Thursday, December 2, 2010

Healthy Business Awards and a Few Good Reads


So apparently I'm nominated for "Role Model of The Year" in "Healthy Business Awards 2010". I guess you could say it's the Swedish fitness industry's version of the Emmy's.

Here's what it says for nominations in my category:

"This award goes to the person that during the past year has made an effort or an achievement which has been positive for the business. In our evaluation we also take into consideration whether the nominee has contributed to increased mass media interest in the business."

I'm not sure how highly they value the people's vote, but I thought I'd ask you to put in a vote for me if you've benefited from the information I've provided on my site.

Then again you could always argue that I'm not much of a role model, as I like to drink and eat cheesecake...

If I win I promise to continue my work to improve the health and living conditions of cheesecakes everywhere.

Note: Voting is closed. Thanks to everyone who voted.

Anyway, the page where you vote is in Swedish, so here's what you do:

* Click here to go the page.

* Scroll down to "Årets förebild," or whatever it says when you run Google translate, and you'll see my name and my site.

(Or just hit Ctrl + F on your keyboard and type in "leangains", and you'll find me.)

* Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the button ("Rösta!" or whatever it'll say once translated). And that's it.

Easy peasy. Should take less than 30 seconds of your time. The poll closes on Monday, so please go do it now rather than wait till it's too late.

After you've voted, here's a few good reads you should check out.

A Few Good Reads

1. A new study on the Paleo diet came out two days ago: "A Paleolithic diet is more satiating per calorie than a Mediterranean-like diet in individuals with ischemic heart disease." You can download the full text free.

This was a Swedish study and most of the authors actually live nearby. Staffan Lindeberg is a long-time and fairly well known proponent of the paleo diet. The name should ring a bell for anyone who's done their reading on paleolithic nutrition.

The diet approach used in this study was "ad libitum", meaning that participants could eat as much as they wanted out of a few food groups. Based on the food logs, protein intake was estimated to be 27% and 20% in the paleo and Mediterranean diet respectively. The results aren't really that surprising, as high-protein diets always come out on top. I've talked about the effects of various macronutrients in "Cheat Day Strategies for The Hedonist."

2. In a fascinating video, "D3hundred" showcases his transformation from a 300 lbs powerlifter to a 300 lbs body weight training specialist. The gap between powerlifting, which relies on high maximum or relative strength (in his weight class it would be maximum more than relative), and calisthenics (strength-endurance) is huge.

3. Lyle McDonald talks about choosing the right diet and training approach in "Does the Training Determine the Diet or the Diet Determine the Training?"

4. In this talk on why we overeat, David Kessler explains the effect of food on reward circuits and much more. I just found this among my old bookmarks, which goes back about a year or so, so I can't quite recall the talk in detail but I remember it being very good. I watched it after a friend recommend Kessler's book: "The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite". I haven't gotten around to reading it but the recommendation was from a person who's opinion I value.

Another book that's on my "stuff I want to read"-list is "Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human". Lyle gave it two thumbs up, so it's likely a good read.

By the way, if you're planning to order from Amazon and want a good book on training, I recommend "Beyond Brawn: The Insider's Encyclopedia on How to Build Muscle and Might". This was the book that set me straight with regards to weight training and I've talked about it in this old post.

Still have my old copy of Beyond Brawn. Great book, especially if you're just starting out or want to get serious about making progress.

5. Some humor from The Oatmeal: "Why I Don't Cook at Home". Hilarious... :D Excellent contrast to Jonah Lehrer's "Why Making Dinner is a Good Idea", which I mentioned in the last round of good reads.

That's it for tonight. Keep up with me on Twitter if you want to get more tips on read-worthy material.


Nick N said...

I'll vote for you once you get up that holiday quick-fix diet!

jkjk just voted

Tom said...

Just voted. Thanks for the links, great stuff!

LayzieBone085 said...

Voted, keep up the good work Martin.

Eek said...

Not sure if you would mind adding/writing a more in depth review of Beyond Brawn. I've always wondered what you've thought about the training frequency, its so infrequent, and very different from Alan and Lyles's recommendation for mass gains. Also your thoughts on the differences between that one and the Brawn.

Oh and you can count on my vote.

Valhalla said...

Thank you for every thing you've provided Martin. I'll gladly vote for you.

Nice devil eyes in the pic. You are really going to bring to that cheesecake!

Anonymous said...

"Tack för att du röstade!"


darnfitness said...

Rösta! (Whateva the heck that means!)

I second the Beyond Brawn, and the secuel as well.

Now go finish that book, biatch

Evan Picard said...

Tack för att du röstade!

Christian Wernstedt said...

I voted for you. I've learned so much from reading your blog that my head spins.

murffi said...


Jóhann Pálmar said...

You got my vote.

I also beat you to it. Ordered Beyond Brawn two weeks ago. Takes 3-4 weeks if I don't want to pay more than the book itself for transfer.

Joe said...

I'm reading Catching Fire right now. Great book so far!

Bill Pairaktaridis said...

Voted! I'll also look into that book. I've been lifting for about a year but it will be good to see what I can learn from it (a lot I would assume). Also, if you get picked, will you promise to put out the book before my unborn children decide to get into fitness?

Raidho said...

Tack för att du röstade!
You certainly deserve to win Martin. Hopefully this is step forward to enlightenment for the masses.
I've introduced IF and the Leangains approach to my brother, my girlfriend and lately my cousin, and they are all superexcited! My brother is aiming for NY Marathon 2012, started running and weight-training in January, weighing 103 kg/227 lbs. He's down to 80 kg/176 lbs now while his strenght in the gym has skyrocketed. All while implementing the leangains approach. Thank you so much for doing an awesome job, keep it up!

Chris Kav said...


Steve said...

I voted for you.

Hope that motivates you to finish the book earlier :D.

Keep up the great work.

Larry said...

Voted and bought the Kindle edition of Beyond Brawn. Interested in your take on IF, conditioning, and strength training for combat sports, for me specifically BJJ. I have lost 20 pounds since starting IF (ESE transitioning to Leangains in the last 3 months). I train BJJ 4 times a week, do 1 long conditioning session, and currently do 3 weight training sessions a week (reverse pyramid). I do not want to gain mass only strength. I would like to maintain weight at 183, jack strength levels up, and cut to 170 for competitions. Any modifications in lifting or diet?

Anonymous said...

You definetly deserve it!

Tack för att du röstade!

Good luck dude.

fitmacdaddy said...

Just Voted Martin. Buzzzz!

Pip said...

Just voted. I hope you win it because you have provided some really great and helpful information on this blog.

Inspired by your interview with Richard on his Free the Animal blog and my Danielle's amazing transformation, I did two fasted workouts with the heaviest weights I had for the first time this week. What was surprising to me was the incredibly good mood I was in for the rest of the day after those workouts.

Anonymous said...

hahahahaha,,love the " super stoked cheesecake face "

Anonymous said...

Sweet Jesus your arms look massive in that cheesecake pic! You got my rosta.

Good luck!

-Mike L.

Zimm said...

Voted for ya Martin! Thanks for your contributions and I look forward to all your future updates, and maybe one day getting to share stories with ya!


kristoffer said...

"Röstade" for you! ;)

Your biceps looks totally freaky in the cheesecake pic. Will the family cheesecake recipe be featured in the book?

Raj said...


Tack för att du röstade!

Anonymous said...

Holy.. those are some massive biceps.. not to self: work harder on chinups.. >_<

Pikku said...


Curious about your 'holiday quick-fix' as well, hope you decide to post it.

Anonymous said...

Har nu röstat, röstade för att du delat dina kunskaper så generöst! En livsstil som jag nu anammat!
Jac Lau

Ahmed said...

Congrats on the Nomination Martin.

That video is crazy, 300 pounds doing body-weight work some "body-weight specialists" can't do themselves.

Ronni danmark said...

Just voted.. Thanks for all the great info.

Zack said...

just voted, now where is that cheesecake update??

Thanks for all the amazing information you've given out

Brandon Elliott said...

Excellent! Just voted.

Jarrett H. said...

Voted! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

be honest..

were you flexing your arms?

or pumped up?

Martin Berkhan said...

Thanks to everyone who voted. I appreciate it.

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