As you watch episode 10 you’ll learn that upper body muscle tone is a concern for Zina. A lack of upper body muscle tone is often related to estrogen dominance that can occur when cortisol is blocking progesterone. That’s a lot to take in, right? In short, you need to decrease stress in all areas of life. Ditch diets, handle work stress, add joy to your life, get sleep, and reduce exposure to toxic products, then exercise will have the best chance of working fast and permanently.
I answered Zina’s question – and potentially yours – by discussing two important things:
- Body type
- Protein type
For muscle tone, you need a combination of the right exercise for your body type and enough of the right kind of protein. Even exercise can contribute to muscle loss if you don’t eat to repair and rebuild the muscle fibers. Watch the full episode to learn more about how to get and keep your muscle definition.
What Does Your Body Type Tell You About Exercise?
Watch the episode to see how the exercise for Zina – a “hard gainer”- changes. You’ll get tips you can apply to your body type.
When it comes to protein you also have several choices. Identify the right protein for the right time of day, and learn how even a good option could derail you at the wrong time.
What Protein Type and Timing Prevents Muscle Loss?
*test, don’t guess your tolerance to any food sensitivities. Yes, labs work, and consider an elimination diet as well, as your body never lies.
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How much protein do you need?
As I update this episodes show notes (in Aug of 2021) I am including here the need to set your protein intake based on your ideal bodyweight in pounds in grams of protein. That’s to maintain body weight. If you’re trying to lose weight, you want to bump that number up by 15-20% in order to maintain muscle in a caloric deficit.
I can’t eat that much. Even supplementing with a smoothie, I’m full and I do not advocate force feeding. It doesn’t work. If you don’t have an appetite, we need to get to the root cause of why, but we don’t ignore it. I supplement with Essential Amino Acids.
It’s taken 4 years of trying and testing myself to identify a brand I liked and was willing to share.
Here’s how I use them together with meals:
- Am – 5 (that’s a serving)
- Breakfast/pre-or-post workout – a high protein smoothie
- Lunch – a high protein soup for me is a fast and easily digestible meal, or a salad (loaded) or leftovers
- Afternoon – If I’ve forgotten the morning supplement I have it mid-afternoon
- Dinner – simple protein + heaps of veggies and quality carbs
- Before bed – 5 (prevents muscle breakdown while I sleep)
So, I get 5 hits of high quality protein, and I need about 130grams of protein to maintain, or 160 to lose weight in caloric deficit. (Don’t we all want to lose that last 5 lbs?) They’re easily digestible. I choose tablet form as the powdered amino acid drinks are quite awful tasting (every brand ever).
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The key Flip of the Day:
It’s all about TYPE. Exercise for your body type and eat the right type of fuel at the right time.
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