Month: December 2010

If you got children, you need more carbs..

People say ‘yeah but you guys are hardcore athletes! Running marathons, cycling all around the joint, doing kick boxing..’ yeah thats true BUT remember, we dont have: Children 9-5 stress ball jobs Debt stress Extra weight to lug around all day. Most people do and that means they need more or the same amount of calories as us ‘hardcore athletes’. Someone said today to me ‘but Harley, you exercise a lot so its different..’ I said ‘yeah but your fat, work more hours than me and have a family to cook, clean and wash and stress over, I dont. Im a lightweight, I go home and look at spiders in the garden and sit on my macbook and make youtube most of my calories goes to cycling, sex, talking and spiders.’ They almost ‘got it’. But years of ‘your fat, you need to eat less carbs’ is hard to give up in one conversation even if the person standing in front of you is fit, lean, strong and eats massive meals every meal of the day. Your fat you need to eat less carbs = your gonna starve, and binge hard and then try another cleanse, diet, guru or drug to treat the symptom of you continually undereating on carbs be it bananas or rice. So bottom line: If you have kids you need more carbs If you...

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Are you a weak person if you fall off the wagon?

I remember a bike race a few years back. It was a mild summers day and there first race. The circuit was just 2km laps of an industrial estate. The race was approx 40 minutes + 2 laps. Midway thru the race my friend got dropped. They had been sitting on the front driving the pace and doing too much work. They tried to chase the breakaways and didnt understand the concept of ‘sitting in’ and having a break. They eventually got dropped and kept chasing for around 15 minutes. I said ‘just slow down and let them lap you and just jump on the end of the bunch, its your first race, its ok, just get some more ‘race pace’ in your legs. My friend didnt understand the concept of sitting in, not working too much or taking a lap out and just sitting on the back of the pack. (It was just a tuesday night race in a lower grade, not the world championships..its ok to take a lap out and sit in whilst you learn more about how racing works.) Anyway, my friend just kept pushing and pushing and totally blew up and ended up sitting on the side of the road crying. I said ‘WTF are you crying for? Did you have a bad crash?’ They said ‘No but Im a loser! I got dropped!’....

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Why diets dont work.

Why do I advise eating over 3000+ cals a day for adults that want high energy lifestyles when all the ‘diet experts’ advise often half or less of that? It makes sense for me to explain why starvation diets NEVER work longterm in producing health, vibrancy and fitness. Why? Well expecting us to function the same on LESS calories is like getting your car to drive the same distance on LESS fuel. It doesn’t work that way. You might say ‘but we can store fat and our car cant! so we need to starve the fat off!’ Well that works if you want to live like a prisoner of war in your own body but how about we see it from this angle; EAT MORE TO LIVE MORE! eat so much carbs that you have enough energy to live at the intensity, quality and contribution that melts the body blubber like the sun melts ice. How about it? Sounds too simple? Sounds too easy? Does it have to be harder? Does it have to be more complicated? If so book mark this page, close this book and slap yourself in the face with it please. Why act like a computer and have to punch the information into yourself? Why not take the easy route? Nature makes it easy for us to breathe, eat, breed etc so all we have...

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