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So Daniel Cormier just won his second fight against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson. I didn’t watch the fight, but I saw the “weigh-in”. Daniel Cormier steps onto the scale and he is 1.2 pounds too heavy, then he goes away for a minute and comes back and gets weighed while his hands are on a towel being held by two men. Somehow he has now lost the weight and is cleared to fight.

Well, if you rest your arms on something then the scale won’t have that much pressure and your weight will be less. After the fight Cormier says that he was holding up the towel because before when he was weighed the others didn’t hold the towel well and it showed his bare back side. While true that his backside got exposed… him holding the towel in front of him WHILE two others hold the towel on the sides does not really help anything. FURTHERMORE… what happens if you hold something while being weighed… that thing you hold goes to increase your weight. So it’s not just bullshit – it’s double bullshit.

That being said, I think it’s a good set-up for the UFC from a viewership perspective because it sets D.C. up as a bad guy. He’s set up as a cheater. He just cheated his way in… or should I say cheated his WEIGH in haw-haw-haw. And so now we have some reason to “hate” “him” and how he gloated winning the fight that I think he should have been ineligible for according to the “rule”.

Now Jon Jones can come in and more people will root for Jones to beat D.C. because D.C. is the most recent “cheater” and Jones can “redeem” himself.

I thought maybe he could take some super laxative/diuretic or something to drop 1.2 pounds in a minute but no apparently collusion. But like obviously they have to all be in on it. Who would just accept a person getting weighed while putting their arms on something?

At fullbellyfitness though… we don’t care what you weigh. We care about doing what makes you feel good and live healthy.

 

I am standing in the kitchen and my teeth hurt. I don’t know if it’s because I grinded my teeth in my sleep or if drinking some alcohol or if not eating green vegetables or what it could be, but my teeth are sensitive and I want to eat something without hurting them, but I’m also hungry and don’t have all the options I’m used to having and I’m kinda thinking I might eat something not that healthy.

Why would I allow myself to eat something unhealthy? Why, despite realizing there’s a problem that might be caused by eating unhealthy, am I willing to potentially pick up the exact same thing and eat it again?

The above question is one that must go on for so many people everytime they eat complete junk food one minute and are unhappily checking the scale the other. (By the way, don’t check the scale if you don’t love your body).

It led me to this question: “When do we choose to eat purely for health?”

My answer surprised me. NEVER.

We never eat purely for health.

Why? Because healthy food tastes good. So when you choose to eat it, the choice might not feel like “Oh I’m doing it to be healthy?”

What I’m trying to point out is the idea that “eating for health” seems like the boring decision sometimes. It’s like hmm can I eat something exciting like toast and cheese and sauces and so forth or can I eat lettuce and bananas. And the excitement pathway lights up more for the spices and sauces and so forth, but something quiet and peaceful knows about the simple things.

If you want to lose weight by eating better, consider how you’re making your decisions and let things change. Let yourself eat the healthy food first and then see if you still want the other stuff.

I think it would be better to eat more calories healthy food + unhealthy food than to just eat unhealthy food.

I struck out unhealthy because maybe we can forget about these distinctions and just be intelligent.

THAT BEING SAID, don’t think that everything is suddenly good for you, but yes there have come times and places where eating food that have health costs seemed worth it.

But are they? Would I really have had a worse life if I only ate what’s nutritionally superior?

Probably not.

The important thing is to make sure you actually eat enough and get your nutrition.

No mature person with knowledge of nutrition laments a lack of bubble-gum or diet soda in their diet regimen because they know those substances have no value and there’s no way they could necessitate them.

In other words if you know it’s not necessary, it’s easy to not eat it.

You need to eat though, so if you feel like you don’t have healthy food and you won’t get it within the time frame of your acceptable hunger, then eating less healthy food seems like a reasonable choice.

Perhaps it is.

But to really thrive and achieve higher levels of performance, we can’t leave things to chance and just let whatever’s in the fridge determine the fate of our fitness.

So a prominent youtuber was having trouble with the cut period. The cut period in body-building is when the bodybuilder attempts to burn as much fat as possible to “get cut” to get lean. This can be a difficult period because most bodybuilders it seems are eating calorie deficit diets and eating diets that are extremely high in protein and in my opinion too high in fat. This means that their carbohydrate intake suffers.

I think this is a key reason why bodybuilders should be eating less protein because when you’re on a low calorie diet you want every calorie to count. Protein should not be consumed if it is going to be used as energy. According to a Dr. Graham the amount of protein that’s used on a daily basis for energy is somewhere around 4-10 calories. The rest of the protein is used for building various things from enzymes to muscles to… being shit out.

If you read the previous article  about How Much Protein You Need to Build Muscle right here: http://www.fullbellyfitness.com/?p=15 then you remember that the numbers basically show that for the average person at 5’9.5” should require only around 56 grams of protein for all of their needs.

Any excess of 56 grams is likely NOT to be needed and at best will either be used as energy or excreted as feces. I’m not going to go into why excess protein is a harmful  at the moment but let’s just point out the obvious – that protein doesn’t provide immediate energy.

According to Dr. Linda Strause (and all standard nutrition texts), a professor at UCSD, only carbohydrates act as immediately available energy. That big juicy steak is not going to replenish your glycogen tanks nor will it inspire you to exercise more, maybe a nap though. Anyhow, since carbs provide immediate energy and protein just sits in your gut waiting for you to go through a difficult process to break it down, when bodybuilders decide they’re going to cut down their total calories and keep their ratios favoring plenty of protein… they suffer.

We need energy. We are used to having a certain amount of energy available and when that diminishes we know something is wrong. So when you decide you’re suddenly going to cut out plenty of your energy so that you can get lean, the body is not going to be happy.

It is like cutting the allowance of a kid that’s used to spending it all. Carbs are instant energy and you use them for the most part. If you’re not getting fatter, you’re using your carbs. Don’t lower your carb intake. So that’s why bodybuilders should: eat as minimum protein as possible to meet their needs.

Don’t just go for the 2 grams per kilo or whatever it is the protein powder companies want you to buy, figure out your minimum. Keep in mind what was discussed here: http://www.fullbellyfitness.com/?p=15 it is very unlikely that you can use anywhere near 2 grams per kilo let alone fully using 1 gram per kilo.

Here’s the added benefit of keeping the protein at tiny surplus as opposed to a bloating glut: more carbs = more efficiency with protein digestion. The reverse is true as well, the less carbs you have to work with the more protein you need.

So let me know if you’re trying any of these high protein diets or if you’re a low protein high carb favoring lifter and we can put together more data. As it stands it seems most people are buying the hype, but their numbers don’t add up. There’s no reason to think that just because a person is going to the gym that they suddenly need massive amounts of protein that we know for a fact are not being built as muscle. If you want the math for that go back to http://www.fullbellyfitness.com/?p=15.

Cheers,

Dave

P.S. Check Out http://youtube.com/fruitandstrength for a person that’s go solid strength and has been doing so on what others might consider a very very low protein diet.