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What I’ve Learned Over 15+ Years of Trying to “Eat Healthy”

The Background Story

Yes, that’s really me at 10 years old.

Yes, that’s really me at 10 years old.

Most people don’t know it, but I used to be a chubby kid. Like a 28% body fat, husky-jean wearing chubby kid. I used to be that kid that wore his t-shirt in the pool (like I was fooling anyone…) and a big highlight of my summer was defending my championship in the big splash contest at the local pool. Then, one random day in 7th grade P.E., we had the local performance academy guys bring some weights to our school and as cheesy as it sounds, my life was changed forever. I instantly fell in love with lifting weights and I used this new love of strength training to combat my bad diet for a few years, but it wasn’t until my last couple years in high school that I really dove into nutrition and began to see my body really change. My first day of college football in  August 2004, I weighed in at 204lbs and 7.6% body fat. To this day, I still maintain a body fat between 8-12% at a body weight of 240-250lbs.
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5 Reasons Why Your Workout is Not Getting You The Results You Want

weight-loss_965873Everyday millions of people check into their local gym to get in their daily workout. A large majority of these people have been doing this same routine for days, months, and years. These same people look the exact same as they did last year, and the year before, and the year before that. I can recall going to my local commercial gym back home and seeing the same guys grunting out some bench press and the same ladies on the treadmill and they literally look identical to how they looked 365 days ago, maybe slightly worse. My goal with this blog post is to offer some advice to you on why you aren’t seeing any results and what you can do to change and hopefully start having something to show for all of your hard work.
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Will the Sauna Help Lose Weight?

saunachampionship-2Today’s topic covers one I get a few questions about but more importantly one I see numerous people taking part in every time I venture to my gym back home. The good old fashion sweat box—the sauna. The sauna is usually a popular hot spot, literally, for the mild to moderately obese male age 40-70, which gives you a little insight as to whether or not the sauna helps you lose weight. If it helped you lose any significant amount of weight, outside of water weight, these chubsters would likely be bean poles after all their years of sauna training. Let me address a couple issues surrounding the sauna, sweating, and some misconceptions and truths.
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Tricks and Tips to Shed Body Fat

heavyweight-manIt is approaching that time of year when college kids are thinking about spring break and the older generations are preparing for summer and likely the season of weddings, summer vacations, and poolside lounging. With this time of year comes the concern, “How will I look in my swim suit?” or “Will my arm look like a 12lb tube of ground beef in these wedding pictures?” Well my goal with today’s blog post is to offer up a few simple things you can do to help shed some of that pesky body fat. Many people go to the gym day after day and work their tail off with little to no results to show for their hard work. This may be because they wrap up their evenings with a tub of ice cream and a season of One Tree Hill, or it might just be because they are making simple mistakes at some point throughout the day that are killing the effectiveness of their hard work.
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What You Don’t Want to Hear But Should Probably Read: Alcohol and Weight Loss.

Alcohol and weight loss are often enemies, but an occasional drink can have a place in a healthy lifestyle. In fact, many experts note the potential health benefits of consuming a single drink per day, including a reduced risk for high blood pressure. If, however, you are a like the normal young care free adult, when you go out for a drink it usually turns into 1 drink repeated 8-15 times over the course of 5-6 hours.
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Why Cardio Sucks and Why You Aren’t Losing Weight Doing It

nola-steady-cardio1Many people go to the gym with one thing on their mind: the treadmill. The treadmill is a great tool to help improve conditioning and general health but when it comes to reshaping your body composition it is very ineffective. Here are some interesting reasons why cardio machines suck most of the time. Read more