JamieVarner http://jamievarner.com Fitness and Nutrition for all levels Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:03:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://i1.wp.com/jamievarner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/cropped-Screen-Shot-2015-08-25-at-8.37.32-PM.png?fit=32%2C32 JamieVarner http://jamievarner.com 32 32 Why am I getting into nutrition and weight loss? http://jamievarner.com/why-am-i-getting-into-nutrition-and-weight-loss/ http://jamievarner.com/why-am-i-getting-into-nutrition-and-weight-loss/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:25:09 +0000 http://jamievarner.com/?p=362 Answer:  It’s not just that I’m really getting into “nutrition and weight loss”; rather, it has been a huge part of my professional and amateur career. Looking back at when I first started wrestling, I was 15 years old. I weighed 130lbs and would have to diet to make weight in order to wrestle at 125lbs. Sophomore year, I wrestled 140lbs and would walk closer to 150lbs. Junior year, I wrestled 152lbs, walked at 160lbs, then senior year I wrestled 152lbs but grew all the way to 165lbs. Those weren’t my biggest weight cuts ever, but I did it all completely wrong. I would eat in the cafeteria or go get fast-food, then, a day or two before weigh-ins, I would just quit eating and drinking and run with a rubber sauna suit on.   My first introduction to nutrition came from my college wrestling coach. He told me it was so simple and it obviously made a huge impact. Coach told me, “Have variety on your plate, stay away from browns and beiges. You want to have color on your plate.” He also told me to, “Think about your body as a race car. Would you put sugar in the gas tank, or high octane gasoline?”  To me, that was simple to process and made perfect sense. He wasn’t a nutritionist, but I sure as heck started adding more colors to my plate and learned more about complex carbs and lean proteins.12 years later, I have gone on to take nutrition classes, fight professionally, and make the largest weight drops in my entire life. All of this based on things I have learned through trial and error, doing it on my own. UFC173 Six weeks before a fight I would weigh around 192lbs then get down to 155lbs, SAFELY. The big change was learning and understating about “Good Fats” and what kind of positive affect they can have on your body. I compounded that with eating lean protein and complex carbs.  Fats will tell your brain that you are full, which is good for a person trying to lose weight. Dieting is very psychological, which is what holds most people back because, we Americans don’t like the feeling of being hungry.  This is where the good fats really shine bright; they are so dense that it takes our body longer to break them down while telling our brain that we’ve had enough to eat.   So, my recommendation to those who are reading this: in addition to having colors on your plate, be sure to have a good lean protein, complex carbs, good fats (avocados, walnuts, almonds, etc.) and vegetables. That is what a complete meal should be, and having 4 to 5 of those a day, accompanied by exercise, will lead you down a path to success with weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle is a choice, remember: Discipline + Dedication = SUCCESS! 20130830041338_5D3_2767]]> http://jamievarner.com/why-am-i-getting-into-nutrition-and-weight-loss/feed/ 0 Diet Training http://jamievarner.com/diet-training/ http://jamievarner.com/diet-training/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 06:27:10 +0000 http://dtwtowncar.com/jamievarner/?p=67 http://jamievarner.com/diet-training/feed/ 0 Losing Weight http://jamievarner.com/loosing-weight/ http://jamievarner.com/loosing-weight/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 06:25:07 +0000 http://dtwtowncar.com/jamievarner/?p=64 http://jamievarner.com/loosing-weight/feed/ 0