HOW METABOLIC MEALS TRANSFORMED MY BODY AND MY THINKING
I have trained for 25 years as a bodybuilder, powerlifter, Olympic-style weightlifter and strongman competitor. Progressions in weight, reps and muscle mass are the benchmarks of a job well-done.
Can’t say I’ve been as disciplined about nutrition.
Metabolic Meals founder and president, Jason Barbour and I have been training partners for 10 years. Strength is the foundation of our training and everything else feeds off that primary goal.
Jason and I did the same workouts with the same sets, weights and reps. Our results were noticeably different, though. Jason gained strength, but he was also able to stay lean. His weights got bigger, but his gut did not.
My stomach seemed to grow with my new found strength. It wasn’t because of the training. My diet was failing me. When I started on Metabolic Meals, my bodyfat was over 23% and I weighed 275 pounds. I could bench press 400 pounds, deadlift 500 and squat 600. Sure, I was strong, but I was fat.
Jason assured me this transformation would not be like the days when I trained as a bodybuilder. They traditionally build a ton of muscle, but sacrifice it when preparing for contests.
Too much long-duration cardio combined with a low-fat nutrition plan makes muscle disappear faster than Criss Angel. Metabolic Meals is designed to lower bodyfat, while increasing lean muscle, strength and overall fitness.
Jason brought me up-to-speed on the benefits of a high-protein, low-carb, moderate fat nutrition plan. He also spoke at length about food rotation.
Even those of us who eat “healthy” tend to eat the same foods over and over. Raise your hand if you’ve spent years eating chicken breast, broccoli and rice. Have you ever tried bison, lamb or quinoa?
Metabolic Meals got me out of the food rut that makes healthy eating boring. It’s real food, though. No tofu, faux chicken or wheat grass.
Grass-fed meats, free-range eggs and wild-caught fish are hallmarks of Metabolic Meals. The Metabolic Meals menu is gluten-free and a large percentage of the ingredients are organic. It’s healthier than the health food you’ve been eating.
What happened to me was nothing short of miraculous. In 12 weeks, I lost 25 pounds of fat and my bodyfat dropped to 16%. My training included a few tweaks, but nothing dramatic. We kept my reps above eight and added a few sets to increase my natural growth hormone levels to build muscle and burn fat.
Squats, bench presses, deadlifts, pull-ups and lunges still ruled the day and I did zero long-duration cardio. Unlike my bodybuilding days, I did not get weaker. As a matter of fact, I got stronger. My lifts went up. I gained muscle.
Best of all, I wasn’t hungry. Metabolic Meals had me eating more calories than before, but the quality of what I was eating was much better. Contrary to popular belief, a calorie is not a calorie. The body needs quality foods delivered in the right quantities at the right time.
Metabolic Meals does all of this. No matter what your health and fitness goals are, it will be next to impossible to reach them without optimal nutrition. Metabolic Meals is optimal nutrition. From the athlete to the homemaker and everyone in between, Metabolic Meals is gourmet that’s good for you.
Written by Solomon Alexander: accomplished coach and training & nutrition enthusiast.