If you haven’t read Part 1, I’d suggest doing that first. Not only will it give you some context, but it will help you to understand that this is the culmination of a virtual brain dump; some things might be useful, others you’ll wish never existed… kind of like Star Wars: Episode 1 and 2.
Now, without further ado… Part Two of my brain dump.
Admit when you’re wrong.
My wife will tell you that I’ll often make broad, sweeping comments like:
“Everything they do on that show ‘The Biggest Loser’ is just wrong!” or “Everybody should be eating clean. You can ONLY eat it if it has a face, or you can grow it!”
(Admittedly, the last one I’ve never said, but it’s a common catch cry of the paleo-tart.)
Eventually, once she’s done screaming at me, I back down from my original opinion and form a more specific, refined one that she solemnly nods her head to.
The fitness industry is filled with people who NEED to be right. And they will fight tooth and nail, even in the face of insurmountable counter-evidence, to prove their point.
Supplements aren’t everything (but they sure as hell help)
Under ideal circumstances, I’d love to get all my protein and carbohydrates from whole, natural foods- all 370 grams of protein and 370 grams of carbohydrates.
Whilst I’m not sure about you, I don’t think I can eat 9 chicken breasts and 7 cups of rice each day to fill up those energy requirements. And I can think of nothing worse than eating 2 chicken breasts and a cup of rice before heading in to do an intensive legs session.
That’s where supplements come in. They won’t fix your arthritic fingers, forged during long times of Call of Duty marathons, or help to burn away that family size pizza and tub of Ben and Jerry’s you ate last night- the third cheat meal of the week.
They will help you patch up any holes until your nutrition is as fortified as Helm’s Deep.
Eating clean is overrated
Macros are the best way to measure how you’re doing. If you want to lose weight, or gain, but you haven’t taken the time to sit down, work out your calorie requirements and macro breakdowns, then you aren’t serious.
Sure, you’ve gone from eating nothing but breads, pastas, rices, grains and anything else which has a happy animal on the packaging to living by the paleo-tarts philosophy, all the while depriving you of that last pop-tart that you REALLY want.
Not only is this unnecessary, let’s be honest, you won’t bust a button after one diet slip up, but it’s also psychologically detrimental.
Everyone, from the common desk jockey to the muscle adorned Facebook ‘personalities’ need a rest from perfection every now and then.
As a side note, ‘crap loading’ or the IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) strain of thought that leads people to try and eat every possible Pop Tart flavour whilst twisting and contorting their macros into a veritable feast of take away Asian and Ben and Jerry’s are doing themselves a great deal of personal harm.
They’ll feel it later in their lives.
Cycling your diet is for losers.
A common theme amongst the lifting community is the idea of ‘cycling’ their diets. During winter, they’ll cram in as many calories as humanly possible in an attempt to get bigger. Muscle definition isn’t a concern and their six-pack is traded in for a slab.
This is the culmination of weeks, or months, of strict dieting and self-constraint to get ready for those twenty minutes when you’re on stage/ lying on a beach.
And, in the pursuit of that glimmering window of time, most people, especially women, damage their thyroid, LDL and HDL levels, and insulin sensitivity amongst other things.
A real testament to your knowledge is being able to stay in shape all year around. That means cycling your lifting to increase preservation, eating consistently year round, never getting too fat (or too skinny) and never ‘bulk’ or ‘shred’.
And there we have it people, Part Two. If you liked it, please share it, and pass it on. I’ll post up Parts Three and Four later on in this week or early next week.
Until then, peace out!