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  1. So I've been seeing a urologist about a frequent urination problem- an embarrassing problem to have at only 21 years old- for a few weeks now, and after getting some ultra-sound results back, he explained that my prostate was in the 70th percentile, size-wise for males my age. He was going over the basics of what it means to have an enlarged prostate, and what this might mean for health as I get older, and he mentioned something about eating a diet high in animal fats, and my ears pricked up. I eat HF/LC- about 40g carbs and 100g fat a day, so I mentioned that to him. He commended my eat 40g carbs a day, but said that 100g fat a day is a lot and there have been studies linking high fat diets to prostate cancer. We sort of ended the nutrition conversation with him saying that I should eat less fat, I could get my low carb/low fat/high protein calories from protein shakes, rather than low carbs/high fat/high protein from animal sources. He also concluded by saying he's not a nutritionist, and asked why I'm concerned about eating LC/HF since I'm in such good shape. While I'm not in awful shape, I wouldn't really call my 5'7", 155, ~20-23% bf "such good shape." So while he seems like a good urologist, I don't know if I should be taking diet advice from him. Anyway, I found this article, along with several other agreeing and conflicting articles, and was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on the subject. http://www.cavemandoctor.com/2012/01/19/can-a-caveman-diet-help-fight-prostate-cancer-or-even-help-cure-it/ Thanks.
  2. gtrsolo1- someone who knows far more than me is going to come along and give you good advice soon enough, but I though I could pass along some broad-minded tips for eating better. A lot of people on this website are big proponents of a high fat/low carb diet (using the term "diet" loosely, because diet implies temporary), and someone more educated than myself can and probably will explain the finer details, but the key is that by cutting down on carbs as a source of energy, the body is forced to metabolize your fat storages for energy, thus burning it. I'm sort of new to HF/LC, but I find eating that way is actually really not hard at all, and I feel as if I could sustain it as a lifestyle change. What it means is lots of veggies, cheeses, meats (chicken thighs, sausages, burgers w/o the bun, etc), eggs, and nuts- in other words, "real" food. Unfortunately no cookies, crackers, bread, or pasta, but eventually you'll get used to that. Being a student, I'm on campus a lot and really don't have time for long meals. I don't know if this directly correlates to having a family, but try making a few days worth of food at a time, and then heat it up as needed. Personally I don't mind eating the same thing a few times in a row, but if you google paleo recipes, there's so much information if you feel the need to mix things up. I don't stick to a strictly paleo diet, but if you're looking for new ideas, that's a good starting point. Lastly, tracking your food with MyFitnessPal is really eye opening. I used to eat just copious amounts of food, even if it were healthy, and not even realize it. Start to measure your meals and track your macros, I bet you'd be surprised by what you see.
  3. Cool beans. Buffalo is a bit of a further drive plus rush hour traffic, but I won't have to wake up at the ass-crack of dawn to get to class, so that's a plus. I'll make them my #1 to check out.
  4. Gotcha. By the way, thanks for helping me out, Ive noticed youve been answering my questions all over the forum.
  5. Ok if Crossfit Buffalo is a known box that makes me feel pretty good about it then!
  6. Thanks guys. Do either of these look better than the other from a quick glance? I guess the obvious thing is Crossfit Buffalo had been around for a while and has a bigger staff, and Crossfit Amherst is very new. But the Amherst one is way more convenient for me. The Amherst one also seems to have a younger demographic (good for me)- probably because they are right next to my University. http://crossfitbuffalo.com/ http://crossfitamherst.com/ There's two other places in the area, but their schedules kind of suck.
  7. Hi all- Just curious if anyone had a Crossfit box recommendations for Buffalo. I see that there is Crossfit Buffalo, Crossfit Amherst, Crossfit Williamsville, and a couple different ones set up by Buffalo Athletic Club. I'm leaning towards Crossfit Buffalo because the schedule is better for me, but Crossfit Amherst is close to me so that's also a consideration. I'm concerned about safety because I've just hurt my back lifting, and I was wondering if anyone could tell me which box might have the best coaches in that regard. Thanks.
  8. So how can a noob like me determine if a Crossfit Box is a good one? If I ask them about safety, everyone's gonna say "Safety is our number 1 concern." And being a noob, I really wouldn't know if they were right or not. All the criticisms I see say that every Crossfitter they know gets hurt at least once or twice. I'm about to make a post to ask in the regional section which are the good boxes.
  9. Well yesterday I pulled a muscle in my back pretty bad doing a dumbbell deadlift- I've already seen a doctor, no worries- and it got me thinking that I really should be working out in a group or with a partner, for the sake of my form. Plus, if I got hurt at school, that would be way worse than getting hurt at home. I'm thinking about starting at the Crossfit by my school in January, but I'm not positive. They have a student rate, and the schedule works fine for me as well. I'm 5'7", 160, about 20%BF. I was 2 weeks into the NF Strength guide, so I'm relatively new to fitness, but I am committed. I'm realistic in my expectations, but I'd really like to have a muscular body to be proud of by summer- maybe around 15% BF. Think Sean Connery as 007. My concern is this: I know from other members on this site that due to my body composition, I really should be focusing on lifting weights now. A lot of critics of Crossfit claim that because of the endurance-based nature, it is a cardio-strong program. Most of before-after pics I see are either: A ) Overweight people who finish with a body composition similar to mine (aka better but not best). B ) Thin people who become fairly muscular. I guess I'm just skeptical that these people are ONLY doing crossfit. I haven't seen anyone go from my composition to muscular really. I think it's the random nature of the workouts that kind of OTOH, I really want to be fit, not a body builder. Sorry if my question is begging an obvious answer, but thanks anyway for baring with me.
  10. Well fuck me I pulled a muscle in my back deadlifting (incorrectly, apparantly). Doc loaded me up and perscribed rest for 7-10 days. I'm really annoyed at myself, especially because I'm missing a week of workouts... I guess that's how I know I'm on the right track. Anyway, hindsight being 20/20, I'm thinking about joining a crossfit gym I don't have to work out alone. Going to continue watching my food while I'm resting.
  11. 12-13-13 Weigh in day: 155lb 19.74% BF (not 100% on that number) Chest: 37.125 Ab: 33.375 Thigh: 23.375 Moob Skinfold: 30.3
  12. 12-12-13 Oh I did 30 burpees, i forgot to enter that. Not so hot, but I was really shot by then.
  13. Sorry to bother again, I was doing the front squats with 55lb dumbbells, which I could barely lift to my chest (once I did get them up, I was OK for the squats themselves). For the next few weeks I'm working out at a planet fitness, which means that they don't have squat racks- just smith machines and other machines. Should I keep going with the dumbbells? I have 2 more weeks on this workout plan.
  14. 12-11-12 -ARC Trainer, 30 min, moderate -Treadmill, 15 min, HIIT
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