Calorie Confusion

Most of us have heard of the term “muscle confusion.” Meaning, we train differently (i.e. power lifting, metabolic training, running, yoga, pilates, road biking, etc) so that our bodies don’t acclimate to one form of exercise.

If we do the same workout every day, or even the same form of exercise every day, eventually our bodies will plateau and adapt to this workout, unless we are continually increasing our reps and miles. Meaning, that while we could perhaps “smash” this workout now, we could also “smash” the same workout 20 pounds heavier in 2 months because our bodies aren’t experiencing anything new, we’re just adjusting the workouts to our weight gain.

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You have to confuse your body. To me, the definition of fitness is to be physically prepared to complete anything; and do it well. If you can bench 225lbs, cool. But can you run a mile? Or would I need an ambulance on stand-by?

Nutrition works the same way. You eat the same thing every day, you will gain weight. Humans are hard-wired to experience variety when it comes to our pallets. Plus, eating a variety of foods means that we will obtain a variety of nutrients. What does this do? In doing this, we will create a more diverse population of microbes in our gut. The more diverse the microbes, the quicker our body will break down carbohydrates and keep the waste moving along, instead of storing it.

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The diversity in your gut bacteria is absolutely key to weight loss.

According to, “If you load up on eggs and spinach every single day and never eat, say, oatmeal and blueberries, then the bugs that favor using the nutrients from eggs and spinach are gonna have a leg up over the ones that favor using the nutrients from oatmeal and blueberries. Eventually, they might wipe out the oatmeal-and-blueberry-loving bacteria altogether.”

Also, according to a study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health,  “Women who regularly ate 16 or 17 items from a healthy list of foods—which included fruits, vegetables, whole grains, cereals like quinoa, fish, and low-fat dairy—enjoyed a 42-percent drop in death from any cause compared to women who ate fewer than 9 of the foods on that list.”

What is your list? Making a list of healthy foods that you consume throughout the week is a great tool to ensure nutritional diversity and weight loss in your life.

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Make a list. Make sure that each of these food items on your list is consumed at least 2 times per week. After ensuring this guideline has been met, you won’t have very much room to eat much else. Here is mine:

1.Oatmeal with flaxseed oil and raisons

2. Spinach (hot and cold)

3. Carrots (hot cold)

4. Apples

5. Greek Yogurt (with granola and fruit)

6. Hard boiled eggs

7. Salmon

8. Couscous

9. Quino (whole grain)

10. Brown Rice

11. Turkey

12. Bananas

13. Chicken

14. Broccoli (Cooked but not killed)

15. Sushi (no flash fried)

16. Grapefruit

17. Grapes (wine doesn’t count)

18. Scrambled Eggs

19. Turkey Bacon (Don’t ever eat Pork bacon)

20. Rasberries/Blueberries (Not in the form of an Odwalla drink)