As you might imagine, I get a lot of questions emailed to me each day.
Although to be honest, it would be more accurate to say, “I get a few questions emailed to me over and over again.”
Rather than just write a “FAQ” post, I thought I’d have a little fun with THREE of the questions I’ve been getting most frequently over the past few weeks.
Instead of just answering them, I’d like to give you some amusing analogies to help you remember.
That way, you’ll have instant mental access to the information, and—more importantly—I’ll have a place to refer the people who will undoubtedly ask these questions in the future.
If you’re eating a meal that’s only passably good, chances are you’ll reach for the ketchup. It tends to make things more palatable.
Just about every meal in the world can benefit from some ketchup. Even when you go to a world famous steakhouse, they set ketchup on the table—because, really, almost anything tastes better with it. (I’m mostly talking about dinner items here, but I actually have a distant cousin on my dad’s side who puts it in his chocolate chip cookies. Seriously.)
Cardio is like that. If your program is mediocre, doing cardio can help make up for whatever it’s missing in terms of caloric expenditure and fat loss. If your program is fantastic (like one of mine) doing a little extra cardio isn’t going to screw things up—ever—and will still help a bit.
I know there are a lot of pretentious chefs out there who claim that their cooking and their flavor profiles are so precise that you shouldn’t even add salt. By that same token, there are a number of trainers who would be horrified if you had the audacity to add or remove anything from the supposed masterpieces that are their training programs.
I’m here to tell you: that’s bullshit.
I’ll admit, it’s possible that there is small percentage of meals that are so precise you can’t add ketchup/salt/mustard/salsa or whatever else you want to make it taste the way YOU like; and perhaps there is a training program out there so ingeniously designed that doing extra cardio is going to derail your progress.
But I’m pretty certain that very few of us will ever eat such a meal, and I’m even more certain that none of us will ever do such a training program.
So, if you want something to taste better, add a little flavor, and if you want to speed your results, add some extra movement.
Bottom Line – throw a little ketchup on it.
First, I’ll talk about carbs—I think that, in general, people should eat slow digesting, low glycemic carbohydrates. It helps insulin levels stable and on the low side. However, I like fast digesting ones surrounding a workout, because these will elicit a spike in insulin, which is often a good thing.
Here’s where a lot of people get messed up.
Insulin is a lot like author/blogger/lover of depravity Tucker Max. After years of reading his writing, I finally got to meet Tucker last month. As I suspected, he’s hilarious and there are a lot more dimensions to his personality than just the debauchery he revels in.
Like insulin, Tucker it isn’t “bad,” just sort of misunderstood. And, more to the point (at least with regard to this analogy), Tucker and insulin are best when kept to certain specific situations.
Now, I would love to chill with the esteemed Mr. Max in a number of social situations, ranging from a frat party to a bachelor party to any wedding that wasn’t my own.
That said, I probably wouldn’t invite him to dinner with a girlfriends parents. I have every confidence that he could impress the hell out of them, but there’s also the very real possibility that he’d offend them. I just don’t know Tucker well enough to guess which side he’d bring out.
Just as Tucker is best at a party or on a stage, insulin is best just after a workout.
When you train hard and create microtrauma, the most beneficial thing you can do is get amino acids and other repairing nutrients to the site of the “damage” right away.
In this regard, it’s important to note that insulin first and foremost an agent of storage, and to a lesser degree transport.
So, spiking insulin post workout—provided this is done concurrent with dosing with amino acids or fast digesting proteins—can be beneficial.
I covered that a bit in the nutrition guide, but if you want a more fleshed out piece, check this blog post.
Now, it’s certainly true that insulin isn’t bad, and it’s also true that keeping insulin levels low at all times isn’t necessary. You CAN make progress just by keeping them stable—it’s just a bit less predictable.
Insulin and Tucker have my utmost respect—and with that comes a healthy does of hesitation to let them run rampant.
(Note – Tucker, if you read this, I accept your challenge to do battle, but my standup sucks, so I would prefer all grappling.)
Here’s a true story. When I about 22, I was dating this girl. I won’t mention her name, but trust me, she turned out to be a bitch. She was also hot, in that Helen-of-Troy-I’m-going-to-ruin-your-life-and-destroy-your–opinion-of-women-kind-of-way.
Being a guy, I let the fact that she was hot overshadow the fact the also wasn’t too bright. Anyway, we were having a reasonably successful relationship; which led me to make this mistake of letting her borrow my car for a week while I was in California.
Not realizing it, she drove around with the emergency break engaged. FOR SEVEN DAYS.
That just goes to show you that it CAN be done.
In fact, not only is it possible to drive from point A to point B with your emergency brake engaged, it’s also possible to not realize it. I would hazard to guess that accelerating is a lot harder, and that you don’t get to point B as quickly or as smoothly.
So, yeah, it’s possible, but it’s not efficient, and in some ways it’s pretty dangerous—especially for the car.
Well, that’s what training with a locked up nervous system is like.
You can train, you can lift, you can lose fat, and you can gain muscle with a locked up nervous system. You can meet your goals if you never address it. It’s just harder than it has to be. It takes longer.
Getting stronger is largely neurological, so the more you engage your nervous system, the more weight you can lift; heavier weight leads to more fat loss. Engaging your nervous system will also allow you to activate more muscle, which means each and every rep is more metabolic—again, greater fat loss.
Training with an “unlocked” (efficient) nervous system allows you to lose fat faster, because each rep will be more efficient and you’ll burn more fat. Pretty simple.
More importantly, there’s less wear and tear on the car—or, in this case, your body. If you can lose more fat with fewer reps, then there is less stress on the joints and connective tissue, less risk for things like repetitive stress injuries.
So, I guess it’s not “necessary” to unlock your nervous system in the strictest sense of the word–but it’s pretty silly not to. Not only will you be fitter, you’ll be healthier and safer.
To learn more about this, check out Dr. K’s video HERE <= video
Take the E-brake off, throw your nervous system into overdrive, and proceed with Full Throttle Fat Loss.