For those that don’t know, George’s St. Pierre (GSP) is one of the most dominant MMA fighters of all time. I recently came across a great post by Tim Ferriss where he spoke with the guys responsible for Georges St Pierre’s (GSP) nutrition. This section definitely caught my attention:
What guidelines should someone use if trying to replicate the above?
“When determining a client’s macronutrient split, at Precision Nutrition we use body-type specific guidelines. In essence, we plan someone’s nutrition according to their somatotype, as follows:
Ectomorphs — around 25% p (protein), 55%c (carbs), 20%f (fat)
Mesomorphs — around 30%p, 40%c, 30%f
Endomorphs — around 35%p, 25%c, 40%f”
Ectomorph – Thin build, challenging to put on weight (muscle or fat); Example: long-distance runner.
Mesomorph – Muscular build, can lose or gain muscle easily (fat gain minimal); Example: sprinter or gymnast.
Endomorph – Large build, easy to put on weight (both good and bad); Example: shotputter or football lineman.
It’s interesting to see that the easier it is for a certain body type to put on weight, the less carbs they are told to eat. This really feeds into the whole idea of carbohydrate intolerance and how there are varying degrees of it throughout the population.
I definitely fit into the mold of the “endomorph.” It is very easy to put on weight… I just need to smell food and my body manages to convert that into body fat. This probably indicates that I am more carb intolerant than others, so the low carb diet I’m on currently (nutritional ketosis) is more optimal for me.
Taking a quick look back at my food log shows that I’m typically consuming around 5% of my total calories from carbs, with it occasionally going up to 10%.