This might not matter to some of you but if your trying to get in your best possible shape every little thing counts. I never really payed attention to this until today and I've made the correction immediately. I've been eating almond butter every day now that has unrefined cane sugar,dry roasted almonds, and palm oil in it. So I just wanted to give a quick heads up to anyone that uses nut butters as a fat source to make sure to purchase an all natural raw nut butter. Make sure the ingredient list on the back only has Raw Almonds or whatever nut butter your having as the ingredient.
"NUT BUTTERS (Almond, Peanut, Cashew natural versions only of course)- I feel these particular fats pack a lot of "punch" in terms of energy, muscle gaining and muscle retaining abilities. In my experience with myself and clients those that are particularly fat sensitive should probably opt more for different fat sources. If you ask any of my hard gainer clients who aren't fat sensitive they will certainly tell you that I make them eat large amount of nut butters throughout the day as they seem to thrive on these. I like almond butter best as myself and my clients seem to look best on this opposed to the peanut and cashew but the difference is negligible. When getting close to a show and still have some bodyfat to strip off it might also be advisable to use another fat source"
This was taken from a great article I read the other day..click here for the full article.
If I am on a cut should I still have a bigger than normal meal before and after I work out or still restrict my calories? Thanks
17 February 2012
Tyler - Every meal should still be in balance. That being said in the past when I was trying to get my leanest I would just eat carbs before and after my workouts and all of my other meals were protein and veggies and some fats.
thanks a lot for all you produced on your website, so amazing.
16 February 2012
Tyler - Your welcome! I'm happy you like it!
Hey love the website, thought I would give you some constructive criticism. Your medial and long head of your tricep is lacking as well as your rear delts. Every thing else looks amazing, keep it at bro.
15 February 2012
Tyler - Thanks! I'm a work in progress always...thanks for the support!
hey tyler..i was looking at your youtube page, and was watching the at home ab workout video. i think u posted it around November 2010. Around how much did you weigh around then? you look more lean then, as you have put more mass in your present pictures. thanks.
14 February 2012
Tyler - Yeah I was definitely a lot smaller then. My body fat was a little bit lower than it is now but I weighed 195-200lb so I've gained around 20lbs since then.
Hey Tyler, I was wondering if you just blend the oats into a protein shake or do something different...also im trying to get cut as well as put on mass, should I keep using Myofusion once a day right after my workout? Or do the why that comes in the 6 pound bag from costco in the morning and then the myofusion like normal?
14 February 2012
Tyler - Whenever I have oats and protein powder together I'll just mix them in a bowl together with water and microwave it. Tastes really good that way or I'll blend it together and make pancakes out of it and use sugar free syrup. I would stick with the gaspari for your protein it's going to be better quality then the big bags from costco.
Tyler, After about an hour of weights I sometimes do 15 minutes of incline treadmil, but am afraid to more I get real paranoid that doing cardio is just eating away at my mucles if I do any longer after wieights, how long do you do cardio for after weights and how many times per week?
13 February 2012
Tyler - I've been the same way in the past about being paranoid that the cardio will burn off the muscle. As long as your eating enough quality food throughout the day you will not have to worry about that. Whenever I do cardio directly after weights its for 35 minutes on the stepmill. I'll usually do that 2-4 times a week depending on how my body feels.
Several people wake up every day and the first thing they go to grab is an energy drink. Even more so I’ve seen several people over the years in the gym that use these drinks to get a quick perk up before their workout to only be let down with a harsh caffeine and sugar mix crash. So the reasoning for writing this article is that I want people to be aware of how unhealthy these energy drinks really are. Personally every morning I’ll have 1-2 cups of black coffee to get my day started and for a pre-workout boost I’ll have 200-300mg of caffeine anhydrous (you can get this either in pill or powder form). I did some research of the top 5 best selling energy drinks to break down the nutrition facts and to open your eyes to just how much sugar you are taking in and slowing your progress. Also, you might not have known why you feel lethargic after the buzz of these wear off.
Red Bull (*Est. $2.20 for 8.3 ounces) introduced the energy drink craze to the U.S.; it's still the best-selling energy drink in America, and the energy drink by which all others are measured. Interestingly enough, Red Bull is made in Austria and then shipped around the world. Red Bull contains 27g sugars, a measley 80 mg of caffeine (for the 8.3-ounce size), taurine and B vitamins, but no added herbal stimulants. My opinion is to completely stay away from these! Red Bull also makes Red Bull Sugar Free (*Est. $2.20 for 8.3 ounces). If you decide to drink the sugar free still be aware of the artificial sweet-ners (which I’m not a fan of at all) and keep these to a minimum.
Monster Energy (*Est. $2 for 16 oz.) is one of the best-selling energy drinks in the U.S. Several reviewers mention it as the energy drink to try after Red Bull because the taste and energy boost are similar to Red Bull, yet it comes in a can that is twice the size for about the same price. Monster Energy has 54 grams of sugars, 160 mg of caffeine and 2,000 mg of taurine. The Energy Drink Ratings blog says that this sweet-tasting citrus drink has a good kick and gives you good taste for the money. Monster also makes a variety of other flavors. I remember when I didn’t know anything about nutrition etc. Monster was my pre-workout boost of choice. I never understood why I felt so bad afterwards. It was the whopping 54 grams of sugar that was spiking my blood sugar levels and then the crash came...and it would come hard!
No Fear is a brand of clothing (I used to wear these t-shirts also had the stickers on my baseball batting helmet growing up) that partnered with Pepsi to create an energy drink originally known as SoBe No Fear. In 2008, the SoBe name was dropped. No Fear Regular (*est. $2.30 for 16 ounces), gets mixed reviews for taste and energy. No Fear contains 66 grams of sugars, 174 mg of caffeine and 2,000 mg of taurine per 16-ounce can.
5-Hour Energy (*Est. $2.50 for 2 ounces) scores well with reviewers for energy kick. The Energy Drink Ratings blog and RateItAll.com rank 5-Hour Energy highly, and it has more than 400 user ratings at Screaming Energy. 5-Hour Energy is packaged in 2-ounce shots, packing in an estimated 100 mg of caffeine per shot, or the equivalent of a cup of coffee, plus 2,000 percent of the daily value for vitamin B6 and 8,333 percent of the daily value of vitamin B12. 5-Hour Energy is sweetened with sucralose and contains zero net carbohydrates. 5-Hour Energy is not made with additional herbal stimulants, but it does contain amino acids and includes taurine. One reviewer calls 5-Hour Energy "little more than a shot of vitamins B6 and B12, amino acids, with a caffeine chaser." But unlike most energy drinks, 5-Hour Energy is a low-calorie drink (four calories). It comes in three flavors: berry, lemon-lime and orange. Nutritionally these are the best (along with Rockstar Sugar free and Rockstar Zero Carb) but honestly with 5-hour energy I’ve had these and I could fall asleep after drinking this if I was in need of a quick wake-up.
Among the top-selling brands, Rockstar (*est. $2.20 for 16 ounces) One 16-ounce can contains 160 mg of caffeine and 1,000 mg of taurine, as well as 62 grams of sugars, with guarana, ginseng and other herbal extracts as stimulants. The company has expanded from the original formula to offer other energy drinks including Rockstar Sugar Free (*Est. $2.30 for 16 ounces), Rockstar Zero Carb
Bottom line is that I do not advise these drinks. First off, the regular ones that are packed with sugar shouldn’t even be a question of should I have this or not. Secondly, the sugar free and zero carb ones are still packed with artificial flavoring agents. Which that will be up to you if you want that in your body or not. Personally I don’t use them. Like I said previously I use 200-300mg of caffeine anhydrous and I never have the dreaded crash afterwards.