June 10, 2015
In my last article, I discussed how to find your caloric maintenance and set a reasonable deficit for fat loss. Today’s article is going to go a step further and show you what I and many other coaches believe to be a better way to count than just tracking calories. I’m talking of course, about macros.
May 20, 2015
May 4, 2015
It’s no secret that I am a big proponent of counting calories and/or macros. I’ve only written about the benefits of it here, here, here, here, and here. The only way to lose weight is to create an energy deficit by consuming fewer calories than you burn. And while I will admit that counting is not right for everyone in every situation, I truly believe it is the most effective and efficient way to lose fat.
April 21, 2015
What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “healthy?” Some may visualize a person with ripped abs, or huge muscles. Others conjure up images of perceived healthy foods, like broccoli, chicken, Greek yogurt, nuts, and kale. Mmmmm, all that kale… But if you’re like me, you may have trouble narrowing down what exactly constitutes “healthy.” Now, let’s turn that around. What comes to mind when you hear the term “unhealthy?” I think it’s easier to narrow down what unhealthy foods are; at least for us personally. For some of you reading this, I’d venture to guess your list contains some or all of the following: fast food, carbs, trans fats, processed foods, sugar, artificial sweeteners, soda, and so on. Regardless of what you pictured when you thought about each word, you are right…and wrong…and now, probably confused. Let me explain… I hate the terms healthy/unhealthy. Well, hate may be too strong a word. I dislike them. I also dislike the terms good/bad/evil, and best/worst, in the context of diet or exercise. And that’s exactly why I hate dislike these terms. More often than not, they’re used without proper context. Just thrown into headlines as click-bait by editors so you’ll read their article. Now, I am not saying we should stop using these words or be afraid of them. My man John Romaniello has a great write-up here about why we shouldn’t be afraid of words. In it he discusses that by fearing words, we give them power over us, our decisions, and our lives. But part of not fearing words is understanding not only what they mean, but also what they mean in the context with which they’re used. The problem with words like “healthy” or “unhealthy,” “good” or “bad,” is that they’re thrown around with […]
April 17, 2015
Growing up I never really considered my weight an issue. Yes, I knew I was overweight. From my first day in school I was bigger than most of my other classmates. I would get teased occasionally, like any fat kid. But it never really bothered me; at least it didn’t bother me enough to really do much about it.
March 17, 2015
You’ve been working out five times a week consistently for the last month. You’ve cleaned up your diet; cut out most processed foods, are eating more vegetables, more protein, and healthy fats. You’re feeling good…you’ve been losing a few pounds each week. Your clothes are fitting better. Your excited about the progress you’ve made. Then it happens…