The Renegade Diet – A Real User Opinion | Review

Jamin Thompson_renegade dietI get emails just about every day with questions about The Renegade Diet.

Many ask if it’s legit, if I actually use it, how I use it, what effects it has had on my strength, size, bodyfat, energy levels, etc. 

Note: I snapped the cheesy ‘selfie’ bathroom mirror pic on the right while using The Renegade Diet.

Due the sheer volume of the emails I can’t possibly reply to each one so I decided it would be a lot easier to just write a blog review of my experience using The Renegade Diet and the relative effects I’ve seen from it personally.

Hopefully this post will answer all of the questions you have, and if not, just drop a question in the comment box below and I’ll try to answer it for you (or you can just read the FAQ section on The Renegade Diet website).

Ok, enough of the cheesy intro. Here are my thoughts:

I started using The Renegade Diet about 10 months ago right after Jason launched it…but I waited a while to post a review like this because I wanted to use the program myself for a long enough period of time for me to be able to figure out the relative pros & cons of the diet and determine if it was even worth writing about to my readers.

I know there are a ton of Renegade Diet reviews like this online (I’m not sure if any of those guys put a face behind their review or know anything about nutrition though)…so I’m going to try to give you the best info possible and you can trust it’s from a real source.

This may or may not come as a surprise to you but most of the health & fitness diet plans out there are severely outdated (from a scientific perspective), and in my opinion, flat out dangerous. Yes, this even includes many of the “custom plans” you can get from the world’s top trainers.

Sure, these types of diet plans can get you ripped fast, and even get you into “show shape” but usually they come with a price…your health.

And if you think I’m kidding, I’m not…

From hormonal imbalances, to metabolic disorders/crashes, extreme fatigue, adrenal fatigue, prolonged menstrual cycle stoppages, malnutrition, and psychological disorders…to bitterness, depression, suicidal thoughts, and emergency room trips – I’ve literally seen it all.

These are the types of REAL PROBLEMS that REAL PEOPLE are having to deal with, caused by REAL DIET PLANS.

These are the stories you rarely hear about (the fitness magazines never talk about them), but they happen all of the time, right under your nose. In fact, I get messages on Facebook just about every day from people just like this who are suffering in silence.

Now, I’m not going to sit here and say that all diets that are designed to get you ripped fast will ruin your health, but the fact is, many of these plans are just flat out unhealthy. They typically involve severe caloric deficits, in many cases drug/supplement use, and the X-Factor, if you will, is that they all seem to hinge on the fact that you will be required to do 1-3 hours of cardio daily if you want the diet to work. 

Sure, you’ll look ripped…but look at what you’re sacrificing. You’re weak, miserable, irritable, and your internal organs are likely suffering. Your whole life will revolve around the diet and when you’re going to eat your next meal.

You are forced to prepare meals in advance and take them everywhere you go in Tupperware containers. Your social life suffers…and you feel miserable.

In my opinion, any diet plan that leaves you famished, weak, and mentally unstable is just flat out unhealthy; in fact, it’s nothing but a professionally designed eating disorder cleverly disguised as a meal plan.

Here’s your typical get ripped fast diet plan of hell: (1) eat very little and cut carbs…(2) eat only boring tasteless sodiumless bland foods like baked tilapia, boiled chicken, or egg whites and a nasty green veggie like asparagus or broccoli…(3) torture yourself doing morning and evening cardio several times per week because the fitness model in the magazine said so…(4) pound 1-2 gallons of water each day & constantly have to run to the bathroom and expel nasty asparagus piss…(5) develop irritability and self-esteem issues when you inevitably start to feel sick, tired, and miserable…(6) get tired of it and give up…(7) even if you finish the plan your new ripped body will only last temporarily.

Nobody can stay on a tilapia and asparagus diet forever…and once you get tired of starving and reach for those cookies or chips…BOOM…you can’t stop binge eating and before you know it…you’re FAT, BLOATED, HUGE, and DEPRESSED.

Sound familiar?

Now I know what you’re thinking…“but Jamin, you’re ripped. Don’t you follow the same diet plan as most fitness models and bodybuilders?”

That’s a great question (if you were actually wondering that), and unlike some of my colleagues, I’m not afraid to speak up about the lies and bullshit the fitness industry feeds you…

From the magazines (owned by the supplement companies), to the junk supplements (yep same guys), and fitness/bodybuilding shows (sponsored by supplement companies)…this industry preys off your weaknesses & inability to reach your goals…

…and creates the illusion that extreme dieting, unhealthy practices, and illegal drug use is somehow OK…all because beautiful fit bodies are glorified in magazines and across social media….

I get it…incredible physiques inspire us all…but all that glitters isn’t gold. The fitness industry has a scary dark side, and the people who suffer from it the most are usually the people who get glorified in the mags & websites…

Now, some people in the industry may call me a hater for exposing a few unspoken realities about the business but honestly I could care less. I don’t need to starve myself for weeks, then grease myself up on stage in a speedo to prove anything to anyone. At this point in my life and career I’d much rather focus that time and energy on feeding the needy & homeless (who may not even get to eat 1 meal per day) instead of stressing out that the chicken for my meal number 6 only weighed 5.7 ounces instead of 6.0 ounces and now my competition abs will be ruined.

Vomit. 

But I digress…

Over the past 10 years I’ve personally experimented with many of the popular diet plans out there…from the raw diet…to vegetarian…to Paleo…to traditional bodybuilder diets….to fitness show and photoshoot prep diets…the list goes on and on…I’ve literally tried them all.

These diets all have their relative pros & cons but as a whole I believe they are all fundamentally flawed – and that the health risks you put your body through on extreme diet plans like these for long stretches are very real.

Sure, you get quick results, but quick fixes never last forever because nothing extreme can ever give you sustainable results. Many of these types of plans can cause severe damage to your hormones and metabolism…as well as create nutritional deficiencies that could take months or years to correct. 

The concept of ‘quick fix’ alone goes against the natural biology of humans in general. You shouldn’t have to ‘battle through’ or ‘fight through’ a healthy diet plan…if a diet sucks that bad there’s a pretty good chance it’s not working for you it’s working AGAINST you.

I know you want to get in better shape, but let’s face it, getting ‘ripped’ has diminishing marginal returns. Especially if you do it the wrong way. The quick way. The get ripped by any means necessary way. The starve yourself and do endless cardio way. Or if you’re trying to build muscle…the eat until you vomit way…

I know that the traditional school of thought says:

Never go more than 3 hours without eating (protein, carbs, and some fat).
Lots of whey protein supplementation (2-4 servings per day; 50-150 grams).
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

I know you have been led to believe over the years that in order to get ripped you have to:

Eat “6 meals a day”, “no carbs at night”, “taper calories throughout the day”, “never miss breakfast”, and “carbs are bad” etc, but the research indicates that these assumptions are all flat out wrong.

Am I saying you can’t get ripped following the typical 6 meals a day, pound protein supplements all day, and restrict carbs to the point where you can’t sleep because you’re starving method?

Absolutely not.

The traditional methods work quite well to get ripped…in fact I’ve used traditional methods to get ripped myself. All I’m saying is that these methods are just fundamentally flawed when it comes to building a healthy physique that stands the test of time.

Here are the main problems with traditional “get ripped” or “get jacked” diet plans:

1. Too difficult to follow. Cooking and eating 6 meals per day is a huge pain in the ass…and it’s the number one reason most people fall off the wagon and quit. Who has the time or the energy? Plus the carb cutting is usually a deal breaker because it always leaves you tired, hungry, and lethargic. Add 1-2 hours of daily cardio on top of that…

2. You’ll get “ripped” but lose too much muscle. Regardless of what some “gurus” tell you, you’ll typically lose a pound of muscle for every 2-3 pounds of fat you lose while trying to lean out…so you’ll be leaner…but have a lot less muscle. Kind of a waste if you ask me.

3. If you’re trying to build muscle you’ll gain 1-2 pounds of fat for every pound of muscle you gain. So you’re basically just getting fatter. Then you have to do the cardio and “fat loss diet” to get ripped after (see point #2 above)…basically leaving you the same size you started in the first place. Lame.

If you’ve followed traditional ‘bodybuilder’ style diet plans in the past…you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

But honestly, there’s more to your meal plan than just getting ripped…

As I said earlier, the traditional way (6 small meals a day, protein shakes, low carb) works very well to get ripped…but it comes at a price. You’re moody…your energy levels are down, you’re hungry and miserable all the time…and it’s generally a huge pain in the ass.

In my opinion, if a meal plan is designed in a healthy manner, you shouldn’t have to suffer while you’re on it…and you should be happy following it.

It should provide you with nourishment, taste good, give you energy, make you stronger, improve your mood, and make you look and feel better overall. It’s not only about getting ‘ripped’…it’s about how you feel and what’s going on inside your body.

One of the big reasons I love The Renegade Diet approach is because the author (Jason Ferruggia) follows a health first, performance second approach. Just like I do.

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Health & Fitness isn’t simply about getting temporarily ‘ripped’ from a quick fix 12 week crash diet…only to rebound and gain all that weight back (and more). Health & Fitness is about building towards a lifestyle that places health first, enhances quality of life, and prolongs duration of life — whatever “ripped look” you get from doing that is just the icing on the cake. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’ll know that’s what it’s all about.

The Renegade Diet breaks the rules and goes against many commonly accepted “truths”…and teaches us the science behind why:

1. Breakfast is not the most important meal of the day. I don’t think there is one single “most important meal of the day” actually. They all should work together synergistically to help you achieve your goals.

2. You don’t need to eat 6 meals per day to get cut and jacked. You also don’t need to pound a bunch of protein all day either. There’s no research out there that says increased meal frequency results in greater weight/fat loss…and the research doesn’t lie – marketing people who try to sell you expensive diet programs and supplements do. I’ve been eating less frequently on the Renegade Plan and allowing my digestive system to rest & recover. I feel much less tired during the day and stronger in the gym as well.

3. You can eat large meals after 7pm & still get lean. Some trainers & experts advise against eating large meals at night…but research study after research study show that meal timing doesn’t matter (no more traveling with smelly tilapia & Tupperware).

4. Missing meals won’t make you lose muscle. I know many people are afraid to go for long stretches (over 3 hours) without eating because popular bodybuilding and fitness culture has conditioned us to think that “if you miss meals, you’ll enter starvation mode and lose all your muscle”. There is strong scientific evidence out there that suggests this is completely false… and some studies have even shown that metabolic rate can remain constant for up to 90 hours during a fast before declining. The science also tells us that the digestion process requires a ton of energy and is quite stressful on the body, so the more meals you eat each day the more stress you place upon your digestive system each day. This is why it’s a good idea to just give your system a rest and fast for 4-8 hours each day (as taught strategically in The Renegade Diet) to give your body a chance to recover and replenish its enzyme pool.

5. Getting ripped should never be your main priority. Focus on optimizing health first (especially digestive health) and physique second. If your health sucks, you’ll never see legit results. I’ve been obsessed with digestive health ever since I first got sick with intestinal inflammation (“Crohn’s Disease”) over ten years ago – and gut health should be the foundation of every nutrition program.

6) If you want to get ripped, you don’t need to pound protein shakes throughout the day. Supplements are great, but they should only be used to back up what your nutrition plan is already doing. Right now I am using a greens supplement, omega 3 fish oil, bcaa, and whey protein in small amounts.

Are you still with me?

Look, Health & Fitness about living a long, healthy life – a life where you can enjoy your lean body every second of every day. Forget short-term gains that are wiped out by long-term losses, and medical expenses; we need to think long term health and what is sustainable for the duration of your precious time on earth. I don’t know about you but I want to be healthy and still kicking ass in the gym when I’m 90 years old.

Most fitness models, bodybuilders, and ‘gurus’ never come out and say it but: eating thousands of excess calories to try to gain muscle or depleting yourself to a single-digit body fat level is neither healthy (or sustainable) in the long-term.

Remember, food is fuel. Don’t sacrifice it, or abuse it; use it to your advantage. Never partake in unsafe diet practices (severe caloric deficits/surpluses, drugs, hours of cardio, lack of rest) just to get ripped for a brief moment. You love yourself more than that. Health and fitness is supposed to be fun. Enjoy it.

I honestly want all of my readers to live to the age of 150 while still being healthy and active. That’s what it’s all about. There’s more to life than getting ripped quick and sacrificing your health in the process just to look cool at the pool, or win a $5 sword on stage at a fitness competition, or get a few comments and ‘Likes’ on your picture on Facebook…

The ultimate goal of The Renegade Diet is to redefine what it means to live a healthy lifestyle when it comes to nutrition, and the approach is going to be completely different than what you’re used to. I can guarantee that when you read through it for the first time you’ll be shocked at how it completely goes against everything you think you know about nutrition. It’s honestly a really good read; I finished the entire thing in about an hour.

As I said earlier, I’ve been following The Renegade Diet plan for about 10 months now. As a disclaimer, I was already lean when I started the plan, but my goal wasn’t to get more ripped, or build more muscle…I wanted more energy…I wanted to feel better…and I wanted to place my health above everything else.

To be quite honest, I went from eating 6-7 meals a day (with 4-5 of those meals including animal protein) and 2-3 protein shakes per day…and have cut back to 5 meals per day, two of which are meals that include animal protein.

Like I said before, I haven’t gotten “more ripped” but I haven’t lost any size either. I feel strong in the gym, I have more energy, and the tendinitis I’ve had in my elbow & shoulder for over a decade has improved significantly. I feel good, I don’t feel deprived/hungry/moody, and I believe my internal organs, joints, etc are thanking me in return.

Note: if you suffer from ‘belly bloat’ (which can be caused by gut inflammation)…you may find relief (and get flatter, leaner abs) simply by changing your eating style to the method outlined below:

Now, if you’re not familiar with the basic premise of the Renegade Diet, here is a basic rundown: There’s a fasting period that typically lasts from 14-16 hours where you eat nothing from dinner the night before until sometime the following late morning or afternoon. This allows the liver to detox, replenishes your body’s enzyme pool, and reduces much of the stress digestion places upon the human body.

After the fast is up the overfeeding phase begins and it typically lasts for roughly 4-8 hours. This strategy of fasting/under eating during the day and overfeeding at night allows leptin levels to remain in check while boosting glycogen stores at the same time. This has been shown in studies to significantly improve the body’s fat burning and muscle building response. After 10 months of doing this i can honestly tell you that I’m very pleased with the results.

Here’s what a sample day looks like for me on The Renegade Diet:

Meal 1 12pm – 30g protein shake, 1tbsp Athletic Greens, 6g Omega 3 Fish Oil
Meal 2 2pm – 25g egg white omelette w/ spinach, peppers, onions, 1 serving raw cashews
Meal 3 4:30pm – 8oz bison steak, 2 cups jasmine rice, 2 cups steamed bok choy
Meal 4 7pm – 8oz grilled chicken breast, rosemary roasted potatoes, unlimited green veggies, apple cider vinegar
Meal 5 8pm – 1 cup raspberries, 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
Fast – After meal 5 there is a 16 hour fast until around noon the next day. Then there is the 4-8 hour overfeeding period.

Pretty simple stuff, right?

Some days I’ll have organic coffee in the morning a few hours before meal 1…and even throw in a homemade protein bar or healthy snack if I get hungry between meals as well.

As I said earlier, I haven’t lost any weight (I was lean when I started), but my gut/joint inflammation has definitely decreased, my energy levels are up, my concentration and focus are both up…and I’m feeling pretty good.

Note: Many of my readers who are also currently using The Renegade Diet have told me that fasting for breakfast was the toughest part about the program…but that it gets easier after the 2nd or 3rd week. You may have to experiment with different breakfast times to see what your body responds to the best.

I’ve never really been a breakfast person (I used to skip it all the time until I started reading silly nutrition books in college that told me it was unhealthy) so the skipping breakfast part was easy for me. Sometimes I’ll eat breakfast on the weekends though. It all depends.

I know said this earlier…but I just want to reinforce the fact that I’ve cut down on my meat & protein shake intake significantly…and I eat a ton of calories at night. I know this all sounds kind of crazy but I’d like to point out my cheesy ‘selfie’ pic above again…and also say that I feel pretty damn good.

Look, we are all different, we have different workout times, different genes, etc…so what works for me may not work exactly that way for you. There is more than one way to ‘skin a cat’…so once you start using The Renegade Diet…feel free to experiment with various meal times and see what works best for you.

It’s all about testing, testing, testing. Figuring out what works. In order to improve we must all constantly evolve and not get stuck in certain “popular” ways of thinking for long periods of time. Test, learn, evolve, grow, and optimize upon what you’re currently doing. If you continue doing the same thing day in and day out you’ll probably get the same shitty results each and every time — and you’ll have no one to blame but yourself.

Overall, I have to give The Renegade Diet a 4.8 out of 5 star rating. It’s really easy to follow…it won’t force you to eat plain, boring, tasteless foods in small portions — you won’t have to slave in the kitchen prepping countless meals each day…you’ll be able to pound food at night…have cheat meals…and you’ll get healthy & lean in the process.

It’s not a fad or quick fix, it’s a way of life, it’s sustainable for the long-term…and I will probably eat this way for years to come (or at least until science tells me to change my ways).

Look, I’m personally putting my name and reputation on the line here by recommending you try Jason’s Renegade Diet Plan, but I have full confidence that it will work very well for you (if you follow it). My challenge to you is to try it out 14 days in a row, and if you’re a gamer, go for 30 days in a row.

You can download it in eBook format at www.TheRenegadeDietBook.com.

Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

I’m out.

Jamin

Jamin Thompson
Over the past 10 years, Jamin Thompson – actor, sport & fitness model, and former world ranked tennis player – has appeared in or on publications such as Men's Health, Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Inside Fitness, Bodybuilding.com; as well as worked as a sponsored athlete for and/or been featured in commercials and print ads for Nike, Under Armour, Reebok, ESPN, Wilson Sporting Goods, Powertec Fitness, Gifted Nutrition and more. Using his real world, in the trenches experience, writes to help others dominate in the gym, on the field, and in life. His book, The 6 Pack Secret, has been sold in over 50 countries and has helped thousands of folks from all walks of life get cut and jacked the healthy way.
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35 Responses to The Renegade Diet – A Real User Opinion | Review

  1. Lucas March 10, 2013 at 3:17 am #

    Solid write up and i completely agree with your take on the non sustainability and dangers of most diet programs out there. The focus should be on health, plain and simple!

  2. Sanjay March 10, 2013 at 3:50 am #

    +1

  3. Brittany March 11, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    THIS IS GREAT BABE!

  4. Kevin June 20, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    I truly love breakfast and do not feel lethargic after eating it, can I still get some positive results from this eating plan by eating breakfast but sticking with protein, healthy fats and a piece of fruit rather than loading up on carbs and cutting the fast period to 10 or 12 hours?

    • Jamin Thompson June 24, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

      I’m sure you can have good results doing that. As long as you’re eating healthy foods you should be just fine – there are quite a few people out there using ‘mods’ of the Renegade approach and doing great so feel free to experiment and see what works best for you.

  5. DeMarico Davis July 5, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    This can go right along with it! Great stuff!

  6. Mateo September 21, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    hey bro great article. Whats the big difference between de under and overeating period? just the amounts? thanks bro

    • Jamin Thompson September 21, 2013 at 10:56 am #

      Thanks man glad you enjoyed it. To answer your question…the overeating period is basically just a 4-8 hour window where you will “overfeed” (i.e. eat a ton of calories) to increase your glycogen stores after the 16 hour fasting period ends. Instead of having the traditional big breakfast and gradually tapering calories throughout the day (and eating no carbs after 7pm or something) you’ll sort of do the opposite and “underfeed” in the morning while having your big meal(s) later in the day and/or at night. The amounts will vary depending on your goals but there are a bunch of different plans in the guide with calorie breakdowns by goals/weight/etc. Hope that helps.

  7. Dean January 11, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Hi Jamin, I really enjoyed your article. I have only been using the plan for a few days but already feel better. I identified with it straight away and its the first diet I’ve read that actually makes sense to me. I especially like the fact that it talks about gut health being the most important thing. One of the reasons it would work so well is because you are giving your digestive system a much needed rest in the morning and using apple cider vinegar to fortify it. Thanks again and I look forward to achieving some great results.

    • Jamin Thompson February 10, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

      Hi Dean,

      Glad you enjoyed the article! Gut health is so underrated, yet so important as 80% of our immune system is located in the gut. How are you liking the plan so far? Keep me posted!

      J

  8. Rebecca February 26, 2014 at 3:51 am #

    OMG I’ve been looking for a diet that i could follow without any issues and this one is it. I cannot wait to start and become a healthier person. To gain confidence and become proud of myself is something im looking forward too 🙂

  9. Becky April 7, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    I’m a CrossFitter who trains at noon every day. I’ve read Jason’s book twice now and am starting Renegade dieting today. In the book, he talks about a 14-16 hr fast followed by a 4 hr underfeeding window and then the 4 hr overfeeding time. You’ve mentioned the 4-8 hr overfeeding. Do you differentiate between the two or just use the full 8 hours as your eating time? Difference being just green veggies and lean protein for the underfeeding window and limiting starchy carbs and fruit to the overfeeding time.

    My “plan” going into this is:
    Break the fast around 11 am with greens and a yogurt or something small–I generally feel really weak doing anything on an empty stomach.
    Workout/lift noon-1 or 2, depending on the day.
    Underfeed 11-4 ish..green veggies, lean protein, limited carbs
    Overfeed 4-8 ish…anything [clean] goes

  10. Albert May 1, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    This is a very good informative review. When I followed the diet, a lot of my experience was similar to yours, in particular about having more energy, but also the difficulty of getting used to the eating schedule. I found it very hard to get into the routine, but once I was in the habit it became easier and easier, until it was second nature. I think you’re right that people shouldn’t “get stuck in one way of thinking”, and should definitely experiment to see what works best for them. As a guy that always found it hard to stay lean when I was gaining muscle, the Renegade Diet was great for me. Anyway, if anyone is looking for a second opinion, I found another good informative review, here’s the link if anyone is interested:

    http://robsfitnessreviews.com/renegade-diet-review/

  11. Vallie July 19, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

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  12. jimmy August 10, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    i am a 24 yr old girl with a heavy build. and by heavy build i mean heavier legs n lower body as compared to upper body and also being female a minute on the lips forever on the hips stands true for me. i have just started renegade diet plan. i tried a lot of different diet plans ,6 meals a day. no carb day , u name it n i have tried it . although i did saw some quick results but then it all got back on the same places from where it went in the first place may b more. after reading your review i am so positive about this diet plan. its been only a week n my body is still adjusting to the diet but i am trying to concentrate on the greater picture..looking for some satisfying results in future .

  13. Cynthia August 25, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    I don’t see how this diet works. There is significant evidence leaning towards the fact that to maintain your weight/lose weight, you need to keep your blood sugar stable and prevent spikes.. Which means that by fasting for those many hours, and then eating lots of calories in a short period after the fast, your sugar will spike, realising insulin and then extra to cover all those calories and in turn gain weight? I wish I could see it work but it just sounds ridiculous to go that many hours without eating. How do you have energy for anything? I am absolutely starving in the mornings! I get dizzy and lightheaded when I don’t eat for a few hours when I’m working!

    • Dan October 7, 2016 at 8:42 am #

      Shut up dyke

  14. yannick February 16, 2015 at 2:30 am #

    Cynthia this diet is not for everyone, my ex girlfriend is like you she needs to eat all the time or she goes crazy, breakfast for her is very important.

    I have used the renegarde diet and loved it, i also read Brad Pilon Eat stop Eat and went for 24h without food, doing 1h weight training session, and having plenty of energy.

    There is sadly no one size fit all when it comes to eating and plan. So i guess this diet is not good for you and you should continue doing what you are doing.

    After 3 days on the plan is where the magic happens for me, i have no more sugar cravings, i love sugar and its my downfall, and my appetite is under control.

  15. Ronald April 6, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    So i dont necessarily need to workout first and then break the fast? I started today and i fasted until after my workout

  16. Jennifer May 14, 2015 at 9:05 pm #

    Love your article! I’m new to all this fitness stuff, but have been reading a lot on bodybuilding.com and all I saw was the crazy diets that they wanted you to follow. And for that reason alone I was very intimidated which gave me more negative self talk about not being able to get the results I was looking for unless I followed those very strict meal plans.

  17. Gwyn June 7, 2015 at 2:02 am #

    Hi everyone, I would like to ask the author, or both of you about calories. I read The Renegade Diet and everything seems nice but one thing doesn’t compare to others. Namely: amount of calories consumed daily. I mean exemplary daily meal schedule given both here and in book brings much less calories than are expected. For example:

    “Here’s what a sample day looks like for me on The Renegade Diet:
    Meal 1 12pm – 30g protein shake, 1tbsp Athletic Greens, 6g Omega 3 Fish Oil
    Meal 2 2pm – 25g egg white omelette w/ spinach, peppers, onions, 1 serving raw cashews
    Meal 3 4:30pm – 8oz bison steak, 2 cups jasmine rice, 2 cups steamed bok choy
    Meal 4 7pm – 8oz grilled chicken breast, rosemary roasted potatoes, unlimited green veggies, apple cider vinegar
    Meal 5 8pm – 1 cup raspberries, 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
    Fast – After meal 5 there is a 16 hour fast until around noon the next day. Then there is the 4-8 hour overfeeding period.”

    I’m too lazy to count everything but you can see at first glance that all these meals pulled together don’t even approach to border of 1000 kcal. Therefore it’s way too little to amount proposed in the book. I am not too skinny but thin though, weight: 152 lbs so my daily intake should be 1800-2400 (depends on goals). If I try to compose diet taken from the book there is no hell way to achieve 2k calories. Could anyone help me how to resolve this ?

    • Crystal August 12, 2015 at 10:24 pm #

      That actually looks like enough. Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean everything is low in calories. How tall are you anyway?

      I had to count it out to see too though:
      I’m not too sure about the supplements/protein shake since I don’t use them, but apparently a shake is ~160 calories. Also not sure how many egg whites make up 25 g since a single one egg already contains 33g of egg whites apparently…so let’s not count that “negligible” amount.

      Cashews = ~160
      Steak = ~390
      Jasmine rice = ~400
      Bok Choy = Trace, but about 30

      Chicken = ~350
      Potatoes = Don’t know amount, but most people would eat around 150-200 calories of it
      Veggies = “Unlimited…” I guess 100-150 would require quite a large amount, assuming the person is pretty hungry
      Apple cider vinegar = trace (3 per tablespoon)

      Raspberries = ~70
      Strawberries = ~25

      At the very, very least, that’s at least 1700 calories over a day, and this guy probably needs more to cover his energy needs. I’m definitely underestimating since I don’t know the oil he uses either.

      • Crystal August 12, 2015 at 10:26 pm #

        Whoops, meant over 1800 since I forgot to count the protein shake. Minimal anyway, it’s definitely a decent amount of protein and nutrition.

  18. Cooper August 24, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

    I was reading til the end just to know what Renegade diet is. Turns out it’s quite the same as intermittent fasting which I’m currently practicing. I thought it was some new diet plan or something. lol.

  19. Cahaya November 5, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

    Hi Jamin,
    Thank you for your review.

    I have a few questions.

    1) I noticed this review was written about 2 years ago. Are you still following the Renegade Diet?
    2) I normal do my 45min workout really early in the morning and finish it before 6am. By 7am, I’ll be really hungry. Do I just continue fasting till lunch time or could I just grab a quick protein shake?
    Thank you in advance for your reply

  20. Christian December 19, 2015 at 4:03 am #

    Great reading, thank you!

  21. Mo February 28, 2016 at 11:42 am #

    This is intermittent fasting, essentially. And what’s with all the degrading of healthy eating and claims that that style of eating ‘green veggies’ and ‘boiled chicken’ is ‘boring’. Did you look at your diet? But whatever works for you

  22. Jeanri September 2, 2016 at 1:48 am #

    Wow, it’s amazing how much I can relate to your article. So much of what you’ve written, I’ve experienced and am still. Wish that I’ve been less blind to all of these fitness myths, because it really damages your overall health (physically and especially mentally) in the long term. You’re one of the few that actually gives an honest opinion and say it like it is. More people should become aware of this. The damage that gets caused is sometimes so great that it can’t even get fixed. You put your body on the line, just to get major results as quick as possible. No matter how though it gets, you just keep telling yourself to keep going, because it’ll be worth it in the end. But what end? There is no end. You just keep taking one step forward and two steps back every time. You’re never happy. All you get is temporary results, leaving you with so much damage. That might even be permanent. Your body is the only thing that you have for the rest of your life. The better you treat it, the better quality of life you will be able to have. I’ve learnt the hard way that the short term fixes does a lot more damage than good and if I could take it all back I would never put my body through any of it again. It’s hard to let go of old ways, but this article gives me hope of finding a new, more sustainable way of life. Thank you.

  23. Kay October 19, 2016 at 10:55 am #

    I have been back and forth about trying this life style out. A lot of great and honest information.

  24. Tom January 12, 2017 at 12:49 am #

    Hi Jamin. I thought the muliple meals in the day was not the way to go, but that was exactly what the sample diet for one day was. It just started later in the day. Am I misunderstanding something.

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  26. Zach Hinton May 13, 2017 at 4:15 pm #

    Hey man Great review very helpful! I had already read the plan and have started the diet before reading your review. I have one major question that I am struggling to figure out. I am a 27 year old guy and I am way over weight about 25% body fat and I have laid out an eating plan for myself following what Jason says to a Tee eating about 180 or so grams of protein ( i currently weigh 220 but want to lose 40 or 50 pounds) and I am doing everything he says however I am not even close to the calories he suggests which would be 2600, I am closer to 1500. I wanted to ask should I try and make up that extra 1000 calories and do you have any suggestions how?, Thanks very much for your time!!!

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