The answer to the question above is in this video, short and sweet, easy to watch and understand.
Regardless of your nutritional approach (you don’t have to be paleo, or vegan, or anything in particular to get the jist of the issue here) I recommend you watch it, watch it, WATCH IT.
Or direct them to this article. You know, either- or.
(I kid. Please don’t punch people in the face. Maybe just swing a kettlebell at them.)
I came across this set of two articles written by none other than John M. Berardi himself. I attended his talk at the Canfitpro conference in Toronto this year.
Most of what he said resonated with me and I have educated myself further on his nutrition techniques, his coaching challenges and his research.
Now, before you click the link that will take you to the articles, be forewarned: Please do not brush the information off by thinking this isn’t for me just because the website where the articles are posted is called bodybuilding.com. This website is a wonderful source of exercise ideas, with very well explained instructional videos, all neatly organized and separated by very helpful categories. If you’d like to get fit and have no friggin’ clue of what to do at the gym, surf around bodybuilding.com and I can assure you the weight room suddenly won’t seem as intimidating. On a side note, I would just recommend maybe ignoring all their advertising for supplements and enhancers; intelligent and informed decisions in this area are a must.
I particularly enjoyed Berardi’s articles because he tackles the biggest myth when it comes to women who lift weights: they’ll get bulky and masculine. Go and read his explanation of why this is not possible. Also? Extra points for him for being on our side and rejecting the notion that girls are wilting little flowers who can’t muster up the strength to change their body for the better. Enjoy!
Lean, Sexy, Hard: Weight training for Women, by John M. Berardi
Ha! I love it when scientists get to explore their own passion because I think this gives them more insight as for which questions to ask, which answers to look for.
Without further ado, here is what I thought was a very entertaining article by The New York Times, in which scientist – and runner!- Daniel Lieberman explores evolution and how it has suited us humans for running.
P.S. The Canfitpro conference was nothing short of spectacular! I’m still decompressing and organizing all that I learned from it. Soon I’ll be sharing all the information I received with you.