Is it a good idea to cut down carbs completely? At the moment I’m doing my cardio and power cardio fasted and only take a protein shake. I also make it a point to keep my Carb intake at less than 50g a day. Will adding a little extra help me burn the belly fat and if so how much should I add?
Glad you enjoyed the article! You don’t have to fast every day, but consistently fasting might help you keep your appetite under control. As long as you keep your deficit 20-25% each day (fasting or eating throughout the day), you’ll lose the fat!
Questions: Should I have a casein protein shake right before bed? (It fits in my macros and proportions) (Should I be in a fed state within the first few hours of sleeping to maximize the time of being in a “fasted state”?)
Hey Michael. Bought both your books and read all your blogs. I also bought Pulse, forge and phoenix. I had a question though. You say in this article that you take all 3 before a fasted workout. Is this the way you recommend taking them? I thought phoenix was to be taken with food and forge was to be taken before fasted training. Any clarification would be appreciated.
The good news is that you can counteract this chain of events, provided you make and maintain the appropriate lifestyle changes. Choosing your exercise wisely is perhaps the most efficient way to bolster your body’s capacity to function optimally as you get older, and this includes maintaining healthy hormone levels.
He said: “Typical day: Morning: Bulletproof Coffee. Lunch: Microwave heated leftovers (steak, deer meat, Quick Eat hamburgers, sausages). Dinner: Chicken/steak/fish/dark veggies (broccoli, asparagus, spinach). Snacks: Cheese sticks.
My top tip, however is just walking. Lifting, jogging, or swimming while trying to lose weight is just too much effort. I download an ebook from Audible or the library and just go on hour+ walks. Free, cheap, and doesn’t hurt your joints. One mile walked burns the same about of calories as one more jogged (so I heard). And it’s so much enjoyable.
Hi mike! I just need some pointers on keeping muscle and loosing fat. I’m female and I’m 27 years old. Body fat around 20%. You mentioned in the article to cut 20% of your TDEE to loose belly fat. I have 2 questions for this. If I’m only active 3tx or 4 tx a week (2 strength days 2 HIIT days) should I cut more than 20% to loose fat?
Liquid sugar is even worse in this regard. Liquid calories don’t get “registered” by the brain in the same way as solid calories, so when you drink sugar-sweetened beverages, you end up eating more total calories (9, 10).
Hi Amber! Thanks so much for the reply. You are so very right. I want so much to just feel good in my own skin. Having reached a body I never thought possible it’s eye opening to realize I still see the things that need “fixing” instead of how far I’ve come. It all comes down to validation I suppose. We’re all looking for it. I am going to look up the Jen now. Always welcome new input and direction. I’ve heard it for years that fitness can become an addiction. I get it now. There’s ALWAYS room to improve. But to your point…at what point do we say enough? Thanks again for the response. Feels good to share 😉
Stress makes your body produce cortisol, known as “the stress hormone,” which depletes lean muscle and makes your body hold on to fat in the abdominal region. It also enlarges your fat cells, allowing them to store more fat. One of the most important strategies for addressing elevated cortisol levels is to reduce stress in your life. My favorite technique for addressing day-to-day stress is the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), which is the largest and most popular version of energy psychology.
Latest studies reveal that having smaller and frequent meals is the key to maintain a healthy metabolic rate, which is important for weight management. So, reduce the size of your meals and make up for it by snacking healthy. You could consider having dry fruits and nuts, raw veggies or fruits, and steamed veggies.
Typically you don’t need a full day of rest. You can do your weightlifting in the morning and then do cardio at night. If you are following a standard 5 day split that should cover the 4-5 hours of weightlifting and then HIIT a few times a weeks.
There are several ways to practice fasting, including: skipping breakfast, eating all you want five days out of the week, severely limiting calories on some days or even not eating anything at all some days, or limiting your eating hours to only 6 or 8 hours a day.
Refuse to base your actions on a cleanse or liquid diet. Cleanses are usually only effective for weight loss when combined with a healthy diet, while liquid diets do not give you the nutrients you need for lasting weight loss. Choose to change your eating habits to fresh produce, lean protein and whole grains instead.
The body doesn’t react to all fats in the same way. Research correlates high intake of saturated fat (the kind in meat and dairy) to increased visceral fat, Patton said. On the other hand, monounsaturated fats (the kind in olive oil and avocados) and specific types of polyunsaturated fats (mainly omega-3s, found in walnuts, sunflower seeds, and fatty fish like salmon) have anti-inflammatory effects in the body, and if eaten in proper portions may do your body good. But Patton warned that eating too much fat of any kind increases your calorie intake and could lead to weight gain, so enjoy healthy fats in moderation.
Love your articles, website, and diet info, its really helping. I just need that little extra to get down to 10%, Going to get hydrostatically weighed this week to really narrow it down and see where I’m at. Believe I’m right around 16% or so…
Add low-fat dairy to your diet. Protein-rich Greek yogurt, skim milk and even low-fat cheese can make you feel full and reduce calcitriol, a hormone that increases fat storage. Eat at least 6 oz. of yogurt per day, choosing unsweetened or minimally sweetened products over sweeter versions.
Any more and you’ll overdo it! The key factor that makes interval training so effective is intensity. To reap maximum results, you need to work out at maximum intensity, with rest periods in between spurts.
Great article! I am very, very frustrated with my belly fat. I’m a 22-year-old female, and I started heavy lifting a year ago at 5’11” and 160 pounds. I used to be a strict cardio person- and I still do a lot of cardio (a few months ago I ran a half-marathon). However, in the past few weeks I’ve started doing more intense interval workouts in an attempt to lose this fat. With the lifting, the intervals, and a relatively healthy diet, I still have a good amount of pinchable fat on my stomach that makes me forget all the progress I’ve made in my legs and arms from lifting. I am exactly the same weight I was a year ago.
Phoenix is my fat-burner. Phoenix helps you burn fat in three ways. It increases the amount of calories you burn daily by 150-200. It amplifies the power of fat-burning chemicals produced in the body, and it helps you feel more full thanks to the ingredient, 5-HTP.
It’s true that eating at a caloric deficit downregulates your metabolism, but you don’t need to worry about starvation mode. I don’t recommend eating below your BMR, so there does come a point where increasing activity is more practical than lowering calories. Here’s how to speed up your metabolism: https://www.muscleforlife.com/how-to-speed-up-metabolism/
In a way, moderate-intensity physical activity is that “magic pill” a lot of people are looking for, because the health benefits go beyond keeping your waistline trim: Not only can it reduce your risk of cancer, stroke, diabetes and heart attacks, but studies have shown that physical activity can significantly improve the moods of patients with major depressive disorders.
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Hello Mike my name is Govindas and I have been dieting for about 2 months and I am at 10% body fat but I still have a lot of fat on my belly and sides like you did and a normal day for me is wake up eat cereal (museli) then go gym for about 1 hr 30 doing 15 mins interval training and then weight training 30 mins then I do 10 mins boxing and 15 mins abdominal training then after this I have a protein shake with 1 banana , peanut butter , whey impact protein , 1 egg and then I will have 1 oily fish tin at about 3 a clock then have dinner at 5 probably chicken and rice or pasta then have snacks like peanuts or a sandwich or fruit at around 7 then go sleep and I’ve been doing this for 2 months but I can’t lose my lower belly fat , should I keep going or is there something I should change ? PS sorry for the long paragraph. Btw I’m 18 and am 5 foot 8 and am around 10 stone
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Hi Mike, Just curious. I recently started taking Tonalin CLA and I want to start this exact method listed above and I see that CLA is not listed as part of the regimen. Just curious as to whether I need to cont. to take the CLA or d/c taking it? If it’s recommended to cont. to take the CLA, when and how often should I take the CLA? Thanks Andrea
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One of the biggest questions I get is “how do I lose my belly fat? I’ve tried several things but nothing worked”. When I ask what you tried I hear 100 daily sit-ups, cutting calories drastically, excess cardio, fat burners, etc.
I was wondering if I should keep on cutting or start bulking to increase my muscle mass and shred the fat afterwards (which should in theory reduce overall body fat ratio if done correctly)? I read your article on best way to gain muscle. The limit you set there for bulking was 15% body fat. Could you please tell me which way I should go?
I want to prioritise fat loss and hold onto muscle. And to try and do both activities fasted. Problem is I have quite a small window to fit everything in due to my long and late working hours. Often 6M-2AM.
With increasing obesity, you have people whose regular areas to store fat are so full that the fat is deposited into the organs and around the heart, says Carol Shively, PhD, professor of pathology-comparative medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine.
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I just ordered Phoenix and was trying to find some information on dosages. I have been taking GTE since reading your book over a year ago, but I see that for the second and third dose you take Phoenix, instead. Should I still take the Green Tea Extract in the morning or should I take Phoenix instead in the morning? How many mg of GTE would you recommend while taking Phoenix?