I was recently fortunate enough to attend a 3-day BioPrint seminar with one of the world's most accomplished and respected strength coaches, Charles R Poliquin
. Aside from coaching the elite athletes, Olympians, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and being incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of health and fitness, Poliquin is simply charming and hilarious -- if borderline offensive, to some.
The three days were filled with so much information my head hurt. But these are the five tips I took away.
1. Fat storage goes beyond simply calories in and calories out.
We all know someone, maybe it's yourself, who follows all the conventional advice on nutrition and exercise but still can't get into shape. I've long known the story was deeper than just calories in and calories out but Poliquin further highlights that your genetics, environment, stress and especially your hormonal balance play a huge part in your body composition. The BioPrint method measures fat storage at 14 locations and can predict which hormones may be out of whack. Having problems losing weight? Find a BioPrint practitioner near you and they may be able to pinpoint the root of your problems.
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Poliquin helping me take a cheek fat reading.[/caption]
2. Everybody should supplement with fish oil
I've been confused about supplementing with fish oil, and as such I haven't been. There have been mixed research findings as to its effectiveness. But Poliquin made the benefits of good quality fish oil abundantly clear. His own superior health being the most convincing evidence. He listed 15 reasons to supplement with it (which I'll cover in another post) but if nothing else, know that fish oil has benefits for every known disease to man
. And there's ample studies to back that up. Fish oil can also really aid in weight loss. But most store-bought fish oils won't cut it. Be sure to supplement with a reputable and clean brand with high EPA and DHA concentrations.
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From ATP-labs, and example of an high quality fish oil.[/caption]
3. The importance of gut health
Who would have thought that so much of your general health and happiness lays in the ecosystem of your intestines? It's known that at least 50% of all neurotransmitters are in the gut. And as much as 95% of all serotonin production. Leaky gut syndrome could be the cause of unexplained weight gain, rheumatoid arthritis and depression. Supplement with a good quality probiotic. Again, most store-bought probiotics are ineffective. Read more about gut health here.
4. Eat meat and nuts for breakfast
Poliquin is a big proponent of the meat and nut breakfast. I've been a long-time oatmeal kinda girl but I'm going to give his method a go. Eating meat instead of carbs for breakfast, Poliquin states, encourages the body to run on fat instead of carbs. And those carbs can be better used for training. Poliquin gives the meat and nut breakfast as his number one tip "for optimal leanness, energy and sustained mental focus". Read more about it here
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Yes, for breakfast.[/caption]
5. Rotate your foods.
I'm guilty, like most other fitness competitors and bodybuilders, of eating pretty much the same thing everyday. This however may lead to developing food allergies to these very things. Poliquin advises rotating food sources -- something which I will begin doing.
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