First of all, I am glad that the whole idea of taking a diet-break mid-prep, is no longer a novel idea. It’s much easier to propose the idea of tackling a contest prep diet with pit stops along the way. If you have ever prepped, you know how it is. [Read more…]
I could be dating myself here, but about 10 years ago when I was a gym owner and spent a lot of time training general population clients, there was an accepted principle that to calculate a persons’ caloric requirement for weight loss you simply had to multiply their bodyweight in pounds by 10 (or 10kCals per pound.) [Read more…]
I’ve written before about how one of the hallmarks of a great career-bodybuilder is the ability to voluntarily add body fat without much psychological stress.
To those who have never been stage lean, this seems absurd. But to those of us who have spent months or years in severe caloric deficits, it’s an easy trap to fall into. [Read more…]
When did eating get so complicated? I imagine the first humans reading the title of this article then bursting into howls of laugher saying, “You eat when you’re hungry and when there’s food available! Article done!” And while I wish it were always that simple, unfortunately, the motivation behind human eating behavior is more complex.
A good percentage of athletes we work with want guidance on if they should work to gain, cut or maintain. I’ve dealt with that question 4 times this week alone. Athletes want our professional opinion of what exactly the focus of their programs should be geared toward. Probably the most important aspect of any program is that it has purpose. With that being said there is a great deal of context that should be taken into consideration, hence why we hold hour-long consultations. [Read more…]
Welcome back to the final installment of our emotional eating series. In this last piece, we will cover the emotional eating cycle and the steps to break it.
One final point I want to make before getting into today’s topic, is how to get the most out of it: [Read more…]
Welcome back to part 2 of our mini-series on emotional and other non-physiological eating behaviors. Now that we’ve identified some of the major reasons for eating, other than being physically hungry, how do we resolve them? Do we even need to resolve them?
I’ve grouped these emotional and other non-physiological reasons for eating into three main categories: 1) Normal behaviors (given modern culture, traditions, etc.), 2) Neutral but potentially destructive behaviors, and 3) Behaviors we need to address. [Read more…]
Most in the bodybuilding community are motivated by a desire to look a certain way, or at the very least to improve upon their physique and take more control of their appearance. Understandably, this often necessitates dietary manipulation. More often than not, individuals go through phases of caloric restriction to reduce fat mass (while attempting to retain muscle mass), alternated with phases of caloric surplus to increase muscle mass (while attempting to minimize fat gain). Competitive bodybuilders and physique athletes do this in an effort to be competitive season to season, and it is a necessary approach to make progress between seasons, and to step on stage extremely lean.
Unfortunately, this back and forth can often interfere with having a healthy, normal relationship with food. It is rare that bodybuilders, especially novices, are comfortable and capable of managing their body composition without being at either end of the spectrum. Maintenance is often seen as antithetical to the goal of bodybuilding; which is to always progress, in one way or another. Thus, the idea of not being in an assertive deficit or surplus is unfamiliar at best, or seen as a waste of time at worst.
I don’t know of any other subject in our industry that is more confused, twisted and all together molested than the subject of nutrition. Honestly it makes a very simple subject quite complex and intimidating. Nutrition is also a very intimate part of our lives so there is a lot of validity as to the necessity to customize it person to person while keeping in mind what is important. Will power, likes and dislikes, personal schedules, and even food allergies are just some of the valid reasons a “one size fits all” approach is doomed to failure. Nourishment, weather for our physique or strength goals, is not nearly as complicated as one might think. Avoid these very common mistakes while customizing your nutrition to your life and with enough time, you’ll be well on your way to achieving and maintaining your physique goals. [Read more…]
You’re at the office, cranking diligently away on an intense project that was just assigned to you and your division. You look up, and glance over at one of your teammates, only to see him staring blankly at the wall, totally lost in trance.
You’d say to yourself, “How lazy! We have so much work to get done and here I am working my ass off, while he’s just sitting over-there twiddling his thumbs!” [Read more…]