I wasn’t born with the world’s greatest genetics. If I sit around for long enough, I get soft. If I indulge too many days in a row, it shows in my waistline. I gain a disproportionate amount of fat in my face. I have to work – I mean work – to build my booty. My dietary adherence has to be spot on to see any kind of progress. I always, always have to pay attention to what I put into my mouth.
And I consider myself damn lucky for it.
If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you’ve decided that you want to shed some fat and become all sexified (Rog’s term). But you’re frustrated as all hell because there’s so much conflicting information out there. Never eat more than 1,000 calories; carbs are the devil; absolutely no dairy or fruit; switch up your foods every day to confuse your body; never, ever let any food pass your lips after 6p.m. (thanks for that one, Oprah).
I think that macronutrient percentages are useless. I’ve had people ask me for my opinion on their diet that was a “40/30/30” p/c/f split. Well, buddy, I’d love to help you out there, but you’re really not telling me anything. For example, how many total calories are you consuming? If you’re only getting in 100g total, that’s 40g protein, 30g carbs, and 30g fat. Not enough. Or if you’re consuming 3000 calories – alright, but relative to your bodyweight, what is that…?
Now, there are a number of ways to do this, but below is my approach that I’ve been using for some years. I’ve done my research, I’ve applied the knowledge to myself and with my clients, and it works. You’ll read about other people recommending that you calculate your basal metabolic rate (BMR), then factor in activity levels, plus your age and gender and finally the number of hairs you have on your head. Quite frankly, all of those calculations give me a headache, but feel free to use those if you so desire. Here’s my way to skin the fat loss cat.
Steady-state cardio is not my favorite, but I think we’ve established that by now. I strongly prefer metabolic workouts for a multitude of reasons, most notably because they’re time-efficient, they’re more effective toward fat loss goals, and they don’t make me go cross-eyed with boredom.
This will be the first of a series on alternatives to steady-state cardio. Feel free to sprinkle them into your week for a change of pace.
You’re welcome in advance. Or… I’m sorry. Maybe both?
I tried to be perfect;
I tried to do it all.
But I should have known
that I’d soon hit a wall.
So many responsibilities,
so much to get done.
Did I really expect
to thrive in the long run?
I wanted to take classes
and teach myself guitar.
I wanted to run my own business
and be a shining star.
Hey folks! This update is long overdue. I know, I know – I was supposed to do this last Saturday. But an impromptu trip to Hawaii left me with no choice but to push this back. So here it is.
Over the past three weeks, to say that I’ve been busy would be an understatement. As I wrap up the end of the academic quarter, I feel like things have only been speeding up. And try as I might, I’ve been going to bed later and later. Getting to the gym has been more of a hassle than usual. Take last week, for instance. I was only able to get to the gym twice before I hauled myself over to Honolulu. My last day there, I decided that I wanted to get in at least one more quality workout, so given the usual limited hotel gym equipment, I did some Tabata-style front squats with 20lbs in each hand (these things are deceivingly hard) followed up with some steady state cardio. Gasp, oh no she didn’t! Oh yes I did. You see, as anti-cardio as I may seem, I think they do have their place. When it comes down to doing absolutely nothing vs. a little bit of cardio, the latter is preferable. Having gone to the gym only twice, I figured I could use a little more movement.
“I just don’t have the time” is no longer an excuse. I don’t care if you’re a full-time student and a full-time employee. I don’t care if you’re working 100+ hour weeks, if you have 5 kids, or if your significant other is eating up all of your time. I know people who embody these things and they manage to stay in great shape.
Yes, this may sound harsh, but I was raised with a whole lot of tough love, and that’s what I’m giving you now. [Tweet “If you want something badly enough, you will find a way to get it.”]No wall is too high; no obstacle is too hard. Your excuse, my friend, is invalid.