Is Diet Really 80% of the Fat Loss Equation?

Is Diet Really 80%?

There has been a long standing cliche in the fitness business. No doubt you’ve heard the cliche saying that ‘diet is 80% of fat loss’ or maybe you’ve heard that, ‘diet is 80% of muscle mass gain.’ I read it posted in dozens of quora answers nearly every time I answer a question about fat loss or muscle mass gain. …

Less Perfect = Better Results?

Some time ago I wrote a quick article called, “Perfect Smurfect.’ As a recovering perfectionist, I’ve been a long time advocate of encouraging people to escape perfectionism in favour of effort, consistency and deliberate practice. I never really explained why in that article. I just made a statement, along with some personal points of view. I’ve long struggled with perfectionism, so …

Does Hula Hooping Help You Lose Fat?

I’ve seen more and more people in public parks will hula hoops lately. Hula Hooping exercise classes are once again making their rounds at commercial gym spaces. Kind of like the Fresh Prince on Netflix. What’s being pushed lately in fitness circles is weighted hula hooping. I’ve seen many fads come and go, but what generally bothers me about them …

HOW You Do Things Matters

If you’re currently doing nothing then moving in general, even if it’s five minutes a day is significantly better. I’m an effectiveness whore, but sometimes trying to optimize your time prevents you from taking action. I know it often slows me down, so it’s a raging battle between my built in need to do things really well and the fact …

What’s Better: A Split Routine or Total Body Routine?

Split routines, or as I like to call them Frankenstein routines (hat-tip to Dan John…) are synonymous with bodybuilding circles. Few days escape me when I’m not asked a question about a split routine, or to critique a program. Almost all young men new to the gym (and not in an athletic training environment) will experiment with a split routine …

The Best Kept Secret of the Fitness Industry

In 2013, I wrote this answer on Quora about the best kept secrets of the fitness industry. It’s been read more than 70,000 times and is one of my most read articles anywhere, ever. It also still applies 2 years later.

Fat Loss: How to Lose 20% of Your Bodyweight with Ease

Current dogma suggests that all you need to do is eat less and exercise more, or reduce your calories in and increase your calories out. Or maybe just blame carbs, that’s trendy these days… Sadly the communication between scientists in a lab and the general population has been drastically simplified and overblown to mean something it doesn’t necessarily mean: Count …