ADA-style high-carb diets vs. Zone-style moderate-carb diets vs. Paleo-style low-carb diets vs. Atkins-style no-carb diets – which is best for slashing body fat and looking good with your shirt off, pants off, or walking around naked?
Evolutionary Theorists vs. Exercise Physiologists, Whole Grain Groupies vs. Carb Cutting Cults – who ultimately wins the belly fat battle?
There is still a lot of confusion in our industry over carbohydrates — amongst coaches, athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and pre-diabetic populations that have decided to improve their overall health. So I decided to put pen to paper and see if I could help clear things up. What started as a short article became a long essay, and is now my latest book: The Truth About Carbs: How to Eat Just the Right Amount of Carbs to Slash Fat, Look Great Naked, & Live Lean Year-Round.
I just wanted to give you a heads up to check your email this Sunday 11/30 for a special, one-day sale. My publishers teamed up with our buddies over at Buck Books again. They are running a promotional event for the official release of the book on Amazon. What the hell does that mean? It means you can grab The Truth About Carbs on Sunday for just $1.
If you are not already a part of our book club where you get advance notices like these, you can join here: Nate Miyaki Book Club
Yes a book club is nerdy, but we’re nerds, so it all works out.
Here is a sneak peek of The Truth About Carbs cover:
So we got Thanksgiving on Thursday, Black Friday, and Shredding/Slimming Sunday. It is going to be a glorious Holiday week. Hope you have a great one. We’ll see you back here on the other side…
Well its true, 97% of the time we’re about completely selfish stuff – building big biceps and bodacious booties, living lean and looking good naked, having fun while naked, etc.
But in case you’ve only ever visited Our Beach as an occasional tourist, you should know that we’re not just complete beach bums. Our crew cares for each other too. You can’t party with peace of mind if you know one of your own is suffering.
Maybe that style comes from the real beach towns we come from – Kalai from Hawaii and me from Half Moon Bay. Or maybe it comes from some of our earliest years hanging out together at Da Hukilau. We were lucky to grow up in places where people look after each other, actually give a damn about how you are doing, and where that tribal sense of community is still alive.
So in addition to our glorious fitness mission, we’re also about trying to do some cool, difference-making shit from time-to-time. That’s why just like Bodhi’s crew in Point Break, we rob the occasional bank to fund our Endless Summer lifestyles. We want to show the suits there is still something to live for! Hahaha, just kidding frickin’ Johnny Utah. Just kidding.
But here is something real that I did want to tell you about today.
Awhile back, I wrote a book called The Way of the Cancer Warrior: 34 Strategies for Your Cancer War. I never really felt right about selling the book, given the content and the intent. And since I felt like a scumbag, I mostly kept quiet about it, despite the fact that I thought the book might be able to help a few people out.
“No Fear” is big where we’re from too. But it turns out guilt can be even more paralyzing. Hell, I’d much rather wipe out than not be able to look at myself in the mirror at the end of the day.
So what we’ve done to bust through that barrier is uploaded the book to our website as a PDF file, and made it available for free. If you think you or anyone else you know might benefit, you can click on the cover and read the entire book for free right now. No strings attached.
If you’d like to know what the book is all about, why it was written, and how we think it might help either patients or caretakers, we created (and just updated on 11/1/2014) a homepage with the history and description.
Here is the link where both the book and the home page are housed.
And now, back to our regularly scheduled 6-pack programming. Aloha, Adiós, sayonara, see you later…
Your People’s Fitness Champion has been on a whirlwind, international podcast tour lately. This of course means I’ve been sitting in my kitchen (on recorded Skype calls) being interviewed by other passionate fitness experts about diet, training, psychology, and productivity strategies related to fat loss, physique enhancement, and overall health.
Two of these shows are pretty big time in the health & fitness space — Ben Coomber Radio (the #1 fitness podcast in the UK) and Paleo Magazine Radio. So it was a real honor to get to be a guest on both of them.
I guess with the results people are getting with our Beach Physique Guide and Maverick Coaching Style, the spandex street scene is starting to take notice. Its like the spread offense in college football. Everyone wants to know how and why it works so well — not just for elite athletes — but for anyone with a willingness to learn, to apply targeted strategies, and to put in effort.
But this post and these podcast aren’t about me. I’m perfectly happy spending my afternoon breaks from the gym and/or writing cave in anonymity, watching Sportscenter, reading philosophy books, or slipping in some form of adult entertainment. Balance to avoid burnout baby!
However, interviews and podcasts are an awesome opportunity to educate. That’s why when I get a chance to chat on one, I chow down. There’s written books, articles, and posts. There’s whiteboards and videos. But there is something different about a few people pooling their knowledge and experience together, and trying to hash out simple solutions and strategies to real world roadblocks and riddles.
And with education going multimedia these days, you have to use every tool possible to get your content and messages across. This gives both the educator and the student the best chance at succeeding with their goals (in our case, getting you to look good naked).
So if you have completed, or are currently going through our Beach Physique email course, these podcasts are a great review of some of the key diet topics and fat-slashing strategies. If you are just starting out with the course, its a great summary of the bigger nutrition picture. From there, you can dive into more of the details throughout the remainder of the course.
You can check the shows out below. Instead of me pretending not to talk about myself in the third person like The Rock, I’ve included the hosts’ descriptions of these glorious appearances.
Until next time, may your afternoon breaks be productive somehow…
1. BEN COOMBER RADIO EPISODE #109: PALEO VS. BODYBUILDING WITH NATE MIYAKI
Nate Miyaki is this weeks special guest as we discuss the many areas of health, performance and bodybuilding that are hotly debated. We discuss Nate’s work and history in the industry, his methods as a coach, what he thinks of the 80/20 rule, the importance of calorie and macronutrient targets, losing strength while dieting, is there such a thing as a bad carb, benefits of flexible dieting, low carb dieting and whether it’s necessary, and whether paleo nutrition and bodybuilding nutrition should be separate camps, or can we learn ideas and principals from both for better results.
2. PALEO MAGAZINE EPISODE #56: NUTRITIONAL PRAGMATISM WITH NATE MIYAKI
We’re going to talk with Nate about pretty much everything to do with nutrition, breaking down myths, overcoming stereotypes, really trying to dig deep into what actually works, and getting rid of the dogma. Let’s find out what actually works when it comes to making people lean and ripped and healthy at the same time, because it’s not just about looking good. It’s about feeling good as well.
For existence is impermanent as the dew of the evening…All misfortune springs from not remembering to keep death always in your thoughts. – Code of the Samurai
But then I come to this place of my ancestors, and I remember. Like these blossoms, we are all dying. To know life in every breath, every cup of tea, every life we take. The way of the warrior…That is Bushido. – Katsumoto, The Last Samurai
Meditate on Death. I remember the first time I heard this strategy in a philosophy course at Berkeley. It blew my mind like only a college student’s mind can be blown — to the climax quickly.
It felt like a way cooler version of Nike’s “Just Do It” slogan. I would think about it right before doing some crazy stunt during my pro wrestling days, or right before walking on stage in a dong thong for my first natural bodybuilding show, or right before downing a few Long Islands with my buddy Tony Roma, and then hitting the dance floor to see if we could find a few females to end the night in style with.
I struck out often to be honest. Turns out the ladies didn’t love my bad dancing to “Bust a Move”, and the even worse pick-up line, “you only live once “. Ah yes, life was so much simpler back then.
As I grew older, progressed in my career, and spent my days around a variety of people from all ages and walks of life, Meditate on Death took on a much deeper meaning. After 15 years, I guess you could say you gain some sort of street psychology skills. You get to see life through the eyes and perspectives of so many different people — an invaluable experience indeed. You learn what trips people up, what brings people down, what motivates and inspires, where we go wrong, and what really matters to most of us in the end. Read the rest of this entry
Simply let your career and daily activities be harmonious expressions of who you truly are. — The Warrior Within (John Little on Bruce Lee).
How’s it hanging my Shallow Hal’s, Gorgeous Gals, and Fitness Pals? I just wanted to drop a short post on you to let you know we’ve made a few updates to the blog, website, or whatever else you crazy kids are calling this multimedia “make ourselves feel more important than we actually are” bullshit these days. Oops, did I just write that on screen and hit update without editing?
But seriously, I’ve always considered myself an athlete, independent researcher, and lifelong student sharing what he has learned, and has helped him along the way vs. a fitness god trying to create a gospel, dogmatic creed to cling to, or a cult following. I’m reading a book on the ridiculousness of religious fundamentalists. Dude, the fitness industry is 15x worse.
But that really ain’t my style baby. What that means is that as we learn, evolve, grow, and get better every day, the site needs to do the same, else it will drift into artificiality or misrepresentation. So we made some updates in order for it to more accurately represent who we are, what we’re digging into, and how we think we can best help you. Read the rest of this entry