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Biological Value (BV) of Proteins

Biological Value (BV) of Proteins

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The Biological Value (BV) of proteins are used to determine the percentage of the actual protein your body can use. It captures how readily the digested protein can be used in protein synthesis in the cells. The Biological Value can be very important when analyzing your diet because it isn’t just how many grams of protein you eat each day, it is the quality of those proteins.

Protein BV Value Complete Protein? Slow or Fast Digested Notes
Whey Protein Isolate 100-159 Yes Fast Great for post workout, but not for feeling “full”. Great for Vegetarians!
Whey Concentra te 104 Yes Fast Great for meal replacement- Great for Vegetarians!
Eggs 100 Yes Slow The perfect natural protein
Milk 91 Yes Slow Great natural protein
Fish 83 Yes Slow One of the best food sources
Beef 80 Yes Slow Great protein, however saturated fats/cholesterol may be issue
Chicken 79 Yes Slow Great economical food source
Casein 77 Yes Slow Slow digesting protein that is great for nighttime use
Rice 75 Depends Slow My favorite vegan option
Soy Isolate 74 Yes Slow Soy mimics estrogen and can raise estrogen levels- Not good.
Pea Protein 65 No Slow I’m not a fan
Wheat 54 No Slow I only like as a whole food, not as a protein powder
Bean 49 No Slow I only like as a whole food, not as a protein powder
Peanut 43 No Slow I only like as a whole food, not as a protein powder

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Why is BV important?

Many companies claim to have the highest quality muscle building protein, but analyzing the protein inside the powder can actually tell us if it is quality protein. If you are looking for a meal replacement protein, you want one that keeps you full (that is slow digesting) and that is made primarily of high BV proteins. This needs to be mainly of from whey, casein, egg, milk, etc. It can have some isolates, but you don’t want it to be only an isolate, because isolates are digested fast and will leave you hungry.  This is why I suggest Level-1 Protein by 1st Phorm. Level-1 is a true meal replacement protein. It includes 4 grams of Glutamine and 5 grams of BCAAs. You can order Level-1 here with free shipping: https://1stphorm.com/a/products/protein-powder/meal-replacement-proteins/level-1?a_aid=nutritiontrain

“Level-1 is comprised of the Level-1 Matrix which is an ultra bio-available, sustained assimilation protein formula consisting of Cross-Flow Micro-Filtrated Whey Protein Isolate, Low Temperature Micro-Filtrated Whey Protein Concentrate, Low Temperature Processed Milk Protein Concentrate, Pure Egg Whites and Sodium Caseinate. The Level-1 Matrix is specifically formulated to deliver the highest quality, premium proteins in a sustained release which mimics the protein assimilation rates of whole food. Level-1 uses only proteins that have been low-temperature processed to take extra precaution to not denature or damage delicate protein fractions.”

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As for Post workout, your body needs easily digestible proteins that can go straight to the muscles to be used for muscle growth and recovery. This is why I suggest Phormula-1. It has an ultra high BV.  It has 5 grams of BCAAs. You can order Phormula-1 with free shipping here: https://1stphorm.com/a/products/protein-powder/isolate-protein/phormula-1?a_aid=nutritiontrain

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“The key to Phormula-1 is it’s purity: The Phormula-1 Matrix utilizes only the highest quality hydrolyzed and predigested whey protein fractions with Low-Temperature Processed Cross-Flow Micro-Filtrated Whey Protein Isolate for maximum assimilation speed and amino acid retention. It is virtually void of carbohydrates, making it an ideal protein if you are on a low-carb diet or preparing for your next contest or show. Phormula-1 provides an ultra bio-available, rapid assimilation protein source that is ideal for proper post-workout nutrition.”

Summary:

We want to eat a high protein diet, but we also want to make sure that we are getting high quality protein in our diet. Many of us who are vegetarians or vegans have to watch out because many of the protein sources out there are very inferior compared to meat or milk based sources. If you are vegetarian and can handle milk based products, I highly recommend Phormula-1 and Level-1 (it also has eggs), because of its supreme quality over plant based options.

 

Thank you for reading and share with your friends,

 

Dustin Holston

Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist

Phormula-1 Protein 1st Phorm Review

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Phormula-1 is the most premium protein marketed and created by 1st Phorm. What separates this product from the other proteins on the market?

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Phormula-1 Review

Phormula-1 is one of the purest and most premium proteins in the world. Phormula-1 includes 5 grams of BCAA’s, 1 gram of carbs (0 sugar), 0 fat, and 23 grams of Low Temperature Processed Cross-Flow Micro-Filtrated Whey Protein Isolate with 100% Hydrolyzed Isolated Whey Peptide Fractions. This means that you are getting easily digestible muscle post workout. The best part is that it is under 100 calories, and tastes amazing. It mixes extremely easy. You will not find a protein that is as high of quality and tastes as good as this one. It is literally muscle in a bottle.

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My favorite flavors: 

  1. CTC (Cinnamon Toast Crunch)
  2. Loop D Fruit (Mix between Fruit Loops and Fruity Pebbles)
  3. Watermelon

When to use: In my opinion, Phormula-1 is best to be used directly after workout to help repair and build muscle while your body is in its anabolic state. Buy the Post Workout Stack and save money. Ignition feeds your muscles to get bigger!

Order 1st Phorm Phormula-1 with free shipping by click this link! 

From 1st Phorm:

Maximum Assimilation and Amino Acid Retention Speeds-Up Muscle Repair and Growth
Phormula-1® is the industry's leading whey protein isolate. In addition to the ultra-premium protein sources used, Phormula-1 is by far the best tasting, best mixing isolated protein on the market. Not only will you taste the difference, you will actually feel the difference immediately when you use it!
The key to Phormula-1 is it's purity: The Phormula-1 Matrix utilizes only the highest quality hydrolyzed and predigested whey protein fractions with Low-Temperature Processed Cross-Flow Micro-Filtrated Whey Protein Isolate for maximum assimilation speed and amino acid retention. It is virtually void of carbohydrates, making it an ideal protein if you are on a low-carb diet or preparing for your next contest or show. Phormula-1 provides an ultra bio-available, rapid assimilation protein source that is ideal for proper post-workout nutrition.
Pure whey protein isolates that are hydrolyzed and predigested are an essential part of any training and supplementation program. Phormula-1 makes an especially strong impact when used post-workout! The materials that you provide your body with post-workout determines not only the quality of muscle built, but also the rate at which that repair and growth occurs. Phormula-1 was formulated specifically to work in tandem with 1st Phorm®'s Ignition™ for ideal recovery and muscle tissue repair after periods of moderate or intense training. Phormula-1's rapid assimilation qualities are also ideal to use first thing in the morning to give your body a quick hit of essential amino acids to promote muscle growth.
While Phormula-1's rapid assimilation is ideal post workout or first thing in the morning upon waking, throughout the day you should be sure to keep a steady flow of amino acids to your muscles by utilizing the ultra bio-available sustained release protein source, Level-1™.
Make the switch and feel the difference with Phormula-1!*

1st Phorm’s TransPHORMation Contest

 

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2017 1st Phorm Transphormation Challenge transphormation

The 2017 1st Phorm Transphormation Challenge is back, and so is the $250,000 contest looking for the greatest transformations, or “transphormations” as Andy Frisella likes to say. Last year had nearly 100,000 entries and the results were staggering. This year you have three ways to enter:

1st Go to: https://1stphorm.com/a/transphormation?a_aid=NutritionTrain 

  • Purchase the Results Stack (20% Off) which includes: Monthly access to the Mytransphormationstartstoday.com, the contest,  Full Mega, M-Factor (Goddess or Hero), and Royal 21 King or Royal 21 Queen (Brand New Fat Loss Stack)
  • or Purchase the Health Stack which includes: Monthly access to mytransphormationstartstoday.com, the contest, Full Mega, and M-Factor (Goddess or Hero).
  • or Monthly access to Mytransphormationstartstoday.com, the contest, no discounts on supplements but absolutely no costs! Thank you Andy Frisella for doing this!

Now you will be assigned a Legionnaire for entering the contest. Every entry will have a Legionnaire. Legionnaires are brand ambassadors for 1st Phorm. The select few who are chosen to represent 1st Phorm because of their knowledge of nutrition, personal training, etc.  Who better than the guy who was voted Most Valuable Legionnaire last year? (I won Most Valuable Legionnaire September 2016, got a free trip to the headquarters, got to be in some videos and advertisements). If you go to https://1stphorm.com/a/transphormation?a_aid=NutritionTrain you will be on my team. My wife and I, (my wife is also a Legionnaire) will add you to our Facebook group, will help you will meal planning, workouts, dieting, recipes, and so much more. We will help you get in the best shape of your life, and hopefully help you win this whole damn thing!

 

Free Shipping on all 1st Phorm Supplements:

For considering us for being your coaches during the Transphormation Challenge, We are offering free shipping on all 1st Phorm Supplements, just go to 1stphorm.com/nutritiontrain and you will automatically receive free shipping on your entire order!

 

Again, you can sign up for free for the Transphormation Challenge, or save some real $$$ by singing up for the Transphormation challenge by buying some reduced cost supplements. The choice is you. Just sign up at https://1stphorm.com/a/transphormation?a_aid=NutritionTrain

 

 

Lift Heavy My Friends,

 

Dustin Holston

Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist

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How to Diet- A Comprehensive Guide

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How to Diet- A Comprehensive Guide

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Dieting isn’t as hard, or as expensive as people make it out to be.

The Weight Loss Formula

As mentioned in the linked article the weight loss formula is simple.

(BMR) > (Calories Consumed)-(Calories Burned)

Or quite simply: Eat less calories than  your body needs. 

Step #1. Figure out how many calories your body needs to maintain current weight (BMR).

Before you can start dieting, you really should figure out how many calories your body needs to maintain your current weight . I like to use this calculator to calculate my BMR. Currently my BMR is approximately 1900 calories (I’m 5’8, 192, 32 years old). BMR is the calculation of how many calories your body needs to maintain current weight if you were just sitting and breathing all day. This doesn’t include what your body needs if you workout, work, etc.

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Step #2. How many pounds of fat do I want to burn each week?

Of the thousands of people who will read this article, I’m sure 95% of you will say “as much as possible”. Although this sounds like a good idea, it is not. Losing weight too fast can be detrimental to your health. You should want to lose weight safely and effectively while leaving as much muscle as possible.  The old adage is that cutting calories by 500 a day will help you burn 1 pound of fat a week. Although there are multiple studies confirming and denying the 500 calorie figure, I like to use it in my cheat sheet.

There are three ways to “cut calories”. The first way is to eat fewer calories. The second way is to burn those calories. The most effective way to diet is to do both. Burning calories through weight training and cardio will help you grow muscle and burn fat. Changing your diet will further help your weight loss journey. The third way to burn calories is through supplements such as The Bliss Go Pack or Commander Go Pack from 1st Phorm. These help speed up your metabolism to help you shred fat faster.

How many pounds should I shoot for losing each week? In most cases I don’t suggest trying to lose more than 1-3 pounds per week. This is equates to 4-12 pounds per month. Keep in mind that we are talking about “Fat” and not clearly just pounds. If you were normally eating a high sodium diet, you will lose a ton of water weight the first few weeks on top of the fat.

Equation:

To Lose 1 pound per week- Cut/burn 500 additional calories than your body needs each day.

To Lose 2 pounds per week- Cut/burn 1000 additional calories than your body needs each day.

To lose 3 pounds per week- Cut/burn 1500 additional calories than your body needs each day.

Step #3. How am I going to burn these calories?

Part A. Plan a Diet

I suggest starting out to try to eat your BMR. The BMR is the amount of calories your body needs at rest to maintain current body weight. Since you will be active and in the gym, your body is going to be burning much more calories than normal, so eating your BMR should be 500-1000 calories less than your body will actually need to maintain current body weight.

This means I need to shoot for around 1900 calories per day.

Sample Meal Plan

Breakfast- Level-1 Shake + Banana= 230 calories

Snack #1- 1 servings of almonds= 160 calories

Lunch- Broccoli and Chicken Breast (6 oz)- 330 calories

Snack #2- 1 servings of almonds- 160 calories

Dinner-2 fillets of Tilapia, 2 servings of brown rice (200 grams), Cauliflower- 500 calories

Post-Workout Snack- 2 servings of Phormula-1 + 1 serving of Ignition= 360 calories

Before Bed Snack- Peanut butter with apples- 200 calories

Total Calories= 1940

Part B. Workout Plan

When I’m cutting, I want to be in the gym at least 5 days a week. I like to hit specific muscle groups on specific days. I will then finish the workout by doing cardio.

Monday- Biceps/Triceps + 20 minutes HIIT

Tuesday- Chest + 20 minutes of HIIT

Wednesday- Legs + 20 minute jog

Thursday- Back + 20 minute jog

Friday- Shoulders + Calves + 20 minute HIIT.

Weekends- I may go for a jog or play basketball. I try to give my muscles the weekend off.

Part C. Supplement Plan

Supplements help supplement your diet and exercise. If you are a gym rat, you will need to supplement your diet more because you lose many vitamins and minerals through sweat. We also miss out on a lot of vitamins and minerals because of our diet. Many American’s don’t eat enough fish.

Here is my supplement plan:

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Commander + Thyro-Drive with Breakfast– Commander is my favorite fat burner on the market. Commander gives me energy, reduces cravings, and burns fat.

Commander  with Lunch– Commander is my favorite fat burner on the market. Commander gives me energy, reduces cravings, and burns fat.

M-Factor Hero before bed– A great multivitamin that isn’t pixie dusted. It works by giving you essential vitamin and minerals your body needs in a capsule, much more proven way to inject vitamins.

Thyro-Drive before bed– Thyro-Drive helps maintain optimal thyroid performance to maxmize weight loss.

Opti-Core before bed– Stress makes you gain weight, lack of sleep helps prevent gains. Opti-Core helps reduce stress and increase sleep.

Full Mega before bed– We don’t eat enough fish. Fish Oil is great for your heart, is an anti-inflammatory, and studies have shown weight loss with fish oil.

Creatine Post Workout-  I mix creatine with Ignition and Phormula-1 Protein post workout to help with muscle growth and recovery.

 

Summary:

Losing weight isn’t difficult, but keep consistent with it can be. Plan everything from your workouts, to your diet, to you supplements to ensure that you maximize the weight loss. After each month I take a look back to see if I achieved the results I wanted. I then make tweaks.

 

If you need further advice on diet, training, or other goals, feel free to email me: nutritionandpersonaltraining@yahoo.com. Also feel free to click on any of the links through the page to receive the lowest price and free shipping on your 1st Phorm orders.

 

Thank you,

 

Dustin Holston

Certified Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist

1stphorm.com/nutritiontrain

 

Post Workout Gains! What should I take to optimize muscle gains?

Banner1Everyone is concerned with pre-workouts but you should be more concerned with Post Workout!

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Tommy Boone PHD explains that your muscles use glycogen and ATP during exercise. To increase muscle size, decrease recovery time, and increase strength, I suggest taking three supplements…

Your Body Needs Glucose!

As Dr. Boone explains, your body uses glycogen during intense weight training. Post workout your body is starved and needs to recoup these stores. Simple sugars like those that are in Ignition, help breathe life and growth back into your muscles. Ignition has some of the purest forms of glucose that will replenish your glycogen levels post workout!

Your Body Needs Creatine!

As Dr. Boone explains, the body needs ATP during exercise. Creatine helps increase ATP production. Creatine also helps the muscles grow bigger, decrease recovery time, and increase strength. Creatine is the most cost effective and studied bodybuilding supplement in the world. A serving of creatine is less than 18 cents!

Your Body Needs Protein! 

Many studies have shown that a high protein shake or meal post workout has increase hypertrophy and overall muscle growth compared to not having a high protein shake or meal post workout. Protein synthesis is heightened after post workout. Protein synthesis helps create larger muscles!

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My Suggestion:

1st Phorm Creatine
1st Phorm Phormula-1 Protein
1st Phorm Ignition

Note: You can save money by buying the Post Work Stack from 1st Phorm with Ignition and Phormula-1. Then add creatine for $17.99 all with Free Shipping!

Buy all your supplements through 1stphorm.com/nutritiontrain and get free shipping and the lowest prices!

Lift Heavy My Friends,
Dustin Holston
Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist

Purchase $100 from 1st Phorm, get free personalized workout program! No Coupons needed!

Who loves 1st Phorm’s weight loss, muscle building, and fitness clothing? I do! Whether it is Phormula-1 Protein, Ignition, MegaWatt, Commander, Bliss, M-Factor, etc, if you purchase $100.00 or more from this link, you will receive a free personalized workout program valued at $50! Also get free shipping on your order without any coupon!

How to redeem:

Go to www.1stphorm.com/nutritiontrainand make your purchase. You will receive the lowest price and free shipping on your entire order. Once your order is completed, and you spent greater $100, email: nutritionandpersonaltraining@yahoo.com with your fitness goals, your age, and your gender, and I will personalize a workout program for you!

Best 1st Phorm Deals: 

Here are my favorite 1st Phorm Deals:

The Post Workout Stack: Save $5.00 plus free shipping when you purchase Ignition and Phormula-1 Protein in the Post Workout Stack!

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Bliss Go Pack + M Factor Goddess: Save $60 and receive free shipping on the Bliss Go Pack + M Factor Goddess! This includes: Bliss, Opti-Core, Thyro-Drive, and M Factor Hero!

Questions? Comments?

Feel free to email me @ nutritionandpersonaltraining@yahoo.com

Lift Heavy My Friends,

Dustin Holston

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Certified Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist

Beach Body in 45 days

Beach Body ready in 45 days!!!

Can you get the body you want in 45 days? The answer is maybe, but we can surely try!!!! After a long winter, many of us are holding excess weight around our stomach and thighs. The idea behind this diet is to combine nutrition, exercise, and supplements to maximize weight loss to become beach body ready in 45 days.

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BMR Calculation:

We need to calculate the total amount of calories your body needs to maintain your current weight. I like using this BMR Calculator to do so.

Nutrition Plan:

Once we calculate our BMR, I would suggest setting a meal plan with 300-500 less calories than your BMR. If you can cut your calories by 3500 in a week, you should lose one pound of fat!

I would go with a diet that is 25% Carbs, 25% Fats, and 50% Protein. This should allow you to maintain as much lean muscle as possible while burning fat. Your fats should come from healthy sources such as nuts, fish, etc.

Exercise Plan:

Once we have a meal plan to follow, the next step is to follow a specific exercise plan. The plan should hit a few muscle groups each day with cardio. We want to use moderate weight to build lean muscle while burning fat.

Suggested Split:

Day 1: Legs

Day 2: Arms and Shoulders + 30 minutes of cardio

Day 3: Chest and Abs + 30 minutes of cardio

Day 4: Back + 30 minutes of cardio

Day 5: Traps and Calves + 30 minutes of Cardio

On cardio days, I would suggest doing some high intensity training with some sprints a 1-2 times per week. I like sprinting for 60 seconds and jogging for 5 minutes, then repeating.

Supplement Plan:

Commander and Thyro-Drive(men) or Bliss and Thyro-Drive(Women) and at least 2 containers of Phormula-1 or Level-1 should be enough supplements for the plan.

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Morning: 1 Commander/Bliss and 1 serving of Phormula-1 or Level-1 (as a meal replacement for breakfast)

Lunch: 1 Commander/Bliss and a healthy lunch

Dinner: Healthy Dinner

Post workout: 1 serving of Phormula-1 or Level-1

Before bed: Take 2 Thyro-Drives

Total Weight Loss:

Depending on how much weight you need to lose, I think it would be possible to lose 15-20 pounds over the course of 45 days with this plan. I would shoot for 2-3 pounds of weight loss per week. With a similar plan, my trainee Brittney lost 7 pounds in a week!

Lift Heavy My Friends,
Dustin Holston
1st Phorm Ambassador
Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist