Friday, January 20, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
By Tom Venuto, CSCS, NSCA-CPT QUESTION: "Tom, on your burn the fat website,Click Here! you wrote: 'Who better to model than bodybuilders and fitness competitors? No athletes in the world get as lean as quickly as bodybuilders and fitness competitors. The transformations they undergo in 12 weeks prior to competition would boggle your mind! Only ultra-endurance athletes come close in terms of low body fat levels, but endurance athletes like triathaletes and marathoners often get lean at the expense of chewing up much of their lean muscle." There seems to be a contradiction unless I'm missing something. Why do bodybuilders and fitness competitors have to go through a 12 week 'transformation' prior to every event instead of staying 'lean and mean' all the time? If they practice the secrets exposed in your book, shouldn't be staying in great shape all the time instead of having to work at losing fat prior to every competitive event?" ANSWER: Thanks for your question. There's a logical explanation for why bodybuilders and other physique athletes (fitness and figure competitors), don't remain completely ripped all year round, and it's the very reason they are able to get so ripped on the day of a contest... You can't hold a peak forever or it's not a "peak", right? What is the definition of a peak? It's a high point surrounded by two lower points isn't it? Therefore, any shape you can stay in all year round is NOT your "peak" condition. The intelligent approach to nutrition and training (which almost all bodybuilders and fitness/figure competitors use), is to train and diet in a seasonal or cyclical fashion and build up to a peak, then ease off to a maintenance or growth phase. I am NOT talking about bulking up and getting fat and out of shape every year, then dieting it all off every year. What I'm talking about is going from good shape to great shape, then easing back off to good shape.... but never getting "out of shape." Makes a lot of sense, doesn't it? Here's an example: I have no intentions whatsoever of walking around 365 days a year at 4% body fat like I appear in the photo on my website. Truth be told, that is day of contest condition. Off-season (when I'm not competing), my body fat is usually between 8 - 10%. Mind you, that's very lean and still single digit body fat.I don't stray too far from competition shape, but I don't maintain contest shape all the time. It takes me about 10-12 weeks or so to gradually drop from 9% to 3.5%-4.0% body fat to "peak" for competition with NO loss of lean body mass, using the same techniques I reveal in my e-book. It would be almost impossible to maintain 4% body fat, and even if I could, why would I want to? For the few weeks prior to competition I'm so depleted, ripped, and even "drawn" in the face, that complete strangers walk up and offer to feed me. Okay, so I'm just kidding about that, but let's just say being "being ripped to shreds" isn't a desirable condition to maintain because it takes such a monumental effort to stay there. It's probably not even healthy to try forcing yourself to hold extreme low body fat. Unless you're a natural "ectomorph" (skinny, fast metabolism body type), your body will fight you and you'll always be hungry. Not only that, anabolic hormones may drop and sometimes your immune system is affected as well (and I hate to say this, but sometimes - for some people - even the, uh... "reproductive functions"... decline a bit when you're that lean). Hey, I'm just being honest. It's just not "normal" to walk around all the time with literally NO subcutaneous body fat. Instead of attempting to hold the peak, I cycle back into a less demanding off-season program and avoid creeping beyond 9.9% body fat. Some years I've stayed leaner - like 6-7%, (which takes effort), especially when I knew I would be photographed, but I don't let my body fat go over 10%. Thats "the line" I draw - it's like a personal "rule" for me. This practice isn't just restricted to bodybuilders. Athletes in all sports use periodization to build themselves up to their best shape for competition. Is a pro football player in the same condition in March-April as he is in August-September? Probably not. Many show up fat and out of shape (relatively speaking) for training camp, others just need fine tuning, but none are in peak form... that's why they have training camp!!! There's another reason you wouldn't want to maintain a "ripped to shreds" physique all year round - you'd have to be dieting (calorie restricted) all the time. And this is one of the reasons that 95% of people can't lose weight and keep it off - they are CHRONIC dieters... always on some type of diet. Know anyone like that? You can't stay on restricted low calories indefinitely. Sooner or later your metabolism slows down and you plateau as your body adapts to the chronically lowered food intake and reduced body weight. But if you diet for fat loss and push incredibly hard for 3 months, then ease off for a while and eat a little more (healthy food, not "pigging out"), your metabolic rate is re-stimulated. In a few weeks or months, you can return to another fat loss phase and reach an even lower body fat level, until you finally reach the point that's your happy maintenance level for life - a level that is healthy and realistic - as well as visually appealing. That's how we physique athletes do it... Bodybuilders have discovered a methodology for losing fat that's so effective, it puts them in complete control of their body composition. They've mastered this area of their lives and will never have to worry about it again. If they ever "slip" and fall off the wagon like all humans do at times ... no problem! They know how to get back into shape fast. Bodybuilders have the tools and knowledge to hold a low body fat all year round(such as 9% for men, or about 15% for women), and then at a whim, to reach a temporary "peak" of extremely low body fat for the purpose of competition. Maybe most important of all, they have the power and control to slowly ease back from peak shape into maintenance, and not balloon up and yo-yo like most conventional dieters. What if you had the power to stay lean all year round, and then get super lean when summer rolled around, or when you took your vacation to the Caribbean, or when your wedding date was coming up? Wouldn't you like to be in control of your body like that? Isn't that the same thing that bodybuilders and fitness/figure competitors do, only on a more practical, real-world level? So even if you have no intention of ever being a bodybuilder, don't you agree that there's something of value everyone could learn from physique athletes? Don't model yourself after the huge crowd of "losers" who gobble diet pills, buy exercise gimmicks and suffer through starvation diets like automatons, only to gain back everything they lost! Instead, learn from the leanest athletes on Earth - natural bodybuilders and fitness competitors... These physique athletes get as ripped as they want to be, exactly when they want to, simply by manipulating their diets in a cyclical fashion between pre-contest "cutting" programs and off season "maintenance" or "muscle growth" programs. Even if you have no desire to ever compete, try this seasonal "peaking" approach yourself and you'll see that it can work as well for you as it does for elite bodybuilders. If you're interested in learning even more secrets of bodybuilders and fitness models, visit the Burn The Fat website at: Train hard and expect success, Tom Venuto, Fat loss coach Click Here! About the Author: Tom Venuto is a fat loss expert, lifetime natural (steroid-free) bodybuilder, independent nutrition researcher, freelance writer, and author of the #1 best selling diet e-book, Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle: Fat-Burning Secrets of The World’s Best Bodybuilders & Fitness Models (e-book) which teaches you how to get lean without drugs or supplements using secrets of the world's best bodybuilders and fitness models. Learn how to get rid of stubborn fat and increase your metabolism by visiting:Click Here!
Friday, January 13, 2012
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Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Why would I need to be healthy? Healthy living lets us explore life more aggressively. Staying healthy appear like it would be the most important choice of our life. I do not think it is the most important in most of our lives. Obesity is at a all time high amongst our kids in this world. If obesity is at all time high amongst our kids, the adults cannot be much better. They are not looking after ourselves. They are only living in the moment. Maximizing the moment is great, but they must also plan for the future. Healthy lifestyle rewards are not overtaking most of us as they get older. They are paying for our poor eating & exercising habits. Each day they get older, our body takes the food they feed it & blast it through our body. They are what they eat. Diseases are cause by improper diets & proper exercise. Heart disease, heart assault, hypertension, diabetes,etc are some of the diseases that are effecting plenty of people around the globe. A healthy life is a rewarding life. They can select to live healthy. Life provides options to succeed. What options are you choosing this day? Healthy lifestyle rewards gives each of us hope & joy. Healthy living is a benefit from maintaining a healthy active lifestyle. This blog http://healthbum101.blogspot.com/healthylifestylerewards will continue to give support on providing options to healthy living. I wish you success in getting healthier & experiencing healthier lifestyle rewards. They must wake up & take our life more seriously. They only have a limited time that they are on this earth. I think it would be more pleasure, if they could have elderly age in nice health & limited pain. What are some steps to start to live a better, healthier life? How can they reap healthy lifestyle rewards? I would like to remind all on important pieces of the puzzle. Proper dieting & a regular exercise technique. Before you try different types of diets or exercise routines, check together with your doctor to see what you can & cannot do. There's lots of solutions. Some solutions are healthy for you. There is a solution for all. Speak with license professional on proper training. Gyms are affordable.Healthy living is the key. They do not need to put ourselves in worst conditions. Receiving the best life has to offer is the healthy lifestyle reward they are seeking.
Friday, January 6, 2012
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
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