There's no better
way to say this
The IIFYM (If
It Fits Your Macros) approach to building muscle
sucks, and for 2 critical reasons.
principle gives the illusion to some people
that all calories have the same effect on your
body - the biggest nonsense of this century.
on this approach often conclude that "moderation
is key" (I'll explain below).
I still hear people
from all backgrounds, all ages and all countries
telling me that calories are created equal.
I call bullS%?$.
Of course, some
folks will tell me that a calorie is a calorie
because it's just a unit of energy. They're
right, but that's not my point.
My point is that
everyone reading this already knows that calories
from carbs don't have the same effect on your
body as calories from protein. If not, take
a "Nutrition 101" class before you
But what a lot
of people have a hard time accepting is that
different kinds of foods will also have a different
effect on your body because of specific micro-nutrients
me drop some science here
- Excess fructose
(from sugary carbs) disrupt your leptin hormone
and ultimately impact testosterone production
- GMO foods (virtually
everywhere), chlorine and fluoride in tap
water and pesticides are all shown to weaken
your gut flora - contributing to excess inflammation
in your body, slower recovery and smaller
- Food, personal
care products, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals,
pesticides, plastics, water and soil are all
sources of endocrine disruptors (BPA, dioxins,
etc.), which compound to disrupt estrogen,
androgen, thyroid function and metabolism
to some degree
(I'm sure you
understand that for the sake of simplicity,
I didn't include the dozens of sources of this
To this point,
I think it's pretty safe to assume that your
food and lifestyle choices will all affect your
hormones and gains..
us to #2 - "moderation is key".
I almost completely
agree with that statement.
unprocessed, whole foods 90% of the time will
give you 90% of the results, and is arguably
healthier for your mind than 100% restriction
from any form of treat or "bad" food.
The problem is
- most of the foods in your fridge and pantry
are what I call "fat storing" foods
and you probably don't even know it.
Let me walk the
talk and give you examples:
1) Grass-fed Beef
beef is packed with the natural fat burner
CLA, and contains a ton more omega-3,
vitamins and minerals than the cheap supermarket
you know that the term "grass-fed"
is not even regulated by the FDA?
That means that
there's a possibility your expensive beef has
been fed grains in its last 3-4 months before
ending up in your plate - nullifying any effect
the grass diet had in the first place and leaving
you with a meat that contains inflammatory omega-6
that slow down your recovery further.
In the The Truth
About Fat Burning Foods, I reveal exactly what
claims guarantee that your beef is really grass-fed.
2) Brown Rice
you that brown rice is healthier than white
What they forgot
to tell you is that rice - especially brown
rice - contains dangerous levels of arsenic.
Yes, the most popular poison used in the Middle
Don't worry. No
one puts arsenic in your food on purpose. Rice
naturally absorbs arsenic from soil or water
much more effectively than most plants, and
stores it in its grains.
And since 1960,
about 800,000 tons of inorganic arsenic has
been used in agriculture and industries.
Wait, it gets
worse. The EPA estimates that rice contributes
to only 17% of your exposure to arsenic, which
means you probably affected by a toxic load
that promotes fat storage and sickness
To reduce arsenic
content, rinse your rice thoroughly and choose
imported rice over the one grown in the US.
3) Coconut Oil
This one is NOT
a fat-storing food, obviously
oil is incredibly healthy and one of the best
you can use to cook, but it gets expensive very
But the thing
is - manufacturers sell "raw" coconut
oil for the big price, when in fact raw coconut
oil doesn't exist. Shipping containers used
to ship the coconut oil to the US by sea from
the tropics reach temperatures of over 130°F.
The bottom line:
If you're paying more for raw coconut oil, you're
A lot of bodybuilders
recommend fish as a staple muscle-building food,
and for a lot of reasons. It's generally low
in calories, very easy to digest and contains
a ton of essential omega-3.
But not all fish
is created equal.
Farmed fish you'll
find in most supermarkets contain high levels
of PCBs, dioxins, antibiotics and pesticides
- that all take a toll on your gut health and
disrupt your testosterone.
It also contains
at least 3 times less omega-3 than its wild-caught
counterpart - making it actually a very poor
source of essential fatty acids
The obvious choice
is to stick with wild-caught fish. The revolting
problem is - a recent study by the University
of Washington Tacoma showed that 40% of fish
sold as "wild-caught" is in fact
In the The
Truth About Fat Burning Foods, I reveal
how you can make sure your expensive wild-caught
fish is actually wild-caught and full of anti-inflammatory
stuff, I know.
But if you want
to maximize your gains and your health, you
NEED to get educated on what's actually in your
Nick as put together
the simplest, most efficient guide on food choices
ever created - and I highly recommend it to
anyone that's really serious about packing some
pounds and getting the best physique possible.
If you're not
satisfied with your gains, it's about time you
learn the truth.
the Truth About Fat Burning Foods