Food and Nutrition

Food and Nutrition

IIFYM – Revisited

IF IT FITS YOUR MACROS, the eating protocol that most strict fitness experts may not advise their clients to follow, but I have personally tried it and have gotten excellent results from it. It’s no miracle eating protocol and it’s not the eating protocol to save all eating protocols. It’s a concept that I have seen others yield great results from and myself. I have previously spoken about IIFYM (IF IT FITS YOUR MACROS), in this blog but now, I want to talk about how to use this eating protocol to your own personal benefit. I had mainly hit the points of what it was, and how it generally works but I want to make it a little clearer this time around. Now, a lot of people when they see IIFYM, they assume that they can eat whatever they want and call it a day, which puts a negative name on the whole concept. In all honesty, IF IT FITS YOUR MACROS, is meant to allow one to eat the things they like, and also keep to their diet and fitness goals on track. But, if you’re interested in learning how to use this eating protocol to your benefit, please keep reading this article!

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How to calculate caloric intake

Nutrition is considered the MOST important aspect of fitness training. A lot of people who initially get into fitness training of any type, particularly those who are more focused on the bodybuilding component of it, fail to recognize the importance of nutrition. They focus mainly on what’s happening in the gym and neglect to develop a proper diet or to calculate the right amount of calories they are suppose to consume to get a particular goal they are seeking. The reason for this, is pretty obvious. People observe the training at the gym but don’t see what these individuals who have the 6 packs, developed pecs and definition in their arms, are putting into their mouth when they leave the gym. It’s a type of illusion that can fool a beginner to be convinced that training is the ultimate component of fitness training and not the diet. This article isn’t going to focus on what types of diet to consume, because that’s been talked about many times in here and will be talked many times again. But rather, this article will focus on the very EASY way to calculate your caloric intake if you find the link I have under the Useful Links, is a tad bit too confusing.

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How much protein, is enough protein?

The question many tend to ask me over and over again, is the simple one; how much protein is enough protein? There are basic ratios that assist in acquiring the right amount of protein in take, to build muscle mass but, there’s also goals that need to be looked at to assume how much protein is needed for a particular body type. Someone who’s a hardgainer, may require a little more because of the overall requirement of calories to gain weight period, while other body types may just follow the basics. This article is going to just focus on the basics and not go into the nitty gritty of it, I’d rather leave that for another post. In fact, I am just letting you know why the numbers are the way it is, why you should or shouldn’t follow it and at the end of the day it’s up to you to choose which of the 2 ratios, is the one for you and you’re long term muscle building or maintaining goals.

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Juices Count

It’s sometimes a fighting battle when it comes to this competition we call fat loss. Through the basics, we shed some body fat while building or retaining muscles, depending on where in the training hierarchy you fall. But one of the best ways to lose weight, is to count your calories. Knowing exactly how much calories one is consuming, helps to keep their weight loss program on track. But what about those juices? I have seen people drinking their juices in place of the sodas and as awesome as that is, I doubt they realize that that too, needs to be counted. Remember, the reason we count our calories is because we want our body’s metabolic activities to be fueled by the fat we already have stored in our body, rather than using acquired energy from outside sources (e.g food), so counting helps keep this fat loss mechanism on a continued flow. This is also why some people prefer doing a low carbohydrate diet because this encourages even more fat loss because your body’s number one choice for fuel, is carbohydrates. But that’s not the topic of this entry 😛 I know some of you who are reading this, are like “duh”, of course you have to count your juices but then there are some who are still in the dark about this. So keep reading if you already don’t count your juices and to learn why, it’s important to start doing so immediately. Remember knowing is power, from this[…]

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Cheat Meals: The Good and The Bad

Ever just feel like munching down on that chicken sandwich at Wendy’s or Burger King, or whoever it is that you get your chicken sammich from? Unfortunately for you and I, we’re on diets. So how can we even consider eating something so tasty, when we’re trying to lose body fat? There’s no way that eating that meal, would benefit us when it comes to cutting. Maybe if we’re bulking, but how can we eat this sandwich and still lose weight? Well, people eating that sandwich is what is called a cheat meal. I am going to talk about some of the benefits and some of the disadvantages, of including a cheat meal into your overall diet.

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