Why trust custom meal planner? Experience! Over 2.1 million meal plans made for people serious about their fitness and health has made us experts in meal planning. What started as a tool for Scooby to cut for his men's physique competition has become the most trusted meal planner for athletes and fitness minded people worldwide. There are dozens of macro trackers and meal planners out there but none of them guide you into making perfect meals for muscle gain, fat loss, and optimal health like CustomMealPlanner.Com does.
- What are the credentials of those who designed CustomMealPlanner.Com? This software was completely designed by Scooby Werkstatt of scoobysworkshop.com llc also known as Scooby1961 on YouTube where he has been one of the most trusted YouTube fitness trainers for the last decade. Scooby has 35 years of bodybuilding and sports experience and as an engineer, understands the scientific method and the proper way to use research.
- Are there doctors or dietitians on staff at CustomMealPlanner.Com? No, there are no dietitians or medical professionals on staff but remember that doctors were the ones who told us eggs raised blood cholesterol levels, BPA was an awesome new can liner material, and soy turned men into women 🙂 Although a bit tongue in cheek, this is to point out that despite all the posturing and research, our knowledge about nutrition is in its infancy and anyone who says they know it all is a complete fool. Fancy letters after your name does not make you right nor an expert. It is important to point out however the importance of discussing any meal plan produced here with your physician before using it and this becomes of critical importance if you have diseases, eating disorders, food allergies, or other medical issues.
- How do you determine how healthy a meal is? Its important to note that there is zero research that proves what nutrition is healthiest, we simply do not know enough. Developing a formula to quantify the health of a meal requires a lot of reading, a lot of experience, and a very good intuition - Scooby has all of these. The health rating factors in many factors including what type and how many vegetables you eat, how many and which fruits you eat, how processed the foods you eat are, what percent of your calories come from animal products, how much fiber you get, and how much sodium. Note also that the meal planner takes two very important factors into account for the health rating that are not nutritional: amount of sleep and amount of strenuous cardio.
- How do you determine how good a meal is for muscle building? Like with the health rating of meals, there is no research that proves anything, we need to use accumulated knowledge of the sports and bodybuilding communities to come up with a formula about how good a meal is for muscle building. The muscle rating takes the protein intake into account, the quality of the protein and the amount of omega-3 fatty acids. The muscle rating also takes into account one very important factor that is not nutritional in nature: sleep. If you do not get sufficient sleep, your meal plan's muscle rating will be penalized.
Money Warps Nutritional Education
One big problem is that the science behind nutrition is truly at its infancy and the nutritional recommendations of the scientific and medical communities has been dead wrong several times in the last 30 years but there is an additional problem - money. Our research and educational materials are strongly influenced by large corporations and have been ever since World War II. The first food pyramid was heavily influenced by the dairy industry who got themselves a prominent position on the food pyramid. This influence continues to this day. Although the revised food pyramid is better, its still tainted by agribusiness money. Industry lobbyist groups for sugar, HFCS, snack foods, and soft drinks work constantly with the American Medical Association and other prominent groups to get position papers favorable to their junk food written.
The point is that you need to be a very informed consumer when it comes to nutrition. Do not blindly follow anyones recommendation because not only might they be making honest mistakes but they might simply be trying to get your food dollars.
What CAN you believe about nutrition?
Great question! Scooby has been a bodybuilder with a health focus for over 30 years and has constantly been reading about nutrition and the latest research. Here is what Scooby believes:
- The more processing a food undergoes, the worse it is for bodybuilding, performance and health.
- 90% of the food in a grocery store is nutritional garbage because of #1 above - highly processed snack foods, convenience foods, deserts, etc.
- Get your proteins from a variety of sources. You never know what will be the next tuna-mercury scare so try to limit each protein source to no more than 25% of your daily protein intake. Same principal applies to fats and carbs.
- Refined sugars and simple carbs like enriched, bleached flour are for cheat meals only and have no place in daily nutrition if you are serious about physical performance, fitness, and health.
- Maximizing calories from colorful, non-starchy vegetables, not only helps reduce hunger with hardly any calories but provides generous doses of anti-oxidants to help prevent disease.
- Well planned vegetarian and vegan nutritional plans can help lower risk of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
- Vegetarian bodybuilders are at no disadvantage when it comes to gaining muscle. Scooby is living proof of this.
- Artificial flavors cause over-eating and obesity.
- Macros are over rated and have no place in the nutritional plan of a serious athlete. Protein needs are based on how demanding your training is and your LBM - not some arbitrary percentage. Unless you need low carb for a keto or low-carb nutritional plan, the quality of a food and its degree of processing is infinitely more important than its macros.
- Really tasty foods, even when they are healthy, lead to over eating and obesity.
- Fiber consumed in its natural state in fruits, legumes, and vegetables is essential for health of the GI tract.
- Animals concentrate pollutants. Minimizing the number of calories you get from animal sources will decrease exposure to heavy metals, toxins, and pesticides..
- If you cant plant your own garden or shop at farmers markets every day, don't despair. The produce in supermarkets is inferior but you can simply make up for this by eating a bit more. Vitamins and antioxidants decline in vegetables picked weeks before they are sold but they are still present, you just need to eat more to get what is needed.
- The foods we eat today were cross-bread for flavor, texture, yield, pest resistance, and sweetness and NOT for nutrition! Although we have been cross-breeding plants for thousands of years, its only in the last hundred or so that we have had the tools to really mess things up so if you have the luxury of planting your own garden or shopping in a farmers market, stick to heirloom varieties that existed several hundred years ago.