The Spartan Warrior

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Don’t Blame Your Thyroid

What is up with the trend of people blaming thyroid problems for weight gain and/or being overweight? Less than 1% of people actually have thryoid issues such as hypothyroidism.

Now, the quote below is taken directly from the American Thyroid Association.

"Massive weight gain is rarely associated with hypothyroidism. In general, 5-10 pounds of body weight may be attributable to the thyroid, depending on the severity of the hypothyroidism."

Even those that have hypothyroidism are not all at risk of being overweight or experiencing weight gain as long as they, you know, live a healthy lifestyle and take the appropriate action.

Regular exercise and a healthy/balanced diet will do wonders for your health.

Blog Update

I would like to take a moment to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone out there that follows and interacts with this blog. Thank you ever so much. I also owe all of you an apology for the intense lack of updates over the last year. My bad. (Is that still cool to say?) Currently, there are many big things in the works for the future of this blog and my next project(s) which has distracted me momentarily. Fear not though my faithful followers because on the way are regular updates, entertainment, original content, and the continuing spread of up-to-date nutrition and fitness information that is backed by science, research, and evidence.

Stay strong.


Every now and again I like to watch this one for a good laugh. Unfortunately, this sort of scenario isn’t going away anytime soon. People tend to want to find a shortcut or some ridiculous fad diet to achieve weight loss when in reality you just need to change what you’re currently doing ever so slightly.

When it doubt follow the KISS (Keep it simple, stupid) principle. 

I do not take kindly to bullshitters and bullshit fads (diets & other), and I pull no punches with my opinions of them. I am kind, gentle, and borderline mushy with people who are willing to learn & become educated. On the other hand, those who contribute to the collective dumbing-down of the public deserve a stiff one where it hurts.

Alan Aragon

What is gluten?

Some people can’t eat gluten for medical reasons, but a lot of people in Los Angeles don’t eat gluten because someone in their yoga class told them not to. Jimmy Kimmel wondered how many of these people even know what gluten is, so we sent a camera crew out to a popular exercise spot here in LA and asked people who are gluten-free a simple question: “What is gluten?” 

Weight Loss Really Is Simple

I will say the word “weight” a lot in this post, but I want you to understand that you can lose weight by cutting off your head. The primary goal should be fat loss and not just “weight” as this could mean anything. I’ve been over the finer details concerning the difference in the two and how we achieve the desired fat loss over just weight loss already, but if needed I will expand on it again in future posts.

No specific macronutrient is going to make you gain weight unless you eat an overabundance of calories (being from whatever source) in comparison to your energy expenditure.

This means if your energy intake is HIGHER than your energy output you will GAIN weight. If your energy intake is LOWER than your energy output then you will LOSE weight.

This can be achieved through a variety of ways from increasing your activity (more energy output) to eating smaller portions (less energy intake) or you could combine both methods. The road you take is up to you, but I suggest that you find the activities you enjoy for more energy output or you’re going to hate increasing your activity level.

Like to dance? Shake your money maker. Like to be strong? Lift some heavy ass weights. Like the water? Swim, row, kayak. Like to swing back and forth and do pull-ups? Try crossfit. (Please don’t throw paleo creampuffs at me. Srs.) It doesn’t matter what you do to increase your energy output as long as it’s more than what you’re doing now. 

This is how I became a powerlifter. I started as a runner then became a marathon runner. I hate running. I loathe it. I found out I loved lifting weights and then I was bit by the iron bug and never looked back.

If you think you can’t lose weight and you don’t track your calories and/or macronutrients and you haven’t tried to increase your activity level then you’ve never tried to lose weight appropriately.

I want you to be healthy. I want you to be successful. I want you to achieve your goals. I want you to have the knowledge to be and do these things.