American bodybuilder Hunter Labrada is targeting redemption this season after missing the mark at the 2022 Mr. Olympia. In a recent video uploaded on YouTube, Labrada gave his take on whether you should weigh your food raw or cooked.
Hunter, son of IFBB Hall of Famer Lee Labrada, followed in his father’s footsteps and emerged as a promising contender in 2020. His muscle mass, size, and posing abilities garnered him a lot of attention. He secured an invite to the 2020 Mr. Olympia after dominating the competition at the IFBB Tampa Pro. He finished his maiden season in the pro league with an eighth-place finish at the Olympia.
Labrada went on to win the IFBB Chicago Pro and improved his standing to the top five in his second Olympia appearance a few months later in 2021. His rivalry with fellow standout Nick Walker became one of the main talking points in the community.
About three months ago, he turned in a lackluster showing at the 2022 Mr. Olympia. He missed out on being in the first call-out and dropped from fourth to seventh. Following the outcome, he voiced his disappointment for the performance.
Labrada declared his ambitions to compete in two shows this year as he will need to earn an invite to the Mr. Olympia competition. He’s using a new diet and training vacuum poses to cut down on his waistline while accentuating the aesthetic qualities of his massive frame.
Hunter left the fans stunned with a huge physique update last month. He revealed his weight to be 280 pounds while fasting after following an updated diet and training routine. His aim for the year is to understand his peak. The 30-year-old wants to improve his conditioning levels to bring a detailed grainy look reminiscent of some older bodybuilding generations.
Hunter Labrada answers whether you should weigh your meals raw or cooked
In a recent YouTube video, Hunter Labrada shared his take on whether you should weigh your meals raw or cooked. He detailed how the weight of the food may be affected by its moisture and highlighted the need to stay consistent one way or the other.
“At the end of the day like all things, it just kind of comes down to personal preference and what fits your lifestyle or schedule the best,” said Labrada. “But cooked versus raw there are some things that just lend themselves to be measured raw. Whenever people typically ask questions about what should I measure raw and what should I measure cooked. There’s some confusion that comes with protein or potatoes or things that take up a lot of water whenever you cook them. They have wildly varying moistures.
“When we cook things, all we’re doing is removing or adding moisture to them so the amount of moisture that you add to them, if it’s consistent it can be accounted for. All it comes down to is consistency. The only reason that we weigh our foods is to be able to make adjustments to them if I am cooking my chicken the same exact way every single time.”
“It comes down to being consistent with what you choose to measure when you’re cooking proteins in my experience proteins typically cook down by 25-30% weight-wise. It goes back to being consistent in how you’re doing it.”
Hunter Labrada regularly educates his fans on fitness and working out. He stressed the importance of incorporating A/B split variations to power through any point of stalled workout progress. He then followed that up by sharing his full day of eating and supplements in the off-season a few days later.
You can watch the full video below:
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