On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m answering 5 excellent viewer questions on camera, including is nutella good for you?
Welcome to the 4th episode of our #LLTV Q&A series, where I answer your specific questions to help you Live Lean.
I loved all 5 of these questions and can really tell that you are grasping a lot of the ideas that I’m sharing.
Typically on Monday’s we post the “Questions” tag to our Instagram stories asking for your questions.
So let’s get right into it.
Today’s 5 questions include:
Be sure to keep reading to see all my answers to these questions.
What is your take on Nutella? Is it really good for you, or is it just clever marketing?
First thing I always look at when I’m analyzing if a food is healthy or not, is the ingredients list.
Don’t listen or read the hype that food marketers put on the food labels.
Always look at the ingredients.
The ingredients list does not lie.
So I took a picture of a Nutella bottle while I was in the grocery store.
By the way, if I don’t have Nutella in my house, it might be a very good hint for what I’m about to say.
But lets first look at the Nutella ingredients list.
Based on this, I don’t even need to go any further with my analysis.
In other words, when sugar is the first ingredient in a processed food, you really don’t even need to look at the calories, or anything else.
Nutella should not be in your house.
Also, I have seen these Nutella commercials, and I cringe every time I see them.
It’s sad that parents are deceived into feeding their kids Nutella, because they think Nutella is healthy.
Do not eat Nutella because you think it is healthy.
Nutella is not healthy.
Stick to natural, one ingredient nut butters like almond butter.
I guess this means we won’t be getting any sponsorships from Nutella in the future.
My favorite drink is Monster Khaos and everyone tells me that it’s worse than soda.
So if you don’t know what Monster Khaos is, it is one of those energy drinks filled with caffeine, that contain synthetic vitamins, such as B vitamins, and all kinds of different herbs.
Now, I admit, I’m guilty at times since I do have the occasional energy drink if I’m feeling low in energy and I have an event or workout coming up.
So how do I answer this one?
I would say, don’t make drinking energy drinks a part of your everyday lifestyle.
In other words, don’t drink energy drinks every day, and don’t even drink them every week.
Just try to limit your consumption by having an energy drink on occasion, when you really need it.
Do you have any suggestions for new or modified foods that a teenager with attention deficit disorder (ADD) may like and want to eat? I prefer to feed them snacks instead of prepackaged stuff.
First off, I don’t claim to be any sort of expert on attention deficit disorder.
I don’t even really know much about it.
All I do know, and what I stand behind, is the foods you eat have such a huge impact on the cells and processes in your body.
I did google ADD food allergies, and I read some interesting things.
For example, it’s well known that you should stop feeding your kids unhealthy foods high in sugar.
However, there were also a lot of other natural foods listed, that were not recommended for kids with ADD to eat.
Again, since I’m not properly trained on this topic, I’m not comfortable making any recommendations, since I just don’t know enough about it.
I would recommend you talk with your doctor or naturopath about it, so you can get an educated opinion on it.
You can’t always trust what you read on the Internet.
I have a question about post-workout meals. If I did a workout that I didn’t feel was as intense as usual, or I only worked smaller muscle groups, would it be better to have less carbs than I usually do? For example, I normally have a protein source with a banana, plus 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Would it be better to only have a banana in that case?
Great question and I agree with the way you’re doing it.
Depending on your goals, most people prefer to fill their depleted glycogen cells back up with carbohydrates, after a workout.
This means you could consume, and absorb, a higher amount of carbohydrates.
Therefore you could consume less carbohydrates than when you’re hitting those big muscle groups.
Do you do full body workouts or do you do splits?
Well it really depends.
It depends on what phase I am in with my training.
I would split each workout up into two muscle groups, or maybe even just one muscle group if I’m looking to add size, and really stress that muscle.
However, the training phase that I am in right now is maintenance mode.
This means most of my workouts are circuit workouts.
I’m basically training my full body and hitting all the major movements, with compound exercises like the:
I’m also keeping the rest periods very short, so I’m burning a lot of calories during these workouts.
So to answer your question of what is better, full body training or split body workouts, it really depends on what your goals are.
I’ve done both and I’ve got great results from both.
Those were 5 great questions today and I still have a long list of more questions to answer.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.