Monthly Archives: March 2010

Frank (and Fran) the Tank

Happy (belated) St. Patrick’s Day!  I hope you had the chance to drink some whiskey and green beer, because from here on out its time to cut back on Grandpa’s old cough medicine.

Over the years I’ve seen a lot of fitness athletes train and diet hard, only to sabotage their results by drinking too much.  Sure you have to enjoy yourself here and there, but ultimately you have to decide what your top priority is.  If it’s hitting the bars and clubs every weekend and getting wasted, that’s cool, enjoy the life you’ve decided to lead.  But unless you have great genetics, don’t expect to hit single digit body fat at the same time.  You can’t party like a rock star and look like a fitness model.

If dropping body fat is one of your top priorities, you’ll have to make some sacrifices at the bar in order to reach your peak potential.  Alcohol has a negative impact on hormones and metabolism, both making it harder to lose fat.  They don’t call it a beer gut for nothing.

The Nutrition 101 Series continues this week talking about alcohol, as well as the most confusing macronutrient of all time — carbohydrates.  High carb, low carb, no carb; what is the best way to lean up and get in shape?  This is a huge issue for the fitness athlete; we’ll do our best to tackle it head on and get a definitive answer once and for all.

Until next time, take care.

It’s Time to Cut the (Bad) Fat!

I can’t believe its already March. Summertime is fast approaching, so it would be wise to start setting some fitness goals right now. You can’t get visible results in two weeks; you need at least two months to make noticeable physique changes. Don’t wait until the last minute to start working towards your goals or:

1. You’ll realize that healthy, permanent weight loss takes time. You’ll have to put the bikini or board shorts back in the drawer and wait until next summer to feel comfortable in them.

2. You’ll panic and turn to some quick-fix, fad diet. These tend to do more harm than good in the long run. They destroy your metabolism, and once you go back to eating normal amounts of food you’ll balloon back up higher than your original starting weight.

Right now is the perfect time to start working towards your beach bod.

This site is geared towards fitness athletes, those whose primary focus is to change their physical appearance, so hopefully it can help you achieve your body composition goals. I’ve added a new article this week about the ins and outs of dietary fat.

Fat can be a confusing nutrient. You have to cut the fat to cut the fat, but you can’t go too low or you’ll suppress certain hormone levels and impair normal metabolic functioning. Yeah, I don’t know what that means either ☺. Just kidding, but check it my new article, Fitness Nutrition 101 – Fat; hopefully I’ve been able to explain it in a simplified way that makes sense.

And remember, you can always refer back to the Barebones Fitness Nutrition Plan if your head starts to hurt from all the science and you just want to know WHAT to do.