Guys Guide To Slim Trim Grilling

Barbecue

The summer months mean it’s time for the guys to put on their aprons and dust off the grill. It seems all men are in their element with charcoal and spatula. Summer is also a time we want to slim down as we replace the sweaters and coats with shorts and bathing suits. So guys how can you get those flat abs back and still enjoy the back yard BBQ? It’s easy! Choose lean proteins. Not only do high fat meats add unwanted calories they also can have a negative effect on heart health. Instead of choosing high fat meats like ribs, sausage and prime rib choose leaner cuts. Try salmon, … [Read more...]

ZERO CARBS FOR FAT LOSS: HOLY GRAIL OR SURE TO FAIL? Part II

no carbs

This month I will continue my discussion of why I feel that a zero-carb approach to dieting might be counter-productive when trying to achieve not only ideal health, but your ideal body. Thus far I have mentioned that a lack of any carbohydrates in the diet will also cause a lack of insulin, which can compromise one’s ability to rapidly and efficiently uptake amino acids, glucose, creatine and other muscle building compounds into muscle cells at several critical times during the day. As well, this lack of insulin will also result in higher levels of circulating cortisol, which can cause a … [Read more...]

ZERO CARBS FOR FAT LOSS: HOLY GRAIL OR SURE TO FAIL? Part I

For the last several years there has been a lot of intense discussion, controversy and disagreement amongst bodybuilders, trainers, nutritionists and coaches within the fitness industry regarding whether avid exercisers looking to decrease body fat, while gaining/maintaining muscle, should utilize a zero-carb approach to dieting for the best results (also known as a “keto diet”). As a professional natural bodybuilder myself who has prepared for about twenty competitions, as well as one that has coached hundreds of clients, at all levels, whose main goal was to strip off fat without … [Read more...]

Anabolic Steroids, Exercise and the Heart…

As a drug-free-for-life professional bodybuilder I made the decision very early on to pursue my physique goals without the aid of anabolic steroids. I began weight training at age sixteen, and competed in and won my first competition just a few months shy of my 20th birthday. It was right after winning this title, The Natural Mr. Eastern USA, that I became even more serious about my bodybuilding pursuits. I started to talk with every high-level bodybuilder at my gym (and there were many), about what I needed to do to take things to the next level. One particular subject was brought up again … [Read more...]