40 DAYS OF NATURAL FOOD DIET

So what exactly is the 40 day natural food challenge? Well, it’s really a hybrid version of the Paleo diet with some exceptions to certain foods that I found to be optimal with my previous “body transformations”

What sparked my 40 day challenge my engagement photo shoot with my beautiful fiancee next month, and I wanted to really see how much I can transform my body in that time frame. This won’t be any fitness shots but I do plan on doing some beach shots with my shirt off.

My game plan is pretty simple, the diet revolves around the following foods on a daily basis.
 
Chicken Breast
Steak
Beef
Fish (Halibut, Tuna)
Brown Rice
Sweet Potato
Eggs
Asparagus
Brocolli 
Spinach
Salsa
Pretty much any spices, and tons of water!
 
Anything really that isn’t listed above doesn’t make touch my grocery cart over the next 40 days.
 
From my experiences, the easiest part of getting results is writing down and putting structure to my diet. The hardest part is actually sticking to it. If you don’t have it in your fridge, it’s simple you can’t eat it.
 
Physically writing your meals down does help out a lot though, if you’re part of the modern world and have access to a smartphone you can use the notepad on your phone or even apps like myfitnesspal.com or document your diet on Evernote to make things simpler.
 
There are so many ways to keep track of your nutrition, when you start actually counting your calories and macro nutrients you start to realize that there is so much you could do without in your daily intake, or you are having too much fat or not enough protein in your diet. 
 
Following a winning formula, is what gets results. What I’ve learned from getting into optimal shape is to be disciplined and not break away and “add” to the formula. 
 
Much like an expert chef has the perfect recipe for his/her favorite dish, by adding different ingredients into the mix that isn’t part of the recipe, your dish won’t come out just the way you like it. That is really the goal for this challenge.
 
So I look forward to sharing with you my results and this transformation! If you’d like to follow my progress on a daily basis you can follow myfitnesspal account, with my username: christiangolez or my email adress golez.christian@gmail.com
 
Also if you have a fitbit you can add me to see if you out step me on a daily basis. username: christiangolez
 
Please feel free to leave your comments or questions below.

 

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Welcome 2013

First and foremost, I’d like to sincere apologize to many of you for my absence in blogging. In May of 2012, I dieted to get into shape for a photo shoot, and after that was done I decided to take a small break from blogging. My short break however, turned out to be more of a long term sabbatical. During that time frame though I was really keeping busy with preparing to take my own personal transformation to the next level.

I was convinced from a good friend of mine to compete alongside him at the Mr Olympia Muscle and Fitness Male Fitness model search. On September 28th 2012, I flew down to Las Vegas to compete in my first show since 2003, and what a better venue than the OLYMPIA STAGE! I wanted to bring the best package I could bring, with only 45 days of strict dieting here are my results. 20130101-175237.jpg

This year, there is a lot to look forward to. I’ll be sharing all my tips and secrets that I used to get ready for the olympia stage, all while working full time in between meetings and sitting at the office. I’m also committed to helping my clients to get into the best shape of their lives for 2013, with competitions and photo shoots already booked!

I want you to be apart of this amazing journey. If you’re interested in changing your body and looking your best for 2013, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at golez.christian@gmail.com, follow me on instagram or twitter @christiangolez.

Looking forward to an exciting year with you all!
Christian

How to Rebound From Cheat Days

For many North Americans we celebrate the first few days of July with a few days out of the office, which also means a few days off of your diet. The hardest part about keeping on top of your diet is balancing it  with your social gatherings, especially ones like Canada Day and the 4th of July. This blog post will not tell you to show up at the BBQ eating just the hot dog sausage without the bun, or the hamburger wrapped in lettuce. I want to help you understand the levels of cheating you should be aware of and how to rebound from those levels. So go ahead eat the buns, and eat the desert but be aware of what you’re doing.

So how much should I cheat?

If you diet hard enough throughout the week than you deserve a “cheat meal” or “meals” for that matter. In special cases like long weekends however cheat meals can turn into cheat days and can really hinder your progress rather than enhancing it.

Understanding how far is TOO FAR!

Cheating is when you break your normal dietary plan by willingly knowing what you’re eating is not going to set you forward. Don’t go out and rationalize the packaging either, if you’re going for a box of cookies and the wrapper says it’s only 100 calories, guess what you’re still eating cookies! Unfortunately, food companies are trying to convince us that the foods we should be indulging in every so often are actually good for us by creating smaller portion packages labelled 50-100 calories per serving.

UNDERSTAND THE 3 LEVELS OF CHEATING

Level 1: “The recommended cheat”: Eat until your satisfied, not more, not less, then back on your diet. This is the easiest one to rebound off of because you’re just satisfying that sugar or sweet craving you’ve been deprived of because of your diet and you’re ready to get back on the saddle again. Your body isn’t suffering from bloat or water retention the next day.

Level 2: “My pants are too tight on me now cheat”: Eating passed satisfaction, and guess what  you’ve paid the price and now your pants are too tight! This type of cheat day is much harder to rebound from, you may notice you’ve gained 3-5 lbs. the next day, you wake up with a dry mouth and a bloated stomach. If you think you’re just going to “crap” it all out, guess what your body takes 24-72 hours for your food to digest. So your body really isn’t flushing all the bad food out, it’s just getting rid of some excess food, but a lot of that food will be stored as fat or excess water.  It’ll be a more drawn out  process to rebound from this type of cheat and we’ll be getting into the process later on this blog.

Level 3: “My Stomach’s telling me NO, But my Mind, My Mind is telling me YES!!”: This type of cheat is eating passed the point of you already feeling sick. Picture an episode of Epic Meal time, where you are the one finishing the whole meal by yourself. You can call this type of cheat “gorging” or “going extremely hard” and you wake up 10-15lbs heavier, with severe bloat in the stomach, ankles and hands. The process to relieve this type of cheat involves a full day fast to recover from and a few tips and tricks to flush your body out.

So thats your laundry list of the different cheat levels you can accomplish, now on to the good stuff….

HOW DO I REBOUND FROM THIS CHEAT?!?!?!?!

Who’s that sexy guy on the basketball court?! 

It’s pretty simple, I’ve laid out a few simple rules that you should follow after a cheat meal OR day OR days for that matter.

1) Live life and move on…the damage is done and unfortunately you can’t go backwards in time. You’ve enjoyed the meals while you were eating them, some meals more so than others depending on how bad you cheated but you have to realize that your cheat meal(s) are now over for the next while and you’ll have to continue on with your diet.

2) The next morning as soon as you wake up drink 1 Litre of water. You should essentially be doing this every morning. You’ll definitely need the water because you’ll be waking up with a dry mouth from all the sodium and sugar consumed from your cheat day.

I’ve heard Mike Dolce  (famous nutritionist for many MMA athletes) on a podcast tell his audience to drink 2L of water as soon as you wake up to warm up your digestive system. Also the water will help you flush out all the toxins that you consumed the day before, and provide you a kickstart to water consumption that day. Water also will help keep your appetite at bay in case you have extra cravings for junk food after your cheat meal.

3) Consider “fasting:  This is a great way of resetting your system and I’ve used it to get into shape for my last fitness photo shoot and also get my beach body ready this year.

The fasting model in my personal experience was the easiest way for me to rebound from a cheat day. Fasting allows your body to get back on track with a quick reset button by allowing your body to properly digest the cheat meals  for 24-36 hours at a time. You’re also allowing your body to rest its digestive system after it’s been on a roller coaster ride of sugar and sodium loaded foods.

Fasting also has a great deal of benefits such as better sleep that night which in turn will increase in Growth Hormone production, allow your body to lose the excess weight you gained during your cheat days, and lastly fasting cleanses and detoxifies your system naturally.

It may not be the easiest method to follow if you have never fasted before so I recommend trying out a 18 hour fast the first time around (remember you also count the hours you sleep as fasted times) and make the first meal of the day something very low-calorie and filled with greens. For example: egg white and spinach omelette, or chicken and asparagus. If you can keep it to 1-2 meals for that day and make sure they are very low-calorie meals. I also call this the “warrior diet’ You can get a lot of great fasting information from my very good friend www.thefatlossninja.com.

4) Drink Teas: The reason I drink teas the next day is to help flush out the toxins and water weight that your body is holding on to.

Just recently, after my fitness photo shoot I went on a 2 day Epic cheat adventure. My list of meals for the 2 days looked like the following, WARNING THESE ARE NOT PALEO DIET FRIENDLY MEALS!:

Apple Pie
Oatmeal
Snickers bar
Water
Coke
6 Chicken nuggets
Small McDonalds Fries
Oreo mcflurry
Macaroon
Donut
Eclair
bag of ketchup chips
plaintain chips
reeses peices
yogurt covered almonds
chocolate covered cashews
chocolate covered almonds
Blueberry pie from McDonalds

This is a perfect example of “eating with your mind and not listening to your stomach” I went up 13Lbs. in 2 days. I felt like I just threw away 6 hard weeks of dieting in 2 short days, and I couldn’t get my body back at all. Needless to say, I fasted the next day and just stuck to drinking teas to help curb my appetite and aid as a diuretic to help flush out all the toxins I consumed. I went back down 13lbs. just 24 hours later.

I recommend using green tea, and dandelion root tea, as they are both the strongest natural diuretics that also help curb your appetite. I’ve experienced the best results from drinking 3-4 cups of tea after a cheat day.

5. Exercise Just because you’re cheating on your diet doesn’t mean that you should give up your entire fitness regimen. After a cheat meal, go for a walk outside and let your body digest the food you’ve consumed. Make sure you get back into your proper training regime the next day,  and get a proper cardio session in. My personal favourite fat burning combo is a “complex workout” which I covered in a previous blog post entitled “How to get the most effective workout in the hotel gym

Cheating: The Final Verdict

I say go for it! As my fellow Torontonian Drake says YOLO “you only live once”. Enjoy the finer things in life, and the devilish food that tempts us, but be aware of the drawbacks that they provide and also how to properly rebound from them. What do you think? Should you be cheating or not cheating on your diet?

I love to hear your questions and feedback on cheat meals/days and how you tackle them and rebound from them.

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7 day Paleo Plan for the Ripped Caveman Look

Ever since I’ve started living a Paleo-like lifestyle I’ve read many articles how the paleo diet is designed to help reduce inflammation, build a healthier lifestyle, clean skin, better teeth…yada yada yada.

The benefits of going paleo go on and on, but at the end of the day paleo or no paleo, we all want to look good when we take our shirts off around the pool this summer.

“So why can’t the paleo plan help me look great naked?!”

Well, before I begin I want to get it out in the clear that I believe the paleo plan is great! I love it, I follow it 80% of the time, and the other 20% I allow myself to eat the finer things our modern world has provided us like snickers bars and nutella.

How good can the Paleo diet be without a proper “Meal Plan”?

The reality of the paleo diet is, there are differences to what is and what isn’t paleo. Depending on which paleo leader you listen to, some say milk can be allowed, some say it can’t. Some use protein supplements and some don’t.

The one and only thing that they all have in common is that they all believe in natural food sources that were available pre-agricultural era and to get as much of it as possible. That is what I found to be the staple of my 6 week meal plan and where I excelled the most in was following this meal plan to a tee.

There is no need to be the first person through the mine field, I’ve already done the work for you!

I’ve lived the paleo lifestyle for roughly 2 years and have had the opportunity to try many different paleo recipes throughout this journey. I consider myself a mad scientist in the kitchen using my body as the frankenstein for many of these recipes. With that being said, based on my personal experiences using a paleo plan. I agree, that it does reduce inflammation, you feel healthier and energetic but with the recipes available, if you don’t have proper structure to how much and how often you should be eating you won’t be rocking a 6 pack at the beach. So I wanted to put the naysayers to sleep and prove to them that I can devise a paleo meal plan to looking great naked.

When I first started the paleo diet I was looking for a new type of diet that could accommodate my lifestyle, all the while keeping me looking good and feeling healthy. The diet did just that, the area of the paleo diet that I find to be not as helpful was assembling all the recipes together to make a full meal plan that will get you into the best shape possible. So I basically used myself as a science experiment and put myself through what I call a “Paleo Diet Meal Plan for the ripped caveman look”

If you follow my on instagram @christiangolez you’ll see that I began posting pics of my progress in April and kept all my followers in the loop, and show that I’d get into beach body shape just in time for the summer, and also a booked photo shoot that I just completed. Take a look at my transformation from April 15th 2012 to June 15th 2012.

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How to get the most effective workout at a hotel gym

I just came back from a quick vacation to The Grand Oasis Cancun and I have a few tips for those who aren’t familiar with the place.

1) If you’re looking for peace and quite, this wouldn’t be the first place I’d look
2) If you like to drink alcohol, they have plenty of it and lots of friendly people to drink with
3) If you’re concerned about staying on top of your diet while on vacation, they have plenty of healthy options at the buffet (egg whites, broccoli, chicken breasts) Warning!!! Those healthy options are directly beside some awesome desserts and french toast.
4) If you’re looking to workout they have a hotel gym that has the basics: Dumbbells, 1 leg extension 1 lat pull down, a workout bench and an elliptical.

If you come to think of it though that’s all you need!!! Over the past month you’ve watched me transform my body from 165lbs, with a few pounds to lose to start seeing my abs, to 145lbs with a full six pack. I’ve been able to do this by eliminating a lot of the fancy machines that I used to incorporate from my previous training regimes. To prepare for this shoot I’ve recently switched gyms and workouts, I now go to Fortis gym in Toronto, where they have some really cool Westside Barbell pieces of equipment, battle ropes, kettle bells and chains that have helped increase my strength on squats and bench press. The gym focuses more on strength training and the fundamentals movements of weight training and not so much the “pretty boy” exercises.

The vacation was a bit of a challenge for me as I’m also doing my fitness shoot in 7 days and I cheated more than I wanted while on vacation but I plan on rebounding using some last minute tricks, that I plan on posting in my next blog! Below are some pics from my last shoot

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This time around, preparing for my fitness shoot has been very different from many diets and training methods I’ve done In the past. In terms of diet I’ve used an intermittent fasting approach and strictly paleo diet minus the cheat meals I have once a week. (my meal plans for losing weight will be laid out completely in a special blog )In terms of workouts I haven’t done much cardio as I’ve incorporated complex workouts twice a week into my regime. While on vacation I was able to sneak two of these killer workouts in.

What is a complex?

Complexes are AMAZING for fat loss as they provide strength training and cardio at the same time. A complex essentially is a series of exercises (typically 4-6) performed in succession without dropping or letting go of the weight. Because of the way complexes are completed you’re typically focusing more on the cardiovascular side of your conditioning rather than the strength side. Typically when you do the first round it doesn’t feel that bad, but when you go into the third, fourth and fifth round of your complex, you’ll be looking for an excuse to stop.

How to perform a complex

Below is a series of exercises you can do from any hotel gym that has dumbbells.

You don’t have to go to heavy, I recommend start off with 5-10lbs and increase the weight by 5LBs for 4-5 Rounds with 60-90 seconds in between rounds

Perform 6-8 reps for each exercise
Renegade row (6-8 reps each arm)
Left leg lunges
Right leg lunges
Romanian deadlift
squats with DB on shoulders
Shoulder Press
Rest 60-90 seconds then repeat

You can also do the following exercises with a single dumbbell or kettlebell. Here’s an example of a complex you can perform with a single dumbbell

1 Arm Row
left leg lunge
DB swing or KB swing
Single leg deadlift
repeat the same motion on the opposite side
Rest 60-90 seconds then repeat

Tips to keep in mind

  • Do movements that you are already comfortable doing. Don’t try something new when performing complexes or you might hurt yourself.
  • The movements should easily flow from one to the other, if you have to change grips in between exercises make them quick with little to no rest. The less downtime you have the more effective the complex will be!
  • Complexes shouldn’t replace your regular strength training regime, incorporate them as a cardio replacement.
  • When picking a weight make sure you can perform your weakest exercise at that weight.

So there you have it, A few posts ago I offered $100 to anybody who catches me on a treadmill, and this my friend is the reason why you won’t see me on one. Try out a complex workout next time your on a business trip and you want to sneak in a workout before you start your day and let me know how it works out for you by leaving your comments or feedback below. Thanks for stopping by!

6 Tips to getting your 6 Pack ready for the beach in 6 Weeks

On April 11th, my good friend  Mike called me up and told me that he won an all-inclusive vacation to Cancun through his company for top sales, and his girlfriend used up all her vacation days earlier in the year so he wanted somebody fun to go party with him. It was a hard decision, okay not really..obviously I said HELL YA!

Later that evening after my workout I took my shirt off, looked in the mirror and realized that if I went on vacation today,  I personally wouldn’t be happy with the way I looked. So I grabbed my iPhone and took my “BEFORE” shot on the left. For the next few days I would look at that picture and look at myself from my competition days and get hungry to get into the best shape of my life again. Not that I would say my before picture is humiliating because I stay relatively lean throughout the year, but my training and diet weren’t as intense or serious as I knew it should be to get into “Beach body shape.” I was simply in maintenance mode during that time.

Below pic April 11th 2012 to June 2nd 2012

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An alternative to BBQing your Chicken and Asparagus this summer

I went to my favourite butcher La Boucherie at the St. Lawrence market in Toronto the other day and had them season some chicken breasts with the expectations I was going to BBQ later that evening. Sure enough after my workout, it started to rain. As I contemplated sitting in front of my rooftop BBQ grill hoping the rain would pass, it didn’t look like it was going to any time soon, plus I was ready to eat my arm after an intense leg workout.

So I decided to prepare my meal indoors (the anti-caveman way!) Here’s the recipe for you:

What you’ll need from your fridge:
Chicken
Asparagus

What you’ll need from your cupboard
Cayenne pepper
Peppercorn
Basil
Extra virgin olive oil
Organic Coconut oil

I don’t have pics of marinating the chicken because my butcher does such a great job marinating my meats. Essentially she just puts olive oil, cayenne pepper, basil flakes and chunks of peppercorn in the chicken and it’s ready to go. I usually let it marinate in the fridge for a good hour or so while I work out.

To set it up put your oven at 380degrees Fareneheight and set the timer for 30 minutes, so it cooks evenly but doesn’t overcook and dry out. Place your chicken on a baking tray with aluminum foil and flip it over about 15 minutes into baking.

For the asparagus try coconut oil to give it a different flavour and give your body the benefits of coconut oil, such as digestion, healthy hair and skin that olive oil doesn’t provide.

Grab a handful of asparagus and chop it into 1 inch pieces. Place a small pan on medium heat and add a teaspoon of coconut oil to the pan, once the pan is warm drop the pieces of asparagus into the pan and let cook for about 10-15 minutes and then you can simmer it for the remaining 15 or leave it on the stove top with the heat off as it should stay warm.

In 30 minutes this meal was ready to go and serve, and had the perfect compliments of taste with the asparagus covered in coconut oil and tasty marinated chicken.

Hope you enjoyed this recipe, give it a try and let me know what you think.

You’ve heard it here first, if you see me on a treadmill this year I’ll give you $100

This is not a blog about why running on a treadmill is bad for you, because I do believe it serves it’s purpose of being as a convenient piece of gym equipment. This is my personal guarantee to you that if you catch me on a treadmill this year I will give you $100, and my reasons why I’m anti-treadmill.

I’m writing this post primarily because I’ve learned the proper techniques to warming up without the use of a treadmill using the techniques from the very soon to be released Dynamic Warm Up program by my good friend Dan Go. Also, I wanted to share with you some of my own personal workouts, of what I like to call Paleo Cardio, and I’ve outlined “better than treadmill” cardio workouts you can do at a field or track to get the most effective fat burning results.

So yes, just to re-iterate, I will give anybody who catches me on a treadmill or any piece of cardio equipment this calendar year $100 Canadian Dollars or $97.52 US Dollars.

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Instructions for Life

It’s half way through the week and many of us are already in “weekend mode”. Many of you will be spending your weekends with your family and friends, whomever you spend it with make sure you enjoy the time away from the workplace and enjoy every minute with the people that mean the most to you.

I came across these Instructions for Life by the Dalai Lama that has really stuck with me over the past few days, and I wanted to let as much people as I know. I hope you enjoy and can apply these 20 simple rules to yourself, and share it with the closest people to you.

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The Perfect Post workout meal for your Summer Abs

If you walk into a GNC or any  supplement store for that matter, the guy or girl behind the cash register is always trying to sell you something made in a lab that’ll be the perfect post workout meal. Whether, it’s a shake, a bar, or some sort drink mix.

Well, what ever happened to an actual meal?! Can we not get the same if not better effects and results by having something that’ll cost me half the amount of money and satisfy my hunger?! Of course! Keep reading to learn how to make this perfect post workout meal, just in time for the summer.

The other day I posted this pic on instagram @christiangolez of my post workout meal and took a pic of my abs right after that meal. I hate to sound cocky but I have to admit I was pretty happy with how my abs looked after this post workout meal, that’s been my go-to for the past 4 weeks.

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