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A Simple Guide To Women’s Health (FAQ)

April 23, 2020
Written by Lisa Franz

15 minutes

Key takeaways

1

Women are not small men. The vast majority of sports & nutrition research is done on white males and can’t always be directly applied to women.

2

Women may be more susceptible to hormonal disruptions caused by low energy availability, which means paying close attention to specific details within nutrition and training can be paramount.

3

Every woman’s hormones will fluctuate throughout the menstrual cycle and throughout life, but you can help manage this and the results you see by working WITH your body and not against it.

When it comes to writing nutrition plans, we at TCM believe that everyone deserves an individualized approach. 

So we already practice writing different nutrition protocols for each male and female client we work with, but what are those main differences for men and women?

Can foundational guidelines be applied across the board to both sexes? Do diet phases look the same? How does having a period affect training and nutrition?

These are exactly the types of questions that we’re going to dig into within this women’s health guide & FAQ. 

This one goes out to all the ladies, but guys – keep reading! This guide contains very useful information for EVERYONE in the fitness & nutrition space so we can all better understand that women aren’t simply small men.1

**Disclaimer – this blog is meant to help you answer common questions related to nutrition & training for women and should NOT be taken as medical advice.

I feel terrible before my period – what can I do to manage PMS symptoms?

Before we dive too far into women’s health, here are some basics you should know about the menstrual cycle:

→ A normal menstrual cycle can range from about a 28 – 40 day cycle

→ The first part of the cycle is called the Follicular Phase

     » This phase is day 1 of your menses through ovulation

     » During this phase, estrogen rises slowly until luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicular stimulating hormone (FSH) peak, signifying ovulation

→ After ovulation comes the Luteal Phase

     » This is the phase after ovulation when estrogen and progesterone are elevated

     » If no egg is implanted in the uterus, progesterone and estrogen drop back down, and your next period starts the cycle over

→ See summary image below!

Image source: https://helloclue.com/articles/cycle-a-z/the-menstrual-cycle-more-than-just-the-period

There can be physical AND mental symptoms when your period starts due to the drop in estrogen and progesterone right before you bleed. 

The fluctuation in hormones can cause lethargy, inflammation, and a redistribution of fluids in the body which may also cause the scale to climb (but remember this is from water, NOT fat).

One of the best ways to manage PMS symptoms is to simply listen to your body. This includes:

→ Getting adequate sleep (over 7 hours)

→ Managing stress to support your immune system and gut health

→ Removing inflammatory foods (sugar, wheat, processed vegetable oils, alcohol)

→ Staying consistent with your macros and micros

If you aren’t addressing the basics listed above, there’s no need for more advanced strategies.

Once you have those dialed in, supplementation may also be helpful to manage PMS symptoms. Magnesium and Zinc are two recommended supplements for women to take consistently.

As the uterine lining increases and thickens leading up to our periods, we have an increased uptake of Magnesium and Zinc. Adding supplementation can improve our body’s storage of these minerals.

Magnesium is also tied to muscle contraction and Zinc to the immune system, so together they help dampen inflammation caused by hormone changes around this time of the month.

Omega-3’s are another great supplement to add in because these fatty acids help us overcome the inflammation from the influx of estrogen as your period starts. This will help with cramping, bloating, and general fatigue.

It’s important to note that mild PMS symptoms are very different from Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). PMDD is caused by a large drop in serotonin that causes anxiety and depression and should be treated with the help of a medical practitioner.

I lost my period, what should I do now?

Unfortunately, this is a very common question. An astounding 45% of athletic women don’t have their period or have very irregular cycle.1

The absence of menstruation when you have previously had a period (i.e. after puberty) is commonly called secondary amenorrhea, which is what I’ll be referring to here. This happens due to an energy imbalance in the body, or in other words, your body is in a Low Energy Availability state (LEA). 

LEA may not always be from food restriction, but can also be caused by an increase in training volume leading to a higher calorie expenditure not being matched with increased calorie intake.

Amenorrhea is one of the three conditions that make up the Female Athlete Triad (the triple combination of amenorrhea, low energy availability, and decreased bone density) which has since been expanded into the term Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) to include all of the various health impacts of LEA.

Image credit to the British Journal of Sports Medicine

RED-S encompasses menstrual dysfunction, illness, decreased muscle protein synthesis, decreased bone density, higher inflammation, GI stress, and even psychological aspects.

Women living in a LEA state who develop amenorrhea will also see a downregulation in thyroid function and IGF-1 and will not be able to respond and adapt to training as well. This was recently proven in this study done on female swimmers. Amenorrheic swimmers actually got slower over 12 weeks of training compared to their teammates who had a regular menstrual cycle.

All of this explanation is to emphasize the fact that you will be at a disadvantage from a health AND performance perspective if you operate in a LEA state and lose your menstrual cycle. 

If you are currently experiencing very irregular periods or amenorrhea, work with your doctor and your coach to find the root cause of the issue. Aim to rebalance your energy intake with your energy expenditure and ensure proper hormone health through testing. More details on amenorrhea in this blog.

Do I need to change my training depending on where I’m at in my menstrual cycle?

Let me start by saying that there is still very little research on female athletes so we don’t have concrete evidence that we can apply across the board. Furthermore, every woman’s cycle could be a little different and require different tweaks to their individual training routine.

For most women, there is no need to manipulate your workouts around your cycle. The best rule to live by is to listen to your body and know when you can push harder or when you need an extra rest day.

For some female athletes who love to geek out on training and nutrition or want to really dial in every aspect of their athletic endeavors, step one is tracking your cycle!

There are various apps to help you do this. I like Natural Cycles and FitRWoman.

After you track your cycle for a few months, you will be able to see how long your follicular and luteal phases are.

During the follicular phase, estrogen and progesterone are lower and this is where you can really push performance and strength output. Studies have shown women to build more lean mass and increase strength and power output during their follicular phase.2

Ideally, you would plan your highest intensity training and go for PR’s or test max lifts during this first phase of your cycle.

Your hormones rise after ovulation and you enter your luteal phase, which is when your body can’t utilize carbohydrates as well. We would recommend more steady state exercise, skill work, and movement technique in these days leading up to your period.

What about nutrition changes during my period?

There is no need to make any major changes to your nutrition as you move through your cycle, but there are a few tips and tricks that can give you that last 5% if you already have all of the basics dialed in.

Like we mentioned above when discussing PMS, Zinc and Magnesium supplementation can be very helpful for fighting inflammation and these minerals can also help with cravings.

Have you ever craved chocolate heading into your period? One of the reasons we crave chocolate during this time is because dark chocolate (over 70% cocoa) contains about 220 mg of Magnesium, which is just shy of the recommended daily value.

Add in Zinc, Magnesium, and Omega-3’s, and pre-track some high quality dark chocolate into your macros during the week leading up to your period 😉

One other small change to your nutrition that you may want to consider is increasing intra-workout carbohydrates during your luteal phase (the second half of your cycle after ovulation). During this phase, we don’t utilize carbs as well because of the higher levels of estrogen so you might need that extra boost from intra-workout sources like HBCD.

As a general rule, don’t stress the small stuff. Stick to your macros, stay plenty hydrated, get adequate sleep, and you likely won’t need to make any changes to your nutrition around your period.

I’m nearing menopause, how should I change my diet and training?

Every day is one day closer to menopause for every young woman… So fun to think about!! 

Women in their 40’s tend to start noticing that the nutrition and/or fitness routines they did previously don’t seem to produce the same results.

This is because during perimenopause, the transition into menopause, progesterone and estrogen are fluctuating like crazy until fully dropping off at menopause.

Your body’s ability to create new muscle (muscle protein synthesis) declines with age and with these changes in hormone levels. This means that strength training and protein intake become even more important for women as we age.

Training & Nutrition Tips for Perimenopause:

→ Perimenopause is a great time to focus on strength, power, and anaerobic work

     » We recommend a combination of HIIT sessions and heavy lifting to help with blood sugar control, burning fat, and preserving lean tissue.

     » Alternate high intensity work with your lifting days to allow for adequate recovery between sessions.

→ Focus on your protein intake

     » When nearing menopause, your body will need more amino acids for muscle protein synthesis than it previously did.

     » Eat at least the minimum recommendation of about 1g protein per lb body weight each day.

→ Switch your carbohydrate sources from starchy carbs (rice, potatoes, oats) to more complex carbohydrates (veggies, fruit, etc.) throughout the day.

The big key during perimenopause is to start noticing symptoms and manage them NOW to help you more easily transition through menopause. It’s also a great time to add in adaptogens to help manage some of those symptoms.

Adaptogens are plant compounds that help our body increase resistance to various different stressors (physical, chemical, and biological). They work with the HPA axis to regulate the body’s stress response and may attenuate some perimenopausal symptoms.1

Recommended adaptogens to consider adding into your daily routine include:

→ Schisandra – to boost mitochondrial function and cognition

→ Ashwagandha – to help support estrogen, anti-inflammation, and parasympathetic (rest & digest) activation

→ Maca – to support estrogen and progesterone and help increase IGF-1

I’m postmenopausal, how should I change my diet and training?

You don’t have to totally overhaul your nutrition and fitness after menopause, but you should pay attention to a few important changes.

Workout and nutrition stimuli will affect your body slightly different at this point in your life.

Like we mentioned above, strength training and protein intake become even more important for the menopausal woman.

Your estrogen levels have dropped during menopause and this decreases the body’s anabolic response.1 Since your body has an increased need for protein, aim to eat at least 40g post-workout to stimulate muscle repair and growth.

You may also find that your body is more sensitive to total carbohydrate intake so, similar to the perimenopausal recommendations, eat any starchy carbs around your workout and aim to get the rest of the day’s carbs from complex sources like vegetables, fruit, etc.

As for your training, focus on HIIT & strength work during the week and use the weekend for a fun workout of choice (i.e. a long, slow hike). Your training schedule might look something like:

→ Monday – Strength work (think low rep, heavy weight)

→ Tuesday – HIIT cardio (i.e. plyometric work)

→ Wednesday – rest

→ Thursday – Strength

→ Friday – HIIT

→ Saturday – long, slow run or hike

→ Sunday – rest

Some women also utilize Hormone Replacement Therapy to help preserve lean mass and mitigate menopausal symptoms. This could be a treatment option for healthy, symptomatic women within 10 years of the onset of menopause, but it does NOT replace the benefits of resistance training with a higher protein diet.

If you want more information on hormone therapy, please consult your medical practitioner.

Do women have better fat loss results with low carb diets? 

All fat loss is triggered by a calorie deficit, which means eating fewer calories than you expend through daily activity. That calorie deficit has to come from somewhere, typically via decreasing fat and/or carbohydrate consumption.

With the rise in popularity of the ketogenic diet (very low carb, high fat), some women have seen successful weight loss whereas others struggle to adhere to such a strict protocol and start to have symptoms of HPA axis dysfunction or hormonal issues.4

It’s important to note that most of the data done on ketogenic diets is exclusively on male populations, but the few outcomes from studies on women on a keto diet who train HIIT workouts or resistance training have consistently shown increased cortisol, thyroid suppression, glucose resistance, and fat gain.1

Why might the results differ so much between men and women? 

Women are already pretty great at using fatty acids for fuel due to the high hormone phase of the menstrual cycle. This is the first part of your cycle when estrogen and progesterone are elevated. Estrogen doesn’t allow you to use carbohydrates as efficiently so your body naturally runs off more fats during this phase of your cycle.1

And since women have naturally fluctuating hormones throughout each menstrual cycle, we can be more susceptible to hormone dysfunction than men and need to be aware of how our bodies respond to changes in our diet.

Very low carb diets like the keto diet can actually increase cortisol and cause thyroid issues or amenorrhea (losing your menstrual cycle) because of the imbalance between energy intake and expenditure.

Does this mean you can’t experiment with low carb/higher fat diets? Definitely not, but everyone will have a slightly different threshold with what type of macronutrient split works best for them depending on their lifestyle, workout routine, and preferences. 

This is why it’s so important to work with a coach because there is no one-size-fits-all solution for nutrition!

Should I practice intermittent fasting as a woman?

Fasting is a very popular topic right now and has been shown to have some health benefits depending on the type and length of the fast. 

Intermittent fasting (or time restricted eating) has been linked to improved metabolic rate, increased testosterone, and more… But it’s very important to note that nearly all of the research on fasting has been done on men.

Men seem to benefit from periods of fasting, but the very few studies done on women fasting have actually shown increased cortisol levels and decreased insulin sensitivity = a recipe for fat gain.3

We can thank evolution for this difference in response between genders…

Men evolved as hunters and commonly had to go out and get food for their tribe. This means their body had to ramp up metabolism and use stored energy as fuel for a productive hunt.

Meanwhile during this time, women stayed home to raise children and their bodies had to prepare for time without food by slowing metabolism and storing energy to survive.

These evolutionary traits appear to remain relevant in the very limited fasting research that controls for gender. 

The bottom line, ladies, is to save the fasting protocols for the guys and stick with an even flow of high quality calories throughout the day – at least until we have more research.

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Does the size of the calorie deficit change between men and women?

I think we’ve made it clear by now that men and women have slightly different needs when it comes to training and nutrition. 

Many women have probably noticed that when they undertake a templated diet that’s the exact same as their male partner, the pounds seem to fall off much faster for him.

This is because men have a higher metabolic rate than women because of differences in body composition, which can impact weight-loss results.

Men tend to have more fat in their midsection (visceral fat) whereas women commonly carry fat more in their hips and thighs, which is important for child rearing.

So short answer – yes, women will need a different calorie deficit than their male counterpart due to the fact that a man’s metabolic rate will be higher.

But when it comes to calorie deficits and diet recommendations, every individual will need their own prescription – regardless of gender.

Thankfully, there are still some foundational recommendations we can all agree on

→ Protein needs are very similar for men and women at about .8 to 1.2 g/lb per day5

→ Since protein needs are established, a calorie deficit should come from manipulating carbs and/or fats

→ Any individual’s calorie deficit required to see weight loss will depend on their lifestyle, training routine, and diet history

For individual diet recommendations, work with a coach!

Are refeeds and diet breaks more necessary for women because of their hormone responses?

Studies have shown that energy restriction (AKA dieting for weight loss) can lead to decreases in leptin, testosterone, estradiol, and menstrual irregularities for women, so we already know that energy restriction impacts hormonal responses in the body.6

But because women have naturally fluctuating hormones, does that mean women need refeeds and diet breaks more than men do?

We do not have conclusive evidence to answer this question with a yes or no. What we do know is that refeeds and diet breaks can help to attenuate these hormonal adaptations by restoring energy balance in the body. 

That’s exactly what THIS recent study demonstrated by analyzing the response of resistance trained men and women to refeed days (7 male participants, 1 female) . Those who implemented two days (48 hours) of a return to maintenance calories via carbohydrates better preserved lean mass and a higher resting metabolic rate than those who stayed in a calorie deficit all seven days of the week.

Refeeds can be helpful for both men and women to negate some of the hormonal side effects from calorie restriction and can even help with the mental aspect of dieting.

If you want to learn more about implementing diet breaks and refeeds, watch this video! 

Key Takeaways from this Women’s Health FAQ:

→ As Dr. Stacy Sims says, women are not small men. The vast majority of sports & nutrition research is done on white males and can’t always be directly applied to women.

→ Women may be more susceptible to hormonal disruptions caused by low energy availability. LEA can be brought on via calorie restriction and/or intense training so tracking your menstrual cycle can be very helpful to learn how to properly fuel your body for your specific lifestyle and goals.

→ A combination of cardio and heavy resistance training is beneficial for women of all ages and becomes even more important as we age when our ability to preserve and build muscle mass starts to decline.

→ Every woman’s hormones will fluctuate throughout the menstrual cycle and throughout life. Work WITH your body by eating adequate protein to support muscle protein synthesis as you age and take in plenty of nutrient-dense foods to support your immune system, gut health, and hormones.

→ Avoid overly restrictive diet trends that have only studied male outcomes. Your optimal diet & exercise routine might not look exactly like anyone else’s and that’s OK! You know your body best. Pay attention to how your body responds to different diet changes or changes to your training and learn what works best for YOU. 


Sources & Further Reading:
  1. Dr. Sims, Stacy. Women Are Not Small Men. Online Course https://www.drstacysims.com/products/class-of-march-2020
  2. Sung, E., Han, A., Hinrichs, T., Vorgerd, M., Manchado, C., & Platen, P. (2014). Effects of follicular versus luteal phase-based strength training in young women. Springerplus, 3, 668. doi:10.1186/2193-1801-3-668
  3. Tolson KP, Garcia C, Yen S, Simonds S, Stefanidis A, Lawrence A, Smith JT, Kauffman AS. Impaired kisspeptin signaling decreases metabolism and promotes glucose intolerance and obesity. J Clin Invest. 2014 Jul 1;124(7):3075-9.
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9813459
  5. Protein to Maximize Whole-Body Anabolism in Resistance-Trained Females After Exercise. Malowany et al. (2018)
  6. Escalante, Guillermo & Campbell, Bill & Norton, Layne. (2020). Effectiveness of Diet Refeeds and Diet Breaks as a Pre Contest Strategy. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 1. 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000546. 
  7. Campbell, B.I.; Aguilar, D.; Colenso-Semple, L.M.; Hartke, K.; Fleming, A.R.; Fox, C.D.; Longstrom, J.M.; Rogers, G.E.; Mathas, D.B.; Wong, V.; Ford, S.; Gorman, J. Intermittent Energy Restriction Attenuates the Loss of Fat Free Mass in Resistance Trained Individuals. A Randomized Controlled Trial. J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2020, 5, 19.

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How to Intensify Your Workout: 7 Proven Training Techniques
Training
How to Intensify Your Workout: 7 Proven Training Techniques

How to Intensify Your Workout: 7 Proven Training Techniques What happens when you feel your…

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

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

Training
The 10 Training Commandments
Training
The 10 Training Commandments

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

Training
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
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
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
[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
How To Create The Best Training Atmosphere
Training
How To Create The Best Training Atmosphere

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Ready, Aim, FIRE. Repeat.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Ready, Aim, FIRE. Repeat.

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

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

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

Daily Dose
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
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
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
How To Lean Bulk Properly (Build Muscle, Without Gaining Fat)
Nutrition
How To Lean Bulk Properly (Build Muscle, Without Gaining Fat)

WHAT IS A LEAN BULK? Lean bulking is the process of building muscle, while minimizing…

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
Low FODMAP Diet Guide For Beginners
guides
Low FODMAP Diet Guide For Beginners

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

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

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

Training
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
The Final Chapter…
Lifestyle
The Final Chapter…

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
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
Does Periodization Matter For Hypertrophy Training?
Science
Does Periodization Matter For Hypertrophy Training?

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

Science
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
Nutrition

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

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

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

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] 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
[Daily Dose] How To Turn A Bad Day Around
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] How To Turn A Bad Day Around

How To Turn A Bad Day Around I had a pretty shitty day today. Yesterday,…

Daily Dose
How To Avoid Injury
Training
How To Avoid Injury

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

Training
Fit over 40
Lifestyle
Fit over 40

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
Old Geezer Metabolic Syndrome
Nutrition
Old Geezer Metabolic Syndrome

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

Nutrition
The Ultimate Guide to Fitness and Nutrition Coaching
Coaching
The Ultimate Guide to Fitness and Nutrition Coaching

Why You Should Hire An Online Fitness and Nutrition Coach First and foremost, it should…

Coaching
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
Why I Love Weight Watchers…
Nutrition
Why I Love Weight Watchers…

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

Nutrition
How 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
3 Reasons You NEED Mobility To Lose More Fat
Training
3 Reasons You NEED Mobility To Lose More Fat

What is Mobility?   If your goal is fat loss, you NEED to incorporate mobility…

Training
Diet Breaks: Defined and Applied
Hormones
Diet Breaks: Defined and Applied

Today we are going to talk about how you can maximize the effectiveness of your…

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

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

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

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

guides
[Daily Dose] What is Body Positivity, Really…?
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] What is Body Positivity, Really…?

What is Body Positivity, Really…? Body positivity… This is an interesting topic. It’s actually a…

Daily Dose
17 Diet Lies’ They Told You, And You Believed.
Nutrition
17 Diet Lies’ They Told You, And You Believed.

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

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

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

Nutrition
Top 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
High Carb Diets Work Better For Fat Loss Than Low Carb Diets
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
Podcast Interview on "Hefty To Handsome" – A Nutrition Plan For Real People with Cody Boom Boom McBroom
Coaching
Podcast Interview on "Hefty To Handsome" – A Nutrition Plan For Real People with Cody Boom Boom McBroom

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

Coaching
EPISODE 6: 5 Steps To Habitual Lifestyle Changes
Lifestyle
EPISODE 6: 5 Steps To Habitual Lifestyle Changes

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

Lifestyle
[Daily Dose] YOLO…
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] YOLO…

YOLO… There’s something about being a human that innately slows you down or tries to…

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

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

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Progress is made at the speed of trust.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Progress is made at the speed of trust.

Progress is made at the speed of trust. This one BLEW OUR MINDS this week….

Daily Dose
What is the easiest diet to stay on?
Nutrition
What is the easiest diet to stay on?

Over 15-million google searches tells us that this is one of the most commonly asked…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lifestyle
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
Heat/Cold Therapy To Reduce DOMS and Improve Recovery + Health Benefits Of Fasting – March Research Review
Nutrition
Heat/Cold Therapy To Reduce DOMS and Improve Recovery + Health Benefits Of Fasting – March Research Review

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

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

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

Lifestyle
[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
[Daily Dose] The Gardener.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The Gardener.

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

Daily Dose
3 Steps To Building A Better Butt
Training
3 Steps To Building A Better Butt

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

Training
The 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 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
Fish Oil Supplementation 101
guides
Fish Oil Supplementation 101

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

guides
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
Entrepreneur’s NEED To Take Their Health Seriously, More Than Most.
Lifestyle
Entrepreneur’s NEED To Take Their Health Seriously, More Than Most.

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

Lifestyle
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
[Daily Dose] SIMPLICITY > complexity.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] SIMPLICITY > complexity.

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

Daily Dose
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 Elimination Diet
Nutrition
The Elimination Diet

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

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

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

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Maktub – “It Was Written”.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Maktub – “It Was Written”.

Maktub – “It Was Written”. This is an Arabic phrase that’s used throughout the book,…

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

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

Nutrition
[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
The Ultimate Protein Guide
guides
The Ultimate Protein Guide

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

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

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

Nutrition
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
The Mind Muscle Connection: The Key To Better Awareness, Injury Prevention, and Progress
Training
The Mind Muscle Connection: The Key To Better Awareness, Injury Prevention, and Progress

When it comes to increasing muscle mass and getting stronger, there are a number of…

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

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

guides
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
[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
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
[Daily Dose] ALL IN or all out.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] ALL IN or all out.

ALL IN or all out. Now, I rarely recommend an all or nothing mentality… But…

Daily Dose
Does Cortisol Affect Fat Loss?
Hormones
Does Cortisol Affect Fat Loss?

Do High Cortisol Levels Prevent Fat Loss From Occurring? [Research Review] Cortisol is a glucocorticoid…

Hormones
Blue Light Blockers (Benefit or BS?) and Trainings Effect on Sleep: Research Roundup w/ Dr. Brandon Roberts
Science
Blue Light Blockers (Benefit or BS?) and Trainings Effect on Sleep: Research Roundup w/ Dr. Brandon Roberts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
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
[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
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
My Diet Story. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly…
Nutrition
My Diet Story. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly…

  This may be the realist shit I’ve ever written for my blog. I know…

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
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
"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
What Happens If You Eat Too Much Protein? (More Protein = More Fat Loss…)
Nutrition
What Happens If You Eat Too Much Protein? (More Protein = More Fat Loss…)

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

Nutrition
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Nutrition
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Training
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Nutrition
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Nutrition
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Lifestyle
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Training
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Nutrition
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Coaching
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guides
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Daily Dose
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Nutrition
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For a printable version of this, for you to keep, click here .

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Daily Dose
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Nutrition
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Coaching
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Nutrition
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Nutrition
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Nutrition
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Nutrition
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Lifestyle
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Daily Dose
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Nutrition
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Coaching
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guides
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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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Training
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Nutrition
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Nutrition
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Nutrition
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Science
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Science
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Nutrition
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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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Fat Loss
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Nutrition
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Lifestyle
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Are you doing everything in your power to be the best you possibly can be?…

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Lifestyle
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Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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Coaching
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Lifestyle
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Nutrition
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Nutrition
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Lifestyle
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Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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Nutrition
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Lifestyle
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guides
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guides
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Training
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Nutrition
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guides
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guides
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Science
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Does Your Body Adapt To NEAT Or Walking, Making Your Step Count Less Effective At…

Science
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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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Nutrition
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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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Nutrition
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guides
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guides
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guides
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guides
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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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Daily Dose
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Nutrition
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guides
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guides
5 Travel Strategies To Avoid Falling Off The Wagon
Lifestyle
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Travel is a part of life no matter if it’s for work or pleasure, with…

Lifestyle
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Coaching
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Coaching
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Nutrition
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Lifestyle
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What is the healthiest way to eat? What is the best way to eat to…

Lifestyle
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Fat Loss
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Fat Loss
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Nutrition
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Nutrition
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guides
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guides
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Lifestyle
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For a chance to start your 30 day transformation, visit the links below! The 30…

Lifestyle
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Training
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Training
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Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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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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Coaching
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Coaching
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Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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Training
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Anyone who is into bodybuilding, or even just training for specific goals and results, knows…

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

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

Lifestyle
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guides
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guides
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Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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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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Nutrition
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Nutrition
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Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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Training
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Many guys (and even gals) who are into strength training switch off when they hear…

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

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

Nutrition
7 Reasons Your Diet Is Failing
Nutrition
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I got some unfortunate news for you today…. Every single diet you’ve ever tried, thought…

Nutrition
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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
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Lifestyle
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  Today I read a story, the kind of story that makes you stop, shut…

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

Daily Dose