Articles Tagged: nutritional counseling

3 Mass-Gain Recipes for the Alpha Athlete, Pt. 4

Intro by Coach B: Continuing our bulking recipe series from last week (see part 1 here, part 2 here and part 3 here), this week’s installment includes 3 all-new recipes for your mass-gaining pleasure.

Article Series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5

Coach Tracy here again! I must say, despite being hard-gainers, you are some pretty lucky guys. This is now a total of 12 recipes for you, and still one more part on the way! 12 recipes and a whole lot more gains. I don’t think there’s a single hard-gainer blog out there with recipes that taste as good as these. Lots of them are either generic or pretty gross. I wouldn’t want to eat a pound of potatoes and beef stew meat OR cottage cheese mixed with fruity yogurt. Yuck.

I also say you’re lucky because I’m not a hard gainer and I can’t make this fantastic food fit my measly macros. Maybe if Coach B allows it, I’ll bulk hard during the winter and give these a try. 😉

Remember gents, eating a pound of chicken and broccoli every two hours is not going to get you the HUGE results you’re looking for. I imagine after your fourth hour, you will be sick of food anyway if you tried to eat that way. These recipes are packed with flavor AND low volume which will make you wish you doubled the recipe.

Here’s a tip for you guys, especially if you’re the type that works all day and uses the “I don’t have time to cook” excuse: pick ONE day out of the week, do your shopping, and just make a bunch of food for the week. A lot of the recipes can be made in bulk and will taste even better the next day or two. The only exception would be the shake recipes, previous pizza fries, and these “tatchos” here.

Alright guys, no more time for games. Only GAINZ. Continue Reading 3 Mass-Gain Recipes for the Alpha Athlete, Pt. 4 »

3 Mass-Gain Recipes for the Alpha Athlete, Pt. 3

Intro by Coach B: Continuing our bulking recipe series from last week (see part 1 here and part 2 here), this week’s installment includes 3 all-new recipes for your mass-gaining pleasure.

Article Series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5

What’s up all… Coach Tracy here! How has being a passenger on the “gain train” been treating you so far? Here we are, already on part 3 of our bulking recipes series, and luckily for you, I’ve created three new amazing recipes that are easy to make—and even more importantly—easy to eat!

Remember, these recipes are designed to fuel you for growth without making you explode out of your pants if you know what I mean. Why sit down and eat almost 9 cups of green beans when you can have just 2 cups of hash browns for the same amount of carbs and calories? If you’re a hardgainer, you have a fast metabolism, which is a blessing, so let’s use that to our advantage.

Sounds like a pretty good deal to me! OK, enough talk! Pick your fork back up and let the gainz begin. Continue Reading 3 Mass-Gain Recipes for the Alpha Athlete, Pt. 3 »

3 Mass-Gain Recipes for the Alpha Athlete, Pt. 2

Intro by Coach B: Continuing our bulking recipe series from last week (see part 1 here), this week’s installment includes 3 all-new recipes for your mass-gaining pleasure.

Remember, if you want to get big, all the weight lifting in the world won’t amount to anything if you’re not in a calorie surplus. Many guys spend so much effort trying to find that magical combination of exercises, sets, reps and/or weekly routine splits, while completely ignoring their calorie intake and falling short of a surplus each day (or at least, many times per week).

They then scratch their head wondering why they can’t grow. But if you think about it logically, it makes sense. Without excess calories, your body has nothing to make new tissue with. It can’t spontaneously appear from the ether… muscle gain (like fat loss) is a byproduct of energy balance and without the energy balance in your favor, you’re on the road to no gainz, baby.

So grab your fork, do a few jaw stretches and get ready to put away some serious calories.

Article Series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5
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Do I Have to Eat a Low Fat Diet?

“I want to lose weight. Do I need to eat a low fat diet?”

This is a common question amongst folks who are looking to get to a healthy weight range.  On this note, I want to start this article off by mentioning that the message here is primarily geared towards the general population, not advanced athletes. Nutritional needs differ for special populations and what helps the average person get healthy can be quite different from what helps the athlete get into peak condition and to perform at the best of his/her ability.

The low-fat diet is one of many approaches taken over the past several decades to ending America’s ever growing obesity and cardiovascular disease epidemics. Because of the strong push by dietitians to lower dietary fat intake to allegedly lower the risk of arterial clogging, high blood pressure, diabetes and of course, to lower body weight, people have become almost afraid of fat and actively avoid foods that contain it–particularly saturated fat, which is demonized by the health industry.

Today, there are aisles and aisles with low fat or fat free products in the supermarkets which only reassure us that all fat is evil and we mustn’t eat it. The thought goes: low fat products are healthy, and higher fat products aren’t. Seems pretty clear cut, right? Continue Reading Do I Have to Eat a Low Fat Diet? »

3 Mass-Gain Recipes for the Alpha Athlete, Pt. 1

Intro by Coach B: Small guys gotta eat big to get big. One of the biggest hurdles hard-gainer guys face when it comes to gaining and retaining mass is simply eating enough without feeling like they’re going to explode like the Michelin tire man sitting on a pin.

Luckily for you guys, recipe-maker-extraordinaire and resident coach Tracy has drummed up a series of high calorie recipes that taste awesome, are easy to hork down and have macros designed for maximum performance and accumulation of lean mass—in other words, high carbohydrate, moderately-high protein and moderately-high fat.

Also, these recipes pack a nutritional wallop so they’re exponentially better than eating a bunch of crap like Pizza Hut, McDonald’s or another form of fast food that tends to make up the majority of the hard-gainer’s diet.

Without further ado, here’s the first three recipes. We will update the blog with many more recipes in future weeks so you guys have a large variety to choose from and can still be confident that you will get the calories in each day that you need.

Article Series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5

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Is “Eating Clean” Necessary for Results?

The idea of “clean eating” is very popular within the health and fitness community. It has been around for quite some time, though there is no clear definition to what clean eating truly is or how to go about it. Misconceptions about clean eating are constantly being spread about the internet, between friends and family, and amongst workout buddies.

Additionally, many fitness pros in the industry swear they got to where they are by only eating clean, and while some may be sincere, for most it’s probably not a completely accurate description of their nutritional habits. Like many concepts in the health industry, hearsay and snake-oil marketing has clouded and confused most people on what clean eating means and whether it’s something that needs to be focused on or not. Continue Reading Is “Eating Clean” Necessary for Results? »

Why I’m Opening the TransformationNATION Facility

I have an exciting announcement to make over the next two weeks about something that has been in the works for quite some time now, but before I get into the nitty-gritty of it all, I want to give a brief background of how I got to this point.

As many of you know, until November of last year, I owned a strength and conditioning gym in Orange County, California known as Training Ground OC. In September 2013, the lease on my facility was about to be up and I was considering moving into a much larger spot, but after discussing plans about our future, my fiancee and I decided to make the hard decision to pick up and move my entire business to Chicago, IL. Continue Reading Why I’m Opening the TransformationNATION Facility »

Vindicating Gluten

Ah, gluten, you old devil, you. You would be hard-pressed to find a more widely-hated, less understood food substance in this day and age. Blamed for everything from headaches, to abnormal weight loss/gain, to constipation/diarrhea, to menstrual irregularity, to leaky gut/bowel inflammation, to anemia… and basically everything including cancer and the deaths of kittens (ok, maybe not), gluten has really gotten a bad rap in the past several years, probably very much in part due to the publishing of the book Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis, the landmark study on Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) by Dr. Peter Gibson, and the explosion of social media in the past decade that has given an unprecedented voice to people who otherwise would have no credibility with which to garner attention towards themselves.

This begs the question… is there any evidence to give credence to these claims, or is this simply another example of baseless fear-mongering by the orthorexically-minded subset of the health industry? Continue Reading Vindicating Gluten »

There is No Secret Program

“Hey brah, what program are you on?” This is a common question I see asked of my athletes when they’re posting progress photos or just general updates on Facebook regarding the good results they’re getting while coaching with me.

Often these posts will be littered with friends and acquaintances asking the athlete to provide their “program” so that these people can benefit equally in their own fitness efforts (minus the investment, of course). Continue Reading There is No Secret Program »

Avoid Anyone Who Preaches Nutritional Extremism

The fitness industry has been in an uproar the past year about not only whether strict dieting is the best approach to health and fitness, but if it’s an approach that has any advantages or relevance at all. This is in large part thanks to a series of video logs put out by Dr. Layne Norton last year, in which he lambasted “fitness gurus” who preach about “clean eating” and overly-oppressive, dogmatic diets.

The videos were mainly geared toward those prepping for fitness competitions and some of the voodoo-type myths that persist in that particular area of nutrition. As a side note, and somewhat ironically, his own concepts of “metabolic damage” and “metabolic capacity” that were one of the main subjects of these videos have been argued to potentially fall into the very category he was criticizing, which can be read about in this article.

A few months after Dr. Norton’s video series came out, another game-changing event took place in the form of a retrospective analysis of a large collection of prior studies that had supported the idea of a narrow “window of opportunity” post-workout. Essentially during this “window,” an athlete could allegedly maximize muscle gain by ingesting fast-absorbing protein (like whey protein supplements) as quickly as possible following their workout.

After controlling for important variables, such as the total daily volume of protein ingested (something that hadn’t previously been equated in the test and control groups, nor had been compared between individual studies), it was shown that the statistically-significant results that had previously been attributed to this narrow window of opportunity were in fact, related to total protein intake rather than the immediacy of ingestion post workout. In other words, eating MORE protein in general each day is much more important when it comes to muscle gain than how quickly after your workout you eat that protein. Continue Reading Avoid Anyone Who Preaches Nutritional Extremism »