| | EP 393 – Type 1 Diabetes and Getting Shredded

Author / John

29 min listen

In this episode the Crew dials the voicemail to answer a question from a loyal Power Athlete Radio listener:

Long story short: I can’t seem to maintain a healthy long-term regiment. I’ve been in great shape about 5 times in my 38 years. Then I fall off the wagon and get to where I am right now, which is 5’8″ about 228 pounds. I’d like to be near that 200 lbs range bodyweight. I am very muscular, I have a 48″ chest (I max benched 365 in high school.)

I have a “spare tire I can’t get rid of, ever!” I’m a type 1 diabetic and inject insulin into stomach region is why I think that is, no excuses though, I want to get rid of it.

What would be a good re-intro program for me? I’d love to get back into jujitsu, backpacking, cardio has ALWAYS been my weakness I gas out at jujitsu many times a session…. is any dietary advice in your programs also? feel free to call me if I’m not being specific enough. thank you!


The BG’s a little high. Did you bolus?

Waging war on the troublesome spare tire around your mid section with some dialed in training and nutrition is no small task. Now add Type 1 diabetes into the mix, or any autoimmune issue for that matter, and traditional battle plans for getting shredded may not be enough to win the war. This Power Athlete Radio episode takes on a question from a Type 1 Diabetic with big training goals on Jacked Street.

100 years ago, both insulin and Jacked Street had not yet been discovered. In fact, if your body produced no insulin, you would fall victim to what was then called the “wasting disease”. No matter what you ate, and how hard you theoretically trained, you would have literally wasted away to nothing and would eventually die.

But that was then, and this is now. With some dialed in training and nutrition approaches, and with the support from your doctor, you are actually able to reverse the effects of “wasting disease” and fill the sleeves of your favorite t-shirts.

READ NOW: Type I and PWO Carbs by John Welbourn

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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.

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