If It’s Too Good To Be True…
You know how people say, “if it’s too good to be true it probably is”? Well in this case regarding calories in and calories out that statement holds true. If everything we put in our bodies had the same measurable effect on our metabolism, then losing weight would be much easier that’s for sure. All you would need to do is eat in a deficit of calories everyday, and as long as the calories you were taking in were under your required intake for weight loss, you would drop body fat. Simple as that right? Wrong! Here’s why….
The Stalling Effect
Changing your eating habits to lose body fat is generally the best thing you can do to begin to see results. You begin to lose inches around your waist, your clothes get a little baggier, and you start feeling better from the more nutrient rich foods you are taking in. But, after a while, even if you are consistent with your diet, you will notice that progress can slow down, and even come to a screeching halt. This happens because the body is always defending itself. The human species has done this for thousands of years, adapt or die. The body has adapted to your new style of eating and regulated the metabolism to burn just enough calories to get through the food you are currently consuming in a day. So now what do you do? Here is what I suggest…
Increase your activity level first, don’t cut more calories!
Increasing your activity level can be as simple as adding a little more cardio into each session you do daily. So for example, if you are not doing any cardio on your weight training days, try adding a simple walk on the treadmill at the end of your lifting session for 20-30 minutes. Then on your regular cardio days add on an extra 15 minutes to your time. This extra time could be spent doing a number of different activities. One of the best cardio workouts in terms of bang for your buck would be either a rowing machine or jumping rope, but you can just as easily walk on an incline on the treadmill and still see results. Over the course of the week, by adding in this simple approach you can be doing an extra 2 hours of activity per week, which really adds up in terms of calories burned, and will help reignite the fat loss you have been missing.
Take Home Point
If you remember anything from this post please remember this part. When dieting, if you hit a sticking point in your fat loss progress, always try other avenues before cutting more calories out of your diet. Always remember, the body adapts over time to these changes, and eventually again yes, it will adapt to the new deficit you put it in, making it again even more difficult to see any progress. So always try other means first before cutting your diet.
“Hey man, what do you take”?
I always get asked at least once a week about what my supplement routine is. So I thought I would share my current regimen with you guys to maybe provide some guidance. My typical morning starts off with either an egg based breakfast, such as scrambled eggs, or I will use the Pro-3 Protein powder and make a smoothie. Since the first meal of my day is also my pre-workout meal I typically throw some carbs into this meal to help fuel my upcoming workout. If I do the egg meal for breakfast, then I end up eating those with oatmeal. But, if I go with the smoothie instead, I will end up adding a banana to the smoothie for the carbohydrates. With my breakfast meal is when I also take my first dose of sarms. Right now I am using S4 and GWXT pre-workout. I take 2 capsules of each with breakfast.
Now It’s Time to Get Motivated
About fourty five minutes to an hour after breakfast I will mix up a scoop of Limitless Pre-workout in about 16 ounces of water and start sipping on it approximately 30 minutes before I go to the gym. I will consume about half to two thirds of the Limitless before I get to the gym, and finish it during the first 20 minutes of my workout. Throughout the rest of the workout I just sip on water until I am done training. After my workout I don’t rush to take in a meal or protein shake. I typically get home from the gym, and within approximately 60-90 minutes of finishing my lift I usually make a smoothie. Anywhere around 40-50 grams of protein total, so approximately 2 scoops of Pro-3 Chocolate, a banana, and 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter. I add this to 6 ounces of water with 6-8 ice cubes. Blend and done. After this, I am really not taking in any other supplements until bed time, which is about 10 hours from the time I have my post workout shake. The only thing I use in between that time and bed time are the Vital Greens Super Food Blend. I add 2 scoops into 20 ounces of water and sip on it throughout the evening. I do this to try to make sure I am getting in enough nutrition and anti-oxidants to support my recovery, but also Vital Greens tastes really good for a “greens” formula, and breaks up the monotony of just drinking water all day.
The last supplement I use about 30 minutes before bed is Ibutamoren. I take three capsules every night before bed. It seems to help with sleep, and I recover much faster on it. And that’s it, a handful of key items is all I use on a daily basis. What are your favorite supplements?
Found this new recipe and wanted to share it to all of you. A solid low carb dessert, and who doesn’t like peanut butter honestly. Check it out below!
Peanut Butter Protein Cookies
1 cup all natural peanut butter
1/3 cup date paste
1/2 cup vanilla Pro-3 Protein
1/4 teaspoon salt
Mix all ingredients in a food processor. It is generally easiest to start with the peanut butter and date paste. After this is mixed pretty well, start adding in the protein powder and salt until all ingredients are mixed well together. This recipe will serve 12 portions, so once everything is mixed, distribute the batter evenly into 12 pieces, all rolled up into a ball. Then take a fork and you can press the cookies out on a baking pan that is lightly greased in coconut oil. Put them in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. That’s it. Enjoy!
Always Keep Pushing Forward!
Today’s topic is one that is extremely important to me and I wanted to share with you. When someone is setting out to achieve a specific goal, whether that be to lose weight, build muscle, or get better at a specific sport or activity you generally have some sort of idea as to what you would like the end result to be. And as you start to get into your training, results aren’t coming as fast as they used to and you begin to lose motivation. The fire you had in the beginning when everything was going perfect starts to fade. This is when one of the worst things you can ever do starts to happen. You accept that this is the best you can do, and you decide to settle on the results you have achieved. Well, I am here to tell you that is bull shit. When you make the conscious decision to stop pushing forward, and basically put yourself in cruise control, you are setting yourself up for failure. This is a loser mentality because you are basically throwing in the towel and saying, well that’s good enough I guess. Never, never, never set limitations on what you can do. When you begin to place limits on your results, whether you realize it or not you begin to fall into more of a complacent state of mind. Once you let the complacency kick in, it almost always begins the downward spiral to where even making it to the gym becomes a chore. Don’t let this happen to you. Always have goals, and set goals that are bigger than average. Always keep yourself pushing forward toward the next milestone. I promise you in the end you will be happy you did.
Live to Fight Another Day
The title is not a dead giveaway today so let me get right to the point. If you are currently following a specific training routine and are feeling very fatigued, sore, or tired. Almost to the point of you might accidentally injure yourself if you continue on, please utilize some wisdom and take an extra day to let your body heal. For example, I had a client today mention that he was supposed to be performing a 5×5 routine on his standing military press, but his shoulders are sore and he is still “feeling it” from his last training session. Feeling it, meaning he still feels sore and tight in those areas. So I advised him to skip out on the 5×5 for the day and lighten the weight up and perform 3 relatively easy sets of 10 reps. Gets the blood flowing to the area and will set him up for better recovery going into his next workout. After explaining this I finished my discussion with “live to fight another day”, which was the easiest way to look at it. Occasionally, you have to be able to listen to your body. I commend all of you out there that have the discipline to follow your routine to the letter, but you need to be able to identify when it may be a good time to throw in an easier session, to ensure you do not over do it and accidentally cause an injury. With more time and experience in the gym you will learn your bodies’ own limits and how much you can push on. In my opinion understanding this concept is almost as important as having the initial drive to get results in the first place. I can not tell you how many people I know that have been all in initially on their new program they started, and then 5 weeks into it strain a muscle that sets them back a few weeks. So when they do come back it is like starting from day one again. So remember, if you know you are not 100%, there is nothing wrong with living to fight another day.
The number one thing holding most people back from reaching their goals….Fear of Failure.
For some reason many of us seem to get caught up in the fact that if we attempt something and fail, then we will be judged by everyone else as a failure or a loser, Well I am here to say fuck that. The only way you will be able to truly succeed is by overcoming failure and continuing to move forward. Failure is the greatest teacher when it comes to achieving success. The best example of this that I can recall is Michael Jordan. The guy has missed over 9000 shots, 26 game winners too, but as his career continued, and he worked his ass off, he was able to finally succeed and take his team to 6 Titles. Without that fire and work ethic, and his ability to drown out the nay sayers, Michael Jordan could have very well became irrelevant. He still would have been a good athlete no doubt, but he would not be remembered as the greatest of all time aka GOAT if he did not have the mental toughness to push through each of his struggles and failures. We could all learn something from his mindset to not stop when things get tough, or to understand that a set back is only minor, and the bigger picture is still ahead, you just have to keep going. This is why we see so many get into fitness and exercising and they stop and start every year, over and over like a broken record. They don’t see results in the first 20 days so they say screw it and give up for the next 6 months, or just accept the body they have without even considering that they may need to make some changes to there routine before they just throw in the towel. Listen I could go on and on with this subject because it is one I deal with in clients everyday, but simply put, fuck failure, and keep pushing forward. Even when you fuck up and eat bad, or miss a workout, do not throw the rest of the week out the window. Get back on the fucking horse and get to work because no one else is going to do it for you. It’s you vs you.
In the Beginning
Since the early 1990’s when Bill Phillips introduced the first mass produced creatine powder, this supplement has been under the spotlight. At times, for its benefits to strength and performance in the gym, and at others receiving negative attention, and being called a “steroid” by very uneducated individuals who really have no clue what creatine even is. Creatine is a molecule that the body can naturally produce. It’s made primarily in the kidneys and completed in the liver, by three amino acids glycine, arginine, and methionine. Typically, from a nutritional standpoint creatine is found in higher concentrations in red meats. So for those of you that are walking around considering creatine something that is unnatural or a steroid, you need to do a little research first.
How Can It Benefit Me?
Besides creatines’ known benefits of strength and performance it also plays another role in cell health. Creatine helps the mitochondria in our bodies’ produce more ATP, which is energy for our cells. The healthier the cells in the body are the longer they can potentially live, and the better off that organ that the particular cell lives in will be. So indirectly, creatine has cell protective properties! This is why many researchers consider creatine a superfood.
Who Can Safely Take It?
After knowing these benefits, really any adult can use creatine safely. The recommended dosage per day is 5 grams, or approximately 1 teaspoon. You do not need to do any type of loading phase, or anything like that which you may have heard of unless you are using creatine for more than the health benefits. If you are using creatine for the performance benefits I would suggest using it pre and post workout on workout days, 5 grams pre, and 5 grams post in a protein shake or BCAA drink. On non workout days use 5 grams in the morning with breakfast or a protein shake.
New low carb recipe for you guys to check out. Hope you like it!
Steak and Shirataki Stir Fry
- 2 packages or approximately 14 ounces shirataki noodles
- 1 pound top sirloin or skirt steak cut into ¼ inch-thick slices
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 3/4 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
- 2 tablespoons tamari
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- 2-inches ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons Avocado oil
- 8 ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 4 heads baby bok choy, thinly sliced
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Open the packages of shirataki noodles and drain the noodles in a colander. Rinse well under cold water.
Add the noodles to the boiling water. Boil 2 minutes. Drain.
Heat a large skillet or a wok over medium-low heat. Do not add any oil. Add the shirataki noodles to the dry skillet and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, using tongs to frequently turn and move the noodles as they cook. This process dries out the noodles. You’ll know they are dry when they suddenly start to squeak as they are moved around the skillet. Remove the noodles from the skillet and set aside.
Whisk together tamari, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, coconut aminos, fish sauce, ginger and garlic.
Pour half of the mixture over the beef. Set aside.
Heat a large skillet or a wok over medium-high heat. Wait several minutes for the pan to get really hot, then add the beef. Cook, stirring just a few times, until meat is cooked, 3 minutes. Transfer the meat to a plate.
Let the pan heat up again and add Avocado Oil. Add the shredded carrots and bell pepper. Cook for 10-15 minutes. Add the mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms are soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the bok choy. Cook until just tender, 2 minutes.
Add the noodles and the reserved marinade. Toss the noodles well to coat. Add the beef to the pan and cook just until heated. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
When it comes to weight loss your bodies’ metabolism plays a huge role in how successful you will be. To be blunt, it can make or break you in your weight loss goals. So here I wanted to leave you with three rules to remember about your metabolism that may help you if you feel like you may be stalling out on your results.
Rule 1: Metabolism is Unique to each Individual
This rule should really kind of be common sense, but it needs to be said and viewed as the most important. Every person is unique in how their body metabolizes what they take in. So even if you think you are following the perfect meal plan, but are still not seeing progress, then something needs to be adjusted.
Rule 2: A Less Efficient Metabolism is Actually Optimal
One big misconception is that when we eat low carb our bodies’ thyroid production slows down naturally, and this can stall weight loss. But, the truth is that we want our body to have a less efficient metabolism. Also, on this subject, this is where not all calories are created equal. Ensuring that we are taking in quality calories, and not just “fitting” food into our daily macros can be key to get that last little bit of stubborn fat off your trouble areas.
Rule 3: The Body is Always Either Anabolic or Catabolic
Always remember the body is either going to be attempting to store fat and muscle, or losing fat and muscle. Muscle loss can be collateral damage in the process of burning fat. The only time you will notice the phenomenon of being able to lose body fat, while simultaneously keeping that lean muscle is when you add anabolic steroids to the mix.
This post is more of a tip of the day. Nothing too drawn out or fancy here, just proving a point as to how simple we can keep things and still get good results. So often I get guys and girls whom I consult that want to add on muscle, which is great. But when it comes down to putting together a meal plan they glaze over as if we are discussing advanced calculus. Listen, it does not need to be so complicated. Here is a simple way to nail down your macros as a base to start.
Where to Start
Here is a simple place to begin. Start with the number 10, and add 1 for every hour of training you do per week. so for example if you train 5 hours a week, or 5 days a week at one hour, then add 5 to the number 10. That puts you at 15. Then take the number 15 and multiply it times your current body weight. Here let’s say for example you weigh 200 pounds. 200 times 15 is 3,000, which is approximately what you can eat per day to maintain your current body mass. So, if your goal is to gain mass, then add 250-500 calories to this number, to put you in a surplus. Track your body weight from start to finish, and every two weeks I would weigh myself and see where I am at. If you have gained 1-2 pounds, then progress is being made. If you are still the same weight, then I would increase the total calories by 250 each weigh in until progress is made. Trust me, you will eventually find the sweet spot, unless you have tape worm, then you’re fucked.
What do I actually eat?
Now for the details. Again we are trying to keep things simple here so this is where I tell people the easier the better. For protein intake go with around 1 gram per pound. For carbohydrates these need to stay relatively high for a mass gain phase, I would suggest that about 35%-40% of your calories are from carbohydrates. This puts you at about 25%-30% of calories coming from protein, and another 30% roughly coming from fat. Going back to our 200lb individual example from earlier, here is a sample breakdown.
Calories per day 3000
You can break this down into 4-6 meals spread throughout the day, so at 6 meals you are looking at 500 calorie meals throughtout. Pretty reasonable. Try using this formula out if you are trying to put on mass, and if you need any assistance getting it set up please feel free to reach out and I will help you out.