Language is a tricky thing.
While certainly it’s the primary means of communication (whether it’s spoken or written) for you and I, it can also be very confusing–English especially.
Mainly, this is because so many of our words have multiple meanings; and not only the actual literal definitions of what they mean, but also the IDEAS they imply.
Which brings me to the nutrition information I want to share with you, in a roundabout sort of way.
Since I’ve been taling a lot about nutrition of late, and in particular nutritional resources, I felt it appropriate to share some cool “new” stuff. A while back, I mentioned to you that I’m down with a new nutritional resource, the Anabolic Cookbook, by Dave Ruel and I got a lot of emails about it–based purely on the title.
Evidently, the term “anabolic” is a bit of a hot button with a lot of people. I suppose that is understandable; naturally, when many people hear “anabolic” they think “steroids”…and that is simply not always the case.
Instead, when you hear “anabolic” I want you to think “good.”
Here is why–let’s hit the dictionary to explain:
Biology, Physiology. Constructive metabolism; the synthesis in living organisms of more complex substances from simpler ones.
So you see, to be “anabolic” really means to be constructive, or simply, to build–which is why substances that help you build muscle are called “anabolic” steoids.
However, let’s look deeper.
You’ll notice that within the definition of “anabolic” you’ll see a word I KNOW you’re quite familiar with: metabolism.
This is really, really important, because it directly relates to just about every aspect of fitness and fat loss; so, let’s talk about that one:
1. Biology, Physiology. the sum of the physical and chemical processes in an organism by which its material substance is produced, maintained, and destroyed, and by which energy is made available.
2. any basic process of organic functioning or operating.
To put it somewhat succinctly: anytime you’re referring to anabolism, you’re usually talking about (muscle) growth; and anytime you’re referring to metabolism you’re talking about energy.
In the fitness world, to talk about metabolism is usually referring to the expenditure of energy. For example, your body’s basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the amount of energy (calories) your body expends just existing, not even taking into account anything you do physically.
What you’ll notice from looking at the definitions of those two terms, is that there is a very close relationship between them.
Here is the best way to put it: the very process of building muscle (or being anabolic) requires a tremendous amount of energy, and therefore affects your metabolism positively.
Which means this: whenever you train with weights and create microtrauma, you’re going to need to recover from that. When you eat later in the day, your body will try to repair the damage you’ve done by dedicating nutrients to the anabolic process. Obviously, if your goal is to build muscle, all of that makes a lot of sense.
HOWEVER, this also means that even if your goal is to LOSE FAT, you are depending on anabolism to increase metabolism to help you burn fat faster.
So you see, in a very real way…to be more anabolic is to become more METABOLIC.
The best way to increase your metabolic rate via nutrition is to eat whole, healthy foods that increase your rate of anabolism and help you build muscle WHILE you’re losing fat.
(You’re probably very familiar with the concept that muscle “burns” fat–well, both having it AND building it will do that so, you need to eat in order to facilitate both of these.)
It’s simple: you vary your food intake, in both caloric amount and nutrient make up.
You’ll actually BURN MORE FAT by eating a wide range of foods instead of just eating grilled chicken 6 times per day. Further, if you have the right resources, you can make those foods taste incredible.
And information like that is that is exactly why I dig Dave Ruel’s Anabolic Cookbook. It’s a complete nutritional resource that you can learn from, regardless of your goal. Not only does it contain over 200 recipes of fat burning and delicious foods, but the cookbook also has some nutrition tips that will help you lose fat or gain muscle faster.
On top of having an awesome physique, Dave knows his stuff and has been helping people transform their bodies for a number of years using the tastiness in his book. Aweosme stuff.
Dave also did a guest blog post for me a while back, so check that out as well.