Every tip and trick I know about losing weight and exercise.

MrEM4N
First off, let me make this very clear that I'm not certified in anything. All the information I'm going to share I've gleaned over the extent of my 23 years of life from various sources. Do not take my word as law, simply take it for what it is: Advice on how to live healthier.


Nutrition


1) Not all calories are created equal. Drinking 190 calories from a can of soda and eating a slice of whole wheat bread with some natural peanut butter on it aren't going to give you the same benefits. You need to focus your diet on the right sources of nutrition. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean meats and fish are your best friends.

I strongly encourage you to take 15 minutes of your life and read about nutrition. Pay special attention to the different types of fats. Mono and polyunsaturated fats are actually good for you and can found in nuts and seeds. Trans and saturated fats are the devil and will be avoided at all costs.

2) Completely replace sodas with water and juices. Sodas are 100% empty calories that aren't doing anything for you. Here's a fun statistic. A can of soda is typically 150 calories. If you drink 2 cans of soda per day that's 2100 calories per week. A pound of fat is 3500 calories. You've just gained 2/3's of a pound of fat in sodas alone EACH WEEK. Also, make sure the juices you're drinking are 100% juice. You're not fooling anyone with those crack bags of Capri Sun.

Nutrition Tips
  • Whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean meats and fish are your best friends.
  • Completely replace sodas with water and juices.
  • Don't eat carbohydrates (carbs) within four hours of going to bed if you're trying to cut weight.
  • Never grocery shop when you're hungry.
  • Snack on something healthy to get that blood sugar stable.
  • Drink ridiculous amounts of water every day.
3) If you're going to cheat, be smart about it. Get a small instead of a large and get a water or juice instead of soda. Everyone gets weak and if you absolutely have to go to Jack-in-the-Box for some fast food grub don't get the Double Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger. Instead, go for the grilled chicken sandwich and skip the mayo. If it's too dry add some ketchup.

4) Portion control is GOD. There is a delay between when your body is hungry and tells you to eat and when your body has had enough. If you eat until you're full you're actually OVER-eating. Eat slower and keep your caloric intake per meal to around 500-600 calories. Even if you're still hungry put your food down and wait 20 minutes and see if you still feel like eating. Probably not.

5) Eating smaller portions more frequently stabilizes your blood sugar and allows your body to increase it's metabolism. Your metabolism is the internal engine your body uses to turn calories into energy so that you can function.

6) Your body is an extremely complex organic machine that adapts to its surroundings. If you starve yourself your body interprets that as meaning not enough food is available and will go into survival mode. That means slower metabolism so you're burning less calories per day (because you aren't eating as much). It almost sounds counter productive but eating more will actually allow you to burn more fat.

7) Your metabolism is your best friend. Do not abuse it. It is a magical thing that allows you to burn calories 24 hours a day even when you're sleeping. Look up ways to increase your metabolism.

"Eating MORE will actually allow you to burn more fat!"
8) Don't eat carbohydrates (carbs) within four hours of going to bed if you're trying to cut weight. Your body has no need of the complex sugars and will only store it as fat while you're sleeping. That means your dinner should shouldn't have carbs in it; only protein, fruits and veggies. A lean (85% or higher) steak, chicken or fish over mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette dressing is the kind of dinners you want to be eating.

9) Eat something as soon as you wake up in the morning. It gets your metabolism going to start burning that stored energy! 4 glasses of water can also substitute food to get your metabolism going early in the monrning. It has to be at least 4 glasses, though. Breakfast is a good opportunity to get those carbs into your body to prepare for the days tribulations. Stick to whole grains, though. Google why we like whole grains.

10) Exercise self control at the grocery store and never shop when you're hungry. Everything will look delicious. You should be able to walk along the edge of the store and get everything you need. The isles only contain processed foods (with exception to the grain section) and you don't need any of that. Fruits, veggies, meats, dairy and juices are all along the walls and that's what you want to be eating. If you're getting most of you food from isles and not walls than you're doing it wrong.

11) In between your 3 main meals of 300-600 calories you should be snacking on something healthy to get that blood sugar stable as previously mentioned. My rule of thumb is every 2-3 hours eat something. I'll do breakfast at 6am, snack at 9am, lunch at 12pm, snack at 3pm, dinner at 6pm and a snack at 9pm if I'm feeling devilish. Your snacks are typically yogurts, fruits, nuts or meal replacement shakes.

12) Feeling slightly hungry isn't a bad thing. Learn to suppress that little devil on your shoulder by reminding yourself you're eating enough and that your body just isn't used to a healthy normal portion. Also, if you have a time of day to look forward to eating it will make ignoring the hunger pains easier. If I'm hungry at 8 in the morning I'll tell myself I can eat my snack in an hour and it gives me something to look forward to.

13) WATER WATER WATER. You should be drinking ridiculous amounts of water every day. Our body uses water to do almost everything. Your work outs will be more effective, you'll have more energy because your body is transporting nutrients more efficiently and you'll lose more weight if your body is properly hydrated. Do not be afraid of drinking too much water. I drink 2-3 liters a day on average plus juices. You can gauge how hydrated you are based on the color of your pee. You want it to be almost clear. A very feint yellow is fine but if you can find your shade of pee in a rainbow you're not drinking enough!

14) Remember that you're eating to live and not living to eat. Look at every meal you're about to eat and ask yourself this question "Am I eating this to live or living to eat this?" Food can be tasty but it's just a means to an end. A sexy stronger slimmer healthy end.

Fitness


1) Your work outs don't have to be long as long as they are effective. A good work out can be achieved in as little as 5 minutes as long as your intensity is there. Look up M100's for a good cardiovascular (aerobic exercise that require oxygen; typically your main fat burners) exercise that will give you a total body work out and suck that fat off your body.

2) Ladies, you're not fooling anyone using the super high incline on the treadmill at walking speed. Sure it will help tone your gluts, the higher the incline the higher up your leg the workout will get, but none of the muscle you're building will matter if you don't start running and burning some serious calories to highlight your ASSets.

3) Incorporate weight lifting into your work out schedule even if you only want to lose fat. Lifting weights will help build lean muscle and your muscles are like furnaces that require calories to exist. More muscle will naturally increase your metabolism.

Fitness
  • A good work out can be achieved in as little as 5 minutes as long as your intensity is there.
  • Incorporate weight lifting into your work out schedule.
  • Machines are a great way to start off working out to begin developing muscles.
  • If you can't maintain proper form discontinue the exercise.
  • Each work out should begin with a 5-7 minute active dynamic warm up
4) For effective weight loss work outs use high intensity interval training (HIIT) to burn those calories and build that lean muscle. P90X and Insanity are good examples of HIIT. The idea behind HIIT is that you keep your heart rate elevated and resting between sets minimal. It turns your body into a giant furnace of calorie burning. It's similar to when you floor the accelerator on your car after a red light. You take off really quickly but you burn up more gas per distance covered as opposed to someone who takes off slowly and graduate builds speed.

5) You don't need to buy P90X or Insanity for good HIIT. It just makes it easier when someone is telling you what to do and when to rest.

6) Keep your work out consistent of mostly compound exercises. Compound exercises require multiple muscle groups to complete an action as opposed to isolation exercises that focus on only one. Bench press is a compound exercise as it uses your triceps and your chest. Bicep curls are an isolation exercise since it only focuses your bicep. Compound exercises will help create balance in your musculature so you aren't over working a muscle group and also maximize your calorie burning.

7) If you want to do isolation movements to sculpt an area of your body (typically your biceps or triceps) do them after your compound movements.

8) An easy approach to weight lifting is rotation between Legs, Pushing exercises (triceps and chest) and Pulling exercises (biceps and back). You can do Pushing on Monday, Pulling on Wednesday and Legs on Friday. Pushing exercises are going to be your bench press (barbell/dumbbell), incline press (barbell/dumbbell), shoulder press (barbell/dumbbell), flyes and push ups. Your Pulling exercises are going to be pull ups (alternate hand grips to focus more on bicep or back), lat pull downs on a machine, seated row.

9) For variety in your work out switch out your hand grips from wide, regular and close. It will focus different areas of the same muscle group. For instance a close grip incline bench press will hit the upper inside pectoral muscles more effectively than a wide grip flat bench press which will focus more heavily on the outsides of your pectoral close to your arms.

10) My own personal standard of weight lifting is Dumbbells > Barbells > Machines. Dumbbells allow the most range of motion and will simultaneously work out the primary muscles of your exercise as well as stabilizer muscles that can't normally be targeted when using machines. Barbells are similar to Dumbbells only the effect is lessened but you can use more weight.

11) Machines are a great way to start off working out to begin developing muscles you aren't used to using. However, you should transition to free weights (barbells and dumbbells) once you feel you're ready as it will help contribute to a more complete total body fitness.

12) If you're trying to get massive muscles chances are you already know what exercises you need to do and a lot of what I'm saying won't be useful for you so I won't go into detail on how to bulk up or how some of the tips I'm suggesting aren't effective.

13) Typically, you want to do your weight sets in reps of 12, 10, 8 than 6 and rest for 1-2 minutes between each set. That means you'll put up 135 lbs on the bench press 12 times rest for 2 minutes then do 10 then rest for 2 minutes and so on..

14) Do not ignore your legs. Your legs are the biggest muscles on your body making them the biggest calorie burners. Squats and lunges are your bread and butter leg exercises. Squats are practically mandatory for anyone serious about working out as it works out so many different muscle groups.

"It's important you feed your body within 30 minutes of a work out so that it can pump nutrients into your broken down torn muscles for recovery."
15) Since legs are naturally massive already you don't have to apply the same rules of weight lifting to them as you would your upper body. I like to do my squats sets in reps of 25, 22, 19 and 16. The lower weight higher rep range helps tone my leg muscles to give them nice definition and also reduces the possibility of snapping your back up. Squats are an easy way to throw your back out if you don't practice good form.

16) The cardinal rule of weight lifting: If you can't maintain proper form discontinue the exercise. When it comes to lifting weights quality always beats quantity. Throwing your back into that last bicep curl isn't doing you any good. Keep your motions slow and precise to avoid using momentum to cheat (you're only cheating yourself when you use momentum).

17) As previously mentioned, only 3 days a week of lifting weights are needed to get a good total body workout. However, you can incorporate cardio and abs in almost every work out. I start all my work outs with a 2-3 mile run and end them all with a minimal ab routine. Since I do weights on Monday, Wednesday and Friday I'll allow myself to do odd ball exercises or really heavy cardio on Tuesday, Thursday and Weekends if I missed a day during the week.

18) Don't be afraid to listen to your body. If it's telling you no than sometimes you should listen and allow yourself the flexibility to move days around depending on what your schedule is like. If i don't feel like legs on friday because work was rough I'll do it Saturday instead.

19) It's important you feed your body within 30 minutes of a work out so that it can pump nutrients into your broken down torn muscles for recovery.

20) Work out supplements are over rated in my opinion. I use a pre workout like Jack3d to get my blood pumping and put me in the mood and a simple recovery shake with whey and casein protein. I also take daily vitamins to supplement my diet if I've missed something that day. Usana is a great company that delivers quality health supplement products.

21) Each work out should begin with a 5-7 minute active dynamic warm up (I run). This elevates your heart rate and prepares your body and muscles for whats about to happen. Think of your muscles like taffy. If you pull it out of the freeze and try to bend it it will break in half. If you warm it up with your hands first it will bend, though. Your muscles are similar. NOTE: You shouldn't stretch before working out as it reduces your muscles effectiveness by roughly 15% and takes about 15 minutes to cover after a stretch before they are in optimum condition. Active dynamic warm ups don't cause loss of muscle effectiveness. Google active dynamic warm ups to get a better idea.

22) You should stretch for 5-7 minutes immediately after a good work out. It prevents lactic acid (the stuff that causes muscle cramps and is a byproduct of anaerobic exertion) from building up and helps prevent the DOMS effect (Delayed Onset Muscle Syndrome). DOMS kicks in 2 days after your work out and will be brutal if you didn't stretch.

23) A typical work out week for me will be

Monday: Cardio/Pushing exercises/Abs
Tuesday: Cardio/HIIT or Swim
Wednesday: Cardio/Pulling exercises/Abs
Thursday: Cardio/HIIT or Swim
Friday: Cardio/Legs/Abs
Saturday/Sunday: Rest or pick up a day I missed during the week


I find this regime caters well to my specific needs as it has an emphasis on building muscle but still incorporates cardio and flexibility.

That's pretty much all I can think of. If you managed to read this far remember that this is just advice and shouldn't be taken as fact. I'm 6'3 and 186 lbs and these are the rules I live by to stay in shape. Also, as a treat for finishing the article here is Boyce Avenues latest cover. It puts the original version to shame. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0czg_TQAcA&feature=feedu
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  • IHateMeganFox
    Wow this was a good article. I learned some things and I definitely am going to take your advice. Sadly though my knees are very week so squats and lunges aren't good for me. :( Oh well I'll just work other things more. Did you seriously write all of this? Or did you copy and paste from some internet site? This is just really good lol.
    Is this still revelant?

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  • funkadelic5
    There's so much misinformation in this article I don't even know where to begin.

    Points 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 (nutrition), 13, 15 (fitness) are all wrong to my best knowledge. The majority of your muscle building advice I agree with but the nutrition is horrendous... please do some reading and look at recent scientific studies.
    Is this still revelant?

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  • NotJustAnotherGuy
    Funkadelic5 hit it right on. This guy may be have seen results with this, I won't deny that. But his fitness would certainly be a lot better if he was a little more informed. One thing funkadelic5 missed in his list of misinformation given in this article is #16. Bodybuilder's cheat all the time. You do as much as you can with proper form, then you cheat a little (e.g. have a partner assist you on your last 1-2 reps on bench) to help achieve complete failure. Failure is important for growth
  • emmabee11
    Don't worry ether about over eating with small portions, as long as you keep them small you don't have to worry at all about counting calories. If your a body builder of course you need to take note of how much protine you need but everything else don't worry as the small meal isn't going to be over the limit of calories.
  • emmabee11
    Hmm... not bad, I hate it thought when people go into such detail about calories though and trust me when I say you don't want to keep counting your calories all the time, it is a pain in the ass and takes too lomg. All you need to know is eat healthy, stay away from junk food, drink water and fruit juices, eat small meals and just excersise :), forget about calorie intake because as long as you choose the right foods and keep the porions small then you will be OK. Do NOT be fooled by all these
  • Fitzroy
    I do the 'Four' glasses of water - actually, more like '6 within my first hour of being 'up' ' and then non stop until about 10 a.m. but that works for me.

    I have never read anyone advise that ! Good job. Thank you.

    Water is so important to health for so many reasons and people have lost sight of that fact in most modern societies,it seems.
  • emmabee11
    health foods ether, they will not work especially shakes that supposidly replace food, they do not in any way, it is not even real food, you need REAL food with REAL nutrients.
  • TerranceMurphy
    This is very well detailed, and a good information source! I was already doing most of what was on this page, but I still found a lot of good tips to help me out more! Thank you!
  • stark101
    thanks for the advice, I will use t in my workouts, but I am confused on something, is there a difference between building muscle and building strength ?
  • ChristopherLosRivera
    Other tricks/myths I noticed (not including what is incorrect for specific individuals): nutrition 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, exercise 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 15, 17,19,20, and 23. I will just say that exercise #23 displays a routine lacking in weightlifting frequency and too much cardio frequency (overdoing HIIT will lower your performance in the gym specifically legs especially on a diet or for a beginner). A 3x/week full body routine is generally best for a beginner to maximize their gains (2x a week for
  • ChristopherLosRivera
    partitioning but its hard to consume enough of them for the benefits to matter very much (a serving of full fat yogurt has 1g trans fat). I also remember the US government recommending less than 2% of your calories come from (manufactured) trans fats (not sure how accurate that is but studies show it is much harder oxidize, or burn off, than other fatty acids).
  • ChristopherLosRivera
    (induces insulin resistance) while MUFAs and PUFAs increase insulin sensitivity. What this means is that SFAs prime you for weight loss and fat loss on a caloric deficit and the unsaturated fats make you susceptible to weight gain and if you are weightlifting muscle growth, especially if you are lean, on a caloric surplus. There seems to be no benefit to manufactured trans fats from fully or partially hydrogenated oils, but IIRC natural trans fats found in dairy actually have benefits on calorie
  • ChristopherLosRivera
    an even split of saturated fatty acids (SFA) and monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) seem to be best for testosterone levels, they also help with absorption of fat soluble vitamins with SFAs having the best effect and PUFAs having no effect. The best polyunsaturated fats are found in sea food as they contain omega 3s and the already converted forms of omega 3, EPA and DHA (good for skin, brain and hormonal health; increases insulin sensitivity in muscle tissue). SFA decreases insulin sensitivity
  • ChristopherLosRivera
    Nutritional Misinformation:

    #1, whole grains should not be eaten on a daily basis and definitely not at every meal. Wheat has lectins which bind to minerals and prevent absorption (the same can be said of insoluble fiber, found in whole grains; these minerals include: calcium, zinc, magnesium, and iron IIRC). Grains also have oxalic acid which may prevent some forms of cancer, so it has some use but fruits and vegetables have better nutrient density and antioxidants.

    On different types of fat,
  • sailorgurl1109
    As far as I'm concerned the information provided is correct...yes you should do some type of cardiovascular to warm up BEFORE.. the workout but another thing when working out , especially 5 days a week, you don't want to over work and under stretch. Flexibility is a major factor in building muscle as well as strength. A good addition to your workout routine which also helps stretch and get rid if knots and tight muscles is the foam roller. Just takes 5-10 minutes and basically a massage:)

  • MrEM4N
    After my rant about the lose weight quick schemers I felt obligated to write an article educating the masses instead of just complaining about them.
  • MrEM4N
    This is the what happens when you're restless at 3am. It probably took around 2 hours to write.
  • ASjun
    Another thing to add, weight lift before cardio not the other way around.
  • FierceMegan
    This should be featured. Well put together article.
  • ChristopherLosRivera
    muscle retention while dieting along with appropriate protein intake).
  • Cait_idk
    Wow thanks. Time to start working out again.
  • calialltheway1993
    This is so true. Well done!
  • FierceMegan
    Well done!
  • DianaDDreamer
    Wow great job!
  • sasa18
    i learned a lot about this article thank you :)))
  • ChristopherLosRivera
    Read #1 and I already hate the article.
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