Selective Rationing

There’s protein in butter, right?

When I start training someone who needs to add strength and shed fat, the diet talks are short and sweet. Stop eating so many carbs, triple or more your protein. Now get under the bar.

Without fail, as people begin to tweak their diets, they’ll hold onto the fact that THEY are special enough that they can get their protein in without giving up their carbs. They become very selective in what they’re watching. So eating three crappy protein bars a day is ok because it has some protein in it. Uhhhhhh, nope. A Clif bar has 9g of protein and 44g of carbs. You get 4.3g of protein in a Snickers bar with 34g of carbs. SRSLY, just eat a Snickers. They’re tasty and at least you’re being honest about the shit you’re eating.

If you happen to carry weight easier than others (i.e. a fatty), you don’t get to eat like this. Sorry. If you are NOT someone who carries weight easily, you shouldn’t eat like this. Sorry. It’ll catch you, at some point in your life. Maybe you’ll still look good in clothes but you’ll be unhealthy with crappy eating habits. We’ve all seen it. You’ll be in denial for a good 20-50 pounds, but it’ll catch you.

Why in the world would anyone choose a Clif bar over meat? Whyyyyyyyyy?!

I get my best ideas in a thunderstorm. I have the power and majesty of nature on my side.

Ralph Steadman

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About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to At tosabarbell, I build relationships cultivated in a strength and learning environment. There is no 12 week magic pill program to strength but rather a lifetime commitment to be the very best and most useful human you can be. tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals such as becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. I have been coaching teams and athletes for over 30 years. I grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. I have multiple local, national, and world records in the sports of Weightlifting and Highland Games Heavy Events as well as a combined total of 5 World Championships. My 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe provided a wide range of influence from some of the top strength & conditioning and throwing coaches in the country. I will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However, tosabarbell is also for those who wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, personal shit; bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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