More often than not, it’s our desire to do too much that sets us up for failure. Making a single change like exercising more or eating less processed food can be challenging enough. But if a little is good, more must be better. Right? So, we decide to quit sugar. Workout five times a week. Load up on chicken and broccoli. And drink less coffee. Sound daunting to you? It is! A better approach is single-tasking.
If you’re familiar with my blog, you’ve heard me go on my protein rants. When we don’t eat enough protein, things turn pear-shaped: Trump gets put in the driver’s seat of a global superpower, Han Solo dies, and hipsters continue riding around on those ridiculous clown-sized unicycles. You get the point. Protein is really important. But many people struggle to eat enough. So, here are 10 easy ways to eat more protein. No cooking required!
You start a diet. At first, the weight seems to drop off quickly. You think to yourself “dieting’s not that bad, I’ll hit my goal weight in no time.” But the body gets wind of your intentions and crashes the green juice infused party. You plateau. So you start eating less. Exercising more. Or both. The weight budges a little, but flatlines again. What the hell? You’re working your ass off and results have completely stalled.
Since the beginning of time, bro scientists have claimed to be the only ones who hold the secrets for building a head-turning physique. As they passed bro wisdom down through the generations, it’s taken on a life of its own. Many gym goers have fallen prey to bro science. Shunning cardio to make ‘gainz’. Overdosing on protein powders. Or even winding up in hospital after shooting up with coconut oil!
Change is hard. We don’t like approaches that threaten our core beliefs or lead us into uncertain territory. Which is why we need to actively cultivate an open-minded attitude. There are plenty of mental models—basic tools to help us solve problems and think creatively—that we can use to do this. One tool I’ve been testing out lately is called negative capability.
So, you rocked my beginner’s weightlifting program. You got your pump on. You even managed to find time to delve into the endless bro science debates on the gym floor. You’re primed and ready for the next step. Well, as always, I got your back. Here’s a free five-week hypertrophy training phase all ready to go. It’s an upper/lower body split that’s great for intermediate lifters. What are you waiting for? Get going!
Weightlifting isn’t for everyone. But strength is. Especially in light of the impending zombie apocalypse that I’m convinced is coming. If you’ve been watching Walking Dead, you’ll know that some serious shit goes down. And the weak are always the first to go. So, I’ve got some minimalistic training equipment that’ll help you build some ass kicking strength. No gym required.
Everest is certainly high on the list of the world’s biggest, and possibly craziest, adventures. Despite the high stakes, many explorers have risked their lives to reach its peak.
George Mallory is speculated to be the first man to have climbed Everest but died on the descent. When he was asked why he wanted to climb Everest, he said . . .
Most diets aren’t sustainable. So we often rebound and gain all our weight back. To lose weight and keep it off, we need to build life-long habits. We need to stop looking for the ‘perfect diet’ and focus on common sense approaches that work. This is where protein comes in wearing a superhero cape to save your grandma and the day.