Is Cardio A Must To Lose Fat?

When you think weight loss, fat loss or getting ripped?

You might be thinking, of all the cardio you have to do.

Things like do higher reps might come to mind as well.

The truth is fat loss comes down to nutrition and sleep mostly.

People don’t gain weight because there not jogging, or spending hour on the treadmill.

But, because of we may eat  and the stress we are under and the lack of sleep. Or all three,

Now, if you like doing cardio , go for it dig in .

As long as you know it not a must, especially the kinds most people hate like running, cardio machines etc.

Here 3 ways you can lose fat by exercising . But, like I said if you sleep like shit and are not working on improving your nutrition, you bound for disappointment, even with this. Need nutrition help click here 

  1. Lift- This is the most important and effective, because if you done right. It burn a crap a tons calories and ensures that the weight, you lose is from fat, not muscle. This is important because less muscle means, slower fat loss and when you do lose fat, you might not have the look your looking for.

2. Move every day, doesn’t really matter what it is, as long as it doesn’t beat you up. Finding something active that you like to do for at least 5-30 minutes per day. This will help burn calories, recover and keep your motivation up. Walks, hikes, riding a bike, pick up games, light jogging are great, have fun with it.

  3. last thing you may want to add 1-2 two tough conditioning sessions(These are things like sprints, intervals circuit training). For some this can really boost fat loss, but if you under sleep, constantly stressed and eat rough, these seems to have the opposite effect.  So, if that sounds like you, I would just lift and do low intensity movements on off days, as well as work on improving  your food and sleep

Here are a couple example

#1 Younger less stressful Guy

LIFT- Mon, Weds, Fri

Daily movements  walking there dog 15-30 minutes per day

Sprints after Wednesday workout and Saturday Circuit training

#2 Example Busy and stressed out Dad

Lifts Tues Thursday and Saturday morning

Daily movements- Does 5-15 minutes of body weight exercises, when he wakes up , like squats, pushups, lunges, planks and goes for 15 minute jog or run , when he has a chance.

Does 1 sprint session after Saturday sessions, but will skip it, if too busy, stressed out and opt for a walk, instead.

Do those things on a regular basis and great thing will happen.

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Getting Lean In Two Tips

When trying to lose fat for the summer there are couple problems.

We like to , what we like to eat. Not doing that can be very hard.

When we look for way to, it can be overwhelming as hell, with so many contradiction out there.

If you were break your nutrition down to these two steps you’d, dramatically decrease your aggravation and make the whole things a whole lot stress ful.

Check these out and start doing them 90% of the time.

1.Eat lean proteins and a plant with every eating opportunity.  Eat those from the best version you can on that day. Don’t try be prefect but, do the best you can in that moment.

This works awesome because they will both fill you up a ton, give you the nutrients your body needs and help support holding on to the muscle you have.

2. Eat slowly and until 80% full. We are so busy, we have lost all sense of our internal cues that tell us to stop eating. Instead of stressing out about calories equation and tracking your macros and calories. Do these.

Eat slowly using one of these three methods

  1. Time how long it takes you to eat on the average, slow down and try add 2-5 minutes on to that.
  2. Try take 10-15 bites, for each thing you put in your mouth.
  3. After very bite put down utensil and don’t pick it a back up to your done chewing.

When you get good at that. Start to  stop eating when you feel 80% full. Which isn’t exact number, it based on what feel 80% feels like. This make you constantly check in and to see how hungry you still are and start to build out natural hunger cues. Let it guide to better portion sizes.

Master those two, you’ll lose weight. But, you’ have to do 80-90% of the time.

 

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What Is The Best Cardio To Do

Summer is here and that means people are trying lean out or get ripped

Before we dive into what is the form of cardio are best for this. Let get this straight.

Your nutrtion and sleep are going give you 80-90% of your fat loss. The soon you accept that and improve on that, the better.

If your doing cardio to get lean, get your nutrtion and sleep in check.

Let get into this. I like to decide cardio or conditioning into three categories

High intensity- So these are things like all sprint up hill, on sled, treadmill or machines. Intervals with body weight, kb exercises, crossfit circuits, ropes etc

This is great for making cardio fun, or maybe suck deepending on your personalty. The benfits it will boost your calorie burning ability for 24 hours after. Also can release fat burning hormones and as well help build or maintain strength and muscle.

The bad is if you don’t’ sleep or eat well or just have a lot stress, it might be too much and do more harm than good.This is because the intensity is so high, it takes time and resources to recover from it. If your not giving your body those things, it most likely, will not work well for you. Especially if your doing strength session on top of it.

I like to do 1-3 hard session per week. I like to do one after a strength work and one on Saturday by it self. This seems to promote better recovery. Recovery means better results.

2nd category is moderate intensity this things like spin class, running or even biking hard for long stances. Maybe a sport like a pick up game, kickboxing session or grappling.

It hard but nor as intense as intervals. This can be good if you like these things. But, if combined it with other intense workout might really beat you up. Too much of can make it hard to keep your muscle mass, while your leaning out.

I probably like this the least for people who want be strong , have muscle, while getting lean. It’s hard to recover from and can eat away at some muscle , if done too much.

If you really like it do it 2-3x week 20-40 minutes

3rd category is low intensity.

So there are things like walking, swimming, biking, certain low bearing activity. This usually never fails to hard to do.

This is great because this type of cardio promotes recovery, burns calories but doesn’t effect your bodies recovery ability, so you can do it more often.

You can do this really every day.

Conclusion 

If your goals is to just lose fat, while keeping the muscle or tone you currently have.

I’ll do low intensity as much as possible 3-5x week for at least 20- 40 minutes.

To accelerate a little fat loss , I recommend doing 1-2 high intensity sessions per week.

Now if your a running and love running just replace the high intensity one with some running a couple miles or 20-40 minutes.

I also want state, that the best of anything nutrtion, strength, or cardio program is the one you’ll actually do.  There is a lot weight in doing maybe the one you just enjoy the most

Hope this helped if you have nay questions let me know.

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Procrastinators Guide To Adding Muscle And Losing Weight This Summer

June is a day away and if you don’t have the fitness, body and weight loss, yet you might be a little down.

I don’t like quick fixes or short term programs but these three stratgies can, really boost some quick results in a month or two.

I actually gave similar advice to my cousin , when he had to drop some quick pounds for his air force test.

Listen carefully and hit me up with any questions you got.

  1. Nutrition is king, when it comes to all your fitness goals. Follow this simple guideline.

Anytime meals- Which can be eaten any time. Eat a protein source, veggies or fruit and some healthy fats if you want. Lay of starchy carbs or anything with a lot of sugar. A couple examples are

-eggs and bacon with some berries

-2 container of greek yogurt equaling 30 g protein and an apple

-Greek salad with extra chicken

-Steak tips, veggies and maybe some fruit for desert

Post workout meals- Which are meal only eaten after you train hard like lift weights, or do sprints or something like that. You’ll still have protein, veggies but you’ll add starchy carbs like bread, rice or potatoes , etc  Here are few examples

-veggie omelet with , home fries

-Rice bowl-jasmine rice, saute veggies, chicken , a little cheese or guacamole

-Salmon with sliced baked sweet potato and saute asparagus

-Desert idea, mash a sweet potatoes with cinnamon and butter for something sweet after dinner.

Tip- Try to eat foods you really like, while still staying with in those guidelines, doesn’t have to be as bad as you may think.

2. Train for strength, go into the gym 2-4x week and focus on getting strong with a variation of the following exercises

the squat

the deadlift

chest press

rows

chinup

lunge

plank

This will burn a lot calories in the gym, burn extra calories post workout and release fat burning and muscle building hormones. Don’t train hard for more than two day in row. Example might be train Mon, weds fri and sat to do some hard intervals.

3 Sprint or intervals – Doing intense conditioning is great it will boost your metabolic rate but too much , start to give diminishing returns stick to two high quality sessions a week.

Example 1 sprint a distance as fast as you can walk back repeat 6-12x

Example 2 Do each of these exercises for 30 sec on and 30 sec off, go through it 3 x in circuit fashions.

Burpies

pushups

jump squats

rows

farmer walk

4. Add as many low intensity cardio as possible. This stuff is just little extra but can really boost a fat loss if you have everything else down first. Pick a low intensity version of cardio like riding bike, walking, hiking, cardio machines, swimming Do 20-60 minute session as much as possible.

These are great because your body doesn’t need to recover from them, so you can do them a ton and they will also help you recover from your harder workouts.

To review what you’ll do

  1. Follow the anytime and post workout meals
  2.  Get strong
  3. Do sprints
  4. Move a lot

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How To Start Getting Strong And Building Muscle, If Your A Beginner?

If your to looking to build muscle and strength, but have very little experience.

First, you have to understand that you want over load the muscles, you want to grow.

All that mean is that your making the exercise harder, usually by doing more reps, sets or doing more weight.

If your new to this I follow this these steps.

First focus on learning the basic moves and becoming great at them. Just learning how to do basics exercises well, without really using a ton weight, will get a newbie pretty far.

Learn the squat, push up/chest press, some type lunge, rows and dead lift.

Than say your pretty good at them.

Start to hit sets of reps 5-12 reps. For 2-3 sets.

Than you once you can do all sets with certain weight with the target reps, with ease. Add weight and stay there until you can do that weight, easily for the reps you want .

Example say your doing squat 3×8. You pick 100lbs, the first set you get 8, than 7 and than 5. Stay with that weight each week, until you can get for 8 reps across the board, than go up.

There are other ways to over load your muscle, but this way is great, because you’ll

-Learn to do the exercises faster and master perfect technique.

-You wont get in the trap of adding weight and using shitty form, which will just get hurt and keep you weak.

Start with that and let me know if you have any questions.

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Simple Training Tweak For Stressed Out People

When it comes to getting results a few things a essential

-Strength training

-Nutrition(Eating nutrient dense food and in the right amount for your goals)

-Recovery from training

If your not recovery from your workouts, your leaving gains on the table and making it easier to hold on to belly fat.

If your

A type a person

Always stressed

Always running A rounds

Frequently Get poor quality sleep

Expose yourself to constant news, social media , etc

This is for you.

See stress may be holding you back, you need more time in between intense workouts and you benefit more from getting more sleep and doing this simple tweak to recover better.

The High , low training method

This is simple and is great way to recover better and get results.

Basically you reduce or stop doing two intense day in row. So, you wouldn’t lift on Monday , than do hard intervals on Tuesday. Sense there both kinda of intense. You would might lift on Monday and Tuesday do something low intensity  like walking, hiking, swimming or some mobility, yoga, things like that.

Try this routine

Mon upper body or full body strength work ,with sprints afterwards or intervals

Tuesday low intensity maybe 30-60 minute walk

Weds Lower body session

Thursday lower intensity again

Friday Upper body or full body, doing intervals intensity afterward or save it for Saturday.

If your constantly beat up ,stressed or stuck. Try this for the next 30 days and watch your energy, strength and fat loss improve.

If your able to sleep and relax a little more, you’ll find yourself getting even more results.

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Do You Really Need Low Carbs To Lose Weight?

There is a current mindset that into order to lose weight, you have to cut out carbs.

This works great for some people and works very well because.

-You cut carbs,  so your reducing calories, that will help you lose weight. Just as if you cut out fats or proteins .

-You lose a lot of water weight because stored carbs hold more water.

-These people aren’t crazy about carbs in the first place.

But, for others low carbs can be problem  because.

-They like carbs a lot. Even when they can go low carbs, they will crave even worst carbs and sweets. All though , they might be able do it for a while, they will eventuality cave and go back to eating them in the worst way

-They are already really stressed in life and low carb is just another stress negatively effects there hormones.

-If you are trying to keep your muscle and strength. Low carbs may give you low energy for workouts and make it easy to lose your strength and muscle.

The Answer

Like most things in this industry that loves to go from one extreme to the next . The right answer is usually in the middle.

If your trying to lose fat you could benefit from

-Dropping carbs a little. Little being the key word.

-Also replacing your carbs with better versions.

-Like ones that are less processed, and make you feel more energetic, as well as have lot of nutrient in them.

-Eat starchy carbs mostly around your workouts

2 steps to do this

  1. Eat carbs high in the carb continuum . Think of scale 1-10. 1 being the worst carbs you can eat for your goals and 10 being the best crabs you can consume for your goals.

1 might be candy or muffin. And 10 might be sweet potatoes or some fruit.

Simple think about the carbs you had yesterday. Instead cutting them out out, go higher on carb continuum.

For instance say you had a muffin for breakfast yesterday , maybe today you have some toast and fruit.

You had a sub for lunch you might, have good quality wrap with less ingredients and lower calories.

This works great because

-You’ll absorb less calories from minimally processed carbs than processed version

-Better carbs will fill you up faster. Eating 500 calories of coao puffs are way easier than eating 500 calories of oatmeal.

-You ‘ll crave less sugar overall all because your giving your body the carbs it desires.

Simple do that for two weeks. If you notice results. You don’t have a carb problem, you have carb quality problem.

2. Now, if that doesn’t work don’t, go panicking you might just need to cut a little carbs, not all of them. Carbs are great to energize your workout, brain function and help you recover. Just cut a little bit out.

You can do this by eating smaller portions with each meal or

A great strategy is eat most of your starchy carbs like rice, potatoes, whole grains etc after your workouts. You’ll eat less of them and post workout is the best time to eat carbs, so they don’t get turned into fat to easily.

Say you workout tonight, when you get home and eat dinner. Have a good size serving of a minimally processed carbs.

The other meal focus on lean protein , healthy fats vegetables an d fruit.

That is how you eat carbs and lean out, all at the same time.

Sample carb continuum To Work Off of

table sugar, candy, syrups

muffins , cakes, cookies, pies, chips, cracker, ice cream

processed granola, breakfast or protein bars , cereal ,

white bread, tortilla, wraps rolls, pasta

less processed bread or lower calorie

fruits, whole grains, sweet potato, potato, rice , oatmeal

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3 Way To Lean Out While Keeping Your muscle

When it is time to lose fat, as far as exercises goes. People go towards the jogging, cardio machines and other form of long duration cardio.

If you want to keep the muscle you have while dropping fat, you want do forms of cardio, conditioning that makes you use your muscle hard as you do the cardio.

Here are my three I like.

  1. Hill sprints- I love these things. My favorite way to train in the summer by far. You get some rays, great cardio workout and hormone benefits to help you keep your muscle mass and drop fat  . It simple , find a hill, sprint up it as fast you can, walk down and repeat to your favorite music.

  1. Loaded carries- Great to build raw strength, get your heart racing and awesome for your core to. Pick something up and carny for distance or time.  Farmer walk and rack walk with kettles bells are my favorite.

  1. Use strength and power exercise in circuit. You don’t want it to be, so intense it effects your lifting session but enough to get hear rate up and effect your conditioning. You can do this for time, interval, time total or specific rounds Something like this.

Kettlebell swings 8

pushup 8

jumping lunges 8/side

Do as many times as you can for 8 minutes, Rest for 2 minute repeats one more time for 4 minutes.

Pick one you like and do 2-3 x a week to lean out. Let me know how you like them.

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Bears, Dropping Inches And Building Muscle

If you were camping with a few of your best buds and all of sudden, boom your being chase by this big hungry beer.

To survive, you don’t have to be the fastest one out of your buds you, just can’t be slowest

This is exactly like exercise and nutrtion, that we screw up on.

We act like we only get results if we do perfect nutrtion and exercises. No wonder why so many of us are, all or nothing.

Which isn’t true , we just can’t always be doing the worst things.

When we start to realize and act on thi.s

We stop stopping and start getting better results with whole lot less stress too.

Here is what I mean, think of the worst and best thing you can do for your fitness and nutrtion.

Here is an example for dinner.

The worst thing may be something like a pizza or even worst maybe some chips and dip.

The best thing might be some salmon, with steamed veggie and  sweet potato .

But, what in between those two things.

Say on scale 1-10, the pizza is 1 and the salmon is 10. If you ate meal that was 5 or 7. You still get way better results than , the pizza at 1.  For example a 5 might cheese burger with side of asparagus instead of fries .

Let’s take a look at exercise

1 Is not doing anything to move or exercise .

10. I might have an intense strength workout with sprints after.

But, in between that I might 15 minute walk or 10 minute body weight workout at home. Or even 5 minutes of some type of exercise.

I’m still going get the feel good feeling, burn some calories and boost my energy by doing one of the above three.

Stop stopping. Keep going and don’t worry about being perfect just try not to do the worst possible things and you’ll ok.

Being consistent is way more important than being perfect

 

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6 Reason Why You Wont Look And Feel Your Best

2nd Day of Spring is here and with that the nice weather will soon follow.

With warm weather comes a little more motivation to drop fat and tone up. So, you can feel your best, this summer.

When we feel our best we are happier and more productive people.

But, if you get stuck feel self conscious and crappy at the beach o ther many of the cookouts you’ll go to this year. That is no fun.

It’s not just about losing fat and building muscle. But, it is how it makes you feel and in turn become and do.

6 Reason Why You Wont Look And Feel Your Best

  1. Your not consistent. You only do things when you feel like it , instead of dedicating to something. Your all or nothing. Truthfully that turns into a whole lot of nothing most of the time, especially when your busy and stressed. If that sounds like you check this article out

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2. You’ll focus too much on fads when it comes to nutrtion like detoxes, going no carb, no dairy and gluten free. Instead of working on the classics that work.

3. You’ll neglect strength training and in the process get less and less toned even if you do lose some weight.

  1. You will spend more time beating yourself up and being mad about your slip ups. Than learning from your mistakes and how you can move and eat better, a little better each day.
  2. You’ll neglect recovery that body needs to get results  like sleep, relaxing, soft tissue work and walks.
  3. You’ll try to do things that are too advanced for you, get worn out and quit.

There you have 6 ways if you avoid, you’ll be good.

But, do you know what I hate, blogs that tell you what is wrong. But, than don’t even point in the right direction.

I wont do you, like that.

Here 6 Way to lose inches and feel good.

  1. Strength train 3 x week working these moves squat, dead lifts, push up or press, lunge and a row. Learn how to do them and than get stronger at them each week.
  2. Start to eat slowly and pay attention to when you know it’s time to slow.
  3. Don’t worry about cutting everything out so fast. Add minimally possessed proteins, fruits and vegetables to ll your meals.

4. Drink 1-2 cups of water before each meal.

5. Move every day or at least 6 days week. This could be a walk, a strength session, sport/hobbie or quick 5 minute workout in the am to wake you up.

6. ADVANCED TIP- Eat starchy carbs on your strength days like rice and potato with your meals and cut them out on the other days

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