The fit and passionate men of Propane Fitness recently featured MFM Advisor’s Shaka Smith where he shared, amongst other things, his typical daily diet, fitness routine and opinion cardio. Below are some notable take away from this awesome interview of Shaka Smith with Propane Fitness’s Ben.
Let’s talk about your approach to diet and training. How do you structure your diet?
In general, I focus on filling my diet with as much healthy food as possible to avoid the bad – when you’re full , cravings diminish. General rules I like to live by are keeping my carbohydrates low and medium on the glycemic index, obviously with a focus on low, leading up to competition, having protein every few hours and having at least one source from fish everyday. Beyond that, the biggest thing is paying attention to my body and how it changes in response to different food – we’re all a little bit different and one meal or food source can affect one person completely differently than another – I cannot underscore enough the value of being in tune to your body and its changes.
When did you start training? What motivated you?
I’ve always trained – I have been a lifelong athlete, primarily swimming and playing water polo. After college, I played on some club teams and went to the gym consistently. When I moved to LA I began to train with a friend who encouraged me to compete. So as far as training specifically with competing in mind it’s been since March 2011, but I have always trained – its been a lifelong love. I have always just been motivated to be healthy and athletic.
Read the complete interview here.