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With summer season in full swing, I thought it would be timely to create a guide on Summer BBQ eating. While I’ve written this guide from the perspective of being a Calgary resident (in terms of specific product analysis), my hope is that anyone can find value in the comparisons made. Also, there’s a good chance that you can find “like” products wherever you reside. If you’re reading this and would like to get my opinion on any food product that you’re curious about, simply send me the name and label (when possible) of said product, and we can discuss how it will best fit in with your current goals.
PS - Before I get too deep into this article, for those of you that would prefer to view it in a PDF Format, you can do so by clicking here Krisfit BBQ PDF
I should preface by suggesting that you make food decisions based on a “cost-benefit analysis”. If you really like a certain food, and the calorie-reduced version of that food takes the flavour level down from a 10/10 to a 3/10, for example, then the cost of opting for the healthier version may be too great. However, if you find a burger that has 50% of that fat of your favourite burger, yet still yields a high score on the flavour meter, then the benefits of eating said burger could potentially outweigh the cost of a marginal reduction in flavour.
The guide below is laid out in 5 parts: Hamburgers, Sausages, Chicken, Steak, and Salad.
Did you know that you can make great improvements in strength, muscle tone, and endurance, with just two workouts per week?
If you’re working out two or more times per week and and aren’t noticing any progress, not to worry; your workouts and/or nutrition may just need a little fine tuning.
Below are 5 common areas that could be holding you back from getting noticeable changes in strength and muscle tone. It's important to note that this post applies equally to men and women, and isn't just reserved for the young folk. Some form of fitness progress can be made at any age!
1.Lack of “Progressive Overload"
Are you continually performing the same exercises with the same weights for the same numbers of reps? Have you been doing this for months, or maybe even years? This could be a huge barrier in holding your body back from noticeable change in lean mass and strength. Progressive Overload, in it's simplest definition, states that in order for fitness levels to improve the body needs to apply a new stimulus that is beyond what it has previously experienced.
This can be as simple as increasing the amount of being weight lifted, or, increasing the number of reps lifted with the same weight. It doesn't mean that you have to learn a bunch of new crazy exercises or be going for one repetition maximal effort lifts in the gym. There are many simple shifts in number of sets, repetitions, load, exercise order and groupings, rest periods and more that can easily put you into a state of progressive overload.
Kristian Leach is a personal trainer and nutrition coach residing in Calgary, Canada. He is the founder of the KrisFit and Fit Woman For Life online training and nutrition programs.
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