Weight Training Vs. Steady State Cardio For Fat Loss
If someone asked you “what burns more calories, lifting weights of cardio”, you would probably, without hesitation, tell them that cardio burns more calories. Don’t worry, because this is the answer that most people would give as well.
However, if you look a little closer, this might not be as clear cut as you think. Both of these training methods burn calories and reduce body fat, but they use different methods and have different effects on your body.
During The Workout
When you are actually performing the workout (lifting weight or steady state cardio), how much fat are you really burning? In this case, steady state cardio may have weight training beat. You will burn quite a few more calories during a cardio session than a typical weight lifting session (1 body part per day). What you are NOT told is how long steady state cardio sessions can also break down muscle tissue which reduces your calorie burning ability. * A game changer here would be a FULL BODY weight training session like we have discussed in previous blogs.
We determined that cardio burns more fat when you’re doing the workout. After the workout is over; now that’s a different story. Once you have stepped off the treadmill, the calorie burning has stopped by the time you get home.
Ever notice that those with the most muscle, lose fat the fastest when they choose and are in general leaner than those with less muscle? Once you get the weight off, which training method is better at keeping it off? Here, weight lifting may have its biggest advantage. Your resting metabolic rate (RMR) is how many calories that your body needs to burn just to exist.
Your body composition can be described as “what you’re made of”. It takes into account your fat mass (your total amount of body fat) as well as fat-free mass (FFM) (everything in your body that’s not fat).
Lifting weights and performing steady state cardio will affect your bodyweight and your body composition. Since strength training not only burns fat, but builds muscle, it can give you the appearance that it’s not helping you lose fat if you only use a scale to measure progress.
Likewise, steady state cardio will also give you a skewed reading on the scale. As I mentioned previously, cardio only burns fat and builds little (if any) muscle. This can make the scale give you a more pleasing number, but you may not have a healthy body composition.
Measuring your body composition is a much better idea than only using a scale as a guide for fat loss. Consider that muscle tissue is much denser that fat. This means that you could lose 5 pounds of fat mass and gain 7 pounds of muscle (FFM) and be 2 pounds heavier on the scale.
Now, you may think that you are gaining fat mass, when in reality, you’re gaining FFM and making positive changes in your body composition. Having a health professional determine your body composition will help keep you on the right track.
Weight training and steady state cardio will both help you burn calories and lose fat. Since lifting weights burns more calories in the long run and cardio burns more calories while exercising, using weight training as the foundation of your plan and cardio as an additional tool may have the biggest effect on fat loss.
If you need help developing a comprehensive FAT LOSS strategy, never hesitate to reach out to us. We are as always, here to help.
Ladies, ladies, ladies, now I know that society, the media and infomercials have lead you to believe that starving yourself and doing lots of cardio is the way to have the ultimate bikini body but that is just NOT TRUE.
There is certainly no shortage of women at your local fitness facility. Actually, they tend to be in the majority when it comes to cardio equipment and fitness classes. The same can be said for women and healthy eating. Women are 50% more likely than men to eat their daily amount of veggies.
In our last transphormation challenge we sent out the request for every person to find a photo online of someone they wanted to look like. As the responses came in I was not surprised to see what I knew to be true. EVERY photo I received was of a person that clearly used weight training as the foundation of their overall plan. Hours of cardio and starving yourself only breaks your body down. By breaking down your own muscle tissue you are destroying your FAT burning ability. It’s time you heard the truth. Resistance training (weight training) is the real NO BULLSHIT way to the body you want. Anchor yourself in muscle. It is MUSCLE that will get you lean and KEEP you lean.
So, if you are clearly living the fitness lifestyle, then why is there still this fear of going over to the free-weight area and grabbing a set of dumbbells? Women who are not training with weights are missing out on some major benefits.
You Won’t Look Like Man
While this isn’t exactly a benefit, it’s something that needs to be said right up front. Many personal trainers will hear a common concern when first working with a female client, “I don’t want to get too muscular and look like a man.”
You will not look like a man because you lift weights! There are two huge reasons why training with weights will not make you look like a man.
Testosterone– This is the muscle-building hormone that is abundantly found in men. There is significantly less of this hormone in women and will keep you from looking like a man. Now getting it into your body artificially (aka illegally) that’s a whole different story.
Time– The amount of time that you would have to dedicate to even begin to resemble a male’s physique would be insane. The very few women that you do see who look like men have essentially devoted their lives to achieving this.
Now that we have that issue cleared up, let’s go over the overwhelming reasons why you should be training with weights.
Hopefully, we all know that there is no such thing as “target fat loss”. However, studies suggest that strength training may be a better way to lose abdominal fat than cardio.
This has to do with that fact that when going for a 60-minute run, you’re burning fat, but also losing muscle. While weight training, you are almost entirely burning body fat.
Weight training is a physically demanding activity, so you will clearly burn calories when you’re in the gym training. You will also continue to burn calories long after your training session has ended.
We already touched on this earlier, but lifting weights will not make women big, bulky, and masculine. It will make you lean, defined, and healthy. Lifting weights is one of the best ways for women to get tone looking muscle definition.
Lifting weight is not an activity that’s exclusive to men. Training with weights will help you look, and feel, great. If you are ready to once and for all take control and BUILD the body you want, if you need help, we are always here. Reach out, lets get started on the BRAND NEW YOU!
No matter whether you are a boat hand, rig worker, plant worker or the wife at home managing the house, the kids and possibly even a job of your own, TIME is your most precious commodity. You want to look good, be strong and be healthy. Lets just be honest, you want to either bring your sexy back, build a hot body, feel like a million bucks, combat a health condition or be the example for your kids to follow and look up to. That said, you don’t have the time, money nor desire to live in the gym 7 days per week like a fit pro or physique athlete. Lets talk about how you can build muscle, burn fat, have that amazing body and still have time for a LIFE.
Now, if your training goal is burning calories and getting shredded, then you need to start performing full-body splits. If you want to burn more fat with full-bodyweight training, there are a few things you need to know.
You will primarily rely on the use of compound lifts such as the bench press, squat, deadlift, overhead press, and row. When you get stronger on your main compound exercises, you’ll indirectly stimulate smaller muscle groups as well.
Barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, bands and even your own body weight can be incorporated into a full-body workout. Don’t think that just because you don’t have access to all the equipment imaginable, you can’t perform a killer workout. Simple compound movements is all you need.
When we’re talking about training frequency, we’re simply referring to how many workout sessions performed during the week. Compared to other splits, particularly the body part split, full-body training will have a very high training frequency.
Full-body training should be performed 3 times per week and be sure to allow 48 hours between sessions. This will give your muscles enough time to recover for the next workout. Your training split may look something like this:
Monday– Full-body training
Tuesday– 30 mins moderate cardio
Wednesday– Full-body training
Thursday– 30 mins moderate cardio
Friday– Full-body training
Full-body training can use any rep scheme to accommodate any fitness goal. However, if you want to burn more fat, then you will be training around the 15 rep range. Don’t think that 15 reps means that it’s time to go light.
Keep the weight heavy enough to reach failure at the last set. If you just completed a set of squats for 15 reps and you could have completed about 5 more, then it’s time to go heavier.
The reason that you’re training at this high of a volume is simple—glycogen. Training at such a high rep range will drain your muscles of stored carbs, or glycogen. Your body tries to combat this unwanted glycogen depletion by increasing its glycogen stores.
The concept is simple; you will work more muscle groups which will cause greater calorie expenditure—period.
Full-body training is just what you need to burn calories and lose some fat. If you are already performing a full-body weight training split, then keep it up! If you’re on the fence about it, hopefully, this will be enough for you to take the next step.
If you need help with your training, nutrition, supplementation or maybe you want to take it to even the NEXT LEVEL, never hesitate to reach out. We are committed to bringing you all things fat loss, muscle building and wellness without the FEES.
I have decided to chronicle my journey with 1st Phorm’s My Transphormation Challenge. July 1st was my start date. I know I started at a crazy time because of the holiday weekend but if I didn’t do it then, I wasn’t going to do it all. So far, I don’t regret it. I had actually started using their meal plan 3 days before I signed up. It was also a surprise to everyone. No one knew I was doing it. Joining was pretty terrifying to me because I knew I would be putting myself out there. WAY OUT THERE. Participating in the challenge was strictly because I needed to get myself back under control and to also show our Facebook group that it can be done. When I say “get myself back under control”, I mean emotionally and physically. This is the heaviest I have ever been. This is also the lowest I’ve ever been.
Backstory time. I have been an athlete since the 4th grade when I started playing softball and was also in the drill team in high school. Actually, softball was the only sport I was ever really good at. I played 1st base. What do you think of when you think of a 1st baseman? You think of tall, lean and flexible. Guess what. That was me. I am 5’8″, definitely not lean anymore nor as flexible as I used to be. Now, I LOVE my family with all my heart BUT sometimes words can have an effect on a young person. Because I had that description of myself, I was always told I should be a model. Hell, at one point my nickname was “Legs”. So, what did my young and not so wise ass do? I looked up to the supermodels of the time. Yep, women like Elle McPhearson, Cindy Crawford, Christi Brinkley and Heidi Klum. What did I eventually fall into? You guessed it. Eating disorders. Mainly binge eating during my high school years. Of course, later on, I graduated to bulimia and anorexia. I don’t talk about it because it’s just not something I wish to discuss or open up a lot about. Moving on.
After high school, I continued to struggle with my old habits. I began to gain weight. The only way I knew how to get the pounds off was by reverting back to my old ways. The lowest my weight has ever been as an adult is 95 lbs. I achieved that by not eating at all. My mom figured out what was going on and we worked on getting my weight back up. I gained way more back than I originally lost. Needless to say, it was an endless cycle until Jason came along but the emotional scars from it will always be there and I will always fight those demons. Mind you, when I met Jason, I was still playing softball. It was slow-pitch but at least it was softball. I think about 4 years ago, I decided to have my knee looked at because it had been hurting for so long. We’re talking years. Turns out, I had been playing on a micro-fracture. The plan was to have it fixed, heal and play ball again. That’s not what happened.
After surgery, I was on the couch with my knee in the “bending machine”. I have no idea what it’s really called. Jason turned on The Olympia. I had never watched it before and Jason was really excited for me to see it for the first time. I had always had negative views on a lot of muscle. I always thought you were supposed to be skinny (model skinny). When I first saw the bikini competitors, I didn’t like that division because it reminded me of a beauty pageant. I have tons of respect for them but it just wasn’t my thing. Next was figure and I got into that pretty good. Nicole Wilkins won and she looked amazing. Then came physique and I was hooked. As soon as DLB stepped on stage I picked her to win. Guess what. She did and I have been following her ever since. I told Jason I wanted to start lifting as soon as I could. I stopped playing softball not because I wanted to only lift but because my knee was never the same. I learned the right way to get weight off and wanted muscle for the first time ever. I asked so many questions when we were in the gym, we decided I should just take a course. I did and I am now a personal trainer.
Flash forward to a very rough and traumatic year. 2016 was wonderful because it seemed like everything was falling into place with my training. It was also one of the worst years of my life because we found out my mom never had thyroid cancer (she had her thyroid removed the year before because of that diagnosis). She was misdiagnosed. It was actually lung cancer and had spread to her brain and bones. It was crazy because I couldn’t wrap my brain around her having lung cancer because she had never smoked. We were made to feel like we could get at least 5 – 7 years with her according to her doctor. That wasn’t going to happen and I never saw it coming.
Mom wanted me to help her gain weight and workout to build up her strength because we knew she needed it for the treatments. I wasn’t ever able to help her fully do that. I believe the diagnosis was official in March 2016. In May we found out it had spread. I was the cheerleader. I believed we could beat it. At the end of July I was bringing her back and forth to Houston almost everyday for her radiation treatments. Once that was done, in August she was able to start the chemo pills to target the gene that mutated. My mom passed away on September 9, 2016. I never saw it coming.
During August, there was a power outage in our town and we had to stay at a motel that night. We had our back workout the night before that happened. The next day I was feeling sore but it was normal. The next morning when I woke up at the hotel, I could barely move my back hurt so bad. The way it was radiating around to my abs made me think I had maybe pulled an oblique muscle. I stopped working out for about a month to give myself time to heal. Once that month was up, I got to workout for maybe a week and the pain came back. During the middle of September, I went to the chiropractor. She wanted me to have an MRI and of course being the badass that I am, I refused. I cannot even begin to describe the pain I was in. I went back to see my chiropractor in November and finally agreed to the MRI. The MRI showed an anomaly in my spine. She said blood clot. I said oh shit.
Further testing showed that it was indeed a blood clot. The neurosurgeon I went to informed me that it had to go. Surgery was scheduled for December 9, 2016. I was also told that if I felt any kind of tingling or numbness in my legs, I was to haul ass to the hospital. The fear of being paralyzed was way too real. Mind you, the MRI with contrast showed my spinal cord looking like a highway overpass. My spinal cord was being pushed out of place. I got a reprieve from surgery just a few minutes before I was about to be wheeled into the operating room because the doctor wanted another MRI to check on the blood clot. It had gotten smaller so surgery was cancelled.
My next MRI at the end of February showed the blood clot was gone but I was still having back pain. I still wasn’t able to lift. I had some nerve damage and needed nerve blocks with antibiotics in the injections to help the nerves heal. I had 3 rounds. I was finally released to workout the beginning of April. Of course I was scared to death the blood clot would come back because there was no reason for it to be there in the first place. It’s supposed to be a high impact trauma but nothing like that had ever happened to me. I’m actually supposed to have another MRI to check on things in September.
During all that time, I gained 20 lbs. How did I manage to do that even though I’m a personal trainer? What I didn’t realize was I was depressed. OBVIOUSLY. I think I was in denial about everything that had happened. PAY ATTENTION HERE. I WAS ONLY EATING 1 OR 2 MEALS PER DAY. That’s a big no-no. I didn’t even realize I had gained 20 lbs. because it happened SUPER SLOWLY.
On to the next phase that made me realize I needed to get my life back under control. Jason got us VIP tickets to 1st Phorm’s Summer Smash. I would dining with the big dogs. A cocktail dress was needed and I didn’t know that until 1 week before our flight to St Louis. A lot of things happened during that week that made me take a long hard look in the mirror at myself. I had to leave the VIP dinner, not because someone did anything wrong (NO ONE DID ANYTHING WRONG) but because back in August 2016, I was almost to my goals. I saw all the beautiful women and SAW WHAT I ALMOST WAS AND WHAT I WOULD’VE BEEN PHYSICALLY. I have never officially had a panic or anxiety attack and I’m pretty sure I was on the verge of one. I will never forgive myself for leaving and that was the start of this journey. I knew I had to get myself back in check. I haven’t felt that way in a VERY LONG TIME. I was angry with myself, disappointed and ashamed but most of all, my self hate returned and that is unacceptable. I thought I had beaten all of those things and those emotions slapped me in the face all at once.
So here I am doing something about it. I never want to feel that way again. I will fight to be back to where I was and to improve myself after that. That is the main reason why I joined the Transphormation Challenge. I am also doing it to show that things happen to the best of us all. Even personal trainers. By showing others that I can do it and fight for it, I hope it will encourage them to do the same.
Are you living with Type 2 Diabetes like so many of my maritime brothers, sisters and their families? I too live with Type 2 Diabetes as my own mother has Type 2 Diabetes. Fighting Type 2 Diabetes is one of my passions. In fact, it was and is a driving force behind what lead me to begin my journey to offer FREE HELP to all that will listen and take on the fight to combat their Type 2 Diabetes.
Are You Stuck With It?
So, think you’re just stuck with it? Is it getting worse year by year? Your doctor keeps increasing your meds to keep it under control while you experience more and more side effects? Insulin? You continue to gain weight and the health concerns continue to mount? Yes, yes, and yes again I would bet. No more! I am here to help you turn it around, greatly improve your health and take control of your Type 2 Diabetes.
Let’s get 1 thing straight RIGHT NOW. Carbs are NOT the devil, sugar in and of itself is NOT the boogie man. Now I’m certain that you have been told that they are but rest assured, they are not. You are NOT doomed to a life of eating cardboard or foods you hate. On the other side of that, I will not be giving you any get out of jail free cards. You are a type 2 Diabetic. Accept that now and the responsibility that goes along with it. You know that you have to, at minimum, watch what you eat and get your ass moving with some good ole hard work and exercise. Do not simply give in and turn your life over to taking an ever-increasing number of medications, dosage or the side effects that go with them, which require even more meds to address.
How Did You Get Into This Mess Anyway?
So, let’s break all of this down in the simplest most easy ways to understand. Yes of course it’s a fairly complicated issue but we can focus in on the KEY FACTORS and simplify. Let’s face it, over time you have over consumed sugar and carbohydrates. Not only have you over consumed sugar and carbohydrates, you have done so while leading a sedentary life style. You have bombarded your body with an extreme amount of glucose made from sugar and carbs over and over again. Over the course of your life this caused an emergency situation within your body each time.
Your body has been working overtime to protect you all along and that system is now broken. Your body wants, it needs, a “situation normal.” This is called homeostasis (all systems go, functioning normal, your body’s comfort zone). Your body is constantly at work to keep all of your internal functions NORMAL. This is a survival instinct. It’s JOB. Situation NORMAL inside your body, when it comes to blood glucose levels, is 110. Anything above or below will generate an automatic response within your body to get back to situation normal (110 on your blood glucose meter). Now, small rises and dips in your blood glucose levels are no problem for your body. It’s designed to handle that as a normal function of eating and processing energy from the food you eat. It’s only when you redline your body’s system for processing and storing sugars and carbs consistently over many years, spiking blood glucose levels to dangerous highs, that it begins to fail. When it begins to fail, it can no longer shuttle excess glucose out of your blood stream properly causing a backup and chronic high levels of glucose to remain in your blood stream. This situation is known as Type 2 Diabetes. If this isn’t bad enough, Type 2 Diabetes and its residual effects such as weight gain and obesity often lead to equally worse and compounding conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease.
So, What’s The NO BS Real World Problem?
Here is the deal, insulin is a key hormone in the body that we ALL have. Insulin has many very important jobs but the one we want to discuss most is its role of carrying glucose out of the bloodstream and into storage. We said earlier that any time blood glucose levels get over 110, your body will want to correct that and get back to normal. Insulin to the rescue. Its job is to carry that excess glucose out of the blood stream and off to 1of 3 other storage sites for energy: your liver, your muscles cells and (ding, ding, ding) BODY FAT. The core of the problem is with insulin’s interaction with the cells of the liver, muscles and fat. Each cell has thousands of receptor sites which insulin normally hooks up to and acts as a KEY to unlock the cell and open the passage way for the transport of glucose into the cell for storage. Over time, the connection and interaction between the receptor site and Insulin has gotten worn down, for the lack of a better description. Imagine an old lock on a heavily used door that has become worn out and the key just doesn’t unlock it any more. It’s virtually the same. Insulin is the key and the receptor site can no longer recognize or accept it. Your body’s insulin can no longer carry glucose through the receptor site, into the cell and out of the blood stream. You are now INSULIN RESISTANT and a Type 2 Diabetic.
The Insulin Resistance Shit Storm!
Now you are in deep shit! Your body is in a state of emergency inside. You have excess glucose in the blood stream. What is getting out of the blood stream is predominately going to fat cells which are the least insulin resistant as they are the place of excess energy (FAT STORAGE), chronic high insulin levels as your body pumps out more and more in an attempt to correct its blood glucose level problem and you now have less energy getting to the cells of the liver and muscle tissue creating a situation of low energy resulting in cravings and hunger… OMG what a nightmarish carnival ride of DOOM!
It doesn’t end there, no not at all! Now you will likely be dealing with 1 or more of diabetes best friends like high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and neuropathy to name a few. Face it, internally you are a shit show and the outside always reflects the inside! I know that is harsh but I say that out of love, tough love it may be but know this, it’s real. I say that to get your attention because I want to help! You CAN turn it around. You are CAPABLE. It is POSSIBLE.
Fixing The Problem!
As crazy as this may sound, I can’t say that you will be cured by following the recommendations below because that is against the LAW! By LAW only a DRUG can be a CURE! That said, listen up!
I venture to say that the things you need to avoid should be somewhat OBVIOUS. You should LIMIT or AVOID sugar, sugary drinks (sodas), cakes, cookies, ice cream, candy, processed foods (anything made into something) i.e. chips are NOT potatoes. These are comfort and snack foods which provide way too much raw energy for your body to handle all at once, are digested fast and leave you hungry and tired from the crash after. Avoid or limit foods that break down very fast into liquid form (if it melts in your mouth avoid or limit it) these are known as SIMPLE SUGARS or SIMPLE CARBS. The PROBLEM is the rate at which they break down and are taken up into the blood stream. They break down so fast that it causes a flood of excess sugar in the blood stream causing all of what we discussed above. It causes a huge spike in your blood glucose and in response to the emergency situation, your body releases a flood of INSULIN and the cycle begins.
Stick to foods as close to their natural state as possible (whole foods). Choose plant based complexed carb foods such as oats, rice, potatoes, beans, lentils and veggies to name a few. These whole food carb sources break down and digest much slower creating a more controlled and steady flow of sugar (glucose) into the blood stream. Keeping blood sugar levels in check keeps INSULIN in check. REMEMBER insulin is a storage hormone. It STORES ENERGY (FAT). Chronic high levels of insulin will wreck any potential FAT LOSS. Your body is designed to manage a steady controlled level of incoming glucose for energy.
Protein is KING!
I could go on and on about the importance and benefits of protein but let’s talk about the importance in regard to helping with your TYPE 2. Protein slows down the digestion rate of CARBS and keeps you full. Having the proper portion of protein every 3 to 4 hours boosts metabolism and builds muscle which are both critical to FAT LOSS! INCLUDE the proper portion of protein with EVERY meal or snack.
Keep your fat intake to under 20% of your totally daily calorie intake. Avoid trans fats as much as possible. Remember, when you have high insulin levels your body is in a STATE of STORAGE. The fat that is ingested from foods are more easily stored as fat tissue than even than excess sugar.
While cardio is a great tool, weight training is the way! Your body must burn energy (glucose) stored inside the muscle to contract as you lift weights or perform any other form of resistance training. By doing so, you are making room for glucose storage and giving your body the ability to get excess sugar out of the blood stream, lowering your blood glucose levels and in turn, insulin levels. Using intense weight training can create micro trauma tearing which requires repair, which burns even more calories, builds new muscle tissue and serves to restore the sensitivity to insulin at the rector sites allowing insulin to carry glucose into the muscle cell, again lowering blood glucose levels.
For type 2 Diabetics, I recommend a full body weight training routine at a minimum of 3 days per week with 30 minutes of moderate cardio 3 days per week and 1 full day off to start with. Full body workouts serve to burn off the maximum amount of energy in each workout and 24 hours per day by building muscle.
Your body needs recovery. Getting the proper amount of sleep will serve to reduce stress, inflammation, facilitate muscle repair and reduce insulin resistance. The generally accepted recommendation for sleep is 6 to 8 hours per day. That said, many of us will never achieve that mark even if we wanted to. We are all individuals. I recommend getting what you have found to be just right for you, CONSISTENTLY. For me, that sweet spot seems to be 5 hours of good sleep per day. Any more, I wake up feeling like I’ve been run over by a truck. Any less, I’m fatigued, tired and slow.
Just like with protein, I could go on forever about the benefits of drinking the right amount of water but you already know you need it. You may not WANT it but you NEED it. I get asked all the time about FAT LOSS supplements. What do I recommend using? Yes, I Rep 1st Phorm and they do have amazing products but NOTHING beats WATER. Water is life! It flushes out waste by-products and inflammation, transports water soluble vitamins and boosts metabolism. Water makes everything work inside. It is the world’s best, all natural, DIURETIC. Make sure to get in 1 gallon of water per day!
You can turn this situation around. It will be a LIFE change. It will take hard work and dedication but you CAN do it. Get out there and put this information to use. I’m always here for you. If you have questions or need help, reach out. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information in this blog is my OPINION based on years of training, research and study and is NOT intended to replace or discredit the recommendations of your medical doctor. ALWAYS consult your personal doctor before beginning any diet or workout program.
This is the question! Do you want to “look good” or “be fit”? Does Joe public or Susie soccer mom want to be fit or look good? Are they the same? Why does it matter?
I’m here to tell you NO. They are NOT the same! That said, yes you can achieve a good level of fitness and wellness while training and eating to look good. We are bombarded daily with ads, commercials and social media posts with all sorts of trendy workouts, fancy diets and fat loss supplements but which ones do what? Of course, they will all claim that you can lose weight, build muscle and have the “toned” hot body that you have always dreamed of having. There is some layer of truth in there (IF), that’s IF you know when and how to apply them all and for how long. Have you ever seen any of these programs tell you that it isn’t a be all end all program, that it will need to be progressively adjusted along the way and that it alone will not get you to your goal? Did they even ask you what your goal was? More than likely you are banking on looking like the model associated with the ad, commercial or social media post BUT did they use this method to look the way they do? Likely NOT! So, if you want to look like them or somewhere close, shouldn’t you train and eat the way that they do? HHMMM, what is the common-sense answer to that? YEA! Face this FACT now. Not all but the vast majority of them did NOT use whatever program or product they are modeling for as the MAIN method that produced the body they are showing you.
So, you want to be “FIT”?
I think I already know the answer to the question but I have to ask because what I see these days more than anything else are people who REALLY want to look good but they are training to be “FIT”. I’m not at all saying that being fit is a bad thing, hell, it’s great and we should all work to be more “fit”, more “healthy”. Now, I know this is a topic that can be debated to death but I’m going to try and inject some common-sense and some facts that cannot be debated. What is it to be fit? This is a term of measurement. How well can you perform a task or how healthy you are and has very little to do with whether you look good or not. I could point you to any number of people who could literally kick my ass at wind sprints, who could run longer distances than me, do more pushups than me or do more burpees than me. The list goes on but what do they look like? Do they look the way they want to look? I work with people every day that could likely kick my ass at all of this but look nothing like what they tell me they want to look like. I would likely vomit if I tried to go do a respectable cross fit workout. Thinking of H.I.I.T. training (today) sparks thoughts of needing an oxygen tank to carry with me, yet this is what I see people doing or thinking they need to do.
Every day I talk to people who are doing 3 times as much work as me and eating far less than me yet they are not achieving their goals. Men want to have big chests, shoulders, biceps that stretch the sleeves of their shirts and washboard abs. Women dream of a flat stomach, toned legs, a tight firm ass and sexy shoulders yet the way they train and eat is setting them up to be the opposite. All of the above “wants” require muscle development, that is, muscle building not muscle break down. I see and hear of the Fitbit numbers, the hours on the treadmill or elliptical, countless hill sprints, miles jogged, wall ball reps, H.I.I.T sessions, sit ups, burpees, battle rope sessions, miles swam, Tabata sessions and of course how long, how fast and how many calories were burned. Have you seen and heard these things? Maybe you know someone who goes to the gym religiously and maybe they initially make some progress but that stalls quickly and they never seem to change after that? Maybe they begin to get smaller but they don’t look toned, they just look smaller and looser? Again, I say these people could probably kick my ass at these tasks but do they look like they want? By all accounts, they have improved their cardio vascular “fitness” and endurance but have they achieved their goal? I say NO.
Train to look good!
If you want to look good, build yourself up! All of the activities that I discussed above have a place but they do far more to break you down than build you up. They each have value. That said, they are all just TOOLS. Like a king of hearts, really important but just a card to play not a winning hand. Strength training is a FULL HOUSE, the tool box, the bull dozer, the horse power behind an amazing body! If you want your body to be “toned” (which is not even a real thing, it’s a description), to look muscular, tight, firm, strong and vibrant, train it to look that way. Learn the ways of resistance training. Resistance training can be more than just weights. It can be, in the beginning, body weight, milk jugs, bands, dumbbells, barbells, machines or sand bags. Hell, the list could go on forever. Almost anything can provide resistance. It’s all in how its applied.
You want your body to adapt. You have to push it beyond its current capability in order for it to adapt, to NEED to adapt. After all, MUSCLE is costly for your body in energy. In order to get your body to adapt in this way, you must create a need, a survival NEED. You can’tsimply use light weights or your own body weight in somecardio like routine with the same weight to go faster or longer. You must always be working towards pushing your body to be STRONGER and more EXPLOSIVE. Work to build muscle which BURNS CALORIES 24 hours per day. The resistance used must always be progressively increased over time in amount and duration, consistently challenging your body to not only maintain the muscle you have but to grow more calorie burning muscle tissue, increasing your metabolic rate even at rest, 24 hours per day.
Muscle is expensive!
Let me see if I can sum this all up in a common-sense way. MUSCLE BURNS CALORIES. That cannot be debated. Take that statement and apply it to all the cardio based, fancy routines I mentioned above. Now, if muscle itself burns calories even at rest, what about when you are doing all those wind sprints, hill climbs, miles ran on the treadmill etc.? Muscle is costly and it weighs more than FAT. When you perform all of these cardio like activities, which do not REQUIRE SIGNIFICANT STRENGTH, for extended periods of time, reps, miles etc., your body’s job is to become more efficient at doing those tasks, right? It carries around all that muscle that is expensive in calories / fuel during all these activities yet isn’t needed for strength to perform the activities. What is it going to do to be more efficient? Your body can and will burn up muscle to reduce its own energy need in order to perform those cardio based tasks easier and more efficiently making you, yes more “FIT”, yes smaller but not strong; not the way you may be truly seeking to look and setting you up for fat regain in the long run because now you have far less muscle and less calorie burning ability.
What’s the solution?
Base the foundation of your training in resistance training. Resistance training should make up at least 80% of your training. Your resistance training should be PROGRESSIVE, meaning each workout should be approached with a mindset of getting a couple more reps on a particular move with the same weight as the last workout or more resistance / weight has been added than the last workout. If you can do 12 reps for 2 consecutive sets with a given amount of resistance, you need more resistance / weight. Your body will only adapt to the stress that it’s given. Once it adapts from a strength perspective, it will begin to further adapt from an efficiency perspective in the absence of even greater stress via resistance.
Use cardio as a tool to spark metabolism in short durations. Low to moderate intensity cardio in short durations (30 to 60 mins.) is fueled mostly by fat stores. Going beyond 30 to 60 minutes can begin to cause muscle break down. H.I.I.T. style cardio, which is very intense, should be used in even shorter durations (under 20 mins). Contrary to popular beliefs, these intense cardio activities are fueled by glucose stored in the muscle, NOT FAT. The benefit of H.I.I.T. cardio is an increase in your metabolic rate AFTER completion, NOT during. Doing too much high intensity cardio can break down muscle tissue, there again 2 steps forward and 1 step back when comes to achieving your goals.
We’re going to discuss how to utilize your training and your body’s own processes to maximize your fat loss. Here is a representation of a cross section of your muscle to utilize and explain this; how we’re going to train to maximize your fat loss.
Now, when I talk about sugar (glucose) that’s coming from carbohydrates, you have limited storage for energy (glucose) in three different areas and basically an unlimited storage as fat. Your body can store sugar in the blood. Of course, your body will work to keep your blood glucose level at 110. You can also store a limited amount of sugar in your liver and your muscle tissue. Every muscle in your body is truly like a sponge. It can store sugar, which comes from your carbohydrates, turned into glucose and stored in the muscle as glycogen.
You have two main types of muscle fibers. Your slow twitch muscle fibers are small in size. Slow twitch fibers have limited potential for growth and strength. They’re more like your endurance muscles. We also have fast twitch muscle fibers which are larger in size. Fast Twitch muscle fibers have the greatest potential for growth and strength. This is where explosive strength and power is generated from within your body. Each muscle is made up of a varying ratio of these two different fiber types which is determined by your own individual genetics.
Now, I’ve drawn out a representation here (see white board picture above) with green being our fast twitch, blue being our slow twitch and I’ve tried to represent the size of each just as an example. I’ve also drawn out a representation of what different levels of intensity or load might look like. For example, if you were doing an aerobic or cardio based workout like Tabata or a beginner CrossFit, maybe Insanity, etc. with body weight alone. Yes, you are using a lot of energy but you are not challenging the maximum number of muscle fibers possible. Your body only fires enough muscle fibers required to make each movement which is determined by the LOAD. If you are simply bending your arm upward as you would in a dumbbell curl, only enough fibers will be fired to raise your arm. Lifting your arm will only activate a small number of your “slow twitch” fibers compared to the amount of slow and fast twitch fibers that will be activated to do a dumbbell curl with a 50-lb. dumbbell. Maximizing the total number and type of muscle fibers fired during your workouts will have a direct impact on your GOAL.
In order to maximize the potential within each muscle, use 75% or higher of the load potential for that muscle. This is where you’re going to get the maximum amount of energy from sugar (glucose) burned and remember, your muscle fibers store sugar. So, the larger the muscle group, the more muscle fibers activated within that muscle, the more sugar you’re burning, therefore, the more calories you’re burning during that workout. You’re always going to hear me say, “You want to keep your intensity high, Anchor yourself in Muscle!”
The Spider Web Effect – Micro Trauma Tears
Now, the greater number of muscle fibers you use and the higher intensity, you will create micro trauma tears within the muscle. I like to use the spider web effect of a windshield shattering to try to imagine what it’s like when you create these micro trauma tears. Your body has to repair this minor damage. This is a survival mechanism; your body will naturally try to adapt to your intense training by repairing its muscle tissue and building new tissue. It needs to be bigger / stronger / faster to be better prepared for your next training session. Your body does the majority of your cell regeneration (repair) at night while you’re at rest (sleeping). The preferred energy source of your body for muscle repair are FAT STORES. Isn’t that the goal? Burning fat?
So, that’s how we’re really going to multiply the effects of our training. If we use the maximum amount of fibers during our training, we use more of a full body workout. You’re burning the maximum amount of sugar, the maximum number of calories. If you take your intensity as close as you can to the maximum capacity of that muscle, create those micro trauma tears, then at night while you sleep, you’re getting your body recovered. Your body predominantly uses fat stores to make those repairs. So, not only are we using up the maximum amount stored energy (calories) in the muscle we have, we are now creating the need for muscle repair (muscle building) which our body uses FAT STORES directly to perform. We are building new muscle that requires energy (calories) to maintain raising our metabolic rate 24 hours per day, turning you into a FAT BURNING machine.
The Greater The Resistance = The Greater Activation
The difference between a 20 lb., 30 lb., 40 lb. and 50 lb. dumbbell, the heavier you go, the more resistance you have. No matter the type of resistance, whether it be body weight, a resistance band, a dumbbell or a machine, the greater resistance, the greater activation you will get. The greater number of muscle fibers that will be fired equals a greater amount of sugar (calories) that you burn in that workout. Now, you can maximize that by using full body or compound movements within a full body workout. Squats, Leg Press, Bench Press, Shoulder Press, Cable Pull Downs, Pull Ups, Bent Over Barbell Rows, Cable Rows and Dead Lifts are all great examples of large compound movements that require the involvement of the greatest amount of muscle groups for each movement. Building your workouts around these large compound movements will definitely take your results to the next level over using small isolation movements like dumbbell curls and dumbbell flies.
I recommend most people, “general public”, start with at least three days per week of full body training based around the compound movements discussed above. The more muscle groups that you train in any session with high intensity and heavy loads the more calories are burned during that workout session. Of course, along the way, yes you will need to progress as you make progress and your body adapts to your weight training. The next progression would be towards an upper body / lower body split which then allows more focus to be put on each on different days respectively. Beyond that is where you get into a push / pull / legs split and on to the more traditional “BRO SPLITS”.
Meal Timing, Blood Sugar & Insulin For Weight Loss
What I’m going to talk about here is meal timing, blood sugar, insulin for weight loss. Now, typically what I see in most everyday people is they just don’t eat often enough; number one. They don’t eat enough and when they do eat, they eat a ton of calories which are usually simple carbohydrates like bread (a lot of bread). Mashed potatoes, french fries or anything that is highly, easily digestible. It hits your body really hard. Your body can take it up into the blood really, really fast and create a huge spike in your blood sugar.
Type II Diabetics – PAY ATTENTION!!!
Type II diabetics listen up! Your body wants your blood sugar level to stay at 110 which would be situation normal for the body. A typical person eats breakfast at 10:00 a.m. (not good). A lot of people wake up, drink coffee or cokes, they get busy and really don’t eat a meal till around 10:00 a.m. Usually, the second big meal comes in at dinner around 7:00p.m. What’s going on here?
Two words: starvation mode. A metabolic adaptation and a slowed metabolism as a result. You have to consider metabolism on a 24-hour day basis. So, if your meal last night was at 7:00 p.m. and that was your last (final) meal, you have 15 hours before you have the next meal. Your body thinks it’s starving. If you’re eating this way over a long period of time, let’s say, over a lifetime (months and years), your body really slows down because it thinks it’s in a state of famine (a long winter). Anything you do give it, it’s going to pack away, storing it as body fat. Your metabolism’s going to slow. Your body is not going to require as much energy because internally, your body is kind of “turning off light switches” as you would in your home to conserve energy. What your body is trying to do internally is keep your ass alive and functioning on very little energy. You have essentially put it on a minimum wage budget.
How Does Meal Timing Play Into All This?
Now, you’ll also hear me talk about meal timing and the benefits. If you eat every 3 hours, at 6:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., noon, 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and again at 9:00 p.m., you have a shorter period of fasting. That’s only nine hours of fasting compared to the fifteen hours discussed above. It’s a very short window. Your body will typically use up the calories from your last meal and finish final digestion around midnight. Really, you’re down to only six hours without a steady flow of calories. Now, every time you eat, you’re getting a little bump. A little boost in metabolism.
Another benefit is when you begin making better choices, like choosing complex carbohydrates which break down very slow, you will get a rolling, level blood sugar and insulin response. Now, when you eat that really big meal which probably consists of simple carbohydrates (i.e. hoagies, white bread, tortillas, chips, french fries) and you have a coke, you’re just flooding your body with a bunch of sugars resulting in a high spike in your blood sugar. Your body goes into a panic. That’s an emergency situation for your body. Remember, it doesn’t want blood glucose level to be over 110.
Again, Type II diabetics, listen up because your whole goal here…and the problem is right here in this difference; you have spiked your blood sugar up high. This is where insulin comes into play. Your body is like “oh fucking shit.” “I’m about to die.” “Send insulin and send it now in a high amount to correct the situation.” You’re in an emergency situation. Insulin’s job is to carry sugar out of the blood to different storage sites, just to get it out of the blood. Your body wants to get the excess sugar out of the blood and get back to normal as quickly as possible.
Where Does It All Go?
You really have four different sites where your body is going to store sugar. Carbohydrates are turned into sugar (technically glucose) in the blood stream. What happens is, insulin is going to come running and it’s going to seek to carry that excess sugar out of your blood. We have sugar (glucose) in our blood, it’s stored in our liver, muscle tissue and any excess will be stored as BODY FAT. First of all, it’s going to go to our liver and muscle where it will be stored in the form of glycogen. Think about your muscle tissue and your liver like a sponge. Glucose can be stored in both but that storage is limited. If the muscle’s full, it’s going to go to the liver. If your blood glucose is at 110, your muscles are full and your liver is also full, any excess will be stored as body fat.
Now, if you get in a situation where you’re a very sedentary person, not moving around, not burning off any energy throughout your daily activity, your metabolism is already very slow, and you’re not requiring a lot of energy to begin with. Your body’s already in panic mode by not eating enough and having a slow metabolism. When you spike your blood sugar, it’s like “oh fucking shit!” “Number one, my blood sugar’s way too fucking high but hey, there’s some more energy.” “I don’t know when I’m going to get fed again.” “So, we’re gonna store as much of that as we possibly can and make sure the muscle’s full.” You’re not doing shit and you’re not being very active. Once again, the muscle’s full, you’re not very active so the liver’s full also. It’s going to fat stores and that’s how you can really, literally eat two meals a day and continue to gain weight.
I know you’ve heard the term insulin resistant. Now, what is being insulin resistant? You have billions of muscle cells. The muscle cells themselves have little receptor sites the insulin carries glucose and hooks up to, allowing the sugar or glucose to pass through and into that cell. Now, when you’ve been going for years and years creating these giant peaks and valleys, every time you spike it, it floods your blood with insulin trying to get rid of that extra sugar, bombarding the muscle. Insulin is like the key to get inside that cell. It becomes like a worn-out lock in your house on a door. It just doesn’t work right and now the key won’t unlock the door. That’s called insulin resistant.
Typically, what doctors do is give you some type of medication which is like a glucose disposal agent. A lot of times you’re going to pass that through urine or God forbid, they put you on insulin. What they’re doing is, they’re injecting an insulin with a slightly different signature. You still have high insulin from your body but it’s just not recognized. Your muscles aren’t recognizing it and letting the sugar pass through. You’re injecting even more insulin but now, it has a little bit different signature and your body can accept the glucose into the muscle cell.
Keep in mind keys here. Anytime you have an excess of blood sugar, your body is going to try to take it out of the blood. So, first and foremost, if you’re not a very active person, you are sedentary, your liver and muscle are going to be full and that’s when it’s going to go to fat because that’s its long-term storage site. Your 401 K, which is for long term energy reserve (your nest egg for the future). So, you never want to put your body in a situation to where it feels like it has to save energy for later.
ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU ARE DIABETIC!
Make the switch. Eat complex carbohydrates which break down much slower and won’t SPIKE your blood sugar.
NEVER eat carbohydrates alone. Always eat the proper portion of PROTEIN with any carbohydrates as PROTEIN slows down the digestion rate of carbohydrates, reducing any rise in blood sugar.
Add green veggies in with your meals which also further slows down the digestion rate of carbohydrates and provides you with the critical vitamins, minerals, trace elements and phytochemicals your body needs to operate at peak performance and speeds your metabolism. If you hate veggies and refuse to eat them, consider a high quality multi vitamin. I recommend M-Factor Hero for men and M-Factor Goddess for women by 1st Phorm.
Be consistent with your meals. Get your portions and combinations right and eat every 3 to 4 hours! This will level out your blood sugar, insulin response, boost your metabolism and reduce fat storage.
Reduce or eliminate sugary drinks, this should be obvious as it’s sugar in liquid form.
Get moving. The more sugar (glycogen) you can burn up from liver and muscle stores, the more room your body has to deal with the carbs you eat. MUSCLE BURNS CALORIES! Weight training burns up a lot of sugar (glycogen) and building NEW muscle tissue REDUCES insulin resistance by regenerating receptor sites and building new ones.
I recommend FULL BODY weight training workouts at least 3 days per week.
If you can’t cook all of your meals in advance or don’t have time to stop and eat, consider a meal replacement protein shake, I recommend LEVEL 1 by 1st Phorm. That’s what I use.
If you don’t eat fish 4 to 5 times per week and aren’t getting in your essential fatty acids, consider a fish oil supplement which can improve many things but for the purpose of this blog, let me highlight that it helps with fat loss and improves INSULIN SENSITIVITY. I recommend 1st Phorm’s FULL MEGA.
Another supplement to consider is GDA by 1st Phorm. GDA is an all-natural supplement that can help maximize the amount of sugar your muscle can hold again lowering blood sugar.
The answer to your weight loss goals is NOT blindly cutting calories and doing a ton of work. If you want to lose weight, make sure you aren’t doing too much and not eating enough. Most people will decide at some point that they need to lose weight.What do they do?They cut calories and begin some aggressive cardio routine or weight train thinking high reps with a blistering pace is the answer because they have to “burn fat”. This is NOT the answer and is OFTEN setting you up for failure in the long term. Most people have gained this weight while only eating 1 or 2 meals per day. In reality, they have been UNDER EATING and have a slowed metabolism.
So, here’s the lowdown. I see this all the time. I’ve seen a grown man of 300 pounds, asked him to log down what he was eating everyday so I can see what his calorie intake was at that time before he started his diet, the result, he was undereating. He had been eating just over 1000 calories per day. Ladies are included in this scenario also. I’ve seen ladies eating 750 calories per day and GAINING weight. Why is this?
Your Body The Machine
When we go so long, eating so little calories, our body (an adaptive machine that doesn’t care if you look good) and metabolism starts to slow down. It’s like turning off lights switches that you don’t need in your home. Your body is trying to CONSERVE energy. It’s working to adapt to your low-calorie intake and hold on to its LONG-TERM reserves, FAT! All it cares about is keeping your ass alive!
What is your metabolism? Your metabolism is the hundreds of thousands of chemical processes that go on in your body every day. So, if you’re not feeding it the right amount to sustain these processes and your muscle tissue with the right timing, your body begins to slow everything down. You might notice that you’ve gotten lethargic, tired and you don’t have much energy. Maybe your hair doesn’t grow as much. Your fingernails don’t grow as fast. Maybe you really just don’t notice it because it’s been happening slowly over time.
Your Body The Cannibal
As great as it is that you’ve made a choice/decision that you want to go all beast mode, if you just go out there and get started this way, you’re breaking your body down even further. Muscle is very expensive for your body in calories and by not eating enough, you’re already in the hole.Muscle tissue will get broken down in a catabolic state (muscle burning / fat storing). Your body will break down muscle tissue to become more efficient at burning LESS calories and use it as fuel while holding on to its long-term energy stores, FAT. Once the muscle tissue is broken down, it can no longer help you burn calories to lose fat which was your original goal, right? You are setting yourself up for FAT regain once you stop dieting and risk gaining even more fat than what you had at the beginning.
Are You Stuck?
Cleaning up your choices, eating more frequent and smaller portions will be the process of making a change for a person who has been extremely sedentary for a very long time. Just getting up and getting moving will spark change, however, if you go too far, too fast, you will put yourself in the rough situation I discussed above. If you’re working out and beating that treadmill down two hours a day, sure you may lose a little weight at first. Next, you stall but you keep going. Your body won’t budge, you have hit a plateau, your body is fighting you, it’s trying to survive and that’s what it’s supposed to do!
Keep this in mind! Even though you make some progress, your body adapts to what you are doing quickly. Your body adapts to that level of work and you have to maintain it to keep your progress. You are then forced to do even more and eat even less to get progress again. Once again, there are levels to this shit. You basically have to keep your body on its toes. You have to make small changes in your routine and nutrition along the way for STEADY PROGRESS.
The number one problem is not eating enough and doing too much. What do you do? Well, of course, you will want to know where you are right now. There are lots of apps out there to use or you can contact me for help. I will calculate what your intake should be right now and compare that to what you’re actually eating. With this information, we can make a plan going forward that ensures you are getting adequate calories to sustain your muscle and your activity level without triggering your body to fight you.
You never want to do more work or put more stress on the body than is absolutely necessary to make progress or start losing weight. You need to build muscle because it is the muscle that’s going to burn calories on 24-hour day basis, helping you lose weight and get lean. Once you start making better food choices, you need to use meal timing and increase your meal frequency. Don’t freak out but you need to get to where you’re eating every three to four hours in the correct portions with cleaner, better choices. If you need help with that, I’m certainly here to help.
I wouldn’t recommend any more than three days per week for a beginner starting out on weight training. Muscle building is the way to go! Remember, muscles burn calories. Weight training (resistance training) is the way to your long-term goals. Start out and progress appropriately over time by making small adjustments in your calorie intake and food choices. You didn’t gain weight overnight, you’re not going to lose all that weight overnight.
Be sure you are eating properly and have a proper plan. Of course, it’s better to just get out there and get started than to do nothing at all. However, you don’t want to do any more work than is absolutely, 100% necessary. Do just enough work to get progress. When that progress stalls, then you may have to make an adjustment. You’re not going to cut calories and get one workout program that’s going to solve all your problems for the rest of your life. That’s just not the way it works.
I want to go over where to start if you’re looking for information about beginner nutrition. How do you get started improving your health or losing weight, building muscle when it comes to beginner nutrition? When you’re looking for nutritional advice, where do you start? You’re going to continue to hear me say, there are levels to this shit. Maybe you’re a person who just wants to lose a few pounds, however, you’re not interested in jumping on the bodybuilding stage.
Where do you start? What if you don’t know anything? Maybe you really don’t want to be weighing out every single portion of food on the scale. You probably don’t want to be looking at half a cup of this and full cup of that or so many grams here or ten grams there. Worried what do you do? Where do you start?
Where Do I Start?
First of all, I want to suggest you take anywhere from three to seven days to log everything you’re eating because you want to be able to take an honest assessment of where you’re at. This is your starting point. Then you’re going to have to see where you’re at now compared to where you need to go to meet your own body’s current needs depending on many factors within your life.
The second step, once you have an honest assessment of what you’re actually doing on a day-to-day basis, you need to take another week to ten days to “clean house.” You don’t have to do this. You can start tomorrow but I wouldn’t suggest doing that. “Cleaning house” is where you slowly start to take out all the obvious choices that are not conducive to your fitness and weight loss goals. For example: cakes, cookies, and cokes. Putting five teaspoons of sugar in your coffee is another example. Take a least a good week, maybe even two, if you feel it’s necessary, to slowly but surely remove those things from your diet. If you all of a sudden think, “tomorrow I’m never eating anything bad for me again”, more than likely you’re going to crash. All of a sudden, you’re going to binge, stuff yourself with everything in sight and HATE LIFE. NOT highly recommended.
How Often & How Much?
You’re going to want to try to eat at least once every three to four hours. Now, I know that’s not easy. You’re going to have to build up to this. What should I eat and how much? What if you don’t want to measure it out, don’t want to be a slave to a food scale and measuring cups. Think about this. Nature is perfect. You can actually use a palm sized portion of (lean) protein, a fist size portion of a (complex) carbohydrate source and also a fist size portion of vegetables every three to four hours. Once again, you need to work up to this because if you jam all that food in, you’re going to be stuffed, your fiber intake is going to go super high and out of nowhere you’re going to get gas or constipated from the sudden rise in fiber. So, work up to it.
Here’s The King (Protein)
Make sure you have the full serving of protein because that’s going to be the most critical. One, for supporting lean muscle mass and two, sparking your metabolism. It’s about putting you in an anabolic state. You probably need to start off with the full-size palm portion of protein, half a fist of a carbohydrate and half a fist of vegetables. I don’t really like every vegetable on the planet but they are important to provide your body with micronutrients (vitamins / minerals / phytochemicals). Your body needs these macronutrients and micronutrients to perform all the hundreds of thousands of chemical processes that go on inside your body every day (metabolism).
Hopefully this has helped give you a starting point. Again, take three days to seven to assess what you are actually eating right now and compare that to my suggestions here to see where you stand. Ask yourself, “are your eating habits consistent or do you eat more on the weekend?” It’s likely that you under eat during the week and over eat on the weekends. What ratio of your daily intake is protein, carbs and fats? You will often find that the problem lies in carbohydrate intake being far too high in comparison to protein leading to fat storage. A good ratio for the everyday person is 40 % protein, 40 % carb and 20 % fats. Think of it in these terms, if you have a burger, fries and a coke, how much of that meal is carbs and how much is protein? The bun, fries, any veggies and the sugar from that coke all turn to glucose in the body and the only real protein is the patty and maybe 2 thin slices of bacon. The ratio in that 1 meal can easily be 80% carbs, 15% protein and 5% fats. Work towards getting the ratios in line and you are sure to get results fast. Consider taking maybe even another week to two weeks to begin slowly taking out the obvious bad choices and make better choices. We’re not going to say anything is totally bad or anything is totally good. Some of these choices are obvious BUT you can have foods that you really enjoy if you learn about nutrition, training, how and when to fit those into your overall plan.
If you need help with this, feel free to contact me email@example.com.I’ll be more than happy to send you over some food lists of the better choices that you should be choosing to begin to add into meals to make sure you’re getting protein, carbs and basic vegetables every three to four hours. Remember, the most important one of those is your protein. Make sure you get that full portion of protein every three or four hours. If you need to, of course, work your way up with the other two. You can go ahead and go half a fist-size of carbohydrates and a fist of the veggies. Try to add in a meal every day. Before you know it, you’re going to be hungry right on time.
Make sure you begin to exercise always lifting weights as king over cardio. Being a cardio queen or cardio king, that’s just going to break you down. It is a tool. As with everything, everything depends on you. Everything has to depend on and be structured around you, your life and your goals.