Here is a collection of at least somewhat relevant products that I recommend as they relate to various topics that I get asked about from time to time.
The Vitamix 5200 Blender — If there’s one fat loss gimmick that actually works, it’s smoothies. How? Well, if you swap a 650 calorie danish and juice with a 150 calorie pound-of-vegetable smoothie that keeps you full for hours, guess what? Boom: you’ve just created a 500 calorie/day deficit that translates to a losing a pound a week. The problem is most cheapo blenders will leave you more with a watery salad rather than a smooth and silky smoothie. I got my first Vitamix last year, and it is awesome. I use it every day. Totally worth the money. Honestly, once you start using a high end blender you will never go back.
EatSmart Kitchen Scale — There’s no way around it: If you want to achieve elite levels of leanness there comes a point where you’ll have to weigh your food and track your calorie intake. You can get any decent kitchen scale on amazon for 20 bucks or less. This is the one I currently use.
Coconut Oil — Great for tasty high heat cooking, great as a smoothie add in, and actually great as a skin moisturizer and hair glorifier (don’t use too much, wash out the extra with a shower)
F.lux — This is a simple yet nifty little free program that will dim the harsh blue light on your computer screen as the sun sets. Excessive and unnatural blue light has been shown to seriously disrupt our natural circadian rhythm because it confuses our brains into thinking that the sun is still up. This is a simple way to help regulate your sleep.
Cronometer — This is my food diary app of choice. Lightweight, easy to use, huge database of foods, and it’s free.
Feedly — Feedly is an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) aggregator. Essentially, it makes keeping up with blogs/websites much easier – you subscribe to all the sites you like and all the new posts will come to one place, as opposed to having to check every site you like to see if there is new content.
Adidas Powerlift 2 Weight Training Shoes — A good pair of weight lifting shoes are well worth the money. You want to weighttrain with a hard soled shoe with a stable heel, especially if you’re doing heavy barbell training. A lot of the higher end lifting shoes are really expensive, and so are the Crossfit branded shoes (they’re really good at making money), but these Adidas are available for under $100 and are perfectly good. I’ve had my pair for over 4 years and the heel/sole are still in pristine condition. I’d imagine they’d last me decades as long as I take care of them.
Harbinger Padded Classic Cotton Straps — I opt to use straps and the safest double overhand grip when deadlifting (you can read why here). I’ve tried a few straps, and these are my favorites – they’re nice and meaty so they don’t hurt your hands, and the rough cotton consistency keeps them solidly in place on the bar, even if you don’t fully tighten them, which I don’t. They’re less than ten bucks, and a pair of straps is a good item for every gym bag.
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