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Forget Motivation. Find Your Pulse.

This might be tough for you to read and you might not like everything I have to say. But if you accept this advice as a genuine solution, you will why you can succeed where so many others fail. Goal setting is the health equivalent of pressing the refresh button on your life. No matter what you…… More

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The Best Stretch for Your Body (In less than 5 minutes)

Everybody has an opinion on stretching. My thoughts: stretch or don’t stretch, just do this move before your workout and you’ll be better prepared for any type of exercise. The key is that you’re moving in a similar fashion to when you do an activity, whether it’s lifting weights or playing sports. This means that your ligaments,…… More

wheat and weight loss

Wheat Belly Deception: Understanding Wheat, Insulin, and Fat Loss

It’s one of the most popular books on weight loss. But here’s why Wheat Belly is a stomach full of weight-loss deception. Editor’s note: This is part II of a combined post about common misconceptions on fat loss and weight gain. To read the first part, click here. To help you understand why wheat isn’t…… More

Wheat and weight loss

Fat Loss Rules: Grains and Weight Loss (A Twisted Relationship)

How to identify a bad diet, and why removing grains isn’t a sure-fire approach to burning fat. The book Wheat Belly was designed for one purpose: convince the world that grains are the “magic bullet” cause of many problems, one of which is weight gain. There’s research, case studies, and even a few stats that…… More

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BCAAs: Effective Dose for Muscle Growth and Fat Loss

Editor’s note: Every month I write a column for Muscle & Fitness magazine called “Born Fit” where I answer real questions. This post focuses on BCAAs, muscle growth, fat loss, and the role of leucine with intermittent fasting. This is an unedited answer without the space restrictions of the magazine. If you want to potentially be featured in…… More

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Faster Fat Loss: How to Add Workout Finishers

It’s time to stop thinking about how many calories you’re burning each workout, and instead pay more attention to the signals your body is sending to make the most of your exercise plans. Editor’s note: You don’t need another article telling you about the “secret of fat loss.” There really aren’t any mysterious ways to…… More

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The Body Cleanse: Does Juicing Really Work?

Before you begin your next detox, you’ll want to know how you’re really helping your body. (It’s not what you think.) You’ve probably heard of cleanse diets—most likely from your favorite organic juice shop, or if you were trying to pass a drug test. (Yeah, we know why you really visit your favorite supplement store.) These…… More

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Better Workouts: How to Master The Pullup

Pullups are the ultimate test of relative body strength. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, here’s how to do more and see progress. We’ve all heard the old adage “You’ve got to learn how to crawl before you can learn how to walk.” Nothing could be more accurate in the gym. Unfortunately, when it comes…… More

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Diet Plans: Considerations for Muscle Gain, Fat Loss, and Stubborn Body Types

From cheat meals to extreme fat loss plans, here’s what you need to know about creating your own diet, and why focusing on food group diets can lead to failure. The first rule of eating is knowing your body. The second rule of eating is picking a goal and sticking to it for more than a month. The…… More

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Does Fitness Make You Unhappy?

Let’s assume for one moment this isn’t a blog post. It’s a conversation that you’re watching. I’m not a writer. You’re not a reader. This is real life. And this is the conversation that hurts to the core maybe more than any other conversation I have in fitness. Why? Because it’s a reflection of what…… More