Not long ago there was a commercial starring a short haired blonde woman. She would pace across a stage in tights screaming: “Stop the Insanity.” Turns out she was screaming to all of the overweight people to eat right etc.
Well, I’ll borrow her words for a second to give to some of my fellow T-Men: “STOP THE INSANITY” when it comes to what you eat and when you eat it!
I have read some inane posts on this thread recently. I’m not going to single any of them out because I don’t want to embarrass anyone.
However, they go something like this:
“Should I eat 60% protein, 30% fat and 10% carbs? Or, should I eat 66% protein and 33% carbs? And exactly what time should I be doing this?”
“When I train should I drink chocolate milk? I read a study that says chocolate milk will increase your muscle absorption of protein”
“How much protein should I consume 4 hours and 22 minutes after I train?”
?Is it good to wake up every three hours when sleeping and take a protein shake.?
“Should I consume 4200 calories or 4400 calories if I’m trying gain mass?”
Okay, you get the idea.
No one is claiming that you shouldn’t try to understand the human body better and take advantage of when it is most receptive. However, do these guys really measure up an exact protein drink? Do they actually count right down to the last calorie how much they are ingesting during the course of a day, every day? Do they measure exactly how much protein they take day in and day out?
Hey, I think there is a better way. It’s called having fun! When you are finished training mix up a good Grow! protein shake. Throw what ever flavor you want in there. Throw in a banana, or blueberries whatever you want.
I assure you if you are being that anal about your diet you won’t last long! It’s not what you can make yourself do for two months that is going to count (not talking about just before a contest) it’s what you do day in and day out for the next 5 to 40 years that will count!
And you are not going to be recording every morsel of food you eat for the next forty years. Not unless you are nuts of course. And if you are it doesn’t matter anyway huh?
Train hard and smart, eat healthy and hardy and have fun. You will get to where you want to go by enjoying what you are doing. Maybe you’ll get there a few weeks slower than the next guy (then again maybe not), but you won’t be burned out from counting every single calorie, carb and gram of protein. That means you might just keep the muscle that you wanted so badly in the first place.
Use some common sense. It’s not about who gets there the fastest and then loses it. It’s who gets there and stays there, or even improves after he gets there!