Manage Your Carbohydrate

carbohydrate source food

What’s up ? This is THE stephane ANDRE !!! I watched a Jamcore DZ’s video  and I learned some good stuff.

If you want to learn how to manage your protein, click here and for amino acids, click here.

Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for the body. It’s true that we can have energy with proteins and lipids but they provide less quantity of energy.

To put it simply, when you eat carbohyrates, they turn into glucose and then into glycogen. To better understand, I’ll take the example of a gasoline tank. Imagine that the tank is a muscle and that the gasoline is glycogen. Gasoline in the tank helps move the car and glycogen in the muscle helps move your body.

This glycogen is shared in many places in your body : 80% in your muscles, 14% in your liver and 6% in your blood.

Carbohydrate type

 

Most people know 2 types of carbohydrates, slow carbohydrates and simple carbohydrates. There is a 3rd type, it’s fibrous carbohydrate and unfortunately many people neglect them.

Slow carbohydrates :

  • Whole wheat bread / white bread (refined carbohydrate)

  • Whole wheat rice / white rice (refined carbohydrate)

  • Oatmeal

  • Cereals (muelsi is excellent because there are often lipids and carbohydrates that are added like nuts, raisins, etc. ).

  • Sweet potato / potato

  • Whole wheat pasta / white pasta (refined carbohydrate)

  • Kinoa

  • Couscous

Simple carbohydrates :

  • Fruit (fructose)

  • Honey

  • Dextrose

  • Maltodextrin

  • Lactose (it’s sugar in the milk)

  • Cluster dextrin (it’s perfect during your training session because it has a low glycemic index).

Fibrous carbohydrates (vitamin, fiber et minerals) :

  • Vegetables (aspargus, carrot, cauliflower, salad, etc)

Carbohydrate, insulin and insulin spike

insulin spike blood sugar

There is a special relationship between carbohydrates and insulin. When you eat carbohydrates, they turn into glucose, which is a type of sugar, and then glucose is turned into glycogen. Glucose is managed by insulin. Insulin is a hormone created by the pancreas. The insulin’s role is to manage the sugar’s level in the blood. This avoids having too much sugar in the blood (hyperglycemia) or not enough sugar in the blood (hypoglycemia).

The problem is that the majority of people eat any type of carbohydrate anyway and they may quickly get a lot of fat. It’s important to understand that each carbohydrate has a different gylcemic index and this glycemic index will cause different insulin spikes.

Glycemic index

A glycemic index indicates how quickly carbohydrates become glucose in the blood. It’s for this reason that it’s recommended to eat carbohydrate with a low glycemic index rather than those with a high glycemic index.

Carbohydrates with low glycemic index  :

  • Sweet potato

  • Oatmeal

  • Kinoa

  • Sugar free fruit juice

  • Whole wheat rice

  • Whole wheat bread

  • Whole wheat pasta

  • Fruits (apple, orange, cherry, pear, apricot)

  • Cluster dextrin (for your training session)

 

Carbohydrate with high glycemic index :

  • Potato

  • Couscous

  • Table sugar

  • White rice

  • White bread

  • White pasta

  • Cereal (Kellog, Nestle, etc.)

  • Dextrose

  • Sweet drink (soda)

  • Fruit (melon, watermelon)

Here is an exemple of low glycemic index carbohydrates to eat. For high glycemic carbohydrates, it’s recommended to eat them in moderation because if you eat them in large quantities, after several years, you have the risk to becoming diabetic or having other health problems.

Consumption

Always take into consideration your bodyweight and your training’s intensity. There 2 bad situations :

  1. Have a not very intense training and eat too much carbohydrates, which results in having too much fat in the body.

  2. Have intense training and eat a little carbohydrate, which results in being weak.

Take for example :

  • A man who weighs 85kg and is a beginner. In this case, it’s recommended to start with 3.5gr per kilo of bodyweight so 3.5 x 85 = 297.5gr of carbohydrates to eat a day.

  • A man who weighs 85kg and who is advanced or pro. In this case, it’s 5gr per kilo of bodyweight so 5 x 85 = 425gr of carbohydrates to eat a day. As an advanced person, the training sessions are really intense, that’s why you need this amount of energy.

  • A man who weighs 85kg and who wants to be shredded. Let things be clear, it’s being shredded and not losing weight. In this case is between 1.2 ans 2.5gr per kilo of bodyweight so it’s between 102 and 212.5gr of carbohydrates to eat per day.

The carbohydrates amount to eat is to be divided into 4-5 meals a day for ease of digestion. Each meal is balanced in carbohydrates, proteins and lipids.

To be shredded

shredded lean lose weight vs versus

Let things be clear, be shredded isn’t a weight loss. In this situation, leptin must be taken into consideration. Leptin is a hormone that regulates your appetite. When you start to lower your glucides, leptin will aslo decrease and you’ll be hungry. These feelings of hunger are created because of ghrelin. Ghrelin is a hormone called « hormone hunger » because it stimulates the appetite. Ghrelin also affects your insulin and testosterone.

This means that people who too quicly decrease their carbohydrates will fail because the lack of energy will be too brutal. The feeing of hunger will be too intense because the body has not had time to get used to the new diet. This is where nutrition is out of control.

Never reduce carbohydrate to 0. The people who do that, make a diet ketogenic and you have to master this type of diet. The professional bodybuilder is doing this diet for 4 weeks, but they can do that because of chemical aid (steroids) and they have a dietician. The problem is that those who aren’t professional athletes and who are on a ketogenic diet do that because someone told them it was good. That’s why in the gyms there are people who lose consciousness because they don’t have enough energy. You need 50 to 130 grams of carbohydrates, just for your brain, it’s not a simple diet to lose weight.

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-Steph

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Be Radical For Success

be radical

I watched an Olivier Roland’s video  and there is good stuff.

Here is a trick to radically solve one of your problem. I know a lot of people who come home in the evenining after school/work and each evening they think playing video game for only 1h. Unfortunately, they all end up playing at 1:00 in the morning. Everydays they think they will stop to play so long but it doesn’t work. They do procrastination and their projects don’t advance. They don’t have time to work on their projects.

I have a solution for you, sell your Playstation ou your Xbox on eBay ! I know what I’m talking about, I like video games. I bought video games when I was in Tokyo. But you know, since I play radically less video games, I don’t miss. Not yet played Final Fantasy XV (my brother finished it) doesn’t stop me from sleeping at night.

By doing that, I won several hours a day to train and develop my blog.

Eliminate

eliminate delete

This solution is simple, effective and it works for other things. This radical solution frightens us but it’s simple to use it and it sovle 99 % of the problem.

Imagine you want to lose 5kg (11 lbs). There is 2 options :

  • When you go home and you want to cook something, your fridge is filled with pizzas, ice cream and soda.

  • When you go home and you want to cook something, your fridge is filled with chicken, vegetable and water.

Which fridge is the most effective ? The truth is that it much simpler to not resist because there is no temptation. So the radical solution to solve your problem is to eliminate temptations that prevents you from reaching your goals.

We all have goals to reach in 6 months or 1 year and we need to protect our dreams. Be radical to protect your dreams and don’t procrastinate. Each day, one step closer.

To ensure your success, what is the thing that you must eliminate radically ?

-Steph

Tips For Eating At Restaurants And Staying Healthy

restaurant

I read a Nerd Fitness article  and there is good stuff.

It’s easy to prepare our meal when we’re in our headquarter because we have all ingredients but when we go eat at restaurant, it’s not the same thing and we enjoy to eat anything.

Eat at restaurant = unhealthy meal ? No, not cecessarily

If we have go to the resaurant, whatever reason, we can make change when we order a menu that help us to eat healthy.

Teddy Roosevelt (the 26th president of USA) said  :« Do what you can, with what you have, where you are »

Restaurants

restaurant

Here are techniques to help to eat healthy when you’re outside.

Explores the menu before

Explores menus on the restaurant’s website and pre-selected your options before to go to the restaurant. This avoid you to struggle to have the willpower to eat healthy when you’re going to place the order.

If possible ask to place your order first. Whenever the server asks who wants to order first, speaks ! If you’re the only person of your group of friends who eat healthy, this will help you to not be influenced by the Matrix (pizza, french fries, etc). This avoid too to heard this sentence : « live a little ! ».

if you order first, the opposite can happen. You can influence your friends to eat healty and it’s cool.

Ask for help from your server

If you see a menu that who like at 80 %, don’t be afraid to modify the menu. This happens all the time and the server really doesn’t care. A chicken sandwich can become a plate of meat and vegetables.

99 % of the restaurants where I go give me a plate of chicken and vegetable, if I ask for it, even if it’s not on the menu. The goal of restaurants is to make clients happy.

Order water

Order always water rather than soda or other sugary drink ! Processed sugar is bad. You want someting with taste ? Sugar-free Ice tea.

Avoid fast-foods

Go to a grocery or a supermarket to find hot good food.

Avoid french fries

Order potatoes baked, grilled or steamed.

Not chips, bread or popcorn

Ask your waitress to not bring them.

Big entree

If the entree is huge, ask to decrease protions. This avoids eating a meal at more than 3000 calories.

Eat slowly

It take 1 minute to your brain to realize your stomac is already full. Slow motion, enjoys the conversation of people with who you eat.

manges.

Joker

If you friends harass you with « live a little », explain them you have an allergy or a weird reaction with some kind of food (you can lie, it’s for the good case). You will see, they will help you to eat healthy.

Not force to eat all the plate

According to the culture from where you come, not eating the whole plate can be rude. Put a napkin on the plate and ask to take the rest for home.

Stay cool

so serious

Remember that you’re human. If you decide to eat an unhealthy meal and it not a cheat meal, you don’t do anything bad. Your human, your scheldule can be crazy, and somethimes you just want to eat a pizza. It’s OK. Remember that there is nothing wrong, if it’s a conscious decision and you have chosen to do it. But the next meal must be healthy to back to good habits.

A unhealthy meal will not destroy your day but if you thind « I ate unhealthy at the lunch, my day destroyed. I will eat unhealthy tonight and I will eat heathy tomorrow ». This type of thinking destroy your lifestyle, this is really bad.

What is your best tips to eat healthy at the restaurant ?

-Steph

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Muscle Memory

muscle memory

I read a Nerd Fitness article  and there is good stuff.

Muscle memory is an action execute with a lot of repetitions physically or mentally. The body will learn to execute this action more effectively using less brain power.

Your muscles don’t have brain but rather your brain learn to create a procedure list to execute tasks as quickly and efficiently as possible. The majority of the time you do these tasks in mode « procedure » of your brain and this become automatic. It’s like cache memory in your computer or smartphone.

When you play at the first time to a video game, you must learn how the controls work (and you’re really bad). You must learn to :

  • Look left and right

  • Use gun/sword

  • Jump and rolling

  • Move, avoid enemies

  • Attack, defend, cast spell

After several hours of gaming, your muscles begin to memorize. After several days or weeks, you do these things effortlessy.

  • Defeat a boss with combos, rolling, attacking, defending and spell casting.

Muscle memory isn’t only for video games. This helps for several things : driving, cut vegetables, play a musical instrument, etc.

When we decide to be healthy in the real life, this concept of « automatic response » is an important element.

Unfortunately, this can have bad effects :

  • If you spend several months to learn badly to do squat, it’s very difficult to stop this bad habit and relearn the squat in the right way.

  • If you learn to play a song in a bad way (or another activity), you learn to your body « it’s the good way to do it », even if it’s the bad way.

  • When you are busy at school/work and take candy and soda to manage stress, you brain will be train to say : »it’s the most effective way to be happy ».

We really talk about to build habit. Muscle memory can help us to understand how and why we failed in the past and how to do to change it

Muscle memory in the life

muscle memory

We’re creature of habits. The things we do everyday like the way we walk, the way we talk, the way we sleep (or not), things that make us happy or sad are the result of hundred and hundred of repetitions of these activites.

When we try to create new habits, it’s a lot, a lot of work.

For exemple, rather than going to McDonald’s, we must remember of :

  1. Go to the supermarket

  2. Take vegetables and chicken

  3. Go home and prepare vegetables

  4. Cook chicken

  5. Prepare the table

  6. Eat

If you don’t have these habits rooted in your brain, just read this list can be exhausting.

Look this exemple : rather than stay a home to watch the TV, we decided to learn squat :

  • Get under the barbell

  • Tighten the shoulder blades and place the bar correctly on the trapezoids.

  • Inhale deeply and go down

  • Knees lined up with toes

  • Explode back up with proper form

You saw these 2 cases, there is a lot of change !

Automatics things like going to McDonal’s or watch TV, come easy. We’ve always done them and thex require little effort. It’s like a second nature. The second part (new habits) require a lot of amount of effort (don’t worry, you can do it). I tell you, there can have barriers or closed doors the first few times but you must not give up.

After all these repetitions to have healthy habits, I can confirm that train and eat heatlthy is a second nature for me !

How to build

how to buid

In the Malcolm Gladwell’s book « Outliers » , he talk about the concept to master. In his research, he found the the most experts spend around 10 0000 hours to master their professions.

The most important is to not to spend 10 000 hours to practice. It’s to spend 10 000 hours to do the good practice.

Play the same song on piano in the wrong way during 10 000 hours will only allow you to play with eyes closed this song in the wrong way.

Work actively on your technique with a coach or a teacher to focus on imporving all aspects of playing the piano.

To build this muscle memory in our life, we don’t need to spend 10 000 hours of practice living healthy but we need to practice. Without do regulary a healthy activity, you will never feel your new healthy activity like a second nature.

You need to :

  • Take one or two new habits you want to create. No more !

  • Make things easy to do this activity. Minimize difficulties between you and this new life activity that you want build. Find a way to complete this activity using the minimum of willpower.

Exemple :

  1. Take one or two new memory : Rather than to completly change your training program to stop to use machine and start to use barbell/dumbbell, change just one exercice. Instead to do Leg Press, do squat. After 3 weeks when you feel good with squat, you can change another exercice.

  2. Minimize difficulties for the new activity : Do you want run every morning ? Sleep with your running clothes, put your alarm clock across the bedroom and put your running shoes next to the alarm clock. You are half ready, right ?

  3. Remove the need to remember what you need to do : I rename the alarm of my smartphone « Meditation ». When I wake up, my smartphone tell me to do my meditation.

  4. Eliminate the need to use the willpower : I spoke of willpower. We all know we need to eat healthy and do more exercice but we don’t do it. Then when we try to rewrite our DNA and our second nature, we must be strategic.

    If you are always tired after school/work and you miss your training, maybe is better to do your training in the morning before to go at school/work ?

    If you struggle with unhealthy foods during stress moments, do a « purge » and throw out unhealthy foods from your house. It’s harder to eat junk foods when you must go out to buy one.

    If you struggle to stop to pick foods from fast foods before you go home, change streets. Choice different streets to go home, streets without fast-foods.

The essence of all that has above is the practice. You train your brain/body as an integer to build healthy automatic habits.

Momentum is a powerful thing : If you can’t do all these healthy habits when you life become crazy. Take one or two healthy habits you can do and continue to practice. By this way, you don’t need to start back at square when your life will return to normal.

What new habits you want build and what tactics you use ?

-Steph

P.S. Do you want a free training program ? Click here 

Teenager’s training (Part 1)

jamcore dz teenager training program

There is a video in 3 parts of JamCore DZ (french video) about teenager’s training I would have liked to have seen when I was 14-15 years . I want to share this with you.

How teens can develop their muscles ? The first thing is that they must be good into their heads. If they’re good into their head that will influence their body and if the body is good this will affect morale.

I know a young neighborhood who wants to lift weights but his parents worry because his body hasn’t finished developing. JamCore DZ trained a 11 years old teenager for 1 year and a half. Results were excellent and since he offers a special training for teenagers.

Nutrition

eat healthy

Before explaining exercises, you must learn to eat well. Without a proper diet, there are no results. Parents can also read this article because they’re the example for their children.

Everything starts in food, without energy we can’t operate. Every food affects us in a different way, that’s why it’s very important to clean our environment. We need to eat healthy food because food industry is destroying us with sugar. Sugar is the enemy # 1

Avoid to eat anything that contains sugar as soda, cereal, fast food, white bread, chocolate and sauces. Even « Fitness » cereals are full of sugar, it’s a scam. The first thing to remove from your diet is sugar.

Latest studies in the US have shown that the rates of obesity and diabetes in the Middle East countries will exceed those of the United States in 5-6 years.

The Plan

plan

The plan is to have the good food to have the good energy for school and etc. When you feel good, your behaviour is good. When you don’t feel good, you get depressed and you can’t express yourself and when you can’t express yourself, you make yourself hit by other students. Good food = good energy !

Breakfast

  • Whole wheat bread. Stop white bread because of sugar.

  • Homade peanut butter ( peanut + blender)

  • Natural homemade jam (fruit in a saucepan)

  • Muesli without sugar

  • natural organic milk (you have to look a little to avoid milk with hormones. Industrial milk create lactose intolerance)

  • Eggs

  • Fruits

  • Oatmeal

Snack for recreation

  • An natural organic yoghurt without sugar and fruit

Lunch

  • Brown pasta or rice

  • White meat

  • Fruits

  • Salad with olive oil

Snack for 16h (4pm)

  • An natural organic yoghurt without sugar and fruit

Dinner

  • White meat or fish

  • Vegetables

  • Baked potato

  • Brown pasta or rice

In these meals you can add good fat such as olive oil, coconut oil or avocado.

For a small budget, we must stay focus on pasta/rice, vegetables, white meat, eggs, fish (tuna), fruit, whole wheat bread, oatmeal, olive oil, yogurt.

For overweight parents, no rice/paste in the evening. Only white meat and vegetables in the evening.

The only thing to drin :: WATER ! Because 75% of the body is water ! This is not soda full of sugar.

In Part 2, I will talk about training.

What was your breakfast ?

-Steph

Entraînement Pour Adolescent (partie 1)

jamcore dz teenager training program

Il y a une vidéo en 3 parties de JamCore DZ  concernant l’entraînement pour les adolescents que j’aurais aimé avoir vu quand j’avais 14-15 ans. J’ai envie de partager ça avec toi.

Comment les adolescents peuvent faire évoluer leurs muscles ? La première chose est qu’ils doivent être bien dans leurs têtes. S’ils sont bien dans leurs tête cela va influencer leurs corps et si le corps va bien cela va influencer le moral.

Je connais un jeune du quartier qui a envie de soulever des haltères mais ses parents s’inquiètent parce que son corps n’a pas encore fini de se développer. JamCore DZ a entraîné un adolescent de 11 ans pendant 1 an et demi. Les résultats étaient excellents et depuis il propose un entraînement spécial pour les adolescents.

Nutrition

eat healthy

Avant d’expliquer les exercices, il faut apprendre à bien manger. Sans une bonne alimentation, il n’y a pas de résultats. Les parents peuvent aussi lire cette articles parce qu’ils sont l’exemple pour leurs enfants.

Tout commence dans la nourriture, sans énergie nous ne pouvons pas fonctionner. Chaque nourriture nous affecte d’une façon différente, c’est pour cela que c’est très important de nettoyer notre environnement. Il nécessaire de manger de la nourriture saine car l’industrie alimentaire nous détruit avec le sucre. Le sucre est l’ennemi n°1

Evitons de manger tout ce qui contient du sucre comme les soda, céréales, fast-food, pain blanc, chocolat et les sauces. Même les céréales « Fitness » sont rempli de sucre, c’est une arnaque. La première chose à enlever de ton alimentation est le sucre.

Les dernières études aux Etats-unis ont montré que le taux d’obésité et de diabète dans les pays du Moyen-Orient vont dépasser celui des Etats-unis dans 5-6 ans.

Le Plan

plan

Le plan c’est d’avoir de la bonne nourriture pour avoir de la bonne énergie pour l’école et etc. Quand tu te sens bien, tu te comporte bien. Quand tu ne te sens pas bien, tu déprimes et tu ne peux pas t’exprimer et quand tu ne peux pas t’exprimer, tu te fais frapper par les autres élèves. Bonne nourriture = bonne énergie !

Petit déjeuner

  • Pain complet. Arrêt le pain blanc à cause du sucre.

  • Beurre de cacahuète fait à la maison (cacahuète + blender {mixeur})

  • Confiture naturel fait maison (les fruits dans une casserole)

  • Muesli sans sucre

  • Lait naturel bio (il faut chercher un peu pour éviter le lait avec les hormones. Le lait industriel créer l’intolérance au lactose)

  • Oeufs

  • Fruits

  • Flocons d’avoine

Collation pour la récréation

  • Un yogourt naturel bio sans sucre et un fruit

Lunch (repas de midi)

  • Pâtes ou riz complets

  • Viandes blanches

  • Fruits

  • Salade avec du l’huile d’olive

Collation pour 16h

  • Un yogourt naturel bio sans sucre et un fruit

Dîner

  • Viandes blanches ou Poisson

  • Légumes

  • Pomme de terre au four

  • Pâtes ou riz complet

Dans ces repas tu peux ajouter de la bonne graisse comme de l’huile d’olive, huile de noix de coco ou avocats

Pour un petit budget, il faut rester concentrer sur pâtes/riz, légumes, viande blanches, œufs, poisson (thon), fruits, pain complet, flocons d’avoine, huile d’olive, yogourt.

Pour les parents en surpoids, pas de riz/pâte le soir. Uniquement de la viande blanche et des légumes le soir.

L’unique chose à boire : L’EAU ! Parce que 75 % du corps est de l’eau ! Ce n’est pas du soda rempli de sucre.

Dans la partie 2, je parlerai de l’entraînement.

C’était quoi ton petit-déjeuner ?

-Steph

FAQ Food (Part 2)

faq food

Eat healthy

eat healthy

« Okay, I eat fewer calories but now I’m hungry all the time because I decrease half of my food »

Reduce the number of calories is a good start to lose weight and I also believe in the quality of calories. Your body isn’t going to treat every calorie in the same way : eat vegetables, healthy fats and proteins will have different results in your body than cookies, cakes and junk food.

If you want to eat less calories you need to eat food that fills your belly without a ton of calories.

Chicken, steak and fish and other protein sources can help you fill your belly without increasing calorie intake.

The same goes for the vegetables : you can eat a big plate of vegetables and chicken, it will be a fraction of calories compared to a large soda, chips, french fries or candy.

If you don’t like counting your calories every day, you can focus only on real food as a strategy to eat healthy.

« Eating more vegetables and protein ? But I read on websites that eating meat was wrong »

I’m not a vegetarian and I don’t advise this lifestyle. I believe that the meat can be a healthy part of the diet. But if you don’t eat meat, continue if you like. I can advise you a site for athletes who don’t eat meat .

« How many calories is too much ? »

If your goal is to lose weight, I recommend you to eat less than 100g of carbohydrates per day and you focus on carbohydrates from vegetables. Depending of your training intensity, this number can be increased or decreased.

« If I keep my carbohydrates less than 100g per day, what else can I eat more ? »

Many healthy fat (avocado, almond butter, peanut butter, nuts, olive oil, coconut oil) and protein.

« I thought fat was bad »

No, fat is not bad for thousands of years. Eating fat doesn’t make you gain weight like food with cholesterol. The real enemy ? Matrix with sugar and processed and refined food !

You want to lose weight now ? Removes sugar from your diet. No more sodas.

« I know I need to eat more vegetables but I will not give up the foods I love. And I like sugar »

Eating healthy as often as you can and then for a few meals a week, eat what you want. See how your body changes for several weeks and make adjustments. Give up nothing permanently but begins to limit junk food. And sugar is what we destroy the most.

« And if I don’t like the taste of vegetables ? »

That’s cool, try grilled asparagus, zucchini, broccoli or vegetables cooked with a wok. There are several vegetables and many ways to cook vegetables. Find what is good for you.

Make permanent changes

make perment change

In order to not more complicate, the main points are :

  • Try to eat protein with every meal

  • Vegetables are your friends. Except corn,it’s an enemy !

  • Fat is your friend ! Liquid calories, particularly sugar, are your enemies.

  • Make changes with which you can live with.

We all try to make more healthy decisions every week. If last week you made zero healthy decision and this week you made one healthy decision, « congratulations », your average week is now heathier than laste week.

No matter your situation, begins today. Now that you understand how to eat better, you can increase the difficulty and make more healthy decisions every week to accelerate the speed of your body transformation.

Little by little, your average healthy decisions becomes less little !

This is the last part, I hope this helped you. Another question ?

-Steph