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If you dislike an objective view of things then you best stop reading.
You won’t be judged, shamed or have your profile smeared.
Yet if you are someone interested in hearing a few bitter pills to swallow then please continue on.
I’ve heard many a conversation in many a gym over the years.
In the last decade though there has been an underlying tone in a lot of them; life, the world or however you describe it seems to owe ‘them’ (the collective them, as in everyone) something.
The world, people, what/whoever doesn’t own you jack shit.
In this life while there are those born with a silver spoon in far better stead than others and are presented all the opportunities, that doesn’t mean that just because you haven’t had this that you’re owed something.
People have become very weak-minded these days.
Take the example above, I’m sure you know someone who has it all.
They never asked for it all, they just happened to be one of those few who happened to get it due to the hard work and sacrifice of someone in their daily at some point.
Same will be true for your progeny.
Whatever you achieve and the foundations you lay will be used but hem to get a better foothold in life.
The people of the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s all did this for their young.
Then there was a time of bountiful harvests, follow day people gaining the attitude of being entitled and this is where things started to go wrong.
Sadly we are entitled to nothing in this life.
To be alive and have things as good as we have them is already a gift.
Don’t believe me?
If you’re reading this then I’d say you’ve already got it better than some who either will never have the chance to use modern technologies or others who have had their basic humans rights stripped away, not naming any northern countries or anything.
This is why I love fitness.
It keeps you humble because you don’t get results without effort, sacrifice and time given to the iron gods.
True enough some people have better genetics.
If you feel yours are lacking and that you should have better ones then I truly hope that txt time you choose to be born of better parents.
Think back to school, you had all the gifted kids and most of them now will be nothing more than a memory because they wasted the 3 space head start they had and rested on their laurels.
Anyone who gets a head start in life while lucky isn’t guaranteed success because the world doesn’t owe it to them, remember that.
So my dear friends, have you ever felt that you deserve more than you have?
That you’re owed something for nothing because reasons.
Sorry buttercup, you ain’t.
Neither am I.
We may not ever get what we feel we deserve, yet is what we feel we deserve actually what we are due? – Now there is a good thought.
Do what you can without the thought of reward just because you can.
In the end if you’ve given whatever you see as a priority everything you have to give you’ll probably be satisfied with what you have in the end.
Don’t except the world to cater to you for nothing.
Life doesn’t work that way for most of us.
Also if you’ve been one of the few to start severals steps ahead of the rest I am happy for you, truly. Now use that opportunity to do great things and don’t fuck it up.
To everyone else I will say one last thing….
There’s always a bigger fish.
Weight Gain – LBM in Lbs x 17-19 = Calories for weight (muscle gain).
The Biggest Mistake People Make:
Our culture has long been obsessed with the number we see on the scale, even though more and more people are putting them in their rightful place (the bin), there are still a lot of people who let the scale rule their lives.
Various people will jump on a set of scale at any given chance and it usually has one of two effects:
1 – Elation because they’ve dropped 1Lbs.
2 – Depression because they’ve gained 1Lbs which results in them devouring an entire cake.
It’s 1Lbs… 1Lbs!! Stop worrying so much about what you weigh.
Today you will learn some of the reasons why you shouldn’t rely on the scales and how you don’t need them to tell you that you should feel good about yourself. The scales are just a number, you’re more than a number, you’re YOU don’t let a silly number define who you are.
Here are a few of the reasons to throw away your scales:
– Weighing yourself becomes obsessive.
– They can cause mental issues with food (Anorexia etc).
– Your weight has little relevance once you have been training for a while, it’s al about body comp.
– A persons weight changes daily depending on what foods they eaten or what time of the month it is…
– Different scales will give you different weights ‘Your’ scales might say you’re lighter than someone else’s which makes them largely invalid.
– If you 1Lbs of fat and gain 2Lbs of muscle your weight will go up, but that’s not a bad thing.
– We are not defined by how much we weigh.
There are lots more reasons but these should be enough to validate throwing out your scales.
If you want a true indication of how your progressing take PHOTOS as they will not lie to you. If you’ve lost fat you will be able to see it.
Can you achieve Fat Loss while Flat Broke?
Yes, yes you can.
As with the post yesterday about Bulking on a Budget, you can also shared some Lbs while saving some pennies.
I alluded to this at the end of the post I wrote yesterday, however is seems people want a little more guidance.
So here you go.
Fat Loss Foods For The Less Fortunate:
– Eggs (Good old eggs make the list again)
– Meat (Speak to a local butcher, or take a trip to Aldi)
– Vegetables (Go to a local grocer or again to Aldi)
…. Can you see a pattern from yesterday?
In short the only main difference when eating for fat loss as opposed to muscle gain is the overall number of calories you are going to consume.
*+500 from BMR to gain muscle and -500 to lose fat, typically speaking.
Admittedly you wouldn’t necessarily consume the same foods but the simple fact is for fat loss you want to concentrate on eating more Protein, more Fibre and drinking more Water.
When it comes to shopping for bargains you will use exactly the same methods as you would for bulking – Discount shops, Lidl, Aldi and you will even find some polish shops have lots of great deals on foods.
No matter is your Bulking on a Budget or attempting Fat Loss while Flat Broke, you can achieve both with some careful planning along with taking the time to search around for some good deals.
I often get questions from people asking for specific answers to their own problems, but they are always left stunned when I remind them that for answers that specific I will charge them for that knowledge.
In short, you know what you should be eating, you know what you should be buying but you don’t. Seek to make a change in your own spending habits first and you ill find you’re never short on money for the foods you need.
Are you still reading?
It’s the half way point today and from no on in you will find the remaining Faux-pas might just surprise you.
Fat loss Faux-pas #5 – Shopping While Hungry
You might think this is an old wives tale, but let me be the first to confirm that it’s not. I have deliberately been shopping while hungry and compared what I bought compared to when I was satiated, the difference was a whopping £17.86!
Ok, £18 won’t break the bank but the budget difference was not only int he types of foods I bought but also their quality. While the majority of my shopping basket was filled with whole foods a good third must have been convenience crap that is sugar laden and filled with delicious fat promoting calories.
Why did this happen?
The honest answer to that, I don’t really know… well at least not scientifically speaking, however, from various studies, books, article and seminars I’ve learnt form over the years I have some rather compelling anecdotal reasoning for this sudden break in food choices form my norm.
Personally I found it was because I was looking for foods that would give me energy quickly and fill a hole. If we think back to our ancestors who didn’t have supermarkets and had to forage for food, I am willing to bet they would eat as much as they could as often as they could. True we have not absolute proof of this, but common sense would dictate that was probably the case.
Therefore when I was shopping while hungry I ended up succumbing to the allure of ENERGY DENSE foods, opposed to NUTRITIONALLY DENSE because my body perhaps had a primal urge, but who really knows for sure.
In short shopping while hungry is a one way ticket to buying foods you don’t really want to fill a desire that you don’t really need. In our modern world there is no need to go hungry, unless you’re in dire straights that is.
Here are some quick tips on how to avoid hunger and shopping while hungry:
1 – EAT for the love go god people!
2 – Have a nutrient dense snack in the car – nuts or beef jerky are good just don’t over eat them.
3 – Always have a Litre or water to hand, remember hunger could be thirst in disguise.
4 – Don’t go shopping with the kids, you will use them as an excuse to buy crap.
5 – Don’t go shopping with your other half for the same reason as number 4.
Use these tips and you won’t go far wrong.