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‘Cheat Meals’, Refeeds & Diet-Breaks – What Actually Works

November 2, 2016
Written by Cody McBroom

“Cheat Meal”… The two most holy words in the diet vocabulary that every single client or person on a diet ever wants to hear from their coach…

I get it; trust me I do, for two reasons.

First being that I used to be the chubby kid, so you know I got a fat tooth – different than a sweet tooth, I crave fatty burgers with melted cheese and bacon or pancakes topped with peanut butter and maple syrup.

Secondly because I’ve been in those shoes, possibly your shoes depending on who’s reading this. I’ve been through many diets and phases of cutting. I’ve done the crash diets and I’ve done the “can’t eat anything from this entire list” diet, which is my least favorite. I’ve done a physique competition and am planning on my next one as we speak.

I’ve even hired multiple coaches, just like I currently have right now, and I’ve been on the other end of that email waiting to hear those words of – “Go have a cheat meal”.

Now most of us justify this meal with the “science” behind it helping our hormones, things like leptin, ghrelin and therefore our metabolism, and it makes us feel better about it. That’s all fine and I still believe everyone needs those free meals; I hate the word cheat because it implies you’re doing something wrong.

But more and more science has come out and we’ve begun to understand that these “cheat days” are just not as beneficial as we once believed they were.

“Ok, Ok… That’s fine, but I don’t do cheat meals or days, my coach has me doing refeed days.”

That’s the next comeback from most, definitely was my comeback and it has some validity to it. Before I debate all the different approaches, I’m going to explain what my goal is with todays article for you.

My goal today is simple, break down the different types of “Diet Breaks” out there and explain what works, why it works, and what the best form of implementing it truly is. Because at the end of the day, they all work in different ways so none of them are truly wrong or negative.

Cheat Meals

 

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-2-47-54-pm[One of my top 3 go to free meals – A random Hole in the wall BBQ joint]

In my personal opinion and experience, these are the most dangerous. Not only because the title implies that you’re going against what you’re supposed to do during your diet, but also because a cheat meal usually turns into a cheat day.

[WRONG WAY]
Maybe this rings a bell… You are 100% on point with your diet Monday – Friday, meals prepped and entered into your food tracker. Saturday morning hits and you realize you have no meals prepped for the weekend… What do you eat? Well screw it, it’s the weekend and you already woke up 4 hours later than normal.

So you graze throughout the day, maybe go for a salad lunch but nothing bad or crazy yet. Well now it’s dinnertime, you’re hungry and quite frankly tired of dieting. So you tell yourself you deserve a burger, so you hit up your buddy and go for a burger.

The burger turns into an appetizer to share (rarely healthy), the burger, some fries, and of course you need a couple beers. Before you know it, you’ve downed 2,000 calories pretty easily. Let’s assume it ends there, you’re way over calories for the day and that’s ok – because to be 100% honest, 1 out of the 7 days in your week is not bad at all for having a little fun and freedom from the diet.

But does it end there? The issue becomes when it does not. Many times 1 beer turns into 5 and that turns into drunken munchies. The next day you wake up and regret it so what do you do? Say fuck it all over again and have another day of fun.

[RIGHT WAY]
Ok, so we discussed the wrong way to do it, which unfortunately is usually the common way as well. But how do you have a cheat meal the right way?

First step, stop calling it a cheat meal. This is just as much a mindset thing as it is a caloric thing and if we can remove the word cheat from it, we’re not doing anything bad, wrong, or worth regretting the next day.

Second step, if you’re on a calorie and/or macro based protocol – fit it into your calories best you can or give yourself a limit. With most of my clients who are on these types of plans, we have a “high day”. This means calories are set a bit higher on one specific day and they can fit whatever they want into that limit, but the big key there… There is a limit.

Think about it like this – If you are supposed to eat 2,000 calories and one day you slip up and eat 3,500 calories, you likely feel like shit. You messed up the diet and progress is lost. (Really it’s not the end of the world, get back on it tomorrow and you’ll be just fine after the bloat settles)

Now think about that situation a little differently, like this – Your coach tells you, “On Saturday I want you to bump up calories to 3,500”. So you enjoy a couple sushi rolls and a few beers with your best friend. You feel great, stayed in your calories, never cheated on your diet, and the next day you’re ready to get back at it.

That’s what makes a cheat meal ok, structure. And that actually included the third step; get back on track the next day.

Your diet isn’t over after one day of higher calories, even if it wasn’t a planned free meal – if it wasn’t, simply draw back some calories the next day or two and your weekly total will be in check WHICH is actually the main key to long term fat loss.

So what are the benefits of a cheat meal? Sanity.

Seriously, that’s it. Science has now proven that a cheat meal isn’t long enough or significant enough to have a serious effect on ghrelin, leptin, or our metabolism.

And it’s not really a meal that can “refuel” performance either because it’s typically full of fat – that’s called a refeed meal, which we’ll break down next.

The main point of a free meal is simply to give yourself a small break and enjoy a normal meal with friends and/or family. Dieting week after week can be tiring mentally, physically, socially and emotionally, therefore having a break for one night or meal can be all you need to keep motivated for the long term goal you have.

( If you’re someone who falls off the wagon on the weekends, struggles with binge eating, or having too frequent cheat meals, all which take you out of the progress you’re making – Click Here to Apply for a Free Transformation Call with me )

Refeed Meals

 

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Similar to a cheat meal, these only happen for a short duration of time. I think most literature shows the most benefit from a 2-8 hour eating window – so you could call this a refeed meal or day.

The difference is within the macros of the meal(s) you’re eating. A cheat meal is whatever, could be pizza or donuts – both things that contain high amounts of fats.

A refeed is strictly a meal or meals based around starchy carbohydrates. The goal with a refeed meal is to fully store your muscle stores with glycogen (carbs) so that you can continue to or start to again, perform at your optimal level.

As we know, carbohydrates are the body’s primary fuel source. When we diet, we typically drop calories and part of those calories will likely come from carbs. When we eat less carbs, or calories in general, we slowly burn out of the stored glycogen we have and after some time our performance starts to drop.

If performance drops we cannot continue to build/retain muscle as well and we definitely will slowly stop burning as much calories during exercise, because intensity suffers.

So the primary goal of a refeed is to boost that back up. The good thing? It’s a carb heavy day! And the best kind of carbs, starches!

It’s not that fruit isn’t allowed on these days, but it’s less beneficial as the liver stores will prefer that and suck it up. Remember that we’re trying to fill up the muscle glycogen so our muscle cells can use it as glucose, for fuel to train.

My go too refeed meal… You may have guessed, sushi. Without a doubt. It’s full of rice and I like traditional raw fish on rice sushi, which leaves it relatively lower fat and that’s a good route to go with macros on these meals – high carb, moderate protein, and lower fats.

So who can benefit from these? Anyone who has been dieting or plans to diet for a decently long amount of time, really.

The leaner you are, the more frequent you’ll need these because as you can imagine – when you’re really lean, you have less stored fuel to burn.

So for a male in the 7-12% body fat range this would be about once per week and for some really lean guys with insanely fast metabolisms, sometimes twice per week.

For females in the 15-22% body fat range, it would be about the same exact situation as the males above.

These days are best placed around your most difficult training sessions or the sessions that fall on your largest body parts. For example, if you were training legs today and back tomorrow – today would be a great day.

Or if you were doing some HIIT cardio today and training full body strength tomorrow morning, tonight would be your refeed meal.

Not only will these help you get a pump again and fuel a hard training session, but also just like a free meal – they’re a great break from the norm. Many of the good eats we crave and want to have are full of carbs and if you can manage your fats earlier in the day, you can enjoy those (Froyo, sushi, teriyaki, pasta, breads, etc…).

Diet Breaks

 

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-2-54-30-pm[2 reasons I used this picture… #1 – It’s Ronnie Coleman, enough said. #2 – Last time I went out of town for 3 days, I used it as a controlled diet break – also met Ronnie at iHop during that trip]

Last but not least, let’s talk about least frequent yet probably most science based and beneficial options we have here – diet breaks.

This is literally where you take 3-7 days off you diet. This can be structured or unstructured, but both options have been shown to have the most beneficial effect on the hunger hormones of ghrelin, leptin, and metabolism.

Before I break it down, lets define what leptin, ghrelin, and metabolism truly are.

Leptin “A protein produced by fatty tissue and believed to regulate fat storage in the body”.

It’s also been called the fat hormone, the starvation hormone, and the obesity hormone. Why? Because it’s really just the signal that tells the brain your energy stores are full, AKA “I don’t need anymore food”.

As you can imagine, when we diet our body’s leptin gets lower and lower because it is attached to the fat cells which means that the more fat we have the more leptin we have. The more we diet, the less fat we have and the less leptin we have – wonder why hunger/cravings get worse as we diet? Here’s why.

It’s also one of the main reasons why after a bikini, bodybuilding or physique show, we want to eat ALL the damn food…

Ghrelin“An enzyme produced by stomach lining cells that stimulates appetite”.

Ghrelin is increase before a meal, which causes more hunger, and it is decreased after a meal, signaling satiation (this isn’t a rapid process, which is why it may be good to eat and wait 10-20 minutes to truly determine if you’re full. Eating to 80% full is a great way to build intuitive eating habits).

“Weight reduction brought about by caloric restriction causes the ghrelin level to increase, suggesting that ghrelin might contribute to the drive to eat that makes long-term success with dieting so rare.—Jeffrey S. Flier and Eleftheria Maratos-Flier, The New England Journal of Medicine, 23 May 2002”

Learning ability and brain function has actually been shown to be higher when ghrelin is higher – could possibly the reason people feel more focus and mental clarity during periods of fasting.

Metabolism “The chemical processes that occur within a living organism in order to maintain life.”

Metabolism truly is a survival hormone and it adapts as things change within our body to maintain health and homeostasis. One of the main reasons why it slows down as we add more cardio and eat less calories, the two main components people use to lose body fat or weight.

Our metabolism adapts to the amount we’re taking in and burning out, but when that changes the metabolism begins to adapt and try to change as well.

Let’s say you’ve been eating 1,800 calories for the past 6 months, well your metabolism has become adapted to this and it has become your new maintenance – the amount of calories you need to maintain weight and survive.

Well you don’t want to maintain, you want to lose weight… So you lower that by 150-200 calories and start burning an extra 200-300 calories per week. The scale starts dropping again.

2 months go by and you’re plateaued again, what now? Looks like we have to burn more or eat less, again.

The issue with this is that we’re down regulating our hormones, one by one again and again. It’s not healthy in the long run, but neither is having a lot of body fat.

This is where things like a diet break come into play. We take 3-7 days to be at maintenance or surplus (calories) and essentially stop dieting – this could and more than likely should mean removing some cardio as well.

This is what has been shown to actually reset the hormones leptin and ghrelin, therefore also giving us a big bump back up in our metabolism.

When we go back to dieting after the 3-7 days, we can start burning body fat again without dropping to significantly low levels of calories or doing hours of cardio.

Does this mean you should eat pizza and ice cream every day? Probably not. You may be able to fit that in here and there, but don’t make that the entire week!

The goal should be to track your diet and focus on a higher level of calories than you have been consuming for the entire time given.

There is still structure, you still have a number to shoot for calorically, you’re still training hard and still getting your protein in – but you’re giving your hormones the reset they need.

Now, this can also be used on vacation using mindful eating. It may not be as accurate, but if you make sure to stay somewhat active and don’t binge during the time period then you can very well have the same effect without tracking exact calories and macros.

Even for myself, this is better to have structure created by someone else… Meaning I don’t give myself a diet break, because lets be honest here – When we’re cutting, every other week should be a diet break in my mind! So I have a coach to help me.

And if you’re not on a serious diet, have a lot of weight to lose, or are not on a severe calorie diet – then you probably don’t need a diet break.

If you’re someone who has been on chronically low calories for a long time now and/or has done crash diet after crash diet, then something more specific is probably needed in order to fully restore your hormones and start losing body fat again (permanently).

It may take longer and more coaching, but reverse dieting is probably your best bet.

If you’re someone who does need help creating structure and support, with any of the above, click here now and get on a free consultation call with me within the next 24 hours. That’s the first step in helping you achieve not only better health but also the body you want.

So how do you choose what’s best for you? Here’s some help:

Free Meals (No More “Cheat Meals”!) – You’re trying to lose weight, you’re not in a rush, this is a lifestyle for you, and you don’t have any specific deadlines where you need to be in _____ shape for (photo-shoots, competitions, etc…).

Refeed Meals/Days – You’re pretty serious about what you’re doing, you always want optimal performance, and you may or may not have a deadline but you definitely are on a mission to be jacked, ripped, or shredded.

Diet Breaks – You probably have a specific deadline for a photo-shoot or serious competition, you’re pretty focused on this deadline, you’re attempting to become extremely lean, and you have been or plan to be on this diet for ~6 months or more.

If you need more help or have further questions, comment below and we’ll get you some answers!

If you know others who experience or struggle with any of the above, please share the article so we can reach a wider audience!

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Nutrition
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Nutrition
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Nutrition
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Coaching
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Coaching
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Daily Dose
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Fuck mediocrity. Look around. At each area of your life. Your body. Your mind. Your…

Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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You should love how you look! I saw a picture that was taken of me…

Daily Dose
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Lifestyle
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The liver is the main organ in charge of detoxification. It constantly “clears out” toxins…

Lifestyle
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Nutrition
"Fat-Burning Foods" [ Truth or Myth? ]

Do you ever read media titles that say things like, “Eat Salmon to burn MORE…

Nutrition
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Daily Dose
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TRY HARDER. Try harder. Period. And I should just end it here. Because honestly… why…

Daily Dose
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Lifestyle
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The second day of the most eye opening week of my life has arrived and…

Lifestyle
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Lifestyle
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Week 4 has begun! That means I got through the first quarter of the game,…

Lifestyle
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Coaching
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Coaching
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Training
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Training
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Nutrition
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Sauna, ice baths, cryotherapy, steam room, massages… with so many ever increasing recovery methods it…

Nutrition
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Lifestyle
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The Recovery Paradigm, something not many talk about – yet 100% of people are affected…

Lifestyle
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Training
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Cardio is something that most of us avoid, some of us hate, and very few…

Training
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Lifestyle
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These past few weekends I have had the opportunity to learn and hang with some…

Lifestyle
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Lifestyle
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I recently heard a story of a young man; so young he can barely drink…

Lifestyle
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Lifestyle
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Have you ever wondered how some people seem to effortlessly follow through with their workout…

Lifestyle
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Daily Dose
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Quick results are a lie. I’d have you consider that success isn’t an easy game…

Daily Dose
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Nutrition
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Today, you will learn 5 ways you can burn more fat on a daily basis……

Nutrition
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Nutrition
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People often look at training program design and immediately consider periodization – because how can…

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Nutrition
13 Bulletproof (Yet Simple) Strategies To Maintain Progress During Vacation

Swimsuit. Sun Glasses. Print Airline Tickets. Pack Car. As you go through your vacation to-do…

Nutrition
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Nutrition
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Nutrition
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Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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Nutrition
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This is my second time writing this article, to be honest. The first go around…

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Nutrition
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Human Optimization is a word that’s thrown around a lot today. Some say it’s being…

Nutrition
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Daily Dose
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SIMPLICITY > complexity. Have you ever noticed that successful people are always telling you to…

Daily Dose
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Nutrition
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Pinch me, I think I’m dreaming!! – The first time I read that I can…

Nutrition
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Nutrition
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2 Ways to Make Your Diet Easier & More Successful 1.) TRACK WHAT YOU EAT!…

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guides
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With the increasing popularity of the topic ‘hormones’ the thyroid gland has also received more…

guides
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Nutrition
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Nutrition
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Daily Dose
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Patience, Persistence, & Positive People. If there was ever a formula for success… this is…

Daily Dose
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Nutrition
The 10 Diet Commandments

  In honor of the one of the greatest hip-hop artists to ever touch the…

Nutrition
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Nutrition
Should YOU Take a Cheat Meal?!

The biggest question I get with this subject is obvious, “Do cheat meals/days actually work?!”….

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Your efforts need to match your goals.
Daily Dose
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Your efforts need to match your goals. I attended a webinar recently and the speaker…

Daily Dose
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Micronutrient Index
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Kale, scientifically known as Brassica oleracea var. acephala,  is a leafy green vegetable that has…

Micronutrient Index
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Nutrition
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Stop constantly doing these things and your body will drastically change for the better. The…

Nutrition
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Nutrition
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Our bodies are remarkable at adapting to different stimuli that we can then manipulate to…

Nutrition
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Nutrition
Finding Your Protein Flavor

What is Protein Powder Good For? Intense workouts cause damage to our muscles and we…

Nutrition
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Nutrition
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Today I am going to start a battle of food! Hopefully I can answer many…

Nutrition
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Training
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Cardio vs. Lifting.  Which is better for fat loss or improved body composition?  As with…

Training
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Nutrition
"The Handful Diet" – Infographic, Meal Prep Template

For a printable version,that you can use at home or on the go to stay…

Nutrition
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Nutrition
Why YOU Should Add Super-Shakes To Your Diet [PLUS 4 Recipes!]

Super-shakes are an awesome addition to almost anyone’s diet and so many people are failing…

Nutrition
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Lifestyle
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I know the title of this article is a little harsh, blunt and “in your…

Lifestyle
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Training
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For many reasons, everybody should aim to train like an athlete. First of all would…

Training
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Coaching
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Dieting down to get stage lean might be one of the most strict diets on…

Coaching
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Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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Lifestyle
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“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and…

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Nutrition
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Nutrition periodization is something that I’ve been passionate about teaching for a long time now….

Nutrition
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Nutrition
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“Biofeedback…? What exactly is that and why should I care about it?” Biofeedback – a…

Nutrition
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Training
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Training Intensification Tip Part 2: Inter-set Stretching & Stretch Mediated Hypertrophy Intensification techniques, also known…

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Nutrition
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Turkey Day is upon us and if you’re as excited as I am, then you’re…

Nutrition
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Daily Dose
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But what if you gain the weight back…? This is a VERY common question we…

Daily Dose
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Lifestyle
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Almost 20% of people in Europe and the US work in scheduled shifts (shift work).1…

Lifestyle
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guides
The World’s Greatest Morning Routine (Use This Proven Point System)

That’s a bold statement… the world’s GREATEST morning routine. But in all honesty, I truly…

guides
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Lifestyle
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If you follow my blog pretty consistently, you’ve probably been noticing that I have been…

Lifestyle
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Nutrition
Death To The Meal Plan [5 Reasons Why Your Meal Plan Failed & Will Keep Failing]

I’m going to try and keep this one short and too the point – notice…

Nutrition
10 Things People Who Stay Lean Year Around Do. (#7 Will Surprise You)
Coaching
10 Things People Who Stay Lean Year Around Do. (#7 Will Surprise You)

When it comes to creating the lean body we all want, the ultimate goal is…

Coaching
[Daily Dose] It’s Boring & Un-Sexy… But it WORKS.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] It’s Boring & Un-Sexy… But it WORKS.

It’s Boring & Un-Sexy… But it WORKS. Have you ever noticed that the strategies, methods,…

Daily Dose
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Coaching
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This is not a guide for how to quickly lose 10 pounds of fat, so…

Coaching
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Science
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Pre-workouts are a dime a dozen. If you use your favorite search engine you’ll soon…

Science
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Lifestyle
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Traveling while in the middle of working towards your fitness goals can be stressful for…

Lifestyle
5 Travel Strategies To Avoid Falling Off The Wagon
Lifestyle
5 Travel Strategies To Avoid Falling Off The Wagon

Travel is a part of life no matter if it’s for work or pleasure, with…

Lifestyle
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Lifestyle
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This isn’t your typical “Thanksgiving Survival Guide” nutrition blog that’s going to save you from…

Lifestyle
"Eating Organic" – All Hype? Or Vital For Health?
Nutrition
"Eating Organic" – All Hype? Or Vital For Health?

Organic food…. Is it worth the extra money? Will you get sick and diet if…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] They’re Tools, Not Time Machines!
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] They’re Tools, Not Time Machines!

They’re Tools, Not Time Machines! “Tools and time machines…? What the hell are you talking…

Daily Dose
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Lifestyle
8 Ways To Instantly Sleep Better

Sleep… None of us “get enough” and we all want “more hours in the day”……

Lifestyle
[Daily Dose] Every detail matters.
Daily Dose
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Every detail matters. I’m writing you from my hotel room, here in St. Louis, while…

Daily Dose
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Nutrition
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Nutrition
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guides
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Let’s talk Protein. Highly debated, greatly misunderstood, over-consumed by gym rats, and vastly under-consumed by…

guides
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Lifestyle
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  When I reflect back on all that I’ve been through in this lifestyle of…

Lifestyle
How To Count Your Steps For Weight Loss
Science
How To Count Your Steps For Weight Loss

Does Your Body Adapt To NEAT Or Walking, Making Your Step Count Less Effective At…

Science
Mini Cuts… Secret To Fast Tracking Your Results? Or All Hype?
Nutrition
Mini Cuts… Secret To Fast Tracking Your Results? Or All Hype?

Can you seriously lose 8-10lbs in 6-8 weeks, without destroying your hormones and binge eating…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Nobody is Self-Made.
Daily Dose
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Nobody is Self-Made. We’re here out in Arizona for a team retreat and wow… my…

Daily Dose
10 Ways To Kill Cravings
Nutrition
10 Ways To Kill Cravings

When you’re on a diet, one of the most annoying things you’re going to come…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] You can’t win, if you’re afraid to lose.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] You can’t win, if you’re afraid to lose.

You can’t win, if you’re afraid to lose. This actually comes straight out of a…

Daily Dose
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Nutrition
The Best Diet Plan… [Ketogenic? Intermittent Fasting? Carb Cycling?]

“So what is the best diet?” A question I’ve heard many times and if you…

Nutrition
The "All or Nothing" Mentality, That Kills Long-Term Progress.
Nutrition
The "All or Nothing" Mentality, That Kills Long-Term Progress.

Yes, that sounds good, I’ll take some nothing too! We’ve all been there, we’ve all…

Nutrition
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Nutrition
"Post College Party Pouch"- Losing Weight After College

College is full of beer, parties and cheap microwave dinners and although that may sound…

Nutrition
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Nutrition
Why You Can’t Keep The Weight Off

“Weight regain is generally the rule, with long-term follow up studies indicating that one-third to…

Nutrition
Why Losing Weight Fast Is A Bad Idea.
Nutrition
Why Losing Weight Fast Is A Bad Idea.

  Losing weight fast is a very popular topic in the fitness and nutrition industry….

Nutrition
Two-A-Day Training: Is More Better? Or Destructive?
Training
Two-A-Day Training: Is More Better? Or Destructive?

Training twice per day, also known as two-a-days, stems from the idea that more is…

Training
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Lifestyle
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For as long as man has been around people have always said how important sleep…

Lifestyle
How To Use A TDEE and BMR Calculator To Lose Weight
guides
How To Use A TDEE and BMR Calculator To Lose Weight

How To Use TDEE and BMR Calculator To Lose Weight BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) and…

guides
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guides
A Crash Course On Your Hormones (What You Need To Know)

You scroll through your Instagram and you read a post which says “Could your hormones…

guides
[Daily Dose] Growth must be forced.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Growth must be forced.

Growth must be forced. This is going to be short, to the point, and powerful…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] You should love how you look!
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] You should love how you look!

You should love how you look! If you don’t know what copywriting is, it’s the…

Daily Dose
Is a Carb a Carb? Do Nutrients Matter? How much do I need?
Nutrition
Is a Carb a Carb? Do Nutrients Matter? How much do I need?

Is a carb a carb? Does it matter where we get our macronutrients? Or is…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Habits and Addictions Are The Same
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Habits and Addictions Are The Same

Habits and Addictions Are The Same This is crazy, but did you know that less…

Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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MJ, Kobe, Tom Brady… You. Full context here – I don’t like watching sports, AT…

Daily Dose
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Lifestyle
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  “Wow, its day 3 already… In the weirdest way, it feels like its been…

Lifestyle
[Daily Dose] The Intention-Behavior Gap.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The Intention-Behavior Gap.

The Intention-Behavior Gap. This is crazy, but did you know that less than 50% of…

Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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Become Your Own Stoic. You ever wonder how stoics and the old famous philosophers became…

Daily Dose
15 Challenging Workout Finishers You Need To Try
Training
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You just finished your workout—you’re semi-gassed out, sweating from head to toe, each of your…

Training
Why Fad Diet’s Work… At First.
Nutrition
Why Fad Diet’s Work… At First.

Fad diets do work, at first. And then the results slowly taper off until they…

Nutrition
46 Tips To Build More Muscle
Nutrition
46 Tips To Build More Muscle

1.) Start Explosive. Doing something explosive at the beginning of your workout will fire the…

Nutrition
Is It Healthy To Be A Vegetarian? (Putting Ethics Aside)
Lifestyle
Is It Healthy To Be A Vegetarian? (Putting Ethics Aside)

What is the healthiest way to eat? What is the best way to eat to…

Lifestyle
8 Ways To Handle Your Diet On Christmas
Nutrition
8 Ways To Handle Your Diet On Christmas

1.) Don’t Stress, Have Fun! Might seem weird that the first tip for not ruining…

Nutrition
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Training
Hip Mobility – Remove Low Back Pain & Improve Results in 5 Minutes or Less!

I’ve witnessed hip mobility literally save some of my client’s abilities to lift, play sports,…

Training
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guides
Can You Drink Alcohol and Lose Fat?

Alcohol… Whether it’s Monday Night Football, summertime BBQ’s, date night with your wife, or just…

guides
EPISODE 9: Associate Pain vs Pleasure to Commit to Success
Nutrition
EPISODE 9: Associate Pain vs Pleasure to Commit to Success

Week 9 people! I got to be honest… I’m addicted to this lifestyle. In other…

Nutrition
Never Give Up
Lifestyle
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Sometimes waiting to reach our goal can feel like an eternity, especially when that goal…

Lifestyle
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Science
Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) vs. Percentage Based Training (PBT)

Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) vs. Percentage Based Training (PBT) Training intensity is more than…

Science
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Training
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A lot of people get confused about or over think their cardio/conditioning. This could be…

Training
[Daily Dose] Win The Rest of 2022, By Doing This.
Daily Dose
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Win The Rest of 2022, By Doing This. I think most people fail to reach…

Daily Dose
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Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] What is a refeed day? (NOT a cheat day!)

Coach: “Alright! Day 1 starts tomorrow! I got your nutrition prescription as well as a guide…

Nutrition
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Lifestyle
EPISODE 3: The Successful Mindset & Attitude

Two weeks down…. Only ten more to go. Damn… TEN?! I think time has slowed…

Lifestyle
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Lifestyle
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  I love this saying above, because I’ve often referred to life as a book….

Lifestyle
[Daily Dose] They Thought They Took Steroids…
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] They Thought They Took Steroids…

They Thought They Took Steroids… This is probably the most remarkable study ever done inside…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] 9 Habits That Increase Dietary Success
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] 9 Habits That Increase Dietary Success

9 Habits That Increase Dietary Success When it comes to ACTUALLY seeing success from your…

Daily Dose
3 Reasons You NEED Mobility To Lose More Fat
Training
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What is Mobility?   If your goal is fat loss, you NEED to incorporate mobility…

Training
[Daily Dose] Crucial conversations.
Daily Dose
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Crucial conversations. This is the title of a book (i.e. Crucial Conversations) that I’ve read…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Success is how you SEE it.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Success is how you SEE it.

Success is how you SEE it. 90% of the results you see are pre-determined based…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] 6 Quotes + 3 Steps To Supercharge Your Monday
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] 6 Quotes + 3 Steps To Supercharge Your Monday

6 Quotes + 3 Steps To Supercharge Your Monday Today, I need to bring some…

Daily Dose
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Lifestyle
Why Losing Weight Gets Harder and Harder… [& How To STOP It!]

The majority of the people I work with, including myself, want to lose body fat….

Lifestyle
Low FODMAP Diet Guide For Beginners
guides
Low FODMAP Diet Guide For Beginners

Low FODMAP Diet? What is that and could it help you get to the bottom…

guides
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guides
Metabolic Adaptation: Why Dieting Slows Down Your Metabolism & How To Fix It

Metabolic adaptation has many names. It is referred to as “starvation mode” or “metabolic damage”…

guides
Emotional Intelligence, Positivity, Being Present… Happiness.
Lifestyle
Emotional Intelligence, Positivity, Being Present… Happiness.

    I’ve had many people tell me that I never get mad, I’m always…

Lifestyle
[Daily Dose] Don’t Live With “What If’s”
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Don’t Live With “What If’s”

Don’t Live With “What If’s” If you ask any person who is over the age…

Daily Dose
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guides
How To Track Macros When Eating At Restaurants

  How To Track Macros When Eating At Restaurants Table of Contents How To Track…

guides
7 Not-So-Obvious Ways To Break Plateaus
Nutrition
7 Not-So-Obvious Ways To Break Plateaus

Plateaus suck. We’ve all been through them, some of us break through and others don’t….

Nutrition
Is Food Addiction Real? A Comprehensive Guide.
Nutrition
Is Food Addiction Real? A Comprehensive Guide.

Food Addiction: The Science Behind Our Cravings You’ve just polished off a satisfying dinner, but…

Nutrition
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Nutrition
Intermittent Fasting – Everything You NEED To Know

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Nutrition
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Nutrition
Understanding Gut Health (How Your Gut Determines Your Health)

We covered probiotics a few weeks ago, which just barely scratched the surface of gut…

Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] In Defense Of Rigid Meal Plans…
Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] In Defense Of Rigid Meal Plans…

Rigid Meal Plans… you know, eating 6 meal s a day out of plastic containers…

Nutrition
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Nutrition
THE GREAT SUGAR DEBATE : Is Sugar Safe? Will it Ruin Results? What is Proven?

Sugar has been scaring us for decades, from the claims of it impacting and being…

Nutrition
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Lifestyle
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Tune in to what a Day in My Life looks like… We go from my…

Lifestyle
[VIDEO BLOG] Paleo Vs. Macros (Which One’s Better…?)
Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] Paleo Vs. Macros (Which One’s Better…?)

Paleo vs. Macros… This debate has and probably will go on for eternity in the nutrition…

Nutrition
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guides
Fish Oil Supplementation 101

Fish oil supplements are widely used for their health and wellness benefits. Fish oil is…

guides
11 Reasons You Need Fish Oil
Nutrition
11 Reasons You Need Fish Oil

Inflammation is the leading cause of chronic disease in today’s society. Thankfully, there are various…

Nutrition
7 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight
Nutrition
7 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

I wrote an email for my subscribers the other day called “White Noise”. It went…

Nutrition
Superfoods (Fact or Fiction?)
Nutrition
Superfoods (Fact or Fiction?)

Kale, chia seeds, berries… Most of us have heard these and other foods called “Superfoods,”…

Nutrition
Getting Through The Holidays [Without Ruining Your Progress]
Nutrition
Getting Through The Holidays [Without Ruining Your Progress]

The holidays are a time for friends, family, and yes, lots of good food! But…

Nutrition
My Interview on – ‘The Easy Wins Healthy Lifestyle Podcast’
Nutrition
My Interview on – ‘The Easy Wins Healthy Lifestyle Podcast’

When we talk about “Easy Wins” and “Healthy Lifestyle”… We need to discuss routines and…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Have you quit yet?
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Have you quit yet?

Have you quit yet? It’s February 1st today… So that means you need to audit…

Daily Dose
Steps to Success
Lifestyle
Steps to Success

Most people do not truly understand what it takes to become successful, I’m yet to…

Lifestyle
Blueberries: A Small Superfruit
Micronutrient Index
Blueberries: A Small Superfruit

Blueberries, often regarded as a superfood, have a history that intertwines with both ancient usage…

Micronutrient Index
[Daily Dose] You deserve MORE.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] You deserve MORE.

You deserve MORE. I’m going to keep this short and to the point. Whatever you’re…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Gratitude Is MOTIVATION.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Gratitude Is MOTIVATION.

Gratitude Is MOTIVATION. People are constantly seeking things to motivate them more… You probably do…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Cultivate Your Power Tribe.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Cultivate Your Power Tribe.

Cultivate Your Power Tribe. I’m really struggling to find the words for this daily dose……

Daily Dose
Concurrent Training: A Practical Guide, Backed By Science
guides
Concurrent Training: A Practical Guide, Backed By Science

Introduction: What is Concurrent Training? Concurrent training consists of combining aerobic/anaerobic training (e.g., long distance…

guides
Is Your Metabolism Damaged?
Nutrition
Is Your Metabolism Damaged?

Metabolic Damage [Refeeds, Cheat Meals, Reverse Dieting & How To Utilize Them For Results] So…

Nutrition
CASE STUDY CLIENT [Breaking The Diet-Rebound Cycle]
Coaching
CASE STUDY CLIENT [Breaking The Diet-Rebound Cycle]

Goodbye All-or-nothing Mindset, Hello sustainable Weight Loss! Maybe you can relate – You are great…

Coaching
Getting Your Period Back
Nutrition
Getting Your Period Back

This article does not contain medical advice. If you are experiencing symptoms of amenorrhea, please…

Nutrition
Nutrient Timing (What The Science Actually Tells Us)
Nutrition
Nutrient Timing (What The Science Actually Tells Us)

Nutrient Timing – Here’s what you need to know: • Calories in vs. calories out…

Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] The Smartest Approach To Program Design
Training
[VIDEO BLOG] The Smartest Approach To Program Design

Training program design, is a pretty big deal. I mean… it’s LITERALLY the thing that…

Training
How To Get 6-Pack Abs (3-Step Guide To A Shredded Core)
guides
How To Get 6-Pack Abs (3-Step Guide To A Shredded Core)

  How To Get 6-Pack Abs Table of Contents How To Get 6-Pack Abs 1….

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Quick Fix For Low Back Pain
Training
Quick Fix For Low Back Pain

Low back pain is probably one of the most common issues of pain within the…

Training
[Daily Dose] Why I’m not losing any weight…
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Why I’m not losing any weight…

Why I’m not losing any weight… This is me being totally transparent… And my nutrition…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The Greats and YOU… Are the same.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The Greats and YOU… Are the same.

The Greats and YOU… Are the same. Here’s some crazy facts for you, to show…

Daily Dose
5 Keys To Tracking Macros Successfully
Nutrition
5 Keys To Tracking Macros Successfully

“The Macro Diet”…. Something I hear quite often, people are asking to get on the…

Nutrition
Second podcast
Coaching
Second podcast
Coaching
[VIDEO BLOG] Losing Stubborn Body Fat
Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] Losing Stubborn Body Fat

Stubborn Body Fat – AKA Our Biggest Enemy. You know… Spare tire, love handles, hips,…

Nutrition
The Truth About Gluten
Nutrition
The Truth About Gluten

The biggest question on gluten… Should we avoid it? Or is the media hype on…

Nutrition
KAIZEN
Lifestyle
KAIZEN

“Continuous Improvement” “Embrace Change” “Change for the Better” These are all definitions of the Japanese…

Lifestyle
Why I Love Weight Watchers…
Nutrition
Why I Love Weight Watchers…

Yes, I love weight watchers. And no, this is not a joke. What most people…

Nutrition
Do you Eat TOO Much Protein? or Not Enough?
Nutrition
Do you Eat TOO Much Protein? or Not Enough?

Love posting a status asking what y’all want to read about and getting TONS of…

Nutrition
How To Change Your Behaviors and Lose More Weight
Nutrition
How To Change Your Behaviors and Lose More Weight

We appear to be going about health and weight loss all wrong. As nutrition coaches,…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] WTF is President’s Day…?
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] WTF is President’s Day…?

WTF is President’s Day…? Yesterday, one of my employees texted me asking if we had…

Daily Dose
3 Exercises That Should NEVER Leave Your Program
Training
3 Exercises That Should NEVER Leave Your Program

There is no “Best Exercise”, just like there is no “Best Diet”. That’s just the…

Training
How To Create The Most Effective Full Body Training Program
guides
How To Create The Most Effective Full Body Training Program

Full Body vs. Split Training…? Which is better? This question has been answered by 1,000,000…

guides
[Daily Dose] The gift is WITHIN the process…
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The gift is WITHIN the process…

The gift is WITHIN the process… This week we’re hosting a coaching mastermind at the…

Daily Dose
Top 7 Nutrition Mistakes CrossFit Athletes Make
Nutrition
Top 7 Nutrition Mistakes CrossFit Athletes Make

CrossFit is an incredibly demanding sport and taxing on the body. A combination of pure…

Nutrition
How To Get Jacked As A Vegan [The Detailed Nutrition Plan For Vegan Lifters]
Nutrition
How To Get Jacked As A Vegan [The Detailed Nutrition Plan For Vegan Lifters]

Many people think being vegan and gaining muscle are oxymorons, they are opposites, you can’t…

Nutrition
EPISODE 12: Pancakes, Abs & Chasing Unicorns
Nutrition
EPISODE 12: Pancakes, Abs & Chasing Unicorns

LESS THAN 2 WEEKS OUT!!!! Wow…. I think it finally hit me that I will…

Nutrition
Maximizing Your Performance During The CrossFit Open
Nutrition
Maximizing Your Performance During The CrossFit Open

Five weeks of serious CrossFit action coming at us as we’re only a month away…

Nutrition
The Funeral Question
Lifestyle
The Funeral Question

So…. It’s Monday…. Another week, but unlike the mass majority of the population… this gets…

Lifestyle
Training in a Hotel or Apartment Gym (VLOG – Complete Workout, Coached Through)
Training
Training in a Hotel or Apartment Gym (VLOG – Complete Workout, Coached Through)

This Workout Program (Below) 1.) Ankle, Hip and Thoracic Mobility – 5-10 Min 2a.) DB…

Training
Sleep = Results Part 2
Lifestyle
Sleep = Results Part 2

 So we talked about sleep and why it directly links to your results in the…

Lifestyle
Relationship Status : "Dieting"
Nutrition
Relationship Status : "Dieting"

Today is not about a strategy to lose more weight, a new theory on building…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Find Your Low Hanging Fruit.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Find Your Low Hanging Fruit.

Find Your Low Hanging Fruit. Want to know the easiest way to start losing fat?…

Daily Dose
Dad Bod Epidemic (10 Steps To Avoiding The Dad Bod)
Nutrition
Dad Bod Epidemic (10 Steps To Avoiding The Dad Bod)

Fatherhood…. WOW IT’S APPROACHING FAST!! Within a week, I will be having my baby. Which…

Nutrition
What SHOULD & SHOULDN’T Run Through Your Mind, On Your Death Bed
Lifestyle
What SHOULD & SHOULDN’T Run Through Your Mind, On Your Death Bed

I get asked the questions, “If I could recommend one book, what would it be?”…

Lifestyle
Fast & Efficient Recovery
Training
Fast & Efficient Recovery

When it comes to training there are always some aspects that people leave out or…

Training
11 Life Changing Facts About Intermittent Fasting
Nutrition
11 Life Changing Facts About Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting is a pretty popular, yet controversial, topic that’s been floating around in the…

Nutrition
Make Life Awesome
Lifestyle
Make Life Awesome

Are you doing everything in your power to be the best you possibly can be?…

Lifestyle
Resistance Training vs. Cardio PT.2 [Ending The Debate]
Training
Resistance Training vs. Cardio PT.2 [Ending The Debate]

What’s better – Resistance Training or Cardio, ending the debate once and for all The…

Training
What Do YOU Stand For?
Lifestyle
What Do YOU Stand For?

What do you stand for? No really, don’t just read that… Ask yourself and seriously…

Lifestyle
The Hypertrophy Guide
Science
The Hypertrophy Guide

First, let’s define hypertrophy and why you may want to strive for it: hy·per·tro·phy /hīˈpərtrəfē/…

Science
Almonds Nutrition Facts: Everything You Want To Know
Micronutrient Index
Almonds Nutrition Facts: Everything You Want To Know

Almonds: A Healthy On-The-Go Snack Almonds have been cherished throughout history, from ancient civilizations to…

Micronutrient Index
"The Perfect Diet: Paleo + IIFYM + Intermittent Fasting" Ft. on DrJohnRusin.com
Nutrition
"The Perfect Diet: Paleo + IIFYM + Intermittent Fasting" Ft. on DrJohnRusin.com

Getting stuck into a dogmatic approach or claiming a “camp” with your nutrition, is dumb….

Nutrition
Diet Hopping (How "Chasing The Shiny Red Ball" Is Holding You Back….)
Nutrition
Diet Hopping (How "Chasing The Shiny Red Ball" Is Holding You Back….)

Quit Chasing The Shiny Red Ball Do you bounce from diet to diet? Or try…

Nutrition
Does Caffeine HELP or STOP Fat Loss?
Nutrition
Does Caffeine HELP or STOP Fat Loss?

Caffeine can help you burn fat… But wait it can mess with your adrenal glands……

Nutrition
Downhill Metabolisms [What Actually Happens When We Diet]
Nutrition
Downhill Metabolisms [What Actually Happens When We Diet]

For a while you could hear the words “broken metabolism” everywhere in the online space….

Nutrition
What I’ve Learned From Setting Targets Too Big
Lifestyle
What I’ve Learned From Setting Targets Too Big

Things that take hard work, scare you quite a bit, push you further and harder…

Lifestyle
"Selfish" or "Self-Interested"
Nutrition
"Selfish" or "Self-Interested"

Are you Selfish? Or Self-Interested…? Have you ever felt selfish for trying to start something…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Be You, Everyone Else Is Taken.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Be You, Everyone Else Is Taken.

Be You, Everyone Else Is Taken. I’m here to tell you that God put you…

Daily Dose
Is Flexible Dieting Good For Weight Loss? IIFYM vs. Meal Plans
Nutrition
Is Flexible Dieting Good For Weight Loss? IIFYM vs. Meal Plans

Is Flexible or Rigid Dieting Better For Weight Loss? People who use a flexible diet…

Nutrition
Low Calorie Foods That Fill You Up
guides
Low Calorie Foods That Fill You Up

When you think about hunger, what comes to mind?  Pain in your abdomen or a…

guides
Get Shredded for Summer! [Free Diet Plan]
Nutrition
Get Shredded for Summer! [Free Diet Plan]

  What is the best fat loss diet plan? I always get that question and…

Nutrition
The Ultimate Evidence Based Supplement Guide
guides
The Ultimate Evidence Based Supplement Guide

The supplement industry is MASSIVE. In fact, it’s currently a 36.6 Billion Dollar Industry. Crazy,…

guides
5 Recipes That’ll Make You Want To ‘Eat Yo Greens!’
Nutrition
5 Recipes That’ll Make You Want To ‘Eat Yo Greens!’

One of the biggest struggles for me when I started “Dieting”, I hate that word…

Nutrition
5 Things I Wish I Knew When Starting My Weightloss Journey
Lifestyle
5 Things I Wish I Knew When Starting My Weightloss Journey

Many people don’t know this, but I was once a fat kid, or as my…

Lifestyle
The 8 Biggest Diet Mistakes
Nutrition
The 8 Biggest Diet Mistakes

What else goes into weight loss besides eating well and exercising? In reality, there are…

Nutrition
Pre | Intra | Post – Mastering Your Workout Nutrition
Nutrition
Pre | Intra | Post – Mastering Your Workout Nutrition

High carb vs. low carb is a seemingly endless debate on my Instagram feed, with…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Stop living with “what if’s….
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Stop living with “what if’s….

Stop living with “what if’s…. If you ask any person who is over the age…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The 10 Training Commandments.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The 10 Training Commandments.

The 10 Training Commandments. Full transparency, I stole these from another strength coach (Ben Bruno)….

Daily Dose
Training Under The Influence
Training
Training Under The Influence

After reading the title I’m sure your all a bit confused, why would you train…

Training
[Daily Dose] 90% of your results boil down to this.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] 90% of your results boil down to this.

90% of your results boil down to this. I posted on instagram that 90% of…

Daily Dose
EPISODE 8: Trust The Process
Nutrition
EPISODE 8: Trust The Process

Week 7 is complete, week 8 is here and my physique show feels like it…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] What If You Couldn’t Fail…?
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] What If You Couldn’t Fail…?

What If You Couldn’t Fail…? I was asked this question recently and it literally stopped…

Daily Dose
What Are The Health Benefits To Eating Organ Meat?
Nutrition
What Are The Health Benefits To Eating Organ Meat?

Food fads come and go. An acai bowl one year, hemp hearts the next. Superfoods…

Nutrition
The Elimination Diet
Nutrition
The Elimination Diet

“Why on earth would I want to completely remove all that stuff, which I enjoy…

Nutrition
What To Do After The CrossFit Open
Coaching
What To Do After The CrossFit Open

We’ve talked about periodization a few times prior to this post on the BBP blog,…

Coaching
Top 3 Most Under-Rated Supplements
Nutrition
Top 3 Most Under-Rated Supplements

Whenever I get questions about supplements it always makes me laugh because it leads to…

Nutrition
Practical Experiences and Applications Of Intermittent Fasting
Nutrition
Practical Experiences and Applications Of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting, time restricted eating, carb fasts, water fasts, 24 hour fasts, multi-day fasts… There…

Nutrition
Can I Exercise with a Muscle Strain?
Science
Can I Exercise with a Muscle Strain?

Muscle strains seem to happen at the most inopportune time. They are a common injury…

Science
HIIT vs. LISS: What Cardio Strategy Burns More Fat?
Fat Loss
HIIT vs. LISS: What Cardio Strategy Burns More Fat?

HIIT vs. LISS: Which Works Best and When To Use Them Introduction A common question…

Fat Loss
Eliminating Your Cravings, For Good (5 Simple Strategies)
Coaching
Eliminating Your Cravings, For Good (5 Simple Strategies)

When fat loss is the goal, cravings can be your worst nightmare… and even when…

Coaching
Science Behind Fat Cells & Ibuprofens Effect on Hypertrophy (Research Roundup)
Nutrition
Science Behind Fat Cells & Ibuprofens Effect on Hypertrophy (Research Roundup)

Each month I will cover two research articles on nutrition, training, sleep, supplements, or anything…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Winners Arent Afraid To Lose
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Winners Arent Afraid To Lose

Winner’s Aren’t Afraid To Lose. This actually comes straight out of a Chris Stapleton song,…

Daily Dose
5 Tips For More Consistency
Training
5 Tips For More Consistency

  So many times we, yes I’m including myself, want to add all the little…

Training
Keto: The Best or The Worst Diet For Fat Loss?
Nutrition
Keto: The Best or The Worst Diet For Fat Loss?

A recent study showed that keto doesn’t work like many people once thought it did……

Nutrition
How to Create A Fat Loss Meal Plan
Nutrition
How to Create A Fat Loss Meal Plan

First we need to define and differentiate the different kinds of diets you can follow…

Nutrition
Top 10 Principles For Results Based Nutrition [Printable Infographic]
Nutrition
Top 10 Principles For Results Based Nutrition [Printable Infographic]

For a printable version of this, for you to keep, click here .

Nutrition
Your Bikini Competition Crash Course (What-To-Know Before Competing)
Coaching
Your Bikini Competition Crash Course (What-To-Know Before Competing)

Heading into my first bikini competition I had at least one hundred random questions.  Even…

Coaching
Do Macro-Based Diets Actually Work? (The What, Why, & How of IIFYM)
Nutrition
Do Macro-Based Diets Actually Work? (The What, Why, & How of IIFYM)

Macro based diets are pretty common inside of the nutrition world right now (have been…

Nutrition
Periodizing Your Nutrition (The Key To Results That Last)
Nutrition
Periodizing Your Nutrition (The Key To Results That Last)

Ok, first of all… “What the hell is periodization?” – Glad you asked: Periodization –…

Nutrition
Successful Intuitive Eating (9 Step System)
Nutrition
Successful Intuitive Eating (9 Step System)

What to eat, how much to eat, timing what you eat, and then actually seeing…

Nutrition
Muscle Growth For The Female Lifter
Nutrition
Muscle Growth For The Female Lifter

Gaining – a scary word for most women to hear or even think about, especially…

Nutrition
The 5 Metrics You MUST Be Measuring
Coaching
The 5 Metrics You MUST Be Measuring

Have you ever heard the saying, “what gets measured gets improved?” Progress can be measured…

Coaching
Boom Boom’s Excellent Adventure: Episode 1
Coaching
Boom Boom’s Excellent Adventure: Episode 1

Wow… I have a lot of respect for bodybuilders, bikini and physique competitors. Well, I…

Coaching
Shut Up and Listen!
Lifestyle
Shut Up and Listen!

After reading the title your problem wondering, “What in the hell will Boom Boom be…

Lifestyle
Top 3 Overrated Fads, in the Diet World
Nutrition
Top 3 Overrated Fads, in the Diet World

Today my goal is simple and hopefully a quick one… That is to break down,…

Nutrition
The Definitive Guide To Creatine Monohydrate
guides
The Definitive Guide To Creatine Monohydrate

Creatine Monohydrate… might just be our favorite supplement.  Why? Well, because we can recommend it…

guides
37 Power Foods For Men
Nutrition
37 Power Foods For Men

THIS IS NOT CLICKBATE! These are REAL foods that men THRIVE off of. I had…

Nutrition
"Active Recovery" – Burn More Calories & Build More Muscle on Your Rest Days.
Training
"Active Recovery" – Burn More Calories & Build More Muscle on Your Rest Days.

As a reader of my blog, I can assume your goal is to look, perform,…

Training
How Your Intensity Determines Your Results
Training
How Your Intensity Determines Your Results

Intensity… It’s a sexy word in the fitness world. It makes us feel like we’re…

Training
The Decline Of Male Testosterone (Why It’s At An All Time Low)
Nutrition
The Decline Of Male Testosterone (Why It’s At An All Time Low)

Testosterone is perhaps the most well known and most sought after hormone in the male…

Nutrition
Why You SHOULD Drink Coffee… [Myths vs. Truth/Benefits]
Nutrition
Why You SHOULD Drink Coffee… [Myths vs. Truth/Benefits]

As a huge coffee lover, I’ve decided to take some time today to stand my…

Nutrition
The Definitive Guide to Getting Lean After Your Freshman 15
Nutrition
The Definitive Guide to Getting Lean After Your Freshman 15

As many of you probably know, the “Freshman 15” is very real. In fact, the…

Nutrition
How Your Testosterone Levels Impact Muscle Growth
Hormones
How Your Testosterone Levels Impact Muscle Growth

Table of Contents Introduction: Understanding the role of testosterone in muscle growth The science of…

Hormones
Training Volume: How Many Sets Per Week is Enough?
Training
Training Volume: How Many Sets Per Week is Enough?

The Volume Landmarks The optimal amount of volume is going to be somewhere between the…

Training
Better Gut, Better Abs.
Nutrition
Better Gut, Better Abs.

  Do the things I’m going to share with you in this article today, and…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] ACTION > motivation
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] ACTION > motivation

ACTION > motivation Pablo Picasso has by far one of the best quotes of all…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] If people hate, it means you’re winning.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] If people hate, it means you’re winning.

If people hate, it means you’re winning. When I say hate, I don’t just mean…

Daily Dose
How To Avoid Injury
Training
How To Avoid Injury

Injury prevention is something I’ve had many people ask me to write about, and I’ve…

Training
Yoga For Meatheads (Should Weightlifters Do Yoga?)
Training
Yoga For Meatheads (Should Weightlifters Do Yoga?)

Many guys (and even gals) who are into strength training switch off when they hear…

Training
The Ultimate Kettlebell Workout Guide
guides
The Ultimate Kettlebell Workout Guide

Kettlebell workouts are one of the most diverse training modalities out there. Depending on the…

guides