Eat breakfast. It might seem counterproductive to eat if you’re trying to lose weight, but studies show that eating breakfast within an hour of waking up keeps your insulin levels steadier and your LDL cholesterol levels lower.Building a healthy breakfast:
That should be okay. Ideally you would split them up and do cardio later but we realize that not everyone’s schedule allows for that. Doing the cardio portion after lifting is great too. Just make sure you are having some protein and carbs after the exercise so you aren’t pushing it for a few more hours.
Most people don’t realize that loads of cardio/aerobic exercise can actually wear down our joints, increase our stress hormones (including cortisol) and contribute to fatigue or overeating. A better option is to alternate the types and intensities of your workouts, doing some at a harder pace but for shorter duration (like with the Tabata protocol) and others for strength or cardiovascular benefits.
Thanks for this awesome article Mike. I was doing some reasearch on Yohimbine and found that it can have some side effects. Some of which sound a little scary. In your opinion would it be likely to still be able to get down to as low as 6 or 7% body fat without this supplement or related supplements?
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If your goal is 7-8% BF, you should probably cut for another 1-2 weeks. Then you can start reverse dieting and continue to lose a bit of weight. You should be able to get to 7-8% by the end of the reverse diet.
3. Sleep: Getting the right amount of shut-eye helps. In one study, people who got 6 to 7 hours of sleep per night gained less visceral fat over 5 years compared to those who slept 5 or fewer hours per night or 8 or more hours per night. Sleep may not have been the only thing that mattered — but it was part of the picture.
This worked unexpectedly but not at the time I was taking it. When I received the product and started taking it I I didn’t see any results. But almost 2 to 3 weeks after I dropped a few pounds (used the restroom) and felt like I lost 20lbs.
Hey Mike, is it ok to do HIIT in a fasted state in the mornings? Other reading I have done suggests low intensity cardio burns more fat and is less stressful for the body. Also I find weight lifting fasted really affects my performance, ie can’t lift as much? Do you find this as well?
Your parents weren’t kidding about how important veggies are for a healthy body. What they probably didn’t tell you, however, was that snacking on veggies is also one of the easiest ways to shed unwanted belly fat, too. According to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, opting for non-starchy veggies, like cauliflower, broccoli, and cucumber, as snacks helped overweight kids shed 17 percent of their visceral fat while improving their insulin sensitivity over a five-year period. Think snacking on veggies will leave you hungry? The 20 Most Filling Fruits and Veggies will have your belly satisfied in no time.
Also, TDEE calculations in the book are broad guidelines and don’t fit perfectly into every situation, but are a close approximation. The MFL websites gets a little deeper, but numbers still have to be adjusted based on results because everyone’s case is different. Based on your experience and macro tracking, it looks like those numbers are too high and you need to cut below 1850 with maintenance at roughly 1850.
Definitely. My question was more in relation to the recommended supplement regimen. What would I take upon waking (if anything) knowing that I can’t exercise until about 4pm? Would I still want to take the recommended morning supplements?
Yes, add weight training. Resistance training raises your metabolism and build muscle which allows you to burn more calories. Don’t rely on cardio too much. Heavy compound movements such as the deadlift, squat, bench press, etc burn the most calories. Remember fat loss is a total body process, despite what you may heard about spot reducing body fat. That’s impossible.
I got my supplements today and I’m going to start fasted training in the morning. I”m a little confused by your recommendations. Above you say to have “1 serving of Phoenix” both before training and before cardio. The bottle says 4 capsules is a serving. Are you telling me you take 8 capsules a day? Likewise and far more concerning is Forge, for which you suggest “2 servings” before both lifting and cardio. I’m 170 pounds. Is a “full dose” 6 or 8 caps for me? Let’s say it’s 7. Are you telling me I should be taking 28 caps per day?! Consume the entire bottle in 4 days???
However, in the case of how to lose stomach fat, exercise is not essential, whereas the dietary changes are. So, you can still achieve good results by following the ‘how to lose stomach fat’ dietary change plans even if you are unable to exercise, or simply don’t want to. If you do choose to exercise, remember that it is important to get sufficient rest and recovery on non-exercise days. Exercise is like medicine. It should be neither too little nor too much.
What about Green tea? Does it really help in reducing the body fat somehow? I drink about 5-6 cups of green tea everyday and have a maximum of 1000 calories per day. I try to avoid carbs as much as i can and i have a fasted HIIT every morning. I’ve been doing this for a month now but there hasnt been any significant change in my weight loss, even though my face has gotten thinner and so have my lower limbs but that belly fat is definitely not going away easy. I’m a 21 year old female, 5’4 and 132 pounds and my target is 120 pounds.
Mike, so far I’ve been doing 4 HIITS per week, keeping them around 30 minutes, and I lift 5 times per week (45-1 hour). I have been doing my HIITS first thing in the morning in a fasted state, and I take forge, pulse and phoenix (I love the Legion supplements, can’t wait to get fortify to replace the joint supplement I’ve used before). So I do my HIIT in a fasted state at 7 AM. Then I eat breakfast at 8 AM. Then I have been doing my weight lifting at Noon, and I take just pulse, because I’m not sure if my insulin levels are still high, so I haven’t been taking forge at that time. So on to my questions, I just have two;
Second Q, I tend to loose muscle way faster than fat even if I eat clean I notice that my muscle gains are fading if I cut, therefore I stop cutting my calories In order to keep my weight!! The problem with that is yeah I keep the muscle but gain I keep the fat too.! It’s been a frustrating 2 years of this ! What am I doing wrong here?! Any comment appreciated!
I’m not new to lifting or proper nutrition, but I’ve been stuck fluctuating between 9-11% bf, and 175-185 pounds. Looking to drop those last few pounds keeping as much muscle as possible obviously. Decided to change things up a bit and give IF a try. Doing between 16-18 hours fasted 6-8 hours eating… Currently I end my fast for a small breakfast and preworkout shake – I feel like I wouldn’t be able to train with the same kind of intensity if I don’t eat anything at all.. Most articles I read suggest that waiting until after training would yield the best results.. Since there’s so much conflicting data out there I figure the best way to find out is just to try it for awhile – I’ve been plateaud for awhile so I really don’t have anything to lose..
I also recommend incorporating Buteyko breathing into your workout, which involves breathing through your nose while doing your workout. This raises the challenge to another level, but it will also help you pace yourself as you may need to slow down in order to keep breathing through your nose.
I’ve been having great results with your supplements and your articles are right in line with everything I’ve been doing. My results over the last 3 months have been absolutely insane using the Forge/Pulse/Phoenix combo. Anyway, I was wondering if drinking a protein shake right before I start lifting ruins the effects of the Forge? I eat lunch around 12:30 and then take forge and pulse when I get home at 5:30 and start lifting at 6:00. I find myself to be insanely hungry at this time so I usually drink a shake about 10 minutes before I start. My results have been great but was curious if they could be even better if I cut out the shake? Thank you
Put aside the butter and olive oil: coconut oil should be your new go-to medium for frying and basting. The reason is that it can withstand much higher heats, so it’s less carcinogenic than other oils. Studies show that the medium-chain fats in coconut oil boost metabolism and decrease the amount of fat you store in response to high calorie intake.
Well, several studies such as those conducted by Laval University, East Tennessee State University, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of New South Wales have conclusively proven that shorter sessions of high-intensity cardio result in greater fat loss over time than longer, low-intensity sessions.
This might be “bro science”, but something that has helped me during my dieting is cold showers. I heard they are supposed to get rid of “brown fat cells” or something like that. They are also supposed to increase testosterone.
Now that you have a clearer vision of where you stand in your weight loss journey, you simply add daily or weekly weight targets to your calendar and start on with the rest of the flat stomach tips and methods provided below.
Crunches can also cause lower back pain, slouching shoulders & forward head posture. The Reverse Crunch doesn’t cause these problems, but again: spot reduction is a myth. To lose your belly fat, you need more. Keep reading.
Second, if you really need to, and can’t tolerate the fasted cardio at that point, you can have a shake after your lifting, and then proceed with HIIT cardio. Think you can get to the gym 15min earlier to extend your cardio time? Alternatively, do your stretches at home. That frees up 10min in the gym for you for cardio.
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Eating more and more processed and packaged foods, with a decrease in fresh plant foods. The most substantial dietary change to happen in the last century include over-consumption of high calorie foods including processed vegetable oils, sugary drinks, fast food and all types of sweet snacks.