Food…the final frontier.
There I was, in line at the grocery store while sporting the usual sweaty tank top after a workout. As the cashier rings me up she says, “I’ve been trying to lose weight and I eat pretty clean and balanced, am I doing something wrong?” I replied, “Well how much are you eating in a day total?” After a long pause, she answered, “I don’t know.” Then I probably said something witty, smiled, put on my sunglasses like Horatio from CSI and walked away in slow motion.
A recent study published in the journal Obesity sent shockwaves through the health and fitness community like nothing seen in recent months. The study, declaring that you could drink diet soda and lose weight, seemed counter-intuitive and left many personal trainers scratching their heads.
Salt has gotten a bad rap due to its rampant overuse in the food and restaurant industries and its potential to elevate blood pressure in susceptible individuals...
So, a very highly debated topic lately is clean eating versus IIFYM. For those of you that are not clear on what IIFYM stands for, it’s "If It Fits Your Macros". My goal with this article is not to change anyone's opinion on either one. My goal is to simply inform everyone of how IIFYM works. What I have found is almost every post I see about IIFYM is loaded with misinformation on how IIFYM works.
As I prepare for my upcoming photo shoots, I am constantly searching for new ways to help me in my fight against hunger. Dropping body fat and cutting weight is not easy, especially when you wait till the last minute like I tend to do. Crash course diets will only leave you rebounding and gaining weight back immediately after you go back to normal life. I have compiled a list of 10 of my favorite items that I have stumbled upon in my quest to stay shredded...
It used to be accepted in the fitness world that brown rice was the healthier option and the best rice to include in your diet when body fat levels are a concern. But recently opinion has become divided as to which is the better choice, so it’s not surprising that one of the most common questions I am asked is:
“Is it better to include brown rice in my diet as opposed to white?”
But as you will see, perhaps the better question to ask would be:
“Is it better to include long grain rice in my diet as opposed to short grain?”
As I touched on with my previous article, there are many important factors to consider during a mass gaining phase that are often over-looked and a mass gaining phase is rarely given the same attention to detail that a trainee would give their pre-contest diet.
One thing in particular that is often overlooked during a mass gaining phase is the negative impact of a prolonged caloric surplus and increased amounts of carbohydrates. As you may know, during a dieting phase, metabolic and hormonal adaptations occur that negatively impact muscle mass and fat burning potential. These include a reduction in resting testosterone levels, a rise in cortisol levels and the metabolic rate begins to decrease.
We all know nutrition is the number one factor in fat loss or building muscle, yet it is still the biggest issue we have in achieving our goals. It's not that we don't want to achieve those goals, but more that we let ourselves get in our own way. So here are the tips I use to help my clients and myself achieve success.
Don't keep junk in the house: This has to be the number one rule to success. It's pretty simple, if there is not junk in the house then there is no way you can eat it.
Always wait 15 minutes after you eat before eating more: