Wondering which All Natural Whey Protein powders are the most popular among the Renegade Dad community?
Well wonder no more because I just put all the 2015 Amazon data together and I’ve compiled the list of the Top 10 below!
Wondering which All Natural Whey Protein powders are the most popular among the Renegade Dad community?
Well wonder no more because I just put all the 2015 Amazon data together and I’ve compiled the list of the Top 10 below!
One of the biggest challenges I hear from other Dad’s is finding the time and motivation to exercise. So I figured, why not put together a list of items that make it easier for Dad’s to get healthy? Well here’s my list! I picked the 10 items below because I either have them or would like to have them and they fit really well into a busy Dad’s life. So, if you’re not sure what to get one of the Dad’s in your life, how about giving him the gift of health with one of these cool gifts?
We all know how important it is to exercise but some of us Dad’s need a little extra motivation. Well look no further! The FitBit One is a cool little device that will track how many steps you’ve taken, how many calories you’ve burned AND how how well you have slept! And last but not least, it also includes a silent alarm so you can get up (for your morning workout of course) without waking up !
Tracking weight on a scale is a good way to measure progress but measuring body fat is even better. And this “smart” scale does just that! All you have to do is stand on it and it will measure your weight and body fat percentage. This scale also syncs up to your own personal FitBit web account to keep track of your progress automatically.
No time for the gym? No worries! This pull-up bar is super easy to put together and hangs from any door frame providing a quick easy way to do pull-ups at any time. This product is very strong and offers multiple options for doing pull-ups. I have used this pull-up bar for over a year and I couldn’t be happier with it! It’s strong, durable and doesn’t leave any marks on the door frame! This is a must have for a busy Dad wanting to get in better shape.
Need a little support doing pull-ups but don’t have a “spotter” to assist you when you workout? No problem! The Perfect Fitness Pull-Up Assist is designed to help you out. Just attach the pull-up assist pro to your pull-up bar, adjust to your height and the bands assist you do pull-ups.
Want to get a six pack but hate doing sit-ups and crunches? Me too! But I love doing hanging leg raises and hanging knee ups. Why? Because they really work the lower abs (the hardest area of the abs to target). And these straps make it easy to work those lower abs because you don’t have to rely on your grip strength to hang from the bar. Just slip your arms through the loops and hang. What do you attach them to? I attach them to my perfect fitness pull-up bar. They go together perfectly!
Want to add some intensity to your body-weight workouts? This weighted vest is the perfect gift. The vest comes is very comfortable and very durable and allows you to adjust the amount of weight in the vest by adding or removing 1.25 lb. sand bags that insert into the slots on the inside. This vest also comes in 50 lbs. as well.
Keep your head warm, listen to music and keep your headphone wires out of the way while you run or workout with this Bluetooth hat! There are headphones embedded inside the hat which connect via Bluetooth to your smart phone or other Bluetooth music device. Wireless warmth with music. Gotta love it!
These are my favorite sneaks of all time. If you don’t like having wet feet while you run or walk in the snow or rain, these shoes are for you. They are waterproof, durable and incredibly comfortable. They also have the coolest lacing system ever. Just pull and tighten and you’re done. These sneaks flat our rock!
Yes I am a Dad and yes I love this stroller. Parenthood is hard enough. And there are certain things you are going to use a LOT as a parent. The stroller is one of them. I personally wanted to save a few bucks and buy a lower cost stroller but my wife convinced my otherwise and I’m very glad she did. You can store a bunch of stuff in it and you can steer it with one hand leaving your other hand to hold your coffee. The shock system is incredible. This thing rides like a Cadillac! So whether your going for a run or just strolling around the block, rest assured the ride will be smooth for your little one and effortless for you. Can’t recommend it highly enough, this stroller flat out rocks and right now you can save yourself a bunch of money (like $184) if you get it on Amazon.
I’m not going to beat around the bush. The primal diet was the key to my health transformation after becoming a Dad. Bottom line, if you want to get healthy now and stay healthy into your elder years, this book is a must read. The author, Mark Sisson, is 57 years old and looks like a 20 year old surfer. Mark knows what it takes to get lean and healthy and stay that way for life.
So there you have it! If you’re not sure what to get the Dad in your life, why not give the gift of health with one of these great products!
Are you doing that walking zombie thing again?
It’s ok, we’ve been there before and it will happen again.
But we need to keep that zombie action to a minimum if we want to live life to the fullest.
You know it sucks when another week comes to an end and you don’t really know what happened.
And not only do you not really remember what happened but you don’t feel very good about whatever it was that happened.
Yet you were busy as hell! You were gettin stuff done, checking off the to do list!
That’s no way to live life dude.
Living life in such a hurry to do “stuff” isn’t really living.
It doesn’t bring much joy to life.
You don’t want to fill your time just doing stuff.
You want to fill it with meaningful, awesome, life changing stuff.
Like, the kind of stuff that makes a significant positive difference in your life and the lives around you.
OK so how do I kick this back into gear? How do I fill my time with more meaningful stuff?
First, slow down. Just chill out for a minute.
OK, now think about what’s most important in your life.
What is REALLY important to you.
OK now, how are you spending your time?
What are you spending the bulk of your time on?
Are you spending enough time with the really important people in your life?
Are you spending enough time on the really important aspects of life, like your phsysical health, your mental health?
Are you having enough fun? Laughing enough? Smiling enough?
What are those things that make you happy?
You need to do more of that.
Listen, I know. You got a lot going on. There is a lot that needs to get done at work, for the kids, for the house.
Yeah I got it and time definitely has to be spent on those things.
But slow down. Think first. How can you get those things done in less time? Think more before doing. You’ll get more done in less time, leaving more time of the really important stuff.
You need to do this because life is really short. Like, reeeeally short.
AND we don’t know when it will end!
Could be 5 years from now or it could be 5 minutes from now. You never know.
This is truth.
Life is very short.
Every minute of life is incredibly precious.
No really it is. It’s precious.
How much would you give to have 1 minute with someone you loved dearly that has already passed on?
You can’t get extra minutes with the people who have passed, but you’ve got some amazing people in your life who you CAN spend extra minutes with right now.
So do this.
Don’t overwhelm yourself, but decide to start spending more of your time with the people that are most important to you.
Decide to start spending more time doing “things” that are important to you.
Decide to spend more time making habits out of the things that are important to you.
Doesn’t have to be perfect. Just do something.
Take 1 minute to write a card, make a phone call, do something for yourself that makes you happy.
Do something small each day to connect with what is most important to you each day.
Life is short. Do less “stuff” and more of the “important stuff.”
Being a full-time working parent doesn’t leave too much time for exercise. That’s why I’m such a big fan of the Perfect Fitness weighted vest.
For the past 9 months I’ve created a daily exercise habit by doing 5 minutes of body-weight exercises.
But after 9 months I began to see a slow-down in my results and wanted to kick things up a notch.
I could have added more sets to my workouts, but that would increase the amount of time and my goal was to keep the workouts to 5 minutes or less.
So that left me with 2 other options:
1. Use More Challenging Positions
2. Add Weight
At first I tried more challenging positions like doing triangle push-ups in place of regular push-ups and doing pullups with 3 or 4 fingers on each hand.
But after a few weeks I began to feel pain in my wrist from the pushups and the pullups seemed to create a little too much strain in my shoulder and elbow. So, I decided to stop messing around with different angles and go with option 2 – add weight.
When Does It Make Sense To Use A Weighted Vest?
If you are doing body-weight exercises like pushups, pullups, squats, walking, running, climbing etc. adding a weighted vest will increase the intensity of your normal workout and therefore allow you to achieve greater results in the same amount of time or the same results in less time.
Some people use a weighted belt to add weight to pullups and squats and ankle weights for walking or running. I find it safer to use a weighted vest because the weight is more evenly distributed so there is less chance it will put more strain in the wrong places and throw things out of whack.
3. Comfort and Convenience
Ever use a weighted belt for dips or pullups? They’re not too comfortable and you have to take them off in between sets (or look weird as you try to walk around with weights dangling between your legs). With a weighted vest, you just put it on, do your workout and then take it off when you’re done. Easy.
How Does The Vest Go On?
The vest goes over your head and has a front and back flap which hold the weights. To secure the vest there are 2 Velcro straps that overlap and rap around the waist.
The straps are very flexible and comfortable. They can be wrapped around tightly for a smaller waist and very stretchy enough to fit just about any size waist. I read a comment on Amazon from a gentleman who said he is 360 lbs and quite round (his words) who said he was happy and surprised that the straps reach around and fit quite well.
Shoulder Pads: There are pads on each shoulder which make the vest very comfortable even with the full 40 lbs. of weight loaded.
Media Player Pocket: There’s a Media Player Pocket to hold your phone or media player. It fit my iPhone without any issues.
Reflective Trim: The vest has a reflective trim material so you can be seen better if you plan to be walking or running in the dark with the vest.
Inside Of Vest
Outside Of Vest
The Weights are loaded on the inside of the vest and are secured with a top and bottom pocket design which secures them really well so they don’t fall out.
The weights go into both the front and back portion of the vest so you have even distribution of weight. Unless you decide to load them unevenly, which you may want to do for some exercises as I’ll explain below.
The weight is added by inserting the 1.25 lb sand bags to the vest. There are 32 pockets inside the vest, each one holds one sand bag. The vest itself weighs 2 lbs. so the total weight with all sand bags in the vest is 42 lbs. Perfect Fitness also makes a 20 lb. Weighted Vest which has 20 pockets and each sand bag weighs 1 lb. The total weight of this vest with all sand bags in the vest is 21 lbs.
There is only 1 size, however, the waist is very adjustable to fit both smaller and larger waists. The length of the vest is (x inches long) from the shoulder to the bottom which will fit most people comfortably.
How Comfortable Is The Perfect 40 lb Weighted Vest?
The vest was very comfortable to wear while doing Pullups and Squats even with the full 32 pockets loaded with weights (40 lbs).
However, push-ups with the full 40 pounds were a bit frustrating. When the vest is loaded with the full 40 lbs. the bottom of the vest hits the floor before I am fully lowered to the ground. If there was a way to tighten up the bottom portion of the vest, I think that might do the trick. Definitely some room for design improvement to help all of the weights on the front of the vest close to the body while doing push-ups.
What Kind Of Material Is The Vest Made Of?
The vest is a combination of Polyester (67.8%), SBR (18.4%) and Lycra Spandex (13.8%).
The feel is slightly stiff which is understandable since it has to hold 40 lbs. of weight but it’s really way more flexible and comfortable than I thought it would be.
The suggested cleaning methods are to hand wash the vest in warm water with a gentle laundry detergent, rinse and hang to dry (do not put in dryer) and to wipe down the weights with a clean, damp cloth.
Where To Buy & Cost
The current price on Amazon is $89.97.
If you’re looking for a way to add extra intensity to your body-weight exercises, you can’t go wrong with the Perfect Fitness Weighted vest. It’s high quality, designed well and can really help take your body-weight workouts to the next level.
Staying under 100 grams of carbs per day (on average) is fairly easy if you are following a Paleo template diet.
As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, you can track your carb counts using a tool like MyFitnessPal.com but the best thing is to develop an understanding of the amount of carbs in different types of foods.
This way, you will be able to create meals that stay within the target carb range without having to look them up in your online food tracking tool.
To help you develop a good foundation for calculating carbs counts, I’ve broken down various types of Paleo foods into 3 categories: Carb Foods, Protein Foods and Fat Foods.
Carb Foods: Foods that have more Carbohydrate (Carbs) than Protein or Fat
Protein Foods: Foods that have more Protein than Carbohydrate or Fat.
Fat Foods: Foods that have more Fat than Protein or Carbohydrate.
Most of the foods below have some level of each MacroNutrient (Carbs, Protein, Fat) but they are listed by the dominant macronutrient.
1/2 Cup Cooked Spinach = 2 Grams Carbs
1/2 Cup California Blend Veg = 3 Grams Carbs
1/2 Cup Broccholi = 3 Grams Carbs
1/2 Cup Cauliflower = 3 Grams Carbs
1 Sweet Potato = 24 Grams Carbs (check for portion size)
1/2 Cup Quinoa = 60 Grams Carbs
1 Baked Potato = 63 Grams Carbs (check for portion size)
1/2 Cup Jasmine White Rice = 72 Grams Carbs
As you can see, you could eat a HUGE amount of Broccholi, Spinach, Cauliflower each day and still stay under 100 grams of carbs.
Eating a cup or two per day of these vegetables is a great way to improve health as they are super low in carbs and high in vital nutrients and fiber which help repair and restore health.
Sweet Potatoes, White Potatoes, Quinoa and Rice are also good choices if you want something more hearty but you just have to watch the number of portions to keep carbs in the right range.
2 Eggs = 1 Gram Carbs
4 oz Chicken (mfp had 1 filet 77g) = 0 Gram Carbs
4 oz Beef = 0 Gram Carbs
4 oz Fish = 0 Gram Carbs
Protein rich foods make are great if you’re trying to control carbs. Why? Well as you can see above most Protein rich foods have low or zero carbohydrate content. Also, Protein is the most filling food which helps to control hunger and has been shown in studies to have the biggest impact on weight loss.
1 Tbsp Butter = 0 Gram Carbs
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil = 0 Gram Carbs
½ Cup Almonds = 12 Grams Carbs
½ Cup Cashews = 18 Grams Carbs
Sunflower Seeds (Raw) = 14 Grams Carbs
Pumpkin Seeds (Raw) = 8 Grams Carbs
Macadamia Nuts (Raw) = 9 Grams Carbs
Fat rich Paleo approved foods are very interesting. If you’re talking about something like Coconut Oil or Butter, the Carb count is zero.
However, seeds and nuts have more carbs than you might think and it’s quite easy to eat more than 1/2 cup of nuts which can make it easy to eat too many carbs. Bottom line, seeds and nuts are a good choice to get some healthy fat into the diet and keep carbs low but portion control is key.
In my last article I wrote about the importance of staying under 100 Grams of Carbs per day if you want to lose weight.
In this article I’m going to give you a sample meal plan of what this could look like just to give you an idea of how you could tweak your meals to reduce carbs and get under that 100 gram mark.
So here’s an example from my food diary on February 17, 2015 that I recorded in MyFitnessPal. If it’s hard to read I’ve listed out the meals below the chart.
* 2 Minute Scrambled Eggs (see how to make them here)
* 2 Sausage Patties
* Coffee with butter, coconut oil and gelatin
* Coffee with Heavy Cream and Coconut Oil
* 1 Can of Sardines (if you think they’re gross read this article)
* 3 Cups Broccoli with Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Sea Salt (yummmm!)
* 1 Banana
* 4 oz Pork Chops (pan fried in butter with herbs & garlic..yum!)
* 1 Cup Mashed Potatoes
* 5 oz. Glass of Red Wine
This might look a bit difficult to some but it’s really not, the key is to make real food the bulk of your diet.
Our family follows a Paleo based diet which is just a cool way of saying a real food diet. It’s about eating more meat, fish, eggs, fruits and vegetables and cutting back on the cereal, pizza, bread, cookies, cakes, pies, donuts.
In the next post I’ll try to make this strategy easier by giving you some more examples of real food meal plans that keep the daily carb intake under 100 grams.
In my last post “The Right Amount of Carbs For Weight Loss” I explained why it’s so important to focus on Carbohydrate (Carb) intake and the specific amount of Carbs per day (on average) to target if you are looking to lose weight and
In this article I’m going to show you specifically how to do this using a free online tool called MyFitnessPal.com.
Step 1: Setup an account with MyFitnessPal.com
Step 2: Click On The “Food” Tab
Step 3: Search for the food you ate and select from the list
Step 4: Change the serving size if necessary and click “Add To Food Diary”
Step 5: Your food is added to your Food Diary for the day
Step 6: Continue adding the foods you eat throughout the day trying to keep carbs under 100 grams
If doing this every day sounds like a chore, don’t worry it’s not necessary. After doing this for a little while you will begin to build an understanding of what and how much you can eat to stay within this range. Once you build that knowledge, it will become easier and easier to hit the target range without logging everything you eat.
One of the biggest misconceptions about becoming more lean is that you have to exercise more.
Many of us have heard the phrase “Your diet makes up 80% of your results” but still many people ignore this and decide to spend more time in the gym.
Not only is more exercise NOT necessary but more exercise can make it harder to lose weight.
If you want to become more lean the better way to go is to dial in on your “Macros” or Macro-Nutrients.
What Are Macro-Nutrients?
The 3 Main Macro-Nutrients are Protein, Fat and Carbohydrate and ALL of them are required for the human body to function properly.
The trick is to consume the right “types” and the right “amount” of each one to achieve your ideal amount of fat and muscle.
The Trick To Weight Loss
Since most of us have at least a little extra weight, I want to focus on specifically how to dial in the macro-nutrients to achieve weight loss.
And fortunately for us, Mark Sisson from MarksDailyApple has already done the hard work of figuring this out for us in this comprehensive article!
I’ll save you some time and get right to the important Weight Loss stuff.
For Weight Loss, you really want to focus on your Carbohydrate intake.
So how many Carbs are ideal to achieve weight loss?
Below is the info direct from MarksDailyApple.com which gives us the parameters for Carbohydrate intake:
0-50 grams per day: Easy, effortless weight loss for any and everyone. Diabetics and the severely obese may find it useful to remain in this zone, while others might employ it now and then to jumpstart weight loss or break a plateau.
50-100 grams per day: Steady, gradual weight loss. This is the sweet spot, in my opinion. You can still enjoy a wide variety of foods and lose weight slowly but surely.
100-150 grams per day: If you just want to maintain, I recommend this level. Hardcore athletes may want to increase them a bit, but your average Primal exerciser and eater will maintain supreme leanness, health, and performance at 100-150 grams per day.
150-300 grams per day: Steady, insidious weight gain. It’ll creep up on you. Just look around next time you’re at a high school reunion – people gain weight at this level without even realizing it.
300+ grams per day: Unless you’re an extreme endurance athlete, 300+ grams of carbs per day will inevitably show on your waistline. Tragically, the average “healthy” American diet reaches this carb count pretty consistently.
So as you can see, we want to keep our Carbohydrate intake to under 100 grams per day (on average) if we want to lose weight (fat and excess water).
How To Track Your Carbs For Weight Loss
OK so keeping our Carbs to 100 grams or less per day (on average) will lead to weight loss.
So how exactly do we figure out what to eat each to stay under 100 grams?
In my next article I’ll show you specifically how to track your Carbs quickly and easily using a free online tool.
Whether you want to lose weight, burn fat, build muscle, reduce your risk of getting a sick, increase energy, sleep better, move better, feel better or just improve any aspect of health I can’t think of better place to start than a Paleo based diet.
What Is A Paleo Based Diet?
In a nutshell, the Paleo diet consists of Beef, Fish, Pork, Poultry, Eggs, Vegetables, Fruit, Nuts and Seeds. The reason these foods are considered “Paleo” is because they are the foods that we believe our Paleolithic ancestors ate.
I’m sure they ate insects, arachnids and other creatures as well but it can be pretty hard for some people to stick to the basic meat, fish, eggs, fruit and veggies so we’ll leave out the creepy crawlies for now!
Make Paleo The Foundation
Anyway, I’m not here to convince you that a Paleo diet is best for you. What I want to do is encourage you to give it a shot as the basis or foundation of how you eat.
Some people can go hard-core Paleo every single day of the year. That’s fine if you can hack it.
However, the rest of us will choose to eat varying amounts of non-Paleo foods for of a variety of reasons like cost, convenience, taste etc.
Not a big deal. Many experts believe that some non-Paleo foods like Grass-Fed dairy are actually very healthy for people who tolerate dairy well.
The key in my opinion, is to try to make Paleo foods the majority of what you eat – make them the foundation of your diet.
How To Make Paleo The Foundation
So for example, if you are eating a Standard American diet which includes a lot of grains, try removing the grains from one meal each day for a week.
You can do this very easily using The Primal Shake Solution or you can just swap out your daily sandwich at lunch and eat a salad with some kind of meat, chicken, fish or eggs.
This is actually how I started to eat Paleo. Shakes first and then salads at lunch.
Baby Steps Work!
Yeah I know that may sound boring but you have to keep things very simple in the beginning because changing the way you eat can be very difficult. Changing our diet is literally a shift in lifestyle so that’s no small deal.
Start with very simple, easy and yes boring changes – like the salad with meat, fish or chicken for lunch each day. Once you’ve got that down you can move on and add some variety.
And you don’t have to do this every single day of the week either. Try doing 2-3 days to start. Then move up to 4-5.
Remember that movie What About Bob with Bill Murray?!
It’s all about taking baby steps!
How To Know If It’s Working For You
The best way to know if something works for “you” is to test it out yourself.
Try eating more “Paleo” style meals each week and see what you notice.
Do you feel better or worse?
Are you losing or gaining weight?
Do you have more energy or less?
Give it a few weeks and see what you notice. If you notice good things, then eating this way is probably good for you or at least better than what you were eating.
If you don’t like what you notice, then stop and go back to your old way of eating or try something else.
Why Paleo Works So Well
In my interview with fat loss expert Leigh Peele we discussed processed foods and the Paleo diet.
Now keep in mind Leigh is the most non-dogmatic fat loss expert around.
She mentioned how it’s harder to screw up on a Paleo diet which is why it works so well.
It’s harder to screw up because it’s based on eating Whole Food vs. counting calories, points etc.
Why Eating Healthy Can Be Confusing
I think most of us know Whole Foods are the key to ideal health. The problem is that many of us developed our belief system around food based on what the Government tell us is healthy or what we see on TV, hear from friends, co-workers and so on.
But ultimately, I think the primary problem comes down to the “influencers” of our beliefs and unfortunately organizations with lots of money have the ability to influence the minds of many.
So if a large wealthy company, let’s say a company that makes Wheat products, wants you to believe that Wheat is healthy (because that will help them sell more Wheat products and therefore increase revenue and profits) then you bet your ass your going to hear a lot about how Wheat is healthy.
You’ll see commercials for Wheat products claiming they are healthy.
You’re going to see food stores lining their shelves with Wheat products.
Hell, you may even hear about a few “studies” that demonstrate the healthy effects of Wheat!
So we justify our decision to eat bread and other wheat products because it’s “Wheat” and it’s been beaten into our brains that Wheat is healthy.
But we don’t eat something as natural and healthy as Eggs because the yolk contains Saturated Fat which has been condemned as an evil villain looking to clog our arteries which of course is not true.
And that’s what makes Paleo such a good place to start.
It starts with the principle idea that real, whole food is the ideal fuel for our bodies.
The processed junk has been removed.
It’s simple. Not easy! But simple.
We over-complicate the process of getting healthy.
Reduce the amount of processed foods (like bread, cereal, crackers, chips, cookies, soda etc.) and you’ll be well on your way to better health.