4 Considerations When Starting a New Diet or Workout Plan

Hey Guys—

As long as there have been people who want to improve how they look, there have been fitness programs and diets aimed at them. In years past, we would see them in some of the most popular magazines out there and now they are becoming more and more available on the web. But how do we know which one is right for us?

Here are a couple of factors you should take into consideration when signing on for a popular diet plan:

Workout plan/meal affordability – Remember to always stay within your budget so you can continue the diet and not have anything deterring you from it. (Staying on a clean diet  can be pricey.) Also, when it comes to gyms, make sure you work out at one you feel comfortable paying and working out at.

Time constraints – Keep in mind that dieting can be difficult for people with a lot of free time, never mind those who are always on the go. Be mindful of your schedule—work, kids, extracurricular activities—when you’re taking on a new regimen that makes a lot of demands on you.

Don’t worry about “the perfect time to start” – You can start the diet any time you’d like. Sure sometimes we say, “Hey I’ll start on Monday,” or “I’ll start the 1st of Jan, Feb, or March” and that’s when we tend to delay. The time to start is the day you’re ready to make that commitment. Make yourself a plan and stick with it!

Is dieting and fitness for me? – At the gym, I see more and more people from different walks of life enter the world of fitness. This could be due to the amount of stress we deal with today or it can just be simply that more people are aware of their health and are taking part to stay healthy. Make sure that you’re dieting or attending the gym for the right reasons. To improve your health.

Keep in mind, dieting is tough so try to keep focused and have a strong mind set on what your goal is and switch up your diet/meal plan so it doesn’t become repetitive. The same thing with the workouts, switch them up and you’ll see great improvements!  Have fun with it, because, after all, this is for your health!

If you have any questions please feel free to ask me on the website or ProSource facebook.

Training is Specific to YOU

Hello to Everyone from the Demon Team.

Training has been exceptionally good lately for Nathan and I.  We’ve been implementing new tactics into our training and experimenting with different nutrition styles, all of which have been giving me diverse ideas for the 12-week “crunch time” preparation we are about to go through.  Nate and I were recently at an all-you-can-eat wild game meal to put on some extra good quality size for our recovery.  Both of us Demons ran into some road blocks last week that slowed us down a bit.  Nate was not able to focus throughout the day and was getting shaking fits.  I actually acquired an “eye twitch” that was really annoying and made it hard for me to focus on my Masters studies.  The eye twitch then developed into a fever-like virus that knocked me down for a few days.  Both of us assumed we were overtraining, so we really backed off with the lifting and dieting.  Sometimes all the physiological and chemical changes you are administering to your body can really overload your whole entire system.  Taking your body back to temporary homeostasis and giving yourself a break is my main concern.  I DO NOT believe in working through sickness and illness.

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Supercharge Your Training and Muscle Gains with a Scientifically Based Carbohydrate Strategy

By Richard B. Kreider, PhD, FACSM, FISSN

Many bodybuilders ingest energy bars prior to and following training sessions. However, they are typically higher in protein and lower in carbohydrate than “performance” energy bars. The reason for this is that many body builders maintain a higher protein / lower carbohydrate and fat diet in order to optimize body composition changes during training. null

Consequently, they often feel they should ingest higher protein energy bars as well. However, as my recent book entitled Exercise and Sport Nutrition: Principles, Promises, Science and Recommendations [1] describes, this practice may actually impede training adaptations. The problem, however, is that there really haven’t been too many options for body builders and power athletes. On one hand, if you ingest a high protein/low carbohydrate bar prior to exercise, you won’t have the energy needed to maintain exercise intensity throughout the workout. In addition, many high protein energy bars don’t contain enough high quality protein or essential amino acids to stimulate protein synthesis. article 2009 raptor bb 05 Supercharge Your Training and Muscle Gains with a Scientifically Based Carbohydrate Strategy

On the other hand, if you chose a high carbohydrate “performance bar” or “sports gel”, you typically get lots of quick releasing carbohydrates with little to no protein or nutrient density. Knowing this, the Supreme Protein product development team contacted me to help them develop a revolutionary energy bar called Raptor. The Raptor Bar has been uniquely formulated to provide the proper type and amount of carbohydrates, amino acids, and other essential nutrients that bodybuilders, power athletes, and endurance athletes can use to optimize training, performance, and recovery. It incorporates many of the nutritional strategies described in my book from our research and working with athletes over the last 20 years [1].

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