If you are “blessed” with an average-to-slow metabolism like me and the majority of the Earth’s population, then you probably thought about getting ripped at least once in your life. Luckily, you can easily find copious volumes of information on fat loss out there. Several mouse clicks and a simple Google-search separate you from myriads of books and articles that will teach you how to eat right, how to count calories and macros, etc. The whole gamut of YouTube gurus will eagerly explain in detail the principles of fat loss basically repeating the good old rules:
- If you eat more calories than you spend, then you gain weight
- If you eat less than maintenance, you lose it
- Your body composition is highly dependent on your macronutrient ratios
However, what if you have already reached your fat loss goal? Or what if your metabolism have slowed down due to aggressive dieting? The trick that can solve these issues is called reverse dieting. I haven’t found a simple and comprehensive article on this subject, so here is my attempt to create it.
What Is Reverse Dieting?
So, I received an e-mail the other day from a guy called Pete Anthony. He shared his experience with intermittent fasting and strength training. His article was quite good, so I asked if he wanted to write a guest post for Rough Strength. Here is the result. Enjoy.
Fat loss and muscle gain. When it comes to health & fitness, those are essentially the two things that people want. They are essentially the two ingredients that when combined together yield looking good in the mirror.
The truth is that getting either is really simple. You lose fat by expending more calories than you take in over time. You gain muscle by consistently doing progressive overload, forcing your body to adapt to the recurring stressor.
Despite how bone-headedly simple either of these tasks are, it seems that most people just can’t seem to figure either out. Why? Why are these exceedingly simple tasks so apparently complicated for 9 out of 10 people who want to “get fit?”
We’re smart enough to get PhD’s, split atoms, build silicon microprocessors, and put a man on the moon, yet the vast majority of 1st world individuals can’t figure out how to get at least lean & healthy enough to get their doctors off their ass? What gives? Continue reading
You may not understand it yet or even deny it, but traditional cardio is the most boring physical activity associated with strength training and physique enhancement (check out how I upgraded my skill in making up fancy names). Well, at least for me. Seriously, anytime I think about running, I get lethargic. Additionally, when you understand that it is way more effective to eat less than to exercise more, that little candle inside you that represented your desire to devote your precious time to such tedious activity as cardio goes out.
“So, you’re saying we don’t need that cardio shit, bro?” Not so fast. There are two points I want to discuss in this article:
1. When is it appropriate to use cardio?
2. Should cardio always be boring?
OK, enough of this silly little intro. Let’s dive into the cool stuff.
Why Does Cardio Suck?
I always struggled with losing bodyfat. There are people that are ripped from the day they were born and I am definitely not one of them. I was never obese either. I have an average metabolism. You know, the skinny-fat type. I gain fat easily and drop it slowly and painfully.
The topic of fat loss always fascinated me, but the reason I haven’t written much here on Rough Strength about it is because I was still experimenting with different approaches and numbers. Finally, I feel that I nailed it right and I want to share my experience.
NOTE: I won’t give you any pictures here because I want to save them for the big transformation article. If you read Rough Strength for a long time, then you know that I NEVER talk bullshit. If you are still in doubt, then go fuck around somewhere else.
Why Did I Fail at Fat Loss?
Well, this is complex question, but I will try to answer it simple. I failed at fat loss in the past for 2 connected reasons: Continue reading