Archive for April, 2011
Getting your cardio routine together to help you reach the goal of losing belly fat is one of the most critical elements of your workout program design and set-up.
There’s been a lot of debate recently about the best type of cardio to perform in order to lose belly fat. Should you perform plenty of long, slow cardio training that has you working in the ‘fat burning zone’, or are you better off performing high intensity interval training that will work you at a much faster pace and only be performed for around 20 minutes?
The answer is simply this: long, slow cardio sucks. While yes, you will burn calories if you run for long periods of time, other chemical reactions are happening in your body that are actually DESTROYING muscle and preventing yourself from losing belly fat. So let’s dispel this myth once and for all – no [...]
“Diet” has been turned into a word that people fear – no one REALLY wants to completely stop eating carbs, go on a low fat diet, or severely restrict calories (these are not healthy methods of losing weight, by the way; but thats a different post for a different day). The truth is, though, is that “dieting” doesn’t have to be that bad. All you really need to know is what your goals are, be it fat loss or building muscle, and then eat the proper macronutrient profile for those goals. However, don’t mistake simplicity for lack of importance – diet will account for around 80% of your results. You could do hardcore workouts on a regular basis, but if you’re eating garbage, you won’t get the results you’re looking for.
One of the concepts that we talk about in our free report is that all calories aren’t really alike. [...]
One of the most controversial, supposedly fat burning beverages in the past few years has been green tea. Many people say that it’s a super drink – that it will dramatically increase your rate of fat loss and is absolutely necessary in any persons diet who is looking to lose fat. So, what’s the truth? Is green tea a fat burning drink? What can it do for you?
Let’s take a closer look at the specific benefits that green tea has to offer so you can see for yourself if this beverage is a must in your fat loss diet plan.
The first reason why green tea is smart to include in your diet is because it provides a metabolic boost throughout the day – which increases your total daily calorie expenditure.
While you may not think that the calorie boost from a small cup of [...]
One of the most common complaints you’ll hear from people is that they are stressed out. Whether you’re overworked, have money issues, are eating poorly, not exercising enough, or not resting enough, at some point you have probably dealt with a high level of stress.
While completely avoiding stress in your life is pretty much impossible, it’s very important to regulate your stress so that it doesn’t negatively affect you. Specifically, so that your stress doesn’t prevent you from losing fat.
If you are chronically stressed all the time, it can cause some pretty serious issues with your body, including bone loss, pain, inflammation, decreased immune system function, and increased fat storage. If that’s not enough to convince you you need to control stress, then let me give you some more details on what happens when you’re stressed out all the time.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue occurs [...]
While lifting weights and exercising is key in losing belly fat, the actual fat loss and muscle gain really occurs during the rest and recovery period in between your workouts. When you’re lifting weights, you’re actually breaking down the muscle tissue that you are working. The actual growth of your muscle occurs after you workout – when you’re resting. Without proper rest and recovery, your muscles will not recover properly, and you will eventually end up injuring yourself. So, how much rest do you need? What’s the best way to recover from hard workouts, and how do we speed up workout recovery?
First and foremost, you should take between 48-72 hours between working out the same muscle groups. This will give you ample time to recover. However, if you still feel “out of it” or weak when you go back to the gym after 72 hours – always listen to [...]