Nutrition & Interval Q'n'A
Q: A friend told me that peanut butter was healthy. So can I eat peanut butter everyday?
Peanut butter can be healthy, but you'll need to get peanut butter that contains "Only peanuts" as the ingredients. That way you avoid the deadly trans-fats that are found in most peanut butters.
Food labels are a joke, criminal really, because they are allowed to claim a product has ZERO grams of Transfats as long as there is less than 0.5g of Trans fat per serving.
So if you have 0.35g of transfat per serving, you can legally say it has 0g of transfat. HOWEVER, most people eat more than 1 serving of these "transfat-free" products, and end up consuming over a gram of deadly transfats.
So it really is criminal because I've read one expert who says if you get more than ONE GRAM of transfats per day it increases your risk of heart disease.
So make sure to stick to Peanuts-only peanut butter.
Q: I'm confused on how many calories I should eat. I've heard to multiply your weight in pounds by 11, but I'm kinda heavy (okay, fat is a better word), and I think that would overestimate the number of calories I need. Got any better advice?
Here is what you should do.
1) Find out how much you are eating now. Use fitday.com.
2) If you are not losing weight, eat less.
3) Eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, and good protein sources. Don’t eat junk from a bag or a box.
4) Give yourself one treat meal per week to look forward to - not a treat day, just a treat meal.
5) Plan ahead. Prepare your meals (spend 1-2 hours on the weekend getting your meals and meal plan ready for the week). Identify obstacles and come up with solutions to avoid them.
Q: Can I do 6 days of interval training per week?
Yes, you could, but you'd be putting yourself at an increased risk of overuse injuries. And avoiding overuse injuries is just one of the reasons we are avoiding long cardio workouts in the first place.
Plus, even pro athletes don't train balls hard 6-days per week. Notice how each playoff game is followed by a day off?
You would be better off to tighten up your diet rather than doing 5 interval workouts that could lead to overuse injuries. Even pro athletes don't train that hard that much. They understand the need for recovery.
Spend the extra time preparing more healthy food to avoid nutrition obstacles.
Muscle Morphosis, is a Men's Health Fitness Advisor and is also the creator of the musclemorphosis.com and the author of Turbulence Training. musclemorphosis.com for a FREE sample Turbulence Training Workout.