Solid Dieting Tips in Only Two Pages

I used to be a bodybuilder. Used to be is the key term. When I was in my early twenties I was bitten by the gym bug, bad. I ended up going to the gym for 2-3 hours after work every weekday, I watched my food religiously and took more supplements than most race horses. I was in great shape… eventually getting up to about 240lbs on my 6’ frame and pretty lean too.

Fast forward to today… I now have two children, work and side work… and the easiest thing to drop is the gym visits. Post-children I had figured out that the best way for me was to get up at 4:30am and work out in the morning before everyone woke up. Large side projects have killed that. I’m now about 215lbs and could definitely stand to lose 20+ pounds of fat.

Bed Bath and Beyond

So last night my wife and I were out at Bed Bath and Beyond looking for a new bedding set. (Well, I wasn’t looking for bedding… the stuff we have now is fine. She was looking for bedding.)

While wondering around, I found something I had seen on TV a bunch of times, the Iron Gym… a chin-up/pull-up bar. I have the perfect pushup (spinning handle thingies) I use to do pushups at home already. The Iron Gym fills that home workout void by giving me an easy way to also give my biceps and back (and abs) a workout at home.

I convinced the wife and into the cart it went.

Upon getting home, I assembled the thing. It went together (all tools included) in only 5 minutes or so.

The Unexpected Find

After trying it out and being pleased with how things worked (it doesn’t get permanently installed in the doorway, you just put it up to use it and stow it away when done) I decided to check out the instruction manual. All of these products that claim to be the one piece of home gym equipment you’ll ever need seem to come with a nutrition program that is arguably the one thing that actually causes the fat loss or body transformation in the first place. I paged through to the last two pages in the manual and found this:

Nutrition Guide

I was blown away. The people from ProFit have brought back all my forgotten and suppressed memories about how to properly eat to not become a lard ass. They actually summed up easily a book’s worth of dieting information into two simple pages. Every single item on these two pages is spot-on in my opinion. (I won’t be happy about the reduced caffeine and no alcohol items, but they’re correct)

Some of the key items many don’t get right but are in this small guide:

  • Eat at least six meals daily — This is key because it keeps your metabolism going and reduces the possibility of hunger gorging
  • Eliminate any and all refined sugars and sweets — Huge. Any sugar intake causes and insulin spike in your blood and any dietary fat floating around in your blood stream gets immediately stored as fat
  • All heavy starches consumed by 1pm or 3rd meal — Another biggie. By mid-day, your body has enough carbohydrates to run for the rest of the day. (Unless your job has you outside and sweating profusely) Anything you eat after mid-day will get stored as fat when you go to sleep.

The second page that lists out allowed proteins, carbohydrates, vegetables, fruits and a sample meal schedule is also spot-on:

Food Choices

New Goals

Now that we’ve had a few days of seventy degree weather here in MD, I think I’m finally getting the motivation to concentrate on getting back in shape. I’ll be doing one hour of cardio four days per week and will be trying to stick to this guild guide to the “T”. This nutrition guide is going up on my refrigerator.

I encourage anyone out there who needs to lose weight to support truthful exercise information and spend the $29 on the Iron Gym. Even if you rarely use the chin-up bar for chin-ups, you have a complete diet plan that fits on two half-letter-sized pieces of paper. Genius.

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