We have another incredible video for you from Hodge Fitness in Oahu, Hawaii — This time, it’s Lani Kawasaki, who’s been training for her NPC Figure Pro Card. She competes on July 26, 2013, and we’ll keep an eye out for her in throughout her quest.
We have some commentary on the diet plan below, but first, check out her “Light” Leg video – doing quads, in this case:
Protein-Based Foods – FISH ONLYWhat I like best about Lani’s routine is that she is using just fish for her protein-based foods. While most of the competition is eating nothing but chicken breasts and turkey, Lani, under the supervision of her husband Mike, opts for pure fish.
This makes sense in more ways than one.
The Benefits of High-Fish Diets
- Cardiovascular Benefits – There are a ton of studies backing it, and nearly everyone knows that Omega-3 Fatty Acids from fish oil are immensely important to your cardiovascular system. If you weren’t aware, just check out WebMD’s Fact Sheet.It goes without saying, fish is high-protein, low (or zero-carb) food, and the fat can be “customized” by choosing the right kind for the right occasion and macronutrient goals.We also have a fish oil benefits page if you want some quick links to research studies on all types of things (mental health and joint health, for instance).
- Wild Caught and Fresh – Do you know where your chicken and turkey come from? Unless you’re getting it from a local pastured farm, you probably don’t. But for Lani, fish in Oahu is straight from the water, and wild caught, meaning it hasn’t been fed unnatural junk like corn and soy.
This should be important for everyone… but for a bodybuilder, it’s doubly so.
- Variety – There are tons of different types of fish, each which eat different foods themselves and provide different tastes and benefits. A vast array of micronutrients from some of the healthiest vertebrates on the planet! Compare that to eating just chicken and turkey… boring!
- Native to Her Culture – Hawaiians have long lived on extremely high fish-based diets. I believe that your heritage is important to some of the food choices you make. Polynesians are clearly adapted to eating fish – why not take advantage?
Meanwhile, they have about zero adaptation to corn, wheat, and soy – something you won’t find in Lani’s diet right now (her carbs are coming from sweet potatot). And back to the benefits, fish-eating cultures are simply healthier.
Regardless, I’m excited to see how this works out over the months. I think it will work incredibly well. Judging from Lani’s experience so far, it’s clearly working for her.
Complex Carbs – Sweet Potatoes
We don’t get too many details about her carbs, but they come from sweet potatoes and she gets them in every meal – 2oz per meal. We absolutely love sweet potatoes and yams here, and preach them often. Best carb source on the planet.
Lani’s Supplement Stack – Also Includes Whey Isolate
Besides fish, Lani also uses whey protein isolate to get her protein – two scoops post workout.
Pure whey protein isolates are of much higher quality than traditional whey protein concentrates, or mixtures of both. They are cleaner and typically have less carbs, as the milk sugars (lactose) have been filtered (ie isolated) out. We highly recommend whey isolate to anyone who is lactose intolerant.Beyond that, Lani’s using USP Labs OxyELITE Pro as her fat-burning thermogenic (hint: in our upcoming Top 10 Fat Burners list, OEP is #1 by a pretty long shot), as well as raspberry ketones.
OxyELITE Pro gives pre workout energy and a lot of fat-burning and thyroid function improvement, while the raspberry ketones add a stimulant-free antioxidant blend that helps promote lipolysis as well. Simple, but powerful stack.
Ever notice how the real-deal athletes keep it simple and dominate it in the gym and in the kitchen? Take note!! We’d love to sell you a zillion supplements, but the fact is that nothing beats good ol’ fashioned wild fish, organic sweet potatoes, and asparagus.
The Workout Routine
The video is just of her quad routine for legs, but you can check out her entire split at the 2:20 mark. Lani looks great already, and has a good amount of time to look even better. The schedule is posted here at MuscularDevelopment.com. We’re excited to see more videos from her soon. Keep it up Lani!