A Beginner’s Guide To Getting Healthy

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I’ve been lifting weights now for almost 20 years; and I’ve been studying nutrition and exercise science for just about the same amount of time.

One of the many mistakes I made when first starting out as a personal trainer 8 years ago was that I often gave new clients too much, too soon.

I would forget that not everyone was like me; and while this stuff might have come easy to me over the years, for most people it was complicated and extremely challenging, especially later in life – and even more so if they were severely overweight.

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Change Your “Diet”

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This past weekend, I was listening to a “Beats 1” Podcast that featured one of my favorite young Hip-Hop artists, Joey Badass.

Joey just released his second full length LP, entitled “Amerikkkan Badass” – if you haven’t heard this album, it is absolutely amazing, and I highly recommend giving it a thorough listen.

The music is uplifting, inspirational, and delivers a stinging social commentary on the current state of our Union as it pertains to social justice and race relations.

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Optimal Meal Frequency

Rule-2Almost a year ago, I wrote a post titled “The Top 5 Nutritional Myths.”

If you haven’t read it yet, it’s a doozy.

If you know me or have been reading this blog for quite some time, you’d know that one of the things I most hate about the fitness industry is the perpetual amount of misinformation that continues to circulate, no matter how many times proven incorrect.

One of the biggest myths out there is that in order to burn more body fat, we should all eat 6 small(er) meals per day, as opposed to 3 big(ger) ones.

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You’re Doing It Wrong

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We are officially one whole month into the New Year!

You know what that means.

It’s just about time for the majority of people who started the year off with the resolution to lose weight and get “healthy” to give up and try again next year.

I can already see it happening at my gym.

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Carbohydrate Timing

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People love to complicate sh*t.

Carbohydrate timing is a perfect example.

Ask twenty different health “experts” or your local gym bro about when the best time to eat carbohydrates is, and you will undoubtedly get twenty different answers.

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The Top 5 Nutritional Myths

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We live in the “Age of Information.” 

The entire wealth of human knowledge is literally at our fingertips.

Anything you could ever want to know is just a tap or click away.

And yet it blows my mind that there are still so many uninformed people out there.

While this applies to all subjects, nutritional science is a field in which the propagation of misinformation seems to have gone rampant – almost like a Donald Trump campaign rally.

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Train Smarter

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Let’s face it.

Most of us don’t have the best genetics.

On top of that, we don’t sleep enough, we don’t always hydrate adequately or eat the right foods, and we’re stressed out 24-7 from our work and home life.

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The Importance Of A Weekly “Refeed”

Let me start by saying that I apologize for the brief hiatus.

Training has picked up quite a bit in the last few months and I have not been as free to sit down and write as I would’ve liked to have been.

With it being summer time and all, everyone is hitting the gym hard and dialing in on the diet.

Both males and females are working hard to achieve that lean, mean beach bod.

If you have ever trained with me or have read this blog, you probably already know that diet is 80% of the game as far as body composition is concerned – especially if your goal is fat loss! 

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Healthy Fats, Good Carbs, Clean Protein – Part 3

We have arrived at the third installment of this epic three part series.

If you missed Parts 1 and 2, get the hell out of here!

No seriously, catch up.

You can check out Part 1, here.

And Part 2, here. 

For those of you that have already done so, congratulations on being awesome.

Now, let’s get this party started, shall we?

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White Vs. Brown

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People are funny.

We’ll rationalize any and everything so as to justify our behavior.

Take, for instance, our lifestyle and dietary choices:

I have clients that smoke.

I have clients that drink a bit too much, quite a bit too often.

I have clients that eat fried foods on a regular basis.

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