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The Big 3

Yes, It’s that simple

In my local town to often I get ask, “Hey Dusty, What’s the secret to weight loss? What do I gotta do to shed some weight?” or something similar. I live in a small town, where health and fitness is a bit behind the normal pace of things I would say. Anyway, if they are a ‘beginner’ which is 90% of the time, I always tell them the same thing. It’s not a new diet pill or the latest crash diet so no quick fix unfortunately, sorry. Water, Protein, Fiber, I say to them. Usually, I get met with, “Well, I drink plenty of water!” which usually after talking we find that they typically don’t drink nearly as much as they think, and that’s not even getting to the other two topics. I have found that before any type of diet begins, pills bought, or crazy workout regiment started, if you simply focus on improving your WATER, PROTEIN, and FIBER intake, you can drastically improve your health and body composition. 

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Water

“Think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods. All of these are essential daily to replace the large amounts of water lost each day,” – Joan Koelemay, RD.

Now, I know you might be thinking that this is a no brainer, but I will be honest with you, I know more people personally that actually drink very little water. You get busy working, next thing you know 6 hours in and you haven’t had a drop, and many friends I have, especially shift workers will quick reach for a energy drink or coffee to help keep them stimulated verse a water to re hydrate. I’ve gotten more comments about carrying around a gallon jug of water, as it’s the typical bro stereotype, but I will be honest I think they got it right there. The gallon jug gives a not only a visual aid on exactly how much I’ve drank, but also a friendly reminder not to forget to drink some high quality H2O. 

Now, the Food and Nutrition Board recommend  women to get 91 ounces per day and men 125 ounces from all sources — water, other beverages, and foods with a high water content. I think that is a great place to start, but the problem with that is it doesn’t take into account lifestyle or body composition. That number especially goes up if you decide to add exercise into your arsenal as you will be then losing more water throughout the day, and will want to fight off dehydration. Also, don’t wait till you find yourself thirsty, as that can be a good sign that dehydration is setting in. 

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Before we even get into the fantastic diet support water gives, let’s just quick talk the plain ole health benefits it has. Dehydration is easily the first thing that comes to mind with water consumption. Studies have shown that as little as 1-3% mild dehydration can have a impact on energy levels, mood, and brain function. (1) They also show that as little as a 2% reduction can have a negative impact on physical performance. (2)  If you are any kind of laborer, someone that needs  sharp mind to complete work, or need to perform with physical demand you can see how important simple hydration should be. Drinking more water can also help with constipation (3), headaches (4), hangovers (5), and more! 

Water takes up space, plain and simple. So the most basic diet support that water is giving you is a filler. Remember when you were younger and loved any and all the soda you could get? Going to buffets or fast food with refills and slamming 2 glasses before the food got to the table. Next thing you know you’re half way into your Big Mac and realize your stuffed? That’s the power of liquid, so use that to your advantage. There was a 12 week study done were subjects consumed 16 oz of water 30 minutes before 3 meals a day and lost on average 9.5 pounds more compared to the no water pre meal group. (6) That is huge! Simply what that means is consumption of water before eating, should hopefully lead to on average less calories consumed each meal. That reduction of calories in each meal alone will trigger weight loss since the body has now entered a caloric deficit. 

Getting water through food is a fantastic way to increase overall water consumption as well as the majority of high yield water foods are great for you! With nearly 1/3 of our water consumption coming from out diet, fruits and vegetables rank highest as the best options to look into. Cucumbers, lettuce, courgettes, and radishes all come in at 95% water or higher. If you read my other article Eat more Food, Lose more weight! Save calories while dieting! you will also know that those foods are all low macro nutrient foods so you can eat large quantities of those. One study, by researchers at the University of Aberdeen Medical School, found that the natural sugars, proteins, mineral salts and vitamins in water-rich fruits and vegetables means they also supplement the nutrients lost through exercise. (7) 

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Protein 

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Chicken, fish, beef, tofu, whey, or it doesn’t matter the source just eat more of it, to a point! The DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, or 0.36 grams per pound. This amounts to: 56 grams per day for the average sedentary man. 46 grams per day for the average sedentary woman. In 2014 a survey found that American men eat an average of 100 grams of protein a day, which is almost twice the recommended daily intake for males. Women eat a bit less – about 70 grams of protein a day, or one and a half time the recommended intake for females. Both of which are higher than the DRI recommended amounts, but is it enough? 

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietitians of Canada and the American College of Sports Medicine recommend 1.2 to 2.0 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day for athletes, depending on training. Now the needs of a athlete and just someone trying to improve their diet are slightly different, but protein none the less is still a very important aspect to consider. Protein consumed evenly, spread out over the course of the day sets you up for the best success in muscle growth, but for overall body composition it seems as long as you get your protein numbers for the day you will be fine. In one study done for natural bodybuilders, research showed for active individuals, 1.2-2.2 g/kg is sufficient to allow adaptations from training. These conditions will change depending on levels of body fat, and energy expenditure. (8) 

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It also has been shown that a diet higher in protein can also lead to a better retention to LBM(lean body mass), to build on that the leaner the individual is, the higher the potential requirements for protein. (9) Diets higher in protein have been proven to result in greater weight loss, greater fat loss, and again, preservation of lean body mass. (10) Increased protein is also going to help fight off hunger cravings by increasing levels of satiety inducing hormones while reducing hunger hormones, aka get fuller faster.(11) Heck, even digesting protein burns more calories! TEF or thermic effects of food is the cause of this. The body expends 20-30% more calories digesting protein compared to carbs (5-10%) and fat (1-3%). (12) To build on that, a diet with high protein intake has been shown to burn 80-100 calories more per day. (13)

Consuming adequate amounts of protein not only is good for body composition but is also an important building block for bones, muscles, cartilage, hair, nails, skin, making enzymes, and hormones. It also helps to stabilize blood sugar, reduce brain fog, and  boost energy levels. (14)

Overall increased diet in protein is going to give the body a whole host of benefits from improved energy, better metabolism, and increased satiety. That’s going to help get you moving, losing weight, and help prevent over eating and snacking! 

Some great protein sources would be: 

Meat:

  • Chicken,  lean Beef, Pork, Turkey

Fish

  • Salmon, Shrimp, Tilapia, Sardines, Tuna, 

Eggs 

Dairy

  • Greek  Yogurt, Milk, Cheese

Legumes

  • Chickpeas, Black Beans, Kidney Beans 

Grains

  • Quinoa, Oats, rice bran

Fiber

I think fiber is one of the most overlooked, underrated aspect of nutrition and dieting. Fiber can play a HUGE roll when trying to lose weight. If you are wondering what fiber even is, it’s carbohydrates that cannot be digested. You have Insoluble fiber which act mainly as bulking or binding agents, and soluble fibers can help have an affect on health and metabolism. A recent study showed people who added fiber into their diets and changed nothing else, lost just as much weight as people following a heart healthy, low fat eating plan by the American Heart Association. (15) That study added to a growing body of evidence that people who eat more fiber tend to have healthier body weight.

Thankfully, typically high fiber foods are typically very healthy low calorie foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Some high fiber foods to look out for would be:

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Without going into detail, soluble fiber is fantastic for maintaining overall gut health. The gut has good bacteria in it, and supplying it with soluble fiber helps kick in the prebiotic effect which is believed to be very beneficial for health and body weight. (16) (17) We also know when dieting that calories are low and hunger can set in quick! Fiber is going to help aid in fending off those hunger cravings just a bit longer. Fibers with high viscosity have been shown to increase satiety, reduce appetite, and cause weight loss. (18) 

After all of that you’re probably wondering how much fiber you should be eating I bet. The national fiber recommendations are 30-38 grams of fiber for men and 25 grams a day for women. I personally think if you are consuming at least 10 grams of fiber per 1000 calories then you should be fine. If your diet is focusing on micro nutrient rich foods, then you should have no problem hitting those guidelines.

All it takes is small adjustments

As you can see it doesn’t really take much to get yourself on the right path towards your health and fitness goals. Following these 3 steps, and using them as tools can dramatically change your body composition and lifestyle without making you over haul your kitchen, commit to a drastic diet change, or get completely flustered with information that you don’t do anything! These are things you already eat everyday so it’s just focusing on improving the quality and consumption of water, protein, and fiber. Once you master those aspects,  odds of setting yourself up for diet success will be highly improved. 

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AI Sports Nutrition Protein Review

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Walden Farms Top 5!

Today’s post is LONG overdue! If you are trying to cut calories, track macros, or just want to add more volume into your meals then Walden Farms is DEFINITELY worth having in your arsenal of macro friendly hacks. 

I have been using Walden Farm’s products for years now. It all started with buying a bottle of their original Pancake Syrup. After cracking that bottle open and pouring it all over my protein pancakes, that day my life was changed. I can’t even begin to think about the hundreds and hundreds, and most likely even thousands of carbs and calories I have saved by using just the pancake syrup. Not to even mention the numerous amount of other products I use of theirs. Since then I have become such a fan of Walden Farms as a whole. They have a HUGE variety of products of syrups, sauces, mayo, salad dressing, jelly, and more! Guess what, ALL CALORIE FREE! 

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I decided to put together a quick list of my TOP 5 favorite Walden products. Scroll down for tips on how to use them! 

In no order.

    1. Pancake Syrup
    2. Maple Syrup
    3. Caramel Syrup
    4. Sesame Ginger Dressing
    5. Bleu Cheese Dressing

Walden Farms, Bleu Cheese Dressing, 12 oz (Pack of 2)
Walden Farms – Calorie Free Pancake Syrup – 12 oz X 2
Walden Farms Caramel Syrup, 12 Ounce
NEW – Walden Farms Salad Dressing, Sesame Ginger – 12 fl. oz.
Walden farms Calorie Free Maple Walnut Syrup 12 oz

Tips for using Walden Farms

Pancake Syrup – Works great adding sweetness to a recipe, goes great with fruit, cereal, oatmeal, and even with eggs! 

Maple Syrup – Same Applications as the regular pancake syrup, just with a maple twist! 

Caramel Syrup – I love using this as a drizzle over some of my favorite desserts like ice cream, brownies, cake, pancakes, and so much more!  

Sesame Ginger Dressing – One of my favorite uses with this is stir fry. It works great! Saute your favorite veggies and protein and then add this in! You can also just pour over your side of veggie or add it to a salad! 

Bleu Cheese – Best way to use this, pour it over burgers! Also goes great on chicken, pork, or other protein, salads, and on pizza! 

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MuscleTech 100% Whey Advanced French Vanilla

Hello everyone! Up for today’s review we have MuscleTech 100% Whey Advanced French Vanilla. Overall a solid protein. It mixes well, good overall nutritional profile, and tastes good! Check out the video for more info!

Calories – 130

Fat – 2g

Carbs – 3g

Protein – 25g

 

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Bpi Best Protein Bar 1 Variety 12 Bars

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@bpi_sports iced vanilla cupcake review .
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250 cal / 9f / 29c / 20p / 10fiber .
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Again a very unappealing bar on the visual and aroma side of things. Tan bar with a yellowish white coating mimicking icing I would assume. Just a few small sprinkles scattered throughout the bar as well. Honesty I couldn’t even hammer out a smell on this bar, I think they were trying for a bday cake aroma or something but it’s to faint. Very very weird off putting taste as soon as you bite into, with a weird texture. You think it would be soft n chewy but it almost has a plastic feel to it. No real taste either other than a bit of sweetness at the end. I took only as many bites needed to make this review. Yet another dissipointment from @bpi_sports and their bars. Definitely sad I wasted money on these, but I knew I would not be surprised, yet I had to do it for you #fitfam .
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Overall 2/10

BPI Sports – Best Protein Bar Iced Vanilla Cupcake – 12 Bars

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@bpi_sports white chocolate pretzel review
250 cal / 9f / 32c / 20p .
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Visually extremely unappealing here. Tan bar with a white bottom coating with pretzels scattered through out. Not really much of a smell here. Kinda just like their other bars. Little bit of white chocolate that’s it, but not a very pleasant smell. Very bland taste here. Extremely sticky, I don’t taste pretzel or w.choc, almost no crunch from the pretzel and you really only get a small vanilla sweet taste twords the end. Very disappointed with this bar. Little high on the macros being 9f and 32 c but they say it’s only 12 net carbs cause of fiber but I don’t follow that. I definitely would never buy this again and wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. .
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Overall 3/10

BPI Sports – Best Protein Bar White Chocolate Pretzel – 12 Bars

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@questnutrition Mocha Chocolate Chip Review
180 cal / 6f / 24c / 20p

Quest Nutrition Protein Bar, Mocha Chocolate Chip, 20g Protein, 4g Net Carbs, 180 Cals, High Protein Bars, Low Carb Bars, Gluten Free, Soy Free, 2.1 oz Bar, 12 Count

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I like the macros off the bat as the last few newer quest bars were coming in at 9g or more. Visually it’s the very common quest base tan, as flavored mocha with chocolate #chunkporn throughout the bar. Slight mocha, coffee aroma to the bar but very hard to smell imo. Typical for quest I heated one half of the bar and left the other room temp. The room temp bar had good chew but I felt the mocha flavor really lacked until the very end of the bite. It also was just a tad bit grainy as well. Heated up bar made for a better texture but still was a bit grainy or pasty. You get just a hint of mocha or coffee overall. When taken with a chunk of chocolate it can almost give a burnt coffee flavor. The more you ate the bar the more the flavor built in your mouth, you got a bit more flavor after eating the Bar. Was nice to see a coffee flavor come to market but I think it needs a bit of work. Decent to munch on but I wouldn’t buy a whole box, and would choose other flavors to this.

Overall – 6/10

What do you guys think? Have you had it? You like it?

Quest Nutrition Protein Bar, Best Seller Variety Pack, 12 Flavors, 20-21g Protein, 4-7g Net Carbs, 170-200 Cals, High Protein Bars, Low Carb Bars, Gluten Free, Soy Free, 2.1 oz Bar, 12 Count

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Nitrotech Hazelnut Amino Coffee Creamer

Good Afternoon Everyone!

Welcome to my next review! Up for today we have, Nitrotech Hazlenut Amino Coffee Creamer. Not quite a protein review but similar! I would like to branch out and start doing all sorts of reviews, what do you guys think? Check out the video for all the details!

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