Successful and sustainable weight loss is difficult, there’s no doubt about it. Those models you see in health magazines posing beside captions saying “Get a six-pack in 6 weeks” and “Secrets to getting tight and toned” work hard to get those bodies; the people coming up with the ridiculous headlines beside them are another matter.
By now you’ve probably heard the old saying that losing weight is “20% exercise and 80% nutrition” or some variation. Without getting into a debate about exact percentages one thing all good coaches can agree on is that nutrition is very important. It’s also one of the hardest things for people to stick to and get right.
These days, in our wonderfully technology filled culture, there are thousands of apps, doodads, gizmos, and systems trying to get your attention (and money). Each one explaining how they’re better than the last and how much easier they are to use. It’s all bullshit. In order to keep your nutrition on point you need exactly two tools; a digital food scale and a food log.
What happens when one of the best coaches out there decides he wants to make other trainers and coaches better? Well, in most cases he probably puts on a seminar that costs thousands of dollars to attend and you still have to pay to get there. I mean, if I had the knowledge Eric Cressey does that’s how I’d do it.
But noooooo. Instead of doing that, he went ahead and created the High Performance Handbook. This is not your normal handbook though. This handbook was written by a man who has an amazing ability to explain things in a way that almost anyone can understand (meaning you don’t need a science degree).
The goal of High Performance Handbook is to teach you how to create your own programs. If you want to lose weight, build muscle, become a coach, become a better coach, you need this.
Go get your copy of High Performance Handbook now!
Someone pointed me to an article in the Washington Post about reducing the calories in rice by adding coconut oil before cooking and immediately cooling the rice afterwards. It turns out doing this changes the chemicals in the rice creating the reduction in calories.
What the article doesn’t tell you is exactly how the rice is changed or how the macronutrients are affected. Until that information comes out I’m skeptical and wouldn’t recommend it.
Last night I gave the Quest Mozza Stick recipe a try. They tasted pretty good and were simple enough to make with a small set of ingredients. That said, I learned a few things and will be making a few changes next time I decide to cook them.
A while back I stumbled on a website called Trash is for Tossers. At first I thought I’d read a post or two to see what it was all about. An hour later I woke from my dazed state to realize I had read through a good majority of her entire archive and had at least a dozen tabs open including links to products she wrote about. Very few sites have been able to capture my attention like that.
I’m going to start this of by saying yes, I am a Beachbody Coach. Before you go running off thinking this article is going to be another “Shakeology saved my life!” article let me assure you that is not the case. I’ve been a coach for several years but in that time I’ve learned a lot about fitness, nutrition, and a little bit about people. As I’ve mentioned before, I am here to give you honest, common sense information.
You’ve all heard the term before and in all likelihood you’ve probably been told what they do to your body (read: make you fat) and how your life should be ruled by counting them. But what exactly is a calorie? More so, is what the TV and magazine doctors tell you accurate? The short answer is no.
It’s hard to not get sucked into the world of supplements in this day and age. Every day there’s a new wonder drug extolling its virtues and professing how efficient it is at burning fat or increasing muscle mass. There is so much marketing speak on supplements now that even a trip to the local GNC or health food store will make you dizzy reading labels.
In all honesty, the average person looking to lose weight or increase muscle mass doesn’t need supplementation (aside from a daily vitamin maybe). Earning a science degree (or doing enough research to get an honorary one) to understand what supplements are the best for what purpose and which product has the correct mix for your body isn’t worth it.