Along with getting a solid eight hours of sack time every night and actually working out when you go to the gym (instead of doing another “mile’’ on your little elliptical baby-rocker), a solid nutrition plan comprises the remaining third of the Trifecta of Awesomeness that I just now came up with. TPS owner C.J. Murphy, 44, concocted a plan for me based upon a system devised by John Kiefer, called “carb backloading.’’ The goal: “losing fat and gaining muscle at an alarming rate.’’ This isn’t a one-size-fits-all plan, but it did include some staples that can benefit almost anyone’s diet.
“Gross, disgusting, they don’t taste good, and they don’t feel good,’’ says Murph of hard-boiled eggs – a central part of my daily diet. And while the merits of their mouthfeel are up for debate, hard-boiled eggs are a highly portable, low-calorie, source of protein. Murph recommends a ratio of one yolk for every three or so eggs. And don’t waste time eating ’em raw, there, Rocky.
Coconut milk is a source of medium-chain triglycerides, which, some contend, the body uses for energy rather than storing as fat. More and more, coconut milk is appearing in dairy cases (which is great if the BPA risk in canned food freaks you out). For those watching their carbs, opt for unsweetened or stevia-sweetened options.
Study after study supports the benefits of a daily supplement of fish oil. It’s good for your heart, your brain, your mood, your skin. Tablets are convenient, but don’t pack the Omega-3 punch of oil straight from the bottle. I went with Carlson’s “Very Finest Fish Oil’’ – which tastes vaguely of lemons and didn’t yield fishy burps.
Whey isolate – either sweetened, or in its pure form which, according to Murph, “is vile, tastes like vomit, and is highly effective’’ — and is another form of protein I’ve added to my diet. You can also find zero-carb brands, which are very handy. Murph is firm about buying only American-sourced protein.