Diet and Nutrition

My approach to nutrition

I was a skinny kid and pretty much what they call a hardgainer.  It took me years to gain strength.   For most of my training years, I took the 'skinny' me for granted and focused on building strength and size.  I had a powerful lesson that I would learn: "What you take for granted, you lose." I was beyond strong by any standard for my years, but the lack of focus on nutrition was begging for attention.  Pictures like this one (taken a few years ago) appeared more and more often, and I knew something had to be done.  Things had… read more

Low Carb Nutrition

Our very existence depends on food. But food has taken a role larger than survival in most of the modern world.  We live in a world saturated with junk food and adult obesity rates rising in excess of 35%.  My research and personal experience has caused me to advocate a carb-controlled nutrition plan in all trainees. This is not to say that every trainee needs to be on a ketogenic diet, the most rigid form of carb control.  It is to say, however, that low quality carbs have come to dominate the American food market.  As a result, everyone looking… read more

Counting Calories

In my journey through losing almost 100 pounds of body weight, I've learned some painful lessons.  Perhaps the biggest lesson learned was about calories, and the deceptions so commonly spread about them online.  Here is an example of the typical article you can find about low carb, or keto, diet plans on the internet today: "How to Stop Counting Calories and Lose Weight with Ketosis" While it is true that ketosis helps to suppress the appetite, this hype is clearly intended to draw followers by suggesting that calories no longer matter, i.e. that keto dieting has an "eat until you… read more