Barrett Fitness FREE Starter Tips!
The problem with the average diet now a days, is its lacking in a lot of areas. Not only is there not much nutritional value, but it’s also loaded with crazy chemicals or colouring, sugars, random chemical flavoring or just preservatives to make the self life last longer. In one of my early nutritional certificate courses I took, I always remembered what my teacher told me, “If its man made, then stay away”.
This rings true and is highly the reason a lot of people struggle or get stuck in a funk of proper nutrition. Here’s the following of some things you should really try to avoid if you don’t want to have your diet sabotage all your hard work. Low fat or fat free dairy products, do not buy into this trend.
Processed food and grains, breads, pastas, cereals (packaged food that can live on a shelf for 10 years)
Refined and process sugars, energy drinks, pop, candies, chocolate bars, sweets Other than those, your food should be exciting and you can eat tons of amazing good foods that will fuel your muscles and body. Lean meats, vegetables, seafood, health nuts like almonds and walnuts, eggs and egg whites, avocado, etc. I’m not going to weigh you down with an insane amount of information and about eat food group and what everything does, and if you’re really interested you can look online for in depth descriptions of each. Mainly I’m going to cut through the bull and give you want you want to hear and what to eat.
A FEW SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE TIPS:
First things first, drink your water! I always aim for at least 3-4 litres of water a day.
Be smart when grocery shopping and plan your meals ahead. You’ll know what you want when you go into the store and also when you prep your meals for the week, you avoid eating out at restaurants or fast food places.
When in dire need, a healthy high quality protein shake with water is a great snack. I keep one at my office at all times just in case.
1. DO NOT EAT ANYTHING OR DRINK ANYTHING WITH ADDED SUGAR.
Added sugar is all over the place now. I’m sure if you pick up half the stuff in the grocery store and read through you’d be surprised! But going to extra few steps will take you further in losing those extra few pounds you want. Go for the black coffee, skip the treats someone brings in to work.
2. TRY TO AVOID EATING AT LEAST 2-3 HOURS BEFORE YOUR BED TIME.
This will let allow your food to digest and you’ll get a good night sleep. It will also add another 3 hours to your fast while you sleep setting you up to have a great high protein breakfast in the morning. You can front load your calories for the day, build this routine so you won’t be as hungry at night.
Can lack of sleep actually make you fatter? Yes! Sleep is like giving your body the ultimate refresh every night. It’s when it does its recovery, your stress levels go down nice and low and your hormones start to balance out. On a side note for guys, sleep is actually where you produce the most testosterone! That’s right, quality sleep, not the 30$ test booster you bought from your local supplement store, good old fashion quality sleep!
SUPPLEMENTS - ARE YOU GETTING RIPPED OFF ON YOUR SUPPLEMENTS?
We have all witnessed the glorious ads. “Take this and look like this!”, “This one pills will make you skinny and burn all your fat away”, but what they don’t tell you is about all their dirty tricks that are used to get you to buy these supplements. For one, no pill is going to burn off 30 lbs of body fat, and no pill that may slightly boost your free testosterone is going to make you look like someone who is regularly injecting testosterone and using PED’s.
This is marketing and false advertising at it’s finest but it’s also stealing your hard earned money that can be used on better things like proper food or an actual fitness workout program that works!
Here are a few things most people don’t know about when walking into a large supplement store or buying supplements online.
1. There are companies that will pay people under the table, and some legally more money to push their products on people or “customers”. This can come from having their products the first thing you see when you walk in the store to the salesman pulling out some random product from behind the counter you’ve never heard of before but tell you it’s the greatest thing that’s ever been created. Why, because he probably gets a good commission on it when it gets sold.
2. Labeling and Hidden Ingredients - Labeling is mainly based around the newbies that are entering the store. UltraSizePro or RadicalTestFX are just two names that I made up right now, but you get the point. A new person coming into the store and buying for the first time would be like “Oh wow, that must be intense and what all these people in the magazines use” All you have to do is look at the list of ingredients to see how they crammed in random things and most times you are buying nothing more than a few maltodextrin carb sugar drink and not an actual protein powder. While we are talking about ingredients, what about adding a little creatine in your protein powders without you noticing? It will make you retain a little bit of extra water over the first few weeks making people thing “Hey this protein powder is awesome, already put on 5 lbs of mass!” Fat burners do this too, what about adding extra ingredients that are known as diuretics, they make you pee like crazy and you think you are burning off fat, but really you’re just peeing out extra water.
They don’t give you an actual breakdown of your ingredients. Yes they list all these new and awesome ingredients that promise the world, but then put in low doses of each and add fillers and sugars instead. Proprietary blends are easy to hide the fact that it’s a cheap product. As with paying off people to push their products on you, a lot of companies will pay you to write the reviews. “Yes I took this product for 2 weeks and have already gained 20 lbs of pure lean mass” who’s not going to click on that link and add it to the cart right? Well a lot of the times, companies are giving off free perks and even money to get these false reviews out there online and get people to buy their products over the competitors.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some great supplements out there and amazing companies that pride themselves for putting out superior products. Do your research and make sure you know what you are buying before you break the bank. Let’s be honest there is so much information out there, some science based, some they are just trying to sell you crap to make money.