Eating organic can in my experience make you gain weight.
And I say that based on years of observing
so many people coming to me who need to lose weight
and really have no idea as to why they put
that weight on in the first place.
One of the factors, unfortunately seems to be eating organic.
Stay tuned and I’ll explain why.
So, does eating organic make you more likely to gain weight?
The answer is a resounding yes!
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And this channel is really designed for me
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helping people with their fitness goals,
and taking the gift, all that data, seeing what works,
what doesn’t work, and sharing it
with as many people as possible.
This type of information can be life changing
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It’s my hope that my sharing, my life mission to share
my fitness information as much as possible
can help you on your path as well.
So, I’m going to start by saying that
when I first started training people
back where I come from in Trinidad
back in the early 1990s,
the word organic didn’t really exist for foods.
And I come from a place too, where there was not
that much advertising about food.
At that point, anyone coming to me
who was overweight or needed to lose weight
knew exactly what they were eating
to cause them to gain weight in the first place.
I came to America in the mid nineties
and started seeing towards the late nineties,
early two thousands as the organic movement
became more and more prevalent
and more and more products that were labeled organic.
I saw a trend.
How Eating Organic Made It Harder To Know What Foods Make You Gain Weight
I saw a shift. A big shift.
Whereas before people, even here in the US
kind of had an idea why was it
that they were gaining weight.
All of a sudden,
people had no idea why they were gaining weight.
Now, when someone comes in to work with me,
the first thing I do is go over with them
what their current diet is, so I can have an idea
of where they are, and what got them where they are.
But what I saw was alarming.
And what I heard was even more alarming.
And what I heard
more and more, were people saying,
“I’m gaining weight and I don’t understand
why I’m gaining weight because I eat organic.”
Eating organic, from the late nineties to now
has become perhaps one of the biggest challenges for me
to help people eat better.
Because there’s this real sense that if you eat a food,
even though it’s highly processed,
but it has the organic label on it,
that somehow or the other,
that label gives it a pass.
Now we can go into intricacies
of whether organic foods are better than other foods,
but that’s not what I’m here to talk about.
Because there may be some benefits to eating organic
and I myself, do I eat organic?
Absolutely, I do.
I’m not going to sit here and say that I don’t.
But it’s important first for me
to say something about what I’ve seen.
And here’s what I’ve seen.
Eating Organic Foods Does Not Confer Any Added Benefit in Terms Of Weight Loss
I’ve seen groups of individuals
who eat a hundred percent organic,
train the same way.
And if they are 100% on their diets,
they get fantastic results.
They realize their fitness goals.
On the other hand,
I’ve seen people who didn’t eat organic products at all
a hundred percent non-organic.
But they ate a hundred percent on their diet.
Trained the same way, increased muscle mass, lost weight,
and the differences between the group eating organic
and not eating organic.
As far as putting in for equal genders,
putting in for equal fitness levels, same ages,
and age groups [differences] were non-existent.
All that made a difference between those two groups
was whether or not they followed their diet or not.
Eating naturally occurring foods, non-processed foods
was much more important than whether
the foods were organic or not
as far as their weight loss over time.
That’s really important.
What’s more important, that group that ate organic,
if I extend that group out,
they were the ones who were actually least likely
to follow their diets because they were the ones
who were more likely to cheat with foods that were organic
and foods that were,
I would say bad enough
to make a big difference in their weight loss.
I could even tell you straight out that the
people who eat organic tend to have the sense that
what they eat is okay,
and are less aware of the impact that the foods
that they’re taking in,
can potentially have on weight gain and their weight loss.
Why We Want To Believe That Organic Foods Give Us A Pass
Now, it’s really important that you bear in mind
that this is not at all something that makes sense,
because again, we’re human
and too often, we try to think about ourselves like robots,
and we are not robots.
We are beings that work on emotion.
I’ve had competitive bodybuilders
on more than one occasion, with different people.
Some of them were certified nutritionists.
Some of them were personal trainers
and they would cheat on their diets
with foods that were organic, but somehow the other,
the idea that, because it’s organic it’s okay.
So, they would have chocolate,
chocolate was usually the most prevalent one,
and they would say to themselves
that it’s okay to have chocolate,
because if it’s organic,
somehow it cancels out the calories and the sugars.
And they had problems
and when I would see that they were eating those things,
and I would see that they weren’t making the progress
that they should have been making,
I could also see the confusion of someone who
one may argue should know better,
but it’s not about knowing better.
It’s hard with all this misinformation out there,
and you’re trying so hard to eat better.
You’re trying so hard to change your ways
and stay away from those hyper palatable foods
that give you such a rush.
And so your brain starts looking for ways out,
for things that, allow you to get that rush,
to get that mouth feel,
and your decisions are compromised
because the advertising is so strong
and you want to believe,
you want to believe that eating organic
is somehow going to make it such that
you can have all these great foods
that you really and truly love
and that you’ve always eaten,
and still lose weight and look fantastic.
I understand it completely. It’s part of being human.
But the problem is that the advertisers
and the producers who make these foods
they’re only focused on trying to create a product
that they can charge you more for
and they don’t care about the idea that
it actually influenced people to eat more.
The Food Industry Uses The Organic Label To Encourage You To Eat More
The whole idea behind the food economy,
is the food industry’s job
is to make you eat as much as possible of their products.
And there are so many different products out there.
And everyone’s trying to make you eat as much as possible.
It can be a minefield trying to navigate it.
It’s really, really hard today.
If I was growing up right now in America,
with all the misinformation out there,
I’m not sure that I would have found the path
to healthy eating that I found
because there would have been so much out there to
have led me in the wrong direction.
It’s a lot, it’s really, really a lot.
And it’s not just in the United States, it’s everywhere.
I have worked with clients around the world.
And whether it was Europe, whether it was Asia,
whether it was Africa, whether it was the West Indies.
Today, everyone is so influenced by marketing and the halo,
the healthy halo around organic foods
that people would eat organic ice cream and tell me,
“Hey, I eat organic ice cream so I don’t
understand why I gained weight, because it’s organic.”
The sugar king that was made
to make the sugar was organic.
The milk that was used was organic.
Why am I gaining weight?
It’s really, really hard to hear someone
who is really trying so hard, being manipulated so much.
And that’s what this video is about.
To make sure that you’re not manipulated,
you really have some perspective
as far as what organic foods can and cannot do.
All organic foods talk about is how the food was made.
If it’s an animal product, it talks about how it was raised,
what it was fed, which should be as natural as possible.
If it’s a plant-based food,
it’s only talking about how it was raised,
sorry, how it was grown, we don’t raise plants,
how it was grown, what fertilizers [were Used.]
And again, one can argue
whether natural fertilizers even exist.
But that’s not really the point here.
What fertilizers were used and the quality of soil,
all of those things have nothing to do with
whether or not that food will make you gain weight or not.
And it’s important that you are aware of it.
It’s a label. A label designed to make you pay more
and a label designed to make you feel good about eating it.
But don’t think for a fact that it’s going to somehow
or the other magically not contribute to the number
of calories you’re taking in,
or if it’s high in sugars, low in fiber,
that it’s not going to push insulin levels
and put you in a bad place.
If you have eaten organic foods in the past
and felt like it’ll give you a pass,
don’t feel bad about yourself.
Be kind to yourself, really important, be kind!
But be vigilant, be aware. And I hope
that what I’ve presented here helps you on your path.
Thanks again for tuning in and Excelsior!
Maximize Biceps Growth With High Intensity Arm Blaster Hammer Curls!
50lb Dumbbells For 20 reps!
The Arm Blaster is a fantastic piece of equipment for a home gym or any gym!
It doesn't take up much space and allows you to add variety to your biceps training.
It locks your elbows in place, thus increasing training intensity, and by doing a hammer curl, you can use more weight (thus increasing intensity even more) and target your brachialis muscles which help add density to your biceps!
This was my last set and I couldn't go any heavier as I am still nursing a wrist injury, but the 50lbers were more than enough to do the job!
Try them out next time you train arms and let me know how it goes!!!
Still training, hope you are too and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense
Injury-Proof Your Training: The Power of Workout Variation!
One of the main reasons why I can still train heavy and intensely at 49 after 35 years of nonstop training without any training related overuse injuries is the fact that I vary EVERY workout!
Overuse injuries come from doing the same movements over and over and by always changing your routine, you radically lessen the likelihood of chronic injury.
Squats, deadlifts, barbell curls and bench presses are great exercises, but if you do them all the time, you do increase the odds of getting injured.
And as a natural athlete, it bears mentioning that it takes years to realize your full potential, and so it's crucial to have a training program that is sustainable, and one that will allow you to train injury free for as long as I have or longer!
Thanks so much for tuning in and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense
This Is What 35 Years of Natural Bodybuilding Looks Like!
So as you know, As you may know I recently turned 49 and every year I do a photoshoot to show my progression.
In the hopes of showing that you can not only maintain a level of excellence as the years go by, but that you can do it without steroids, TRT, drugs or even pre-workouts and protein shakes!
(I’ve never had a pre-workout or energy drink and haven’t had a protein shake in decades!)
You don't need it as all it does make you forget tht excellence doesn’t require anything outside of yourself.
You already have all the tools you need!
Not a huge fan of taking photos of myself, (I much prefer being behind the camera) but I humbly try to be one example of just how much you can achieve with proper training and an uncompromisingly proper diet!
So here I am again at 49 and I am looking forward to seeing what you accomplish over the years as well!!! Thanks so much for tuning in and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense
Unlock Your Natural Potential By Varying Your Workouts!
For the past 32 years I have always done a different workout every time I trained.
I have never followed a set program of exercises and the only unifying aspect of my workouts is the blistering intensity!
I train three times a week with a protocol I call Naturally Intense High Intensity Training, and what distinguishes it from other forms of high intensity training is the constant variety.
Muscles grow in response to overload and UNACCUSTOMED stimulation.
Remember when you first started training how effective everything seemed to be, but over time that progress slowly ground to a halt.
You change your routine and see some progress, but the gains in size and strength inevitably fall off over time if you don't make a change.
Now what if you never left that "beginner gains" stage and were always training with different exercises and radically different ways of doing the exercises every single time?
You would be where I am, not having experienced a plateau over the past 32 years and be able to really start unlocking your natural potential!
How does it all work, and how would you measure progression? Watch the full video on YouTube by clicking on my bio link, or going to my YouTube channel (Naturally Intense) and see for yourself!
I really think it can help make a difference in your overall progress, and best of all, it helps you avoid injuries so you can keep training hard for years on end! Thanks in advance for watching and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense
Featured everywhere from the Wall Street Journal to CBS News, celebrity Personal Trainer NYC and with over 2.6 million readers of his blog, Kevin Richardson is the creator of Naturally Intense High Intensity Training, one of the top lifetime drug free bodybuilders of his time, the first International Fitness & Nutrition Consultant for UNICEF, 2020 and 8 Time Winner of the Best of Manhattan Awards for Personal Training and a world recognized authority on high intensity training. Kevin has helped thousands, from celebrities to CEO's over the past 30 years achieve their fitness goals with his 10 minute high-intensity workouts done just three times a week in conjunction with his holistic nutrition approach. You can learn more about about his diet and training services at www.naturallyintense.net
For the past thirty years, Celebrity Trainer and Natural Bodybuilding Champion. Kevin Richardson has helped hundreds realize their fitness goals in less time with Naturally Intense High Intensity 10 Minute Workouts.