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Journal Entry 282 – The End of Elite XT / Less Meat

Life:

I have used the same protein powder as my main source for probably around 5-6 years at this point. The changed the formula again that apparently is “new and improved.” Not even close. They completely changed the texture of the protein and now it basically looks and tastes like the cheap whey protein you can find at Walmart. It tastes way worse, has less protein, more carbs, and the BCAA profile is worse. It has also risen in price to $40 for 4lbs. It used to be $32 for 4.4 lbs and that was back when it actually tasted good. What a shame. ūüė¶

I have recently switched to Cytosport 100% Whey Protein from Costco. Six pounds of protein for $39. That’s $0.50 a serving and about as good as it’s going to get for a high-quality protein powder. It doesn’t mix thick like Elite XT USED to mix, but it still tastes very good. Casein can also give a lot of digestive upset when consumed too frequently, so since this is 100% whey it avoids this.

I have been eating way less meat recently, so I really think it’s important to find a high-quality protein powder. After doing more research into factory farming and its dramatic impact on the planet, I really have found myself eating close to a vegetarian diet with very small amounts of meat. I don’t even think eating meat is a bad thing if you are hunting in the wild for fresh game. But this is far different from factory farming, where animals are seen as food and not animals. Unfortunately, if you buy meat at a grocery store or restaurant, then you are eating factory farming. I still eat some meat, but it is drastically reduced from where it used to be. Not to sound like a hippy, but I wonder how much better the planet would be doing if all livestock farming ended. Almost get to the point where if you want meat, you need to go out and hunt for it.

Workout:

I have decided to change up my workout to something entirely different than what I have done in the past, but still allow me enough to complete my workouts on my lunch break. I really want to increase my volume for size, but I also don’t want to burn out or spend hours in the gym. I have designed a workout where I mainly focus on one move a day and do lots of volume for that one move. I plan to do roughly 10 sets of each move each day for about 8 reps.

An example for Bench Press would be to warmup, then start with a weight I can get for about 8 reps. If this feels heavy, I take off weight and then get 8 reps with the new weight. I continue this pattern until I have done 10 sets. I did this on Saturday and got down to 155lbs on the 10th set. My arms were shaking afterward. I also seem to be able to get away with eating a lot more food training this way.

I also plan on doing at least 100 pushups every day (spread throughout the day) in addition to the one move of the day in the gym.

  • Sunday – Pushups only
  • Monday – Chinups 10 sets
  • Tuesday – Dips of Inc Press 10 sets plus pushups
  • Wednesday – Chinups mixed grips 10 sets plus pushups
  • Thursday – Bench Press 10 sets plus pushups
  • Friday – Chinups or Rows 10 sets plus pushups
  • Saturday – Bench Press 10 sets plus pushups

Diet:

As I have alluded to above, I’m eating much less meat than before. Protein is still adequate, but since I’m eating very quality whey protein, I need way less protein than you would think. The higher the quality the less you need overall. My carbs are pretty high, which is at least double the protein. Fat is always at a moderate level. I have been eating a ton of fruits and vegetables recently and make those the bulk of my diet.

 

 

 

 

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Elite XT Protein Powder

I used to tryout every single protein powder on the face of the planet. ¬†I really enjoyed trying out all the different brands and flavors, especially since a lot of protein powders taste like dessert. ¬†One thing I noticed with protein powder is that it can add up fast. ¬†Some top brands may appear to be “cheap”, but you get much less servings and don’t get your money’s worth. ¬†For the past 2 years I haven’t bought any other protein besides Elite XT and below I list some reasons why I stuck with this brand.

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  • The Taste (Delicious) – This is number one because even if something was affordable, it doesn’t meant I would continue to buy it if it tasted like crap. ¬†The Fudge Brownie and Rich Vanilla taste awesome. ¬†They are much thicker than most proteins, so you can eat them as a stand alone snack rather than mixing them with a shake and drinking it. ¬†There are three other flavors which are Banana Nut, Blueberry Muffin and Rich Chocolate, but I haven’t tried them yet. ¬†I’m a fan of the neutral flavors as they tend to mix better with almost everything.
  • The ValueA 4.4lb tub costs $30-35 depending if its on sale or not. ¬†The serving scoop is , so you end up getting over 60 servings per container. ¬†When it comes to protein powder, especially the kind that tastes good and isn’t overly cheap, this price is about as good as it gets. ¬†It lasts for several months before you have to buy it again and I use at least 2 scoops every day.
  • The Quality – Elite XT is not a whey protein. ¬†Its a blended protein consisting of Casein, Whey and Egg protein. ¬†It also has added BCAA (branched chain amino acids), especially Leucine (the most anabolic BCAA). ¬†These ingredients make it vastly superior to standard whey proteins. ¬†Elite XT is released slowly over 12 hours so you get a steady stream of protein in the system. ¬†This is very good for people on diets because it stays with you longer. ¬†Again some proteins are on par with the quality of Elite XT, but they are much more expensive.
  • Consistency – A lot of protein powders once they get popular start jacking up the price big time. ¬†Elite XT has held steady since I started using it. ¬†I also never get tired of the flavors either, which is why I never tried the other 3 flavors they make. ¬†If it ain’t broke dont fix it.
  • Texture – This protein is much thicker than whey and almost every other protein I’ve tried except for Muscle Milk. ¬†If you mix it with just a little milk (3 TBS) it turns into a pudding that taste awesome. ¬†Many proteins don’t allow you to do this as they are very thin and just a little bit of milk turns it into soup.

Verdict – I will continue to stick by Elite XT as long as they sell it for the reasons listed above. ¬†I’m sure there are some better protein powders out there, but rest assure you will have to pay a pretty penny for it. ¬†Overall Elite XT has the best blend of benefits of any other brand I’ve tried so it has my loyalty.