Week 15 Here We go!

Hey guys Ercekj here,

So for my fitness update I got some great news. I actually stopped fluctuating and am now weighing in at a solid 181 lbs.

This means I have only got 6 more pounds left to go and I am right on target for my due date September 4th!

Of course looking back on my time on the blog and carefully working hard, pushing myself and talking about everything there is a lot that I did not cover in this blog.

This week’s topic is on Dieting

Every time we look out in the world we see dozens of diets and fads out there about how insert celebrity here lost 50lbs on a diet.

But the thing that these diets do leave a person unsatisfied because one, naturally we are selfish beings and want to eat whatever we want, when we want, with little or no consequences.

Two, a lot of these diets put us into a starvation mode that forces us to only consume a set amount of calories per meal sometimes as low as two hundred calories.

So what happens?

We invest money into a fad diet, loose a tremendous amount of weight during the diet but then when we finish it what happens?

We return back to the same habits as before and get all that weight back.

So on the one side you have a fad diet which costs money, and  but the results are not long-lasting. The other side? Attempting to stay healthy through trial and error. There is also the “I don’t Care” attitude and that gets no one anywhere.

But fear not! I will briefly tell you three little things that can help because they are things I do and have done to help my routine.

#1 Cut out the Parasites

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What I mean by the term “parasite” is a food or drink that is just there for fluff, pleasure or guilty-pleasure foods. These foods and drinks are full of sweeteners, high sugar content, salt, and a bunch of other stuff to get you hooked.

Why do we get hooked?

Scientist show that our bodies need sugar and salt in our system to survive just like we need water to stay hydrated.

Just…not in the amounts that are often times astronomically overdone when it comes to these foods.

In fact it has been estimated that the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar per day which amounts to 77lbs of sugar a year!

The rule here is simple: Sweets, and sweet drinks are better enjoyed once in a blue moon but not every day of the week. There is sugar in fruit so remember to only eat as much as recommended.

Lastly stay away from things with artificial sweeteners as those are far worse than thing with sugar.You will save more money, feel better about yourself, and avoid a lot of unnecessary weight gain.

#2 Get plenty of Rest

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Scientists have done plenty of studies around sleep and how it effects our bodies. The sad thing is that often times we are so occupied and working so hard or so late we do not get enough sleep.

I know as an undergraduate I had a few times where I worked on video projects from 9pm til 3am and then turned in the project at noon so I could go to bed at 3pm.

Not really healthy on my part.

Get yourself in a good sleep schedule where you get a good amount of sleep. Doctor’s recommend anywhere from 7 to 8 hours of sleep. This ensures both that your mind is well rested, you will have less stress, and you will retain as well as gain good lean muscle.

Never underestimate the benefits from getting a good night’s rest! If something comes up where that may be jeopardized then plan ahead to where you get the minimum of 7  to 8 hours, or plan a short nap during the day.

#3 Drinking Water

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This is something that can really help when it comes to your mood, loosing weight, and staying hydrated.

However one thing that is increasingly disturbing is that a lot of people do not think about drinking water. You want to loose weight? Stay healthy? Drink water in lieu( in place) of whatever beverage you had in mind.

Especially since water accounts for 75% of our body.

Fun fact according to mindbodygreen.com keeping yourself well hydrated aids in your body’s ability to flush out toxins, boosts your immune system, and as well as promoting weight loss helps your skin’s complexion.

So when you are craving a sugary beverage try substituting it with good clean water instead. You will feel and do a lot better that way. Not to mention save money because water is free almost everywhere you go!

In Conclusion

These are all things that have aided me granted there are a lot more things I do to achive the results I want. Add these tips to your diet and work out routine and you will reach your goals.

That is a promise and what I recommend.

I will see you guys next week to give you an update on my fitness journey also be on the look out as I will be putting out more comedy videos on my You Tube channel soon so look out for that!

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay awesome wherever you are!

 

 

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Ending Week 14 With Some Surprises

Hey guys Ercekj here!

So I would like to star out this post with some of the old “good news” “bad news.”

So the bad news was that this last week I have been sick from last Wednesday til this Friday. So that means having to take a break from going to the gym and all the fun it entails.

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The good news is that I have managed to get down to 183lbs and have been able to stay at 183lbs this whole week. I attribute it to the fact I have been sick, and drinking a lot of herbal teas to flush myself out, and also trying to stay away from my supps.

Anyways on to my topic for this week which is about my favorite subject in the world of fitness next to exercises, dumbbells, and a certain supp brand that I love purchasing when I got the cash to spare.

This week is about Supplements.

As I said in my last post, there is a whole realm of fitness brands dedicated to concocting the best product(s) for your goals. These goals can range from wanting to put on lean muscle, loose belly fat, or even just to maintain a desired level of strength and or endurance.

However, there are a lot of risks when it comes to using supplements. But there is a lot of problems when it comes to buying the right ones from the right brand.

If used properly supplement can be a powerful ally.  However if you are like me and still fairly new to the world of fitness and body building they can also cause some undesirable situations. One of those situations is losing more money than you ought to when it comes to buying them.

So here are a few simple tips to consider when you are thinking about  purchasing supplements from a certain company. Follow these simple steps and you will avoid a lot of the unnecessary backlash that most beginners go through. I know I did.

#1 Know Who you are buying From

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This happens a lot. You are inexperienced and unfamiliar with the world of fitness and the sad thing is that like every business there are a lot of charlatans (which is a nice word for scumbags) wanting to make an easy buck.

There are plenty of brands to choose from and a lot of them are not very honest when it comes to selling something. So the best thing to do is to look for an endorsement from a third party that has reviewed the product and given it there stamp of approval. One of those companies is Nature’s Best.

If there is no endorsement from a third-party company that has reviewed the product then the next thing is to look at the company that makes the product. What is  there history? Where they operate from? When did they start?

Also check in the news to see  if there were or currently are any set-backs that have happened recently to said brand and or company.

One brand that I refuse to buy from is Force Factor because there was a huge amount of online scamming and to be quiet honest I was not at all impressed with the results I got from trying out there products. I remember signing up for a pre-workout product and it actually made me sick.

#2 Consumer Reviews

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A lot of websites actually encourage you too rate a product that they have in stock upon purchase. This is to improve the relationship between consumer and provider.

Websites  and companies like Bodybuilding.com, GNC, and Muscle&Strength.com have customer profiles where you can rate products. More importantly, there are the reviews of previous customers and why they liked a product or why not.

The best products to look at buying are not necessarily the cheaper ones but the ones with the most consumer satisfaction. For example I remember I wanted to buy a BCAA blend that would taste good and be great for recovery after a workout. So I looked at price, how many people bought the product, and also how satisfied they were with the product.

Another way you can do this is talk to your circle of friends and see what they think. If they use a particular brand why is that? They can help you.

#3 Know What is in it

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This is the nutrition facts on a jar of Blackstone Labs Dust Extreme a pre-workout that I love to use from time to time.

This is something that warrants a story.  So when I was a kid one of the major myths that I heard was that Taurine( an ingredient commonly found in energy drinks) was actually bull sperm.

Now you tell that to a fourteen year-old boy he will never drink an energy drink that has the word “Taurine” printed on the can ever again which is what happened to me.

However as I grew older I familiarized myself with more websites that explain what certain things are and to learn more about them.

Then boom!

I found out that Taurine is actually a “conditional amino acid” that is common found in meat and fish. In fact Taurine supplements are used to help with problems like kidney disease, congestive heart failure, and cystic fibrosis.

So just like with this experience you have got to look at what you are putting in your body. Is it going to help your body do better or is it going to make things worse for you?

Also read up on some of the more popular brands of products to learn what they put in it. If you see a word that is difficult to pronounce, or something unfamiliar then Google that crap quick!

Also, be on the look out for a naughty word that is on most products called “proprietary blend.”

Now,  in most cases if there is a proprietary blend it screams to me “It’s great just we are not gonna tell you what is in it!” I mean would you drink something questionable if someone refused to tell you what was in it? I should think so.

You will be wiser, and be able to identify the stuff that is essentially necessary for your desired goals verses what is just extra fluff. The last thing you should be putting into your body is something you are better off without.

In Conclusion

So there you have it! Using these three guidelines you will be better off when it comes to  purchasing supplements and using them as part of your regimen.

Links as always will be down below.

Be strong, be wise, and be awesome you guys, because that is what I recommend. Until next week guys see ya!

Links:

What the heck is Taurine?

Websites where you can get great deals:

blackstonelabs.com

fastsupps.com

tigerfitness.com

a1supplements.com

www.muscleandstrength.com/   

End of Week 12 On to Week 13!

Hey guys it is Ercekj here with another fitness update!

So if you have been keeping up with my fitness journey in my last blog post I made a short video updating my progress and talking about my plans for the next 6-8 weeks leading up to my goal date.

But rather than talk about the supplements or my routine I wanted to talk today about something that is a huge motivator for me in the gym and can help you reach your goals!

That thing that hardly costs anything can make all the difference to your workout and overall feelings of the experience. The thing I wanted to talk about is music!

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Picking Your Jam

Music is one of the best things that can make or break your workout and I love my music when I am in the gym trying to get shredded.  I have my own favorite artists and music that really pushes me to give it my all no matter what day and what I am training.

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The rule is simple when choosing music: Only listen to what motivates you!

For example if you are doing a cardio workout pick music that is upbeat and cheerful. Does not matter what artist or what genre, as long as it puts a smile on your face and makes you feel good!

Some people find cardio the most difficult part of there workout but a workout is not one without a cardio session.

Best way to help with the difficulty? Good music to jam out too when you are doing your session whether you like biking, swimming, or just going on the treadmill.

In Conclusion

So that is all I have for this week. I am sorry it is such a short one. But I will be back next week with another update and also some advice on working out as well as how to get more bang with your buck when it comes to purchasing supplements, and or gear.

Also down below are some reviews I did on some products. One is a beauty mask and the other is a beverage. The titles really say it all. I hope you enjoy them and I will see you awesome guys next week!

Review # 1 Face mask

 

Review #2 The Monster-In-Law