosterone: Thanks for the interview, Dr. Berardi!

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