Friday, May 1, 2015

My Second Year at The Gym

During my second year at the gym I started to take supplements just a multivitamin and protein powder at first.  Eventually I took protein, mass builders and fat burners all from the local vitamin shop.  But even then my body did not look the way I wanted I did not realize the importance of reading and understanding food labels. The protein I was taking made me gain weight but most of it was not lean muscle it was fat.  The protein powder had a ton of sugar.  I made the shake with peanut butter and milk (more sugar and carbs) plus my diet consisted of bread, rice and pasta.  Carbs turn into sugar the body stores excess sugar as fat (lipogenesis).

I decided to switch to a no sugar no carb whey protein product.  Only then did my body start improving and giving me better results.  I also tried creatine which did work but the problem is that once you get off it the muscle size decreases as creatine gives you water weight via increased cell volume.  Some people have the type of body that although they may take lots of supplements their body still will not respond some of it may be poor exercise form or diet but some of it is genetics.  Some supplements can be dangerous so be careful (they are not FDA regulated).  I remember a friend of mine taking ephedrine got a heart attack the sad part was that it didn't work for him he didn't lose the weight he wanted it did work for my bodybuilding friends though. Don't rely on drugs if you are not responding well to your routine or diet change it up don't quickly turn to pills and powders they will be of little help.  There are supplements that claim to increase lean muscle mass and strength but all you get is a placebo effect not worth $70+.

I got the body I wanted when I got more experience and better eating habits all of this was done without any supplements.  I saw a lot of guys use their whole paycheck on supplements.   Designer proteins, creatine can run you up to $60 each for a one month supply then you have to add the cost of the large increase in food consumption, the gym membership and other drugs that gym goers take; that is one expensive body.  Personally I don't think it is healthy to take a lot of supplements for long periods of time I have not taken any in over 6 yrs.

Final thought:
Aside from getting fit exercise improves neural connections in your brain and enhances memory and acquisition, according to a study published in Behavioral Neuroscience.  Another study found that regular aerobic exercise appears to increase the size of the hippocampus.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

My First Year At The Gym

At about the age of 19 I was invited by a few friends to the gym although it was not my first time I had never gone to the gym on a regular basis.  At that time I was very skinny/bony but I need to clarify that I still had no definition on my body so although I appeared skinny I had some fat (over 10%) covering what little muscle I did have so no vascularity either.  I had no structure, I did some of the exercises the wrong way since no one taught me the right form.  Eventually my friends stopped going and although I was the newbie I was the only one that remained after 3 months.  I admit that I had a lot to learn at the end of that year people could not tell that I worked out neither could I.  The only good thing that I got out of that year was discipline.  Eventually toward the end of that year I started to look for help the bodybuilders told me to pick one or two body parts to work on per day.  I used to work every hammer strength machine everyday that's how clueless I was.  I also did not do much cardio since I would get exhausted quickly I also found it boring.  My diet was also pretty bad I did not know much about biology or nutrition.

Eventually through magazines and questioning the right people I got the right routine, form and somewhat better diet.  It took a second year to see results that is also when I began to understand my body.  I learned about all the muscle groups, proteins as well as amino acids.

An important thing to consider is that if you want to increase muscle mass ask someone who has what you want.  If getting six pack abs is what you want make sure you ask someone who was fat and lost the weight some people are born with a fast metabolism no matter what they eat they will always stay lean.  The last factor that helped me last a whole year in the gym was the fact that I tried to connect I got a few partners to motivate me and push me when I felt lazy.  On my next post I will right a bit about what I learned on my second year and on the world of supplements and later on anabolic steroids.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Truth About Day Trading

Day trading stocks is not easy it requires a lot of discipline.  By this I mean that you need to develop rules and stick to them, easier said than done.  You can make mental/paper trades and in all of those come out a winner and exit/enter at the right times.  When you trade with real money that is another story emotions take over and you begin to behave differently.  The same discipline that I used to transform my body (eating healthy haven't had a cookie in over 7yrs, jogging, weight training) is the same discipline required to be a good day trader.  Consider this if I meet 10 stock traders 8 will have told me that they lost LARGE sums of money of the 2 remaining one will have broke even and the other either took small losses or small gains.  The norm is that most have lost money they couldn't afford to lose.  That is why you should only trade with money you can spare but almost nobody does that and that brings me back to my first point it takes discipline to do what you are supposed to not what feels good.

The worst thing a day trader can do is start off with a few gains and think that he is gifted and start taking on large trades only to encounter his first huge loss.  That is another point I want to make not all of the traders I meet start off losing some make $20-$30k but manage to turn that into a $50k loss. Then you have the guy that bought at the 52 week/all time high only to see his stock eat it hard.  I have traded for years so I have become better at managing risk.  I have seen so many things go wrong.  I have taken several painful losses as well as healthy gains there are so many scenarios and things that can and do go wrong that I could have not known or hedged for when I first started trading.  I unlike most started trading with small amounts of money to protect myself and to make sure I did not confuse luck with skill.

There are just too many things to explain that I would need to write a book, just know that until you see many personal examples of irrational stock behavior, mistakes as well as other things go wrong (problems such as having your Internet service interrupted in the middle of a trade) don't day trade or stock trade too aggressively.  From my experience you shouldn't trade stocks every single day I think the more you trade the more likely you are to make mistakes so don't over trade, sometimes just holding on long term can be a better strategy.  Finally, you can't compete against huge financial institutions so know that your trades will always be at a disadvantage compared to the big boys.  If you decide to day trade you are only hoping to take little bits here and there off the table.  In regards to trading speed is everything.  Therefore be cautious or try other ways of making money that come with less risk.

One last thought on Tuesday I day traded GoPro at 43.55 today it is trading at 40.45 overnight I would have lost $3100 that is one of the risks associated with day trading.  Instead I went ahead and traded Twitter at 50.58 (now trading at 50.29) which gave me a quick profit.  I don't hold allegiance to any stock I pick what seems profitable for the day this changes day by day, minute by minute.