The ONLY 7 Exercises Men Need To Build Muscle
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​These are the 7 best exercises for men to build muscle fast. Whether you're a beginner, a skinny guy struggling to get bigger, or even if you're advanced these exercises will help you gain muscle mass faster. You should be incorporating a couple of these everyday obviously leaving enough time for recovery. You can also combine these exercises into full body muscle building workouts that provide the best results. ​

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#1-Barbell row 1:04
#2- Barbell and dumbbell chest presses 2:48
#3- Barbell squats 4:33
#4- The pull up 7:12
#5 -Deadlift 8:51
#6- Shoulder press 10:15
#7- Power clean 11:51

If you're looking for the simplest solution to build muscle in a fast and efficient way, the bottom line so to speak, I gotta say it doesn't get much simpler than this. Because after spending years building muscle naturally I've learned that there are certain useless exercises that you should avoid entirely other exercises that you might want to consider incorporating and then there are the exercises that you just cant go without. Exercises that by themselves have the power to transform your physique. I've narrowed this list down to just seven of the most important exercises that you absolutely should have as a staple part of your routine to efficiently build the most muscle in the shortest amount of time. By mastering these 7 key compound exercises you'll see incredible results even if you're not doing any other exercises in the gym. And I made this video specifically for men not because women can't benefit from these exercises as well but because the ideal attractive body type for men is a V shape whereas for women it's more of an hourglass figure. So even though a lot of the exercises do crossover for both men women this video is specifically to help you develop the best manly physique with the least amount of exercises possible. I'm going to list off these exercises in no particular order, so Let's start first with a very important upper body exercise the bent over barbell Row. With this exercise you'll be working the rhomboids which are the muscles that connect your shoulder blades together so your upper back muscles and you'll also be working the back of your shoulder and your biceps. This is one of the most important pulling movements that you can do. Because you're working multiple muscle groups responsible for Pulling you're able to lift a lot more weight with this compound exercise then if you were to isolate any one of these muscles individually. By strengthening your rhomboids and your posterior deltoid you'll be tightening up your upper back which will help you hold yourself straight up and maintain a better more attractive upright posture. Since you can lift heavy weight with this exercise your biceps are also going to get a lot of stimulation because you'll be lifting a weight that would be impossible to lift with an isolated movement like bicep curls. A basic bent over row is done by grabbing a barbell with your hands a little wider than shoulder-width apart. Stick your butt out and stick your chest out before beginning the movement. Then bend down by about 60 degrees so you're a little higher than being fully parallel to the ground and you want let the weight hang straight down, do not flex your shoulders. While keeping your chest out pull the barbell inward towards your stomach and aim to touch your belly button with the bar. Then bring it back down to that hanging position and repeat this motion for reps. The great thing about rows is that you can do it with a barbell or you can do it with dumbbells, but a general rule of thumb to remember is that you'll be able to lift more weight and typically you'll be able to build more mass with barbells over dumbbells. Also by changing the angles at which you bend during a bent over row you can Target different parts of your back. A fully bent-over position where you're at a 90 degree angle will Target more of your lats and the middle of your back whereas standing more upright will Target more of your traps and upper back. Let's move on to another staple exercise that you should be doing, barbell and dumbbell chest presses. While the rows will help you develop the posterior or the back part of your upper body the chest presses are there to help you develop the anterior or the front part of your upper body. It'll hit your chest, the front head of your shoulders as well as your triceps. With chest presses you want to spend the majority of your time doing them at two different angles flat and incline. If your weakness is your upper chest you want to spend more of your time doing incline presses.if your upper chest...

20 Foods That Have Almost 0 Calories
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Here are 20 of the BEST WEIGHT LOSS FOODS! These foods will help you get rid of that belly fat and get shredded. Fat-burning foods help you create tasty weight loss-friendly meals for a low amount of calories. Find out exactly what foods to eat for cutting and losing weight.

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Dieting so that you can burn fat from stubborn areas like your belly, love handles, and hips can be really challenging because cutting your calories can easily leave you feeling deprived, hungry, and miserable. But the good news is that there are foods that taste great and can help fill you up for almost 0 calories. So today I want to go over 20 of the best foods that fall under this category.

Starting first with Shirataki noodles. These are actually also referred to as konjac noodles or miracle noodles. And they're called Miracle noodles for a reason. These noodles are unique because they are very filling yet very low in calories. Just an eight-ounce serving contains only about 20 calories. Meanwhile, the same amount of regular pasta could cost you as much as 300 calories. On top of the fact that shirataki noodles are low in calories, the calories come in the form of insoluble fiber. When you eat insoluble fiber you end up taking in fewer calories in the form of carbs compared to other forms of carbohydrates like soluble fiber and starches. This is because this type of fiber doesn't get absorbed entirely. To be exact you'll only absorb about 1.5 calories per gram of insoluble fiber compared to the four grams that you would absorb if you were eating a regular carbohydrate full of starches or sugar instead. So, this means that for an eight-ounce serving of shirataki noodles, you'll effectively only end up with a net intake of 7.5 calories, making these noodles one of the best carbohydrates for burning fat and one of the best weight loss foods in general.
Another carbohydrate that's similar is slim rice, and it can be used as an alternative to shirataki noodles. It only contains about 7 to 9 calories for every 100-gram serving. To put that into perspective, the same amount of brown rice would cost you a little over 110 calories. Slim rice is also gluten-free and made from non-GMO konjac flour. This is the same ingredient that's used in shirataki noodles. But you can eat it in rice form instead, which might be more suitable for certain meals. And the good news is that the texture and consistency of the product is similar to regular rice. Now, since many of the foods. Now since most veggies are also very low in calories, it might not be a bad idea to try steaming some vegetables and serving them along with slim rice for an almost calorie-free meal. You should know that there are also many claims about konjac root having appetite-suppressing effects. Unfortunately, more studies are needed to confirm this, but if it does help suppress appetite on top of being really low in calories, then it could really help with fat loss even more, especially if you find yourself hungry throughout the day. 

Next, we have the cucumber. Cucumbers are very low in calories and very high in water content which helps fill you up. 97 percent of a cucumber is made up of water and a 100 gram serving of cucumber contains only 15 calories. which makes it easy to add cucumber to your diet without bumping up your caloric intake by much. On top of that, research indicates that cucumbers may help reduce and control blood sugar levels, which can help reduce hunger cravings caused by irregular blood sugar levels. (4) For weight loss purposes you should eat the cucumber unpeeled because it'll increase the amount of fiber, helping you feel fuller, and the skin contains much of the vitamins and minerals. 

Another very low-calorie food happens to be sugar-free jello. This tasty snack contains only 5 to 10 calories and can help you satisfy your sweet tooth without skyrocketing your caloric intake. Aside from the low amount of calories it contains gelatin which has been shown to help reduce appetite and increase the feelings of fullness. (4.5) There are also brands that contain no preservatives, and if you buy the Jell-O pouches you can easily take them on the go with you. 

Next, we have Zucchini, and not only is zucchini mostly made up of water but it can be used to replace one of the highest calorie carbs... pasta. All you need is a spiralizer and you can very easily crank out some zucchini noodles. These noodles can be used in many delicious low-calorie meals. One simple option for example is to cook them, add salsa, and a little bit of parmesan cheese. And there are plenty of other low-calorie options like pesto zucchini pasta, that will blow your mind. Zucchini contains only 17 calories per 100 grams, meanwhile, the same amount of pasta contains 131 calories, and it's much less filling. On top of all of that, just like a cucumber...

Do This Everyday to Build More Muscle
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Do these 5 simple things every day to build muscle faster. The key to muscle growth is consistency. By mastering the correct muscle-building habits and repeating them on a daily basis you can create a routine that's guaranteed to continue delivering muscle growth for a long time.

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Simply hitting the gym isn't all it takes to optimize muscle growth. What you do with your diet, and what you do before and after your workout is equally as important if not more important. So today I want to give you guys a list of what you should be doing consistently to build more muscle. And before we jump into the more obvious things like staying in a calorie surplus, I want to start with some exciting research that you probably haven't heard before, about the effects of eating olives. Now make no mistake, of course, it's much more important for you to ensure that you have your basics down, like staying in a calorie surplus and getting enough protein. But eating olives can't really hurt you and most people don't realize that eating them daily may actually help promote muscle growth. For example, Italian researchers recruited a group of people between the ages of 18 and 65 to eat a dozen green olives every day for 30 days. (1) At the end of the 30 days, the participants were able to drop an average of 1.7 percent body fat while adding over 2% lean muscle mass. This equated to an average of a little more than two pounds of muscle growth while still burning fat. Now that may not sound like much but it is significant and impressive because the people involved in the study didn’t make any other dietary or exercise changes besides consuming 12 olives per day. Originally it was assumed that olives could benefit muscle growth due to their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. This is because everyone in the study experienced a reduction in interleukin-6, which is a factor used to rate the level of inflammation throughout the body, and they also experienced a reduction in free radicals. But, both of these things can happen just by eating more fruits and vegetables in general. So, the more likely thing that led to improvements in body composition was a compound known as oleuropein, which is found in high amounts in olives and olive oil. And even though we do need more research on people to confirm this, we do currently have studies on animals that show that oleuropein has promising anabolic and anti-catabolic effects. (3) Besides like I said other than taking in like 50 to 70 extra calories eating 12 olives per day isn't going to be bad for you. So feel free to try that or you can also replace cooking oils like canola, corn, and sunflower oil with extra virgin olive oil.  
Another thing that most people don't know is that consuming more cholesterol on a daily basis can benefit muscle growth. In fact, most people believe that dietary cholesterol is bad and that it causes heart disease, but that’s actually not true. Research shows that there’s no link between cholesterol intake and heart disease. (7) But if you lift weights cholesterol is actually beneficial because it can aid muscle growth. One study specifically found a dose-response relationship between cholesterol intake and lean body mass.(8) Meaning that the higher cholesterol intakes were associated with more muscle mass. As you can see in the graph, the more cholesterol they ate, the more muscle they gained. (9) And the participants kept protein and fat intake the same they only changed cholesterol intake. Now the limiting factor of this study is that most participants were older, but this isn't the only study that shows higher cholesterol intakes improving muscle growth. Several other studies also indicate the same. (10) The likely reason why cholesterol has this effect is that it supports membrane viscosity, muscle repair, lipid raft formation, and the production of anabolic hormones like testosterone. (11) now, keep in mind you don't have to go out of your way to consume as much cholesterol as possible. There comes a point where more isn't better... and consuming a lot of cholesterol might also mean that you'll have fewer calories available to be able to eat other nutritious foods. But to build muscle, it is beneficial to consume one or more servings of cholesterol-rich food daily, such as eggs, beef, or dairy."  

Now the next thing you should do every day, I've already mentioned and that's eating enough calories daily. Guys this is by far the most important thing to do, it should be at the top of your priority ladder and the only reason that I didn't start the video with this first is that many of you already know about it. But at the same time, many of you are not actually following through and eating enough calories to build muscle. when you don't eat enough calories you risk losing muscle but when you're in a calorie surplus you boost things like testosterone

10 MIN Fat Burning Workout (NO EQUIPMENT!)
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This 10 Minute Fat-Burning Workout is perfect if you don't have gym equipment or if you WORKOUT AT HOME. These exercises will help speed up your heart rate, and when combined with a solid nutrition plan you'll be burning that stubborn fat from your love handles, belly, and from the rest of your body in no time.

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A lot of you have been requesting another quick, yet effective fat burning workout that you can do at home. And I have the perfect line up of exercises that'll help you burn a whole ton of calories as well as body fat in just ten minutes without the use of any equipment. As we go through the workout I'll be providing specific instructions on how to perform each exercise correctly as well as progression and regression paths for certain exercises to make them easier for those of you that are beginners and to make them more challenging for those of you that are advanced. As you watch, remember that the goal is to do the exercises back to back with no break unless you need one. So with that said let's jump right into our first exercise the kneeling up down. To begin you'll start by lowering yourself into a squat whille keeping your hands in a prayer position in front of your chest. From there you're going to take a step backwards with one foot and lunge down onto your knee. Then you're going to take your other leg and bring that knee down to the ground so that both knees meet. Next you'll step up with the leg you originally lunged backwards on, and you'll complete the movement by stepping back up into that starting squat position. Then repeat. Now I know this may sound super complicated but it really isn't because if let's say you're starting on your left side You're essentially going left right left right or if you're starting on your right side you'll be going right left right left. So looking at it that way it really isn't complicated at all. In total You're going to do one side for 30 seconds before switching to the other side for another 30 seconds. if you'd like to make this exercise more advanced you can start on both knees and explode from there up into a squat position. Then just like before you'll lunge back onto one knee, and bring the other knee on the ground next to it before repeating the explosive portion again. Now, Of course if this exercise is too difficult and you need a regression something that'll really help reduce the burning sensation in your legs, is allowing yourself to lock out your legs when you stand up instead of having to hold that squat position every time you stand back up. Lets move on to the next exercise, push-up mountain climbers. Almost everyone has done these two exercises separately and all we're doing is we're combining them into one exercise that'll really elevate your heart rate while working your chest shoulders and triceps as well. You'll start by getting into a push-up position and from there you'll perform four mountain climbers by hoping one knee up towards your chest and then alternating from side to side. Each time you shuffle your knees it counts as one rep. After you finish the 4 reps you're going to perform a push-up. then go back to the mountain climbers and repeat for 30 seconds. If you want to make the exercise more challenging you can do plyometric pushups or clap ups instead of the regular push-ups in between the mountain climbers. And if you want a regression, you should still be able to do the mountain climbers, but then for the pushup you can drop to your knees and performe each push-up on your knees. Just make sure that your tailbone, the back of your shoulders, and the back of your knees stay in a straight line, rather than sticking your but up in the air. Now regardless of which version you do, as soon as the 30 seconds are over you're going to lay down flat on your stomach and start doing Supermen. This exercise will almost serve as a break helping you catch your breath and slightly slowing your heart rate back down. So, To perform Supermen you'll start with your hands above your head and your legs straight out. Then you're simply going to contract your glutes and back muscles to raise your upper body and your lower body up off the floor at the same time,  and you'll want to hold that position for a 3-second count before returning back down flat on the floor. Again we want to repeat that for 30 seconds. Now, this exercise should be simple enough for anyone to do even if you're a beginner but if you do need a regression you can put your hands to your sides....

How To Lose Weight in 3 Easy Steps!
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Learn how to lose weight in 3 easy steps. This video reveals the 3 major keys for burning fat fast. If you're looking to see some weight loss where you can start seeing results in less than a week watch this video. I talk about the best ways to lose weight for men and women at home In 7 days you will notice the results most of which you'll achieve without exercise. Enjoy

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Just like any other process burning fat and losing weight requires you to take certain steps to produce the desired result. And based on the thousands of clients that I've worked with in my gyms and online this process can be broken down into 3 major keys that determine whether you will be successful with losing weight and body fat or not. So in today's video I want to give you these 3 keys so you can unlock your bodies full fat burning abilities. If you make sure that you do all three of these things you will burn fat faster than ever before and keep it off permanently. Let's start with the first key. The model for burning fat has always looked like this. If you take too many calories in from food and you don't burn enough calories from exercise you gain fat and vice versa if you have less calories than you burn you'll lose fat. Everyone knows that, we've been told that over and over again since we were little kids. That means that the traditional model suggests that the reason you have excess fat or your carry extra weight is because you have too many calories. And the unspoken reason behind this model for why you have too many calories is because of a lack of willpower. You have excess body fat because it's your fault for not having enough self control and willpower to just consume fewer calories. However, this doesn't match up with your experience. Based on you own personal experience you know that when you have fewer calories you lose a couple pounds and then you usually get stuck. You continue eating fewer calories and feeling like your starving yourself eating bland boring foods you hate, but you never hit your target weight. This goes on for a get discouraged...and then you quit because no one can stay on a restrictive low calorie diet for the long haul especially when its not producing results. Well, guess what I'm here to tell you its not entirely your fault. And I don't mean that in some cliche cheesy way, I mean quite literally its not only because you don't have enough willpower or self control even though for some of you that may be a big contributing factor. Make no mistake you will need will power to burn fat, but this isn't the only cause. In reality if we only look at calories in & calories out your not addressing the core cause of the problem. You see burning fat & losing weight is not just about using willpower to starve yourself by eating less & exercising more, because your body is way too smart for that. Within just a week after decreasing calories coming in your body will automatically decrease calories coming out. Many people refer to this process as your body entering into a so called "starvation mode." This is where your metabolism will slow down causing your fat loss to slow to almost nothing. Not only does your body slow your metabolism & this is proven over & over again in study after study, but it also increases the production of a hormone known as ghrelin. Ghrelins role is to signal your brain to make you feel hungry. So to sum up this whole torturous dieting process up you now have less calories coming in, less calories coming out due to your body responding with a slower metabolism, you're hungrier because of ghrelin, yet you're not burning much fat. In fact the situation begins to feel like you need to keep cutting calories just to maintain your current body fat rather than to lose more. And that's ultimately what discourages you & causes you to quit. Starting the whole cycle over again months later when you're probably in even worse shape than you were before. So what are we missing? Well it turns out your willpower is actually not the core cause of this problem it's actually also a hormonal problem rather than just a calorie problem. Once you understand this fat loss becomes easy & keeping it off is even easier. People think that when calories come in they keep going out until you eat too many calories & then your body starts...

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10 Tips to Lose Belly Fat (No Gym Equipment)
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Follow this 10 Step Guide to make losing stubborn belly fat at home much easier. You don't need any gym equipment to burn fat and get lean. Discover the best workouts and diet tips to lose weight and reduce your stomach fat fast.
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You might feel like you can't burn the fat from your belly without having access to a gym with a wide variety of equipment. But this can't be further from the truth. In reality, you don't need any equipment at all to reduce and eliminate your belly fat along with any other excess body fat that you may have right now. All of this fat can come off at home even if you don't have a single dumbbell. And today I want to give you some simple tips that you can follow to start reducing your waistline at home without any equipment.  

And most of you I'm sure already know that you're going to have to create a calorie deficit. To create a calorie deficit you don't need to do intense workouts. Most of the calorie deficit that you create will be from changes to your diet rather than changes to your training routine. So all you need to do is figure out how many calories you need to consume to be in an optimal calorie deficit for fat loss, and you can use either my calorie calculator or another one that you find off of google to get an idea of how many calories and macros you should be eating per day to burn body fat. 
Now I'm sure a lot of you don't want to count calories, I no longer count calories, and you don't really have to for very long even if you're a beginner, I just want you to get an idea of how many calories and macros are in the foods that you typically eat on a daily basis. This usually takes a few weeks tops because most people routinely eat the same meals and dishes on rotation without even realizing it. 

Now to actually make sure that you reduce your calories in a way that's still enjoyable for you so you can stick to it, I like to recommend cyclical dieting approaches rather than continuous dieting approaches. Of course, both can work equally well depending on your preferences, but most people already know about continuous energy restriction where you reduce your calories by a certain number per day like let's say 500 calories per day to burn off 3500 extra calories per week. Cyclical dieting on the other hand achieves this same 3500 calories except for the number of calories you get per day varies depending on the day, the week, or even the month that you're in. 

So one pretty common cyclical dieting strategy that you probably heard of and actually works well for many people is carb cycling. There are many ways you can carb cycle but the general idea is that you would vary the number of carbs you have per day, going from High to medium to low or no carbs and then repeating the cycle. 

Another one is matador dieting, which stands for Minimizing Adaptive Thermogenesis And Deactivating Obesity Rebound, in a nutshell, this means its set up to help you keep the weight off after you lose it. Matador has much longer cycles. First, you would apply a more aggressive reduction in calories. So normally you would reduce your calories by around 20 percent from maintenance to see noticeable changes over time, but with matador for the first 2 weeks, you're going to be more aggressive and reduce by 30 percent from maintenance. Then you cycle and for 2 weeks you bring your calories back up to maintenance levels. And you just do that back and forth. 2 weeks is the ideal time to implement these diet breaks because that's around when your metabolism will become fully adapted to the number of calories that you're eating.

By only dieting for 2-week intervals, there's much less of a negative effect on your hormone health and metabolism like there would be with most traditional continuous energy restriction strategies. It also gives you a mental break which is one of the biggest benefits of any type of cyclical dieting and even though studies show that matador is very effective, the key is to find something that aligns with your preferences. Something that you can stick to. 

Intermittent fasting is actually another example of cyclical dieting that you can try instead. One form is the 5:2 Diet where you're eating either 0 or very few calories two days per week and then eating more freely 5 days a week. There's one meal a day where you're essentially cycling between 23 hours of no food and then 1 hour of food. And of course, there's the lean gains method which is the most common approach to intermittent fasting where you're cycling between 16 hours of feeding and 8 hours of fasting every day. 

So these are my favorite cyclical dieting strategies that can help you easily reduce your calories while still having cheat meals, larger portions, and diet breaks. And I know I just went over a lot of options and that's because the truth is there's no one best cyclical dieting strategy. T

Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss (Full Plan)
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This is a Full Intermittent Fasting Plan for Weight Loss. If you're wondering how to do an intermittent fasting diet plan then this video will help you set one up for FREE. It's great for both beginners and advanced. Learn how to free up your schedule while getting all of the benefits of fasting. You'll know how to set up your own warrior diet, one meal a day diet and alternate day fasting diet by the end of this video. ENJOY!

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Eating Pattern: 0:42
Benefits of IF: 1:25
What You Need to Consider: 2:01
Conditioned Hunger Responses: 2:35
16/8: 3:18
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Prevent Overeating: 6:02
Warrior Diet: 8:19
OMAD: 9:15
Muscle Loss: 9:58
Alternate Day Fasting: 11:27
5/2 Diet: 11:54
Breaking the Fast: 12:25
Fasted Training: 13:08

I have great news! This is going to be the last intermittent fasting video that you have to watch before you have everything that you need to start a customized intermittent fasting diet plan as early as today. As long as you simply follow along you'll learn guaranteed methods to start losing weight and burning fat with fasting protocals like 16/8 fasting, alternate day fasting, the 5:2 diet, the warrior diet, and even the one meal a day diet. The best part is that I'm gonna give you guys this complete step by step guide for free, and I'm not gonna hold anything back because if I can help you start losing weight with intermittent fasting today you're probably going to subsrcribe to this channel and tell all your friends. So with no further ado let's get started. First you should know that intermittent fasting isn't as much of an eating plan as it is an eating pattern. This means that there is no approved and unapproved food list, no specific calorie recommendations, and no macronutrient targets. Instead you would take the intermittent fasting eating pattern and apply it to any kind of diet plan that you like best whether that be paleo, keto, atkins, vegan, vegetarian, carb cycling, or an old school bodybuilding 40/40/20 split. The point of intermittent fasting is to make all of these eating plans fit into your life in an eating pattern that's convenient for you. And don't worry if you're a little confused right now, by the end of this video you'll know exactly which eating plan and which eating pattern is best for you... So besides convenience a couple other benefits of intermittent fasting include improved insulin sensitivity which will help with fat loss, increased levels of the muscle building human growth hormone, an enhanced repair process for old and damaged cells through something known as autophaghy, increased productivity, more mental clarity, and of course weight loss. Out of all the different intermittent fasting protocols, they all have one thing in common - there's a portion of the day spent fasting where you don't eat anything at all and there's another portion of the day where you're allowed to eat which is known as the "eating window." When first choosing the right intermittent fasting plan you want to consider 2 major things - which one will fit your lifestyle and preferences the best, and which one you're currently ready for, because you'll definitely want to ease your way into tougher and tougher fasting protocols with time and practice. That means that if you've never fasted before you don't want to start by planning to fast 3 days in a row because you'll find it almost impossible to manage hunger. You see, the hunger that you feel at the moments of the day where all you can think about is food isn't necessarily caused by a physical need to eat. Instead a lot of that hunger you feel comes from conditioned hunger responses that are created after years of practicing a certain eating pattern until it becomes a habit. Once established, these eating habits aren't just reinforced by your mind, but they're reinforced by your whole body down to a microscopic level. For example your stomach...

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Growth Hormone peaks at a 1250% increase with prolonged fasting

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The ONLY Shoulder Exercises You Need
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These are the best shoulder exercises that will help you build bigger, stronger shoulders. Get defined 3d capped shoulders with this boulder shoulder workout routine. Some shoulder exercises can be done at home and others are better for the gym. Discover which exercises are best to build shoulder muscle fast. Also, target the front middle and back of the shoulder.
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Developed shoulders give off a more athletic, strong, and attractive appearance than having underdeveloped shoulders. So if you want to build up your shoulders you want to make sure that you're doing the most effective exercises to get results faster. And I'm sure most of you don't have a ton of time to figure out which exercises and workouts produce better results. That's why I want to go over the only shoulders exercises that you need to get full 3 dimensional defined looking shoulders in no time.

And first, we have to start with dumbbell overhead presses because this is an exercise that you can do with just two dumbbells, yet it's extremely effective at targeting the anterior and lateral shoulder heads. This exercise is very easy to set up and it can be done standing or seated. I recommend doing it seated so that your back is supported. This way you can use heavier weights to target your shoulders. So take a seat with two heavy dumbbells planted on your knees. Then you're going to kick one dumbbell up at a time to bring them over your shoulders and rotate your arms out to get into the starting position. From there press straight up over your head until the dumbbells are almost touching. Then lower back down until the dumbbells are even with your ears or a little lower and repeat that pattern for reps. 

Right alongside this exercise and what many people consider an even better shoulder exercise is the barbell military press. If you have a barbell this exercise will allow you to load a much heavier weight since both arms are working together at the same time. Heavier weight loads tend to help bulk up the muscles that you're targeting. Just like the dumbbells, you can do these standing but I recommend doing it seated so that your back is supported as that will once again allow you to lift heavier weight. So take a seat and grip the bar about thumbs distance from where the knurling starts. Lift the bar off the rack, and slowly lower down towards your chest. As you do this you will have to shift your head back to give the bar space to pass. Also, you have the option of lowering it down to your chin before pressing back up, but personally, I like getting a full range of motion on this exercise so I like to bring the bar all the way down to my chest before pressing back up and repeating for reps. 

Another pressing exercise that you should be doing is the Arnold press. Arnold presses allow you to go through an even greater range of motion, giving you a stretch at the bottom that most other pressing exercises don't provide. They also target your lateral head better than most other pressing exercises. So just like regular dumbbell presses, you'll start by sitting on a bench with the dumbbells on your knees. Then bring them up to the starting position which is like you just completed a bicep curl. Your palms should be facing towards you and your elbows should be directly under your hands. Next, you're going to press up and as you're doing that rotate your hands inward so that at the top of the press you're palms are now facing away from you. Then lower back down while turning your hands back outward and return to the starting position with the dumbbells curled against your shoulders. Then repeat. 

Next is the bent arm lateral raise. This is an exercise that you definitely want to be doing even if you're already doing regular lateral raises. Since bending your arm creates a shorter lever length you're able to lift more weight with the bent arm lateral raise once again assisting with shoulder development. To begin grab two dumbbells and position them in front of your body. Then bend slightly forward to better target your lateral deltoid and to prevent your body from getting in the way. Once you're in the starting position raise the dumbbells to your sides trying to keep your elbows slightly higher than your hands the whole time. As you raise your elbows should be at 90-degree angles, and your armpit should also create a 90-degree angle at the top of the movement. Then slowly lower back down and repeat for reps. You can do this exercise seated as well by sliding to the edge of the bench and passing the dumbbells under your thighs on every rep. 

Another exercise for the lateral head that I feel is a much better variation than regular lateral raises is the leaning lateral raise. The leaning lateral raise will allow you to get a greater range of motion at the top of the movement overloading that portion and making it harder to complete. To perform...

5 Steps to Get Bigger Arms in 30 Days
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Follow these 5 steps to get bigger arms fast. If you want to grow your biceps and triceps and build muscle on your arms this video will help. I also include a full big arm workout that you can download below.

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Building up your bicep and tricep muscles is what ends up increasing the overall size of your arms. This makes it sound very simple to add inches of size to your biceps and triceps just by following an arm-building routine that gives you the best curl and extension exercises. However, the way you train your arms and the things you do in between your workouts will have a much bigger effect on how fast you are able to build your biceps and triceps. So today I want to go over 10 major tweaks that I want you to apply during the next 30 days, and if you do I guarantee these will help you add mass to your arms far better than relearning the bicep and tricep exercises that you probably already know and are already doing, but I will give you a step by step sample workout at the end anyway so there's no confusion.

So the first step is to start your arm workouts for the next 30 days with your heaviest bicep and tricep exercises first and you're going to focus on upping your weight especially for those first three sets after completing your warm-up. To make it simple, for your biceps, start first with either barbell bicep curls, EZ bar bicep curls, or preacher curls. For your triceps start first with either Dips, skull crushers, or overhead tricep extensions. These are arm exercises that require a lot of energy and allow you to move a lot of weight which is why I want you to try to position them early on in your workout. And your only goal over the next 30 days with these exercises that you start with is to increase the amount of weight that you can lift for 6 to 10 reps. So if you're currently doing your barbell curls with let's say 50 pounds for 10 reps on your first set, I want you to try to move that up to 55 lbs by sliding a 2.5lb plate on each side. Most likely if doing 10 reps of 50 pounds was actually a challenge for you, you won't be able to do 55 pounds for a full ten reps when first moving up. And that's perfectly fine, I still want you to up that weight and as long as you can do at least 6 reps, you're going to work for the next 30 days on closing that gap between 6 and 10 reps with that heavier weight load. Once you get to 9 or 10 reps with that slightly heavier weight load, you're going to up the weight by 5 pounds again and drop your reps, Then repeat the process by building back to your 10 reps. If your only are able to up your weight by 5 pounds over the next 30 days for the same amount of reps that you were doing with 5 fewer pounds on the bar, I want you to understand that you've been very successful with this first step. If you're able to move up your weight by more than 5 lbs then that's even better.

Remember you're going to do this for the first 3 sets of both your bicep and tricep exercises which you're going to be super-setting together throughout the entire workout. That's actually step 2 we're going to turn your arm workout into a push/pull routine. That means that every set that you do for your triceps, will immediately be followed by a set for your biceps with no break time in between. Once you're done with both of them, then you can take a break before repeating the same superset process for your next set. And something that you'll notice right away is that you'll get an incredible pump by doing your bicep and tricep sets back to back. This is because your body will essentially be pumping blood to your biceps and your triceps at the same time, expanding your arms both ways. This increase in cellular pressure can help boost protein synthesis and reduce protein breakdown leading to more muscle growth especially when combined with heavyweight training. But aside from getting more of a pump, supersetting biceps a triceps, will not only help you get your workout done faster, but it'll also allow you to train your biceps and triceps more often during the week.

This is crucial for growing your arms and that's why increasing training frequency is our next step. Over the next 30 days, you're going to make sure that you're training your arms more often. A lot of you are trying to build bigger arms with only 1 arm day per week, and unfortunately, that's not going to cut it. If you're following a bro training split where you are training one muscle per workout there's basically no way that you'll be able to train your arms multiple times per week. On the other hand, a push/pull routine will give you enough time for both your biceps and triceps to fully recover and be trained again within the same week. So at minimum, you should be doing at least 2 arm days per week. A nice push/pull split...

The Only Ab Exercises You Need
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These are really the only ab exercises you need to do to develop 6 pack abs and balanced core strength. Your abs have multiple layers of muscle. You want to make sure you work them all without wasting too much time doing more than you have to. This quick yet effective 6 pack ab workout will show you how to get shredded abs with only 7 exercises.

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Your abs are made of multiple layers of muscle starting with the rectus abdominus and the external obliques positioned on the outside, then under that layer we find the internal obliques, and finally, underneath all of that, we have the transverse abdominous. Each of these layers of muscle plays an important role in maintaining a flat defined looking midsection with nice abs. For example, developing the rectus abdominus helps create blockier-looking abs, while developing the transverse abdominus helps pull your stomach inward which gives you that flat stomach look. And the 7 ab exercises that I'm about to share with you are literally the only ab exercises you need to hit every muscle and develop perfect abs. 

And the first exercise that I want you to start your ab workouts with is the weighted declined situp. This is going to be one of the most important exercises for developing blocky abs. We're positioning it in the beginning because I want you to really push yourself to increase the weight that you use for this exercise over time. The ABS require Progressive overload to grow just like any other muscle in the body. So you're going to select a weight that's challenging for you to do 8 to 10 crunches with on the decline. Then you're going to take a seat and hook your ankles in. From there you're going to bring the weight behind your head and lower your upper body down until your shoulder blades touch the bench. Then sit back up to the starting position and repeat for reps. If you don't normally do decline sit-ups it's important that you first build up your core strength by practicing this exercise without weights. Once you've built up that core strength I recommend taking a light dumbbell and getting stronger at crunching with it in front of your body against your chest. Finally, after becoming more efficient with that you can bring the weight behind your head which is the most challenging version of this exercise. At that point, the goal is to slowly increase the weight over time which is something that most people forget about doing when it comes to abs. By increasing the weight over time your blocks of abs will become bulkier and more prominent, which helps increase visibility. 

Next is a leg raise in combination with a pulse up. Again I do want you to use a weight with this exercise. To begin you're going to start laying down on the ground with your hands above your head holding something sturdy for support. Then in between your feet, you're going to have a dumbbell that you're going to close both your feet around. From there you're going to raise your legs and the dumbbell straight up until the dumbbell is pointed towards the ceiling. Then really squeeze your core and push your hips up towards the ceiling for a pulse up. After that you're going to slowly lower your hips back down to the ground, then lower your legs and the dumbbell almost all the way to the floor but stop right before the dumbbell hits the floor and raise your legs again repeating the entire process for reps. Now of course when doing this with a dumbbell you have to be very careful. I've taught this exercise to many clients and I've never had anyone injure themselves, but if you open your feet the weight will obviously dropdown. So make sure you get good at this exercise without weight first and when starting to use weights start light and work your way up. If you're worried ankle weights are also a great option.

Next, we have V situps. With v situps, you can use a weight or you can go for a higher rep count like 20 reps. To use a weight you'll need a medicine ball or a sandbag. You'll begin by holding the medicine ball in your hands over your head while lying flat on the ground with your legs extended out below you. Then you're going to raise your legs as you sit your upper body up at the same time. When you do this your body should form what looks like a V shape from the side. At the top, you're going to pass the ball from your hands to your feet. Then lower back down to the starting position with your hands above your head and your feet with the ball slightly above the floor. Next, you'll repeat the process except this time after you sit up you're going to pass the ball from your feet to your hands. And just keep repeating that back and forth for reps. Remember that v situps on their own are pretty challenging as it is, so if you can't use a weight for this one it's perfectly fine to just use your body weight...

9 Ways to Reduce Food Cravings While Fasting
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There are proven ways to reduce hunger and appetite while fasting for fat loss. If you want to lose belly fat and have tried intermittent fasting but felt starving all day this video will help. Learn how to do intermittent fasting for weight loss without dealing with crazy hunger pangs or impossible fasting diet restrictions.
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Not eating anything throughout the day can be really difficult when first starting to fast. But having these set intervals throughout the day where you don't consume any calories can help you lose a lot of body fat while still enjoying bigger more satisfying meals during the hours that you are allowed to eat. So today I'd like to go over some of the things you can do to make fasting or not eating easier to stick to and this should help you whether you're a beginner or someone that has lots of experience with fasting. 

One of the number one tips that you hear is to drink coffee. Many people swear that coffee helps them reduce hunger making it easier to go for longer periods of time without food. And for many people, coffee can be a very effective appetite suppressant. One reason for this is that coffee actually enhances fat burning while sparing muscle and liver glycogen, which might take longer to start having sugar cravings. However, this likely doesn't play as big of an impact on hunger as the fact that coffee contains phytochemical compounds called chlorogenic acids. These compounds have gotten a lot of attention from obesity researchers and supplement manufacturers because they might help decrease hunger. Unfortunately the studies that are currently available show mixed results. Some indicate that chlorogenic acids can reduce hunger while others don’t find the same result. (3) But even if it's not specifically the chlorogenic acids, there may be something else at play that allows coffee to lower appetite for a decent length of time. One meta-analysis for example found that coffee could help reduce appetite anywhere from half an hour to four hours after consumption. (**) It also found that somewhere between 3 and 4 1/2 hours after drinking the coffee the appetite suppressant effect wore off. So you're welcome to try black coffee while fasting since it can help reduce your cravings and overall appetite. Just don't add calories to the coffee in the form of sugar or coffee creamer as that will temporarily break you out of your fast.  

Now one of the most important tips that I feel many people can benefit from is to remember that you can cycle your calories within an intermittent fasting plan. This is so important because it gives you mental breaks and can make fasting much easier to stick to. I mean think about it for yourself. You might not mind aggressively dieting Monday through Thursday. But when the weekend rolls around and you go out with your friends or your family and you get dinner and drinks, it's a lot harder to be restrictive. And it could even feel like a reduction in your quality of life if you're not allowed to celebrate with food occasionally. Well, calorie cycling allows you to do this. Let's say you need to eat 2000 calories per day as your target to lose fat. Well, you can instead eat 1400 calories per day Monday through Thursday and then Friday through Sunday you can eat 2800 calories. Ultimately at the end of the week, both of these setups should lead to similar amounts of fat loss since the calorie totals for both are 14,000 calories by the end of the week. You would still keep the same feeding and fasting windows each day, but you would alternate the calories within your feeding windows. This way you can burn fat while still having days where you can fully enjoy the food you eat, the size of your meals, and have more room for treats and snacks. Research also supports the fact that cycling calories enhance diet adherence, diet satisfaction, and weight loss compared to continuous calorie restriction. (9) Just keep in mind even when you have more aggressive days where you cut calories further down, you always want to make sure you get at least 0.73 grams of protein per pound of body weight.    

Next is pretty simple for most adults with jobs just stay busy, it literally helps the time go by faster and keeps your mind off of food. Research actually shows that focusing on a task reduces food cravings (7) So keep yourself busy. And you'll be able to experience another amazing benefit that comes with fasting in terms of your productivity improving. Since you won't be busy eating and you won't be wasting any energy on digestion when you do adapt to your fasting schedule you'll find that you're much more focused on the tasks you need to get done throughout the day. 

It'll also highly help to avoid having food that you don't ...

Slow vs Fast Reps for Muscle Growth (Science-Based)
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Are Fast Reps or Slow Reps Better for Muscle Growth? You're told to go slow on the way down, but is that really true? Find out what the scientific evidence reveals about the best lifting tempo to build muscle. Time under tension may not be as important as some people think. Find out whether lifting fast or slow is better for hypertrophy.
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Are faster reps or slower reps better for muscle growth? When you perform faster reps you can typically lift more weight on the other hand with slower reps you have much longer eccentric contractions which leads to more muscle breakdown. So today we're going to review what science has to say about which of these strategies is best to build muscle faster and improve your body composition    

First, we have to start with something known as repetition tempo. As the name implies, this is the actual term used by researchers to describe how fast you perform reps for a certain exercise. As I already mentioned most exercises include an eccentric phase and concentric phase. The eccentric phase refers to the portion of the movement where the target muscle lengthens. For example, your bicep is in the eccentric phase when you lower the weight during a curl. The muscle lengthens while maintaining tension to prevent the weight from going into free fall. The concentric phase refers to the phase where the target muscle shortens. For example, your bicep is in the concentric phase when you lift the weight during a curl. The muscle needs to shorten with enough force to overcome gravity. So usually you hear trainers giving the advice that you should go extra slow on the way down, and explode on the way up to optimize muscle growth. But is that actually true? 

Well in a study published in the journal of strength and conditioning research. (1) Researchers had participants perform 3 sets of 6-10 reps to failure, either with a traditional rep tempo of 1 to 2 seconds for each the concentric and eccentric contraction or they did a slow 10-second concentric followed by a slow 4-second eccentric contraction. Both groups aimed to progress as fast as they could in the amount of weight they could lift and the amount of muscle they could grow, which was measured through muscular biopsies which are considered one of the highest quality measurement methods for this type of test. At the end of the study, researchers realized that the traditional training group increased the cross-sectional area of the leg muscle fibers by 26 percent in type 1 slow-twitch fibers and 34 percent in type 2 fibers. Meanwhile, the slow tempo group only increased by 6 percent in type 1 and 15.5% in type 2. Based on those results, we can say that faster reps were better for muscle growth when compared to very slow reps.

In other studies, we look at something known as tut, which stands for time under tension, and essentially it refers to how many seconds it takes from the start to the end of your sets so it includes time for both concentric and eccentric phases. Most people believe that the longer overall time you have under tension the more muscle you will build and this is simply not true. For example, taking six seconds to do a dumbbell curl was proven to be no better for muscle growth than taking two seconds. (10) Another study found that performing reps at a fixed speed of four seconds per rep instead a naturally self-selected speed led to a decrease in both muscle activation and training volume (11) 

So does all the available research support faster reps only? Well, we have a meta-analysis (2) that evaluated eight different studies and found no statistically significant difference between repetition speed and muscle growth. With that said, when you look at the effect sizes for those studies, they do indicate that there was a trend for greater muscle growth for those training with a faster rep tempo. (3) There's a chance that the duration of the study was simply not long enough to detect a statistically significant difference between the groups. That’s why I believe this meta-analysis still indicates that faster tempos are actually better for building muscle, just as the other studies indicated. On top of that the eight studies that were reviewed in the meta analysis had many other limitations. One of those is that the studies were all performed on untrained individuals. You could question whether untrained individuals have the required exercise technique, coordination, and motivation to produce maximum muscle activation when performing an exercise faster; which by the way that's the main way that a faster tempo could increase muscle growth.

So why might faster reps be more efficient for muscle growth. Well, the first reason is that studies show slowing down your reps reduces how much weight you can lift. Meanwhile speeding up your reps can increase the number of reps that you can lift a certain weight. (4)...

9 Vitamins that Speed Up Muscle Growth
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These 9 Micro-Nutrients will help you build muscle faster and more efficiently. Being deficient in any one of a number of vitamins and minerals can impair muscle growth. Make sure you're eating these foods or supplementing with the correct vitamins to maximize muscle gains.
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We all know that you need to eat protein to build muscle, and carbs and fats help provide the energy needed to fuel your physical activities. But these are just the macronutrients most people are completely unaware of the powerful effects that certain vitamins and minerals or micronutrients have on your capacity to build more muscle, recover faster, and see better results. So today I want to highlight the key nutrients that you need to build muscle aside from the surface-level protein carbs and fats. 
And first is a nutrient that'll probably surprise you, cholesterol. Now I know doctors, trainers, and dieticians have been demonizing cholesterol for years now for its supposed negative effect on heart health.

However, research now indicates that there’s no link between cholesterol intake and the risk of heart disease. (1) Even though we have this evidence, many people and professionals still cling to the belief that cholesterol and high-cholesterol foods like eggs are bad. If that happens to be you, and you're trying to build muscle you should know that reducing your cholesterol intake can significantly impair muscle growth. For example in a 12-week-long strength training study In one the scientists observed a dose-response relationship between dietary cholesterol and gains in lean mass.” (2) They also mentioned that this link held up even when the data was controlled for protein intake. (3) In other words, the more cholesterol the participants ate, the more muscle they gained in response to resistance training, regardless of how much protein they ate. So, don’t feel like you have to follow a low cholesterol diet. It’s not necessary for heart health and it can actually significantly blunt your muscle growth progress. 

Next is a nutrient that I've talked quite a bit about zinc because it's so important for athletes, zinc. It’s well-known that zinc is a crucial mineral for your immune system.  But very few people realize that it also plays a crucial role in maintaining and gaining muscle mass. In fact, research shows that a zinc deficiency directly causes lean body mass losses and these muscle losses can be restored with zinc consumption. (4) Research also shows that even a small zinc deficiency can stunt growth and human development. (5) One reason not getting enough zinc can impair muscle growth is that it significantly lowers levels of the primary male sex hormone testosterone, which is obviously important for muscle growth. The problem is, according to the World Health Organization, 31% of people worldwide have a zinc deficiency, and in some parts of the world that number is as high as 73 percent. (6) This becomes an even bigger issue for athletes since they need more zinc than the average person because zinc gets lost through sweat, which is why people that train hard are especially likely to be zinc deficient. So, make sure that you're eating foods that score high in zinc, such as oysters, beef, beef liver, chicken, shrimp, pork, legumes, and nuts. Or you can also take a zinc supplement.

Another very important vitamin for muscle growth is Vitamin D3. This vitamin is produced naturally by the skin after exposure to ultraviolet radiation, particularly UVB, like what you get from sunlight. Vitamin D is important for people that want to improve their strength levels because it’s required for optimal bone strength, immune function, mineral metabolism, neuromuscular functioning, and testosterone synthesis. That’s why your vitamin D levels influence strength development. (7) And, interestingly enough, your vitamin D levels also impact how resistant you are to injuries. (8) One major problem is that public health authorities have significantly underestimated how much vitamin D you actually need for optimal health and well-being. For a long period, it was recommended to have a vitamin D level of around 20-30 Nanomoles per liter. But nowadays, large meta-analytic research shows that all-cause mortality decreases with vitamin d3 but requires a minimum of 50 Nanomoles per liter. (9) And some evidence even suggests that it's better to have levels around 100 to 115 Nanomoles per liter. It’s hard to say exactly how much sun exposure or supplementation you need per day to reach the optimal amount of vitamin D because a number of factors influence that, including the climate you live in and even your skin pigmentation. But during the winter months, or if you experience low amounts of sun exposure in general, a vitamin D3 supplement will most likely prove to be beneficial. If you really...

The ONLY Supplements You Need to Build Muscle Faster
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Which supplements do you really need for muscle growth? Find out exactly what supplements you should be taking to build muscle and burn fat. Although supplements won't do the work for you they can give you an edge and speed up your progress with building muscle and burning fat.

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Many supplements promise to get you bigger, stronger muscles while burning away all your stubborn body fat with minimal effort, just by taking some pills and some powders. In reality, the truth is, most supplements are actually not necessary and in fact are a waste of your money. However, there are a few key supplements that actually do drastically improve your results that you should consider taking after your workouts if you want to see faster progress. So today I'm going to go over the only supplements you really need that are proven and backed by science. 

And I want to start first one a supplement that many of you are not currently taking Magnesium citrate. Research shows that only about 15-50% of Americans take in enough magnesium. For athletes and people that are consistently physically active the situation is even worse. So in those cases, you're even more likely to be deficient in this mineral. (7) That’s because magnesium gets lost through sweat and urine. And athletes also need more magnesium because it's important for muscle repair. So they naturally have higher magnesium requirements than the average sedentary person. We can look back at a study published in the Journal of Magnesium Research that found that “strenuous exercise was able to increase urinary and sweat losses high enough that it could increase magnesium requirements by anywhere from 10 to 20 percent.” (8) Luckily one of the best times to consume magnesium citrate is post-workout. Not only will it help replenish lost magnesium, but it'll also support muscle recovery, and it'll suppress the sympathetic nervous system which is what you want after a workout because that sympathetic nervous system and all the cortisol it releases doesn't help with recovery, on the contrary, it creates stress. Magnesium oxide is actually the most popular supplement form of this micronutrient, but I don't recommend it because almost none of the magnesium oxide will get absorbed. That's obviously not only a waste, but it can end up irritating your stomach. So instead you want to go with magnesium citrate. It has a much higher absorption rate and doesn't cause side effects with digestion. You'll want to take somewhere between 200 and 400 milligrams of magnesium citrate after your workout and you can mix it right into your post-workout shake. If you can't find magnesium citrate you can also go for magnesium chloride, lactate, gluconate, or aspartate instead.

Up next is L-carnitine. Research shows that carnitine supplementation reduces exercise-induced muscle damage and soreness while improving muscle repair.(9) A number of studies also point to the positive impact that L-carnitine has on the recovery process after completing a workout. (10) One of these studies found that L-carnitine can relieve muscle injuries and can reduce the markers of cellular damage, free radical formation, and even decrease muscle soreness.”(11) One of the ways that it's able to do this is by enhancing blood flow and oxygen supply to muscle tissue. Based on the current evidence, 2,000 milligrams or 2 grams of l-carnitine l-tartrate post-workout will do the trick.
Moving we of course have to mention creatine. Creatine is well-known for increasing strength and muscle growth. But what most people don't realize is that creatine also reduces exercise-induced muscle damage and soreness. So it actually assists with recovery and it's when you are recovering that your muscles grow. (4)

That’s why it’s a good idea to take creatine after your workout. You want to take it specifically after your workout because research shows us that taking creatine post-workout is more effective than taking it before your workout. (5) This was proven in a meta-analysis where researchers compared creatine supplementation taken either directly before exercise or directly after. (6) Typically all you need is five grams of creatine per day preferably directly after a workout. After about 3 to 4 weeks you can probably drop that number down to only three grams per day to keep your muscle creatine stores full. Some people do choose to take 20 grams per day for the first week to fill their maximum muscle creatine stores faster, but you can get the same results just by taking 5 grams per day since your muscles will become saturated with creatine anyway over time, it'll just take 3 to 4 weeks instead of 1 week, but you'll also avoid potential stomach discomfort by taking less per day. Even though there are many forms of creatine on the market, creatine monohydrate is the most well-researched and, based on the scientific evidence that is...

8 Cardio Mistakes Slowing Down Fat Loss
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These are 8 Cardio Mistakes and Myths that slow down fat loss and muscle growth. Instead of making these common workout mistakes follow these cardio rules. You'll find out what's better cardio or weights and strength training. By fixing these mistakes you'll be able to avoid the common traps that prevent weight loss and kill gains. 

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Cardio can help you improve the function of your heart and lungs, it can help increase your endurance and stamina, and when used correctly it can also help you burn fat. However, there are many misconceptions about the role that cardio should play in the fat loss process and if you're doing cardio the wrong way you can actually be hurting your progress rather than helping ut. So today I want to go over the 8 top cardio myths that are slowing down your progress and potentially even causing you to gain fat or lose muscle, which is exactly the opposite of what you're probably doing cardio for, to begin with. 

And one of the core myths is that all types of cardio are effective for fat loss. This simply is not true and there's lots of evidence to support this. For example, a meta-analysis of 14 studies with a grand total of 1,847 overweight and obese participants evaluated if cardio benefits weight loss.(1) And the conclusion was that “isolated aerobic exercise is not an effective weight loss therapy for these patients."(2) Now I know that may seem strange. After all, cardio burns calories, and since fat loss is mainly about being in a calorie deficit, then cardio should help... right? Well, it's not so simple for example one downside of cardio is that it causes 'constrained energy expenditure.' This means burning calories through cardio tends to lower your general activity levels and energy expenditure throughout the day, which often counteracts the calories burned from the cardio itself.(3) Your body burns a lot of calories throughout the day when you're not exercising. This is known as non-exercise activity thermogenesis or neat and neat uses a good chunk of calories. however, due to constrained energy expenditure, your body will look for shortcuts to save calories limiting the effectiveness of using cardio strictly for the purpose of fat loss. 
 Aside from that, many people believe that if they do cardio, they can eat much more food, but as I'm sure many of you know you can't outrun a bad diet. 

The next myth that many beginners fall for is this idea that cardio is more effective for fat loss Than Resistance Training. It is true that incorporating both resistance training and some cardio into your workout routine can be very effective, but cardio-only based programs have many drawbacks. When comparing cardio only programs to resistance training programs, resistance training tends to be more effective especially over the long term, largely because, contrary to cardio, it doesn’t cause constrained energy expenditure. (4) And like I said according to the studies this constrained energy expenditure makes you compensate for the calories you burnt during your cardio workout by reducing your physical activity throughout the day. (5) These are little changes that you might not even notice, like not having the energy to walk your dog, or sitting and laying when you would normally be moving around, or even simply fidgeting less throughout the day. Even though this may not sound like a big deal when your body is trying to save energy it is very effective at doing so and cardio pushes your body to save energy. Meanwhile, researchers have said that “Resistance training, appears to do the opposite, so it facilitates nonexercise activity thermogenesis. Scientists also say that this is particularly true on non-exercise days, which may lead to more sustainable adaptations in response to an exercise program.”(5) On top of that, you burn about the same number of calories during a resistance training session as you do during a cardio session. This was shown in a 2015 study published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. (6) So, in that regard, resistance training is just as effective, but, unlike cardio, lifting weights also helps prevent muscle loss while on a diet, which not only helps you look better when you're done dieting but it also helps support your metabolism ultimately helping you keep the fat off. 
The next cardio myth isn't necessarily going to cause weight gain, but you should still know that according to the latest evidence, fasted cardio is not actually better for fat loss than doing your cardio after you already ate. For a while, it was believed that since insulin levels are really low first thing in...

5 Tips To Lose Stubborn Belly Fat Faster
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Stubborn fat is tough to get rid of, but these tips will help you lose that lower belly fat and love handles that just don't seem to budge. If you are stuck and can't lose any more belly fat regardless of how much you workout and diet watch this video it will help.
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There are physiological differences between regular body fat and stubborn fat. Stubborn fat tends to accumulate around the belly and love handles for men, as well as the hips and thighs for women. Stubborn fatty areas around your body just don't seem to burn off or change much even as you see the pounds fall off the scale. You might see changes in your arms, your face, and other areas that are further away from your center of mass while your belly fat or love handles basically stay the same. 

There are a couple reasons for this, one is that stubborn fat tends to have a higher ratio of alpha-receptors than beta receptors making the fat release at a slower rate from those last spots that just don't seem to budge.(**) These stubborn areas tend to receive less blood flow than regular subcutaneous fat as well. This means that even after you trigger fat loss with diet and exercise, and that causes your body to release the triglycerides that are found within your fat cells, Those triglycerides still have to be broken down into fatty acids and mobilized through the bloodstream to get "burnt off". So the lack of blood flow to these sites in combination with the receptors (1) makes it much more difficult to release and mobilize fat, making fat loss much slower from these stubborn areas. So how do we actually get to that fat and burn it off once and for all?

Well first I know it might already be obvious but you have to be in a calorie deficit to create the conditions to burn fat, to begin with. If you're currently not burning any fat at all, and you're not losing any weight off the scale for a few weeks or longer, that most likely means that you're currently not in a calorie deficit. This could be for a number of reasons especially if you've already been dieting for some time. For example, as you cut calories to create a calorie deficit, even if you do everything right, you'll still lose some muscle over time, slowing your metabolism. You'll also be losing fat mass over time. Fat cells require energy to maintain. So when you lose fat while dieting you also reduce the amount of energy required to maintain your body. Since your overall body weight or body mass will also go down, basic movements will require less energy further slowing your resting metabolism. So as you burn more fat and get closer to the stubborn areas, your body will require less and less energy, so you'll have to reduce your calories further. To drive this home this means that even if a macro calculator says that you have to eat 2000 calories per day to be in a calorie deficit and burn fat if you're not losing any inches or pounds and you're tracking your calories at 2000 per day, it literally means that the calculator is wrong and you're likely at maintenance, and you'll have to subtract calories further to put yourself into an actual deficit to continue burning fat, and eventually get to that stubborn fat. 

And that brings me to tip number 2 before you assume that you're stuck and you start restricting calories further, make sure that you're actually tracking your calories for a full week and that you're tracking them accurately. Too many times people assume they're eating fewer calories than they actually are. This has been a consistent problem for not only average conditioned people that I've trained but also for more advanced bikini and physique competitors that I've trained. So just spend at least a few days, and track every calorie including the condiments that most people usually leave out, the oils you use, and the sugar in the creamer that you add to your coffee. After tracking if you still haven't lost weight or inches during that week, lower your calories by about another 200 to 300 calories and you'll probably notice more fat loss the following week. Keep in mind this process of dropping more calories is something that you may have to repeat a few times as your body adapts to your diet. 

And that actually brings us to the third tip, which is to incorporate refeeds or calorie cycling to blunt and maybe even reverse a process known as adaptive thermogenesis. This is essentially a term used to describe your metabolism slowing down more than what can be expected just from losing fat mass and muscle mass alone. (2)  This so-called "starvation response" seems to be a natural response to the decreased amount of calories or energy that you're taking in. And as you get leaner and closer to burning that stubborn fat, adaptive thermogenesis is likely to affect you more and more making it feel like you're taking one step back for every step you move forward...

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10 Best Exercises to Force Muscle Growth
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These Exercises will help FORCE Muscle growth quickly. Simply getting stronger at these key exercises over time will help you build muscle much faster. Find out which exercises are best to bulk up for skinny guys or hard gainers that are struggling to gain weight.

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Fitness magazines and ads are always promoting a secret supplement or workout that'll get you ripped muscle in no time. But in reality building muscle comes down to being consistent with your diet and improving at certain key resistance training exercises that build the most muscle. Of course, building muscle is definitely not all about finding one magical exercise. But there are 10 staple exercises that you should definitely be doing and getting stronger at if your goal is to build muscle and add mass as fast as possible.

So the very first exercise has to be the deadlift. Barbell deadlifts allow you to lift a very heavy load. This load is usually significantly heavier than what you could possibly lift utilizing other pulling movements like pullups, barbell rows, and lat pulldowns. That's why deadlifts are one of the best exercises to widen and thicken muscles around your back like your traps, rhomboid, and lats while also developing your hamstrings and glutes. To perform deadlifts correctly first step up to a loaded barbell, with your shins close to the bar, and plant your feet a little wider than hip-width apart. Hinge your hips by pulling them out from under you and moving them towards the wall behind you as you're bending down to grab the bar. Then grip the bar slightly wider than where your shins meet the bar. From there Stick your chest out, and drop your hips down, while squeezing your shoulder blades together to pull all the slack out of the bar. Then take a deep breath, hold it, and lift the weight up. Try to lift the weight in as straight of a line as possible (**) When lifting the weight, don't pull with your lower back. Instead lift the weight by squeezing your abs, pushing your feet into the ground, and hinging your hips by driving them forward until you're standing upright, then exhale at the top, inhale, hold and repeat for reps.

Next is one of the best upper-body mass builders the bench press. Now, these can be done with a barbell or dumbbells to very effectively add mass to your upper body specifically your chest, shoulders, triceps, and your serratus anterior (1). To set up the flat bench press you'll lay down on a bench with your eyes directly under the bar. Before beginning, you'll want to retract your shoulder blades and pack them nice and tight together. You can grab the barbell at a closer or wider grip but a good place to start is about thumbs distance from where the knurling starts. From there you'll lift the barbell, bring it over your chest and lower down aiming for your nipple line while making sure not to flare your elbows out too far out. As you're doing this your feet should be planted and you should be driving through your legs since this will allow you to lift more weight. You want to make sure that you don't lift your hips off the bench, but you should maintain an arch along your back as you press. After lowering the barbell to your chest press back up and repeat for reps. (1) Keep in mind while Bench pressing with a barbell is great to use a heavier overall load and improve overall chest pressing strength while dumbbells are excellent at incorporating more of a challenge with horizontal adduction as well as unilateral strength. So it's great to incorporate both into your routine
Another very important exercise, probably one of the best for the lower body, is the squat. This is by far one of the best exercises for your quads hamstrings and especially your glutes. If you want a nicer rounder butt you should definitely consider doing weighted squats at least once a week. So to begin you'll want to first unrack a loaded barbell with the barbell resting on your traps. If you're a beginner don't make the mistake of holding the barbell on your neck, it should be lower. Next, spread your feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart while also slightly rotating your feet outward. Before lowering yourself down make sure that your chest is up pointing straight ahead and that you're maintaining that neutral curve in your lower back. Then take a deep breath and hold it as you drive your hips back, bend your knees and lower your body down. As you're doing this make sure you're keeping your weight over the midline of your foot and again maintain that natural lumbar curve the whole time. You want to squat down until your hips are either parallel or a little under parallel with your knees and Then drive through your feet, extend your knees and drive the barbell straight back up. Just like with the deadlifts you want to raise and lower the bar in a relatively straight line....

10 REAL Ways to Speed Up Weight Loss
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These are 10 real ways to speed up weight loss. Learn how to lose weight fast with the fastest methods to burn fat. You'll learn workout & diet plans to lose weight faster than ever.

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#1 Way to Speed up Weight Loss: Carb Cycling 0:24
#2 Way to Speed up Weight Loss: Less Calories 2 Days Per Week 2:45
#3 Way to Speed up Weight Loss: Extended Fast 3:31
#4 Way to Speed up Weight Loss: Eat Salad or Green Veggies Before Each Meal 4:35
#5 Way to Speed up Weight Loss: Apple Cider Vinegar 5:39
#6 Way to Speed up Weight Loss: Green Tea 7:01
#7 Way to Speed up Weight Loss: Long Duration Cardio or HIIT after workout 7:56
#8 Way to Speed up Weight Loss: More Aggressive Diet Plan 8:50
#9 Way to Speed up Weight Loss: Getting More Sleep 10:03
#10 Way to Speed up Weight Loss: Being Consistent 10:48

Most people that need to lose weight want to find the magic pill that'll make them drop the pounds off the scale as fast as possible with the least amount of work involved. Unfortunately magic pills don't exist and losing weight does require effort, but there really are things you can do to speed up your fat loss, so In today's video I want to go over 10 real ways that will allow you to lose weight at a faster rate. Let's start first with one of the simplest ways especially for beginners and that's carb cycling. Carb cycling was one of the first diet approaches that I used to successfully drop body fat. The great thing about carb cycling is that it's a very easy way to lose weight fast without giving up carbs altogether. The best way to set up a carb cycling plan would be to include high carb days, low carb days, and no carb days. The high carb days would allow you to enjoy more of the types of carbs that you enjoy. When setting up a carb cycling diet your protein and fat macros remain pretty much the same while carbohydrates get manipulated day to day. Since protein and fat macros stay the same on all the days your calories will be significantly lower on your low and no carb days.This is why many people use their high carb day as a reefed day and this makes the plan easier to stick to because every third day you're able to satisfy your cravings for things like rice, pasta, and bread. Even though your calories may wind up being higher than maintenance on a refeed or high carb day it should balance out with your low and no carb days to create a substantial deficit. Definitely substantial enough to help you deplete your glycogen stores, lower overall insulin levels, lower total weekly calories, and lose body fat. Keep in mind that even on high carb days you still want to try to stick to clean healthy options. Options like brown rice, yams, sweet potatoes, ezekiel bread, and brown rice pasta will be better for your blood sugar, as well as your insulin levels assisting you with the weight loss process. To set up a carb cycling diet you first want to find out what your normal daily macronutrients should be at for cutting. You can use my calorie calculator that I have linked up below to do just that. And then you want to work on creating an overall deficit over the course of every 3 days. For example if you know that normally you're supposed to have 2000 calories per day to lose weight, you might allow yourself 2500 calories on your high carb day, 1800 calories on your low carb day and only 1500 calories on your no carb day. Again keeping protein and fat consistent throughout all 3 days. Even though you would allow yourself 500 extra calories on your high carb day...over the course of three days you'll wind up with less calories than if you simply had 2000 calories each day. The next way to speed up weight loss is to simply incorporate two days per week with significantly less calories. This is also known as a 5:2 dieting approach and it's considered a form of intermittent fasting. On your two fasting days you would want to take in under 500 calories per day. You can have your fasting days on two back to back consecutive days such as on a Wednesday and Thursday, or you can have them on two separate days of the week. The results should be the same. Not only does this help you decrease your total calories for the week, but it also allows you to lower your blood sugar and increase insulin sensitivity further helping you burn fat faster. Many people love spl...

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14 Tips to Lose Belly Fat Effortlessly
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These are 14 tips that'll help you lose weight and reduce your belly fat fast without crazy strict diets. It's important to reduce visceral fat because not only is it unattractive, but it's also very unhealthy. Most people force themselves to follow a strict diet, but those rarely work. Instead, just by following some basic principles, you'll be able to burn that belly fat as you reduce your overall body fat percentage lower and lower. 

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Our bodies are wired to store fat around our Center of mass which happens to be the belly love handles and hips. And there's a very good reason for this. Storing pounds fat on more distal areas like your hands and your feet would require a lot more energy to carry around and to do the things that we need to do on a daily basis to survive. And this defeats the whole biological purpose of storing fat, to begin with, which is essentially your body trying to stock up on energy in the form of body fat in case of a future famine where there's a shortage of food or in other words a shortage of energy. In sports like wrestling and judo, we can see that our center of mass gives us the leverage we need to carry heavy weight loads without expending a ton of energy. Your body already naturally knows this so that's why one of the first areas to gain fat when you overeat is your belly. Unfortunately, even though your body is wired to view this as very efficient not only in the stomach area the last spot that most people want to gain fat but it's also very unhealthy to carry large amounts of fat around your midsection. Now even though your body is quick to store fat around your stomach it's very hesitant to let it go and will usually be one of the last spots that it pulls fat from. So you need to reduce your overall body fat percentage low enough for your body to burn the fat everwhere else before it starts pulling energy from the fat stored around your midsection. This is done mostly through diet so a lot of times many people follow a strict diet which becomes more and more difficult the longer you try to stick to it. So today I want to give you guys 15 quick guidelines that you can use to start burning body fat and belly fat as soon as possible without having to torture yourself in the process.
And the very first extremely effective thing that you can do is limit the number of high sugar foods that you eat. Sugar doesn't only taste good at the moment but it makes you crave more sugar in the future. When you habitually eat things like cookies ice cream and cake you actually wind up decreasing the sensitivity of your palate which makes natural healthy sources of sugar like fruit taste much less sweet and satisfying. There are also studies that show a direct link between having a high sugar intake and having higher levels of abdominal fat. This is due to the fact that Sugar spikes insulin which is a fat-storage hormone and it also decreases insulin sensitivity. So this doesn't mean that you can never have any sweets you can reward yourself with something like ice cream at the end of the week but it shouldn't be a staple part of your diet throughout the week. Instead, you should do your best to stick to fruit to satisfy your sugar Cravings.
Next, when you go shopping you're going to want to stick to the outside perimeter of the grocery store and avoid the inner aisles. So this includes your produce department Seafood meat eggs and some dairy. This is because the inner aisles are usually where you'll find all the processed food that ends up raising your insulin levels to increase your daily calorie count and of course contributing to the storage of belly fat. However other than high-sugar cereals chips and cookies, there are some things in the inner aisles like rice quinoa and nuts that can actually fill up your stomach and help you reduce body fat.
So when you do go into the inner aisles you want to follow the next tip which is to pick mostly single-ingredient Foods. These are foods that have a low-calorie density which means that for the amount of space that they take up in your stomach the only add a relatively low amount of calories to your daily total. A perfect example of this is comparing Oreos to something like broccoli. Just one Oreo will have 40 calories mostly in the form of sugar. For the same many calories you can fill your stomach with whole cup broccoli. Now on top of that single-ingredient foods require more calories to digest. The Oreo will quickly and easily be broken down into simple sugar without much effort meanwhile the broccoli...

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