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Mi40 Results

Cutting it short at day 35

You are probably wondering why I am not doing the full.  First off I had great results with this program.  I think I am at my biggest and leanest that I have ever been.  I will be getting a BF% test done soon to find out specifics.  So if it is a good program and I had success then why stop with only 5 days left?????  Well Ben just started a contestwith some pretty cool prizes.

Before MI40

Before Pic On Day 3 of MI40

After MI40

After pic MI40 May 3rd 2012

I am pretty happy with the results so far. I will be updating my routine shortly to show all of the meals and supplements I have been doing.

Because the contest starts in a few days I am going to rest up, sleep and eat as much as I can and start the program all over again on the 7th.

Check out the prizes

Anyone wants to join me let me know via email or in the comments.

First an update.  I am almost finished the 40 day MI40 program.  I will be posting an update when done.  I am probably the biggest and strongest that I have ever been, all while I’ve lowered my body fat.  It is a very effective program.  Now on to the “meat” of the post.

The blogosphere has been talking a lot about meat lately. Since the New York Times posted this article[1] about an absurd pseudoscience study claiming meat consumption increases morbidity risk, and the amount of reaction to it from more logical people[2][3][4][5][6][7]. Then the New York Times posted this contest[8] asking people to submit in 600 words or less why it is ethical to eat meat, but your not allowed to talk about how the meat is raises and processed … really? That got a couple good responses from Mark Sission[9] and Richard Nikoley[10].

This talk about ethics made me recall a video I saw recently on youtube or some video site. It is a hidden camera show where the store makes fresh sausage. How fresh? Live pigs fresh, see below. This is suppose to be funny, but to me I was disturbed. Not at the fact that they are pretending to kill a live pig for food, the fact that the people were OK with buying and eating sausage UNTIL they see the process used to make it.

We have become so disconnected with our food source and are so ignorant to where it comes from that we are disturbed when we actually see it. I think this is unethical.


It also makes me recall the iCaveman episode where Robb takes down an elk with an Atlatl below (25 minute mark).  They NEEDED to kill the elk for food to survive, but the emotional element of killing the animal was not lost.  This is a fact of life, and has been for millions of years.

I actually think that Mark Zuckerberg gets it.  Last year he stated “The only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself,” and shortly after “I just killed a pig and a goat.”  But the best quote of his is

Every year I have a yearly personal challenge. It’s a good way to explore different things I wouldn’t normally do and challenge myself. Towards the end of last year I reflected a bunch of how thankful I was that we were building so many good things and things have gone well so far and I decided to make this year’s challenge around being more thankful for what I have. I struggled for a while about how to implement this, but eventually decided that forcing myself to get personally involved and thank the animals whose lives I take in order to eat them was the best day-to-day way to remind myself to be thankful. So every day when I can’t eat meat I am reminded of why not and how lucky I am, and when I do get the chance to eat meat it’s especially good. This challenge also has the benefit of making me generally healthier, and I’m also learning a lot about sustainable living.

Would you be OK with killing your own food?  If not why are you OK sitting on your ass while someone else does it for you in a factory?

 

  1. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/13/health/research/red-meat-linked-to-cancer-and-heart-disease.html
  2. http://robbwolf.com/2012/03/14/red-meat-part-healthy-diet/
  3. http://www.cavemandoctor.com/2012/03/13/red-meat-consumption-and-mortality/
  4. http://freetheanimal.com/2012/03/new-study-driving-watching-red-meat-can-kill-you.html
  5. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/will-eating-red-meat-kill-you/
  6. http://www.charlespoliquin.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/839/The_Red_Meat_Study_Scare_What_Do_We_Make_Of_It.aspx
  7. http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2012/04/05/chocolate-red-meat-can-be-bad-for-your-science-why-many-nutrition-studies-are-all-wrong/
  8. http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/19/is-it-ethical-to-eat-meat/
  9. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/is-eating-meat-ethical/

I have never been a fan of Occam’s Protocol workouts. I personally have never followed it because my goals always have a component of athleticism for the sports that I play and coach, and Occam’s would not help me with that goal. I did experiment with Joe Defranco’s a”Westside for Skinny Bastards” program for a month, I had some small gains but felt that my cardio suffered so I went back to the Crossfit Football WODs (Workout Of the Day).

I previously reviewed Mike Geary’s Truth About Six Pack Abs e-book.  I did like it and thought it might be useful for some people that want a more detailed guide to follow than what is in the 4 Hour Body.  In the e-book Mike refers to a program called “No Nonsense Muscle Building” by a guy named Vince Delmonte.  I did not buy that program (yet) but I did sign up for his newsletters because he has some great info for free.  A while ago Vince helped his coach Ben Pakulski create a program as well.  I some how was able to view a video on vimeo of Ben giving a talk at a conference that Vince put on last year.  This was a really good presentation.  Any bodybuilder will have a good grasp bio-mechanics and nutrition, but I was thoroughly impressed with Ben’s.  When someone says things like “humans were really only meant to consume meat and vegetables”  and “bicep full range of motion requires the triceps to be contracted at the bottom” I immediately take them a bit more seriously.  Ben also has a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario, a pretty good Canadian University.  His is also one of the top IFBB bodybuilders in the world.  He recently came in second at the 2012 Flex Pro, and just the other day came 4th in the Arnolds.  I have never been a huge fan of bodybuilding, but I have paid attention to it a little bit.   Ben has previously competed in the Mr. Olympia but this year qualifying is more difficult[1] and placing 4th in the Arnold’s left him one spot out of qualifying for this years Mr. Olympia.

I usually would not recommend following an elite level body builders program.  In my opinion this program is different that a workout that you would find in your latest issue of Muscular Development or something like that.

  1. Ben actually trains regular drug free clients as well.  He has experience as a trainer and trainee.
  2. I think Ben understand physiology very well and I really like this quote from his sales page “maximizing recovery, controlling inflammation and balancing hormones”
  3. Ben is not a genetic freak like other high level bodybuilders like Arnold or Dorian Yates or Jay Cutler.  This seems to be the consensus on what others say in the bodybuilding community as well.  Ben just works smarter and harder than the rest.

I bought the package and skimmed through it a few months ago.  I just recently took another serious look at it, specifically the nutrition section.  Now there are some really interesting explanations of endocrinology for building muscle while minimizing fat gain.  Specifically carbohydrate timing, which is one of the things I frequently criticize the 4 Hour Body for missing.  There is a catch 22 problem when timing carbs for muscle gains and fat loss.  Dietary carbs cause insulin release which is anti-catabolic for muscle, something I have talked about before.  But keeping carbs low pre workout will increase growth hormone release[2]  so how do we optimize growth hormone without being in a catabolic state which causes muscle mass?  Ben has a really good plan for carbohydrate timing specific for this outlined in his nutrition manual of the Mi40 package.

Ben, like Tim, talks about time under tension a lot, he likes to call it ‘intensions’.  He uses a common 4-0-1-0 tempo that is common in bodybuilding programs, but a bit different than the 5-0-5-0 tempo that Tim suggests.  I like how Ben explains tension and how to optimize it.  I really like this quote “Muscles do not know how much weight you are using.  They only know how much tension is actually going through them at any one moment.”  Never thought of it like that, and in a quest to get stronger have always lifted more than I probably should have.

There is also an extra that Ben adds on to his sets that he calls NOS which is short for Neurological Overload Sets.  This is pretty much a specifically calculated drop set that you do on your 5th set.  I have always been a huge fan of drop sets, they have always worked well for me and know there is some explanation as to why.  Ben has some video’s explaining NOS that I will embed below.

And he wears vibram five fingers, got my respect from that alone.

Here are some links to so free info you can get from Ben.

Just to be thorough in my review, here are some of the things I don’t like about the program. First the info is a bit scattered, because there are 8 different PDFs it is hard to quickly skim through and get the necessary info. Also the writing in the program still feels like I am trying to be sold something, I am not sure why but a lot of it feels like filler. I would rather it be shorter and more concise. The upsells I did not buy so I am not sure how good or bad they are. Also the price is a bit high, there is a sale on right now because of the Arnold’s but it will be over in a few hours.

So I do recommend this to ANYONE that lifts weights, not just those trying to bulk up. Why? Because the nutrition info included is for optimizing muscle gain and fat loss, what most people are trying to do. I would NOT recommend this program for someone that has a lot of fat to lose, that is a slightly different physiological approach in my opinion and The Dark Side of Fat Loss would be my recommendation. Ben’s scientific approach makes sense to me and is backed up by all the other reading that I have done, add in his practical guide to follow and you’re set. I am going to put in some serious effort into this and report back after I complete the 40 days. Check out some video’s below.

Ben Explaning Intentions

Ben Explaning NOS (Neurologica Overload Set)

  1. http://www.musculardevelopment.com/news/breaking-news/3629-new-olympia-qualifying-rules-for-mens-bodybuilding.html
  2. http://anthonycolpo.com/?p=244

Paleo Summit

paleo summit

I apologize for being 7 days late posting this.  Things have been a bit busy for me lately and I haven’t even started watching these talks yet myself.

What is the Paleo Summit?  It is a 8 day event with 23 presentations put on by Sean Croxton of Undergroundwellness.com (one of my favourite podcasts).

Who is presenting at the Paleo Summit?  The list has all of  the experts in the nutrition and Paleo community:

  • Mark Sisson
  • Dr. Jack Kruse MD
  • Sarah Fragoso
  • Erwan Le Corre
  • Paul Jaminet, Ph.D.
  • Dr. Thomas O’Bryan
  • Matt Stone
  • Nora Gedgaudas
  • Mat Lalonde, Ph.D.
  • Amy Kubal, RD
  • Denise Minger
  • Chris Kresser
  • Reed Davis
  • Paul Chek
  • Dallas & Melissa Hartwig
  • Dr. Allison Siebecker
  • Dr. Catherine Shanahan MD
  • Keith Norris
  • Dr. Daniel Chong
  • Jimmy Moore
  • Stephanie Greunke, RD
  • Dean Dwyer

When is it?  The talks are free for 24 hours the day they run from last week, February 26th to tomorrow March 4th.  The good news is that you will be able to upgrade and get all of the talks plus a ton of bonuses for $67.  No I did not wait until now to tell you because of the affiliate link for the upgrade, I even have to pay the $67 myself 😦

But the bonuses are real bonuses, not just normal ebook marketing upsells.  You get the Whole9 Success Guide which is usually $39 at Whole9life.com.  The Last 4 Doctors You’ll Ever Need by Paul Check, usually $24.95.  The Underground Cookbook which is an upsell of the Dark Side of Fat Loss which cost $39.  The Practical Paleo Guide by Diane from Balancedbites.com.  And a few other upsell bonuses that are pretty useful.  A bonus video interview with Dr. Cate Shanahan, transcripts, and access to the audio and video files.

Is it worth it?  Well I am buying it so I think it is.  I wanted to buy some of these bonuses already any way so to me it is a really good deal.  I still have not bought the Dark Side of Fat Loss, which I will soon and review for everyone.  I have a feeling that it will be one of the best resources that has theory and practical information.

 

First Episode of Why Fit TV

I have started a new video web series (Podcast) about fitness, nutrition, health and goal setting with a buddy of mine from college Chad Williams.  We released our first episode last week.  We got some good reviews even though the first episode is pretty light on content.  We have secured sponsorship from Pareto Nutrition, and will be able to keep the high quality of the video by BVK Films.

Feel free to comment below, good or bad.  If you have any suggestions for topics, guests or would like to participate in the show please let me know.  Questions are always welcome as well.

Is Vegetarianism Healthy?

 

UPDATE: Dallas and Mellisa from the whole9.com get what I am talking about.  See their talk at the Paleo summit here http://whole9life.com/2012/03/paleo-nutrition-for-vegetarians/

 

My topic plan for this post was to do a rant on the myth that vegetarianism is healthy.  Citing Denise Minger’s AHS talk [1] exceptional dismantling of the China Study[2] (study not the China Study propaganda book), and how T. Colin Campbell set out to prove a hypothesis[3] and did not analyze the data without bias.  I was going to talk about how vegan parent forcing their children to be vegan have killed them, on multiple occasions [4][5][6][7]. Add a bunch of myth busting and citing articles and studies.  But I’m not going to do that, let me explain.

Recently talking with a few people, friends and family members, most understand Paleo and healthy eating.  We often talk about misconceptions of good nutrition and vegetarianism often comes up.  I know this for a while and have said this before but it recently just clicked for me, vegan/vegetarian and paleo are 90% the same (generally speaking).  Avoid processed food and sugar.  Eat organic and local whole foods.  The small 10% difference is meat.  That’s it, one tiny difference.  But you often see people on forums or in videos like the one below name calling and bashing each other because they eat or don’t eat meat.

Maybe one day instead of fighting about dogmatic values of nutrition we can get to a point where we can at least promote the things we agree on instead of hating on each other for the things we disagree on.

 

  1. How to win an argument with a vegetarian
  2. Final China Study Response
  3. China Study Author Colin Campbell Slaps Down Critic
  4. French vegan couple whose baby died of vitamin deficiency after being fed solely on breast milk face jail for child neglect
  5. Vegan couple cleared of starving baby, guilty of child neglect
  6. Atlanta Couple Gets Life for Starving 6-Week-Old Son
  7. Parents Who Impose Their Vegan Lifestyle On Young Developing Children.

When I first read the 4 Hour Body I was consumed with trying to work as much as possible so I could not work as much when my wife ended her maternity leave.  The quote from the book that resonated with me the most at the time was Richard Branson’s “Billionaire Productivity Secret”

“How do you become more productive?”

“Work out.”

For the next 7 months after that I got up early to workout most days, short 10-30 minute workouts and that helped me drop 35lbs and go from fat to ripped in about 100 days.  I now workout at lunch most of the time at a gym close to my office.

I always noticed on days that I did not workout I was not as productive at work.  When I started working out at lunch I noticed I was not as productive at work before my worked out.  This made sense to me but I never understood why.

A friend of mine sent me an article from todays New York Times Well section title How Exercise Fuels the Brain.  This article explains some recent research that was done regarding exercise and the brain, and could be an explanation of how exercise improves cognitive function.

Glycogen, the main source of fuel for the body, has small stores in the brain.  The study[1] found that after a single treadmill session, followed by food and rest their brain glycogen levels increased about 60%, but then went back to normal.  But it also studied rats that exercised regularly for 4 week and found the following.

In those rats that ran for four weeks, the “supercompensation” became the new normal, with their baseline levels of glycogen showing substantial increases compared with the sedentary animals. 

So if you were like me and always put off exercise because you were too busy with work, think about Branson’s quote and this recent science to back it up.

Let us know what you experience is with exercise and productivity.


1. J Physiol. 2011 Jul 1;589(Pt 13):3383-93. Epub 2011 Apr 26. Brain glycogen decreases during prolonged exercise. Matsui TSoya SOkamoto MIchitani YKawanaka KSoya H.