Nutrition

Should I eat before working out? If so, what should it be?

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The short answer would be, yes.

When you are about to expend energy, it would be ideal to have fuel for that process. I would also prefer to have fuel during the process (protein, high glycemic carb) assuming there are no dietary restrictions. Perfect world, your highest percentage of carb intake (energy resource) would be taken around your workout window.

Your own adherence will ultimately dictate what is good for you and what is not. If eating something before hand makes you ...

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How Long Should I Mass For?

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Clients are usually timid about massing (gaining weight) but eating in a surplus is the best way to go about building and growing muscle tissue. Not only do you typically have improved energy and recovery but the only way to gain is to be in a surplus.

With massing phases, the pro is you build muscle but the con is you add on fat. You typically can’t gain one without the other but ideally you would gain slowly, pair it with resistance ...

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101 Days Until Thanksgiving, Start Fat Loss Diet Now!

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As I write this on August 13th there are 101 days to go until Thanksgiving, about 14.5 weeks. If your goal is fat loss then today is time to get serious about it. Very few people are going to be successful dieting for weight loss during the holidays and if you attempt to diet during that period you’re not designing a plan with the likelihood of a positive outcome. Start dieting today, get strict for about 12 weeks and then ...

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You cannot “eyeball” your calories, you don’t know how!

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I often receive the guarantee from new clients that they will “eyeball” their food or monitor their portions opposed to accurately tracking their food (against my recommendations). 

The problem here right off the bat is the average person has no idea how many calories are in a particular food by looking at it. The portion of food you eat or the amount of fullness you feel is not necessarily indicative of the calories you’ve consumed!

If we make an analogy to the ...

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The Top Secret To Curb Your Cravings!

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The title sounds like a lie and a scam, the secret to stopping your cravings. All too often now, a new quick fix solution is marketed to build more muscle or lose more weight without investing too much effort. I run into these advertisements on a regular basis by running a personal training studio. It’s unfortunate for most of us but the real solution is hard work, often times restriction and a realignment of our priorities. Nothing worth having is ...

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RP Diet Templates Are Highly Recommended

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I have added a section to the website describing and recommending the Renaissance Periodization Diet Templates as my preferred option for client diet management.

I’ve also recently began offering 1 on 1 Nutrition Classes at the studio for individuals struggling with either MyFitnessPal or the RP Diet Templates. Both can be easy to learn and invaluable tools but there may be a learning curve especially if you have not performed a proper diet before, prepared ...

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Quick & Easy Food Options | Will Take Less Than 5 Minutes

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If you feel you have too little time to dedicate towards preparing your food, this list is for you. It’s not an exhaustive list but should be an easy starting point for people new to creating more structure in their diet. You don’t necessarily need to weigh everything you eat but you must adjust your goals and expectations when you have a more relaxed approach. If you’re working with a professional you must also realize they can’t provide you with ...

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Should I Use Protein Powder Supplements?

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Clients often ask me whether they should use protein powder supplements and if so, which one? As with all my answers, it usually “depends”.

Nearly every client I’ve ever had comes in with a pretty low protein intake. This can be rectified by adding a good 4-8 ounces of protein with your 3-5 meals per day depending on your current body weight. If that’s difficult to do, you hate most protein, you don’t consume meat/eggs, etc then protein powders are a ...

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New USDA Dietary Guidelines

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For 2017 the United States Depepartment of Agriculture released some new dietary guidelines. It notably eased it’s hard restrictions towards cholesterol and sodium while giving the OK for a cup of caffeinated coffee in the morning.

The Washington Post had an excellent article on all of the details so I don’t want to copy and rehash what they’ve already said.

Mainly, I wanted to share the two infographics below as I thought they were a great visualization for how we should ...

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