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One more thing P.S. - you are going to lean a whole lot on your grill with the Renegade Diet. I don't sweat the small stuff like sauces or rubs because I would not make it eating bland grilled chicken every night. I did some research on different seasoning salts and rubs and really enjoy mixing it up every night. I even eat 85-15 ground beef (sans bread and cheese obviously) with some greens and on the days I work out, some kind of carb, usually sweet potatoes. I do not, however, recommend 96-4 ground beef unless you like the taste of ass.
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Agreed on the ease of use, and it also sort of stomps the myth that you need 6-8 meals a day as well as the myth that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
If eating breakfast or 7 meals a day works for you however, go for it. I like the Renegade Diet because my energy levels have never been higher. You will even notice an improvement in your skin tone.
After watching my son have all the fun for about a year, I decided to also join our local TKD gym. So much fun, and varied. Plus, nothing works you out harder than full out sparring with other grown men. A nice hour and a half class leaves you barely able to stand when it's all said and done.
I HATED eating those 6-8 small meals. Jesus H. Christ that was annoying, "Oh look, it's been 3 hours...it a hand full of almonds! 3 hours later, yay for some plain Greek protein!" I feel like my undiagnosed ADHD kicked in frequently while taking that approach and I swear I ate about 4-5 times more than I should've lol (though still lost weight, but it's a pain in the arse)
I love breakfast food but never have time for it. Simple fix...just make breakfast for dinner sometimes, best of both worlds really. Nice cup of black coffee in the morning and I'm good to go, the energy is definitely there when I get a decent rest (like you, I too tend to be a night owl). I thought the skin tone thing was a myth, until multiple people noticed a change. It was very surprising to say the least. Overall, after following this diet for a little over a year now, I love it and will continue to follow it unless I decide to bulk up and get very, very lean.
PS: As you mentioned in another post, if you follow a fasting routine well enough during the week, you can certainly take a small break on the weekend. This is quite useful for football season as the temptation for beer, sitting for multiple hours, and lots of food is ever present every weekend!
Does it cost a significant amount to get the foods required? Just wondering I'm a college student.
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Agree with this for cheapness. Drinking water as a substitute for everything has been a great improvement to my life. And general healthy eating.
Surprised the Insanity program hasn't been mentioned. It's good for athletic training and is as difficult as you want to make it be. Plus, it can be done in a confined area, if needed.
Iron Tribe Fitness... Based out of Birmingham, they just franchised to Tuscaloosa. I lived in Birmingham for one year and was 212#, after 1 year of crossfit at ITF was down to 172#, and felt great.
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If you are asking about the Renegade Diet, I am assuming since you are a college student and you are wanting to eat better that you have been eating out a ton. I don't think it is cost prohibitive as we are just talking about lean meats, greens for the most part. On Sundays I grill up a lot of chicken that I can have during the week for salads, etc. I usually keep some frozen fish around (salmon, cod, tilapia, etc.) to fix if I need it and eat a lot of boneless pork chops, sirloin and lean ground beef. I also buy the shrimp cocktail platters at Publix that are a little pricey but are good snacks or even lunches during the week. I eat a ton of spinach and asparagus too and buy the pre-washed mixed green salads with olive oil and apple cider vinegar as dressing (I go through a ton of olive oil too). On workout days, I may eat a tablespoon of natural peanut butter to crave my sweet tooth.
Just about to finish up my first round of Insanity now. My wife and I are both doing this along with the meal plan they provide. I started at 199# and as of this morning I weighed 180#. 12-bama is correct about making as hard as you want. We have hectic schedules that I don't believe would allow me to go to any kind of gym. I can push play whenever I want and knock out a workout. It isn't/hasn't been easy but it has gotten me back in shape quickly.
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If the Iron Tribe in Tuscaloosa has opened yet, I'd highly recommend that. It's a brand of CrossFit that offers accountability, competition and a community atmosphere. I've done it for 4.5 months and it's still the best part of my day.
I have a bum leg so cardio is out of the question. I'm 30 lbs overweight and would love to workout, but I can't. So what did I do? I started juicing full-time. I "blend" a fruit smoothie for breakfast, then I use my juicer and make a big batch of fresh vegtable juice to drink for the rest of the day. So far I've lost 10lbs in two weeks. On top of that I've given my body more nutrients than I have the past two years combined. I have no cravings or hunger issues. When I get hungry during the day I simply drink 6-8oz of juice and boom, problem solved. I typically take in around 6 glasses per day. Once I've lost the weight I've wanted my body will be healthier and I'll start working solid foods back into my diet until I am eating all solids again. I'll continue to eat healthy and I'll juice occasionally to help maintain a steady and healthy weight range.
The documentary below is a MUST WATCH and it's what motivated me to try this as well as millions of others across the world. It's quite possible that Joe Cross saved my life from a health standpoint. He calls it Reboot Your Life. Even if you're working out on a regular basis you need to juice a few times per day to insure you're body is getting ample amounts of what it needs straight from mother nature.
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Here is a follow up to my post above. I believe you can watch the whole documentary for free using Hulu.
Watch Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead free online.
Agree that it is a great film even if you have no intentions of going to a juice diet. I may try a three-day reboot in the future but not sure I am ready for that yet. (g)
Try a 7-day reboot and it will change your life. You'd be surprised!
The Most intense workout I've ever done is rock climbing. If Tuscaloosa has a rock gym, check it out.
Here's my thoughts...crossfit is great...but...I would do a lower stress workout for a few months to get my core in decent shape first. I want to try crossfit...but I've worked myself into reasonably decent shape through diet and consistent exercise (cardio and weights) over the past few months. If you're in good shape...go for it.
I would make sure you do extensive stretching before trying anything too hard to avoid injury. (Obvious I know)
I disagree with this approach. I started crossfit after falling into the worst shape of my life. You scale the workouts as you go along, so it's not like you're blasting full on 100% on the named WODs day one.
You don't need to get in shape to do crossfit. That's what crossfit is for. And there's no way to get in shape faster.
The beauty of it is you see tangible improvement because you're competing against yourself every day. And if you start at the bottom, the positive reinforcement is pretty phenomenal.
When I started, I couldn't run a 1/4 mile without getting winded. After a month of crossfit, even without running much at all in the daily WODs, the training we did had me running a mile in the 6:30 range - and that was just part of the workout.
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