TNT Low Carb Diet is the Plan for Me!

When it came time to sign up for the Summer 52 Day Challenge, the question was posed by another TNTer (Farsteve) and myself as to whether TNT could be considered clean eating.  Dariego replied by quoting Section 3 of The 52 Day Challenge FAQ 2008

“3. Is there really a defined structure for Clean Eats? No, it is what you want it to be. … Some guys will follow the advice in Clean Eating III & Siscoe’s “So you want to lose fat” post exactly, some will be stricter, and still others will have just caloric goals. However, don’t short-change yourself and convince yourself that just because you are not eating a whole pizza in a day you are eating cleanly. It is supposed to be a challenge.”

To learn what Clean Eating is you are referred to the following definitive statement of Clean Eating:  Clean Eating III

Superpup then responded:
“Welcome to the challenge! I’m glad you read dareigo‘s response the way it was intended, an open invitation.

Short Answer: count it clean and join

Long Answer: TNT Man, the answer is in your description of TNT as “…a highly structured Low Carb Diet & Exercise program.” I haven’t read it, but I have read reviews of it from reputable sources. The sources agree that the diet is well researched, and the research informs their choices. Though it departs from the norm, it does so in a measured, research-based, clearly defined way, which leads us back to the short answer: count it clean and join! Again, Welcome!”

Interestingly enough, when I urged other TNTers to join the challenge, one person opposed the concept saying:  “I want to protest this! How can a TNTer follow this if the “clean eating” shuns fatty meats….in particular, bacon, which is recommended by the authors of TNT?” 

I am happy to say that several TNTers are participating in this challenge. 

What we have here is the classic conflict between Low Fat diets and Low Carb diets.   These are two totally different approaches to the age old problem of getting rid of extra pounds.  What I want to explore here is not to answer the question “What is TNT and why does it work?” – that I will let you read on your own, but “What lead me to TNT and why is TNT the diet and exercise plan for me?” 

I will continue to add to this Page and I will add Chapters (sub pages) as the whim strikes me.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ed johnson
    Aug 30, 2014 @ 03:45:42

    I just saw a video by Jeff Volek, so I’m new to all this. I notice some recipes call for Splenda (which I’m told is bad news), so can I use Xylitol or what?


    • TNT Man
      Aug 30, 2014 @ 07:04:54


      Welcome. Most any of the sugar substitutes will be OK. My problem with Xylitol is that it has a laxative effect which I am sensitive to. Also, ir is a life-threatening toxin to dogs.

      Good Luck
      TNT Man


  2. kathy
    Apr 24, 2018 @ 10:22:38

    Been on a diet for over a month, have not lost weight, keeping calories below 2000 and gym cardio five days a week. I know I need to lift weights, but I also have been unemployed for 6 mos. Could this be why not losing? Want to start atkins or low carb or maybe fasting, clothes still do not fit.


    • TNT Man
      Apr 26, 2018 @ 16:57:36


      Cardio 5 days a week does not equal weight loss. Weight loss is focused on food. If you are not losing eat less – or eat differently. If you go onto a Very Low Carb High Fat Diet, you need to keep the Carbs close to 25 grams. You will still not lose weight if you eat too much.

      You don’t need a gym – there are a multitude of body weight exercise you can do to add muscle. Do some on line research and you will find those type of workouts.

      Good Luck.
      TNT Man


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