healthy eating

Eat These Not Those

Healthy Choices: Eat These Not Those

While dieting or trying to get in better health, it is hard to decide which food products you should buy, and which food products you should stay away from. This list isn’t inclusive but will give you a starting point of what foods you should eat, and which foods you should stay way from! Healthy Choices: Eat These Not Those

Fruits and Veggies

Eat: All of them

Stay Away From: Fruit Juices 

People ask me all the time if bananas are going to make me gain weight, or should I stay away from certain fruits or veggies. The quick answer: NO! Fruits are fantastic for you, giving you vitamins and minerals that your body needs. They are also full of fiber. Avocados also have healthy fats! Should you eat fruits all day? Eating fruits a couple times a day is an excellent choice, however eating too much of anything is bad. You’ve seen fat rabbits before? They eat nothing but fruits, veggies, and grasses in the wild, but I’ve seen plenty of fat rabbits!

Fruit/Vegetable juices on the other hand tend to be a sketchy topic. Many of them are only low percentages of fruit and contain added sugar for taste. If you aren’t making your own juices, then I suggest that you choose a fruit juice with no added sugar.

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Nuts

Healthy Choices: Eat These Not Those

Eat: Raw Nuts

Stay Away From: Trail Mix

Raw nuts give great vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and proteins, and are low carb. Raw nuts also have fiber which helps with weight loss. If you have read any of my articles before, you know that I’m an advocate of frequent “snacks” that are both low carb and high protein. Raw nuts including almonds, peanuts, cashews, etc. are fantastic choices.  1 serving of Raw Almonds: 1 oz, 160 calories, 6 grams of protein, 14 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber.

Trail mix is a mix of nuts, fruits, and candies that are readily available at any supermarket. Although they taste great, and I am a fan of them if you are hiking, camping, rock climbing, etc (an activity with heavy calorie usage), for dieting this mix contains too much sugar. 1 Serving of Trail Mix: 1.5 oz, 200 calories, 6 grams of protein, 12 grams of fat, 20 grams of carbs. 

Potatoes & Rice

Eat: Sweet Potatoes and Wild Rice

Stay Away From: Instant anything!

Sweet potatoes and wild rice are complex carbs that tend to not spike blood sugar as much (spiking blood sugar can cause weight gain). Each of these have protein, fiber, and are great foods for those looking to lose weight. I do suggest that if you are trying to stay with a low carb diet, to eat smaller servings of these.

Instant mash potatoes, instant rice, french fries, etc are horrible choices for dieters. These versions of our favorite foods will spike blood sugar and no longer have all the healthy nutrients of their parents.

Protein

Eat: Level-1 Meal Replacement Shake by 1st Phorm

Stay away from: Muscle Milk

Protein shakes are great for meal replacement (when you don’t have time to cook a healthy meal, or don’t have healthy options). Protein shakes are not the same. There are a variety of proteins used (Whey Isolate, Whey Concentrate, Casein, Milk Protein, Egg Protein, Soy Protein, Pea Protein, etc.) and some of these proteins offer better results (better digestion, better amino profile) than others. For Meal Replacement purposes I suggest going with a protein that is low temperature processed (protein when subjected to high temperatures lose their quality and amino acid profile), and that is made up of choices that will keep you fuller longer (whey protein concentrate, milk proteins, egg proteins, etc.)

Level-1 by 1st Phorm is low temperature processed, it a mix between slow and fast digesting proteins, is low carb, and low fat. This is what my wife and I drink every morning for breakfast! Level-1 has 5 grams of BCAA’s per serving and 24 grams of protein. 

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Muscle Milk isn’t a bad protein, but it isn’t optimal. Muscle milk has 160 calories, 16 grams of protein, 7 net carbs, and 6 grams of fat. It is also made from caseinate and milk proteins only. Caseinate does keep you full however has a biological value (how our body uses the protein) that is subpar compared to Whey Concentrate, Isolate, and Milk Protein alone. With a 35 gram scoop only have 16 grams of protein (46% protein by volume), it isn’t necessarily the best choice.  

Protein Bars

Eat: Quest Bars (Stevia Sweetened)

Stay Away From: Clif Bars

I am not a fan of protein bars for meal replacement or snack purposes. These bars are lower quality when it is compared to whole food, or protein shakes, however if you are in a pinch I do suggest the new Quest Bars that are Stevia Sweetened. These bars have whole ingredients, gluten free, and are naturally flavored. 170 calories, 20 grams of protein, and 13 grams of fiber.

Clif bars are fantastic options for those who are doing endurance races, mountain biking, climbing, etc. but they are not made to be a diet meal replacement. Cliff bars have more calories, sugar, etc for those who need it. If you are dieting, you don’t need the added calories and sugar. 250 calories, 9 grams of protein, and 45 grams of carbs. 

 

 

Steak

Eat: Top Sirloin

Stay Away From: Ribeye

Top Sirloin is extremely lean. A 3.5 ounce peice only has 316 calories, but only 10 grams of fat and a whopping 51 grams of protein! This protein powerhouse is the best selection of steak choices!

Ribeye on the other hand is not a great choice. It is one of my favorite cuts however this steak has more fat grams than protein grams! A 3.5 ounce piece has 466 calories, 38 grams of fat and 30 grams of protein!

 

I hope you enjoyed these healthy choices! Share it with your friends! Post healthy choices below!

 

Dustin Holston

Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist

Should You Care What Your Employees Eat and If They Workout?

Should you Care What Your Employees Eat and If They Workout?

You offer health insurance, life insurance, and maybe quality disability insurance for your employees, but you should you care what your employees eat or if they workout?

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Research from the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), Brigham Young University and the Center for Health Research at Healthways shows “presenteeism”, or being at work but not performing at optimal levels, damages workplace efficiency. These inefficiencies are created by employees not eating healthy or working out regularly. The inefficiency of presenteeism and absenteeism causes lost production that costs businesses billions in operations costs annually.

The study found some of the following statistics:

  • Absenteeism was 27% lower for workers who ate healthy and regularly exercised vs those who didn’t.
  • Performance of workers who ate healthy and regularly exercised was 11% higher than those were are obese.
  • 66% of employees with an unhealthy diet were more likely to report lost productivity vs those with a healthy diet
  • Healthy snacks actually increase productivity, 93% of those who claim to not eat healthy snacks lose productivity.
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This seems difficult, but it isn’t. Helping your employees live healthy lives in and outside the workplace will make your business more efficient.

Other Factors (from numerous studies):

  • A Duke University study shows that obese workers file twice as many workers’ compensation claims, cost seven times as much, and miss 13 times more days of work.
  • Obese men take almost 6 more sick days than their healthier counterparts, obese women take an additional 9 more sick days.

Solutions:

  • Hire a Sports Nutritionist/Fitness Coach (Like me!) to give 30 minute class during lunch on healthy eating and healthy lifestyle changes. Having these sessions once a month can help educate employees on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
  • Healthy snack options. My wife and I teach our clients that snacks can make or break a diet. Most dieters think they need to stay away from snacks, but we find that snacks are a necessity and will prevent you from binge eating. Having almonds, cashews, fruits, and vegetables available in your break-room/kitchen will give your staff the opportunity to refuel for dollars a day. A bunch of bananas can feed 6-8 people and only cost you less than $2.00.
  • Gym memberships are great benefits for your employees. Many gyms will give you a nice discount if you enroll your office all at once.
  • Weight loss contests are great incentives for people to get healthier around the office. Prizes such as Apple Watches or Fitbits will encourage employees to continue tracking their health.

Summary:

To become  fully efficient in today’s business, companies must take care of employees. The paradigm must be broken and businesses must attempt to change or at least show that they care about the well being of the employees by teaching sound nutrition advice. The studies show that healthier employees are more productive and have less absences. Businesses will have more productive employees who will live fuller and longer lives with nutrition and lifestyle enrichment programs that may not cost the employer much compared to the net benefit of utilization.

To debate more about this topic, or to contact me directly, email me: nutritiontrain@yahoo.com.

About the author: 

Dustin Holston is a personal trainer and sports nutritionist from West Virginia. During the day he is a Legal Administrator running a regional law firm in Charleston. Dustin completed his MBA from Marshall University and has 15 years experience managing insurance agencies, banks, and law firms. Dustin and his wife have a love of fitness and nutrition and spend much of their time volunteering and making workout plans and diet plans for those trying to lose weight (for free).

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Sources:

Diet may affect workplace productivity, Mother Nature Network, http://www.mnn.com/money/green-workplace/blogs/diet-may-affect-workplace-productivity. Accessed 31 Jan. 2017.

Duke Study Says Obese Workers File More Worker Compensation Claims, Fowler Insurance, fowlerinsure.com/2017/01/16/duke-study-says-obese-workers-file-more-worker-compensation-claims/. Accessed 31 Jan. 2017.

Eric A. Finkelstein, Marco daCosta DiBonaventura, Somali M. Burgess and Brent C. Hale. “The Costs of Obesity in the Workplace.” Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 52(10):971-976, October 2010.

You Are What You Eat…. Even At Work, Business News Daily, http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/3699-healthy-eating-worker-productivity.html. Accessed 31 Jan. 2017.

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.

 

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Good luck!

 

Dustin Holston

Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist

Healthy Meals at Fast Food Restaurants

Healthy Meals at Fast Food Restaurants

Did you forget your lunch at home? Are you like many of us who are trying to lose weight and meal prep for the week to ensure we get healthy lunch alternatives? If you are in a pinch, here are some better than expected choices for lunch.

Keeping a bottle of 1st Phorm Level-1 at the office:

1st Phorm Level-1 Protein is a complete meal in shake form. It tastes amazing and mixes instantly with water or almond milk (my personal favorite). At only $1.67 a serving and 25 grams of protein, you cannot lose with Level-1.

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Subway:

Subway has a ton of healthy options for lunch, however there are some dangers lurking.

  • Grilled Chicken Chop Salad, extra spinach, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, NO CHEESE, NO DRESSINGS other than Oil and Vinegar. 20 grams of protein, 200 calories, less than $10 with water/diet coke.
  • 6 inch turkey on whole wheat or other bread. No dressings, all the veggies you want. 300 calories, 18 grams of protein. $6-$7 with water/diet coke

Chic-fil-A:

Chic-fil-A has one of the best options out there for a high protein low calorie meal, however many of the fried foods from Chic-fil-A can add inches to your waist.

  • 8 Pack Grilled Nuggets + Greek Yogurt Parfait: 300 Calories, 31 grams of protein. Under $10 with a diet coke/water.

Or skip the Greek Yogurt and stick with the Grilled Nuggets.

Wendy’s:

If you eat chili, it’s super easy and cheap to eat healthy at Wendy’s.

  • Large Chili and Diet Coke is only 310 calories, 10 grams of fiber, and 26 grams of protein!

Panera:

Panera has several healthy choices if you stay away dressings and prevent yourself from going overboard with the bread.

  • Bowl of Turkey Chili is only 260 calories and 17 grams of protein!

McDonald’s:

There are actually some healthy alternatives at McDonalds.

  • Hamburger Happy Meal has 390 calories if you stick to water.
  • Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich without dressing is only 360 calories and 37 grams of protein.

Taco Bell Power Menu Bowl:

Taco bell has many healthy alternatives, however the power menu bowl may be my favorite splurge.

  • Power Menu Bowl: If you go with sour cream, no ranch sauce, and no cheese it should be under 400 calories with a ton of protein!

 

You can eat healthy without cooking, however it is expensive and the temptation is there to really binge. With the above choices you can eat well without over-boarding on carbs, fat, and calories.

Do you have a recipe to share? Share it below!

Eat healthy my friends,

 

Dustin Holston

Teamnutritiontrain.com

 

 

 

Commander Go Pack Log- Final

Updated 10/17/2016

Final update. the results were amazing. I ended up losing 12 pounds with the Commander Go Pack.

 

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Final Results:

  • Weight down 12 pounds (6.3%)
  • Energy Up
  • Appetite Down
  • Sleep Good
  • Mood Good
  • No Negative Side Effects
  • Strength stayed the same even though I lost 12 pounds
  • Pants are way too loose, however went to a 44 in suit coats (from 42).
  • Final BMI 26.9 (Down from 28.6)

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September 23rd 2016 Update

Wow, I am kicking ass with Commander Go Pack. I’ve been keeping calories around 1800 and protein between 150-200 per day. 1 or 2 cheat meals a week.

Earlier this week I weighed in at 177.0! That’s 10.8 pounds down in less than a month!

Energy has been through the roof. Although I’m cutting calories and doing extra cardio, I don’t feel exhausted mentally or physically.

The quality of sleep has been better than before.

Cravings have been eliminated, which is my biggest issue with dieting.

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Cheeks down, I’ll show the rest at the end of the log!

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Start: 8/26/2016

Hey Guys!

I have decided to get shredded, or at least attempt to. I have wrote countless articles on Commander Go Pack and Bliss Go Pack, but I am going to be a guinea pig and keep a journal of my progress cutting. I am currently 187.8 pounds and 5’8 (28.6 BMI).

Perimeters: Goal is to keep calories around 1800 and then taper them down as I see how my body responds to dieting. I will eat between 150-200 grams of protein, leaving the rest of my calories to carbs and fats. I am hoping to lose between 7-10 pounds in 30 days.

Morning: 1 Commander, 2 Thyro-Drive

Before Dinner: 1 Commander

Bed: 2 Thyro-Drive, 3 Opti-Core

I will do the recommended 5 days on, 2 days off for these supplements.

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I’ve been on for two days now. Energy is great even though I’m in a calorie deficient state. I slept like a baby last night also. More to come next week.

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I F*#@’!& Hate the BMI Formula

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I hate the BMI formula. I bet you didn’t know it but a man named Adolphe invented the formula back in the 1800’s. Yes a guy named Adolph(e). The formula has been skewed over the years to tell people they’re fat when they are skinny, and skinny when they are fat.

From the World Health Organization (WHO):

Classification BMI(kg/m2)
Principal cut-off points Additional cut-off points
Underweight <18.50 <18.50
     Severe thinness <16.00 <16.00
     Moderate thinness 16.00 – 16.99 16.00 – 16.99
     Mild thinness 17.00 – 18.49 17.00 – 18.49
Normal range 18.50 – 24.99 18.50 – 22.99
23.00 – 24.99
Overweight ≥25.00 ≥25.00
     Pre-obese 25.00 – 29.99 25.00 – 27.49
27.50 – 29.99
     Obese ≥30.00 ≥30.00
          Obese class I 30.00 – 34.99 30.00 – 32.49
32.50 – 34.99
          Obese class II 35.00 – 39.99 35.00 – 37.49
37.50 – 39.99
          Obese class III ≥40.00 ≥40.00

WHO states: “BMI values are age-independent and the same for both sexes. However, BMI may not correspond to the same degree of fatness in different populations due, in part, to different body proportions. The health risks associated with increasing BMI are continuous and the interpretation of BMI gradings in relation to risk may differ for different populations.” 

Say What? BMI may not correspond to the same degree of fatness in different populations? What the hell are you talking about? Dividing your weight in kilograms by your squared height in meters is not going to tell you how fat you are. It will tell you your “density” but not your “degree of fatness”. Muscle weighs more than fat for the same unit of volume. This means that you can have all kinds of muscle, but still be considered fat/obese by the World Health Organization.how_it_works_muscle_fat1

 

My BMI:

I am currently 188 @ 5’8. That puts me at a BMI of 28.6. That means that I’m pre-obese/overweight. I’m not saying I couldn’t lose a few pounds, but according to this, I would need to lose 24 pounds to be under 25 BMI. I would be sickly. What is even more scary, if I wanted to go for “Mild Thinness” I would need to weigh 112lbs!

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A Better Formula:

There isn’t an ideal formula currently, but I do plan on doing some research and finding one or developing one. Currently the best predictor of health is your waist size. I like using the height to waist size. Measure your waist size and divide it by your height. You want the ratio to be below .50, or your waist size in inches less than half your height in inches. Waist size is a great predictor of heart disease, high blood pressure, and other ailments.

 

So all in all, F&CK the BMI!

 

 

Dustin Holston

Sports Nutritionist/Personal Trainer

http://1stphorm.com/nutritiontrain 

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

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