A:Yes I am, I was born in Inglewood but raised in Oregon and then Las Vegas.
Q:Can you remember a single event that got you into nutrition?
A:Yes, I became a bodybuilder at the age of 15 years old. At the time I was about 104 lbs and when I saw pictures in Flex Magazine one day, I flipped! I thought to myself, wow.. you can get that big! That is what I want! I knew right away that I would need to rely on nutrition to enable my physique. I was willing to always work hard in the gym but intuitively I knew that I couldn't get what went into my body wrong. I had to know exactly what to eat and how all this worked so that I could squeeze every bit of progress out of my efforts.
Q:What's the most common questions you get asked as a professional nutritionist?
A:LOL... easy... " What foods should I eat to lose weight the quickest." Weight loss doesn't work this way, it is a function not only what exact foods you eat but also timing of meals, quantity, quality, and your own activity and genetic expression.
Q:What is the one piece of information that people don't know, concerning nutrition,that you wish we would change?
A:That nothing replaces consistency and hard work. Sometimes it just takes each one of us longer to achieve what we want with our bodies. You can't expect to do the same thing as the guy next to you and get the exact same results. This is why coaching is critical to evaluating progress and to understanding what is really going on with a person's body.
Q:Concerning the bodybuilders you train, what changes do you make from off season diet to pre-contest diet?
A:This depends on what goals we have and each person's unique genetic response. But most bodybuilders that I work with want to gain muscle in the off season or make some kind of improvements. I believe in clean eating in general so the changes often have to do with the quantity of food and the number of cheat meals they are allowed in the off season. I also don't like competitors to do a lot of cardio in the off season. I like to minimize the adaptation to cardio in the off season so that when we do start prepping for a show we get a maximal response.
Q:Describe a week long, pre-contest diet for a bodybuilder...
A:Well this is different for each person. I don't have a cookie cutter method. I spend a lot energy listening to each person, looking at the statistics that I get from them (weight, body fat measurements, tape measurements, etc) in order to make each person's program fit the goals at hand for that particular bodybuilder. But in general, a week of contest prep is filled with daily cardio, working out with weights 5-6 times a week and an intense supplement regiment.
Q:When you’re not giving out nutritional advice,what can we find you doing?
A:LOL, I don't have much time once my work week is done for extra activities, but I do maintain at least one date night a week with my wife. I always take Sunday's off and spend it with my wife and daughter Kiana. I do love movies so when I can I will go see a movie with my wife. But other than those things, you will catch me at the gym if I am not working. I still workout 5 days a week and compete at least once a year. I love bodybuilding as a coach and still as a competitor. I like to stay grounded in what my clients have to go through. I don't ask my competitors to do anything that I haven't done or currently do.
Q:What's the best part about the career you've chosen?
A:I get to work with my friends who just happen to be my clients. I get to meet wonderful fans and people who follow me and my athletes and they reward me greatly with their love and support. It is very humbling and flattering! I truly love this part of my job.
Q:Where do you see yourself and your career in 5 years?
A:Funny you ask this, because I see myself transitioning my career focusing on more philanthropic activities. I want to die with nothing to my name. I feel that what gifts and blessings that I have received in my life aren't worth anything if I can't give them to others or share them with others. I will always coach, I love this. But what excites me most is that I want to change the way people think and live. I want my life to mean something beyond coaching, I want it to have real substantive value. I want my daughter to be able to look at my life and for her to be proud that I was her father. I want to help people who have pain in their lives and share with them the things that I know can help, but more importantly I want to teach people, by example first, that anything is possible if you focus your life on being compassionate and loving toward all. Very lofty but this is what excites me the most. I integrate this as much as I can into my coaching but I know I will eventually need to go beyond this industry in order to have a deeper and higher level of impact on the world.
Q:Awesome... Can you give us your Twitter,Facebook,Instagram,Pinterest,blog and website handles?
- Instagram: Tadinoue
- YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/tadinoue2007
- Ironman blog: http://www.ironmanmagazine.com/blogs/tad/
- SocialCam: Tad Inoue
Interview from Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven LLC