In a market flooded with products and promises, it’s hard to figure out what you should be spending your money on. Trust me, I’ve been there. I’ve tried countless pre-workouts to varying degrees of effectiveness. I’ve found what actually works for the human body and I’ve found what I specifically enjoy.
To be 100% honest with you, a good percentage of the reason I take a pre-workout is for the placebo effect – it gives me the feeling that I’ve just consumed the power to will myself through anything. But I choose to spend a little more money and buy ones that give me an actual performance boost along with that placebo effect.
So, if you’re going to take a pre-workout, don’t waste your money on a shitty one when you could spend a fraction of the cost on a cup of coffee with largely the same effect. Spend a little more and get one that’s actually going to do something besides make you feel like you’re the hulk.
WHAT YOU ACTUALLY NEED:
WHAT: Citrulline Malate (6+ g)
WHY: Decreases muscle fatigue during aerobic and anaerobic exercise, decreases muscle soreness
WHAT: Betaine (1.5 – 2.5 g)
WHY: Increases strength and power, increases endurance, possibly increases in muscle mass
WHAT: Creatine (2 – 4 g)
WHY: Increases strength, endurance, and lean muscle growth
Nutrition (what recipe.. with almond meal or no?):
First off, I’m going to take my best shot at this, but know that I’m probably not the person you should be taking advice from. I’m not a professional bodybuilder, a scientist, a doctor, nor do I have any degree or training in any field related to any of this. I’m 5’8″ and only 155lbs. But I research this stuff a lot and put it to practice learning through trial and error. I’m a mad scientist and my body is my test subject.
The same as meeting any other fitness goal, when burning fat you cannot ignore anything. Diet is critical. Exercise is essential. And Recovery is necessary.
Notice I haven’t said the term “lose weight” yet. We’re not trying to lose weight here. We’re trying to burn fat while, preferable, preserving as much of our hard-earned muscle as possible. If we happen to lose weight (which a significant portion of us will, if not all of us), that just so happens to be a byproduct of our fat loss.
Your diet should consist mainly of fresh produce and proteins along with unrefined oils. If it doesn’t, then you’re not doing it right!
Fruits FOR RECOVERY (Carbs)
Slow Digesting Carbs
Intermittent Fasting (IF)
Ever stare at a nutritional label and wonder how they determine just how many calories are in that bag of jerky?
It can seem overwhelming, but the answer lies right in front of you if you can handle a bit of simple math.
Simply put, macronutrients (or “macros”) are nutrients that provide us with energy. More specifically there are 3 macros: