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The Ultimate Weight Loss Stack

The Ultimate Weight Loss Stack

 

As a personal trainer and sports nutritionist, I get asked all the time what the best weight loss stack is. By definition you want a weight loss stack that helps you burn fat, crush cravings, optimize thyroid levels, lower cortisol, help with rest, and more. You also want to have other supplements that lower blood sugar levels, and even a good meal replacement. I have chose three great supplements (1 is a system with three supplements) to help you jump start your weight loss.

  1. The Royal XXI King or Queen System: The Royal XXI System is from 1st Phorm. It includes three powerful supplements: Royal Queen (or King depending on gender), C-21 and T-21. Royal Queen and King are fat burners that shred fat, decrease cravings, eliminate appetite, and help increase energy in calorie deficient states. C-21 allows you to reduce cortisol levels and sleep better. T-21 helps increase your natural thyroid levels to help your body rid off fat. You can order the Royal XXI King or Queen System here with Free Shipping! https://1stphorm.com/a/products/fat-burners?a_aid=nutritiontrain
  2. Level-1 Meal Replacement Protein: Cooking health meals can be expensive and take a lot of time. Fortunately 1st Phorm created a protein shake that tastes amazing and is very nutritious. Each shake is only 140 calories, low carb, low fat, and packed with protein. These shakes keep you full and mix easily, and for only $1.66 a shake, it is much cheaper than a $10.00 salad with chicken at a restaurant! Order Here with free shipping! https://1stphorm.com/a/products/protein-powder/meal-replacement-proteins?a_aid=nutritiontrain
  3. GDA (Glucose Disposal Agent): GDA from 1st Phorm is a supplement that helps you store sugar that would normally turn to fat into the muscle. This sugar gets converted to glycogen and gets stored into the muscle cell for greater athletic performance and prevents you from getting fat around your waist. This helps you keep your blood sugar from spiking and keeps insulin down. This is a great supplement for those who are dieting and like to workout.  Order GDA with Free Shipping! https://1stphorm.com/a/products/fat-burners/mens-fat-burners/gda?a_aid=nutritiontrain

 

With these three supplements you should see explosive results with diet and exercise!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Dustin Holston

Sports Nutritionist/Personal Trainer

TeamNutritionTrain.com

Building Muscle on a Budget- Cost Conscious Supplements and Food

Building Muscle on a Budget- Cost Conscious Supplements

It’s hard to build muscle, or diet when you are on a tight budget. The key is to learn the tricks of the trade, and if you do it correctly, you will actually save money by getting a better body. Let’s look at some of my suggestions.

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Budget Muscle- Food Edition:

Whether you are dieting or trying to add muscle, there are certain go to foods.

  • Chicken Breasts: Chicken breasts can be had for $1.99 a pound many times if you go directly to the butcher section at many grocery stores (Krogers), but if you buy the Tyson variety, you will be paying close to double.
  • Chicken Thighs: Fattier than chicken breasts, but much more economical, chicken thighs are a real value in the muscle department.
  • Eggs: I see our local ALDI advertising eggs for 59 cents a dozen all the time!
  • Yogurt and Cottage Cheese: Both very good sources of protein
  • Bulk almonds, peanuts, and cashews: Great healthy fats and proteins to snack on
  • 1st Phorm Level-1 Meal Replacement Shakes: Only 140 Calories, 24 grams of protein, and $1.66 for a complete meal, it is a must buy! Order here with free shipping!
  • Canned Tuna: Sometimes not the most appealing taste, but high quality protein for a low price!

 

Budget Muscle- Supplements Edition:

Whether you are dieting or trying to add muscle, there are certain go to supplements.

  • 1st Phorm Creatine: Creatine is safe for men and women and is one of the most researched and proven supplements ever. It builds muscle, helps in recovery, and is dirt cheap. Purchase 100 servings for less than 19 cents a serving with free shipping here! 
  • 1st Phorm Glutamine: Glutamine is another safe and proven supplement for men and women. Your muscles are full of glutamine and it is good for your immune system. Purchase today with free shipping for servings less than 32 cents a day!  
  • Hot Coffee (Black): Black coffee has antioxidants and caffeine that is great for weight loss. Especially if you don’t add the sweeteners. Try drinking this while fasting.
  • 1st Phorm M-Factor Multivitamins: M-Factor is dosed correctly with the right vitamins and minerals for women or men (you pick the men’s or the women’s version when ordering). They are tailor-made to help men and women who are active at working our or dieting that aren’t getting all the vitamins and minerals their body needs. Order M-Factor will free shipping here!

 

Summary:  

Quality foods and supplements don’t have to cost an arm and a leg, but they sure can make those arms and legs grow!

 

Questions and Comments?

 

Thank you for reading, share with your friends!

Dustin Holston

Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist

TeamNutritionTrain.com

How to Properly Plan A Successful Weight Loss

How to Properly Plan A Successful Weight Loss

So you have decided that you want to lose weight! Congrats! Maybe it is because of a So you 30 day weight loss challenge, or maybe it is because you want to not be out of breath chasing your yougins’ around the house. Whatever the reason I want to congratulate you for deciding to put your healthy first and concentrating on making a better you. I am going to share with you how to succeed at weight loss so that you don’t become one of the millions that try it for a week or two and become discouraged and quit.

 

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Same person, Jessica totally transformed her life.

Proper Planning Makes Better Performance:

If your goal is to lose weight and totally change your life, this is what you must do:

  1. Get your household involved. If you have a significant other or kids that are not participating then it will be extremely difficult for you to succeed. You need to motivate them to also get healthy. Have a competition. It isn’t going to hurt your child to eat healthier and lose a little weight if they are unhealthy. There are plenty of healthy recipes that are low calorie that are delicious.
  2. Throw away the garbage (unhealthy foods). If you have unhealthy food options in the house, you will be tempted.
  3. No soda with sugar. If you have to have soda, convert to diet, but you should drink water.
  4. Meal Planning makes your life easier. Do not try to diet without planning all your meals in advance. 1st Phorm Level-1 Protein is a great meal replacement protein that is great for breakfast or lunch! Crock pot meals will also make your life easier!
  5. Have an obtainable goal. Losing 50 pounds in a month isn’t going to happen, nor would it be healthy. If you are under 200 pounds, you should try to lose 1-3 pounds per week. If you are over 200 pounds, you should try to lose 1-5 pounds per week. You should set a goal for 1 month weight loss, 3 months of weight loss, 6 months of weight loss, and 12 months of weight loss. Push yourself to hit each goal, and if you don’t hit those goals, reevaluate and reset those goals.
  6. How are you going to lose the weight? The weight isn’t going to just lose itself! You need two things to maximize weight loss. A. Meal plan (nutrition plan, or diet). B. Exercise Program.
  7. How many calories should I eat if I want to lose weight? I suggest you calculate your BMR. http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/  The Basal Metabolic Rate is the amount of calories your body needs (at rest) to maintain current weight. If you eat less than this, you will lose weight (typically).
  8. So you know your BMR, how do I make a meal plan?  Check out my sample meal plans by calories: https://cardioandweights.com/2016/10/24/sample-meal-plans/. You can replace meats and vegetables with other healthy choices.
  9.  You need an exercise plan. Do you belong to a gym? If so check out this sample 3 day a week workout I created:  https://cardioandweights.com/2016/09/16/3-day-workout/ . Need something more advanced? Here is a 5 day workout schedule:  https://cardioandweights.com/2015/09/17/2015-fall-workout-schedule/ If you are unable to go to a gym, here is an at home workout plan: https://cardioandweights.com/2016/10/24/do-it-at-home-workout/

 

What about Supplements?

Supplements can help you achieve greater goals, but they are not miracles. Here are some supplements that I recommend. If you order through link provided, you will receive free shipping!

M-Factor Hero or Goddess Multivitamin: The perfect multivitamin for weight loss and overall health. These capsules provide necessary vitamins, minerals, and herbs to help you succeed. https://1stphorm.com/a/products/multi-vitamins/mens/m-factor?a_aid=NutritionTrain

Level-1 Meal Replacement Protein: Do you work a stressful job or have trouble finding healthy meal choices for breakfast, lunch, and snacks? Level-1 Protein is a delicious shake that provides a quality meal with only 140 calories and 24 grams of protein that keeps you full and keeps your metabolism churning. I drink one with a banana each morning to keep me full, and at only $1.67 per meal, a lot cheaper and healthier than McDonalds. https://1stphorm.com/a/NutritionTrain/5a474429

Royal XXI Queen or King System! : The Royal XXI Queen or King System are two of the most researched and proven fat burners on the market. What makes them different? 1st Phorm realizes that men and woman are built differently and need different vitamins, minerals, and other products to lose weight. Each are created to be maximally effective for each gender. They also burn fat 24 hours a day with three different products. Royal King/Queen are stimulant fat burners that control appetite and burn fat. T-21 helps you optimize hormone levels to burn fat faster. C-21 helps you sleep better and reduces cortisol. Combined these products will help you lose weight fast.

Royal XXI Queen System: https://1stphorm.com/a/products/royal-21-queen-system?a_aid=nutritiontrain

Royal XXI King System: https://1stphorm.com/a/products/stacks/weight-loss-stacks/royal-21-king-system?a_aid=nutritiontrain

Fish Oil: Fish Oil helps keep your heart healthy, reduce inflammation, weight loss, and more. I suggest Full Mega from 1st Phorm for the highest quality of fish oil. https://1stphorm.com/a/products/health-wellness/fish-oil/full-mega?a_aid=NutritionTrain

Other items: Pre Workout (MegaWatt V2), Joint Support, and the Post Workout Stack can also be useful.

 

Thank you for reading and good luck with your weight loss!

 

Dustin Holston

Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist

Teamnutritiontrain.com

2017 1st Phorm Transphormation Challenge

 

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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

TeamNutritionTrain.com

How to Snack While Dieting

How to Snack While Dieting

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Question: I love chips, are healthy variety of chips good alternatives for mid-morning and afternoon snacks?

Afternoon: Simple Answer… No.

When you diet, there are a few things that you want to do. You want to eat frequent meals to keep your metabolism up, and keep yourself from feeling “starving”. You also want to meal prep to keep nutritious food within arms reach to keep from eating fast food and other horrible food.

When dieting, the dieter needs to watch out for carbs. Carbs need to be consumed upon waking up and around post workout. The rest of the day should be low carb. Why? Carbs, especially simple carbs, spike insulin. When you are sitting at your desk, and insulin is spiked, it leads to fat storage. Carbs also hold 3 grams of water per gram of carbohydrate. 6 ounces of chips can make you gain over a pound total, and although most will be water weight, some of this will be stored as fat.

What should you eat instead?

  • Nuts: Nuts are full of healthy fats, protein, and fiber. All of which are great for dieting, heart health, keeping you full, and lean muscle.
  • Greek Yogurt: I like Oikos Triple Zero Greek Yogurt because it has 15 grams of protein, 0 fat, and 14 carbs (6 fiber).
  • 1st Phorm Level-1 Protein Shake- My breakfast everyday. Less than 140 calories, 24 grams of protein, and keeps me full for hours. It is muscle in a bottle. Order here with free shipping: https://1stphorm.com/a/products/protein-powder/meal-replacement-proteins/level-1a_aid=nutritiontrain

Summary:

Stay away from carbs when snacking. Eat protein, fiber, and healthy fats.

 

If you enjoyed this article, please share with your friends!

 

Good luck!

 

Dustin Holston

Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist

Descriptions and Benefits of Different Diets

Adkins, Paleo, Vegetarian, Zone, there are a ton of different diets out there. What are the benefits and key characteristics of each?

Adkins Diet:

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The Adkins Diet was created by nutritionist Roger Adkins. The diet is a classic example of a low carbohydrate diet. The goal is to limit the amount of carbs and promote ketosis, the process in which the body uses fat as the primary fuel, instead of carbohydrates.

Benefits/Issues with the Adkins Diet:

Adkins doesn’t impose calorie limits, and early versions allowed the dieter to eat unlimited meats and cheeses. Lower carbohydrate diets tend to see a decrease in water weight, which will help the person lose weight faster early. Lower glycogen levels in the muscles will help clothes feel loser because of the lack of carbohydrates that your body is eating. This may make you feel good at first, but long term may restrict the amount of muscle growth. The Adkins diet does help people lose weight and I feel is an easier diet to understand because you are really only concerned with the amount of carbohydrates that you can ingest, however can be hard to follow because of the cravings.

Paleo Diet:

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The Paleo Diet was created by Loren Cordain, PhD, who believes that humans are genetically made to eat specific foods that our ancestors (early humans) had readily available. This means that no preservative foods such as lean meats, seafood, nuts (no peanuts!), fruits and vegetables (no potatoes or beans!), and plant based oils are approved. Eating non-preservative foods including lean cuts of meat, fruits and vegetables, and nuts can be heart healthy.

Benefits/Issues with the Paleo Diet:

My biggest issue with the Paleo Diet is that we are told to eat like early humans who had an average lifespan of 25-30 years. Also look at the list of approved foods, there are no oats, breads, pastas, or dairy. It is super restrictive and takes away a ton of healthy options. It is known to be expensive to be on this diet because the food needs to be preservative free and the options are limited. The diet does work and has a ton of followers.

Vegetarian Diet:

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Probably my least favorite diet. Why? Not because of the diet itself, just the fact that I love meat and seafood. I’m sorry, I just got to have it in my diet. The vegetarian diet is what it sounds like, eating nothing but fruits, nuts, vegetables, grains, legumes, oils and starches. No meat, no seafood.

Benefits/Issues with the Vegetarian Diet:

The vegetarian diet is great for the heart. The vegetarian diet can help with many other conditions such as diabetes and blood pressure.  However, the vegetarian diet can also lead to some deficiencies. Calcium, vitamin B, omega-3 fatty acids, complete proteins, and other deficiencies happen with vegetarians. It is also hard to eat a high protein diet so if your goal is to increase muscle, it is harder to do so. It is hard to find someone who is obese who is on the vegetarian diet. It works.

Zone Diet:

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The Zone Diet, created by Dr. Barry Sears, is a restrictive diet that the dieter has to stick to 5 meals (3 full meals, 2 snacks) all with a 30%-40%-30% ratio per meal. This means that each meal/snack needs to have 30% fat, 40% carbohydrates, and 30% protein.

Benefits/Issues with the Zone Diet:

The Zone Diet is probably my favorite of the bunch. I typically like to keep my clients to a ratio of 20%/40%/40% (20% fats, 40% carbs, 40% protein), so this is more in line with my philosophy. It is hard for the average dieter to stick with this plan because the diet believes that all meals should stick to the  30-40-30 ratio. I believe that by the end of the day you should see that as your total macros versus a per meal basis. It is essential when on the Zone Diet to find recipes to use because it is extremely difficult to follow.

The Dustin Diet:

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The Dustin Diet, is a diet that I advocate with the majority of my clients. This diet, which is high in protein, helps produce lean muscle and burn fat. This diet is restrictive in calories and when you can eat certain macros. Sample: Breakfast should be high protein, moderate carbs. Snacks between breakfast and lunch should be high healthy fat, low carbohydrates, moderate proteins. Lunches should be low carb, high protein. Snacks between lunch and dinner should be high healthy fat, low carbs, moderate proteins. Dinner/Post Workout should be high protein, high carbohydrates.

Benefits/Issues with the Dustin Diet:

The Dustin diet gives your body the fuel it needs at the appropriate times. You eat carbohydrates upon waking and post workout/dinner, however you restrict carbohydrates during the middle of the day. This prevents insulin from spiking while you are sitting at your desk. Insulin either creates fat, or creates muscle. You want to spike insulin around workouts, and not when you are sitting at your desk.

Summary:

Almost all diets work. This is because it restricts the amount of calories/junk food that you can eat. Whether you use any or all of these diets, as long as you follow them, they will work. Some are easier than others, and some have extra health benefits when compared to one another.  All of these diets promote high protein meals, and nothing is better than Level-1 protein by 1st Phorm. For $1.66 you get a full meal of high quality protein, low carbs, low fat. Order today with free shipping: 1stphorm.com/nutritiontrain 

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Dustin Holston

 

 

How to Succeed and Win in a 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge

How to Succeed and Win in a 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge

So you are joining a 30 day weight loss challenge? I first want to congratulate you for deciding to put your healthy first and concentrating on making a better you. Many people enter these weight loss challenges because they feel that it will keep everyone motivated. However, many of these challenges have people opt-out after the first week. Why? Poorly planned and executed diet and fitness regiment.

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Proper Planning Makes Better Performance:

If your goal is to lose weight in a 30 day challenge, what should you do to properly plan for the challenge.

  1. Have an obtainable goal. Losing 50 pounds in a month isn’t going to happen, nor would it be healthy. If you are under 200 pounds, you should try to lose 1-3 pounds per week. If you are over 200 pounds, you should try to lose 3-5 pounds per week. That would make your total weight loss in the challenge between 4-20 pounds.
  2. How are you going to lose the weight? The weight isn’t going to just lose itself! You need two things to maximize weight loss. A. Meal plan (nutrition plan, or diet). B. Exercise Program.
  3. How many calories should I eat if I want to lose weight? I suggest you calculate your BMR. http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/  The Basal Metabolic Rate is the amount of calories your body needs (at rest) to maintain current weight. If you eat less than this, you will lose weight (typically).
  4. So you know your BMR, how do I make a meal plan?  Check out my sample meal plans by calories: https://cardioandweights.com/2016/10/24/sample-meal-plans/. You can replace meats and vegetables with other healthy choices.
  5.  You need an exercise plan. Do you belong to a gym? If so check out this sample 3 day a week workout I created:  https://cardioandweights.com/2016/09/16/3-day-workout/ . Need something more advanced? Here is a 5 day workout schedule:  https://cardioandweights.com/2015/09/17/2015-fall-workout-schedule/ If you are unable to go to a gym, here is an at home workout plan: https://cardioandweights.com/2016/10/24/do-it-at-home-workout/

 

What about Supplements?

Supplements can help you achieve greater goals, but they are not miracles. Here are some supplements that I recommend. If you order through link provided, you will receive free shipping!

M-Factor Hero or Goddess Multivitamin: The perfect multivitamin for weight loss and overall health. These capsules provide necessary vitamins, minerals, and herbs to help you succeed. https://1stphorm.com/a/products/multi-vitamins/mens/m-factor?a_aid=NutritionTrain

Level-1 Meal Replacement Protein: Do you work a stressful job or have trouble finding healthy meal choices for breakfast, lunch, and snacks? Level-1 Protein is a delicious shake that provides a quality meal with only 140 calories and 24 grams of protein that keeps you full and keeps your metabolism churning. I drink one with a banana each morning to keep me full, and at only $1.67 per meal, a lot cheaper and healthier than McDonalds. https://1stphorm.com/a/NutritionTrain/5a474429

Bliss Go Pack or Commander Go Pack: The Bliss Go Pack (for women) or Commander Go Pack (for men) are two of the most researched and proven fat burners on the market. What makes them different? 1st Phorm realizes that men and woman are built differently and need different vitamins, minerals, and other products to lose weight. Each are created to be maximally effective for each gender. They also burn fat 24 hours a day with three different products. Commander/Bliss are stimulant fat burners that control appetite and burn fat. Thyro-Drive helps you optimize hormone levels to burn fat faster. Opti-Core helps you sleep better and reduces cortisol. Combined these products will help you lose weight fast. Bliss Go Pack: https://1stphorm.com/a/NutritionTrain/3e6471bc

Commander Go Pack: https://1stphorm.com/a/NutritionTrain/055c8bfd 

Fish Oil: Fish Oil helps keep your heart healthy, reduce inflammation, weight loss, and more. I suggest Full Mega from 1st Phorm for the highest quality of fish oil. https://1stphorm.com/a/products/health-wellness/fish-oil/full-mega?a_aid=NutritionTrain

Other items: Pre Workout (MegaWatt V2), Joint Support, and the Post Workout Stack can also be useful in challenges.

 

Thank you for reading and good luck with your weight loss in your 30 day challenge!

 

Dustin Holston

Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist

Teamnutritiontrain.com