Bodybuilding Myths

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This is a guest post by Galen Hass is a seasoned bodybuilder and consultant to Trim Nutrition (a weight loss company)

Many bodybuilding newbies turn to the most ripped guys in the gym to get their bodybuilding advice.  If that newbie stumbles upon someone who just happened to find success amidst total bodybuilding ignorance, that false information will be passed on.  And on.  And on.

It is time to put an end to bodybuilding myths.  Perhaps you have been under the delusion of one of these mistruths.  Or, maybe you are just getting started and want to do things right.  No matter where you are in your weight lifting journey, here are some common myths you should be aware of and avoid.

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Marc David – CPT
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
Author of NoBull Bodybuilding

How to Pig Out This Holiday (and get leaner!)

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Thanks to my buddy “Keifer” the author of Carb Backloading (whom I’ve never actually spoken to in any capacity) he put out this video explaining how to time your day as to enjoy Thanksgiving.  Think of this as a carb backloading holiday schedule.

However, you could use this concept to plan any type of event where the food portions might be out of control.  It’s simple to follow.  I’ll let him explain the concept and if you have questions, feel free to post them in the comment box below.

How to Use a Holiday to Get Lean

Does this tip work?  Yes it does.  And I know this because I tested it out for a full 10 days and on the 11th day when I ate 409g of carbs in about 2 hours, I woke up leaner than before.

Marc David – CPT
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
Author of NoBull Bodybuilding

PS – Here’s my take on the concept of carb backloading

PPS – Here’s the initial carb backloading meal plan I designed and have since tweaked

Cardio and Fat Loss

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Just the other day, I got off the phone with a friend I’ve know for years.  He told me how many times per week he’s doing cardio (spin, zumba, etc) and does some weight training but not much.  He’s frustrated that his fat loss seems to have come to a complete halt.

In fact, in the last month, he’s fluctuated about two pounds!

I tried to explain cardio as a tool that he could use to put himself further into a calorie deficit but that his main goal should be to focus on weight training and building muscle.  As usual, the advice I willingly gave was met with endless debates about the necessity of cardio.  After which he told me he thinks he’s been in a 50% deficit! (that’s 50% below what he needs to maintain his current level of activity).

My advice was simple.. reduce the cardio, start eating more and focus on the weights.  Maybe even consider eating at his maintenance level for a bit or even go into a surplus!  He wouldn’t hear of it.  He was willing to consider less of a deficit but there wasn’t a chance he’s ever think of eating too much more as it might put on fat.

To give you some perspective, he’s a 201 lb male eating about 1600 calories a day.

To give you some perspective, I’m 190 lb male eating about 4000 calories a day and I do one “cardio” session on Sunday for about 30 minutes.  It’s nothing more than a warm up for 5 minutes, followed by 6 all out sprints and a cool down.  Not much but it keeps me as lean as I need to be right now.

Why do I dislike cardio!

I don’t.  Not at all.  In fact Tom Venuto of the Burn the Fat Inner Circle says it best.

“Fat Loss is not a function of cardio. It is a function of a calorie deficit.”

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How to Tell if You are Fat

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Do you ever ask yourself the question, “Am I fat?”

Then you dig around for that missing body fat caliper you bought for $10 off bodybuilding.com or search the web for the best body fat calculator?  Maybe you pay $70 every few months to get dunked underwater in some hydrostatic body weight van?  If this sounds like you keep reading.

What you are about to learn is the most honest, no formulas necessary method to quickly and easily determine if you are fat.  You won’t need any complicated formulas, no charts to memorize and it works on males and females alike!  Nobody else will tell you this because they all want to look super smart and they think a body fat number means something (it does to some extent but once you see the method below, you’ll know why it doesn’t matter).

This secret formula came to me thru a middle-aged wife who let me in on the secret while we were standing in line for some overpriced coffee.  Even I didn’t realize just how simple it is to tell if you are fat or not.

Put away the calipers.

Toss out the electronic body fat scales.

No need for dunking yourself underwater.  This method can be done anywhere, at anytime in the privacy of your own home (or in public if you are so bold).

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