BioJacked #10: Nate Miyaki, Samurai Psychologist

In this 10th episode of BioJacked on Mutiny Radio (see ) we invited fitness model, trainer, nutrition coach, and fitness book author Nate Miyaki to share his science- and psychology-based approach to diet and bodybuilding.

As we discover in this interview, Nate Miyaki puts equal weight on science and practical experience. So in the course of discovering a diet framework for his clients that would be psychologically satistfying as well as physically effective, he arrived at a system involving skipping breakfast, eating (basically) paleo foods, and consuming all carbohydrates at night. (Sound familiar?)

Nate Miyaki is the author of a book called The Samurai Diet: The Science and Strategy of Winning the Fat Loss War, and his temperament owes much to ancient Japanese texts like Hagakure as well as more modern wise warriors like Bruce Lee.

You’ll find Miyaki appearing on the Paleo Solution podcast with Robb Wolf later this year, so definitely watch for that.

Paleo Fx DVD’s, Dr. Brasco’s Gut Check and upcoming interviews

Questions from the forums for this episode were interspersed in the conversation, and have been marked in the time code list with an “F” in brackets.

Important announcement: the first DH Webinar will be held on June 26th at 4pm PST: 1 hour of lecture, 1 hour of Q&A. Check out the DH Forum for details ( )

    • 02:00 Nate Miyaki’s Samurai Diet — influenced by Ori Hofmekler’s Warrior Diet.
    • 04:45 The psychology-based approach that Nate takes to configuring diet — sacrifice/reward patterns.
    • 07:15 The use of rebound hypoglycemia to trigger growth hormone release (i.e. why eat carbs at night).
    • 12:00 Diet as lucky socks. (Superstition, magic powers, etc).
    • 18:15 [F] As a genetically “skinny fat guy”, what dietary modifications would Nate make to build lean mass?

“What looks good on paper as we found doesn’t always look good in the real world.” –Nate Miyaki

  • 22:00 [F] What do you find are the protein requirements for a sedentary person versus an athlete?
  • 34:30 [F] Would it be worth making some Carb Back-Loading style tweaks to a diet that is still along the lines of a typical low fat bodybuilder regime, in order to see faster transformation?
  • 36:00 Does Nate Miyaki prescribe a “prep phase”?
  • 37:00 Kiefer shoots down Naomi’s Van Halen choice, insists on Ice Cream Man.
    • 39:30 Our rant about really bad science writing, revolving around the “Can Exercise Be Bad for You?” firestorm from an improperly characterized recent study on PLoS One.
    • 52:45 Nate Miyaki is working on a book for working professionals aiming for easy fat loss.
    • 1:04:00 [F] What’s the maximum amount of muscle gain that can be “expected” in intermediate to advanced bodybuilders?
    • 1:13:15 Convo about the physical and psychological sustainability of various diet frameworks.

“I’m not coaching you to the stage. I’m making you an athlete. And a consequence of the process is that you could get on stage in a few weeks.” –Kiefer

    • 1:17:15 [F] How do you tweak things to get under the 6-8% body fat range?

Stay leaner. Getting to 4% body fat is not about what you do in 12 weeks, it’s about what you do year-round. –Nate Miyaki

  • 1:20:45 [F] What would be the best way to achieve tGLUT activation on a bodybuilding split?
  • 1:27:00 Kiefer explains the “tGLUT” term (the grouping of GLUT-4 and GLUT-12). [F] Is tGLUT activation muscle-specific?
  • 1:28:55 [F] Should creatine supplementation be a daily thing? How do you know if you’re using the right amount?
  • 1:30:45 Announcement of DH Webinar (June 26th, 4pm PST).

Resources Mentioned

Joel Jamieson, renowned MMA trainer

The Science of Superstition by Bruce M. Hood

The NYTimes article that pissed us off. (Can Exercise Be Bad For You?)

Adverse Metabolic Response to Regular Exercise: Is It a Rare or Common Occurrence? [PLoS One]