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Here is my official first post about diet and nutrition!
Today´s post is more of an introduction into this category by means of which I want to outline my main objective of future posts in this category as well as highlight some of my inspirations and sources.
Let´s start with the word “diet” .
If you type “diet” into google the first few pages you will stumble across will be predominately surround diet for weight loss, but does that mean that diet is only something done by people who want to lose weight? The answer here is a definite no.
In today´s society when people use the word “diet” the assumption is that it is being used in an attempt to lose weight. But let´s have a look at the definitions given by http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/diet:
noun

1.food and drink considered in terms of its qualities, composition, and its effects on health: Milk is a wholesome article of diet.
2.a particular selection of food, especially as designed or prescribed to improve a person’s physical condition or to prevent or treat a disease: a diet low in sugar.
3.such a selection or a limitation on the amount a person eats for reducing weight: No pie for me, I’m on a diet.
4.the foods eaten, as by a particular person or group: The native diet consists of fish and fruit.
5.food or feed habitually eaten or provided: The rabbits were fed a diet of carrots and lettuce.
So in any of my future mentions of the word diet I will be referring to either points 3 or 5 mentioned above and not to a specific weight losing protocol.
Right, now that I got that off my chest let´s move on.
So in terms of what you can expect to read on here will be generic posts in which I will share with you some of my learnings around said topics where I attempt to use simple language and make it as straight forward possible for everyone to understand.
I feel that is only right that I also mention what not to expect and that is, do not expect the real science and biology in depth of the how and why everything works.
Since setting out an ambition of achieving a certain built for my body I devoted a good amount of time learning about how one can use diet and nutrition to achieve this. I am a true believe that there is no better way to learn than putting theory into practice and over the past couple of years I have attempted some of the fitness industry diet fads (i.e. 6-7 meals a day, clean eating, Flexible Diet, Paleo diet, etc).
More recently I posted around my experience regarding Flexible Diet or IIFFYM (if it fits your macros), to read that post you can find it here: https://lausefitness.wordpress.com/2013/08/04/freestyle-diet-intro-calories-macros/
Now my standpoint with regards to diet is that no one extreme of the diet is the right approach for healthy and happy lifestyle but yet I do see benefits of adopting such extremes when individuals of determined goals.
In terms of my sources, in my flexible diet post post I mentioned 2 sources which I personally consider to give one of the fitness industry´s best diet advice when it comes down to achieving your goals. Both, Dr Layne Norton and team 3DMJ, have great articles and videos surrounding this subject and a lot of my learnings in this area originated from them. If your goal is fitness orientated and you are just like me and prefer to do your own research and learn about the subject than I strongly recommend you google both of them and have a look at all the great info they´ve made available.
Since my original experience with flexible diet I took back a step and decided to start learning more around the basics of nutrition and to this effect I stumbled across an absolute amazing podcast series which has provided me with even further insight into dieting and the general lifestyle. All credit in this instance has to go out to Ben Coomber who´s podcast is truly insightful and inspirational. I would really recommend you giving it a listen regardless whether your goals are fitness or non fitness related, as he touches upon a great deal of general lifestyle and how nutrition may support on you along the way to your end goal.
By listening to Ben´s podcast it allowed me to relate diet and nutrition more to other non fitness related goals it therefore removing myself from a preset mindset – utilising diet and nutrition only for fitness purposes. In past this mindset had been a big obstacle for me to talk about the topic with other people who didn’t have the same mindset however I do feel now that I am in a better position to do so and even provide some advice.
Anyway, Ben if you by any chance you are reading this I just want to say a big thank you for all the great information you put out there.
I’ve also recently started catching up on Phil Learney´s podcasts, yet another one of the fitness industry´s expert and in his podcasts he also shares some great knowledge around nutrition as well as training.
All these people I have mentioned are people in the industry that I look up to and if you really are enticed by it then I would strongly suggest researching them as these are the people that walk the talk and live what they preach!
As I´ve mentioned I am by no means an expert  but I am looking to learn everyday so you see something you don´t quite understand or even disagree with please make sure to get in touch as I am looking to learn – “Knowledge is Power” (Sir Francis Bacon).
In my next diet and nutrition post  I will be going into a bit more detail around my current 80-20 approach to flexible diet. Until then if you want to follow my current journey I am posting weekly updates on Sundays (going a date late this week) and you will be able to find it on: https://lausefitness.wordpress.com/category/weekly-update/
Till next time!
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Happy weekend everyone!

As I have previously mentioned I am still working on my blog’s format and content so thanks for bearing with me on this front.
As opposed to my daily workout routine comments, I will now be posting a weekly update here which I will cover all aspects of my week.
For today’s post I will keep it short and sweet. I had decided last week that I was going to start my cutting season – meaning that I am now officially seeking to lower my body fat to get in that much desired Summer shape. I have no deadline as to when I will be ending this cut and the main reason I for this cutting cycle being that I want to find out how I look with a lower body fat given my current muscle mass.
In terms of nutrition I will be approaching it with a flexible diet/ IIFYM 80% – 20% approach (more on this soon). Over this last week I kept my macros constant everyday using the workout day macros (picture below) with no change from training and resting days.
Starting this week I have decided to incorporate a slight change to this to include a slight lower maintenance calories for the non-workout days which therefore will mean slight lower Diet calories, I might also include a refeed day depending on how I feel during the week.
I am taking my weight most mornings in a fasted state as well to keep tracking this as my main objective is to lose 0.5% to 1% of bodyweight per week  (regarded as ideal in terms of losing fat and maintain muscle mas) I will however be primarily using the mirror to judge my progress.
The picture below shows the basis of I have workout my calories and macros as well as including my tracking of my weight and additional notes. I will break it down and explain more on another post soon!
Calories and Macros
Regarding my training schedule I am using a PHAT based programme scheduled by myself and fully utilizing RPE scales (again more on this soon). This week I have not done any cardio and I will only be introducing this as I see needed hopefully later on during the cycle. So this last week I did 5 gym sessions: 2 power days – lower and upper; 3 hypertrophy days – 2 upper and 1 lower.
I will be looking to not lower anymore the calories intake and avoid cardio as I have mentioned as I want to ensure that I only include this into my programme when I feel that my progress is becoming stagnant.
Anyway this will be all for today. I will be explaining more around my nutrition and diet soon but if you have questions meanwhile please feel free to fire them away. Also I will be posting progress pictures to share with you this journey I am on.
Hope you all have a great start to the week!
Live Healthy, Lift Heavy!

Yesterday was my day off which coincided with my re-feed day. Instead of sitting on the sofa all day and just eat I decided to do also perform an hour low steady cardio on the lazy bike followed by some stretching.
It’s been my first week of stricter dieting and admitably I struggled yesterday to track the macros going slightly overboard. Nonetheless days like those do happen and it’s now down to me on how I rebound!

I’m ready to get myself more composed with my diet and make sure that I keep my composure even on my days off the gym! Anyway this post is regarding my workout log, I will post more details about my diet style soon.

Today was leg day which I absolutely love. I had a decent session but switched a few things around since last week’s session. In summary here are the three main changes I employed today:
–     Really want to get more depth in my squats so in my build up sets (set 1 and 2) as well as back off-sets I really focused on getting a good depth rather than just trying to get down and up
–     Exercise 2 I changed it around as I found this awesome Squat machine in my gym and decided to fully utilise it to get another 3 sets of squats, only this time I did Hack Squats with an explosive move at the bottom with great depth
–     Decided to reduce the emphasis on my Hamstrings as I want to ensure that they are fresh for my Deadlift day so therefore took out the DB stiff leg deadliest from last week and did 2 sets on the Leg Curls and another set of Hamstring Rope Pull Through

And just before I forget, another change in today’s workout was the fact that I wore trainers throughout all of my workout. I tend to avoid wearing trainers during leg days but given that the gym doesn’t allow me to train without them I just had to make do. This reminded me that I need to get some new ones as my current ones are literally in need of retirement.

Legs – Quads/ Hams & Calves

Warm Up: Dynamic stretching and mobility work

1. Squats  Week 2 of 5/3/1
Set 1 @ 100kg x 5 reps
Set 2 @ 115 x 5
Set 3 @ 127.5 x 8
Back Off sets
Set 4 @ 100kg x 10
Set 5 @ 90kg x 10 (-10% previous set)
Set 6 @ 80kg x 10  (-10% previous set)

2. Explosive Deep Machine Hack Squat
3 sets x 15 reps

3. Leg Extensions – tempo 3:1:1
2 sets x 12 reps

4. Leg Curls 3:1:1
2 set x 12 reps

5. Hamstrings Rope Pull Through
1 set x 20 reps

6. Machine Calf Presses
5 sets x 8 reps

7. Rotatory Calf (30 – 45 Sec rest between set)
3 sets x 15 reps

7. Barbell Walking Lunges
2 Sets x 10 reps (each leg)