By: Marc Lobliner
I have been accused of a lot of things. Being loud, obnoxious, obscene, ugly, pasty, small-armed, big-nosed, well-endowed….well, you get the point. The thing is, the biggest accusation I have had lately is “being a bro”. Yup, there are some things that hurt my feelings a lot, and this isn’t one of them. There are certain things that I believe in from “bro” culture that I will follow. Now, bear in mind that I am 80% science and 20% “bro”. In this piece, I will go over why I am a bro, why I advocate being a bro, and why other methods work.
- Time management: I have a BUSY schedule. CEO of MTS Nutrition and EthiTech Nutrition including product development, R&D and Production; marketing, promos, customer service and some purchasing as CMO of TigerFitness.com; Owner/Editor of MachineMuscle.com; Father and Husband; National Level Bodybuilder….you get it. By portioning out meals and eating them multiple times daily, it alleviates the stress of keeping an ongoing log of food I have eaten, what I have leftover, and if I have enough macros to fit in ¼ of a Pop Tart before bed. We make up for the “craving” aspect by have a free-meal once per week. Just a meal, not an entire day. An entire day will mess you up!
- Micronutrients: Let’s face it; Bro Foods are full of micronutrients. By eating predominantly micronutrient-based foods like sweet potatoes, white potatoes and vegetables, you are getting a ton of these and last time I checked, it is very hard to overdo these food-derived nutrients. In my opinion, the more the merrier!
- Lifestyle: Look, I have read the stuff on intermittent fasting and also listened to and read the other side presented by Dr. Layne Norton and Alan Aragon. I side with Layne and Alan in that it is not optimal. But let’s assume it is the greatest diet ever created. Think about it….you are asked to go to breakfast with your girlfriend after a night full of all kinds of lovemaking and you have to turn her down, since that is when you fast. I don’t know about you, but hell no! Also, with my offseason/non-contest bro diet, I have 80-90% bro and the rest I just let loose. No food scale, no charts, just a FREE meal!
- Insulin Control: I am a unique case. My insulin sensitivity is and always has been extremely high. If I eat too large of a meal, I fall asleep. I have found that the smaller the meal (relatively speaking), the more even my energy and mood are. If I was to eat all of my calories in three meals or in a six hour period, I would be useless right after that meal and for the time-period eating, for the entire eating interval. For a lot of my former clients (I do not train people anymore), switching from the average American big dinner (no breakfast or lunch) to the bro-style of many meals, they felt and performed better. Anecdotal evidence always works for me!
Now don’t get me wrong, other methods of dieting work. Intermittent Fasting, If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM), Keto, Carb Backloading….they all work! This is just the easiest for me and I am not seeing a downside to eating whole, micronutrient-rich foods. But, if you like another style, do it! It is all about results and the main variables in weight loss are macronutrient ratios and overall caloric intake. All of these diets address that!
The moral of this article is all diets work, but I still prefer the now-coined “bro” method of dieting. It is up to you to decide what is best for YOUR body.