Your Cut Sucks: The Apex Predator Diet Revisited

Looking back on my post “The Summer Cut Down“, I’ve come to realize that when I wrote it I focused too much on the details and minor intricacies of the Apex Predator Diet. Going through all the calorie counts, meal ideas, and results, I forgot to mention what is the best part about the Apex Predator Diet: It is fucking easy and it is enjoyable. I can’t stress this enough.

Seriously, if you like meat, like to eat a lot, like to eat a lot of meat, and hate counting calories you cannot go wrong with the APD. You guys were meant for each other. Like Lindy West and Oreos, but in a good way.

Traditional cuts are about as fun as an anesthetic-less colonoscopy. You gotta count calories, eat bland shit like chicken all the time, and feel like shit because your body hates it. Some guys take it real far and turn into anorexic chicks about it.  Going through a few cuts a couple years ago was good enough for me for the rest of my life, and I’m still unsure how long it will take before I’ll be able to enjoy a chicken breast again.

This isn’t to say traditional cuts don’t work. They just suck and I believe they are less than optimal. The Apex Predator Diet is The Other Way, the fun way. All throughout the summer a dude I know who was going to his first bodybuilding meet counted calories, ate chicken breast and broccoli and all that shit, and wouldn’t shut up about how much he hated his cut and how tired he was all the time and never partied. He’d sit there at lunch bitching and moaning and on the verge of passing out. From March to October he shaved off 17 lbs and got pretty lean, which is great. But he didn’t gain any muscle and he didn’t enjoy it one bit.

For contrast, from April to August on the Apex Predator Diet I lifted, ate shit loads of meat, drank my ass off, and didn’t count a single calorie and still cut 8 pounds while becoming the strongest I had ever been. I loved it. I know I’ve shown this picture a lot but it really is still amazing to me that I was able to party like I did all summer, practicing almost zero dietary discipline according to a traditional cut, and still look like this because of APD:

It’s not super lean, but that’s the point. Despite all the dietary decisions and partying, I still managed to get this lean because of APD. If I had stuck to the plan 100% I have no doubt I would have been looking at 6-7% body fat.

It all comes down to fat and protein intake. If you go low to no carb you can pretty much eat as much fat and protein as you like and you will lose weight while gaining muscle (if you’re eating enough protein). Chaos and Pain went into the details and studies in his posts about the diet (all posts listed in The Summer Cut Down). Additionally, this article by Good Looking Loser sums it all up better than I could: Why Sugar (Not Fat) Makes You Fat. Hell, just to prove it dude ate 7000 calories of fried cheese every day for a whole week and lost weight. It’s only unreal if you haven’t tried a high fat/protein diet.

With the provision that you have a Rampage carb-reload day once a week, you can do the APD indefinitely, cutting up while getting stronger. No brainer.

I got my buddy Matt started on the APD and he jumped right on board, stuffing his face with pork chops, beef, and cottage cheese on a daily basis. In just over the past two months he lost 8 pounds while skyrocketing his maxes (while on my Intermediate Program).






2 months. No chicken, no broccoli, no saunas, no sweat suits. He’s pumped to see what the next 2-3 months have in store.

With the impending NLU Winter Bulk Up I suppose I’ve just tipped my hand. There will be more to come in the official post, but it’s safe to say I won’t be doing a traditional bulk and cut. The Apex Predator Diet is that badass and I’ve go nothing but full faith in it.

If you’re looking to cut up and get stronger without any of the shit that comes along with a traditional cut, all while eating as much meat as you want (and really, who doesn’t?) you have to try out the Apex Predator Diet. I think you’ll like it.

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  1. Jason statham December 5, 2013 at 10:15 am

    How does drinking fit into this diet? Doesn’t that clash with the no carb aspect of this? Also, you don’t mention fruit and vegetables. Did you get all of that through juicing?

    • Nate December 5, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Drinking is fine for the most part, provided that you follow the guidelines outlined in this post.

      Basically: liquors and sugarless mixers, no carbs before drinking. I didn’t follow that this summer. Tons of beer and shitty food. The APD allowed me to keep it off.

      I do juice veggies every now and then, though not as much as I used to. Never hurts to juice veggies, though. Additionally, the APD calls for bone-in meat precisely because bones/marrow contain a lot of great nutrients that get cooked into your meat, lessening/eliminating the need to add in veggies.

  2. Headless horseman December 7, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Jamie Lewis ( of chaos and pain) is going to fucking kill you for plagiarizing his website and ideas. You aren’t even half the apex predator that he is.

    • Nate December 8, 2013 at 11:39 am

      I think you missed the part in The Summer Cut Down where I gave him all the credit, idiot.

  3. Mesmerick December 13, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Woah, big man there … threatening 3rd hand interpersonal violence against a guy just for openly promoting someone else’s ideas. As if anyone could own the concept of eating tiny amounts of carbs, drinking and smashing steak eggs and milk.

  4. Good Looking Loser October 5, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Hey, thanks very much for the mention. Our diet/nutrition stuff doesn’t get shared that often (since I don’t really focus on it) – so I appreciate it very much Nate.


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