Why you should prioritize strength training, especially on a diet (UPDATED with FREE workout program log)

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It may seem counter intuitive, but when you are losing weight, strength training, not cardio training should be your number one exercise priority. When you place your body in a caloric deficit, it is normal for your body to burn a combination of stored body fat and muscle to meet its energy needs, but you can prevent this loss of muscle mass through strength training. The human body has been conditioned to adapt to the stresses place on it by its environment by making it more resilient to the stress the next time it’s encountered. If your body is required to lift heavy objects using all the muscles of the body, on a frequent basis, it will preserve muscle and burn fat exclusively when in a caloric deficit, assuming you are consuming sufficient quantities of protein. That is why strength training should be your number one exercise priority.

A study compared diet and strength training vs diet and cardio training. The 12-week study found that the cardio group lost more weight, than the strength training group (32 pounds vs 28 pounds), but the strength training group had lost a lot less lean muscle mass. The type of weight you lose is more important than the amount of weight you lose. Strength training is the best form of training for improving body composition because it promotes fat loss while building muscle. The study concluded that “the addition of an intensive, high volume resistance training program resulted in preservation of lean body weight and resting metabolic rate during weight loss with very-low-calorie diets.”  If you are at 30% body fat level and you lose 10 pounds, but three of those pounds are muscle. You haven’t decreased your percentage body fat very much. You will look almost the same. You will just be a little smaller, weaker version of your former self. Worse, by losing muscle, you have decreased your metabolism, which will lead to a fat loss plateau.

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If the muscles loss is severe enough, you will begin a downward spiral where your body composition gets worse. Every pound of muscle gained or lost will either increased or decreased you metabolism approximately 50 calories a day. Once you resume normal eating you will likely gain back the lost body fat, but not the muscle. When you lose body fat while building muscle mass, you transform your body by significantly reducing your body fat percentage.   You’ll become leaner, stronger, and fitter. Your ability to burn calories will increase instead of decrease, which will help keep the weight off after your resume a maintenance diet.

Everyone needs to change their belief that cardio burns fat and replace it with exercise burns fat.  It is also important to remember that creating a caloric deficit through calorie restriction should be your number one priority when your goal is fat loss.

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Are you ready to reboot and reset your relationship with food and exercise? Most programs focus on the mechanics of weight loss, but fail to adequately address the psychology of change required. Most people know more than enough about nutrition and exercise to lose weight, but fail to take action. This book takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger.

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The book contains:

  • 7 Change Strategies for Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
  • A Flexible Diet Program that Doesn’t Put Any Foods Off-limit,  including Alcohol
  • 20-Week Workout Log with Progress Assessments (Downloadable PDF)
  • 3 Strategies for Resetting your Body Weight Set point to Keep the Weight Off
  • A Nutrition and Training Program Based on Science, not Bro Science.

The Fat Loss Habit: Creating Routines that Make Willpower and Fat Loss Automatic takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger. The program uses high-impact change strategies that make the process of adopting a healthy lifestyle easier. The nutrition and workout program, like the change techniques have all been proven effective, and are all backed by research and scientific studies.

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 The Fat Loss Habit: Creating Routines that Make Willpower and Fat Loss Automatic takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger. The program uses high-impact change strategies that make the process of adopting a healthy lifestyle easier. The nutrition and workout program, like the change techniques have all been proven effective, and are all backed by research and scientific studies.

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BOOK UPDATE (Kindle-Print-Audio) Chapter 1 Audio

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A quick update on the book:

  1. Print: The printed book can now be purchased from here. The printed version should be available on Amazon by the end of the week, September 29, 2017.
  2. Kindle: The Kindle Version has been updated. If you have already downloaded the book, your copy will be updated in the near future. Amazon is working through some technical issues.
  3. Audio: We are currently on Chapter Four of the audio production, schedule to be complete by the end of October 2017. Click link to hear the 1st Chapter.  Chapter 1 Audio

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  • 3 Strategies for Resetting your Body Weight Set point to Keep the Weight Off
  • A Nutrition and Training Program Based on Science, not Bro Science.

 

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I think you’ll really enjoy reading our book. It takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger. The program uses high-impact change strategies that make the process of adopting a healthy lifestyle easier. The nutrition and workout program, like the change techniques have all been proven effective, and are all backed by research and scientific studies.

The book contains:

  • 7 Change Strategies for Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
  • A Flexible Diet Program that Doesn’t Put Any Foods Off-limit,  including Alcohol
  • 20-Week Workout Log with Progress Assessments (Downloadable PDF)
  • 3 Strategies for Resetting your Body Weight Set point to Keep the Weight Off
  • A Training Program Based on Science, not Bro Science.

Discipline pushes us, motivation pulls us, but intentional habits keep us moving towards our goals.

Best Wishes & Best Health!

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Our BOOK The Fat Loss Habit is NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON!!! We would greatly appreciate a brief REVIEW. Your feedback is our best marketing tool and it will help us to make a better product. Your review will help other people who want to make a positive change by helping them to find our book.

Best Wishes and Best Health!

Jeff

The book contains:

  • 7 Change Strategies for Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
  • A Flexible Diet Program that Doesn’t Put Any Foods Off-limits,  including Alcohol
  • 20-Week Workout Log with Progress Assessments (Downloadable PDF)
  • 3 Strategies for Resetting your Body Weight Set Point to Keep the Weight Off
  • A Training Program Based on Science, not Bro Science.

Discipline pushes us, motivation pulls us, but intentional habits keep us moving towards our goals.

 

Why a Natural Lifter Should Never Train Like Someone Using Steroids – How Naturals Should Train

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3 Reasons Why a Natural Lifter Should Never Train Like Someone Using Steroids:

1)      You’ll end-up out training your ability to recover by performing too many sets/too much volume.

2)      You’ll elevate your cortisol levels too high to recover from your workouts.

3)      You’ll train too light to build muscle and strength.

The I’ll Do What They’re Doing Trap

Don’t make the mistake of falling into the trap of thinking, “I’ll do what he’s doing.” If you are going to apply that logic, then follow that logic to its natural conclusion and start taking steroids. If you’re reading this I am hoping that isn’t really an option for you.

If you are going to be a natural lifter, than lift like a natural. Don’t try to follow the routine of enhanced lifters.  Since steroids are illegal, no one is going to admit they are using them, and suggest you supplement your training with a weekly injection of 600 mg of testosterone.  Now let’s look closer at the three reasons I have provided.

#1 You’ll end-up out training your ability to recover by performing too many sets/too much volume.

Steroids keep you in an anabolic state 24/7. Muscle synthesis is ongoing. You can actually build muscle on steroids without even training. In this 10-week study, they took 43 experienced male lifters of normal body weight between the ages of 19 and 40, and split them up into four different groups:

Group 1: did NOT train, and did NOT receive any steroids.

Group 2: did NOT do any form of exercise, but they received weekly injections of 600 mg of testosterone.

Group 3: trained, but did NOT receive any steroids.

Group 4: trained, and received a weekly injection of 600 mg of testosterone.

Each participant followed a standard diet scaled to their bodyweight.  Ratios of calories and macronutrients were standardized based on individual body weights.

The Results:

Group 1: no significant changes, which is not surprising.

Group 2: gained 7 pounds of muscle, despite not training!

Group 3: gained 4 pounds of muscle, training naturally.

Group 4: gained 13 pounds of muscle.

Natural lifters have to train hard enough to stimulate protein synthesis, but avoid excessive muscle breakdown that would exceed their ability to recover.  Enhanced lifters can recover from frequent high volume training because their body is in a constant state of protein synthesis.  Natural lifters need to focus on progressive overload, and limit their volume. Most people can tolerate 8 to 12 working sets a week for large muscle groups, and 5 to 8 sets for small muscle groups. The more often you train, the more you have to divide-up the total; for example if you trained chest twice a week, each workout should average 4 to 6 working sets. Hard gainers usually fall at the lower end of these training volume parameters. An easy gainer might be able to exceed these parameters. Over time you will learn how much exercise your body can tolerate and your tolerance might increase. Adding sets is a method of creating progressive overload, but you can’t exceed your body’s ability to recuperate.

#2 You’ll elevate your cortisol levels too high to recover from your workouts.

Cortisol is devastating to natural lifters. It opposes protein synthesis by increasing protein breakdown.  The role of cortisol during training is to mobilize energy stores to give your body fuel for muscle action. The more fuel you need during your training, the more cortisol you will produce.

Too much training and habitually going to failure can result in decreased resting levels of testosterone and increased resting levels of cortisol, which are counter-productive to hypertrophy. It may also make you more susceptible to overuse injuries and overtax your nervous system, especially when performing taxing movements like the squat and deadlift.

Only the genetically gifted and or those using performance enhancing drugs can routinely train with high volume and take most sets to failure. They are protected against the ill effects of cortisol because the drugs greatly increase protein synthesis.

#3 You’ll train too light to build muscle and strength.

Natural lifters should use loads that are 75 to 90% of your 1 repetition maximum (RM) to increase muscle size and strength. Studies have shown that training with weights closer to your 90% 1 rep max produce greater muscular size and strength gains than lighter loads (70% 1 RM).

Most sets should be in the 4 to 8 repetition range.  Avoid the high repetition ranges advocated in the current muscle magazines. These hypertrophy programs are geared toward athletes on steroids. Steroids build muscle, but they don’t build ligaments and tendons, so these athletes prefer higher rep ranges to avoid injuries. As a natural lifter you will do better sticking to the rep ranges advocated by pre-steroid era bodybuilders and strongmen. Use your training log to determine which rep ranges work best for you in terms of gaining strength.

If you want to learn more about how naturals should train, see my post Building Muscle and Strength Made Simple – The 3 to 5 Program

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I hope you have found these suggestions helpful. Could you please Like and Share if you enjoyed this post. Best wishes and best health!

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See our most recent posts.

Book NOW Available on Amazon!

Are you ready to reboot and reset your relationship with food and exercise? Most programs focus on the mechanics of weight loss, but fail to adequately address the psychology of change required. Most people know more than enough about nutrition and exercise to lose weight, but fail to take action. This book takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger.

cover page done

The book contains:

  • 7 Change Strategies for Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
  • A Flexible Diet Program that Doesn’t Put Any Foods Off-limit,  including Alcohol
  • 20-Week Workout Log with Progress Assessments (Downloadable PDF)
  • 3 Strategies for Resetting your Body Weight Set point to Keep the Weight Off
  • A Nutrition and Training Program Based on Science, not Bro Science.

The Fat Loss Habit: Creating Routines that Make Willpower and Fat Loss Automatic takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger. The program uses high-impact change strategies that make the process of adopting a healthy lifestyle easier. The nutrition and workout program, like the change techniques have all been proven effective, and are all backed by research and scientific studies.

Our BOOK The Fat Loss Habit is NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON!!! We would greatly appreciate a brief REVIEW. Your feedback is our best marketing tool and it will help us to make a better product. Your review will help other people who want to make a positive change by helping them to find our book.

Follow us on Facebook

Book NOW Available on Amazon!

Book Introduction

 The Fat Loss Habit: Creating Routines that Make Willpower and Fat Loss Automatic takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger. The program uses high-impact change strategies that make the process of adopting a healthy lifestyle easier. The nutrition and workout program, like the change techniques have all been proven effective, and are all backed by research and scientific studies.

Could you please Like and Share if you enjoyed this post. Best wishes and best health.

#FatLoss #WeightLoss #NewYearsResolution #GetHealthy #HealthyLife #Fitness #FitnessAddict #Nutrition #FitQuote #GetFit #NoExcuses #TrainHard #GetStrong #WeightTraining #Workout #Motivation #Positive #Inspiration #Habit #Happiness #YouCanDoIt #Success #BodyTransformation #FitGirl #FitMom #FitFam #FitCouple #NaturalBodybuilding