“Protein, who needs it.”…Said no bodybuilder ever. The truth of the matter is, regardless of our specific individual goals, if these goals have anything to do with building lean tissue, or preventing muscle wasting while dieting, we need protein. [Read more…]
“Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock…” We’ve all been here before: it’s 3 in the afternoon, you just finished eating lunch an hour ago, and you’re already starving. You stare at the clock, counting the minutes until you get to eat again, “Only 2 more hours and 53 minutes until dinner time.” What a terrible way to live, right?
Fat-loss is difficult, and there will inevitably be times during your diet where you find yourself in a similar situation to the one above, however minimizing the number of times we find ourselves here, and the length of time we spend here, is critical. Not only is this critical for maintaining your sanity, a productive work day, healthy relationships with family and friends, and overall well-being, but reducing the frequency of the above scenario also increases the likelihood that you will be successful in achieving your fat-loss goals.
“High-Fructose Corn Syrup will make you fat!” “High-Fructose Corn Syrup is the reason you can’t lose weight.” “High-Fructose Corn Syrup is worse for you than table sugar.” The list goes on and on of the various claims made about high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) throughout the dieting community and popular media headlines. And while these claims have become almost law to many who are trying to lose weight, is there actually any truth behind them? Is high-fructose corn syrup itself really to blame for the current obesity epidemic sweeping America?
There has been great debate amongst experts in the field of diet and nutrition over the last fifteen to twenty years regarding the safety of artificial sweeteners, primarily aspartame. Often times, certain influential public figures (with no dietary credentials whatsoever might I add) receive extraordinary exposure from the media on this subject, thus resulting in the skewed opinion and misrepresentation toward the public. Reporters capture this, and mislead the public and my job here is to inform you, not that sugar substitutes are good for you, but how they are all right in moderation and that if you drink a diet soda in the morning, you are not going to suddenly develop a cancerous tumor from it, rest assured.
As a strength/physique athlete there are many challenges. Dieting and training are two that most know well. These are challenges that we are all well aware of and, in a sense, we enjoy them. But on the other hand, there are challenges that we don’t necessarily “sign up” for. One that took me by surprise was the difficulty of post contest dieting. I thought I was prepared, but a week after the last show of my first season there were 3 cheeseburgers left over after a family dinner. I had already had two, so I volunteered to eat one more. I didn’t want to waste food and I figured if I had one more so would some other people. They didn’t. After the last two burgers and half a tray of brownies, I knew I was in trouble. That realization helped me get back on track and not gain 25 pounds in a month after my show like some have done.
There are many wonderful things about the sport of natural bodybuilding. The commitment to regular strength training and aerobic conditioning helps keep us healthy and physically fit while most of the culture struggles with weight issues and deconditioning. [Read more…]