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

December 13, 2021
Written by Brandon Roberts, PhD

21 Min Read

Key takeaways

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Metabolic adaptation is referred to as “starvation mode” or “metabolic damage” and is often called adaptive thermogenesis in the scientific literature. Some people think it means your metabolism is broken, but that’s not true. In this guide I’m going to explain the basics of metabolic adaptation, then end with a case-study so that you can apply the knowledge you learned to yourself or your clients.

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When in a deficit, we are reducing our energy expenditure and increasing our drive to eat. This obviously makes it difficult to sustain and adhere to a diet long enough to see meaningful changes in yoru physique; which is why we are actively encouraging people to educate themselves on metabolic adaptation and reverse dieting, BEFORE starting the diet itself!

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Overall, some scientists show metabolic adaptation only occurs when dieting, while others have found that it can last from one year up to six years in extreme circumstances... this adds another complicated factor into the mix! In this article, we'll explore both potentials and leave you with an understanding on how to make a good judgement on just how long this could impact you specifically.

Metabolic adaptation has many names. It is referred to as “starvation mode” or “metabolic damage” and is often called adaptive thermogenesis in the scientific literature. This makes it difficult to understand what metabolic adaptation actually entails. Some people think it means your metabolism is broken, but that’s not true. In this guide I’m going to explain the basics of metabolic adaptation using a deep-dive into the research, then end with a case-study so that you can apply the knowledge you learned to yourself or your clients. 

What is metabolic adaptation?

To understand something we must first define it. Metabolic adaptation is the difference between expected and observed changes in energy expenditure during weight loss or weight gain. There are a number of factors that contribute to metabolic adaptation, those being: resting metabolic rate or basal metabolic rate (RMR/BMR), the thermic effect of feeding (TEF), exercise activity thermogenesis (EAT), and non-exercise adaptive thermogenesis (NEAT). These four components make up total daily energy expenditure (TDEE). Metabolic adaptation influences some of these components independently.  

Basal metabolic rate and resting metabolic rate are used interchangeably by most people, so we’ll do the same here. There are some nuances between the two, but that isn’t important for now. BMR/RMR is the amount of energy expended by everything in the body at rest, essentially it is the amount of energy we need to maintain weight if we didn’t do any activity. BMR/RMR accounts for the majority of our daily energy expenditure (60-75%). When we lose weight our bodies become smaller, so we require less energy in the resting/basal state, which is one part of metabolic adaptation that occurs during weight loss. We cannot control how our body changes our BMR/RMR with weight loss. There is some individual variability involved too. We can only use exercise and nutrition choices to attenuate the reduction in BMR/RMR so that our body composition changes in an ideal way. For example, high protein diets tend to reduce the loss of lean mass when dieting. This is important because lean mass accounts for a large portion of our BMR/RMR and ~80% of our TDEE. 

The thermic effect of food is the increase in metabolic rate after ingestion of a meal. Evidence suggests that TEF is influenced by macronutrient composition of the mail, meal size, and possibly age and physical activity level. It accounts for 5-10% of TDEE. High protein and higher carbohydrate meals increase TEF more than meals high in fat. When we lose weight we generally eat less, which means that TEF may decrease slightly. However, there isn’t any change in TEF that causes metabolic adaptation more than we would expect by eating less food, so we don’t need to worry about it for now — just make sure you’re eating a high protein diet because protein.

Exercise activity thermogenesis is the energy we expend when we exercise. This could be cardio, resistance training, or high intensity interval training. When trying to lose weight we may increase EAT, and as our body weight decreases we expend less energy for the same workout. Plus, our bodies adapt to exercise to become more mechanically and metabolically efficient so we use less energy. How unfortunate. 

Non-exercise adaptive thermogenesis (NEAT) is the energy we use for everything that is not sleeping, eating, or exercise. NEAT accounts for 10-20% of overall TDEE. NEAT increases with overfeeding and decreases with dieting, and is the largest contributor to metabolic adaptation. In one study, non-resting energy expenditure accounted for a 300 calorie per day decrease after correcting for body weight. In some special cases NEAT can account for up to 30% of TDEE. 

If you want an overview of the molecular mechanisms that drive metabolic adaptation, which include proton leak, brown adipose tissue activation, and hormones, Dr. Trexler provides an excellent analysis here. In our recently published review, we also highlight several mechanisms that explain how metabolic adaptation occurs. Some scientists have assumed that metabolic adaptation is an autoregulatory response explained by the reduced activity of the sympathetic nervous system and low plasma concentrations of T3 and leptin. Others see it as a protective survival mechanism against prolonged periods of caloric restriction, purported to be mediated by decreased leptin concentrations due to decreases in fat mass.

Why does metabolic adaptation occur?

Some scientists have postulated that metabolic adaptation is beneficial in reducing the rate of aging. Others have said metabolic adaptation is a way to reduce the gap between energy intake and expenditure, so further weight loss is prevented and the chance of survival is enhanced. This is great from an evolutionary perspective. We have a biological mechanism that stops us from expending energy we don’t necessarily have, or at least lowering our energy expenditure to help us survive longer. However, when dieting it means we have to fight against our mind and body to lose weight. In fact, it’s been estimated that for every 1 kilogram of weight loss, appetite increases 100 calories per day. So not only are we reducing our energy expenditure when dieting, but we’re increasing our drive to eat. 

Who does metabolic adaptation effect?

Metabolic adaptation affects everyone trying to lose (or gain) weight. However, it affects some people more than others. The theory behind this is called the thrifty gene hypothesis. Essentially, it states that several thousand years ago, environmental pressures and natural selection would favor people who were able to survive long periods of famine when food was scarce. These people are the ones who prevailed and conformed to our genetic heritage, a heritage that when thrown in our modern obesogenic environment leads us to gain weight. This means that those who have a “thrifty” metabolism may have a more adaptive metabolism, which is a bad thing if you’re trying to lose weight. This can be seen in the amount of NEAT people expend. For example, some people can’t stop moving around (fidgeting, high-energy) so they burn a lot more calories than those who don’t move as much. There isn’t a good scientific explanation for why people behave differently, so future research is needed to determine if there is some type of genetic component. Luckily, we can engineer our environments to help us move more using some simple steps like parking far from stores, using the stairs, and having walking meetings/phone calls. Any method to help us move more can help prevent the reduction in NEAT that occurs when dieting. 

When does metabolic adaptation occur?

Metabolic adaptation occurs fairly quickly. Some evidence suggests it starts to occur in as few as 3 days and is a significant contributor to TDEE in three to six weeks. Most of the literature uses percentage of body weight loss when measuring metabolic adaptation. For example, in the famous Leibel et al., (1995) study, 10% body weight loss resulted in ~250 calories of metabolic adaptation. In another study on contestants from The Biggest Loser, losing roughly 40% of body weight resulted in 500 calories of metabolic adaptation. Finally, a study by Nymo et al., (2018) found that 5% body weight loss caused a 75 calorie decrease in RMR, which increased to 125 calories when participants reached 10% weight loss. As I mentioned, there are larger changes in NEAT than RMR, so we have to interpret the Nymo et al., findings with caution when applying them. There is also some data to suggest that metabolic adaptation peaks at 10% weight loss. Part of estimating energy expenditure involves a physical activity factor (RMR * physical activity level = TDEE) so if we aren’t accounting for NEAT in our activity we could be missing a large portion of metabolic adaptation. 

How long does metabolic adaptation last?

There’s a lot of controversy in the literature about how long metabolic adaptation lasts. In one study of calorie and body weight manipulation, 32 nonobese young men participated. They underwent overfeeding (1 week at +50% of energy needs, 4059 ± 52 kcal/day), caloric restriction (3 weeks at −50% of energy needs, 1353 ± 154 kcal/day), and refeeding (2 weeks at +50% of energy needs,  4059 ± 452 kcal/day). Metabolic rate and other components were measured together with body composition as assessed with the use of quantitative magnetic resonance, whole-body MRI, isotope dilution, and nitrogen and fluid balances. During the initial overfeeding period, all participants received a normal mixed diet (15% protein, 50 or 65% carbohydrate, and 35 or 20% fat). All foods were weighed, and energy contents were controlled with the use of regular analyses of duplicate portions. Protein intake was 97 ± 11 g/d (baseline), 146 ± 17 g/d (overfeeding), 49 ± 6 g/d (CR), and 146 ± 17 g/d (refeeding). For compliance, continuous 24-h glucose monitoring was performed with the use of the FreeStyle Navigator device. The results of the study show metabolic adaptation occurs after 1 week and is maintained through 3 weeks of dieting.

Overall, some scientists show metabolic adaptation only occurs when dieting, while others have found that it can last from one year up to six years in extreme circumstances. Early research from the 1990s and 2000s indicated that metabolic adaptation could result in a 300-500 calorie decrease in TDEE. More recent research suggests that this may be an overestimate and 50 – 100 calories per day is likely the range. That’s still a lot over time.

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How should metabolic adaptation be estimated?

Equations to predict energy expenditure are not great. In fact, the standard deviation (i.e., variability) around most energy expenditure equations is 200 calories, which is about the same as the changes we see in metabolic adaptation with RMR when dieting. This makes it difficult to know if the difference is due to the equation not being representative of you as a person. In some studies, TDEE is measured using different devices to capture different components. For example, the reason the Leibel et al., (1995) study is so powerful is because it has very good measurements for every TDEE component. On the other hand, some studies only measure BMR/RMR, which misses a huge component of energy expenditure. The longer a study lasts, the harder it is to measure every component. In the Rosenbaum et al., (2008) study, the authors tried to get around this by measuring sex and weight-matched weight-matched subjects in a metabolic ward while receiving a weight-maintaining liquid formula diet of identical composition. Each trio consisted of a subject at usual weight (Initial), a subject maintaining a weight reduction of ≥10% after recent weight loss [5-8 weeks] (Recent Wt Loss) and a subject who had maintained a documented reduction in body weight of >10% for >1 y (Sustained Wt Loss). They found that there was a significant decline in TDEE for people maintaining a reduced body weight, independent of whether that reduced weight has been maintained for weeks or years. The majority of this is due to a reduction in NREE (aka NEAT). 

I created an ultimate TDEE calculator that can help you estimate how many calories you need. However, this is only a starting point. Your TDEE changes as you gain or lose weight, as we’ve seen in the studies linked throughout this blog. 

How do I prevent metabolic adaptation?

You can’t prevent the drop in RMR/BMR from occurring, but you can focus on your NEAT so that it is minimally affected while dieting. This can be done by implementing a daily step count or by adding some extra cardio. There’s also some data to suggest that dieting slower or using diet breaks and refeeds may be beneficial.  

Losses in fat free mass can explain most of the drop in TDEE with dieting, so if you can retain your lean mass you can eat more. This means you need to strength train. A meta-analysis from 1999 on formerly obese subjects found that RMR was 2.9% lower than controls after adjusting for changes in fat mass and FFM, so there is some component that can’t be attenuated. However, within this analysis there was some serious variability. When using an individual subject approach, the formerly obese had ~5.1% lower relative RMR than the controls. 

There are a handful of studies that have attempted to help with weight loss using diet breaks, which are thought to attenuate some of the metabolic adaptation. We’ve previously covered the MATADOR study here, recent refeed studies here, and the ICECAP study here. We’ve also recorded a full diet break roundtable video, with some of the leading experts on diet breaks, which can be seen here.

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Defending against Metabolic Adaptation takes patience, teamwork, and methodical thinking

Do weight loss-induced changes make it tougher to keep weight off?

If metabolic adaptation persists for long periods (1-6 years) you could see how it would be easier for people to gain weight. Their metabolism would be lower than people of the same weight who had never dieted. There is quite a bit of research that measures the change in adaptive thermogenesis and weight gain over different periods. Most of it finds that metabolic adaptation, when measured in RMR/BMR, does not correlate with weight gain. To speculate some, what I think happens is that people slowly return to their old habits after a diet. They stop eating right and exercising. That’s what makes it tough to keep weight off. We need to engineer our environments to be successful. Basically, manifest that shit. 

A case study on metabolic adaptation and weight loss

A client comes to you wanting to lose weight. He says he wants to lose 20lbs in 6 months, which is surprisingly realistic. He currently weighs 200lbs, so some quick math tells you that he wants to lose 10% body weight. Seeing that number and remembering what you learned from this blog, you know that you can expect some metabolic adaptation along the way.

Here are some stats from the client:

Gender: Male

Age: 45 

Weight: 200lbs

Height: 5’9” 

No exercise 

25% body fat (estimated)

Sedentary lifestyle

Doesn’t track food intake and drinks alcohol regularly (2-4x per week)

You use the ultimate TDEE calculator and choose sedentary as his physical activity level. The equation spits out that his RMR is 1846 kcal and his TDEE is 2215 kcal. Ok, that’s not much wiggle room but let’s see what happens. You guess he’s eating far more than that. After some sharp questions, you’re right. He’s eating roughly 2700 kcals per day. Damn that highly palatable food. 

The first thing you do after you teach him how to track and record macros is set his macronutrient ratios. You choose 2.2 g/kg of protein to make it simple (i.e., 1 gram per pound of bodyweight), since you know this is within the ideal range for maintaining fat free mass. Given his preferences you split the rest of the ~2215 calories with a 60% carbohydrate and 40% fat ratio. This leaves you with a daily intake of 200 grams of protein, 213 grams of carbohydrates, and 62 grams of fat. He swears off drinking for the diet (lucky us). All of these changes actually put him in a modest deficit (500 kcal/day) due to some lifestyle changes. He’s eating a diverse diet of lean meats, fruits, and vegetables so he doesn’t even notice that he’s in a deficit for a while. 

You also remember that to prevent metabolic adaptation you need to add resistance training to further bolster his chance of retaining muscle. You prescribe a standard full body 3x per week split to get started. You don’t want to scare him off too quickly. He complies.

One month passes and he’s lost 5 lbs. That’s a little quicker than we thought, but we know some of the first few pounds are “water weight” or glycogen decreases and some fluid shifts. You notice he’s started not to move as much based on his step count (surprise!). You tell him to keep his step count above 8000 steps per day because NEAT is the largest component of metabolic adaptation and we can’t control his resting metabolic rate. This keeps his weight loss going strong. By the end of month two he’s down 8 lbs. 

He’s now three months into the diet and stalls at 10 lbs of weight loss. He’s starting to get nervous because he thinks he’s plateaued. You decide to introduce a diet break to reverse some of the metabolic adaptation because you know increasing food can rescue most of the metabolic adaptation we’ve seen so far. You calculate his calories for his new estimated maintenance using the ultimate TDEE calculator assuming 5% less body fat, a weight of 190lbs, but still sedentary activity since we didn’t add in any direct cardio yet. It spits out a TDEE of 2128 calories, so you increase his calories to 2300 because even the best TDEE calculators don’t make sense (remember that variability? TDEE is very dynamic). We want to make sure he’s not in a deficit to get the benefits of the diet break. He proceeds with the diet break for two weeks with his weight trickling up half a pound. You tell him that it’s the extra food and not an increase in body weight. He trusts you for now, but is getting skeptical.

You dive back into the diet, this time adding two days of cardio so that he burns an extra 300 calories per week. He also is really enjoying the resistance training so he agrees to a 4-day split. Altogether he’s burning an extra 400 calories per week when you lower his calories back to 2215 with the same macronutrient ratios. 

It’s the end of month four. He’s down 15 lbs with 5 to go. We’re right on track. Now you tell him that we can either decrease his food or add more exercise. He likes food a lot, but hates cardio. You compromise, increasing his daily step count to 12000 steps per day, and increasing his cardio calories to 400 per week (200 kcal per session), then drop his calories to 2000. It works.

It’s the end of month six and he’s hit his 20 lb goal. You’re both ecstatic because you even went a little past the goal and lost 22 lbs. What now? Well, you transition him back to a weight maintenance plan. First, you take out all the cardio but keep the steps high. You want him to move more in life to fight the declines in NEAT that we often see in people who lose weight. He’s gained 1lb in the one week since you stopped cardio, but then remains weight stable for two more. It’s time to add some food. You increase his calories by 100 per week, taking him up to 2200 without any weight gain. You’re both stoked. His hunger and appetite are doing well, but you decide to push him a little farther. You increase his calories to 2300, mostly adding carbohydrates. He’s feeling great in the gym. You then reduce his step count goal to 8-10k per day after two more weeks of weight stability. He gains about a half pound. You pause, nervous to see if the weight gain continues. It doesn’t. You maintain for two more weeks. Still no movement. You decide not to push the calories up more because it’s not worth the risk of gaining weight.

You did it. Good work. 

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Daily Dose
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[Daily Dose] What If You Couldn’t Fail…?
Daily Dose
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Coaching
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Nutrition
8 Ways To Handle Your Diet On Christmas

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

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

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[Daily Dose] Be A Leader, Not A Follower.
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Be A Leader, Not A Follower. If you’re reading this, it means you want to…

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

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Your Time is Worth More Than Money. I’m the type of person who values his…

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

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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,…

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The Battle Against Carbs
Nutrition
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Proper, healthy sleep is critical in our body’s ability to recover from the daily challenges…

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

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

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The 8 Biggest Diet Mistakes

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

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The Ultimate Evidence Based Supplement Guide
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The Ultimate Evidence Based Supplement Guide

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

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

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Low Calorie Foods That Fill You Up

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

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

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Concurrent Training: A Practical Guide, Backed By Science

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

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The Truth About Gluten
Nutrition
The Truth About Gluten

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

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

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

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[VIDEO BLOG] In Defense Of Rigid Meal Plans…
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Rigid Meal Plans… you know, eating 6 meal s a day out of plastic containers…

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

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

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Your Diets Effect on Hormones & How To Benefit From Them

One of the most underestimated factors in achieving fitness results, which can actually be the…

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

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10 Things Most Coaches Won’t Tell You (The Reality Of Fat Loss)
Nutrition
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Today on my instagram story, I shared this current progress picture of myself… (Top is now, bottom…

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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…

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

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

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How Paleo Can Excel YOUR Results, Long-Term!

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

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

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

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

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Daily Dose
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Ready, Aim, FIRE. Repeat. I’m going to keep this short and sweet today. There is…

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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,…

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Daily Dose
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ACTION → RESULTS → MOTIVATION Want to know how to unlock unlimited motivation…? Take action…

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[Daily Dose] “WHY NOT YOU….?”
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] “WHY NOT YOU….?”

“WHY NOT YOU….?” There’s something about being a human that innately slows you down or…

Daily Dose
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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
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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…

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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…

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

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

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

Daily Dose
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Training
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You just finished your workout—you’re semi-gassed out, sweating from head to toe, each of your…

Training
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,…

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[Daily Dose] Self-Made is Made Up.
Daily Dose
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Self-Made is Made Up. If you’re a hip-hop head (i.e. someone who loves rap music),…

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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…

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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….

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The Elimination Diet
Nutrition
The Elimination Diet

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

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[Daily Dose] Winners Arent Afraid To Lose
Daily Dose
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Winner’s Aren’t Afraid To Lose. This actually comes straight out of a Chris Stapleton song,…

Daily Dose
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…

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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…

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The Busy Man’s Fit Guide
Nutrition
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“You practically live in the gym, Cody. And even when you’re not literally there, you’re…

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

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EPISODE 11: Surviving The Struggle

I’m just over 2 weeks away from my first physique competition and the closer I…

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[Daily Dose] The Gardener.
Daily Dose
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The Gardener. What does a gardener and a champion have in common? A Prolific Sense…

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5 Things I Wish I Knew When Starting My Weightloss Journey
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Many people don’t know this, but I was once a fat kid, or as my…

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Nutrition
Nutritional Periodization For Fat Loss

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

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

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10 Things People Who Stay Lean Year Around Do. (#7 Will Surprise You)
Coaching
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When it comes to creating the lean body we all want, the ultimate goal is…

Coaching
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Nutrition
11 Life Changing Facts About Intermittent Fasting

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

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

  Understanding Your Neurotype Table of Contents What is Neurotype Training? Who Should Use Neurotype…

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

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Science
How To Make Your Own Pre-Workout (Science-Based Formula)

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

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

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

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Fish Oil Supplementation 101
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Fish Oil Supplementation 101

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

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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?…

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

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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…

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5 Science-Based Ways Maximize Exercises For Muscle Growth
Training
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Training
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Nutrition
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Today, you will learn 5 ways you can burn more fat on a daily basis……

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The Definitive Guide To Creatine Monohydrate
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The Definitive Guide To Creatine Monohydrate

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

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Reverse Dieting, Body Recomposition, and How To Train While Cutting
Nutrition
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Every single month, our Chief Science Officer Dr. Brandon Roberts puts together a Research Review…

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

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Nutrition
EPISODE 12: Pancakes, Abs & Chasing Unicorns

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

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How To Track Macros When Eating At Restaurants

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If you’re a business owner, entrepreneur of any kind, intrepreneur on a serious grind for…

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

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

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Nutrition
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[VIDEO BLOG] Paleo Vs. Macros (Which One’s Better…?)
Nutrition
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Paleo vs. Macros… This debate has and probably will go on for eternity in the nutrition…

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Quick Fix For Low Back Pain
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Low back pain is probably one of the most common issues of pain within the…

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“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…

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Nutrition
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What is Protein Overfeeding? Protein overfeeding, commonly known as over-eating protein to the everyday individual,…

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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…

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

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

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

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

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
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 Does Your Body Store As Fat Easiest? Carbs vs. Fats
Nutrition
What Does Your Body Store As Fat Easiest? Carbs vs. Fats

Is it harder for the body to store carbs as fat, than it is to…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] MJ, Kobe, Tom Brady… You.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] MJ, Kobe, Tom Brady… You.

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

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
Nutrition

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

Nutrition
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
[Daily Dose] The Only Person in Your Way, is YOU.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The Only Person in Your Way, is YOU.

The Only Person in Your Way, is YOU. There’s so many of us who want…

Daily Dose
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
8 Ways To Instantly Sleep Better
Lifestyle
8 Ways To Instantly Sleep Better

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

Lifestyle
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
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
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
The Essential Guide to Salmon Nutrition and Its Health Advantages
Micronutrient Index
The Essential Guide to Salmon Nutrition and Its Health Advantages

Salmon, known for its rich flavor and nutritional value, holds a significant place in various…

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

Each month I will cover a few of the top research articles on nutrition, training,…

Nutrition
Research Roundup (Exercise Order and Fast vs. Slow Weight Loss)
Nutrition
Research Roundup (Exercise Order and Fast vs. Slow Weight Loss)

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

Nutrition
Kale: The Nutrient-Packed Green
Micronutrient Index
Kale: The Nutrient-Packed Green

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
The Secret To Success
Coaching
The Secret To Success

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

Coaching
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
Optimizing Nutrition for Muscle Growth
Nutrition
Optimizing Nutrition for Muscle Growth

An Introduction To Nutrition for Muscle Growth When we’re thinking about gaining muscle, nutrition plays…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] TRY HARDER.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] TRY HARDER.

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

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

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

Training
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
[Daily Dose] Patience, Persistence, & Positive People.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Patience, Persistence, & Positive People.

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

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Understand Your Pain, Double Your Progress
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Understand Your Pain, Double Your Progress

Understand Your Pain, Double Your Progress If you don’t know what copywriting is, it’s the…

Daily Dose
[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
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
50 Science-Backed Anti-Aging Strategies For Life Pt.2
Hormones
50 Science-Backed Anti-Aging Strategies For Life Pt.2

There are 4 key parts of health and longevity promotion and today we are discussing…

Hormones
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
Stretching For Hypertrophy {Muscle Growth}: Does it work?
Training
Stretching For Hypertrophy {Muscle Growth}: Does it work?

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

Training
[Daily Dose] But what if you gain the weight back…?
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] But what if you gain the weight back…?

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

Daily Dose
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
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
[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
[Daily Dose] Watering Your Lawn While It’s Raining.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Watering Your Lawn While It’s Raining.

Watering Your Lawn While It’s Raining. Have you ever heard this analogy? Or even worse,…

Daily Dose
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
[Daily Dose] Your Circle Determines Your Growth
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Your Circle Determines Your Growth

Your Circle Determines Your Growth If you’re a hip-hop fan, you probably know of Nipsey…

Daily Dose
Can You Drink Alcohol and Lose Fat?
guides
Can You Drink Alcohol and Lose Fat?

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

guides
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
[Daily Dose] Self Limiting Behaviors.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Self Limiting Behaviors.

Self Limiting Behaviors. Hey… You or someone you know NEEDS to read this. So please,…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
The Liver Detox Diet (Not Your Average ‘Quick Fix’Detox)
Lifestyle
The Liver Detox Diet (Not Your Average ‘Quick Fix’Detox)

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

Lifestyle
[Daily Dose] Is Your Body A Sports Car? Or A Junk-Yard Cruiser?
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Is Your Body A Sports Car? Or A Junk-Yard Cruiser?

Is Your Body A Sports Car? Or A Junk-Yard Cruiser? Would you trade your life…

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

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

Nutrition
The 10 Training Commandments
Training
The 10 Training Commandments

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

Training
How to Build Lasting Habits, While Breaking The Ones Holding You Back
Lifestyle
How to Build Lasting Habits, While Breaking The Ones Holding You Back

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

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

No Fluff, Just Planning + Execution. I’m going to keep this short and sweet today….

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
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
[Daily Dose] The 80/10/10 Rule.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The 80/10/10 Rule.

The 80/10/10 Rule. This is a training principle that I teach many of my clients,…

Daily Dose
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
[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
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
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 "Handful" Diet
Nutrition
The "Handful" Diet

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

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
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
[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
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
Does Training To Failure Maximize Strength and Hypertrophy? [Research Review]
Training
Does Training To Failure Maximize Strength and Hypertrophy? [Research Review]

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

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

The Importance Of Leucine Threshold For Building and Retaining Lean Body Mass   Leucine threshold….

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
Sleep = Results
Lifestyle
Sleep = Results

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

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

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

guides
[Daily Dose] 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
"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
The Athlete’s Guide To Weight Cutting
Coaching
The Athlete’s Guide To Weight Cutting

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

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

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

Nutrition
Nutrition For Endurance Athletes (An Evidence Based Approach)
Nutrition
Nutrition For Endurance Athletes (An Evidence Based Approach)

“Some races are lost with a 0.05% difference, sometimes less. In a lot of sports,…

Nutrition
How Low Can You Take Your Calories?
Nutrition
How Low Can You Take Your Calories?

People want to lose weight as fast as possible, but at some point it becomes…

Nutrition
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
The Ultimate Hardgainer Guide to Getting Jacked
Training
The Ultimate Hardgainer Guide to Getting Jacked

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

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

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

Daily Dose
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
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
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
The Final 10lbs…
Nutrition
The Final 10lbs…

The last 10lbs… It’s like the final put in a golf game. Precision comes into…

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

Reverse Dieting… This is a really hot topic right now, but why? What’s the ACTUAL purpose…

Nutrition
KAIZEN
Lifestyle
KAIZEN

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

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

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

Micronutrient Index
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
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
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
[Daily Dose] The 10 Nutrition Commandments.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The 10 Nutrition Commandments.

The 10 Nutrition Commandments. Like I told you on yesterday… I’m bringing you the 10…

Daily Dose
How Your Intensity Determines Your Results
Training
How Your Intensity Determines Your Results

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

Training
The 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
The G-Flux Theory: Eat More, Move More, Burn More…?
Nutrition
The G-Flux Theory: Eat More, Move More, Burn More…?

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

Nutrition
The Ultimate Guide To Cardio For Fat Loss
Fat Loss
The Ultimate Guide To Cardio For Fat Loss

Cardio For Fat Loss This article is more than likely the most in-depth AND practically…

Fat Loss