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life is all about balance, yin and yang, hot and cold, fat and skinny. The best way to create this balance is with proper nutrition above all else, which is addressed in the book I collaborated on “Quick Paleo Meal Prep.” This book goes over all the fundamentals of fixing your junk diet and manipulating portions and ingredients to take you from fat to ripped, or skinny to Froning. However this post is about “leaning out” to keep the gains going, whether it’s fitness or business, there’s always a time for rest and recouping.
YOU CAN’T PERMA-BULK
By perma-bulk you know that I’m talking about the people who are always “bulking” with the intention of consistently adding muscle month after month. I’m not saying this is impossible, but I do know that your body has a point of critical mass when you’re constantly shoveling food in. After a while of realizing there will be a constant stream of food in excess, your body begins to store it as fat because that’s its primary method of operations after centuries of living on the edge of survival in the wilderness. So if you consistently shove in high calorie foods with no variation then you’ll only start to see “gainz” around your belt line.
SAME GOES FOR BUSINESS
I know first hand that you can’t mash the gas pedal everyday for too long before the wheels start coming off in one form or another. Whether it’s growing apart from your family or pushing the ones you love out of your life with your constant focus on work, to maintain these great things takes times of intensity and times of rest.
WHEN TO “LEAN OUT”
I’m not a doctor and I don’t play one on the Internet, see your licensed physician before applying anything you’re not used to.
I personally go through a sustained low calorie diet anywhere from 1-3 months per year. This helps to reset the metabolism and give your body a chance to clean out all the garbage it accumulates during the bulking phase. Now I would get down to the point where I have a visible six pack and constantly visible vascularity just for the sake of asthetics and the beach season is usually when this happens. But you can get down lower or somewhat above, as long as you maintain it for at least a month and a half. I use the month and a half as a minimum because your body adapts quickly around the 90 day mark, and if you drastically shift around that point you’ll have the best results from my experience. We will discuss how to lean out healthily later, crash diets aren’t fun or useful for most people. Until then stay strong!
Set a time to go through a “leaning out” phase, whether it’s business or fitness. And make time for family and enjoying the good in life, it’s a struggle at first but the rewards are well worth it! And you’re worth it!
I can’t express how excited I am to be getting back to “normal” Paleo Prep Meals! If you’re interested in how to make your own PERSONAL Paleo Prep Meals for the week of gym madness, I collaberated with this book appropriately named Quick Paleo Meal Prep. It is the last day of the free trial (May 4), and the book will be sold for $2.99 for a while, then it might jump to $7.99 so either way it’s best to get your copy tonight! And to celebrate the return of prepping my meals for the week I decided to put a slight prep session on the Slow Carb Diet :). So as I sit here at night with the glow of the computer screen on my face, food next to me (paleo prepped food), yerba mate tea and Star Wars V playing in the back ground, I’m ready to get into this!
WHERE I AM NOW
Currently I am hovering around 170 lbs. with a significantly lower body fat than I had 4 weeks ago. I started this journey on the slow carb diet, among other things, as inspiration from Tim Ferriss. As I’ve said before, the diet is mostly meats and leafy greens with the added beans for energy. Now usually my strength goes down the tube anytime I start one of these semi-ketogenic diets; however, this diet has left me with my usual amount of strength incredibly. I’m used to dropping about 20-30 lbs on major lifts when I do a little recomp. but I’ve maintained all my lifts, I haven’t added much weight unfortunately, but not moving backwards is amazing to me in this area! My spirits are moderate, I started this change in eating with a positive outlook, mostly because I got to look forward to a full day of gluttony at the end of the week, but now it seems that even with the drastic results I’m ready to end the experiment. I started with a body weight of 180 lbs and a body fat level around 18%, now I’m comfortably at 171 lbs as of this morning with a body fat of approximately 9%.
PALEO PREP FOR THE WEEK
I was tired of buying Tyson’s Chicken for the week and eating a room temperature can of black beans with most meals. So this week I went back to my roots of prepping ahead, while staying in the lines of the diet as much as possible, and this is what I came up with. 4.17 lbs of chicken, seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper cooked on a Emeril grill (I love this thing more than any other cooking tool I’ve EVER had).
Combine that with 5 cans of black beans and two cans of rotel tomatoes and green chilis, cause TexMex is only the best food in the world! Before you put these into the pot together make sure you strain the black beans of the goo inside and rinse them at least 3 times thoroughly to get rid of the lingering juices. combine these into a stew pot, bring to a simmer and leave the delicious mix for about 12 mins.
This should yield six servings, and will get you through the week mostly. I don’t prepare a meal for every occasion because I know that without fail we will eat out at least three times per week, so why bother. This recipe is fast and cheap, if you’re looking to loose weight fast in four weeks just eat this meal for lunch and dinner 6 days per week, and if you eat out get chipotle with no corn, tortilla or dairy. It’s very simple and VERY bland, but yields amazing results! I hope you enjoyed this 🙂
Attempt this recipe in a one or two day period to set yourself up for massive success! I look forward to reading comments about amazing results later 🙂
I know of no other way to shred fat faster than with HIIT training! The only caveat is the requirement to fuel your body correctly. Which I can easily help with in the book I collaborated on, Quick Paleo Meal Prep, it’s in the Kindle Store now for .99 for a limited time (I think until the end of this week, May 2). We go over the struggle of not having food ready for the week and “falling off the wagon” time and again, also we give examples of ways to correct and properly prepare your eating week ahead of time, basically guaranteeing your success! But anyway, back to the HIIT!
WHAT IS IT?
A lot of people throw around the term HIIT training and have made plenty of money off of the people who bought into it strictly for the commercial aspect of shredding fat fast. But not many look deep enough to understand what’s going on to make the change happen the way that it does. HIIT training is performing high intensity exercise for short durations, usually using explosive body weight movements (sprints, jumps, plyo-movements, etc.). This is repeated anywhere from two to four times, or for a set amount of time usually between 4-10 minutes. What this does is shock the body and heart into going into overdrive to perform at max capacity for however long you’re going for.
I would say for beginners, no more than twice per week. This will be enough to see results right away, and keep your body intact on the journey. As you get more accustomed to the intensity, play with the time domains. Then if you’re energized the rest of the week through, then add some extra days ONE AT A TIME. The goal is fitness for life nog got the summer, so keep it under control tiger.
Do at least one session of HIIT cardio this week. Something simple and under 8 mins. if this is your first time.
Yea that paleo thing is fine if you wanna loose weight or stay lean, but I wanna get JACKED! If I had a nickle for every time I heard this I’d have a lot of nickles. “Paleo” isn’t just a diet that people go on to loose weight, it’s a lifestyle.
WHAT IS A DIET?
A diet is a short term way of eating that restricts calories to promote weight loss. There is certainly emphasis on the “short” term. Most people get to where they want to be and then go off the rails in a big way, gain all the weight back, and start the cycle over again in a year when they’re heavier than the last year. It’s a cycle that 80% of people subscribe to and accept.
PALEO FOR WEIGHT GAIN
So if a diet is a restriction of calories then weight gain is a surplus right? YUP, true you’ll need to eat more, volume wise, if you’re focusing on paleo, but your gains will have much more quality! So how I did it was about as simple as it gets. I ate balanced portions to total higher than average calories per day, but after my workouts I would have about a pound of mashed sweet potato and two cups of ground beef (fat drained).
WHY DOES THIS WORK?
Because that’s the only time your body is willing to shuttle nutrients focused on muscle growth! Your muscle size is almost dead last on your bodies priority list, so when it’s been pushed to the limit or close, that’s when you need to cram all the QUALITY food in you can. Do a little home research on the glut4 compound and how it aids in muscle growth, you’ll be glad you did. For now you need to focus on totaling up how many calories you need to gain weight (300-400 over normal per day), and make that post workout meal as big as you can stomach without throwing up your gainz. Don’t factor in the post workout as your daily expenditure, as your body will put those foods to use ASAP.
If your goal is weight gain then put this to the test. However if you’re focused on weight loss I would still add the post workout meal in there, just a whole lot smaller. This helps your body restore glucose stores after intense workouts and gets rid of the shakes of you’re training on a deficit. Again these calories basically don’t count if you put in a high quality workout, cause your body will put them to use right away.
I started the Tim Ferris inspired “Ice Age” experiment last week to gain a little more aesthetics. It’s been a miserable and mentally challenging few days to say the least…
THE PROGRESS SO FAR
I started out around 178 lbs. with reasonably viewable abs. Now I’ve got a few veins showing on the sides and the lower 4 abs popping out at 175 lbs.! It’s been a great transformation for the time and effort that I’ve put in!
I’m going to keep up with what I have been getting results from, maybe up the calories a little bit at certain points so I don’t risk taxing my energy. All in all though this has been a reasonably successful experiment. Challenging to say the least, but certainly successful!
WHAT I’M DOING
I posted in this blog two days ago what I’m doing, you’re more than welcome to look at it and please leave comments with results if you do attempt! I think everyone should since this has been the greatest stones tester (and shrinker) I’ve ever done. I certainly appreciate a hot shower now!
so I just got back from a weekend trip to S. Texas to see family, and only had a post workout meal prepped for the week (still questionable if it was past experation, but I’m still alive so we’ll see).
SO WHAT DO I DO WHEN I DONT HAVE FOOD PREPPED?
Target! For what I would have paid for a similar meal at a food chain or restaurant, I got twice the quality and quantity. Broccoli and cauliflower, tuna and black beans with the splurge drink (but no added sugar or flavors so it’s all good), for $8!
WHY THE BEANS??
Some keyboard warriors might be planning a protest as you read this, saying that “legumes aren’t paleo!”. To this I say, easy brave heart, and keep in mind I train twice per day 3 days per week. So if I don’t have a high calorie legume in there somewhere I have the social appeal of a starving crocodile.
HAVE A GREAT DAY!
IT FEELS SO GOOD TO BE BAAAAACK!!
So it’s been a while huh, I had to take a little personal time to do a little “soul searching” to find out what I want for my families future as well as my own. (job wise, hobbies and DUN DUN DUNNNN….kids)
We don’t have kids yet!
Thankfully that much is true, not that I don’t want kids at all, but I’m only 25 so I want to grind as hard as I can now without taking time from family to build a life that supports my family with time and money. So that is what’s been going on with me!
What do we do now?
Well I’m eager and excited to hit some new goals that I have set for myself and providing the best quality content that I can! One thing that I have been working on recently I have picked up the habit of cooking! My dad has always been an amazing cook, and until recently I thought that the gene might have skipped a generation. UNTIL I merged my love of fitness and cooking to begin the new family tradition of…
PALEO MEAL PREP
I’m not sure if there are that many athletes that read these posts, but if you are, then you know the struggle with balancing healthy eating with fitness and life. It seems like the world wakes up before us 10 minutes earlier every day to find new ways to get us off track when it comes to a healthy athletic diet! Also when we go out with friends it’s not always the most convenient (or cheapest) option to keep on the paleo train.
MEAL PREP SAVES ME DAILY
Just having the right options pre prepared in the house limits the “slip ups” to virtually NONE! Any other time I was home and knew I needed something to fuel me for a few more hours till the next meal, I would see cookies and cake and justify the “benefits” of the fast acting glycimic index of that “food”. Needless to say it never worked out in my favor long term… BUT having the right options through the meal prep is an insane blessing!
SO HERE’S TO THE FUTURE
I’ll be talking more about food along with the success and uplifting material I have before, but I wanted to share this with you all in case there are some people out there who know this struggle as well!
I can hear the trolls now sharpening their comment spears and lighting their keyboard torches as I type this. But take a second and hear me out on this one.
I am not saying that money is the most important thing in the world.
In fact we see in scripture 1 Timothy 6:10 New International Version (NIV)10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. I whole heartedly agree with this, my love for my God and willingness to serve him has higher priority over ataining wealth. However, my desire for bringing honor and glory to God is not found in poverty and living in below comfortable positions for the sake of maintaning “holiness.”
There are many who say “You can’t be wealthy and spiritual”
I know for a fact that that’s a false statement, and it has been proven false time and time again. This type of thinking was started by those who wanted an excuse and “scriptural evidence” for not stretching themselves and growing to the potential that God encourages us to. How about this for “scriptural evidence” John 10:10 New International Verion (NIV) “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. Christ came so that we may have ABUNDANT life, not just survive. So the next time someone asks how your day was, and you respond, “well I survived,” examine your life in Christ. As Christians we are called to be the light of the world, and to be set apart. And I know this scripture of abundant life isn’t geared just towards material wealth, but for me personally, I want to bring glory to God in every way I can, whether it be business, relationships, my marriage, community service and misionally. I want to do it all to show how great God is and what He can do through us, just as I’m sure you do. But there’s a problem here, there are these things called bills and notes that tend to tie up our recources that could be going to Kingdom business.
So enters the need for wealth
Let me take a moment here in the beginning of this section
to address those who are not of the Christian faith.
We have different motives for what we do,
but the desire to help and contribute to others,
for reasons that are greater than ourselves,
is in all of us.
And though you may not subscribe to my belief (Christianity),
I believe we all have something in us that wants to give more of ourselves to others.
If you want to be able to give to the best of your ability we need to face one thing, the person who makes 300k per year can give and do more for others than the person who makes 30k per year. This doesn’t devalue the gift or the giver, but if you are like me and want to give the most and be the best for your family, you will need to up the resources just a bit. There’s a saying that I have heard tossed around and it struck me as truth “prayer is great, but prayer with a check is better.” And how much more of yourself mentally can you give to your family, friends and God if you have the stress of money taken off your mind? If you have a situation in life now that is anything like mine, you want to change it, no matter what it takes.
What about your family?
I don’t know about you, but I look forward to the day when I can give my kids what they need (and some of what they want). I also want to be able to give them a vision of what it looks like to work hard for a life that is able to contribute to others. When your family is in dire straights and needs someone who is able to give out of their excess will you be the person they call? It has been told to me many many times “There are people in this world who will have abundant spiritual lives, great families, amazing relationships and material wealth with which to bless others; why shouldn’t that be you?”
The need for wealth extends past the material benefits
Like I said in my last post, it’s not having money that makes life better, but what the money is able to do for others. I know this is a controversial topic for some, but I believe it needs to be addressed. And I could spin off on a book of ways to get more money and why you need to dump the job and work for yourself, but then this blog might not last that long ;). So until next time I invite you to consider what you would be able to do for others if you had just 10k more per year. Don’t think about your situation and how you can improve your life, think of others and the services they require. Bless others and you will be blessed (most importantly, not just monetarily)
My name is Cory Hinton, I was born in LA. and transplanted to TX around 2 years old. I came from VERY humble beginnings and had the benefit of struggling through the first part of my life. I grew up in a single parent house, my mom raised me as best she could in the situation we were in. Even through all of the struggles we faced we always had each other, and I have her to thank for the ever positive outlook on life.
The biggest influences in my life came from family, mostly my aunt Beth and her husband Pete, even before I was born they took an active role in my life. The vision that I have for my life largely came from seeing the lifestyle Beth and Pete were able to afford to give to others through financial means and relationships.
It wasn’t just the money, but what the money was able to do for others.
And this planted the seed of desire for success in my mind. I knew from that time that I wanted to be successful and have wealth, again not for the fact that I would have a bunch of little pieces of paper to keep up with, but what I would be able to contribute to others with that money. So I followed the advice of seemingly important people to gain this success. I “went to school, got “good” grades, went to college and embarked on finding the “good job.” Soon I found that “good job” and was there for a whole 2 months before they decided that it “wasn’t profitable for them to keep me”, and I was gone and now my fiance along with me.
It was at that point all the wisdom that my uncle Pete had shared about business and working for yourself came rushing back. I was found by Primerica Financial Services (some may know of it), and I knew that this was different and not one of those “things” that sell pills, potions and lotions. Not only have I been given a drastic business education from the company, monetary compensation and above all else the personal growth to
BECOME the person WORTHY of a 6 figure income.
But we can discuss all of this later….
MY VISION FOR THIS BLOG
I desire to grow personally through this blog and to inspire growth of those who read it. I will give my best to the content of what is on here, and will be open to those willing to help. Being a young man in life and involved in the financial, spiritual and now married life world I can see that we all need something to keep a positive outlook in a dark time. I am willing to be the light and share the light with as many as will follow. I will be talking about business, personal finance, religion, marriage, fitness and whatever else seems important at the time.
It’s going to be an adventure.
WHY SHOULD YOU LISTEN TO ME?
Well you shouldn’t that’s for sure, I am not smarter than anyone else and I know that for a fact. I’m glad you have your own opinion, and I don’t want to create more “me” but I want to inspire more educated positive people. I am willing to make mistakes, learn from them and hear from others how to avoid them and keep moving forward. I’m young in life but I know where I am going and where I will lead my family, I ask that you would not look at me as the person with all the answers, but the person who simply asks the questions.
DON’T BELIEVE ANYTHING I SAY BUT FIND OUT THE ANSWER FOR YOURSELF