By Cory Gregory
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“The first thing you feed the body sets you up for success or failure for the day.”

This is a mantra I’ve always tried to live by, no matter what phase I’m in. If I’m dieting for a shoot or bodybuilding show, it definitely rings true, but even if my goals at the moment are strength-related, it’s imperative to get off to a strong start, nutrition-wise.

With that said, I’ve found out what works best for me in that first meal, which has helped set me up for success for years.

I have a few different breakfast variations consisting of either five whole eggs cooked in coconut oil or lean meat, such as beef or turkey, with nuts. Many people ask me why I choose to eat whole eggs as opposed to just egg whites, and the answer is simple; whole eggs contain a number of nutrients – such as vitamin B12, choline, vitamin D, and iron – that are not present in egg whites. I think most people are scared of whole eggs because of an increase in cholesterol, which is true, but they actually raise your healthy cholesterol, known as HDL. The whole egg/cholesterol thing has always seemed to be overblown in my mind, spread by people who really don’t understand the vast benefits of eggs. As for the coconut oil, it’s as good as it gets when it comes to oils. It is full of website he states the meat allows for a slow digestion and the nuts then provide a great source of healthy fats that allow the blood sugar to remain stable for an extended period of time. This combo also raises both dopamine and acetylcholine, the two most important neurotransmitters for focus and drive, making it ideal to have early in the day as you head to work or start any number of tasks.

My second meal of the day is usually more of a snack than a meal and consists of either a Combat protein shake or a low-carb yogurt with a handful of nuts. These options allow me to keep my sugar intake in the single digits while simultaneously consuming a medium amount of protein and fats. That goes back to the previous point of again helping to keep my focus and drive high.

Keeping your sugar levels low in your diet is key to keeping your insulin levels in check and maintaining low body fat, which is especially true when you’re trying to get lean. Insulin, a hormone that is secreted by the pancreas mostly after you eat carbohydrates, plays a huge role in managing a lean physique and sustaining energy levels. Eating beneficial fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids, will fat burning while also helping you maintain energy.

Going back to my daily setup, my lunchtime meal consists of some sort of high-fat, high-protein meal, usually salmon or beef, along with some green veggies. Even here, notice that I’m still keeping my fats and proteins high while adding in a minimal amount of carbs. Implementing the MusclePharm and three-time Inside Fitness