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July 10, 2017

Ketogenic Diets

Ketogenic diets are kind of a hot thing right now. Yes, I am very familiar with all the ins and outs of it, having used this strategy consistently for a number of years. Here’s what people are getting right and wrong about this approach currently:

Right:

Reducing blood sugar and body fat by cutting out the sugar and eliminating processed carbohydrate. Carbs are an “elective” macronutrient. Your body can run on fats and protein after an adjustment period. It may or may not run its best (depending on who you are), but it will run just fine if you do it right and get through the transition period.

If humans didn’t have this “metabolic flexibility” we wouldn’t have survived. The vast majority of people in today’s society overdo their carbs. You have to earn them, or they are just going to be stored as fat.

Wrong:

Using supplements and eating low-quality, inflammatory foods and man-made oils.

A keto diet can be very healthy if you are getting lots of fatty wild fish, fatty pastured meats, grass-fed butter, low-carb veggies, etc. But, if you are getting your fats from nothing but supplements (yes, even coconut oil and MCT oil are meant to be limited), and are eating pounds of bacon and sausage per day, you are not going to do well.

So basically, what we are looking at is a very low-carb version of a paleo or primal diet, if one is to do this in a healthy way. Like it or not, that is what we’re talking about, or something about 95% there. It may be marketed as something different, but it is likely just a knockoff of a very basic ancestral diet.

April 15, 2014

Men Should Not Have Breasts.

Men Should Not Have Breasts.

Breasticles, Man-boobs, The Man-Rack, Moobs, Bitch Tits, Gynecomastia…

Whatever you choose to call them, they suck. No man wants these. No man should have to live like this. These are self-esteem and confidence killers.

For a small percentage, genetics play a big part and in these cases they need to talk to a physician or endocrinologist in order to mitigate this situation. For the majority, it is a matter of dietary and lifestyle activities that cause hormonal imbalances.

What is happening?
Essentially, what is going on is the body has too much aromatase. Aromatase is an enzyme in the body that converts testosterone into estrogen. When men’s estrogen levels get high, they start growing breasts and gain excess bodyfat. This is also linked to certain cancers.

Here are a quick list of main offenders of aromatase:
Environmental things like pollution, and BPAs.
Chronically elevated insulin levels.
Obesity.
Excessive alcohol consumption (especially beer).
Zinc and magnesium deficiency.
Hormones from feedlot-raised animals.
Certain medications or dietary supplement abuse.
Plastics, when exposed to heat (never heat plastic containers in a microwave).

The diet is the first thing to address. YOU CAN DO THIS TODAY.
1. If you are a drinker, ditch the beer and hard alcohol right now. A little red wine is OK. In fact, dry, red wines contain resveratrol, which actually acts as an aromatase inhibitor. It might actually help reduce problem. Just don’t use this a license to drink a bottle a night.
2. Eat lots of cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, and raddishes.
3. Cut the wheat, corn and soy from your diet.
4. Cut all sugars.
5. Eat organic raw nuts, seafood, pastured meats or wild game.
6. Drink green tea. It helps detoxify estrogens.
7. Get at least 30 grams of fiber per day. This should not be a problem if you are getting lots of vegetables. For lack of a more lengthy explanation, fiber helps to pull excess estrogen from your body.

Train like a predator, not prey.
Hit the weights several times per week, using heavy loads and full-body exercises like squats, deadlifts, clean and presses, burpees, kettlebell swings, pullups, and hill sprints. Take up a martial art.

Don’t waste time on exercises like crunches, bicep curls, or chest flyes.

Avoid more than 30 minutes of steady-state cardiovascular training on a regular basis. Do sprints and hard intervals, rather than jogging. Don’t even think about spending time on a “cardio” machine at your local gym in front of a TV.

It goes beyond cosmetics.
Man boobs are a health problem and any man that says he doesn’t care about having them is lying.
Lots of men are suffering from this and are afraid to admit it, and have no idea where to start. These are things to do RIGHT NOW that can help.

Let your breast reduction start now!

-Jim





April 2, 2014

“Testosterone therapy”

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“Testosterone therapy”

Do deadlifts and squats instead of bicep curls and ab crunches.

Do hill sprints instead of time on an elliptical.

Eat meat, fish, veggies, and nuts instead of anything containing soy, wheat, and corn.

Drink red wine instead of beer.

Get lots of natural fats, instead of ever touching something designed to be low-fat.

Get 8 hours of good sleep per night. Turn the video games OFF!

Train outdoors as much as possible, rather than inside a cushy gym.

Take vitamin D, magnesium and zinc.

Saving Money on Supplements

Today’s fitness tip: Saving money on supplements.

There is very little new in the supplement world and most new supplements that hit the market are simple, effective ingredients that are really cheap if bought in raw form.

The cheapest place I know of for raw ingredients is bodybuilding.com. You might shop around and find a better deal once in a while, but for the most part that is your best bet and they have about everything under the sun.

1) Look at the label of any supplement on the market.

2)Find the main ingredients.

3)Go to bodybuilding.com and find those raw ingredients and price them in generic form.

Make your decision.

Example: Pre-workout formulas.

Most popular ones (that actually work) have caffeine as the primary ingredient, with some beta-alanine, L-arginine, and maybe some creatine monohydrate.

A jar of most pre-workout powders costs between $30-40 and will last you less than a month in most cases.

I bet you can find 3-6 months of those ingredients for the same price in raw form.

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