Since the late 1990’s Dr. John Berardi has published 8 scientific abstracts; 15 scientific papers and textbook chapters; presented at nearly 50 scientific, exercise, and nutrition related conferences; and published countless articles online.
His first articles at Testosterone Magazine so many years ago, provided me with the basis for everything I know about nutrition today. Now I will turn some of that knowledge over to you in the form of Nutrition Tips written by Dr. Berardi himself.
Today’s Topic – Eating as the Means to an End
If you are an avid Project Swole reader, then you already know that your diet is responsible for 80% of your progress.
When you are involved with any sort of fitness, sports, or athletics, you are most likely trying to accomplish an end goal:
- Muscle gain.
- Fat loss.
- Sports performance.
- and on and on…
You don’t need to see a logical proof of concept to understand then, that eating is 80% of the means to reach your end goal.
Why then would you skip a meal or go 6 hours during the day between meals, if you are trying to gain muscle?
Why would you skip breakfast if you are trying to speed up your metabolism to lose fat?
You shouldn’t and I hope you wouldn’t.
Here are some ideas you can use to always be prepared to eat:
- Make all your food for the week on Sunday.
- Travel with Tupperware containers to hold your meals for the day.
- Bring a shaker cup and protein powder with you where ever you go to make protein shakes.
- Invest in a couple boxes of protein bars and always keep one handy.
- Fruit transports easily. Buy apples, oranges, and bananas to carry around for snacks.
- Set an alarm to go off every 3 hours. Eat at least a snack when the alarm goes off.
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Whether you are trying to lose fat or gain weight, you have to eat regularly. I always try not to skip meals myself, preferring to eat at least a small snack every 3-4 hours. You don’t have to take my word for it though.
Let’s see what JB has to say about it:
Tip: Eat For Results, Not For Hunger
“Most people eat based on their mood and/or some subjective feelings of hunger. They don’t eat based on what their bodies need.
Think of it this way: you’re about to take a long drive on a stretch of highway with no gas station. Do you fail to stop for gas before you hit the road because you’re ‘not in the mood?’ Of course not.
Think of eating in the same way.
Eating fuels your metabolic engine.
So it’s time to start feeling like eating so that you can stop feeling like you’re scrawny.”
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