Sorry for maybe repeating the same question , but should I keep going on or change a few parameters ? ( like I eat the same foods everyday, I change only on weekends , Its been like this for quite a while , only the quantity is changed. ). Do u think that even though I succeed in being in calorie surplus/deficit , I should not stick to the same foods and that might be the reason that my body responds so slow ( coz it adapts , maybe ? ). I would really like to know if that matters a lot or not .
I’ve had a bunch of healthy problems with elevated stress and cortisol in past and was just trying to find anything that could relate this (as cortisol is catabolic and reaches it’s peak in the morning) so I decided to ask you.
Tight deadlines, bills, your kids—whatever your source of stress, having too much of it may make it harder for you to drop unwanted pounds, especially from your middle. And it’s not just because you tend to reach for high-fat, high-calorie fare when you’re stressed, though that’s part of it. It’s also due to the stress hormone cortisol, which may increase the amount of fat your body clings to and enlarge your fat cells. Higher levels of cortisol have been linked to more visceral fat.
Hormones can definitely play their part but the solution is always similar. Figure out what your calorie intake is and adjust it accordingly so you can lose weight. Have you played around with this calculator before.
The supps won’t help with fat loss unless you’re in a deficit. They are meant to accelerate fat loss which requires a deficit to begin with. You can take caffeine pre-workout to improve performance, but no need to take the rest.
That’s awesome you’re making good progress and watching your protein intake. Good job! Ideally, you should get on weight training now, but you can definitely still make progress with HIIT until you have gym access.
Hey Ingry, are you sure you lost muscle? How fast did you lose weight? Did you get weaker on your lifts? If you do a ton of cardio, don’t eat enough protein, eat at too big of a deficit, etc. you can lose muscle. I recommend eating high protein, focusing on heavy compound lifting, and using HIIT cardio to support fat loss. Your calories don’t seem too low, but if you were losing more than 2lbs per week, you should increase your calories. Check this out: http://www.muscleforlife.com/the-ultimate-fitness-plan-for-women/
While sit-ups can’t “target” belly fat, what they can do is help you burn calories, strengthen your core and develop more muscle. Because muscle is more metabolically active than fat, the more muscle you have, the more calories you’ll burn when you’re at rest.
Hey Mike! You say fasted state is reached within 2-6 hours after you ate (depending on how much you ate). So how do you know if you’re in a fasted state? I have no idea how to check my insulin levels 🙂
Thanks, Mike. I have a question. I wake up very, very early every day (California-based stockbroker working NYC hours) – and exercising in the morning is impossible for me M-F. Could you recommend anything for someone in my shoes?
I bought BLS yesterday, not yet finished reading though. Btw, about this stubborn fat, am on a fasted training. Latest meal usually on 2000 or 2100, and go to gym on 1300 the day after on an empty stomach, only take BCAA before workout. I think i can lift as heavy as if i have breakfast..but need your advise though, is it safe to fast that long and go for a weight training? and for HIIT, is it better before or after weight training?
So I like to do my cardio in the morning and in a fasted state then weights later in the day. What would be your recommendations on when to take Phoenix? Also you say 1 serving in your article vs the 2pills twice daily on the btl but does that mean 2 pills our all 4 twice daily? And should i think about switching the two? Thanks in advance.
Sharing his story, he wrote: “I have two young kiddos and a very supporting wife, and the thought of keeling over at 40 because I was overweight and them having to be the kids at school who’s dad died because he couldn’t say no to Cool Ranch Doritos wrecked me.
This is the basic problem with belly fat, and all other forms of “stubborn fat“–the ratio between beta- and alpha-receptors is heavily weighted toward alpha, which means that catecholamines can’t trigger lipolysis as easily.
I then decided to cut to get rid of the last lingering fat from love handles and the belly. So I’ve been in a calorie deficit for a few (6) months. Current stats are 75kg and about 14-15% body fat (according to accu measure calipers). I’m just starting to finally see visible results on the belly, (my upper body and arms are super lean, just a little under-hang left below the belly button – top two abs visible when relaxed). The shallow w shape has got flatter and I’m starting to get the taper from my hip bones down to my groin. All in all good progress but sloooow going! I’m looking to drop to 12% and review at that point (hopefully in 2-3 months).
Research also has associated belly fat with an increased risk of premature death — regardless of overall weight. In fact, some studies have found that even when women were considered a normal weight based on standard body mass index (BMI) measurements, a large waistline increased the risk of dying of cardiovascular disease.
No need to be perfect. Eating junk food actually helps fat loss by keeping your hormones sharp. Don’t overdo it though. Eat junk food 10% of the time max. That’s 4 junk meals/week if you eat 6 meals/day.
Eventually, your body finishes processing the food, and insulin levels drop to a low, stable baseline level, where they remain until you eat food again. This is known as the “postabsorptive” or “fasted” state.
Read Mike’s book and ordered the supplements. Have lost 20 lbs in 4 months and gained quite a bit of muscle. Am 57 years old. Question: I like to work out early, before work. If I do not eat quite a bit before the workout, I get a headache and am nauseous all day long. Experimenting with what to eat before the work out. Any ideas? Is this a common issue? No problems if I work out after work. I am also able to go long periods without food and not have a headache, only if I lift without eating.
A cardio exercise plan such as brisk walking is an excellent way to lose stomach fat (and body fat elsewhere). Moreover, the best way to burn more calories and build firm muscle is through cardio exercise plus weight training. However, you cannot neglect the second half of the equation; you must change your eating habits. Body fat accumulating around the stomach is caused by poor eating habits. In other words, consuming too many refined carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrate is the major cause of excess stomach fat (general weight gain and obesity). You need to reduce or eliminate refined (processed) carbohydrate. Unless you change those habits, your stomach fat will remain. It is simple fact; our bodies were not designed to eat refined carbohydrate. Your ancestors did not have refined carbohydrates in their diet. Those ancestors were fitter and leaner. They did not have fat stomachs. (Neither did they have need of weight loss diets.) Carbohydrates, whether simple carbs or complex carbs, become sugar when digested. So, reduce the amount of carbohydrate that you are consuming. This is a health-promoting step. Unlike protein and fats, you do not need to consume carbs to be healthy. Your goal is to “burn” body fat. The reason you are accumulating body fat is that you are giving your body so much sugar/carbohydrate, that it not only does not burn body fat but it actually saves (stores) body fat (mainly around the abdomen). Once you improve your eating habits by significantly reducing the amount of carbohydrate that you consume, your body will begin to “burn” fat and you will lose the fat stored around you stomach (and elsewhere). In summary, to lose your stomach fat and burn more calories, cardio exercise, weight training and less carbohydrate is the way forward.
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Hi Mike, I’ve been following your book, “Thinner leaner stronger”. As you recommended from the book, I’ve been eating 30~40g of protein(whey powder) and 40~50g carbs before and after workout. After reading this article, I’m not sure what to follow. Should I change plan to fasted workout and skip protein & carbs intake before workout?( I would still eat them at another time to keep my micros intake goal.) I can only workout at night around 10pm. In this case, which workout is better, fasted or fed? If I do fasted with all the supplements, would it keep me up all night? I always appreciate your help.
• Next, do a Kegel squeeze. A Kegel squeeze is performed by drawing your lower pelvic muscles up and holding them up high and tight. For men who aren’t familiar with that term, it’s similar to trying to stop urinating in the middle of the flow. This squeeze will allow you to feel and focus on your abdominal muscles.
Spot reduction still doesn’t exist, so Squats & Deadlifts won’t burn your belly fat directly. However they’ll strengthen your abs and lower your waist size. If you never did both exercises, check StrongLifts 5×5. Only takes 3x45mins/week.
I read the the yohimbine, which is in Forge, constricts blood vessels. I take Forge, 6 pills (I weigh about 153 pounds empty) before workout with Pulse, which has citurlline malate and ornithine which are designed to release arginine to dilate blood vessels. Does the yohimbine, which is in a small enough dose to prevent the blood pressure spike of larger doses, counteract the effect of the arginine and NO2 of Pulse?
Great answers! I’ll read your article and see the information. Also, if I reduce my protein, my macros percentages also will vary. I’m now in 40%CH 30-35%Prot 25-30%Fat. That aren’t the percentages you say we should stick in your articles, is that a big problem? When bulking, how should those percentages be?Thank you very much!! I continue reaching my goals and still motivated, there is a new and single vein in my belly! LOL 😀
Of course, you need to add salt to your food. Instead of sodium salt, you can consider using potassium, lemon, and sea salts. Also, adding a few herbs and spices like pepper helps in reducing the salt requirement.
Reduce calorie consumption. Unless you restrict calorie intake, you won’t lose belly fat. Keep track of your daily calorie consumption by using a program such as MyFitnessPal or the USDA SuperTracker to record everything that you eat.
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While some people have an easier time than others, almost everyone has to deal with hunger and cravings to one degree or another. It’s just human nature to want to indulge in food after accidental or intentional deprivation, and whether it’s normal or not, it’s still interfering with your goals.
3. V-Sit Ups are one of my favourite exercises for my abs because it is quite challenging. The V sit-ups work on the upper and lower abs regions and you also have to focus on your balance to keep the abs engaged at the same time. It’s a great strength builder for your core.
The supplement β-Hydroxy β-Methylbutyrate (also known as HMB) is a substance formed when your body metabolizes the amino acid leucine, which is an amino acid that directly stimulates protein synthesis.