Nutrition and weight-training are always on my mind. May I rant?
Why are people still counting calories? Train hard and heavy, get some metabolic work in, experiment and determine what makes you stronger, faster, fitter or feel better. Don’t be afraid to eat. Jam quality protein and carbs and fat into your body!
A friend and I were talking today about the effects on our strength, when going up or down in bodyweight. A diet plan designed to bring out visible abs almost always means basic strength plummets. Try a Smolov squat program when on a low-carb plan and tell me how you feel, and how heavy the bar becomes. It’ll suck, and so will your lifting.
Many people around me in the gym this month are in the final countdown to a local bodybuilding/physique show, and are melting down in ways common for those living without carbs but not smart enough to add fat. Daily I’m seeing all these depleted gym people suddenly working harder than I’ve ever seen before, with less nutrition in their bodies than any other time of the year. It makes no sense!
Too many people are afraid to gain a little bit of body fat, in the pursuit of strength and muscle. Resulting in despair and frustration, because in most cases they never will gain appreciable muscle. Oddly enough, those looking to lose body fat who don’t have a lot of lean tissue, will burn the body fat while pursuing the gaining of muscle.
I’m overwhelmed by people focusing on isolation exercises, whether free weight or machine, when they’re significantly overweight. What’s the point of bicep curls, or side raises that will do little but widen your waist, when you’ve a pony keg attached to your gut? Squat, deadlift, row, press, clean (please learn how to clean, not those from-the-floor-reverse curls taught in high school football), sprint. Lunge. Bench press if you must. Repeat over and over, three days weekly.
Don’t sit in chairs and exercise. Stand on the earth and fight gravity. Then eat some more! Take a walk. Ride a bike. Garden. Enjoy the outdoors.
Avoid soda and sugar like it’s the plague. That’s right, it is the plague! Your carbs should come in the form of vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds. They grew, got dirty, were harvested. This is real food, people. Consume vegetables with each meal
Your protein should have had a face, once upon a time. Within reason, eat all you want. When you feel satisfied, stop eating. If you develop dramatic full feelings, you’ve eaten too much.
A banana by itself is not a snack. Neither is yogurt. Soup does not come in cans; you combine the ingredients on a stovetop from real food. Cheese will not kill you; neither is it a separate food group. Bacon, on the other hand, just may be it’s own magical food group!
Drink coffee, water, wine. Tea if you must. No soda of any type. Ever.
Stop eating sandwiches. You don’t need lunch meat anyways. Combine a bit of bacon, crumbled up, already cooked chicken or ground meat, and a few cups of already-prepared vegetables in a frying pan with some coconut oil. Tell me it’s not delicious. Or skip the leftover chicken and hamburger (that’s what I had tonight), and hit it with four or five scrambled eggs. Some spinach, feta cheese and kalamata olives... delicious!
OK, I’m done with tonight’s mild rant. Work out hard, supplement wisely, eat like you mean it!
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