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Precision Nutrition – Who’s a Fan? September 7, 2012

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Who’s a fan of the Precision Nutrition program?

This is something that I always thought filled a big gap in the marketplace. There are plenty of diets out there, but they’re usually fads. Even if they’re decent, you have to find the one that works for you and get results without making you sacrifice your athletic performance.

Regardless, diets just aren’t flexible. They’re a diet and you follow it.

PN is different. It’s a “system” I guess, because it’s based on “PN Guidelines” and your rate of compliance with the guidelines. You have a lot of room for customization, too. No lie – the binder includes something called the “Individualization Guide” which is for just that purpose!

It doesn’t matter if you’re an NCAA linebacker or a petite female marathon runner – PN can be individualized to suit your needs. And you’ll get results.

This opinion on Precision Nutrition gives a pretty good overview, so I’d go there if I were you.

Or go straight to the PN site to see their free info. Read through that to see what the quality level is before deciding on their cookbooks and nutrition plans.

You’ll find all sorts of stuff on there. Want to know all about ginger? You will find out. All sorts of nutrients, food types, and exercise options are explained in detail (but also in plain English you can understand without having a Ph.D..)

If you know the Precision Nutrition plan and there’s something you love or hate about it, please share in the comments! 🙂

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7-Step Detox Diet February 13, 2010

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It’s about that time of year.

This is when folks slowly start dropping off from their workout program, or cheating on their diet.

And for a lot of folks, weekend eating – particularly SuperBowl weekend eating – is to blame.

When some folks binge eat, they go looking for a “detox diet”, thinking that will reverse all their mistakes.

But I’m not here to recommend that…no way.

Instead, I have an amazing article – perhaps his best article ever – from fitness expert Craig Ballantyne about a simple 7-Step Detox Diet that you can easily follow everyday…

…so that you never need to do an extreme 7-day or 2-week cleanse.

Here’s Craig to tell it like it is:

I just got back from the SuperBowl and got a chance to sit in the front row right in the endzone. It was really cool, and I also got a chance to see “The Who” live in concert at half-time.

But, while I was there, I had a few extra “non-compliance” meals than normal, so it got me thinking about detox diets.

I have a pretty strong opinion about detoxing, and I put together a simple 7-step detox diet plan that you can easily follow so that you never have to do a 16-day detox ever.

You see, my biggest “beef” with the entire theory of “detoxing” is this…

It is simply NOT possible to EVER detox your body.

Why?

Because it’s such a vague statement.

What does “detox” mean?

How do you measure “detoxification”?

What do you even define as toxins?

And when do you officially become “detoxed”?

The answer is, “You don’t.”

It’s impossible.

After all, every single second of every day your body produces carbon dioxide, which is a toxin.

And if you have deep belly fat, research shows that this “visceral fat” is constantly releasing inflammatory toxins into your blood.

Every second. The more fat you have, the more toxic you are.

Plus, every breath you take includes pollutants.

And even the water that you drink may contain “toxins”.

So….what’s the real deal on detoxing?

Listen, while every “expert” is out there arguing about tiny little details and “gurus” are trying to sell you on detoxing so they can sell supplements, the TRUTH is that you really just need to know a few steps to avoid getting toxic in the first place.

In my opinion, the #1 factor in living a “low toxin life” is simply to keep as much garbage out of your body in the first place, rather than depending on a 3-day, 7-day or even 16-day detox to be healthy.

So what do I do to prevent “toxin build-up” in the first place?

Well, I live the Turbulence Training Lifestyle of course, including my “7 Step Detox Nutrition Plan”:

1) Start each day with a blender drink of berries, spinach or other greens, raw nuts (such as walnuts – rich in healthy fats), and other ingredients packed with antioxidants and healthy fats.

2) For lunch, have a large green salad with spinach, beans, broccoli, peppers, avocado, onions, etc.

3) Eat an organic apple a day. Certain fruits (i.e. apples, peaches, cherries, and strawberries) and vegetables have a higher exposure to pesticides, and you should choose organic when possible.

4) Eat RAW snacks only – of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Try using this one simple rule and limit all of your between meal snacks to raw fruit, raw vegetables, and/or raw nuts and I promise you’ll drop the pounds because you’ll be full on a smaller number of calories.

5) Drink Green Tea (2-3 cups) and filtered water (3 liters) instead of beverages that contain calories or chemicals.

6) Limit animal protein intake to only 2 servings per day. On most days, I’ll one of the following: an “after workout” chocolate milk, organic eggs in the morning, or occasionally I’ll have high quality meat at dinner.

You don’t need to be a full vegetarian to live a longer life, but you should probably avoid eating meat 5 times per day, like people in Chicago.

(Hey Chicago, don’t get mad at me for that…it was a born-and-raised Chicago native who told me 5 servings of meat per day was the average Chicago meat consumption.)

7) Minimize or completely eliminate alcohol intake.

While research does show that for men, up to 2 drinks per day may help cardiovascular health (and for women, up to one drink per day), I’m not about to recommend you start drinking.

After all, if you go above those limits, you start to destroy your health…and you risk addiction. Alcohol killed my father, and I don’t want to see the same thing happen to you. Tread cautiously with the booze.

So that’s it. A simple 7-Step Detox Diet Plan.

By the way, it goes without saying that you should avoid:

– cigarettes
– trans-fats
– excessive amounts of sugar
– refined grains
– and 7-11 nacho cheese

Right?

Of course.

And you should be exercising to lose the belly fat…using proven methods, such as interval training – which is proven to beat long, slow cardio when it comes to burning dangerous belly fat.

Plus, you should be using Turbulence Training resistance supersets to burn more calories and sculpt your body.

If you’ve never used Turbulence Training, you can try it out today for less than the cost of a Superbowl hot dog.

Click here to get Turbulence Training for less than 5 bucks:

http://www.TurbulenceTraining.com [Want to know more? Here’s a Turbulence Training for Abs book review.]

Simply follow those 7 nutrition guidelines and use the short TT workouts to cut out as many toxins from your body – without detoxing.

Stay strong,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training

PS – I also believe you should avoid toxic relationships…

…so you need to take a hard look at the people you surround yourself with in life.

Do you have the right work friends?
Are you in the right relationships?
Do you spend enough time with the right family members?

Or are they toxic too?

Remember – you need social support for success in life and in fat loss…so surround yourself with positive people, like the good folks on the TT Member’s forum.

If you need to dump the toxic folks and get positive social support, we’d love to see you on the forum and help you out.

You will get a free 3-month TT membership access to the forum when you try out Turbulence Training for only $4.95 today:

http://www.TurbulenceTraining.com [Want to know more? Here’s a Turbulence Training for Abs book review.]

Please click that link to get started losing fat & getting rid of the toxic baggage in your life.

Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits? January 26, 2010

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If you follow sports nutrition at all, or even if you read fitness magazines, you see tons of potions and formulas (i.e. energy drinks and recovery drinks) aimed at improving your performance in one way or another. Then there are a plethora of herbs and vitamins and whatever supplements designed to make you super healthy.

At a price!

So I thought it was funny to find out about a very popular home remedy for just about every ailment… apple cider vinegar!

Yep, this cheap liquid found in most every grocery store will cure nearly everything! Well, maybe, but obviously I don’t know yet.

If you look here, you see apple cider vinegar (usually shortened to ACV) will possibly help:

allergies (including pet, food and environmental), sinus infections, acne, high cholesterol, flu, chronic fatigue, candida, acid reflux, sore throats, contact dermatitis, arthritis, and gout. One reader reported that a shot of ACV saved him from going to the emergency room for heart pain. Apple Cider Vinegar also breaks down fat and is widely used to lose weight. It has also been reported that a daily dose of apple cider vinegar in water has high blood pressure under control in two weeks!

Omega Nutrition ACV is looking good after a few reviews, so I will look for it at the store next time. Then if I can just convince myself to try it! 🙂

Increase Muscle Mass With Ghrelin Mimetic December 7, 2008

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Want to boost your human growth hormone (HGH) levels and build muscle mass?

Then try ghrelin mimetic, a substance shown to stimulate production of growth hormone in seniors.

A small study of 65 people ages 60-81 shows promise, although the question is, is this useful for younger athletes?

I’m betting ghrelin mimetic would be a banned substance for one reason or another, but I’ll keep my eyes peeled for more info. (Right now I don’t know if you can even buy this as a supplement.)

AquaJoe? November 3, 2008

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Ever worry about carrying your energy powder to a tri in proper serving sizings, without taking up too much space?

I don’t, since I carry Clif shot bloks. But for those who do, a new product called AquaJoe is out. I randomly found it thanks to the final sprint’s review.

Seemed interesting, but I found it funny whilst doing further research:

If you read this and especially this, and notice a few things, you’ll see “hydrateme” (i.e. Aquajoe’s marketing department) is starting forum threads pretending not to know about the product, and saying “hey has anyone tried this, I bet it would be awesome if it works…”

Yep.

It seems like trickery, which is probably commonplace in any marketing, but it backfires when you get caught!

Top 5 Tips to Avoid Binge Eating October 28, 2008

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It happens to almost everyone. You get home from work, tired, hungry, and stressed, and you eat a nice dinner. But even though you are full, you go back to the fridge at 8. Then at 8:30. And then
again at 9. You might even hit the fridge, or worse – the freezer for ice cream – at 10:30.

Night-time eating. Binge eating. Whatever you call it, it’s killing your progress. So here are my top 5 tips for overcoming binge eating.

When I hear from Turbulence Training readers about their problems with binge eating, I want to help. That’s why I started a list of the best ways to stop binge eating.

1) Brush your teeth after every meal.

2) Keep the binge food as far away, and as inconveniently located as possible. If you have a kids, and keep some treats for them in the house, put them somewhere that you have to work to get them. Ie.
The top shelf.

3) Go for a quick walk or miniworkout of bodyweight exercises rather than a binge.

4) Eat fruit, not junk, when you just can’t stop eating.

5) Try to avoid the environments where binges happen.

You can learn more tips for dealing with emotional eating in the TT Forums, and you get a free 3-month membership to the TT forums when you grab your copy of Turbulence Training here:
www.TurbulenceTraining.com

Must try Bear Naked Native October 21, 2008

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Just got the news on the Native… Bear Naked Native granola that is.

According to this Bear Naked Native review, it’s:

a lot better than the regular Bear Naked, and that’s an accomplishment, because the regular stuff is still awesome.

The regular granola is awesome, so I’ll believe it when I see eat it.

My top 10 favorite energy bars, gels, and drinks October 16, 2008

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As an amateur triathlete, I’m not stuck with one brand of sponsor’s energy bar, so I get to try whatever I want, and drink as I please. No one asked, but what the heck – here are some of my fave foods and drinks – energy bars, energy gels, sports drinks, whatever.

10. PowerBar

No list is complete without the original energy bar. This is a great bar for racing of all sorts, with a decent taste and plenty of carbs for quick energy. It’s not the healthiest, best tasting, or most glamorous bar, but the ads say Lance Armstrong and Michael Phelps are both Powerbar users, so you can’t go wrong with these. (Powerbar review.)

9. Lara Bar

I don’t use these while racing or training since I prefer to savor the flavor – but they’re so good I couldn’t leave them off the list. Based on dates and nuts (with no added sugar or artificial ingredients,) Lara bars taste great and are as healthy as you can get from an energy bar. (Lara bar review.)

8. Accelerade

I’m not sure if I believe the hype about consuming carbs and protein in a 4:1 ratio while training will make a big difference, but at the very least, Accelerade is a good way to get a ton of calories, easy. The taste isn’t very good, mainly due to the thick, yucky texture, but you get used to it. The blue raspberry and orange flavors aren’t bad though. (Accelerade review.)

7. Endurolytes

I usually don’t need these, but these electrolyte pills from Hammer Nutrition are a God send on hot days. If I swallow a few of these before an intense tri in mid-summer heat, cramps magically disappear. (Endurolytes review.)

6. Hammer Gel

Also from Hammer is a sweet energy gel. Hammer gel packs are big and bulky, but they fit in a bento box, and they have so many good flavors, it’s worth it. Pick out a neat flavor and try it! (Hammer gel review.)

5. Endurox R4

When it comes to recovery, Endurox R4 is the #1 choice. I use plain whey protein powder more often, and chocolate milk is rumored to be just as good, but this is neat stuff. Try it if you need a convenient recovery drink. (Endurox R4 review.)

4. Solo GI Bar

The best energy bar these days is the Solo bar. It tastes great, is pretty healthy, and is used by quite a few pro triathletes. Did I mention it tastes great? (SoLo GI bar review.)

3. Gatorade Endurance

There’s one simple reason to drink Gatorade endurance – it’s the drink of choice to be served along the race course (at big events.) Might as well get used to it. It tastes pretty good though, and it has the necessary electrolytes to keep you going strong. (Gatorade Endurance drink review.)

2. GU Energy Gel

Slightly more convenient than Hammer gel (and still pretty good tasting) is GU gel. It’s probably the most widely known gel, and makes my top-priority list of race food. Carry one for that extra little boost at the end of a sprint tri. (GU gel review.)

1. Clif Shot Bloks

Coolest thing out there – Clif shot bloks, which are like an energy gel but taste like a gummy candy. Easily the best tasting and most fun to eat supplement in stores! I’m addicted to these and probably use them on all my training rides and runs. (Clif shot bloks review.)

Swedish Weight Loss Secret August 21, 2008

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By: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS of http://www.TurbulenceTraining.com

For years I’ve been yelling and screaming about the importance of online social support (i.e. having Internet weight loss buddies).

And finally, after all these years, the Swedes have proven this weight loss secret (and no, it’s not just “eat fewer Swedish meatballs”).

Researchers at the world famous Karolinska Institute wanted to find out why some men and women succeed at weight loss while others don’t.

They studied many men and women using an Internet Weight Loss Club, and found that the people who used the site the MOST also LOST the most weight.

That means that going online for social support in your weight loss program is one of the most IMPORTANT things you can do.

You might not have the perfect home life, office environment, or workout buddies, but chances are you will find someone to help you on an Internet weight loss forum.

And the truth is, you won’t find another Internet Weight Loss Club as positive and helpful as you’ll find in the Turbulence Training Member’s area. Just listen to what this Turbulence Training member has to say…

“I have been using Turbulence Training for about 3 months now and am ecstatic with the results. The workouts require minimal equipment, you get great nutrition information and you get access to the online forum which is invaluable. Being able to actually communicate on almost a daily basis with the person who created the program is one of the best parts of TT, and there are plenty of other people on the site with tons of useful information who may have gone through similar experiences.

Since starting the TT program I have dropped 15 lbs, more than 5% bodyfat and over 3″ from my waist. I feel great and my energy levels are through the roof. I even feel this extra energy spilling over into other aspects of my life and making them better as well. All I can say is thanks CB not just for the fitness change but a great lifestyle change.”
Derek Kendig

We’re there to help you lose weight and inches. Stay strong with our help at TurbulenceTraining.com!

About the Author
Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, and Oxygen magazines. His trademarked Turbulence Training fat loss workouts have been featured multiple times in Men’s Fitness and Maximum Fitness magazines, and have helped thousands of men and women around the world lose fat, gain muscle, and get lean in less than 45 minutes three times per week. For more information on the Turbulence Training workouts that will help you burn fat without long, slow cardio sessions or fancy equipment, visit www.TurbulenceTraining.com

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Note from multisportman: I think this is the same thing Coach was talking about with the bodyweight 1000 workout.

Let your food be your medicine, with a cookie diet! July 1, 2008

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Healthy eating should be everybody’s main goal especially in today’s world of instant and pre-processed foods. We are living in the world where the food arrives fast, portion sizes are increasing and the numbers on the bathroom scales are creeping up.

The benefits of healthy eating are insurmountable. Let your food be your medicine. Food is more powerful than any prescription weight loss pills, because the food that you eat can either make you thin or fat. What you will get is a better life, longevity, an ideal weight, and a perfect figure (plus you should cut seconds or even minutes off your times on the race course!)

The choices we make greatly affect our health. Making a few simple healthy and nutritious changes in our dietary choices can have a profound and positive impact on our health, well-being, energy levels and life span.

Usually the whole diet thing is easier said than done. But take a look at this one called Smart for Life, which is a medically supervised life-transforming weight loss program, with the goal to make you disciplined and sensible in your lifestyle. And to look and feel better than ever, but every diet program makes that claim 😉

But good news – you don’t have to starve yourself in pursuit of permanent weight loss. This cookie diet (yes, a cookie diet) based on smart food products is a medically supervised weight-loss offer and weight maintenance plan.

They promote a balanced lifestyle and champion simple healthy habits. With their meal-replacing smart cookie squares you don’t need to always worry about feeding cravings or feeling deprived. They are full of nutrients, amino acids, and fiber which suppress hunger while still supplying the body with the protein it needs. Smart cookies develop smarter eating habits by teaching patients to eat smaller meals more frequently during the day.

Seriously, smart cookies. I’m not one to promote any diet program, but anything with “smart cookies” will at least catch my attention!