If you’ve been reading fitness information for the past several decades, then surely you’ve been informed that bulking and cutting leads to better progress over the long run than staying the same weight or making gradual changes. But is this really the best strategy? Should every lifter therefore always be in either a bulking or cutting phase? In this article, I hope to convince you that many lifters should avoid bulking and cutting cycling and be content to stay the same weight while improving body composition, or be content to make very gradual changes over time.
Below is a guest blog by my favorite young female fitness writer – Sohee Lee. She recently created a resource with Dr. Layne Norton called Reverse Dieting. I use the same methods with my clients that Sohee and Layne recommend and can vouch for their effectiveness. The product is on sale for two more days so make sure you check it out.
Common Training Myths
By Sohee Lee
1. You have to confuse your muscles.
If you’ve ever bought into the hype about muscles getting confused, pay attention.
Think about it. Do your pecs ever really say:
Hey, this is a new exercise. What’s going on? What’s this called – the decline pushup? Oh, okay, cool. Wasn’t quite sure what was going on for a second there.
Paleolithic nutrition is one of the most highly debated topics in the health & fitness community! On the one hand, “the paleo diet” was the most googled diet last year, and millions of people worldwide now swear by a paleolithic, hunter-gatherer type diet as a way to stay lean and healthy. However, not everyone is so enthusiastic about the prospect of eating like our caveman ancestors, and as the paleo movement has gained increased mainstream attention, more and more sceptics have voiced their reservations and criticism of the paleo philosophy. As history has shown, this is the typical observable effect that occurs when anything “new” gains more foothold among the public. Also, since many of the principles of the paleo diet goes against most of the conventional wisdom people hold about nutrition, there’s no suprise that there’s so much controversy. Food and diet are very emotional topics for many, and for some strange reason, some folks seem to be upset that so many people now choose a dietary strategy that is based around eating nutrient-dense whole foods and ditching grains, refined vegetable oils, refined sugar, and “junk food”.
Are you busting your ass in the gym and not seeing the results you desire? If so, you’re not alone. An alarming percentage of lifters are unhappy with their progress, and many of them blame their genetics for their lackluster results. However tempting it may be to blame genetics, there could be a simple solution.
Don’t get me wrong, genetics definitely play a very large role in determining your ability to lose fat, build muscle, and improve fitness. In fact, I’ve written two articles on the topic (HERE and HERE). The genetically-blessed can see twice the results with half the effort…that’s just all there is to it. However, many individuals wrongly blame genetics rather than take a hard look at their diet and exercise regimens.