Back when I was younger I broke my left leg in a bad way TWICE in the same place.
The second time I broke it was 20 years ago.
Today I've got a metal rod going through my bone to hold the leg together.
Every now and then I can feel this niggling pain in my leg, and I think it's because I regularly get stress fractures in this leg.
What I decided to do when I get these stress fractures, is I eat a cereal bowl's worth of RAW SPINACH one to three times a day.
Green leafy veggies like spinach help heal bones far better than does milk. This is because the calcium in leafy greens is more bioavailable than the calcium in milk, and leafy greens also contain vitamin K, which helps heal bones.
But When I Started Eating Spinach, I Noticed Something Funny
I started getting seriously muscular.
I changed nothing else in my diet, I changed nothing else in my training.
The only change I made was I was regularly eating raw spinach.
I started to get seriously beefed up, like I was taking steroids.
I couldn't wear my regular 15.5 inch neck shirts anymore, my arms, shoulders and chest were just too big, my shirts were too tight.
Nowadays I mostly do strength training. I avoid doing too much hypertrophy training because I prefer not to look like a bodybuilder with huge muscles. But I was starting to look like a bodybuilder, and I was getting a little freaked out!
It didn't take me long to realize it was the spinach.
Damn! PopEye The Sailer Man Was Right All Along!!!
The cartoon wasn't exaggerating after all! (OK, maybe it was a little bit)
Spinach, RAW spinach, can beef you up like you're on steroids.
This can come in handy on your road to losing man boobs.
This is because with bigger muscles you burn more calories, and you get bigger testosterone boosts from your workouts.
That's why in my weight training program for losing man boobs, called the Chest Sculpting Blueprint, I show you how to train in the hypertrophy range to maximize muscle growth.
So why is RAW spinach so good at boosting muscle growth AND at helping you burn fat?
Spinach contains plant based steroids called phytoecdysteroids (“phyto” “ecdy” “steroids”).
As the name suggests, phytoecdysteroids are a form of steroid, ANABOLIC steroid nonetheless.
They act like human anabolic steroids to help boost muscle growth, but WITHOUT the side effects.
Phytoecdysteroids are said to possess anabolic activity similar to steranobol, an artifical anabolic steroid that has been banned because of its performance enhancing ability in sports.
One study on muscle cells in a culture medium, found that phytoecdysteroids can improve muscle growth by up to 20%.
In the same study, rats injected with phytoecdysteroids for a month were found to have increased grip strength.
In another study, one group of male mice were given a phytoecdysteroid, and another group given the popular illicit anabolic steroid, Dianabol. In each of these groups, one group of mice was preconditioned with a swimming test, and another group not preconditioned. Where Dianabol only caused muscle growth in the mice who underwent training, the phytoecdysteroid caused muscle growth in BOTH groups of mice. Also, the phytoecdysteroid caused muscle growth in a wider range of muscle tissue than did Dianabol.
I can go on and on about different studies that prove the muscle boosting properties of phytoecdysteroids. The pharmaceutical industry is using phytoecdysteroids as a base from which to formulate anabolic drugs they can patent and profit from. They'll never come out and say, “Hey, just eat spinach”, because there's no profit in it for them. They can't patent spinach and sell it for an inflated price.
Spinach is also packed full of a whole bunch of other vitamins and minerals, including folate, selenium, glutathione, and vitamin E, which play an important role in boosting testosterone. Testosterone both helps you lose man boobs and boost muscle growth.
Phytoecdysteroids Have Also Been Shown To Help You Lose Weight
Phytoecdysteroids help burn body fat by increasing glucose metabolism, thereby stabilizing blood sugar and minimizing the need for the fat-storage hormone insulin. Less insulin means your body stores less fat.
They also help burn fat by stimulating thermogenesis, where energy from fat is converted to heat.
Here's The Important Thing.
What's important, is not all this theory and science mumbo jumbo. What's important is that I took this stuff and it made my muscles bigger FAST.
Give spinach a go and see how it works for you.
What do you have to lose?
At worst, if your muscles don't get bigger and your man boobs smaller, it will at least improve your health and strengthen your bones.
Like turmeric, spinach is a natural whole-food that can help you lose your man boobs, build muscle, and get in shape, WITHOUT any side-effects like you get with drugs and surgery.
How To Take Spinach To Beef Up Those Muscles
Spinach maintains much of its nutritional value when you lightly steam it, and I didn't find anything in my research that suggested phytoecdysteroids are damaged by heat. So you COULD lightly steam it, but try it raw at first, because that's what worked for me.
If you do steam it, don't overcook it. When it goes dark green and soggy, then you've lost much of the nutritional value. I've eaten a whole load of overcooked spinach in the past and it seemed to do NOTHING for me.
How To EASILY Down A Bowl Of Raw Spinach
Raw spinach stinks. It's bitter, nasty, and takes ages to chew and swallow.
It can be a real chore to chow this stuff down, but I've found a way to EASILY chow down a whole bowl's worth without having to put up with the awful bitter taste.
Here's how I did it this evening:
The key here is to eat spinach with something that's tasty and has a strong flavor. Those chicken wings have a very strong flavor, which is why most people eat them with FRIES.
Fries have a mellow flavor and the two balance out.
It's the same reason why you have curry (too strong a flavor to have on its own) with rice (mellow flavor), bolognese (strong flavor) with spaghetti (mellow flavor), and soup (strong flavor) with bread (mellow flavor).
But instead of fries, rice, spaghetti or bread, you eat raw SPINACH. You take a bite of the chicken wing and then half a handful of spinach while the chicken is still in your mouth, and you chew the two together. What happens here is the flavor of the chicken wing overpowers the spinach, so you can't even tell you're eating the spinach.
This works REALLY well, try it and you'll see what I mean. It's 10x easier to eat spinach WITH something else that's tasty, than eating spinach on its own.
Chewing the chicken wing makes it easier to chew and swallow the spinach.
This way you can easily finish a whole BAG of spinach in one go, and actually ENJOY the process!
This is my little secret to increasing your raw spinach intake and making the process enjoyable. It's a powerful tip, please do give it a try.
Now, those fried chicken wings from my local fried chicken joint are far from healthy. For a healthier option, you can use chicken fried at home in a healthy fat like coconut oil, grilled chicken, grilled/fried fish, etc.
Method #1 above is great for when you've got a large amount of spinach to down.
Method #2 could have an even more powerful effect on your body, because it involves having a smaller amount of spinach more regularly.
What you do is…
- Once every 1-3 hours, stick your hand in the bag of spinach and take out a fistful of spinach
- Wash the spinach under the tap while it's still in your hand
- Stick the entire handful of spinach in your mouth and eat it by itself
No cutlery needed, no washing up, no heating other food.
I remember seeing this picture one day that stuck to my head. It was a picture of this bodybuilder with a huge muscular body eating a bowl of raw salad. It was a very colorful salad with green, red and yellow peppers, shredded carrot, and leafy greens. My memory of this image frequently reminds me that I need to eat raw veggies if I want to grow muscle:
This isn't the same image that inspired ME many years ago (I can't find that same image anymore), but maybe this can be the image that inspires YOU and reminds you to include raw veggies in your diet every day to help you lose your man boobs, grow some muscle, and get in shape.
Remember to combine spinach with a good overall diet and a good workout regimen. If you want bigger muscles, AND you want to lose man boobs, I would recommend training Chest Sculpting Blueprint-style. You can learn more about this program here:
I know that the phytoecdysteroid in the study helped mice grow muscle even without training, but if you want big noticeable changes in your physique, you'll want to combine spinach with a good resistance training program.
And if you still have trouble growing muscle or losing man boobs despite lifting weights and eating spinach, then you may have a hormonal problem that would be better tackled by something like progesterone.
You can learn more about how progesterone can help you lose man boobs and grow muscle here:
And I advise you to be cautious with which progesterone cream you use. Here's one that I have found to be both safe and effective: