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Is It Better to Do Cardio Before or After Lifting?

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 What First:  Cardio or Weights?

You’re ambitious.  You love to train.

The post-workout endorphine rush is like a drug, sending a dopamine rush coursing through your veins and bringing euphoria to your mind.

Problem is, your body isn’t changing. Your strength is actually decreasing.

You’re making a key mistake:

You’re doing cardio before heavy lifting.

But you’re not alone. What you should be doing is hitting the weights to force change in your body, then add the finishing touches with the occasional cardio workout.
Why?

The key driver of performance, looking better naked, and getting stronger is the nervous system. Hitting cardio has it’s benefits, but doing so before training fatigues your nervous system. This fatigue leaves your body incapable of sending signals between your brain and muscles to maximally contract on explosive, heavy, and technical exercises like sprints, squats, and jumps.

As a result, your strength on big lifts dwindles, your chance of injury increases, and your deadlifts feel glued to the floor.

Explosive jumps and throws….well, they aren’t explosive. They’re in slow motion, like a turtle in a rabbit race.

Even worse, your technique breaks down and injury risk sky rockets.

And those semi-heavy sets meant to promote muscle growth? Well, your body fades quickly.

Remember this:

Your nervous system is king. Always.

Neglecting this rule decreases performance and increases your chance of bustin’ yo body and ending up in P.T., rather than looking your best on the beach.

Make heavy and explosive training your primary focus. Get explosive, lift heavy, and keep the cardio at the end of your training. Done right, and  you’ll build a body that’s strong, athletic, and in shape.

Now it’s your turn…what’s your favorite form of cardio or conditioning? Drop a comment below!

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Six Unconventional Fat Loss Tricks

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Fat loss: The formula is simple, but the execution is difficult.

And sometimes, we need a little boost. These six unconventional fat loss tricks help my clients stave off hunger and achieve awesome fat loss results.

But first…a story we can all relate to.

It has to do with that those annoying friends we all have. They drop fat at the drop of a hat. Their abs look great. And all this despite how much they eat and how little they work out.

Flashback to summers during my student days. I spent my afternoons at the University Ropes Course, belaying kids 30-40 feet up in the air.  After about eight hours, I’d call it a day. Then I’d hit the gym before heading home. Then, like most dudes my age, I’d hang out with friends, act like a fool, and drink cheap, shitty beer.

This lifestyle leads most dudes to gain the dreaded Freshman 15.  Well, except for one guy: Seth.

No matter what Seth did (drink lots of beer, lots of crappy food, no exercise) he stayed shredded. We’re talkin’ Instagram filtered shredded.

 It was ridiculous.

This is an extreme example, but my point is this: When it comes to fat loss and getting lean, everyone is different. We all have different genetics, abilities, and motivation. All these factors play a role in fat loss. But there is one overarching rule.

Fat loss is about energy balance: calories in vs calories out. You can increase the number of “calories out” with higher expenditure (exercise) or reduce “calories in” by eating less. It’s a simple as that. Rather than making up some claims like “just spike your growth hormone, bro.”

I’m going to help you get into a caloric deficit with six simple methods

1. Shrink Your Feeding Window

One of the most effective strategies is limiting the time frame during which you eat each day. The less time you have to eat, the fewer calories you’ll consume. Which is where intermittent fasting can be an awesome tool.

Problem is: you’ll struggle to jump directly into a fasting you’ve never tried it. Restricting your eating to the point where you want to gnaw your left arm off is a surefire way to falter and fall off your diet. Long fasts are something you’ll need to work up to.

A Restrictive 16/8 fast?

Maybe not.

A better option: Break yourself in slowly. Eat your first meal one hour later, and eat dinner one hour earlier than normal.

By making a small change in your eating window, you’ll take a smaller step towards your weight loss goal.You’ll eat fewer calories without fatiguing your willpower.

In time, you’ll consume fewer calories and prepare yourself for longer fasts.

2. No Starches at Restaurants

I love good restaurants. No dishes to wash. Good service. And great experiences with cool people. What could go wrong? Plenty! A restaurants job isn’t to make your food healthy. It’s to make your meal so damn tasty you’ll come back and spend more money.

That means more oils, sugars, and flavor enhancers. On top of the hidden fat and carbohydrates, most restaurant meals are huge. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to uncover tons of hidden calories that are terrible for fat loss. But you’re not going to stop going out to restaurants. What’s the solution?

Instead of dropping restaurants altogether, make smarter choices.

That begins with a healthier restaurant and focusing on getting the entrée you want, rather than blowing your diet on truffle fries and mac n’ cheese.

 

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Doesn’t resonate?  Think of it this way. When you go to a steakhouse, what are you going for? Chances are: it’s the steak, not the mac ‘n’ cheese or the loaded potatoes. Stick to your guns and get the entrée you
want, but ditch the starches for veggies or side salad.

3. Drink Before Each Meal

No, not beer. Try drinking either 12 Oz. water with fresh squeezed lemon or a protein shake before your meal.

Lemon water works well as the acid helps blunt the insulin response to your meal. slowing the breakdown of carbohydrates. This keeps your blood sugar from huge spikes from carbs while stimulating more saliva, beginning the process of digestion.

By having a shake of 20-30 grams before you eat, you’ll fill up with high-quality nutrients before a meal.

It takes roughly 20 minutes for satiation signals to go between your brain and stomach, signaling that you’re getting full.

You’ll push the fork away before gorging on desert then and collapsing the couch in an insulin and guilt induced food coma.

4. Chew Gum When You Get Hungry

This one is simple. I’ve found that 14 hour days of training clients (sometimes without a break for 8 hours) can leave me ravenously hungry. Rather than be hangry (that’s hungry and angry, folks) with my last clients, I’ve tried everything under the sun to stay focused.

The best tactic?

Gum.

Lots of it.

Artificial sweeteners be damned, chewing gum is a magical elixir that occupies your brain and mouth, giving the sensation of eating without actually doing so. Next time you get a sudden urge to devour a freezer full of Ben and Jerry’s, pop some gum into your mouth and wait it out.

5. Eat Satiating Foods

Ever notice the day after crushing a full bag of Cool Ranch Doritos (or other low-nutrient density foods) you’re hungry and craving similar foods?

Despite their salty, fatty, and sweet goodness, low nutrient dense foods allow you to mindlessly overeat.

To the detriment of your willpower and taste buds, these foods don’t really address your physiological hunger or need for quality nutrients.

Make it a point to get a veggie and lean protein source with every meal, even if you’re indulging on less healthy options. Hell, just eat more steak and you can’t go wrong.  More fiber, more protein, and less refined sugar keeps you fuller longer. It improves our health and discipline with your fat loss diet.

6. Walk Everywhere

Going out to dinner? Cool, where can you walk?

By adding 15-30+ minutes of walking to your day, you’ll burn hundreds of additional calories weekly. That adds up to big fat loss over time.

Make it your goal to get 10,000+ steps every day, starting with a morning walk. Even if you’re busy, spend time walking listening to audiobooks or take care of business calls.

Bunts and singles add to up to runs just like home runs. Small behaviors over the course of time add up big time, building momentum and taking steps towards your fat loss goals.

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How to get Shredded for Summer

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Can you lose fat and get shredded in 30 days? 

I’ll cut to the chase. The answer is “yes, you can still get shredded this summer. ”

But it raises the summer dilemma: choosing between getting shredded for the beach and the delights of beer and barbecue.

What does all this have to do with the choices we make on the road to becoming our best selves? Everything, as I recently discovered. My choices were starker than most, at a time my training had stagnated. I had to undergo the rigors of hard dieting for a recent photo shoot.

What I learned along the way was a revelation. And it can help you. Because I’m a lot like you: imperfect.

Here’s my story. It concludes with how I can help you apply what I learned. You, too, can get shredded fast.  

So please read until the very end.

 

Willpower is a Finite Resource

Willpower is the power to create change, even when you don’t want to.  

It’s the grit to suck it up and head to the gym at 5:00 am, even though you didn’t get to sleep until midnight.

Or switching to club soda after a single beer when your buddies are still ordering round after round of the good stuff.

And while these all appear like simple decisions, they’re not easy. Examples include your decision to take the train instead of driving to work. Or picking out your outfit. Or deciding what to eat for lunch (mmmm broccoli.)

My surprising suggestion? Automate.  Here’s how:

Set a morning routine and stick to it. For me, this is waking up and heading to the gym for 30 minutes of low-intensity cardio. After a few days, it’s  no longer a decision. It’s just something you do.

Set a deadline. How far away is that wedding or special event for which you want to look your best?  Start working towards it. If there’s no event or deadline, create one! This will encourage you to say no to the chicken and waffles temptation and stick with the egg white frittata.

Prepare. An ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure. Unfortunately, the world doesn’t change to accommodate your decision to change your body. Like you, I went to a Memorial Day cookout. My friends were hanging in the pool, playing beer pong, and crushing handfuls of chips, burgers, and dogs.No, it wasn’t fun passing on a good time, but I made the best of it. I prepared for the razzing by telling told most of my friends I wouldn’t be drinking. Any shit-talk was over and dead before we got there. Then, I made a few steaks —  enough to be part of the event without being the macro-counting dweeb in the corner.  

Increase Training Frequency

Train more to get better results. Duh! It’s hard to beat this for a statement of the obvious.  Less obvious is why this is so: momentum and physiology.

First, training more reinforces your goal. We’ve all missed workouts. Suddenly, one missed workout turns into to two and you realize you’ve eaten like shit for a week. Keep the momentum going in the gym and good decisions expand from there. Hit foam rolling sessions or cardio between lifts. Warm up. Do something — anything —  to build momentum.

Second, increase the physiological responses to training. That means you’ll activate muscles and burn stored carbs and body fat more often. Since muscles contract with training, you’ll increase protein synthesis to hold onto lean muscle. You’ll increase exercise post oxygen consumption (EPOC), leading you to burn more calories when you’re resting.

Try four 30-45 minute lifting workouts, two high-intensity conditioning workouts, and two low-intensity cardio workouts builds momentum maximize discipline and accelerate fat loss.

Example Week

Monday: Upper Body Push

Tuesday: Low-intensity CV, 30 minutes, P.M: Low Sprint

Wednesday: Upper Body Pull

Thursday:  Lower Body

Friday: Sprint

Saturday: Total Body Lift

Sunday: Low-intensity CV, 30 minutes

Drinking Really Jacks You Up

While it’s possible to drink — even get drunk — and still make progress, it’s a slippery slope. More often than not, a night out sends momentum barreling away from your goals. You know what I mean. Five drinks later and you’ve got an acute case of the “fuck-its.”

You wake up to an empty pizza box, skip your workout, and spend the next day on the couch. Now, I’m not saying you can’t drink. You’re a grown up. YOLO. But be reasonable.

If you drink, go with a vodka and soda with lime.

Or try a
Nor-Cal Margarita: 
2 Shots MezCal. Two full limes, squeezed. Club soda to chase.

Tip: Keep it to 3-5 drinks per week, max, and avoid drunk food. Want more guidelines? Watch my dude John Romaniello explain God Mode.

Do Shorter Workouts

When you’re dieting down, your workouts exist to maintain muscle, testosterone, and metabolism. That’s 95% of it. Keep the workouts short, sweet, and to the point. Each week had two upper body days, one total body day, and two conditioning days. Plus: 30 minutes of low-intensity cardio 3-4x per week.

But the workouts weren’t long. Many of my lifting sessions were 45 minutes from warm-up to cool down.

If it’s not essential, eliminate it. Pay close attention to your rest periods. Save for lifting heavy once per week to hold onto strength, keep rest periods 45-60 seconds on most exercises.Yes, you’ll have to drop the weight a bit at first, but you’ll eliminate a lot of wasted time scanning Facebook between sets.

Focus on the task at hand.  Get wired in knowing your workout is short, and put in high-quality work. Focus on the essentials. Eliminate the trivial junk.

Lift Heavy Once Per Week

During fat loss diets, most people jump into endless circuits and short rest periods. This is a mistake.

While some high-density work is okay, you’re better off keeping lifting for what it does best: Improving  anabolic hormones and muscle retention. You’ll get stronger as your diet creates a caloric deficit to burn fat.

Once a week, use a compound lift and push the weight for 2-3 sets of 3-5 reps. I chose the chin-up and front squat, but you can pick whatever you like as long as there is an upper body and lower body exercise.

Fasting, Hunger Pangs, and Dietary Discipline

I love to cook and eat. A lot. So it was hard to stick to my macros when dieting down, especially since I’m the primary chef at the Chateau Bach.

I adopted an intermittent fasting protocol, abstaining from food for 16 hours every day, and eating only in eight-hour windows. There are sacrifices in all diets. Skipping big meals with my wife, Lauren, was not something I was willing to do. So fasting during the day allowed more flexibility at dinner.  #Marriagegainz

Beyond sipping BCAA’s and creatine throughout the day, three strategies help me stave off hunger and stay disciplined.

Hydrate like it’s going out of style.

Most folks still mess up and don’t consume enough water. Aim for ½-1 oz of water for every pound of bodyweight.  Beyond the metabolic and health benefits of proper hydration, additional fluids will help you feel fuller, longer. If you’re still struggling, try carbonated water. The carbonation takes up more volume in your stomach to make you feel full and gives you a kick of flavor.

Eat “Clean”

I admit, I hate the term, but for simplicity, eating “clean” means natural foods like fruits, vegetables, and lean sources of protein, rather than Ben and Jerry’s and stacks of poop inhibiting quest bars. Natural foods give you more bang-for-your-buck and fill your belly full of essential macronutrients and micronutrients like vitamins and minerals. They are less calorically dense. Translation:  despite crushing three cups of spinach, they’re low in calories. So stock up on veggies and lean protein.  


We’re All Way Different

Dietarily speaking, your kindergarten teacher was right when she said you’re a special little butterfly.

But she didn’t know she was referring to your diet. What we all need to remember is what works for me, won’t necessarily work for you. That’s why actual experience working with humans—not just an IG account of half-naked selfies—is so damn important..

On one side of the scale image an ex-athlete, muscular dude.

He’s sort of a douche, so we’ll name him Chad.  

Chad has trained for ten years, is strong as an ox, but needs to lose the beer gut.

On the opposite, we have your aunt Mary.

Mary has been dieting for years.

But it’s yo-yo dieting. Mary has gained and losing the same 20 pounds like it’s going out of style.

There’s no way in hell that the basic “ bodyweight/lbs x12” calculation to determine calories works evenly for both Chad and Mary. Chad’s actually a bit easier in this case and will drop body fat fast if he lays off the burgers and beers for a few weeks.

But not poor Mary. She’s been dieting for years and as a result, her metabolism is jacked up and her metabolism is down-regulated. 

Basically, that means she’s been in a deficit so long her body holds onto fuel and her hormonal systems are jacked up.  

In this case, even calorie calculations that are considered very restrictive (10x BW/lbs for fat loss) is a lot of food for your poor aunt Mary.

This all brings me to my point:

If you’ve been dieting long-term, there’s a good chance you need to repair your metabolism.

Eat a well-balanced diet for a slight excess. Yes, this is a mental mind-fuck. I get it. And yes, the scale will go up—but that’s taking one step backward, repairing damage, and setting you up for ten massive steps forward.

Fitness Photo’s and Cuttin’….This Shit Ain’t Natural

I’ve never thought myself a “bodybuilder” or physique dude. To me, training has always been about building a better high-performance machine. But, I still train for vanity because, in the end, I want to look awesome in a t-shirt, and butt naked.  Or for a photo shoot.

So there was nothing natural about my photo shoot preparation.

But my basic approach didn’t change. It has always been to get amazing results through the ruthless execution of the basics.

Those fitness models in the magazines? The Ryan Reynolds in Blade or Brad Pitt in Fight Club?

These physiques we see and idealize are the result of incredible dedication. They work hard for a time, but the results are mostly short term.  

Ordinary people like my clients have the same issue. They can’t sacrifice their careers and family life to look their very best all the time.

I had the same issue with my photo shoot prep. But  I was feeling stagnant in my training. And I wanted to better understand the industry I work in, all its glory and craziness.

If you’re  dropping fat, depleting  your body, and improving  insulin sensitivity… you become ultra-receptive to both training and a higher calorie diet.

If you’re struggling to build muscle, your best bet is to dial back and go into a cut, getting to 6-10% bodyfat.  Then, ramp back into a muscle building diet. You’ll find your body is adding muscle, not fat, and at a much higher clip than before.

Diet down to boost your ability to build muscle. It’s cheat code for gains.

Control

A few months ago, my brain was spinning. My business was growing, but I was spending all my time working with my clients to the detriment of my own training. I wasn’t in bad shape. But I wasn’t accountable until I set an ambitious  goal. Going through an aggressive fat loss phase forced me to take action and be accountable.
 

Finding Out What It’s Like

I have no intention of ever competing in bodybuilding. And I no longer play competitive sports. So the discipline required for the hard cut was essential to best serve my clients and readers.

I needed to better understand their struggles.

You see a “beginning photo” and a final shot. But but you don’t see the 5:00 am workouts or 1300 calorie struggles after a killer sprint session. And I won’t mention again manning the grill on Memorial Day while your friends and family drink beer and hot dogs, knowing you’re relegated to chicken and broccoli.

A Personal Challenge to get Shredded for Summer

Life is pretty cushy in 2016. Our biggest concern is what other people think of us, not whether we’ll have a fire to stay warm, or be able to impale a rabid Saber Tooth tiger before he rips your arm off.  

To grow physically, mentally, and spiritually, we need a challenge.

Adaptation must be forced.

It doesn’t come naturally.

Changing your body and going all in is one way to do that. When times get tough, you must persevere, kick the resistance in the face, and keep on  truckin’.

Bit I’ll admit it. During the cut, I sometimes wanted to quit.  And I fucked up a few times. Poppin’ bottles until four A.M. (because “networking”)  was not a good idea. Neither were the missed a cardio session or taking cheat meals a little too far.

But in all cases, I looked in the mirror and asked, “Really? Is that all you’ve got?”

Then I got back on track, made up the workouts, and kept moving forward one meal at a time, one workout at a time.

Push yourself. You’ll be amazed at what you accomplish mentally and physically. ‘

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Fitness Guide to Parkinson’s Law: How to Lose Fat Faster

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Flashback to 2014.

My days all started the same: Up at 4:00 a.m., a cup of black coffee, and heading to the gym.

Then, in a caffeine infused blitzkrieg, the day was on. Clients from 5 am to 6 or 7 pm, with a few one-hour breaks.

These one-hour breaks were a godsend. Besides getting off my feet, they were long enough to do meaningful work but short enough to create a sense of urgency.

Bach Performance was a baby at the time, a spot for me to explore my brain and write about fitness to help my clients, friends, and family. But, despite a lack of time, I made big moves.

Fast forward to today: Bach Performance is my full-time job. Rather than five or six days and 50 clients, I hold a limited clientele with three to four days and 25-30 sessions per week.

My schedule is self-determined, and more or less, I do what I want every day.

But that also leaves me more time than I’m used too. There are no extraneous demands on my time, so common sense would say I would get exponentially more work done, right?

Nope.

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Logically that makes sense, but we live in an illogical world.

If everything worked as it seemed, we’d lose stubborn belly fat on the Twinkie diet….as long as calories were in check. By following progressive overload and adding 5 lbs on the bench press, we’d go from a Zero pound bench to 520 lb bench in two years.

That isn’t always the case.

Until six months ago, I had all the time in the world. I didn’t have as many client deadlines and let time slip through my fingers.

Instead of spending my time writing programs, I was geeking out to BroScience videos.

Or reading every Packers’ article on Bleacher report.

Or, #ing my face off on Instagram.

Then, the question hit me like a cold slap in the face: Why wasn’t I hitting my goals?

It wasn’t having too much time, it was a lack of urgency with the limited time I did have.

I’d fallen prey to Parkinsons Law. Coined by famous Brit Cyril Northcote Parkinson, Parkinson’s Law sits at the forefront of productivity hacking and is the focus on Parkinson’s book, Parkinsons Law: The Pursuit of Progress(1).

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Parkinson’s Law: ‘Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.”

Parkinson’s law means that if you give yourself six weeks to tackle a project that you can handle in one week, procrastination seeps in, the task get’s complex, and you’ll freak out until it’s done.

The same meaningless, productivity-zapping stress happens with fitness.

In particular, fat loss around the New Year.

Tell me if these proclamations sound familiar:

This year, I’m going to lose 20 pounds and look awesome in my swimsuit.

Reality: You can do this in two or three months.

This year, I’m going to workout consistently.

Reality: This year is a long time. Focus on working out consistently this week, then each of the following.

By assigning the right amount of time and focus to a goal, you’ll decrease stress and the complexity of said goal, increasing your chance of success.

I’ve seen Parkinson’s law crush the fitness goals of hundreds of people, all under the pretense that there’s always tomorrow.

There’s not. We’re guaranteed nothing and time in a finite resource.

It’s time to have a sense of urgency, working smarter and faster, rather than longer and harder. Here are the action steps you need to accomplish your fitness goals in less time.

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Set Tight Deadlines

Deadline set by teachers, clients, or bosses have an immediate sense of urgency. Still, it’s a new ballgame when deadlines are self-imposed. We struggle to attach the same focus and intensity on self-imposed deadlines.

This is what cripples most people from the start—they aren’t aggressive enough on their gameplan.

Try This: Designate time to your goal:

Three months to lose 10 lbs. of body fat.

Then cut it in half.

Six weeks to lose 10 lbs. of body fat.

“Goals are often something to aim for, rather than always achieve.” Bruce Lee

An aggressive deadline forces aggressive action, which this is precisely what you need. Channel your competitive streak and apply it to fitness.

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If you’re a gamer, pretend you’re on a time sensitive mission.

If you’re an athlete, pretend it’s six weeks until the season starts, and your roster spot and workout bonus (there’s a reason for these) depend on it.

By attaching a sense of urgency and competition to your goal you’re setting the table for high-quality action and rapid progress.

Define your M.I.T.’s for the Following Day:

Pick the 1-3 Most important tasks (M.I.T.’s) you will complete towards your goal.

You have six weeks to lose 10 lbs, so we’ll start there.

Number One: Track your food and hit your macros (Mike Vacanti has an epic post here). Diet is king for fat loss, after all.

Number Two: Perform your Fat Loss workout, such as Blended Training for Fat Loss.

Number Three: Walk 10,000 steps.

Of these three steps, hitting your diet is the most important task for losing ten pounds, followed by your workout and extra activity.

Base hits lead to runs the same as homers do, and over time, many more runs. Focus on consistent wins on MIT’s and you’ll achieve your longer-term fat loss goals.

Own the A.M.: Be proactive, not REACTIVE.

Willpower is highest in the morning and the best time to take care of your M.I.T.’s.

This is the time to be proactive and take massive action towards your goals, rather than react to the demands of others.

Personally, my writing is 200% better at 5:00 A.M. than 5:00 P.M., when I’ve answered emails and had meetings. Later in the day, I’m much more concerned with what I’m going to eat for dinner and Snapping pictures of Rocky on SnapChat (bachreric, btw ;).

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If I don’t own the morning, my days aren’t productive.

In Fitness, the same principles apply. My 5:00-8:00 am clients have historically been my most consistent clients by a mile, and it’s due to more than caffeine.

They’re proactively working out before the chaos of the day gives them a reason to skip.

The same applies to your diet.

If you wait until the end of the day to track your macros, you’ll skip it or way overshoot your numbers.

I can’t stress this enough, but for 90% of people getting up and nailing your workout early is a game changer.

There’s a reason Mike Vacanti trains Gary Vaynerchuck at 6:00 A.M., or that Phil Knight crushes his workouts at 5:00 A.M., and Richard Branson all workout early in the day (3).

As the day goes on more important work crisis come up and give you an easy (albeit lame) excuse to skip your training.

Eliminate the issue and start training early in the morning. These tips here will help.

Eliminate Distractions

“It’s hip to focus on getting things done, but this can only happen when we remove static and distraction. “ – Tim Ferriss

In today’s fast-paced world, having internal focus is a rarity.

It’s sad, but true.

Rather than falling prey to internal A.D.D., take action and eliminate the noise.

To get anything meaningful accomplished discipline alone won’t cut it. Instead, take action to end distractions. To get work done, use websites like Self-Control and throw your phone in another room.

When you’re working out, leave your iPhone in your bag pick up a don’t skip more than two songs and leave your phone in your gym bag.

For fitness information, pick out two websites and eliminate the rest. Program hopping and yo-yo dieting are huge reason people never see results. Don’t even risk falling in love with the next big fad diet.

Most programs from good coaches work well, follow them to their completion and eliminate distractions.

We’re an ADD-ridden bunch and we’ll get lost for hours on LOLCatz if allowed. Eliminate distractions and focus on the essential.

P.S. Get your free eBook 25 Expert Tips to Master Muscle Growth here. Offer expires 10/31/16.

Attach a Reward

All goals are reward driven.

There’s an emotional key behind every goal whether it’s more confidence, better health, finding love or being more attractive.

There are also external rewards. As psychologist B.F. Skinner puts it, positive reinforcement strengths a behavior by providing a reward for completing a task.

In school, this could have been a pizza party for turning all your homework in on time.

SCORE.

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Or, getting A and a star sticker on each assignment.

“The way positive reinforcement is carried out is more important than the amount.“ BF Skinner

As external rewards apply to fitness, I won’t advocate pizza for reach workout, but you can attach external rewards.

Small rewards like a compliment from a coworker or social reinforcement on Facebook are important.

Bigger rewards, like winning cash in a transformation content, buying new clothes at the end of a diet, or going to the beach for a long weekend and kickin’ back a few cocktails in your new bikini, are also important.

Whatever your goal, understand what emotionally drives your decision. Then, apply extrinsic rewards that reinforce and motivate you to take massive action. With an aggressive timeline, social support and rewards push you to achieve more in less time.

Take Action and Lose Fat Faster

Parkinson’s law is more than a productivity theory for entrepreneurs, it’s a thought process that forces you to take positive action in all areas of life.

Set a tight deadline, focus on the essential, take action, and set-up rewards to make it happen.

P.S.

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Links and Helpful Resources:

  1. Parkinsons Law: Read the Full book here.
  1. Bruce Lee: My daily reading is Striking Thoughts. Be like water my friends.
  2. Seriously, check out this list of Successful people who workout early.
  3. Tim Ferriss: Four Hour WorkWeek
  1. We all need a basic understanding of Human Psychology. This article and this book are good places to start

 

Blended Training for Fat Loss

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The formula for fat loss is simple.

But then how comes it feels damn near impossible to shred bodyfat?

A caloric deficit through exercise, a sound diet, and healthy hormone levels should incinerate fat off your body to have you looking like a Greek God carved out of stone.

But ask anyone who’s tried to get shredded: it’s brutally hard work.

Problems can arise if an optimal training protocol isn’t in place. Your hard earned muscle can be stripped away, and you can be left with body fat. You could end up thinner, weaker and depleted, rather than athletic and shredded.

Fortunately, there are better options than plodding on the hamster wheel and “toning” your muscles with endless cardio and high rep weight training.

I Call it Blended Training for Fat Loss

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By placing an emphasis on heavy strength training with carefully planned density training, you’ll preserve your muscle while incinerating body fat to get absolutely shredded.

Hook me up with the Program, Eric!

The Importance of Training During Fat Loss

The major driver for fat loss is a diet that places you at a caloric deficit.

I’d say your diet is 80% of your fat loss plan.

The sad truth is it doesn’t really matter how hard you’re training if you’re shoving twinkies down your gullet and slamming Vodka red bull all weekend.

All the fist pumping and interval sprints won’t undue that damage. Sorry.

Operating under the assumption that you’re in a caloric deficit and fist pumping is occurring (sans Vodka-Redbulls), time to focus on training for optimal fat loss.

Using advanced math, we assume that if diet is 80% of the recipe to get shredded, training makes up the other 20%.

“Dude, then why don’t we just focus on diet, the 80%?”

Valid question.

We’re here to kick mediocrity in the teeth. Let’s maximize every component to get you shredded, and that means maximizing your training and diet.

This means we’ll strategically train to preserve lean mass and keep your metabolism running on full-blast to incinerate fat.

Let’s dive into each of these components a little deeper.

Preserve Your Metabolism during a Diet:

I’m sure we can all agree that endless cardio and dieting without and any resistance training is a sure-fire way to end up scrawny without any appreciable muscle mass.

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All other things being equal, the more lean muscle you have, the higher your metabolism. That means it’s going to be in your best interest to preserve muscle and thus metabolism to avoid plateaus and maximize fat loss.

By challenging your muscles against resistance, you’ll stimulate greater levels of protein synthesis and muscular damage. As a result, you’ll be directing more of the calories towards muscle repair, further pushing you towards a caloric deficit.

Support a Healthy Testosterone

For simplicity sake, good ole Mr. T is a steroid hormone that stimulates muscle building, fat loss, and sex drive.

Problem is, harsh dieting leads to decreased testosterone levels…unless you do something about it.

By focusing on heavy multi-joint lifts like chin ups, squats, presses, and deadlifts you’ll stimulate the release of testosterone. As we all know, strength training has been proven to induce the release of testosterone, boosting total body anabolism and stimulating muscle retention (Craig et al).

As a result, your resistance training protocols will hold onto muscle and stimulate fat loss simultaneously for maximum results.

Training to Stimulate Growth Hormone Release:

I hate to break it to you, but fat loss gets increasingly difficult as you age. Coupled with massive caffeine intake, alcohol, and our overstimulated high-stress environment, the natural aging process delivers us all a gut punch and naturally decreases  growth hormone release as we age.

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Obviously, this sucks when trying to stay lean and maximize performance, so we have to take aggressive action to fight back.

Luckily, with proper training will spike that stubborn S.O.B. back up to help you shred fat with specific training protocols. 

Metabolic Stress

Metabolic stress is the result of working at a high intensity in training when your body switches to anaerobic metabolism for the delivery in ATP. Basically, those burning reps that make your body feel like it’s ready to explode and your heart is pulsating through your shirt is a sign of metabolic stress.

When you reach this intensity, the breakdown of stored  energy releases a dollop of metabolic by-products of energy synthesis and muscle contractions that in turn, causes more stress to your whole body.

While this sounds complicated, it means you should keep rest short and intensity high to the point where you can’t have a conversation without breaking up your words due to a lack of oxygen when training. All these by-products trigger the release of GH and further stimulate fat loss.

Blended Training for Fat Loss

Training strength first at least once per week stimulates fast-twitch muscle fibers to preserve muscle, charges the nervous system, and supports healthy anabolic hormone levels when you’re in a caloric deficit.

This offsets the catabolism of muscle tissue and keeps your muscle, rather than withering your hard-earned physique away during your cut.

The Best Rep Schemes for Fat Loss

Weight training for fat loss is predicated on maximizing muscle retention, anabolic hormone levels, and metabolism. High training density triggers greater caloric expenditure and stimulates the release of growth hormone for greater fat loss.

Next: how it all ties together.

Lift Heavy:

Once per week I recommend working in a pure strength weight with major, compound movements.

As previously mentioned, heavy strength training is a huge tool to preserve testosterone and muscle mass when dieting down.

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Straight Sets:

Pick one upper and one lower body lift from the following during fat-loss training and make them a focus first thing in 1-2 workouts per week. Rep schemes like 4×4, 5×5, and 6×3 work best.

Upper Body: Overhead press, chin-up, bench press, dip, row

Lower Body: Clean, squat, deadlift, lunge

Ramping up to 2,3,4 5rm (75-95% 1-RM):

Start with a moderate training load for the prescribed number of reps and build your way up (ascending loading) to the heaviest set with the reps.

As you increase the load you “charge” the nervous system with consistently heavier loads.

Start with a moderate load and increase load by 5-10% each set, aiming to reach your heaviest set in 4-6 sets. Ramping sets work better for advanced lifters as straight sets with heavier loads provide tons of cumulative fatigue.

Density Circuits:

Density circuits combine compound movement patterns in succession with short rest periods for high intensity, challenge based workouts.

By combining a variety of major movement patterns, all muscles of the body are trained within a short period of time for increased work capacity and rapid fat loss.

1a. [Vertical Pull] Chin Up 4×8 Rest =0

1b. [Vertical Push] DB Push Press 4×10 Rest =0

1c. [Single leg] DB Goblet Lunge 4×6/leg Rest =60-90

2a. [Horizontal Pull] One Arm Dumbbell Row 3×8/arm Rest =60-90

2b. [Horizontal Push] Feet Elevated Push Up 3×15 Rest =0

2c. [Hip Dominant Lower] DB or BB RDL 3×15 Rest =0

2d. [Core] Plank 3×45 seconds Rest =0

One difficulty of note is programming these exercises to avoid cumulative fatigue. You’ll note one-rm rows and RDL’s in the second density circuit. In this case, use wraps and switch grips to minimize grip issues.

Hook me up with the Program, Eric!

How this Works: Hormonal adaptations change based on exercise rest periods. Short exercise rest periods are recommended for muscular hypertrophy exercise protocols because they augment a greater GH response compared to long rest periods ( Qaderi et al).

So while longer rest periods are best for nervous system recovery, technique and force development the shorter rest periods (30-60 seconds) are better for burning fat and in some cases, muscle building.

Timed Sets: Perform 3-4 Work Sets of a Given Exercise for 20-45 Seconds 

Timed sets are great for burning fat because they require a ton of time under tension, forcing metabolic stress and muscular damage.

As a result, you burn through stored carbohydrates and trigger tons of lactic acid and metabolic by-product build up within  muscles, triggering growth hormone release. 

The idea is as simple as it sounds. Use a weight you can lift for 12-15 reps to start, and perform reps of an exercise for time, starting at 30 seconds and increasing time by five seconds each week with a work to rest ratio of 1:2.

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Exercise: Goblet Squat

Week One: 30 seconds/set Rest: 60 seconds

Week One: 35 seconds/set Rest: 70 seconds

Week One: 40 seconds/set Rest: 80 seconds

Week One: 45 seconds/set Rest: 90 seconds

Time is your progression, not weight.

Rather than focusing on a quantitative outcome (reps), the focus is on the quality of each rep and maximizing a muscle contraction for a set amount of time.

The Low-Down on Blended Training for Fat Loss

Lift heavy when dieting down once or twice per week. Pick two or three exercises per week during “cut” phases and work to maintain or even build strength numbers to preserve strength and mass.

Then, use density training, and timed sets to stimulate growth hormone release, and improve insulin sensitivity for maximal fat loss.

Although many of these training methods work well for building strength and muscle, this combination is the best I’ve seen and used for fat loss.

And…

If you’re interested in maximizing fat loss to unveil a lean, athletic body, take advantage and test out this Free Four Week Blended Training Workout.






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Resources:

Craig, BW, Brown R, and J. Everhart. “Effects of Progressive Resistance Training on Growth Hormone and Testosterone Levels in Young and Elderly Subjects.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 1 Aug. 1989. Web. 26 Feb. 2015. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2796409>.

Qaderi, M., R. Rahimi, and SS Boroujerdi. “Effects of Very Short Rest Periods on Hormonal Responses to Resistance Exercise in Men.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 1 July 2010. Web. 26 Feb. 2015.

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Five Fake Health Foods That Sabotage Fat Loss

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Eric Bach here, sharing an excellent guest post from RD Megan Ware. Megan’s story is one we’ve all heard at one time or another. The big take home points will help you hone in on your diet. You’ll eliminate the fat-loss sabotaging foods that are keeping you from your ultimate body.

Over to you, Megan. 

fat loss” I know what to eat, I just don’t know execute.”

Silence.

I was there, just pondering what to say next.  I’ve had this chat hundreds, if not thousands,  of times as a dietician. I nod and smile, as she continues by saying: “I never eat fast food, only Chick-Fil-A.”

“But, there was this one time I lost 20 lbs. taking bee pollen, until my heart started racing and hair starting falling out. Then, I gained all the weight back.”

Unfortunately, fad diets and “miracle cures” are embedded in the fabric of the fitness industry. Most dieters attempt weight loss on average of 6-10 times per year, without much luck. The intentions are admirable. But “fake” health foods like “light bread” and gluten-free muffins, make up a huge portion of most diets.

How many times have foods labeled “healthy” on a shiny new box helped you lose body fat?

Further, do any of these foods make you feel healthy, or do you have six Special K bars to feel full?

Eric’s Note: Personally, I can’t eat protein bars or other bars without having at least 3, making them a terrible fat-loss food for me. 

Without Further Ado, Megan presents to you…

The Top Five Fake Health Foods Sabotaging Your Fat Loss 

 

  1. Gluten Free Healthy

Crackers, cookies, pasta, flour, hot dog buns, and pizza pies:  oh my. I won’t be surprised if there’s Coke labeled gluten-free soon. In now way o the words gluten-free equal healthy, more nutritious or less “fattening.” Having a triple cheeseburger, but opting for the gluten-free bun,  makes zero difference if fat loss is your goal.

If you have Celiac’s disease or a proven gluten intolerance, gluten-free options are great. But, that’s a small fraction of people. 99% of dieters have been duped by clever marketing and fear mongering.

You have been duped into buying products that are twice as expensive and offer you no additional nutritional benefits.

A handful of gluten-free crackers made with 35 ingredients (most of which you can’t pronounce) are not good for you. A gluten-free chocolate chip cookie is no better for you than a regular old Chips-Ahoy. When in doubt, Glute Free labels are out.

  1. Fat-Free Cheese? Oh, Please.

Yesterday was Taco Tuesday, and I’d venture to say, some of you opted for  fat-free shredded Mexican cheese because you’re on a diet.

Good choice right? Well, not so fast.

Satiation is important when dieting. Less filling, flavorless cheese leaves you likely to grab for twice as much cheese to achieve the same flavor and texture of the real stuff.

Further, fat-free cheeses take a simple product and add a plethora of ingredients like potato starch, “processed cheese food,” inulin, cellulose powder, artificial colors, yeast, xanthan gum, locust bean gum…. do I need to go on?

You know what I want in my cheese? Cheese.

Cultured milk, enzymes (which turn the milk into cheese) and maybe some spices.

Bottom line: If you read an ingredient and your brain doesn’t register it as food, neither will your body.

 

  1. Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter Should Be IllegalIt sounds good in theory, but fails in execution. Why would you want a product that takes out the good fat and adds in more sugar? If you’re looking for a healthy peanut butter, go to the bulk section of the grocery store and grind your own, or search for the most natural form you can find. Look at sugar amounts and ingredients, is there more than 5 grams of sugar?

Keep it simple, and get your peanut butter as natural as possible.

  1. Fat-Free Dressing

Similar to peanut butter, most salad dressings labeled fat-free have pulled out any semblance of healthy fats and replaced them with sugar to stimulate your taste buds. Somehow, someway they need to make your ranch dressing palatable.  Instead, opt to make your own dressings.

Balsamic vinegar and  extra virgin olive oil with fresh black pepper will make any salad healthier and more satiating.

Try adding some healthy fats to your sandwich by using avocado in place of your creamy spread. Add hummus or whole grain mustard if avocados aren’t your jam.

Fat has been demonized in the past few decades, leading us to buy anything and everything labeled reduced fat or fat-free. The irony is, we’ve only gotten fatter.

  1. Rice Cakes

Serious question: Why?

Does anyone actually enjoy eating rice cakes? Sure, they’re 3 calories a pop but have you ever had a rice cake then thought, “Damn, I’m glad I ate that?”

Stop eating filler foods that have no actual nutritional value just because they’re low in calories or fat, especially when you end up dumping five spoonfuls of peanut butter on top to make them palatable.

Go for whole, natural, unprocessed, nutrient dense food to maximize satiation and fat loss.

Hunger vs. Craving

If you’re hungry, truly hungry, then eat something! Pay attention to your body and listen to your hunger cues.

There’s a difference between a craving and hunger.

When you’re having a craving, you want a particular food like chips, chocolate or lasagna and only that food will curb the craving.

Hunger is satisfied by any food: an apple, a bowl of cereal, a steak, whatever. If you’re trying to decide whether you’re hungry or you’re having a craving, ask yourself, would an apple satisfy me? If the answer is yes, then you’re probably hungry. If the answer is “no” but a Snickers bar would, then you’re just having a craving.

Stop Sabotaging Your Fat Loss

Manufacturers make crazy claims to make us think their products are healthy. There has been pushback from the fitness community, but we need to do more. There’s always a new hot topic news feature touting some new diet or super food.

Celebrities are endorsing their favorite quick fixes and Dr. Oz finds a new supplement that will help you lose 10 pounds every other day. Nutrition information (and misinformation) is everywhere.

Push back by reading ingredient labels, questioning where your food comes from and, finding out what’s in it. The closer you can get to a cleaner, more natural diet and steer clear of boxed foods and drive-through’s , the faster you’ll accelerate your fat loss and build a healthy, leaner body.

About Megan Ware, RDN, LD, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Megan Ware is an Orlando dietician. She strives to educate and provide her clients with the tools to take control of their health and optimize performance. Megan has been featured in Today’s DietitianEntrepreneur MagazineUS News & World ReportPrevention and Huffington Post. Join her on Facebook.

 

5 Mistakes that Will Derail Your Fat Loss Efforts

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As most who read this site know, I spent this past weekend in Atlanta, celebrating a family wedding. Between dancing my face off and singing “Im On a Boat” like T-Pain), fitness conversations came up.

The hot topic? Fat loss, and more specifically, how damn hard it is for most people.

Despite crushing my share of brisket and other Southern delicacies, one overwhelming factor stands out above all the others: Dietary consistency. 

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Truth: The Table below will derail your fat loss efforts.

Oh, and Weekends count too.

You can’t be the dude crushing a 6-pack for every NFL game, eat chicken wings, and maximize your fat loss efforts. If you’re not consistently in a negative caloric balance, or eating less than you expend, you won’t lose body fat.

With Fat Loss on my mind, I have an excellent guest from coach Nick Smoot, whom I had the privilege to meet and hang out with at this past year’s Fitness Summit.

Enjoy!

-Eric

5 Mistakes that Will Derail Your Fat Loss Efforts by Nick Smoot

If you’re like most people, you’ve attempted to lose body fat. And you probably made some mistakes along the way.

I certainly have. 

The mistakes can prevent you from reaching your ideal physique. Hey, it happens. But making mistakes can actually be a good thing.

Trial and error is the foundation that this whole “fitness” thing is built upon.

If you’re not making mistakes, learning from those mistakes, and then using what you’ve learned to propel you to a higher level of success, you’re not doing things correctly.

Today’s article, focusses on the top five mistakes I’ve seen — and how to avoid them.

1. You Try to Lose Body Fat Before You’re Actually Ready to Lose Body Fat.

Sounds a little “out there,” I know. But the truth of the matter is this:

A lot of people *say* they want to lose body fat when in reality what they really want is something completely different (or at the very least, they want something else more).

And, this comes down to values.

Some people value getting bigger and stronger.

Some people value getting faster or more athletic.

Other people value drinking and partying it out with their friends.

And you know what? There’s nothing wrong with that. Whatever floats your boat.

The problem arises when what someone *thinks* they value (i.e. fat loss), and what they actually value (something else), don’t line up. Why?

Because values drive motivation.

They also drive habits.

And if you’re not motivated to lose body fat – or you have habits set up that are aligned with a different goal – your fat loss journey will be infinitely harder.

What to do instead: Be honest with yourself. Assess whether or not losing body fat is what you truly value (right now). If it is, go after at. If it’s not, chase what you currently value until fat loss moves up on the priority list.

 

  1. You Don’t Build a Foundation of Healthy Habits.

A lot of people think that the key to dropping body fat is having an extreme amount of willpower.

That’s not true.

In fact, I’d argue that most people who’ve achieved incredible physiques have will power no better than yours.

It’s not willpower that separates those that are successful at losing body fat, and those that aren’t.

It’s their habits.

It’s the stuff they do day in and day out that they DON’T have to think about.

Why?

Because willpower is a limited resource, and eventually it’ll burn out.

A lot of people think too much.

All that thinking leads to excess stress.

And too much stress – if not controlled and allowed to accumulate for a prolonged period of time – leads to giving up.

What to do instead: Before you start worrying about the smaller details of your fat loss plan, build a foundation of healthy habits. There are ton of habits you can choose from, but some simple ones to get you started are as follows:

  • Eat a protein source with each meal.
  • Don’t drink your calories.
  • Fill up 1/3 of your plate with veggies.
  • Drink a glass or two of water with each meal.
  • Put the fork down in between bites.
  • Chew slower.
  • Choose whole, nutritious foods over processed, less nutritious foods 80% of the time.
  • Eat with Chopsticks.
  • If you think you want to dessert after dinner, wait 30 minutes and then re-evaluate if you still want it.
  • Don’t bring “junk food” in to the house.

3. You Don’t Train.

 Training in the weight room isn’t a necessity. Bbut not doing so will increase the difficulty of your fat loss efforts tenfold.

Why?

Because training helps you gain – and maintain – muscle mass.

Muscle mass is extremely metabolically active (i.e. it requires a lot of energy to maintain).

Carrying around more metabolically active tissue leads to an increase in metabolism, and the ability to diet on a higher food intake. Bot are extremely important.

Muscle mass is the foundation of your physique. No, scratch that, it IS your physique.

Fat loss is already difficult, time consuming, and painful.

The last thing you want to do is diet for six months, drop a bunch of body fat, and then wind up looking “skinny fat” because you don’t have enough muscle mass to fill out your physique

What to do instead: Train at  least 2-3 times per week. Again, it’s not a necessity. But strength training is extremely beneficial, and probably the only activity on this planet that can dramatically change your physique.

 

  1. You Don’t Pay Attention to Calories.

 “You can’t out-train a bad diet.” I’m sure you’ve heard that cliché before. But tis true. ‘You can’t train your butt off in the weight room . It’s important, but only one piece of the puzzle.  You can’t ignore what you’re doing in the kitchen and expect to lose body fat.

Why? Because the energy equation matters.

If you take in more energy than you’re burning on a daily basis, you’re going to gain weight.

And if you burn more energy than you’re taking in on a daily basis, you’re going to lose weight.

People have a knack for rewarding an intense workout with extra food. That’s not to say training and consuming a bunch of nutrients isn’t important. It definitely is, and all three variables go hand in hand. But, when it comes to losing body fat, calories do – and always will – reign supreme. Never forget that.

What to do instead: Track your calories. Or at the very least, try to be consistent with the type and amount of food you’re eating on a daily basis. If you don’t measure your food intake (in some fashion), you can’t adjust it. And if you’re not making adjustments to keep yourself in a caloric deficit, you’re not going to make any progress.

  1. You Don’t Eat Enough Protein.

I remember someone telling me awhile back that when they eat meat, they think of it as “stealing that animal’s muscle and putting on themselves.”

Kind of a sick – yet cool – way to look at things. But the importance of eating protein cannot be overstated.

Protein is the most essential nutrient when it comes to losing body fat.

Carbs and fats are important too (balance is key), but protein is number one on the priority list because:

  • It helps you maintain muscle mass while you’re in a caloric deficit.
  • It keeps you full (it’s the most satiating macronutrient).

Being hungry all the time? That sucks too. Not only is it wickedly uncomfortable, but it makes your ability to withstand overeating virtually non-existent.

You can avoid all of this by eating a good amount of protein.

Of course, some people manage to lose body fat and develop a nice physique WITHOUT eating a lot of protein (barely any). But, those people are rare. And their quest to lose body fat was probably a lot harder.

What to do instead: Eat protein. If you track macros, aim for between .8 and 1.5g per pound of body weight (1g per pound of body weight makes things simple). If you don’t track macros, try to get in a protein source with each meal (the size of your palm or two palm-fulls).

Wrapping Up

Making mistakes is part of the fitness process (a valuable part), but it’d be kinda silly if we all kept making the same ones.

Don’t try to lose body fat until it’s something you currently value.

Don’t rely solely on willpower.

Don’t neglect strength training.

Don’t forget about calories.

And don’t eat a bunch of carbs and fats without eating an adequate amount of protein.

You avoid these mistakes, and you’ll be 80% of the way towards reaching your fat loss goals.

 

Author Bio:

Nick Smoot is a strength coach and nutrition consultant out of Newport News, VA. He got his start in the fitness industry back in 2012, and since then he’s spent countless hours helping clients become the best versions of themselves possible. In his free time, he enjoys lifting heavy things, eating, writing, traveling, nerding out on Harry Potter, and eating.

Visit Nick’s blog here, or feel free to connect with him on Facebook or Instagram.

How to have a weak, average, and un-athletic body

Building a strong, shredded, athletic body is brutally hard work. It’s much easier to pack it in, follow the crowd and be average, weak, and un-athletic.  The sad part is most people are fine with average, until finally, they snap. They get sick of it and go all in, making a change for the better. 

If you want to be average do the things listed below. Want to be a better, happier version of yourself? Avoid these things like deadlifts at Planet Fitness and start making some real headway in the gym.

Let’s get to it. 

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Don’t lift heavy weights. You’re not training to be a strongman anyways. Besides,  the pump is the only way a muscle grows.

Change your routine every week. Muscle confusion bro’!

Don’t Track progress. Besides, you’re changing workouts every week to do that “muscle confusion thing.” Body fat percentage, tracking strength gains, and analyzing your training is too hard anyways.

Focus on Curls, lateral raises, and calves. Cuz they’re my weak points that need bringing up. Sorry junior, you’re going to stay “junior” if you don’t seriously focus on strength in major compound lifts like squats, deadlifts, and chin-ups.

Compare yourself to everyone else. if you’re not first you’re last, right?

 Don’t Eat Fruits and Vegetables. There’s not enough calories to support training. Besides, vitamins and minerals aren’t vital for chemical reactions that control every physiological process in the body.

Neglect Sleep. “ I didn’t sleep well” is a great excuse for every lackluster workout, meeting, or day. Besides, why sleep when you get to  drink 67 Red Bulls, a few pre-workouts and be ready to take on the world? Nonsense, hack your sleep and get back on track.

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Circuit Everything! supersets and giant sets are more time efficient, but you need rest to drive up strength levels and improve performance. 

Never sprint, cut, jump, throw or crawl.  You’re not training for sports these skills aren’t important anymore.

Warm-Up? Nah bro I’m hawt. Staying healthy, maximizing training performance, and preparing the body for a long and prosperous training career isn’t important. #YOLO

 

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Focus on bulking… all day everyday! You need a caloric surplus to gain muscle and plenty of nutrients to support training, but your body needs a break. Try cycling calories and carbohydrates to support your training needs. Try this.

Rely On Supplements for all your nutritional gains.  Science is mixed at best for most supplements. Plus, pills and powders are more convenient.
Here’s a tip… eat real, high-quality food. If you want to see what works check out the Examine Supplement Guide for no-B.S.  research driven information.

GO BEASTMODE EVERYDAY. Okay, you need to work hard, but turn it down every now and then. Seriously, chill out, take a deload week and let your body heal. Without recovery there is no adaptation. With no adaptation there is no growth. Train, recover, adapt=> Strong, shredded, and athletic.

Yea, this is a sarcastic list, but it serves as a reminder for those trying to build a strong, shredded, and athletic body.  Take advantage of the day and do something to build your dreams.

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10 Minutes for Fat Loss

Wow. Christmas is less than two weeks away. That means crazed shoppers dropping the “people’s elbow” on their fellow deal-fanatics, glorious sugar bomb christmas cookies , and ugly sweaters at the Christmas party.

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Oh yes, Christmas parties. Freezing nights with sugar-bomb cocktails, prime rib, awkward conversation and unfortunately, Fireball.  Besides the pounding headache the aftermath leaves residual blubber floating around your waistline topped with regret, and panic.

Instead of locking yourself away from holiday festivities add an extra 10 minutes into your workouts. 10 Minutes is all you need to maximize your fat loss.

I recently published an article with my friends at Fitocracy which provides the perfect recipe for blasting those additional holiday calories and preventing the post-holiday fat-panic. Continue Reading Here ==> For 10 Minute Fat Loss

Strong. Shredded. Athletic.

-Eric

The Deload: The Path to Bigger, Faster, and Stronger


This morning, I messed up and forgot to feed my dog. So, being the nice guy I ran home to feed Rocky Balboa between clients. I flipped open my laptop  for a quick email to find my latest article is live on Breaking Muscle. 

This articles dives into the most forgotten part of the training continuum: Recovery. You see, without proper recovery gains in the gym aren’t maximized.

Poor recovery can stop fat-loss in it’s tracks, zap your strength, performance, and depress your immune system.  Since these are the major reasons most people train, recovery is a pretty big deal.

The most effective way to boost recovery is scheduling recovery workouts, often combined to form a deload week.

This is a week of lower intensity, lower frequency  training used to promote exercise recovery. I take all these variables head-on, providing you a solid game plan for success.

Ready to check it out?

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Deload bigger faster stronger
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Strong. Shredded. Athletic.

-Eric

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