Posted on Jul 17, 2019
Math is supposed to be cold, objective, and emotionless. But when it comes to food and calories math gets mutated into some weird moral crusade.
High calorie foods are “bad”. And if you eat too many calories you feel like you need to redeem yourself of your dietary sins by working out more.
While, on the surface, this seems like the logical thing to do, it’s not. At first glance, it makes sense. If you eat 500 calories extra, then you can work off those 500 calories through exercise. Problem solved!
Now, there’s a few issues with this. First off, it’s way easier and quicker to eat 500 calories...
Posted on Jul 10, 2019
It’s suuuuuper frustrating and discouraging when you feel like you’re doing everything right, yet it seems like nothing is working. I get it.
Now, I obviously don’t know what specifically is holding you back. But I do know that there are some kinda sneaky things that commonly sabotage people’s nutrition.
First one is inaccurate, or lack of, food tracking. Basically humans are really bad at recording things. Like, reeeeeeaaallly bad. Studies have shown that people underestimate how many calories they eat by about 50%.
50%! That’s huge!
So first thing to do if you really don’t kn...
Posted on Jul 03, 2019
As a culture, we talk about weight loss CONSTANTLY, yet people aren’t losing weight and keeping it off.
Simply put, modern lifestyles are conducive to weight gain.
We’re more sedentary. Calorie dense foods are cheaper and more convenient. Stress is high. We’re working more hours. That’s just to name a few factors that contribute to what’s called an obesogenic environment -- an environment that promotes obesity.
In general, your environment has a massive influence on your habits, behaviors, and actions. Basically, when you’re trying to lose weight, you’re like a salmon swimming upstream. ...
Posted on Jun 26, 2019
Getting into lifting can be daunting.
The gym isn’t exactly a welcoming place for newbies. However, going in with some perspective can make delving into this new territory a bit more accessible. So I’m going to give you 8 things I wish I knew before I started lifting. My hope is to make your life a bit easier and to help you be mentally ready for the gym.
Ok, the gym is a shitshow.
I myself get frustrated when people don’t put their equipment away and/or are generally inconsiderate of other ...
Posted on Jun 19, 2019
Long ago, Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier put a guinea pig in a freezer.
Ok, it was 1780 so it was less of a freezer and more of a ice box called an ice calorimeter. Still, not exactly hospitable to the guinea pig.
He wanted to measure how much ice would melt as a result of the guinea pig's body heat.
He thought there to be a link between the food we eat and the heat we give off, laying the groundwork for much of our understanding of metabolism.
You see, heat is a form of energy.
The Law of Conservation of Energy states that energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transferred. This super impor...
Posted on Jun 05, 2019
Getting to the gym is the most difficult exercise of all. It’s also the most important.
It’s more important than squats, deadlifts, or how much you bench. Because none of that matters if you don’t actually show up to workout.
And sometimes it’s really freaking difficult to drag yourself to the gym to get a workout in.
Maybe you’re new to the gym and you feel a bit intimidated.
Maybe you’re just exhausted and working out is literally the last thing you want to do.
Or maybe you’re really busy which makes it easier to put off, until all of the sudden the week is gone and you still haven’t worked ...
Posted on May 29, 2019
When I was 14 I punched a wall and split my knuckle open. I was angry.
I’ve always had a short temper.
Being quick to anger has been something I’ve struggled to contain as long as I can remember.
Anger, stress and the ensuing irritability can warp you into a negative, volatile person you don’t want to be.
So I want to share with you what I’ve done to become a more relaxed, and positive version of myself. Someone who has learned not to lash out and say regretful things when he feels angry, someone who can usually listen to his anger and not let it engulf him.
Nowadays, life has to really be k...
Posted on May 22, 2019
Sometimes you’re short on time. Or energy. Or both.
And sometimes you just reeeeeally don’t feel like getting a workout in.
And that’s OK. It happens to everybody -- even those of us who work in the fitness industry.
To be honest, I’ve personally not been feeling like working out at all lately so I consider it a win if I can make myself do anything remotely resembling a workout.
So it’s just something that happens from time to time. Sometimes it’s because motivation is low. And sometimes it’s because of life.
Either way, if you want to lose weight and/or get healthy, you’ll have to navigate ...
Posted on May 15, 2019
There’s more to life than being lean.
And let’s face it. I bet you have a lot going on. Between work, family, relationships, and trying to have some semblance of a social life, you probably feel like there’s no room for anything else.
How are you supposed to lose those 40 lbs that snuck up on you over the last 10 years when it feels like you’re barely able to stay on top of things as it is?
Fortunately, it doesn’t require as big of a commitment as you may have been lead to believe. That said, if you’re to get back to a weight and fitness level you’re happy with, it does require some level of ...
Posted on May 08, 2019
You’ve been here before.
You started a new diet a few weeks ago. And it was going really well. You were following the diet exactly. Resisting the snack bowl at work, your post-work cocktail, and any other things the diet said you couldn’t have.
Now though, your enthusiasm is waning. You’re getting bored. You’re craving foods that are “off limits”. You’re finding it harder and harder to resist the many opportunities to eat things that are off plan. That said, you’re still managing to stick with it.
Until one day, you get home from a really hard day at work and start aimlessly wandering around y...