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How To Individualize Your Nutrition Plan (8 Ways To Tailor Your Diet, To You)

July 5, 2018
Written by cody

To Individualize what you do, is not only the most optimal way to see results; I believe it’s the future of fitness and nutrition. I think it’s why coaches like myself, Jason Phillips, Dr. John Rusin, Christian Thibaudeau, and many other great friends (coaches) of mine in the industry are growing at an exponential rate.

It’s also why things like the FitBit, Apple Watch, HRV Technologies, and so many other wearable tracking devices are exploding in the tech industry. It allows us to track metrics and individualize them, to our body, goals, timeline, etc.

And it’s exactly why the Evidence Based Community is becoming more and more dominant in the industry; because it gives us what science is saying and studies are proving. Which is the exact information we need in order to completely customize someone’s nutrition or training plan.

This applies to training AND nutrition, heavily.

But today we’re going to focus on nutrition alone and call this Part 1. And I promise to drop a Part 2 solely dedicated to training, very soon!

Before we get into how, let’s talk about what.

In·di·vid·u·al·ize

– Tailor (something) to suit the individual.

“An individualized learning program”

Nu·tri·tion

– The process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth.

“A guide to good nutrition”

Now… let’s combine these two things.

In·di·vid·u·al·ize·d nu·tri·tion

– Tailoring (customizing) a food plan (diet) in order to create desired change (fat loss, muscle gain, performance, health), in such a way that builds consistency (adherence) for that specific individual.

I think now it’s clear why this is so powerful… it’s a nutrition plan, which produces results, designed for YOU to be able to more easily follow it.

Now for the million-dollar question – How do we achieve this?

Keep reading, because I’m going to lay down the 8 main principles to individualize your nutrition plan.

1. Caloric Periodization

One thing we know without a doubt in mind is that calories matter. If you’re over consuming calories (caloric surplus) you will gain weight/fat. If you’re under consuming calories (caloric deficit) you will lose weight/fat.

The caveat with a caloric deficit is that if you stay there chronically, your body will adapt and lower it’s maintenance or metabolic rate and that will lead to stalls or complete halts in weight loss despite being in a caloric deficit. But that’s a different category; check out my reverse dieting video to learn more on that.

So we know calories need to be measured and set in order to achieve a body composition goal, that’s obvious and I’m not going to spend much time breaking that down any further. That’s beating a dead horse at this point.

What I want to talk about is individualizing that process. What does THAT look like?

That is where Caloric Periodization comes into play – or in other words, how you’re distributing your calories throughout the week or week to week.

Calorie Cycling – This is an easy, simple to do, and very well known topic made popular over the last decade+. It’s more commonly known as carb cycling. During days of hard strength training, you have a higher carb (calorie) intake and on days you’re resting and/or performing just cardio, you have a lower carb (calorie) intake. Science shows that the biggest benefits here are that it may increase recovery and performance during those harder sessions due to having more carbs readily available, which is the body’s preferred fuel source, and that it may help people create a caloric deficit more easily – compared to having low calories all week.

5 | 2 Calorie Loading – This is far less common but something we tend to lean towards in anyone who may possibly be experiencing hormonal compensation and people who have a weekend warrior mentality. The way this strategy works is having 5 days a week where you’re in a solid deficit, to create fat loss. How big of a deficit depends on the person and how stubborn there body is or is not – so it could be anywhere from a 5-30% deficit of their maintenance calories. Then 2 days a week, on back-to-back days, you will increase calories to a maintenance or slight surplus level. This gives a good psychological break, but also helps maintain hormonal and metabolic capacity, as well as keeping muscle glycogen stores full.

6 | 1 Deficit + Refeed– This is a very common way of going into a diet, something we use on a high majority of the clients we coach here at Boom Boom Performance. It’s 6 days of a normal deficit, followed by one refeed day. The refeed day is a day where we bring calories up to around maintenance level, solely via carbohydrates as they have the best physiological response. This is something that’s very individualized when coaching someone because we can do these every 4 days, 7 days, 10 days, or 14 days. It all depends how frequently that individual needs the refeeds and what their individual timeline for the fat loss actually is.

Weekly Alternating Calories – This is where we alternate low calorie weeks with maintenance level weeks, every other or every 2 weeks. Meaning you may alternate deficit/maintenance week after week or you may run it as a 2|1 ratio of maintenance to deficit, again depending on the individual situation. This is fairly new, based on the recent Matador Study, and not many coaches are implementing this yet. I’ve personally seen very good results with any client I’ve taken through this, especially anyone who has experienced hormonal compensation from dieting in the past – this is a great strategy to implement after a reverse diet. The way it’s performed is simple, hit a low week using a solid deficit and follow it up with a maintenance week. It may take longer to hit your fat loss goals, but this variation of caloric cycling is going to maintain hormonal balance MUCH better and make sustaining not only the diet but also your physique, much easier (check out my video on this, here).

Linear Caloric Intake – The most common and obvious… you create a deficit or surplus 7 days a week. Linear basically means straight line, which implies that we’re not cycling or adjusting your calories at all throughout the week – you just follow your daily caloric intake. This is far less individualized, but it’s proven to work and keep things simple. It’s extremely straightforward and because of that, in any average situation it’s a great approach.

Wrapping up the caloric periodization – calories in vs. out matter most, but making it individualized is KEY for sustainability and adherence. Which we know is the number 1 priority because without consistency, nothing really works.

2. Caloric Composition (AKA Macros)

The next way of making your nutrition individualized may be obvious to most, especially those who truly follow my work or directly work with us. It’s macros.

Macros are somewhat the pinnacle of all things nutrition. What I mean by that is that it’s something everyone should try to work towards being more aware of, because it’s what leads to the biggest body composition and performance changes when it comes to nutrition.

Yes, calories are king and they dictate the way your weight will fluctuate up or down. But those calories are broken down into macronutrients and the way you portion out your macros will determine how well you perform, build muscle, regulate some hormones, recover, sleep, burn fat, stay full during a diet, maintain muscle during a diet, and so much more.

Adding to all of that, there are times where you cannot change calories at all but shift the composition of those calories (i.e. change the macro ratio) and create further fat loss. Which goes against the rule of thumb saying calories are everything.

So to ignore macros is to ignore one of the prime movers in fat loss, muscle gain, health, and performance.

Where should your individualized macros be set at? Shit… that’s a loaded question in itself, in fact I wrote an entire ebook on the subject – so if you really want to dive into it, I suggest checking out The Nutrition Hierarchy.

But in general, we can suggest the following:

  1. Set Calories First (Broad Ranges):
    • Fat Loss – BW x10-14x
    • Maintenance – BW x13-15
    • Muscle/Weight Gain – BW x15-18
  2. Set Protein Second (Broad Ranges):
    • Fat Loss – BW x1 – 1.4g Per Lb.
    • Maintenance – BW x1g Per Lb.
    • Muscle/Weight Gain – BW x0.8 – 1g Per Lb.
  3. Set Fats Third (Broad Ranges):
    • Fat Loss – 25-35% of Calories
    • Maintenance – 20-30% of Calories
    • Muscle/Weight Gain – 20-25% of Calories
  4. Set Carbs Last:
    • Whatever is left!

The truth about what I laid out above is that although it works – it’s not an individualized approach. It’s just general and broad ranges to get people started.

To create a truly individualized macronutrient intake, we need to consider the following:

  • What’s your dieting history like? Have you chronically been in a caloric deficit? Have you neglected any one macro before?
  • What do you fall towards naturally? Do you tend to crave fat or carb based foods? What fuels your body better?
  • What is your specific goal? Are you solely focused on weight or visual fat loss? Do you want to build muscle in the process or at the very least maintain the muscle you have? Is performance an important metric to you? Do you want to lose weight without really worrying about training a whole lot?
  • What’s your lifestyle like? This is the big kicker in our coaching program, because if you are very social and attend activities pretty often – it’s doubtful that a low-carb approach makes sense for you. In the same way, if you’re fairly sedentary and you don’t go out hardly at all – a low-carb approach may be exactly the right approach for you. Your lifestyle should dictate your diet, not the other way around.
3. Food Selection Part 1 (Adherence)

This is part 1 for the obvious reason; it’s the most important. Anything you cannot follow for longer than 30 days is not worth investing in – unless you have a specific strategy on how to get out of that approach and sustain the results.

Consistency is king. Period. End of story. Plain and simple.

The reason I’m categorizing or pairing this up with food selection, is because when we consider an individualized nutrition plan we need to consider the foods that you enjoy consuming on a regular basis.

That means following point 1 and 2, tracking and hitting both calories and macros, but also including the foods you like. Imagine this…. You start your nutrition coaching with me and I tell you,

“I want you to eat nothing but chicken and tilapia for your protein, yams for your starchy carbs, blueberries for your fruit source, broccoli and spinach for veggies, and nothing but olive oil and almond butter for fats.”

Will this work for getting shredded? Honestly, hell yes. It absolutely will. Because it’s low high volume for the caloric loads, all easy-to-digest food groups, high nutrient based foods, and extremely easy to control from a measurement perspective.

Is it individualized though? Not one bit.

Because you hate tilapia and chicken, prefer strawberries to blueberries, would much rather have green beans compared to broccoli, and you love cooking in coconut oil.

So not only do you hate the menu, but you also want to eat everything that’s NOT on the list simply because I told you to stay away from it! We’re human beings, we want what we can’t have.

Adding to that, it doesn’t educate you on the caloric and macronutrient loads for the foods I suggested you eat. In other words, how do you substitute in the things you love? And that goes for healthy whole food sources AND junk foods that we keep in the 10-20% of the time.

An individualized plan allows substitution and a wide variety of foods, because that’s exactly how adherence becomes strongest.

4. Food Selection Part 2 (Digestion)

I eat Cream of Rice pretty much every single day. I know, it’s a weird food that only your grandparents and old-school bodybuilders eat. But I love it because its pure carbohydrate, provides me with a solid pump during my workouts, and it’s extremely easy on my gut (digestion is really good).

That ­ is a form of individualization. I’m using my history of dieting, self-awareness, and knowledge taken from tracking my nutrition to learn what foods work best with my own body.

The reason this is so important is because the gut is literally our second brain, if we don’t treat it properly we will not see body composition results. Poor gut health can lead to some very serious detrimental autoimmune diseases, which would be the most extreme case here, but it can also lead to lack of nutrient absorption, insulin resistance, poor hormonal health, bloat, gas, and bowel issues.

Not only does all of this directly slow down fat loss, muscle gain, performance, and obviously health – but also it just generally makes us feel crappy (no pun intended).

And as you’ve heard me say 1,878 times… adherence is key.

If you feel like shit, you will not adhere to the diet. If you do not adhere to the diet you’re lacking consistency and when you lack consistency, you don’t see sustainable results.

So how can you begin to make this individualized to you personally? Simple…

  • Record Your Diet.
  • Build Self-Awareness With The Foods You’re Eating.
  • Track Your Biofeedback Daily/Weekly.
  • Purposefully Select Foods That Agree With You.
  • Eliminate The Foods That Do Not Agree With You, 90% Of The Time.
5. Food Selection Part 3 (Ease Of Preparation)

We’ll spend the least amount of time on this bullet here because I don’t need to break down science or explain this in too much detail for you to get it, I hope.

I love this fajita shredded chicken and bean salsa soup that Shannen (my fiancé) makes. It’s healthy, great ingredients, and can easily be eaten on a healthy nutrition plan.

But it is not easy to prepare, track macros with, or prep out for days in advance.

And because of that last part, it’s very rarely in my diet at all.

Once again coming back to adherence, we need to be able to easily prepare our meals if we’re planning to stick with them for an extended period of time. This is exactly why bodybuilding meal plans DO typically work, at first.

It’s extremely easy to prepare a bunch of meals out in advance when you’re sticking to the same foods and eating them plain by themselves. The issue becomes longevity, obviously.

But the point here is that in order to make your specific menu or nutrition plan individualized, you need to combine the idea of loving your foods and being able to easily prepare them. Make them creative, but don’t over complicate them and expect to have a gourmet recipe for every single meal.

6. Daily Nutrient Distribution (Frequency/Timing)

This is my fancy way of saying, “how many meals you eat per day”…

Studies have shown us that it doesn’t really matter, actually. So whether you prefer to eat 2 meals per day, 4 meals per day, or 6 meals per day – your metabolism and fat loss results will show no difference between the options as long as your calories are where they need to be and are met daily.

When it comes to building muscle, studies have shown that 3-5 meals per day is going to be most favorable. This is because it allows you to equally distribute your protein throughout your day, keeping not only satiation a bit higher but also increasing MPS (muscle protein synthesis). When MPS is higher, we’re more likely to recover faster and rebuild muscle tissue more effectively and both of those things will lead to better muscle gain.

The reality here is that most of us want fat loss, not just weight loss. And if that’s true for you, I’d highly consider eating 3-5 meals per day simply because it’s going to allow for that muscle growth response to be better for you and whether your main goal is to build muscle or not – it will help you burn more body fat.

So where does this become individualized? Well, the choice is yours – which is literally the definition of individualization.

So here’s what we consider when deciding on a meal schedule for a client:

  • What’s your schedule? When do you go to sleep and wake up? What time is your work and when are you off? Is it different day to day? When do you realistically have breaks to sit down and eat a whole food meal?
  • When’s your workout? Working out determines a lot for this. Do you like to eat right before or hour’s prior? Do you train first thing in the AM or later in the evening?
  • What’s your goal and where are you in your journey? Are you striving to get big or lean out? Are you in a deficit? If so you may benefit from 3 large meals to keep you full. Are you in a surplus? If so you may benefit from 6 meals to be able to reach your daily calories.
  • What’s the end physique we’re building? If you want to be muscular or have real definition at the end of your cut, we may want to optimize MPS to make sure you’re keeping muscle mass.
7. Supplementation

Supplements come after all of the above, simply because they’re exactly what their definition states – they’re here to supplement an already sound nutrition plan.

But when it comes to creating an individualized plan for someone, we absolutely do consider supplements because everyone is need of something different and has different goals.

Whether we’re talking about joint health, fat loss, strength/performance, better digestion, improved cognition, nutrient absorption, or insulin sensitivity… supplements play a role and can help out quite a bit.

So to break this one down, let’s split it up by goal:

Bloat, Gas, and Digestion I’d consider taking an Apple Cider Vinegar capsule multiple times a day, digestive enzymes with meals, and a greens powder drink in the morning. If all that doesn’t help, then I’d consider fiber supplementation but I’ve actually rarely ever had to resort to that as all of this helps much more along side a high fiber diet.

Fat Loss To be honest, this is the shortest list of all… I’d possibly consider L-Carnitine during fasted cardio or pre workout to enhance mental focus during training and possible fat utilization as a fuel source. Maybe even Yohimbine in an extreme setting, for a competitor for example. But other than that, I’d focus on all the other categories in here first – because they’ll all help overall fat loss.

Strength/Performance – The biggest one here will definitely be creatine monohydrate, because it’s been tested over and over again and not once has a study proven anything negative against it. It’s shown to improve recovery and performance, leading to better strength, muscle gain, and even fat loss. Creatine even stimulates better cognition and memory, shown in youths and adults. Whey Protein would be the only other supplement to consider here for anyone who cannot consistently hit their daily protein intake, which we know is a key driver for body composition changes.

Nutrient Absorption – For this, we can consider all the supplements in the digestion section as well. But to add to those, I’d throw GDA’s (glucose disposal agents) in the mix as well. This could be a GDA blend supplement or even something pure like berberine, which is known to be a very good insulin mimicker. GDA’s are supplements or nutrients that help our body break down and absorb carbohydrates by increasing insulin sensitivity. This is an awesome way to allow the storage of carbohydrates to be in the muscle cell directly, rather than stored as fat. The other to consider here is Fish Oil/Omega-3 supplementation, as it will improve insulin sensitivity overtime as well.

Joint Health – This, in my opinion, is dictated more through nutrition, smart training and proper recovery. But if I were to add in supplementation for this it be turmeric, fish oil again, and collagen or bone broth based supplements.

Understand that I’m leaving out a lot here that could benefit you, but could also easily be consumed via whole foods. Things like Vitamin D and C, Magnesium, Zinc, and many other vitamins and minerals are all greatly important – but if you don’t want a pantry full of pill bottles, strive to get the majority from foods.

So now, it’s about deciding exactly what YOU are in need of. Then running down the list and incorporating just a few of the supplements needed in order to help your individualized situation.

8. Accountability

Honestly, this is the icing on the cake.

Because all the information in the world won’t truly work if you don’t consistently utilize it and one of the easiest ways to be sure you are consistent, is to be held accountable by a coach.

It’s why even as coaches, everyone on my team has coaches too! We value that more than anything else. It’s the glue that holds all the strategies together and leads to serious results.

Whether you get it from a coach, a forum, a friend, or elsewhere – find accountability, it WILL be the thing that finally takes your results to the next level.


Cody McBroom is a Strength Coach and Nutrition Expert located in Seattle WA. He coaches people in person and online, now internationally. His passion is helping individuals changing their lives through body composition transformation, as well as creating content across all platforms to help individuals and other coaches learn more about training and nutrition.

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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
7 Steps to a Stress Free Life
Lifestyle
7 Steps to a Stress Free Life

Stress is everywhere and within every person out there. Very few people are completely stress…

Lifestyle
Reverse Dieting 101 [Your Guide and Explanation To All Things Reverse Dieting]
Nutrition
Reverse Dieting 101 [Your Guide and Explanation To All Things Reverse Dieting]

Reverse Dieting… What a buzz word! Am I right?! But that’s ok, it’s actually something…

Nutrition
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
Your “Part by Part” Guide To More Muscle, Less Fat.
Training
Your “Part by Part” Guide To More Muscle, Less Fat.

First and foremost, let’s talk about whom this article is for. Plain and simple, this…

Training
The PMS Cure (Natural Ways To Improve Your Hormones and Your Periods)
Nutrition
The PMS Cure (Natural Ways To Improve Your Hormones and Your Periods)

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

Nutrition
KAIZEN
Lifestyle
KAIZEN

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

Lifestyle
What Type of Protein Powder is Most Effective?
Nutrition
What Type of Protein Powder is Most Effective?

While there aren’t many supplements we at BBP recommend to clients, protein powder is one…

Nutrition
4 Ways To Increase Productivity Towards YOUR Goals
Lifestyle
4 Ways To Increase Productivity Towards YOUR Goals

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

Lifestyle
Overtraining or Under-Recovering? (Killing Yourself in The Gym is Killing Your Progress and Hormones)
Nutrition
Overtraining or Under-Recovering? (Killing Yourself in The Gym is Killing Your Progress and Hormones)

Why Killing Yourself In The Gym Might Be Killing Your Progress (and Wrecking Your Hormones)…

Nutrition
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
Should You Do A Bikini Competition?
Coaching
Should You Do A Bikini Competition?

I honestly can’t believe that just over a year ago I was going hard in…

Coaching
Train Like an Athlete
Training
Train Like an Athlete

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

Training
The "Body Fat Set Point"…. Myth or Truth?
Nutrition
The "Body Fat Set Point"…. Myth or Truth?

The body fat set point… Myth or Truth? Such a great topic, also a really controversial…

Nutrition
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
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
Cortisol – The Double Edged Sword of Fat Loss and Muscle Growth
Physiology
Cortisol – The Double Edged Sword of Fat Loss and Muscle Growth

Cortisol… one of the most feared hormones, also one of the most misunderstood. It’s also…

Physiology
Why You Should Hire An Online Fitness and Nutrition Coach
Coaching
Why You Should Hire An Online Fitness and Nutrition Coach

Why You Should Hire An Online Fitness and Nutrition Coach Now before you think I’m…

Coaching
7 Most Frequently Asked Nutrition Questions
Nutrition
7 Most Frequently Asked Nutrition Questions

# 1 – I’m Ready To Get Fit! But Where Do I Start…? Most people…

Nutrition
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
How Should I Split My Workouts? [Optimize Your Weekly Training Split]
Training
How Should I Split My Workouts? [Optimize Your Weekly Training Split]

This is a VERY common question we get at BBP (what’s the best workout split?),…

Training
The Final Chapter…
Lifestyle
The Final Chapter…

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

Lifestyle
Fast & Efficient Recovery
Training
Fast & Efficient Recovery

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

Training
Sleep = Results
Lifestyle
Sleep = Results

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

Lifestyle
Navigating Through The Holidays (Realistic Holiday Health Outcomes)
Lifestyle
Navigating Through The Holidays (Realistic Holiday Health Outcomes)

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

Lifestyle
Intermittent Fasting
Nutrition
Intermittent Fasting

  Intermittent fasting has been expanding in popularity right now more than ever and tons…

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
Why YOU Are Not Getting Results.
Nutrition
Why YOU Are Not Getting Results.

I think everyone, at least once within his or her training history, has been stuck….

Nutrition
3 Steps To Building A Better Butt
Training
3 Steps To Building A Better Butt

When I decided to write this article, my first thought was actually just being surprised…

Training
The Beginner’s Guide Series [ALL VIDEOS]
Nutrition
The Beginner’s Guide Series [ALL VIDEOS]

My goal with this blog, is to bring all of “The Beginner’s Guide” videos to…

Nutrition
6 Vitamins That Actually Get You Jacked (That You Can Find At Any Grocery Store)
Nutrition
6 Vitamins That Actually Get You Jacked (That You Can Find At Any Grocery Store)

The reason I’m writing this is simple… I kind of hate the supplement industry, to…

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
Max Muscle Blueprint Pt. 2 (Nutrition & Supplementation)
Nutrition
Max Muscle Blueprint Pt. 2 (Nutrition & Supplementation)

So you read part 1 of the ‘Max Muscle Blueprint’ and learned everything you needed…

Nutrition
The Battle Against Carbs
Nutrition
The Battle Against Carbs

    So many people have a confusion towards carbs and don’t know how to treat…

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
The Exact Breakfast For A Leaner Body [What To Eat & Why]
Nutrition
The Exact Breakfast For A Leaner Body [What To Eat & Why]

“Exactly What To Eat For Breakfast To Get A Leaner Body” Follow These Exact Breakfast…

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
12 Reasons Strength Training Trumps Cardio
Training
12 Reasons Strength Training Trumps Cardio

90% of people who come to me expect that they’ll need to do a bunch…

Training
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
Old Geezer Metabolic Syndrome
Nutrition
Old Geezer Metabolic Syndrome

“So, it’s happening to you too? Your metabolism keeps slowing down each and every birthday?” …

Nutrition
The 5 Most Common Things Keeping You Fat
Nutrition
The 5 Most Common Things Keeping You Fat

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

Nutrition
13 Things That Make A Perfect Diet
Nutrition
13 Things That Make A Perfect Diet

There is no such thing as a “perfect diet”… Even though I did record a…

Nutrition
3 Step Checklist to Supplementation
Nutrition
3 Step Checklist to Supplementation

As I’m sitting here on this plane to Vegas for my mentor Luka Hocevar’s fit-business…

Nutrition
Alcohol and Ab’s, 5 Ways You Can Enjoy Both.
Lifestyle
Alcohol and Ab’s, 5 Ways You Can Enjoy Both.

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

Lifestyle
Why You Can’t Keep The Weight Off
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
Client Case Study: 8 Months To Get Shredded
Coaching
Client Case Study: 8 Months To Get Shredded

I’m going to dive into the exact process of getting my man shown below, Jeremiah,…

Coaching
Fat-Loss’s Worse Enemy… Stress.
Nutrition
Fat-Loss’s Worse Enemy… Stress.

Plateaus suck. Plain and simple, they suck. You’re losing weight, getting results, and out of…

Nutrition
Understanding Gut Health (How Your Gut Determines Your Health)
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
Designing The Perfect Workout Finisher
Training
Designing The Perfect Workout Finisher

Let’s talk about finishers. First – what exactly IS a finisher? You can’t beat the…

Training
Contagious Inspiration
Coaching
Contagious Inspiration

Have you ever been inspired by someone? I mean like, truly moved and motivated to…

Coaching
A Day in The ‘Not So Average’ Life of Boom-Boom : Vlog Ep.1
Lifestyle
A Day in The ‘Not So Average’ Life of Boom-Boom : Vlog Ep.1

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

Lifestyle
6 Reasons You’re Not Getting Results
Nutrition
6 Reasons You’re Not Getting Results

Most of us are doing many little things throughout the day and week that are…

Nutrition
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
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
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
Before and After, The Reverse Diet...
Client Case Study: Successful Reverse Diet (15 Month Process)
Coaching
Client Case Study: Successful Reverse Diet (15 Month Process)

A “Reverse Diet” is a HOT TOPIC in the nutrition space… and after the article…

Coaching
"The Handful Diet" – Infographic, Meal Prep Template
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
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
Nutrition For Pregnancy [Fueling Your Body Pre, During, & Post Pregnancy]
Nutrition
Nutrition For Pregnancy [Fueling Your Body Pre, During, & Post Pregnancy]

So you’re growing a human (or maybe thinking about growing a human) and therefore, you’re…

Nutrition
The Busy Man’s Fit Guide
Nutrition
The Busy Man’s Fit Guide

“You practically live in the gym, Cody. And even when you’re not literally there, you’re…

Nutrition
"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
The Secret To Success
Coaching
The Secret To Success

  This weekend, I learned the secret to success. Not how the most rapid fat…

Coaching
Relationship Status : "Dieting"
Nutrition
Relationship Status : "Dieting"

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

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
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
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
The Funeral Question
Lifestyle
The Funeral Question

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

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

“Cheat Meal”… The two most holy words in the diet vocabulary that every single client…

Nutrition
Understanding Your Neurotype (Personality Testing For Individualized Results)
Coaching
Understanding Your Neurotype (Personality Testing For Individualized Results)

Your “Neurotype”… a way to learn what your personality type is and how you should…

Coaching
FAQ: Tracking Macros (What You Need To Know, Before Tracking Macros)
Nutrition
FAQ: Tracking Macros (What You Need To Know, Before Tracking Macros)

For years you have been calling people who track their macros, record their food, and…

Nutrition
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
How Much Protein Is Too Much? [What The Research Says]
Nutrition
How Much Protein Is Too Much? [What The Research Says]

I have heard countless times, whether in magazines, from YouTubers, vegans and even health professionals…

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

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

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
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
Probiotics and Fermented Foods (Worth The Hype?)
Nutrition
Probiotics and Fermented Foods (Worth The Hype?)

Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract is a complex organ system that digests food from your mouth…

Nutrition
13 Bulletproof (Yet Simple) Strategies To Maintain Progress During Vacation
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
The Definitive Guide To Creatine Monohydrate
Nutrition
The Definitive Guide To Creatine Monohydrate

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

Nutrition
3 Key Things That GUARANTEE Results.
Nutrition
3 Key Things That GUARANTEE Results.

Access, Association, and Accountability. Within the first line of this article, I’ve given you the…

Nutrition
Time to Take Action!
Lifestyle
Time to Take Action!

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

Lifestyle
Are You Progressing? [FREE GUIDE: Key Strategies To Progressing Your Training For Results]
Training
Are You Progressing? [FREE GUIDE: Key Strategies To Progressing Your Training For Results]

Anyone who is into bodybuilding, or even just training for specific goals and results, knows…

Training
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
7 Reasons Your Diet Is Failing
Nutrition
7 Reasons Your Diet Is Failing

I got some unfortunate news for you today…. Every single diet you’ve ever tried, thought…

Nutrition
Podcast Interview on "Hefty To Handsome" – A Nutrition Plan For Real People with Cody Boom Boom McBroom
Coaching
Podcast Interview on "Hefty To Handsome" – A Nutrition Plan For Real People with Cody Boom Boom McBroom

  “A Nutrition Plan For Real People”…. (Podcast Interview with Gene Fox of Hefty To…

Coaching
Is Your Metabolism Damaged?
Nutrition
Is Your Metabolism Damaged?

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

Nutrition
Make Life Awesome
Lifestyle
Make Life Awesome

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

Lifestyle
Functional Upper Body Training Session [Full Workout Explained]
Training
Functional Upper Body Training Session [Full Workout Explained]

Watch the video below to get access to an exclusive functional hypertrophy training program [for…

Training
A Day in The Not So Average Life – VLOG Ep.2
Lifestyle
A Day in The Not So Average Life – VLOG Ep.2

For a chance to start your 30 day transformation, visit the links below! The 30…

Lifestyle
The Stress ≤ Recovery Paradigm
Lifestyle
The Stress ≤ Recovery Paradigm

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

Lifestyle
The TRUTH About Meal Timing
Nutrition
The TRUTH About Meal Timing

The great debate of fitness nutrition has always been Nutrient/Meal Timing. I get so many…

Nutrition
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
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
The Pursuit Of Happiness: 5 Steps to a Happier Lifestyle
Lifestyle
The Pursuit Of Happiness: 5 Steps to a Happier Lifestyle

Sometimes the most important thing in life is to simply just be a good person……

Lifestyle
6 Easy Changes To Kick Start Your Fitness Journey
Lifestyle
6 Easy Changes To Kick Start Your Fitness Journey

So you want to start exercising and eating “clean,” but where do you start? There…

Lifestyle
Alcohol and Fat Loss: The Definitive Guide
Nutrition
Alcohol and Fat Loss: The Definitive Guide

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

Nutrition
Recovery 101 (Discover What Actually Determines Your Results)
Nutrition
Recovery 101 (Discover What Actually Determines Your Results)

I actually couldn’t believe the result when this study came out… But when I really…

Nutrition
Biofeedback (The Most Important Metrics You’re Not Tracking)
Nutrition
Biofeedback (The Most Important Metrics You’re Not Tracking)

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

Nutrition
4 Unique Diet Hacks To Break Your Plateau
Nutrition
4 Unique Diet Hacks To Break Your Plateau

If you’ve been reading my work for a while, you’ll have realized by now that…

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
Hormones 101 (What You Need To Know)
Physiology
Hormones 101 (What You Need To Know)

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

Physiology
5 Laws of Conditioning
Training
5 Laws of Conditioning

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

Training
Consistency
Lifestyle
Consistency

You’ve tried everything in the book, twice, and you still haven’t reached the fitness goal…

Lifestyle
Your Easy-To-Implement Low FODMAP Diet Guide
Nutrition
Your Easy-To-Implement Low FODMAP Diet Guide

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

Nutrition
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
The Elimination Diet
Nutrition
The Elimination Diet

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

Nutrition
Boom-Boom’s Protein Balls [Recipe + Macros]
Nutrition
Boom-Boom’s Protein Balls [Recipe + Macros]

What could be a better snack then something high in protein, low in calories, easy…

Nutrition
EPISODE 4: Create Habits, Achieve Results
Lifestyle
EPISODE 4: Create Habits, Achieve Results

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

Lifestyle
The Truth About Finding Your Body Fat Percentage [Scanners and Tests]
Coaching
The Truth About Finding Your Body Fat Percentage [Scanners and Tests]

That’s a question I get quite often inside of our coaching practice and rightfully so,…

Coaching
Being Real About CrossFit – The Good and The Bad
Nutrition
Being Real About CrossFit – The Good and The Bad

For the past 6 months, I’ve been infatuated with CrossFit. And when I say CrossFit,…

Nutrition
5 Ways To Burn MORE Fat Daily
Nutrition
5 Ways To Burn MORE Fat Daily

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

Nutrition
The Truth About Calorie Calculators
Nutrition
The Truth About Calorie Calculators

The truth about calculating calories is frustrating, sadly. But as sad as it may be,…

Nutrition
Death To The Meal Plan [5 Reasons Why Your Meal Plan Failed & Will Keep Failing]
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
The 10 Diet Commandments
Nutrition
The 10 Diet Commandments

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

Nutrition
The Simplicity Of Success
Nutrition
The Simplicity Of Success

I’m a trainer at a gym (the best gym in state… just sayin’), I am…

Nutrition
21 Rep Schemes To End Training Boredom (And Shock New Muscle Growth)
Training
21 Rep Schemes To End Training Boredom (And Shock New Muscle Growth)

At some point, the basics just get boring. Let’s face it. 5×5, 4×8, 3×10… all…

Training
The Ultimate Evidence Based Supplement Guide
Nutrition
The Ultimate Evidence Based Supplement Guide

I decided to write this blog for one reason – bring the most commonly asked…

Nutrition
Achieving Results As A Shift Worker [Circadian Rhythm, Hormones, Obesity…]
Lifestyle
Achieving Results As A Shift Worker [Circadian Rhythm, Hormones, Obesity…]

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

Lifestyle
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
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
Second podcast
Coaching
Second podcast
Coaching
Rules Of Flexible Dieting: While Traveling
Nutrition
Rules Of Flexible Dieting: While Traveling

So here it is, one of the biggest struggles for anyone attempting to lose weight,…

Nutrition
[FREE NUTRITION COURSE] Learning How To Eat For Results, The Right Way.
Nutrition
[FREE NUTRITION COURSE] Learning How To Eat For Results, The Right Way.

Macro’s, Calories, “Clean Eating”, Food Tracking Software, Going Keto, Intermittent Fasting, Paleo… The fitness nutrition…

Nutrition
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
CLAIMING MY POWER. [Day 3 & 4, Resurrection Week]
Lifestyle
CLAIMING MY POWER. [Day 3 & 4, Resurrection Week]

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

Lifestyle
Why YOU Should Add Super-Shakes To Your Diet [PLUS 4 Recipes!]
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
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
Your Nutrition Strategy Heading Into The Open
Nutrition
Your Nutrition Strategy Heading Into The Open

Do you workout fasted or are you one of those people who absolutely has to…

Nutrition
Should YOU Be Eating Dairy? Does It Ruin Your Progress?
Nutrition
Should YOU Be Eating Dairy? Does It Ruin Your Progress?

Dairy, Dairy, Dairy…. I always hear so damn much talk and questions about it and…

Nutrition
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
The Ultimate Protein Guide
Nutrition
The Ultimate Protein Guide

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

Nutrition
Become Lean AND Healthy, Long-Term
Lifestyle
Become Lean AND Healthy, Long-Term

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

Lifestyle
"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
[PODCAST INTERVIEW] OPEX Fitness: Cody "Boom Boom" McBroom
Coaching
[PODCAST INTERVIEW] OPEX Fitness: Cody "Boom Boom" McBroom

I was recently interviewed on The OPEX Fitness Podcast [OPEX: Fitness Explained] and it was…

Coaching
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
The Most Avoided, Neglected, and NEEDED Concept of Training & Nutrition
Nutrition
The Most Avoided, Neglected, and NEEDED Concept of Training & Nutrition

Recovery… The least sexy topic in the industry? The most misunderstood topic in the industry?…

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
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
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
Top 3 Micronutrients You Are Missing, Yet Desperately Need
Nutrition
Top 3 Micronutrients You Are Missing, Yet Desperately Need

At some point in time, micronutrients became really uncool to consider as an important part…

Nutrition
Why You Are Fat, Lazy and Tired All The Time.
Lifestyle
Why You Are Fat, Lazy and Tired All The Time.

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

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
The Recovery Guide (What’s Worth Your Time and What’s Not)
Nutrition
The Recovery Guide (What’s Worth Your Time and What’s Not)

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

Nutrition
[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
25 Ways To Be Awesome
Lifestyle
25 Ways To Be Awesome

Being awesome is to say the least, well its awesome. So in my opinion everyone…

Lifestyle
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
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
7 Things Killing Your Testosterone [AND The Solutions]
Physiology
7 Things Killing Your Testosterone [AND The Solutions]

Fill In Your Email Address Below To Receive Your FREE Downloadable Copy Of This Infographic…

Physiology
Intuitive Eating Sounds Great, But What If I Still Want To Lose Weight?
Coaching
Intuitive Eating Sounds Great, But What If I Still Want To Lose Weight?

“Can’t I just eat ‘intuitively’ and lose weight?” I have been asked this too many…

Coaching
Top 4 Nutritional Questions, Answered
Nutrition
Top 4 Nutritional Questions, Answered

Being in the fitness industry I get a TON of questions about just about everything,…

Nutrition
Why Losing Weight Gets Harder and Harder… [& How To STOP It!]
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
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
How To Create The Best Training Atmosphere
Training
How To Create The Best Training Atmosphere

When it comes to training there are so many aspects to think about, especially if…

Training
7 Healthy Christmas Recipes – To Keep You On Track This Holiday!
Nutrition
7 Healthy Christmas Recipes – To Keep You On Track This Holiday!

It’s that time of year again, the Christmas spirit and cheer is here and along…

Nutrition
"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
Nutrition

10 Ways To Boost Metabolism & Burn MORE Fat 1.) Drink More Water. – A…

Nutrition
Should YOU Take a Cheat Meal?!
Nutrition
Should YOU Take a Cheat Meal?!

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

Nutrition
EPISODE 2: Determination Leads to Success
Lifestyle
EPISODE 2: Determination Leads to Success

Week 1 is complete! And DAMN…. That was a long week! But the best feeling…

Lifestyle
Cracking The "Carbohydrate Code"
Nutrition
Cracking The "Carbohydrate Code"

I get a ton of nutrition questions on a daily basis, but the topic that…

Nutrition
Body Recomposition (Learn To Burn Fat and Build Muscle, Simultaneously)
Nutrition
Body Recomposition (Learn To Burn Fat and Build Muscle, Simultaneously)

Some science will tell you that, technically, building muscle while burning body fat is completely…

Nutrition
Cardio vs. Lifting… What’s Better For Fat Loss?
Training
Cardio vs. Lifting… What’s Better For Fat Loss?

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

Training
Discovering True Human Optimization [Harsh Reality]
Nutrition
Discovering True Human Optimization [Harsh Reality]

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

Nutrition
Intermittent Fasting and Time Restricted Feeding [Magic or Myth?]
Nutrition
Intermittent Fasting and Time Restricted Feeding [Magic or Myth?]

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had someone tell you how amazing Intermittent Fasting is? …

Nutrition
The Validity Of Macro Based Diets
Nutrition
The Validity Of Macro Based Diets

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

Nutrition
10 Things Most Coaches Won’t Tell You (The Reality Of Fat Loss)
Nutrition
10 Things Most Coaches Won’t Tell You (The Reality Of Fat Loss)

Today on my instagram story, I shared this current progress picture of myself… (Top is now, bottom…

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
Lower Body Training Session Vlog (Working Around Low-Back Issues)
Training
Lower Body Training Session Vlog (Working Around Low-Back Issues)

  Today I’ll be doing something a bit different than usual, going to do a…

Training
How Paleo Can Excel YOUR Results, Long-Term!
Nutrition
How Paleo Can Excel YOUR Results, Long-Term!

Paleo, paleo, paleo… Paleo is everywhere now! But really, what is paleo? Is it even…

Nutrition
38 Tips To Burn MORE Fat
Nutrition
38 Tips To Burn MORE Fat

The second I finished my “46 Tips to Build More Muscle” blog, I knew I…

Nutrition
Defining Your Appreciation
Lifestyle
Defining Your Appreciation

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

Lifestyle
Hip Mobility – Remove Low Back Pain & Improve Results in 5 Minutes or Less!
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
The 10 Training Commandments
Training
The 10 Training Commandments

  After the popularity of my article, “The 10 Diet Commandments”, I decided to bring…

Training
Intermittent Fasting – Everything You NEED To Know
Nutrition
Intermittent Fasting – Everything You NEED To Know

Intermittent Fasting… Talk about a dietary can of worms! Typical bodybuilders and “Meat Heads” hate…

Nutrition
THE GREAT SUGAR DEBATE : Is Sugar Safe? Will it Ruin Results? What is Proven?
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
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
Stay Fit While Traveling
Lifestyle
Stay Fit While Traveling

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

Lifestyle
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
[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
Clean Eating VS. Tracking Macros
Nutrition
Clean Eating VS. Tracking Macros

So here’s my take on the “Clean Eating” diet… It can make you fatter, not…

Nutrition
7 things you didn’t know about carbs (but need to)
Nutrition
7 things you didn’t know about carbs (but need to)

Carbs, carbs, carbs… love them or hate them they’re a topic to discuss because they’re…

Nutrition
"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
The Training Solution For Those Who "Don’t Have The Time"
Lifestyle
The Training Solution For Those Who "Don’t Have The Time"

Making enough time for fitness seems to be a pretty common roadblock amongst people. In…

Lifestyle
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 Ultimate Fat Loss Plan (The Final 5%)
Nutrition
The Ultimate Fat Loss Plan (The Final 5%)

I received a question on instagram the other day that said, “What would be your…

Nutrition
11 Things to Step Up Your Diet Game
Nutrition
11 Things to Step Up Your Diet Game

1.)  Water.  I put this as number one because it is obvious but not done…

Nutrition
EPISODE 3: The Successful Mindset & Attitude
Lifestyle
EPISODE 3: The Successful Mindset & Attitude

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

Lifestyle
What Motivates You?
Lifestyle
What Motivates You?

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will…

Lifestyle
Finding Your Protein Flavor
Nutrition
Finding Your Protein Flavor

Intense workouts cause damage to our muscles and we need to repair that damage to…

Nutrition
The Hero’s Journey To Total Transformation
Nutrition
The Hero’s Journey To Total Transformation

If you’re a movie geek like me, you know exactly what the hero’s journey truly is….

Nutrition
The 10 Rituals For Better Living
Lifestyle
The 10 Rituals For Better Living

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

Lifestyle
[VIDEO BLOG] Training To Prevent Injuries
Training
[VIDEO BLOG] Training To Prevent Injuries

One of the biggest mistakes I see in the training world with clients… is training,…

Training
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
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
The "Handful" Diet
Nutrition
The "Handful" Diet

What you will find here today in my blog post is, in my opinion, the…

Nutrition
5 Reasons Meal Timing Matters
Nutrition
5 Reasons Meal Timing Matters

Meal timing was a HUGE thing in the fitness, health and nutrition industry for a…

Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] Strength Training For Fat Loss
Training
[VIDEO BLOG] Strength Training For Fat Loss

When it comes to fat loss… you shouldn’t “Train for Fat Loss”… You should “Train…

Training
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
Cardio 101 (8 Proven Methods To Upgrade Your Conditioning)
Training
Cardio 101 (8 Proven Methods To Upgrade Your Conditioning)

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

Training
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
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
Finding Clarity & Presence [Day 2 Resurrection Week]
Lifestyle
Finding Clarity & Presence [Day 2 Resurrection Week]

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

Lifestyle
Never Give Up
Lifestyle
Never Give Up

Sometimes waiting to reach our goal can feel like an eternity, especially when that goal…

Lifestyle
What’s Your "WHY"?
Lifestyle
What’s Your "WHY"?

Todays post is all about the most important question we need to ask ourselves on…

Lifestyle
25 Reasons Low Carb Diets Suck
Nutrition
25 Reasons Low Carb Diets Suck

Low Carb Diets… I’m not a fan. Just being honest. Why? Well, let me give…

Nutrition
Top Strategies For Mastering Your Meal Prep
Nutrition
Top Strategies For Mastering Your Meal Prep

When counting macros, consistency is the name of the game! I’m sure you’ve heard nutrition…

Nutrition
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
EPISODE 10: Monster Mentality
Nutrition
EPISODE 10: Monster Mentality

Week 10 is here and for lack of better words… Shit just got real! Actually,…

Nutrition
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
[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
Fit over 40
Lifestyle
Fit over 40

One thing I always hear in the gym that irritates the hell out of me…

Lifestyle
47 Simple Ways To Kick Start Your Fat Loss
Nutrition
47 Simple Ways To Kick Start Your Fat Loss

1.) Go Harder – You should be training hard. “Duh Boom Boom”… Yeah, well many…

Nutrition
[VIDEO] Individualizing Your Calorie Intake
Nutrition
[VIDEO] Individualizing Your Calorie Intake

The key to actually seeing success from a nutrition plan or diet protocol, is individualizing…

Nutrition
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
"Post College Party Pouch"- Losing Weight After College
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
17 Diet Lies’ They Told You, And You Believed.
Nutrition
17 Diet Lies’ They Told You, And You Believed.

  Fasting before cardio will burn more body fat. Plain and simple, this is just…

Nutrition
Opening My Eyes To REAL Life & The REAL Me. [Resurrection Week: Day 1]
Coaching
Opening My Eyes To REAL Life & The REAL Me. [Resurrection Week: Day 1]

  Last week I was Resurrected, which technically means being raised up from the dead……

Coaching
The ABSOLUTE Best Way To Burn Fat
Training
The ABSOLUTE Best Way To Burn Fat

Everyone always wants to know, “What’s the absolute best way to burn fat?!” And I…

Training
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
LEAVE A LEGACY, LIVE FOREVER.
Coaching
LEAVE A LEGACY, LIVE FOREVER.

It’s tough for us to say, but we will all someday be dead. Finished. Non-existent….

Coaching
The Max Muscle Blueprint Pt.1
Training
The Max Muscle Blueprint Pt.1

The Max Muscle Blueprint Part 1 [Hardgainers Guide To Getting Jacked] Putting on serious muscle,…

Training

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