Archive for the ‘Must Read’ Category

June 8th, 2016

“Unexplainable” Fat Loss Plateaus… Explained!

Fat loss plateaus and lack of progress are always frustrating. What makes it utterly maddening is when you feel like you’re putting in a superhuman effort in the gym and reducing calories, but still making no progress. At this point, I usually see two unfortunate things happen: The first is a knee-jerk “blame the fat on something else” reaction. Usually, bad genetics or a thyroid problem… but whatever it is, it’s definitely “not your fault.” The second is the tendency to deny the calories in versus calories out equation. “I’m hardly eating anything and I’m not losing weight, so it CAN’T be calories, it MUST be something else!” Carbs are the usual scapegoat.

January 11th, 2016

The Top 10 Psychology-Based Goal-Setting And Goal-Achieving Strategies

Goal setting theory has been formally researched by psychologists since at least the 1960’s. More than 1000 studies have confirmed that goal setting is one of the most effective techniques you can use for motivation and achievement in sports, fitness, business and personal life.  But you have to set, think about and pursue your goals the right way. Want to triple your success rate? Read on and start applying these strategies today!

October 19th, 2015

NEAT Tricks To Burn More Fat Without Dieting

Researchers say that a little known body process called “N.E.A.T.” is the reason there is so much difference between individuals in how many calories they burn every day. One of the reasons fat people are fat is because they have a low level of NEAT. And, one of the reasons skinny people are skinny is because they have a high level of NEAT.   If you have a low level of NEAT, or if you don’t even know what it is, then this could be causing you to gain fat or preventing you from losing fat. The best part is, if you increase your NEAT(with the tips in today’s post), you can burn more fat without even dieting!

July 16th, 2014

30 Things I Learned From 30 Years of Bodybuilding

I started training in the early 1980’s and right from the start, I was engrossed with the bodybuilding style of training and eating. I think it’s always valuable to take time for reflection, and realizing this year that I had accumulated 30 years of training experience (including 28 competitions as a natural bodybuilder), I thought you would enjoy a post on my “lessons learned” that might help you in your own fitness endeavors, and hopefully help you shave a few years off your learning curve. I hope you find it helpful (and in parts, entertaining… so don’t take it all too seriously )…

December 25th, 2012

Aerobic vs Weight Training: Which is Better For Fat Loss (The Duke Study – Was it Wrong?)

A recent study from Duke University comparing aerobic versus weight training to see which is better for fat loss was one of the most publicized studies of the year. My in-box was bursting with emails from Burn the Fat readers sending me links from news websites, and asking me, “What do you think of this Tom? Should I stop lifting weights and focus on aerobics until I get the fat off?”  I think the researchers missed the mark when they concluded that “Aerobic exercise is better” … Read on to find out why and see what the top trainers, best bodybuilders and hottest fitness models in the world really say is the  best way to burn fat the fastest…

April 20th, 2011

Obesity Paradoxes: Fat But Still Fit?

If you’re fat, then you must be sick too, right? After all, countless studies have found associations between higher body mass index (BMI) and risk of disease (death too!) In fact, obesity has been linked to at least 20 diseases including diabetes, hypertension cardiovascular disease and even cancer. But why is it that some people are obese but not unhealthy? How do we explain this seeming paradox? Can you improve your health while you’re still overweight? And if you’re fat but healthy, should you bother losing weight at all? Hmmm… interesting questions… and I have answers!

February 25th, 2010

Calorie Counting vs Intuitive Eating (How To Go From Calorie Clueless To Calorie Competent)

Why is it that any time you hear the words “calorie counting” or “food journaling”, people start running for the hills? If creating meal plans, counting calories and keeping a food journal are research-proven, effective tools for nutrition awareness, education, motivation and accountability (they are), then why is there so much resistance to it?

October 10th, 2009

Orthorexia and The New Rules of Clean Eating – Part 1

Clean eating has no official definition, but it’s usually described as avoiding processed foods, chemicals, preservatives and artificial ingredients. Instead, clean eaters choose natural foods, the way they came out of the ground or as close to their natural form as possible. Vegetables, fruits, legumes, 100% whole grains, egg whites, fish, and chicken breast are clean eating staples. Clean eating appears to be a desirable, sensible, even noble goal. Eating clean is what we should all strive to do to achieve optimum health and body composition isn’t it? Arguably the answer is mostly yes, but more and more people today are asking, “is it possible to take clean eating too far?”

April 19th, 2009

The Most Effective Motivational Force: How To Stick With Any Diet or Fitness Program

Do you easily stick with your nutrition plan or do you give in to unplanned cheating and frequent excesses? Do you have near-perfect gym attendance or do you often skip workouts? When you do workout, are your sessions a 10 out of 10, or do you have a lot of 6’s and 7’s (or lower)? Have you ever weighed the consequences of those missed or sub-par workouts? Did you ever add up the calories from all those indulgences or see how one weekend can erase an entire week of work? Here’s a big question to ponder: What would happen to your results – the increased amount of fat you would burn, the muscle you would build, the strength you would gain – if you finally mastered this whole “fitness motivation” thing and finally STUCK WITH YOUR PROGRAM without falling off the wagon again… [updated]

February 19th, 2009

The 2 Pounds Per Week Rule And How to Burn Fat Faster

Why do you always hear that 2 pounds per week is the maximum amount of fat you should safely lose? If you train really hard while watching calories closely shouldn’t you be able to lose more fat without losing muscle or damaging your health? What if you want to lose fat faster? How do you explain the fast weight losses on The Biggest Loser? These are all good questions that I’ve been asked many times. With the diet marketplace being flooded every day with rapid weight loss claims, these questions desperately need and deserve some honest answers. Want to know where that 2 pounds per week rule comes from and what it really takes to burn more than 2 pounds of fat per week? Read on.