Archive for September, 2014

The frugal dieter

I once wrote a blog regarding how to be when creating a food selection in your diet. I really wanted to film a video in 99c store to show folks on how to find hidden gems in this store to stretch your dollar further. However, it is way too crowded in our local 99c store to do so that’s why I just decided to put it in writing.

Anyway, here are some treasures that won’t break your bank whilst improving your diet quality at very economical price. As far as I know, 99c stores and it’s affiliates opt to get stuff randomly, so your local 99c store may be carrying some of these things or not. These list of following things are best bang for your buck as they say as these foods will not only save you money but are also macronutrient-friendly at the same time.


Ham is a good source of protein at very minimal caloric price.


I’ve been a fan of this cottage cheese as it tastes really good thus, it is a good source of high quality casein protein.


Fat free/ low fat milk for a dollar which contains 4 servings each, so you’re getting 10 grams of protein per serving for 25 cents each. Milk is a combination of whey/ casein protein by the way at the ratio of 80% casein and 20% whey.


String cheese is an excellent snack on the go as long as you can keep it refrigerated.


A dozen of large eggs for $1.99 is really a good darn price.


Salad bags for 99c each! You cannot beat this price. Leafy greens especially when you’re on poverty macro budget can be really handy as you can eat a large volume yet is very low in calories.


They even have fat free ranch dressing!


Frozen veggies which can be used as a salad alternative especially if you use my quickie chopsuey on Fat loss cooking channel.


If you’re lactose intolerant, they also have soy milk which has 6 servings I believe.


Tuna cans in water

99c store also carries wide variety of fruits that costs 99c each which includes but not limited to cantaloupes, honey dew melons, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, watermelons and more. And no, I wasn’t paid by 99c store to write this blog for them.

How long does it take to look like one even lift weights

It’s been a long while since the last time I updated this blog but anyway, I’m in the mood to discuss this topic today.

To answer the title of this blog post, it really depends on whole lot of factors but for the majority of people especially the ones with average to subpar genetics, it takes several years of solid consistent solid nutrition plan and a proper workout that is geared towards hypertrophy not to look DYEL. What I’m going to be discussing here are based on what I have observed in years of watching the fitness community.

Speaking of good genetics for bodybuilding, I am defining it in this context as someone who has really good p-ratio. This people typically have really good insulin sensitivity to begin with so they typically have no problem taking the simplistic approach of eating big while lifting big and results just follow. Majority of the calories they’re ingesting seem to go at the right places. These people are very rare though. At the time of this writing, there is no way to measure someone’s genetics nor hard work, but we can measure someone’s potential through the rate of their progression.

Average genetics

Like what I said above, there is no way to measure someone’s genetic capabilities but we can somewhat predict someone’s muscular potential through his/ her rate of progression. I’ve seen guys whom got jacked in two years worth of consistent diet and training. People with average genetics will have to spend several years to actually look like they even lift probably because to these people, they have inferior calorie partitioning therefore, they spend majority of their time restricting their calorie intake so they won’t get too fat while adding some weight.


Personally, it took me 5 years worth of consistent training to actually look like I even lift. This is because even if I am meticulous about my diet and is training hard in the gym, I also spend majority of my time restricting my calorie intake so that I won’t get fat again. Being a down person as opposed to starting from a naturally lean person seem to be a the culprit for most people. I think people having skinny fat problems’ real problem is calorie partitioning in the first place that’s why they might really have to be more detail in their diet and be more patient in terms of waiting for visual results.

This is why people who are afraid to lift weights just because they’re afraid to build bigger muscles should do a reality check especially when we’re being surrounded with people in the fitness community who uses and abuses the use of anabolic drugs which distorts our perception regarding what’s realistically achievable by the average and not.