Keto dieting for contest prep [Podcast]

Bodybuilder Faheem Chauhan interviewed me about a different take on the ketogenic diet, focusing on its application for contest prep. Even if you’re not interested in contest prep though, this interview provides a good overview of my current thoughts on keto for fat loss, muscle growth and strength development.


  • 00:08 Life in Brazil
  • 00:38 Introducing Menno
  • 01:25 Keto for Contest Prep
  • 01:47 Advantages of keto for contest prep
  • 05:16 Appetite suppression variability
  • 07:11 Decision fatigue and dieting rules
  • 08:58 Keto bias in evidence based circles
  • 09:53 Summarising the benefits
  • 12:13 Downsides and exaggerated claims
  • 13:42 Glycogen and performance in keto long term
  • 18:05 Training style on keto
  • 20:33 Evaluating the criticisms
  • 22:00 Which ketogenic diet is most appropriate
  • 28:20 Flexible dieting vs rigid diet structures in adherence
  • 35:16 Setting up a contest prep diet
  • 37:51 Rate of weight loss
  • 41:08 Differences in the final stages
  • 42:55 Periodising food choices on the way down
  • 45:38 The value of ketosis vs filling non-keto foods
  • 47:52 Vegetable intake
  • 51:00 Timeline for prep
  • 52:33 Peak week strategies
  • 56:19 Does carb tolerance change with long term keto
  • 58:37 Menno wrote a book!


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About the author

Menno Henselmans

Formerly a business consultant, I've traded my company car to follow my passion in strength training. I'm now an online physique coach, scientist and international public speaker with the mission to help serious trainees master their physique.

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