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Research Roundup (Do Weight Vest Help Fat Loss and is Betaine Worth The Hype?)

June 30, 2020
Written by Brandon Roberts, PhD

22 minutes

Key takeaways

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We can wear a vest if we want to accelerate fat loss. However, we might want to use a gradual increase in weight rather than jumping straight to a 20-40lb vest. The wear and tear on the body is fairly high, especially for people who are not in shape.

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Betaine (pronounced BEET-a ene) is another name for tri-methyl glycine. It can be found in foods like spinach, beets, and wheat bread. A recent systematic review and meta-analysis found betaine significantly reduced the total body fat mass and percentage, but had no significant effects on body weight and BMI. Betaine should be taken at a dosage of 2.5 - 3g per day, within an hour of training.

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Science and application can be two completely different things, which is why inside these research reviews we're trying to show you the science while providing you context on how it's practically applied into a clients fitness journey.

Each month I will cover a few of the top research articles on nutrition, training, sleep, supplements, and anything else that might help you. If you’d like me to cover a specific study next month send me a message on Instagram.  

Study #1 

Title: Increased weight loading reduces body weight and body fat in obese subjects – A proof of concept randomized clinical trial

Big Question: Can weighted vests help you lose fat?

Scientific Question: Does artificially increased weight decrease biological body weight?

Who

Healthy men and women with obesity who were age 18-70 years of age. 

Table 1. Demographics 

Low Load

 (n = 37)

High Load 

(n = 35)

Age  48.5 50.4
Weight (lb) 205.0 210.1
Body fat  (%) 38.3 36.3
Height 5’6 5’7

Study Details

Participants were randomized to heavy or light bodyweight loading for three weeks. The heavy vest was 11% of the subject’s body weight and the light vest was 1% of body weight. Let’s put those numbers into perspective. On average, the high load group wore a vest weighing ~23lbs and the low load group wore a vest weighing ~2lbs.

The participants were asked to use the weighted vest for at least eight hours per day for three weeks

The primary outcome was the relative change in body weight. The primary outcome is a variable that is most relevant to answer the research question. Here they chose relative body weight and not fat mass, which is odd considering those who want to lose weight mainly want to lose fat. 

Results

The average hours of vest exposure or the percent standing time during the vest exposure were not different between the two groups. The average vest exposure was 9 hours per day for the light vest (57% standing) and 8.4 hours per day for the heavy vest (64% standing). The standard deviations were high, which means there was a lot of variation within groups (see Table 1 in manuscript).

The body weight loss was significant in the high load group (-1.68%) but not in the low load group (+0.31%). You can see the absolute change in the graph below. The primary outcome of body weight change was more for the high load than the low load group. That isn’t very surprising since the vest weighed a lot more. 

Figure 1. Absolute Change from baseline for body weight, fat mass, and fat free mass. 

 

Leptin is a hormone produced primarily by fat tissue and plays an important role in weight regulation. More fat mass generally means more leptin. The importance of leptin stems from the finding that a genetically caused lack of leptin (in mice) results in severe obesity that can then be reversed by leptin treatment.

Before the start of the study, there were no significant  differences between groups except for leptin. That’s good. However, the high load group had less leptin at baseline.

 

                                                                                        Figure 2. Change from baseline for leptin

The serum levels of leptin are very high in obese people, but high leptin has not prevented the development of obesity in humans. In physique athletes leptin drops substantially during prep and increases when athletes recover fat mass. In this study, there were no differences between groups for leptin changes. However, when we look within the groups there was a moderate reduction in leptin for the high load group (-13%), but not the low load group (-6%) (Figure 2). Since this is a secondary outcome, it’s ok that there was no difference between the groups because the study was not powered to detect it. This result doesn’t affect the main findings of the study. If you want to learn more about within and between-group differences watch this video

The proportion of participants reporting an adverse event was higher in the high load group (37.1%) compared with the low load group (16.2%). The were mostly due to muscle soreness, swollen ankles, and general discomfort from wearing a vest. Since we know standing percentage and time wearing the vest was not different between groups, it was the weight difference of the vests that caused these issues. 

Author’s Answer

The main finding was that a high load vest reduced body weight compared to low load vest and that this was the result of a reduction in fat mass while fat-free mass was unaffected. 

My Answer

The idea of wearing a weighted vest has been around for a long time. In fact, some military personnel and police officers wear one every day. In the fitness world, it was recently made popular by James Kreiger and Eric Salazar during a bodybuilding contest prep. 

It makes complete sense that a weighted vest would help us lose weight. If  we add weight we use more energy doing everything. The issue is practicality. Can the average person wear a vest 8 hours per day? Probably not. Can they wear one 2-3 hours a day? Probably.They could wear a vest during cardio or around the house. If they worked in fitness it might be more feasible. I think

the more interesting aspect is on the side of fat free mass. If there’s a potential to help us retain muscle while dieting, especially on aggressive mini-cuts or during long contest preps,  then weighted apparel could be very beneficial. It could also  help us eat more, which might be better for adherence even though we’re burning more calories.

Figure 3. Diagram depicting the gravitostat mechanism (signal X). 

The concept behind replacing lost weight or loading with a vest is called the gravitostat. The theory is that the gravitostat would (independent or in combination with leptin) ensure sufficient whole-body energy storage but still protect from becoming too heavy. According to this theory, elevations in body weight are sensed by osteocytes (bone cells) as an increased strain, and, in response, an unknown anorexigenic factor (signal X) is secreted from weight-bearing bones. Translating this from jargon to lay terms: increasing the load causes us to eat less. 

However, there’s a big issue with this theory: it was developed in mice, who had to undergo surgery to implant loads, unlike weighted vests in humans. If you’ve ever had surgery you understand that you’re not that hungry for a few days afterward – this happens more so in animals (ask your dog). So, it’s really hard to translate gravitostat findings in mice to those in humans. Plus, adding weight would burn more energy, which could make people eat more, not less. 

The current study had no data on food intake so we don’t know how much these participants were eating. We don’t know if food intake increased or decreased because of the weighted vest. That’s a big problem if we want to attribute these findings to the gravitostat or if we want to try to apply this method. 

How can we apply this?

Simple. We can wear a vest if we want to accelerate fat loss. However, we might want to use a gradual increase in weight rather than jumping straight to a 20-40lb vest. The wear and tear on the body is fairly high, especially for people who are not in shape. 

I think it’s important to gradually increase the weight of the vest, since as little as 2lbs helped participants in the current study. Much like training – if we increase volume or intensity too high the risk of injury increases. Here’s an example protocol of how you could increase the weight or time wearing a vest to help you lose fat. 

What’s next?

I think a study (in humans) using a weighted vest for less time during the day would be beneficial. We need to find out if there is a threshold by which wearing a vest helps without wearing it all day. For example, how much do I need to wear a 20lb vest to increase my fat loss beyond that of a 15lb vest? The trade-offs are important here because if I can get the same benefit from wearing a heavier vest (40lbs) during my daily walk and workouts (1-2 hours) as wearing a 20lb vest all-day then I’d rather do that.  We also need to figure out what happens with food intake if we wear a vest. Ultimately, this method may be appropriate for physique competitors, but not the general population. 

Study #2

 Title: Effects of betaine on body composition, performance, and homocysteine thiolactone

Big Question: Does betaine improve body composition and performance?

Scientific Question: Does betaine (2.5 grams per day) for two weeks have effects on strength, power, and body composition while resistance training in experienced strength-trained males?

Who

23 recreationally strength-trained males (weight: 86.8 ± 9.1 kg; training experience: 4.8 ± 2.3 months; BF%: 16.9 ± 8%) 

Study Details

Study participants between the ages of 18 and 35 were recruited then divided into two groups based on training experience and body fat percentage, then randomly assigned to receive either Betaine (n = 11) or placebo (n = 12).

The participants trained for six weeks using two-week microcycles. You can see the exercise protocol below. 

Muscle cross sectional area (CSA) was measured with a formula (Moritiani & DeVries method) and circumferences were measured by hand. Body fat percentage was measured by skin calipers. These two things should stick out when you read this study. Using skin calipers to estimate body fat percentage, based on a method from the 1970s is fair, but not ideal. Neither is using circumference measures to estimate lean body mass, especially since these were trained participants and the exercise was not supervised I wouldn’t expect to see much change in 6 weeks. Finding a difference between the two groups would be even harder. 

Results

Let’s start with muscle size. There was no difference in thigh CSA between groups. However, there was an increase in arm CSA in the betaine group, but not the placebo group. If we take a closer look at Table 4 from the study we can see the raw values. Something that should draw your attention is the difference in the pre-training measurements in arm CSA between the betaine group and the placebo group. It’s almost as much as the change from pre to post-training. So, did the betaine group just not train arms as much as the placebo group before the study? It wasn’t reported, so I analyzed the baseline data and found no significant differences between the groups. Given that the method used was a circumference measure, and not ultrasound or a better method to measure muscle size, I’m skeptical of this translating to actual muscle hypertrophy in such a short time period. 

 

Figure 4.  Lean body mass pre and post-training. 

Next up is body composition. If we see an improvement in lean body mass (LBM) it would support the arm CSA data above. That’s exactly what happened too. There was a significant increase in LBM in the betaine group and not the placebo group (Figure 4). 

Even better than just muscle growth, it appears that betaine may have had a recomposition effect since body fat percentage decreased slightly in the betaine group and actually increased in the placebo group. The absolute fat mass data support it, with an almost 3kg loss in fat mass in just 6 weeks. The evidence appears to be somewhat in favor of betaine so far. Keep in mind the methods used to measure muscle size and body fat percentage mentioned previously. 

Figure 5.  Body fat percentage pre and post-training. 

Let’s think about why these changes might occur. The first place my mind went was nutrition. The participants taking betaine lost a lot of fat, and gained a lot of muscle in a short period. The authors mention they gave participants a 3-day diet log, but there is no data reported in the study, so we don’t know how the groups compare. That’s rather unfortunate. 

It is also possible that these participants weren’t really representative of a trained population. The study reports 1RM values of 118kg (betaine) and 137kg (placebo) for bench press. They also had a 149kg (betaine) and 159kg (placebo) 1RM for squat. These were fairly strong participants and are what I would consider well trained. That helps us translate the data to the average lifter. Looking at changes, there were no differences in 1RM bench press at the end of the study, but there were differences in 1RM squat favoring the placebo group. This data indicates betaine isn’t great for strength gains then.

Next, let’s look at training volume since we know that it is related to hypertrophy. The  study reported volume by microcycle, which consisted of three (two-week) cycles. As you can see in table 2 from the manuscript, bench press volume increased more in the betaine group for microcycle 1, the placebo won out in the second microcycle, and they were about the same in the last microcycle. This helps explain why the 1RM bench press findings were not different, but doesn’t help explain the arm CSA mentioned earlier. 

When we look at squat training volume, the placebo had a larger increase during the first microcycle, they were the same during the second microcycle, and the betaine group was higher during the final microcycle. I’m not sure we can take much from the training volume data here since the placebo group actually increased 1RM squat more. Since there were no differences in thigh CSA, it appears the betaine group did not have an advantage. 

Another interesting finding is the trend for an improved vertical jump in the betaine group (p = .07), which makes sense because the betaine group lost more fat mass. They weighed less and could jump higher. 

To summarize, the main benefits of betaine in this study were due to a recomposition effect of betaine. The betaine group gained more lean mass and lost more fat mass. Based on the arm CSA results, it seems like the majority of muscle was gained in the upper body. However, we need to be skeptical because of the methods used. 

Author’s Answer

The major findings of the present study are that 6 weeks of betaine supplementation improved body composition, muscle size, work capacity, attenuated rise in HCTL, tended to improve power, but not strength in resistance-trained men. 

My Answer

Betaine (pronounced BEET-a ene) is another name for tri-methyl glycine. It can be found in foods like spinach, beets, and wheat bread. Most betaine available on the market is produced as a byproduct extracted from molasses during sugar beet refinement. 

A recent systematic review and meta-analysis found betaine significantly reduced the total body fat mass and percentage, but had no significant effects on body weight and BMI. Decreasing body fat and increasing lean mass may explain the unchanged body weight and BMI while using betaine. However, only two studies reported significant reductions in body fat and they were both published by Cholewa et al. One of them is the current study under review. The other one we’ll get into later.

If we look at one specific study using a high dose of betaine (6g/day) for 12 weeks, we see that obese participants on a diet (-500kcal/day) with no exercise had no benefit when they consumed betaine compared to a placebo. So if we couple these results with the positive effects from the current study, it tells us that betaine might need some type of stressor – like exercise – to have a beneficial effect on body composition. This implies that the mechanism behind betaine is helping the body adapt to stress in some way. 

Another study gave untrained subjects a placebo, betaine (2g/day), creatine (20g/day), or creatine AND betaine. The authors found that betaine alone did not improve strength, body composition, or performance. They also reported that betaine supplementation does not augment muscle phosphocreatine content while creatine monohydrate does. This helps us compare the effects of betaine to a very well studied supplement (creatine). Betaine didn’t even come close. However, it was only a 10-day study so betaine might just need more time to show improvements in performance and body composition. There is also some evidence to suggest that betaine is important for creating creatine, so if you’re taking creatine you may not see all of the benefits of betaine. 

In another study the effects of 2.5g betaine per day were measured on performance. Hoffman and colleagues reported no significant differences between betaine and placebo groups in repetitions to failure at 75% 1RM, or in the number of repetitions performed at 90% 1RM in the bench press. They also found no differences between groups in vertical jump power, bench press throw power, or in the Wingate anaerobic power test. Another notch against betaine for performance benefits. 

A more recent study investigated the interaction between resistance training adaptation and chronic betaine supplementation in females. It was done by the same authors of the study under review (Cholewa et al.), with a different population (untrained females). The authors used much better methods and tools than the study in men, which included a bodpod for body composition and ultrasound for muscle size. The study was also longer (9 weeks). Ultimately, the authors found betaine decreased fat mass, but did not improve strength or lean mass. So, does that mean it only works in males? That could be one explanation, but I doubt it. Most ergogenic supplements work in both sexes to some extent. Again, I have some skepticism that it is useful as a supplement based on the current evidence. 

As this article was about to go live another betaine study was published. This was in a group of Crossfit athletes, with an average of two years of training experience. The study gave either a placebo or betaine (2.5g/day) for six weeks. The authors found that “supplementation supported submaximal strength but did not enhance strength endurance nor body composition after 6 weeks of CrossFit© training in experienced athletes.” Given that betaine likely only improves body composition with a stress like exercise, it might be that it takes a certain type of exercise to see the benefits. Alternatively, it could be that with trained participants you need larger or longer studies because the benefits are so small. 

What’s the rationale for betaine working?

Betaine regulates water in cells, so increased concentrations of betaine promote cell hydration and resistance to stress. The mechanisms of how betaine works could be by defending intracellular volume, and protecting enzymes in the Kreb’s cycle, which are challenged with exercise. Other potential mechanisms are related to methionine, and methyl donation. There is also some evidence it can enlarge muscle phosphocreatine stores and consequently improve muscle performance. Betaine may also allow for more efficient use of dietary protein through an increase in nitrogen retention. Overall, the mechanisms by which betaine affects strength and body composition are still not fully understood.

Betaine has been shown to reduce fat mass and increase muscle mass in animals. In fact, it has been used as a supplement in animal feed for more than 50 years. For example, one study shows betaine improves lean mass in pigs. On the other hand, in a different study with pigs, it improved some aspects of muscle quality, yet there was no difference in percentage lean, or lean:fat ratio with betaine, so the evidence is somewhat mixed. If we circle back to the idea of betaine showing an advantage if taken in combination with exercise, we might scratch our heads. Pigs don’t exercise much, even in a large pen. 

What’s my interpretation? 

This study is one of the first to use betaine in combination with resistance training. As you can see from this and other studies, the results are mixed. The strongest evidence suggests it can help with fat loss if used in combination with training, but even that benefit is small at best. There’s also some evidence it could help with increasing training volume, which could lead to more hypertrophy.  

Overall, I’m skeptical of using betaine and would not encourage someone to take it based on the current evidence unless they have extra money to risk. You’ll often see it in pre-workouts, but most studies have participants consume betaine every day, so that’s what I would recommend if you are looking for benefits. 

How can we apply this?

If you are going to take betaine I would recommend 2.5 – 3g per day. If you’re exercising try to take it within an hour of training. 

What’s next?

One thing you may have noticed from some of the studies cited in my answer is the short length. I’d like to see something more long-term. At least 10-12 weeks. I think it would be good to see in combination with other supplements like in a pre-workout or compared against something like beta-alanine. I didn’t scour the pre-workout literature, so maybe I’ll cover one of those in a future post.

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Training
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Nutrition
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Nutrition
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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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Coaching
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Coaching
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Nutrition
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Training
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Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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Nutrition
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Nutrition
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Nutrition
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Is it harder for the body to store carbs as fat, than it is to…

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Nutrition
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guides
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guides
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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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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Nutrition
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Lifestyle
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Lifestyle
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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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Lifestyle
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I am officially six days away from the half way marker of this 12-week journey……

Lifestyle
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guides
The Complete Guide To Using Cluster Sets (What? Why? How?)

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guides
[Daily Dose] Repeat After Me…
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Repeat After Me…

Repeat After Me… This will be short, not necessarily sweet, and very much to the…

Daily Dose
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Nutrition
High Carb vs. Low Carb… Which one is better?

Seems that in today’s society, specifically the dieting world, you need to be in part…

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Coaching
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Coaching
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Nutrition
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Nutrition
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Nutrition
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The human gut, or “The Second Brain” as most are calling it – which makes…

Nutrition
The 5 Metrics You MUST Be Measuring
Coaching
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Have you ever heard the saying, “what gets measured gets improved?” Progress can be measured…

Coaching
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Training
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You’re reading this because you feel skinny, unathletic, weaker than you should be, or as…

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

Training
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Lifestyle
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Lifestyle
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Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] The Purpose of Reverse Dieting

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

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

Training
[Daily Dose] You should love how you look!
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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guides
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guides
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
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Training
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When it comes to increasing muscle mass and getting stronger, there are a number of…

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

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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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To Individualize what you do, is not only the most optimal way to see results;…

Nutrition
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Nutrition
Why I Love Weight Watchers…

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

Lifestyle
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Nutrition
Why YOU Are Not Getting Results.

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

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

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

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

guides
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Nutrition
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This is a question that I personally have had to ask many clients, even myself…

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

Coaching
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Nutrition
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[Daily Dose] How To Turn A Bad Day Around
Daily Dose
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How To Turn A Bad Day Around I had a pretty shitty day today. Yesterday,…

Daily Dose
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Training
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Training
The 10 Diet Commandments
Nutrition
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  In honor of the one of the greatest hip-hop artists to ever touch the…

Nutrition
Does Cortisol Affect Fat Loss?
Hormones
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Hormones
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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
[Daily Dose] They’re Tools, Not Time Machines!
Daily Dose
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They’re Tools, Not Time Machines! “Tools and time machines…? What the hell are you talking…

Daily Dose
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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
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
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guides
Body Recomposition (Learn To Burn Fat and Build Muscle, Simultaneously)

Depending on what studies you read, you might find that, technically, building muscle while burning…

guides
[Daily Dose] Your Circle Determines Your Growth
Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
5 Laws of Conditioning
Training
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A lot of people get confused about or over think their cardio/conditioning. This could be…

Training
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
The Complete Guide To Dietary Fats
guides
The Complete Guide To Dietary Fats

Dietary fats are essential to give your body energy and to support cell growth, they…

guides
50 Science-Backed Anti-Aging Strategies For Life
Lifestyle
50 Science-Backed Anti-Aging Strategies For Life

Aging healthy, happy and with grace. Isn’t that what everybody wants? Many people think that…

Lifestyle
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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
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
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
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Nutrition
High Carb Diets Work Better For Fat Loss Than Low Carb Diets

What if I Told You That Science Says Low Carb Diets Suck…? ….for fat loss…

Nutrition
The Definitive Guide To Thyroid Health
guides
The Definitive Guide To Thyroid Health

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

guides
[Daily Dose] Gratitude Is MOTIVATION.
Daily Dose
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Gratitude Is MOTIVATION. People are constantly seeking things to motivate them more… You probably do…

Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] No Fluff, Just Planning + Execution.

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Daily Dose
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Nutrition
The Thanksgiving Blueprint: [ How To Avoid Ruining YOUR Results ]

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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
HIIT vs. LISS: What Cardio Strategy Burns More Fat?
Fat Loss
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HIIT vs. LISS: Which Works Best and When To Use Them Introduction A common question…

Fat Loss
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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
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
Entrepreneur’s NEED To Take Their Health Seriously, More Than Most.
Lifestyle
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If you’re a business owner, entrepreneur of any kind, intrepreneur on a serious grind for…

Lifestyle
[Daily Dose] It’s not what you do, it’s how you feel.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] It’s not what you do, it’s how you feel.

It’s not what you do, it’s how you feel. Maya Angelou has a famous quote,…

Daily Dose
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Science
Does Periodization Matter For Hypertrophy Training?

What is Training Periodization? Periodization is the manipulation of training variables over time to reach…

Science
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Coaching
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Coaching
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
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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…

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Nutrition
Intermittent Fasting – Everything You NEED To Know

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

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

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

Training
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Daily Dose
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Power List. One of the most SIMPLE things you can do to get more shit…

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

Training
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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
Cardio vs. Lifting… What’s Better For Fat Loss?
Training
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Training
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Nutrition
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I’m just over 2 weeks away from my first physique competition and the closer I…

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

Nutrition
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Nutrition
The Most Important Amino Acid & How To Optimize Your Meals With It (Leucine Threshold)

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
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Nutrition
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Nutrition
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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
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 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
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
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
[Daily Dose] Why you hate Monday.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Why you hate Monday.

Why you hate Monday. Hating Monday is a sign that you have a lack of…

Daily Dose
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
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
[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
[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
[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
"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
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
[Daily Dose] Master The Basics.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Master The Basics.

Master The Basics. One of the biggest mistakes people make in the gym is overcomplicating…

Daily Dose
[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
Contagious Inspiration
Coaching
Contagious Inspiration

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

Coaching
[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
Steps to Success
Lifestyle
Steps to Success

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

Lifestyle
Consistency
Lifestyle
Consistency

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

Lifestyle
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
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 Funeral Question
Lifestyle
The Funeral Question

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

Lifestyle
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 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
"Rich is not What you have, it’s Who you have beside you."
Lifestyle
"Rich is not What you have, it’s Who you have beside you."

Sometimes horrible things, like nightmares, can be a blessing in disguise. I had a nightmare;…

Lifestyle
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
A man going trough his rever dieting documents on an iMac
Reverse Dieting 101 [Your Guide and Explanation To All Things Reverse Dieting]
guides
Reverse Dieting 101 [Your Guide and Explanation To All Things Reverse Dieting]

Reverse Dieting is a subject that gets talked about A LOT… and for good reason….

guides
How and Why To Use Diet Breaks [Research Review: The ICECAP Trial]
Nutrition
How and Why To Use Diet Breaks [Research Review: The ICECAP Trial]

Research Review #10 Brandon Roberts, Ph.D., CSCS*D Chief Science Officer *Note from Brandon: if you…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Don’t Avoid Difficulty, Accept It.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Don’t Avoid Difficulty, Accept It.

Don’t avoid difficulty, accept it. I just started my diet a couple days ago, to…

Daily Dose
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
The Elimination Diet
Nutrition
The Elimination Diet

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

Nutrition
"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
Training To Failure (Yes or No?) and New Year Resolutions (How To Not Fail) – February Research Review
Science
Training To Failure (Yes or No?) and New Year Resolutions (How To Not Fail) – February Research Review

*Note from Brandon: if you want to learn how to interpret research go read each…

Science
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
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
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
[Daily Dose] Nobody is Self-Made.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Nobody is Self-Made.

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

Daily Dose
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
Overfeeding and Weight Gain (What Science Says About Our Metabolic Processes)
Nutrition
Overfeeding and Weight Gain (What Science Says About Our Metabolic Processes)

The fear of gaining weight is real. People who have lost a large amount of…

Nutrition
Metabolic Adaptation and Concurrent Training [October Research Round Up]
Nutrition
Metabolic Adaptation and Concurrent Training [October Research Round Up]

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

Nutrition
How To Track Macros When Eating At Restaurants
guides
How To Track Macros When Eating At Restaurants

How To Track Macros When Eating At Restaurants In this article, I’m going to show…

guides
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
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
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
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
Cardio… what’s right, what sucks, and implementing it yourself.
Training
Cardio… what’s right, what sucks, and implementing it yourself.

Cardio… Man, it sucks. Plain and simple. None of us like it, yet all of…

Training
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 Stress ≤ Recovery Paradigm
Lifestyle
The Stress ≤ Recovery Paradigm

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

Lifestyle
[Daily Dose] Win The Rest of 2022, By Doing This.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Win The Rest of 2022, By Doing This.

Win The Rest of 2022, By Doing This. I think most people fail to reach…

Daily Dose
Defining Your Appreciation
Lifestyle
Defining Your Appreciation

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

Lifestyle
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
[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
Cody McBroom holding a pile of books
Reverse Dieting, Body Recomposition, and How To Train While Cutting
Nutrition
Reverse Dieting, Body Recomposition, and How To Train While Cutting

Every single month, our Chief Science Officer Dr. Brandon Roberts puts together a Research Review…

Nutrition
Body Fat Overshooting (Post Diet Consequences)
Nutrition
Body Fat Overshooting (Post Diet Consequences)

We live in what feels like the peak of a fad diet culture, where media…

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
[Daily Dose] Redirect Your Impatience.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Redirect Your Impatience.

Redirect Your Impatience. My daughter is about to turn 4 next month and she has…

Daily Dose
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
What Becoming an IFBB Bikini Pro Taught Me
Coaching
What Becoming an IFBB Bikini Pro Taught Me

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

Coaching
The "Handful" Diet
Nutrition
The "Handful" Diet

What you will find here today is, in my opinion, the easiest possible diet to…

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
[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
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
How To Use Supersets In Your Training
Training
How To Use Supersets In Your Training

Training Intensification Tip Part 1: Supersets Intensification techniques, also known as advanced techniques, are a…

Training
Nutrition Periodization (The Revised and Simplified Guide)
Nutrition
Nutrition Periodization (The Revised and Simplified Guide)

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

Nutrition
[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
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
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
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
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
Nutritional Periodization For Fat Loss
Nutrition
Nutritional Periodization For Fat Loss

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

Nutrition
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
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
[Daily Dose] “SHUT UP, WEAK-BRAIN! // Speak up, strong-brain!”
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] “SHUT UP, WEAK-BRAIN! // Speak up, strong-brain!”

“SHUT UP, WEAK-BRAIN! // Speak up, strong-brain!” I committed to a handful of habits for…

Daily Dose
Fit over 40
Lifestyle
Fit over 40

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

Lifestyle
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
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
[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] 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
[Daily Dose] Every detail matters.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Every detail matters.

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

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Just Show Up.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Just Show Up.

Just Show Up. Hey. I’ve been sitting here staring at a blank screen for at…

Daily Dose
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
[Daily Dose] Fuck mediocrity.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Fuck mediocrity.

Fuck mediocrity. Look around. At each area of your life. Your body. Your mind. Your…

Daily Dose
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
Metabolic Adaptation: Why Dieting Slows Down Your Metabolism & How To Fix It
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
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
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
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] 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
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
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
[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
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
[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] 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
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
[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
3-Phase Fat Loss Diet System
Nutrition
3-Phase Fat Loss Diet System

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

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Your efforts need to match your goals.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Your efforts need to match your goals.

Your efforts need to match your goals. I attended a webinar recently and the speaker…

Daily Dose
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
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
Never Give Up
Lifestyle
Never Give Up

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

Lifestyle
How Sore Should You Be After A Workout?
Training
How Sore Should You Be After A Workout?

Many people question whether or not getting sore after a workout (training session) is a…

Training
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
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
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
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
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
[VIDEO BLOG] What is a refeed day? (NOT a cheat day!)
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
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
[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