IFBB Pro bodybuilder Evan Centopani has been sharing his tips and tricks on all things nutrition since formally retiring. In a recent video on YouTube, Centopani answers questions about cutting fat and discusses intra-workout supplementation.
“Do I believe the use of nutrients used during training can have an effect on recovery? 1000%. That was the feeling and belief of the great and late John Meadows. He was all about intra-workouts,” shared Centopani.
After competing as a top-level Pro bodybuilder for over 16 years, Evan Centopani has acquired vast knowledge of what it takes to get in immaculate shape before stepping on stage. His huge biceps and colossal physique saw him place high in the ranks among competitors such as Kai Greene and Cedric McMillan. Though he never took the Mr. Olympia title, he still boasts an impressive portfolio.
Out of the gate, Centopani proved to be an impressive competitor at his debut Pro show earning the win at the 2009 New York Pro. From there, he would continue dominating the stage taking several first-place finishes including his notable 2013 Tampa Pro victory. This win qualified him for the Mr. Olympia stage for the first time where he took 13th place.
Evan Centopani Discusses Fat Cutting And His Experience With Using Insulin
After many years competing as a high-level athlete, Evan Centopani contemplated a comeback claiming he wasn’t ‘officially retired’ though he ultimately did step away from the sport. Now, Centopani uses his knowledge of bodybuilding to guide others on their journeys to gain better physiques. In a recent Q&A, Evan Centopani touched on cutting fat and using methods such as caffeine and aspirin.
“An hour prior to your training you’ve been well fed, that if appropriate, maybe you consumed some carbs or protein during training. And once that session is over you eat within a reasonable window of time after you train. That is the single most important. It’s not about some novel nutrient or some Arginine ingredient that’s going to boost you’re fucking nitric oxide.”
“Ripped fuel back in the day, all those products, like Zenadrine, Hydroxycut, Rip Fuel, that shit worked. Back when it was a caffeine, ephedrine, they wouldn’t use aspirin but they would use white willow bark as an aspirin equivalent. It was all based around the ECA stack: ephedrine, caffeine, aspirin.”
“Those products really really worked. So at the time, I started off my whole journey just wanting to lose weight right and get in shape. I was on my way up, I was starting to train with weights and I put on some muscle but I was still running and trying to stay lean, very very afraid to get fat. And I remember being out for a run; I remember I was using Ripped Fuel, I remember it definitely screwing up my endurance because your heart is beating faster” Evan Centopani shares.
Evan Centopani gets into using intra-workouts and gives his take on Insulin from his personal experience.
“I was never a huge fan of insulin. I tried it and I would get a crazy pump and I would get a lot stronger and I would feel it for like a week and then it would just like rapidly diminish and I would just start getting fat. To be fair, there’s probably a lot about insulin use that I probably didn’t know and probably still don’t know.”
“I followed that same protocol several times where I would use a carb drink during training with the insulin… I remember going through the years and there was a product containing per serving it was like 60 grams of carbs and around 20 grams or so of hydrolyzed whey. The year I was using it, I’m not saying it was because of the product but I got fucking enormous.”
“Cluster dextrin was all the rage for a minute because it would supposedly leave the stomach rapidly. I thought cluster dextrin was a good carb but I think the ideal setup is maybe 20 grams of cluster dextrin and 20 grams of good ol’ dextrose. I always had good luck with that combo. I’m not a pre-workout fan.”
Evan Centopani has shared his go-to’s for eliminating excess fat and putting on more muscle previously and revealed that coming in “strong, big, and not too fat” is best. Centopani isn’t the only one giving their take on how to lose weight and get stronger, fellow bodybuilder and nutrition coach Stan Efferding expressed that his number one piece of advice to shedding unwanted pounds is “the best diet is the one you’ll follow.”
Generally, losing weight comes down to discipline and dedication to a regimented diet and workout plan that is different for each individual. Evan Centopani will continue to advise on nutrition, weight loss, and achieving a healthier lifestyle.
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