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Life Is Not Fair

By | Uncategorized

 

Rappers rake in billions, while teachers and police officers have to work extra jobs to make ends meet. Politicians are able to spin falsehoods on a daily basis, while you can’t even tell a white lie to get out of jury duty. It’s true. While maintaining a steady exercise program, you could have a heart attack. At the same time, the sedentary individual lives to the ripe old age of ninety. Life’s not fair.

As a nutritionist, I tell my clients that life may not be fair, but food is. An apple a day keeps the doctor away just the same for me as it does for you (unless you have been stricken with a metabolic or hormone disorder). Food is the great equalizer. I may not be able to control who cuts me off in traffic, but I can have control over what I stick in my mouth when I get home. Food is a tool for fueling your body. It is not designed to effectively deal with emotions and stress. Failing to realize that food is a tool is the reason for unhealthy eating habits and conversely getting fat.

To avoid the pitfalls of an unhealthy lifestyle and attempt to make life just a little bit more fair, one must start with the TKO Fair Food Basics:

  1. Design your healthy menu: Develop a weekly menu in advance of your grocery shopping trip. Make sure this menu encompasses the number of meals you need to eat with a balance of protein, carbs, and fats.
  2. Shop strategically: Don’t get derailed at the grocery store by impulse buys or extras you do not need. Despite your hunter and gatherer instincts, relax. There is no longer a need to fear the saber tooth tiger. Buy what you need at the grocery store instead of items that do not help you meet your goals.
  3. Meal preparation: Prepare and pre-portion your meals in advance. Store your meals in ready-to-go containers in your refrigerator. This will allow you to avoid impulse eating and monitor your food intake for the day. This is the most tedious and cumbersome part of your week. I never said this was easy. Fast food peddlers have built empires on our inability to put in the work. Avoid the quick fix and invest just as much time into your body that you do updating your status on social media. (Note: No need for status pics.)
  4. Eat by the clock: I have all my clients live by this rule. Under-eating is just as bad as overeating when determining your overall health plan. Eat every 2.5 – 3 hours.
  5. Feed the machine: Your body is a machine and you must feed it like one. Your body will begin to set its own internal clock if you eat regularly. You will notice yourself getting hungry every 2.5 – 3 hours. This is good. Once you’ve reset your ?machine?, you can set it on cruise control. The rest becomes easy.

Your health and appearance are generally governed by a healthy dose of genetics and ?fate?. For example, heart attacks and cancer may not be avoidable in your future because, well, life’s not fair. However, by implementing these five key components, you take back control of your destiny, give yourself a fighting chance, and give fairness the boot. At TKO Nutrition, we can help you design your healthy menu and knockout a poor diet as a contributing factor in your overall health.

What are SARMs?

By | Supplements

 

What are SARMs?

By Nick Bennett, Richard Perez, and Richard Stone

SARMs (Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators) aid in muscle growth by boosting anabolic activity in androgenic receptors. Androgenic proteins are the main source of the muscle building process. Intended to have the same muscle building effects as pro-hormones and steroids, SARMS are legal and have significantly less side effects. They are in no way, shape, or form a pro-hormone or steroid because they act in such in a way as to boost your body?s natural muscle building ability and they are legal.

What can you expect from a SARM and the addition of a healthy diet and adequate training program?

Strength, stamina, size, and enhanced anabolic capabilities

What can you avoid or lesson when using SARMs?

With SARMs, you do not need to run any form of anti-estrogen or a PCT (Post Cycle Therapy) like you may have had to do with pro-hormones.

TYPES OF SARMS:

There are several different types of SARMs, but the most anabolic compound is Ostarine. Ostarine will decrease body fat percentages while maintaining strength and muscle mass.

Its predecessor, LGD-4300, is mainly used for bulking. LGD-4033 is an investigational selective androgen receptor modulator for treatment of conditions such as muscle wasting and osteoporosis, essentially preventing muscles from going catabolic, as well as supporting quick repair time.

SARMS VS PRO-HORMONES/STEROIDS

SARMS

  • Less expensive
  • Not harsh on the liver
  • No increase in blood pressure
  • No joint damage
  • No estrogen side effects
  • Low water retention
  • LEGAL

PRO-HORMONES/STEROIDS

  • Expensive
  • Hard on liver
  • High estrogen side effects
  • Water retention
  • Contributes to high blood pressure and cholesterol
  • ILLEGAL

Where can you find SARMs?

Various forms of SARMs are available at TKO Nutrition, along with additional information and suggested use.

With the information listed, you can see why SARMs are becoming a popular choice of supplements for athletes everywhere. Remember to be sure to take the recommended dosage, eat healthy, train hard, and you will see the results you desire.

What’s Next

By | Diet

What’s Next?

Written by: Richard and April Stone

After your latest life-event (a wedding, welcoming a new baby, moving to a new city, a marathon, a vacation, or even the Saints & Sinners 5k, and regardless of the level of success with said event, you’re left with one common issue. ?What to do with the void that was previously filled preparing for that event? You have crossed the finish line, said ‘I do’, been there, done that and got the t-shirt (that you’re proudly wearing in your Facebook profile pic). Your bags are unpacked and you are suddenly left with a feeling of emptiness, an absence in both mind and body that was very recently cluttered by anxiety, dread, elation or surprise. The experience was grand, but all good things must come to an end. What do you do AFTER you have spent months prepping for a major life event? All of these events have affected your diet, workouts, and way of life, so how does one ‘maintain’ a healthy state of mind and body that ensures future success or simply allows you to move forward?

Please allow me to give you a brief background regarding my own experience before I delve into the advice. My husband and I had both competed and won our first competition in couples bodybuilding for the State of Texas. We trained for hours every day, prepped meals, cleaned dishes, and had zero time for anything other than preparing for competition day. Lucky for us, all that hard work equalled success in the form of a state title that we could utilize in strengthening our credibility as diet coaches for our family business, TKO Nutrition and Smoothies based in Austin, Texas. ?After the final traces of fake tan had been scrubbed away (a lofty task indeed), I felt lost. I still went to the gym, ate clean (most of the time) but had suddenly lost the drive, focus and competitive edge that I had begun to depend so heavily on in search of my goal. ?I realized that I had to make some conscious choices if I was to regain and maintain a sense of purpose and contentment.

Here?s a few pointers that I implemented in order to get me back on track with my meals, training…my sanity:

  1. State of Mind: ?I did something I had never tried before?yoga. It is the opposite of a competitive sport. I walked into the studio for the first day and I knew I was not the best. I would not compete to be the best. I would do MY best and enjoy the experience every time. I didn?t have to stress that I wasn?t doing a pose perfectly. Finally, my clothing, hair, make up, muscle fullness, definition, and size held absolutely no weight whatsoever.
  1. Diet: ?I still like to eat very clean and healthy foods but the food scale had to go! My husband and I continue to eat turkey, chicken, and fish followed with a seasonal vegetable and recommend the same for our clients. However, we have learned to enjoy a dinner out once a week and sometimes it isn?t very healthy (Thanks a lot Torchy?s!). ?It’s imperative to construct an ?After the Event? meal plan. This will allow you to stay on track, and not go off the deep end (it’s equivalent to not going to the grocery store when you’re hungry).
  1. ?Training: ?I was doing 4:30 am cardio. NEVER AGAIN! I aim for cardio on a regular basis but adjust to fit within the constraints of other boundaries of time, including work and ‘real life’. When life gets a little busy, I don?t stress. I simply bump it to later in the day. ?The same goes for weights. I don?t allow my blood pressure to rise just because I didn?t train my biceps on Friday. I just work it in a little more next week. After all, tomorrow is another day. I prefer to employ my obsessions on other aspects of my life that are more enjoyable.

In summary, complacency is a slippery slope. If you don’t articulate a plan for the vacuum left where a healthy dose of competition once stood, you will soon find yourself on the losing end of an unhealthy lifestyle. So in spite of where you finish in the race, carefully managing your exit strategy will ensure that you live to run, walk or crawl another day. After the ‘Saints & Sinners’ 5k, stop by any of our four locally owned TKO Nutrition stores, visit us at tkonutrition.com or ‘Like’ us on Facebook for help in developing your plan!