JOSE LOPEZ - Fitness Expert


The end of summer is almost here and I’ve never felt so motivated to take my fitness to the next level. Typically I’d be using the lame excuse, “I’m trying to make the most out of the last few days of summer” so that I could cram in a few more burgers and drink a few more beers before the end of August. So what’s changed this time around? My training has switched up and my diet has too.

I’ve committed to working out 6 days a week – 2 days of bodybuilding style workouts, 2 days of metabolic conditioning style workouts, and the last two days are focused on active recovery like a 4hr hike or performing some hill sprints. This style of training has left me feeling refreshed and inspired to workout.

Secondly, I feel my diet has given me a boost of energy too. I switched over from being a heavy meat eater to a vegetarian diet for 85-90% of my weekly food intake. I’ve given myself a bit of slack and allow myself to have animal products 10-15% of the time so I can still enjoy the occasional burger or pizza slice. Truth be told, I’ve actually been doing this for the past 2 months and feel awesome! Instead of force feeding myself 4 chicken breast per day, I’m enjoying my meals loads more. Most of my calories are coming from plant based carbs and healthy fats. I’ve been crushing a variety of legumes, fruits and vegetables and haven’t missed the days of choking on a dry piece of chicken breast.

If you’re interested in switching over too and are highly active, I suggest eating tons each day to keep your energy levels up. In a typical day, I consume at least 2-3 sweet potatoes, 2-3 massive bean salads bowls with other veggies, 2 vegan protein shakes, 2-3 avocadoes daily and I sprinkle B12-rich nutritional yeast on everything.