Never, ever, ever trust a know it all in the gym… or anywhere for that matter. The gym is rife with douchebaggery on a daily basis but no douche is worse than a know it all douche. This is usually a guy, sorry dudes but its true. Generally this person walks around telling people they are doing it wrong. What is “it”? Anything. These are also the same people who will scrutinize your vegetables and lean protein, for what ever reason, as they cram pizza down their gullets. These are the people who always have a better way of doing any exercise. Oh I should bench press and twice the speed and keep my elbows locked? I’ll get right on that. I should jerk with my back while doing deadlifts? Got it. I should limit my cardio to 10 minutes if I want to gain muscle and lose fat? Nailed it!
I am now, and always have been, a proponent of doing what ever feels good for your body. I started Intermittent Fasting, and got my beautiful mother to do it as well. If one more person tells us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day neither one of us can be held responsible for what we might do. You see, there is not another human being on this planet who is the exact same as me. We all have different genes and metabolisms, will power and work ethics. Therefor it stands to reason that the new diet trend going around isn’t going to work for everyone. My challenge to you this week is to do what feels right for you. If you look and feel better when you workout for long periods of time and eating 7 meals a day, then keep right on truckin’. If you like to eat one meal a day, then do that. MMA fighter and my personal hero Rhonda Rousey reportedly eats in a 4 hour window and trains in jui jit su all day long, fasted. She looks like this:
I’m not going to tell that woman breakfast is the most important meal of the day or that she needs to eat a certain amount of food before she works out. She might pummel me. Incidentally, I train fasted as well and I’ve never looked better or been stronger.
On the flip side of the coin, if what you’re doing doesn’t make you feel great and isn’t getting the results you want, then change it up. Try something for a few weeks and then make some small tweaks and adjustments. It has taken me nearly 5 years to get to the point where my diet and exercise regimen makes sense to me. I am still looking for small adjustments to make to help me lean out as much as possible, but they all come from my own research and trial and error, not because Dr. Oz said something would help me lose weight. Chime in and let me know what you’re doing these days. Comment below or tweet me @notmommaterial