Category Archives: Nutrition
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…
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.
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
Computer screens don’t laugh at your penis and poop jokes.
That’s the main reason I still work with clients in da gym, and don’t spend all of my time writing online.
A second reason is that there are some hot chicks that work at my gym.
A third reason is that you get to learn about some of the real problems people face in their fitness efforts, try to come up with practical solutions, test and assess and refine your methods, and see how the advice you are giving (both online and off) ultimately impacts people’s real world results.
Some of the writers who devote their whole day, career, life, and afterlife to pontificating about fitness just don’t know what is going on in the Suit-to-Spandex Streets baby. Off the glossy magazine pages and outside academic circle jerks, busy professionals are struggling to find sustainable fat loss plans.
One of the biggest obstacles people face is figuring out how to integrate an optimized fat loss diet into an overall lifestyle plan. In non-geeky terms, how to get and stay lean without becoming a crazy obsessed fitness person that freaks out if they can’t get tuna or protein shakes every 2.5 hours.
This dietary dilemma on top of career craziness is leading to frustration, struggle, poor results, and people laughing less at my above mentioned penis and poop jokes. Here’s a quick test to see if you are over-stressed. Does this photo make you laugh, or sit there stone-faced?
Maybe you’ve grown up too much my friend. Take it down a notch. Read the rest of this entry
What’s up my beach physique clique? We’ve interrupted our regularly scheduled blog post programming and e-course teachings for some impromptu feasting. Go ahead and just let that take your imagination wherever it wants to go for a gluttonous or perverted moment. No judgements here.
I just wanted to share this podcast episode with my friends over at First Callout. They are some cool dudes and have had some epic guests on their show (at least if you are a bodybuilding, physique, or bikini nerd), so to get to be a part of it was an honor for sure. Its a show primarily geared towards physique peeps, but don’t let that scare you off. We covered a broad range of topics that I think will help anyone interested in a practical and sustainable approach to fat loss and physique enhancement.
Here’s the promo for it. They did a cool job. And you’ll notice clips scrolling through this very website that you are on right now. Its like frickin’ Inception — a dream within a dream…
After listening to it (I’m like every other egotistical fitness dude on the planet = I love to hear myself talk), I was actually surprised how much we covered in just over 20 minutes. Hey man, when I’m excited I ramble, swear, and talk fast. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, have read any of my books, or are currently taking our Beach Physique course, this podcast provides a nice, precise review of my overall nutrition approach. Some FitnessCenter highlights:
1. Why targeted calories, macros, and food choices matter more than diet structure, and you should use whatever meal frequency and food distribution pattern makes your plan as practical as possible to follow. That includes, but is not limited, to my intermittent fasting and feasting approach (and of course when I say my, I mean evolution’s).
2.We talked about the Belle Curve distribution of meal frequency patterns that I’ve seen work best in my experience. *The reverse of a warning — our conversation was not as boring or geeky as that sounds.
3. Why I don’t believe in either the extreme OCD bodybuilding approach, nor the extreme calorie counting/IIFYM (if it fits your macronutrient)/eat whatever you want as long as it fits your diet numbers approach. Most would best be served following the middle ground approach (well, leaning more towards clean eating) for flexibility, functionality, and overall health (including psychological health).
4. The difference between working with elite athletes vs. the general, busy professional demographic.
5. A step-by-step (oooh baby) guide of how I might transition someone from no nutrition knowledge and out of control Y2K eating into a more targeted fat loss plan, and all the way to intermittent feasting fat away for good, if that is what they so desire.
The goal of this post was to give you a break from having to read my bullshit, and just let you kick back and listen to it. So I’ll go ahead and remove my pudgy fingers from the keyboard now, and get this podcast party started. Click on da link below to listen.