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Here it is, as simply as I can put it:

Indulgence days aren’t optional, they are essential!

Yeah, I know, you’ve spent the last few months (or years) carefully watching every calorie lest you eat 1 calorie too much.  And this might seem counter-intuitive, but trust me on this.  I stumbled on this by accident.

As many of you know I was stuck somewhere between 168.5 and 170.5 for about 70 days or so.  I also had no change in either muscle growth or waist shrinkage.  Both numbers remained the same for that 70 day period.

Last week, as I had company in town, I ended up taking two days off my diet for the sake of convenience.  Keep in mind I DID NOT take off time from my workouts.  On the first night I ate three VERY large slices of pizza and a few garlic knots, and on the second night I ate a delicious Checkers’ burger with small fries.  Sure, on those nights I weighed in at about 170.2, but I felt fine and my waist measurement never went up.

The next day I got back to basics and stuck with my meal plan and ran through a good resistance training workout and a short cardio session (part walk, part interval training).

The next day I rested and ate well.

On the fourth day I stepped on the scale…

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Yesterday, a blogger by the name of John (obviously a man whose parents’ had good taste) asked me:

Have you tried or have any thought on a weight loss plan that has the same food every day. [1]

The answer is yes. It is a big part of the nutrition program I am working on right now. Here is how it works.

At the beginning of each week I sit down and come up with a list of three to four acceptable meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Each week I change this schedule up. I have found it much easier and less time consuming than the tradition plan each day method. In addition, it allows you some choice throughout the week but still limits your ability to go off track.

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I just had my first bite of vanilla chocolate chip and blueberry ice cream made with sweet perfection sugar substitute. It was delicious. It tasted just like sugar ice creams. Here is what I dropped inside my ice cream maker tonight… (more…)

I am giddy like a school girl. My wife and I just got back from the play ground with Sasha- a great workout by the way- to see the package hanging from our mailbox. Well I couldn’t wait to taste it so I ran inside and tore open the box and the bag inside. I licked my finger, dipped it into the open bag and tasted…

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You need to check out this month’s copy of Men’s Health magazine. Here are a few articles and tips from the latest copy for your enjoyment:

The TNT (Targeted Nutrition Tactics) weight loss plan by Men’s Health

An interesting diet plan that seems like a twist on Atkins. For the most part it seems like a run of the mill low carb diet except for the fact that by the fourth week you have two days a week to eat lots of carbs- and the rest of the week is low carb. It is fairly interesting, can’t say I am completely sold, but swing by and check it out.

Men’s Health has it packaged as a 12 week weight loss program. And you all know how crazy I am about challenges and programs that are numbered in weeks (Two Week Total Transformation Challenge!!). I have never been crazy about low carb diets but then again it has been a LONG time since I tried one. Plus with the cost of steak these days (thanks a lot federal subsidies to ethanol- the biggest waist of cattle feed) I am not sure I could afford a low carb diet.

A Beach Body: Bingo [A Weight Free Workout]

Four simple exercises for those without dumbbells or kitty litter containers full of rocks.

Know More, Grow More [not available online]- The most interesting and surprising part of this article was the author’s comment that “You should be able to do a chinup with as much weight as you can bench press.” The author, Micheal Boyle, notes that once your bench press exceeds your chin-up by more than 15% the risk of shoulder injuries “rise significantly.”

Boyle suggests a simple test. Grab the closest chinup bar and see how many reps you can pound out. Now go to the bench press and put your body weight on the bar (he doesn’t say whether to add the bar’s weight into the equation) and see how many reps you can do. If you can do more bench press reps with your body weight than you can do chin-ups you are at risk for shoulder injuries. See Page 118

The Traveling Man’s Eating Plan

An excellent article for those who spend a lot of time on the road or out of the home. Here are the author’s tips (check out the complete article here)

  1. Forget about the menu. Know what you are going to order before you even enter the restaurant.
  2. Consider staying at a Bed and Breakfast. These usually offer home cooked meals (more of a healthy selection and less junk).
  3. Manage temptation. Ask the hotel to stock your mini-fridge with food fit for a diabetic. “This is a frequent request, and most hotels oblige by swapping out high-sugar junk foods for milk, cheese, vegetables, diet soda, and fruit[.]”
  4. Keep your laptop on your desk.
  5. Invite a new client to dinner- Apparently when eating with strangers men ate 35% fewer calories than when eating with friends and loved ones.
  6. Be your own man- Don’t order the same nasty food as the group. Show yourself as a leader and someone who is in charge of their own body.
  7. Keep a stash of protein bars, but use caution. Aim for low calories protein bars. The author recommends Snicker’s Marathon bar.

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All three of the above foods are healthy, delicious, and well priced. Not to mention available at Wal-mart or other large grocery chains.

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This stuff tastes so good you would think it is bad for you. Check out the nutritional stats above. And as far as nutrients and vitamins go, well, I think you will be impressed.

Calcium: 20%; Vitamin E: 15%; Folic Acid: 10%; Vitamin C: 10%; Vitamin B6: 15%; Vitamin B12: 10%.

And don’t forget that CocoaVia bars contain

  1. Natural plant extracts that could reduce bad cholesterol by up to 8%
  2. CocoaVia contains high levels of naturally occurring cocoa flavanols that are good for circulation.

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