[ Editor's Note: Fitness author Jon Benson shared this letter with me and gave me permission to share it with you. ]
3 “Rebel” Fatloss Tricks
You know what? I like “weird.” I’ve always been a bit on the fringe side of the fence if you know what I mean. A bit of a rebel. So were guys like Einstein, Mozart, and Picasso. Not that I’m putting myself into their category of genius by any stretch… but I love their approach to life.
BE BOLD…OR GO HOME.
Makes sense to me. This life it too darn short for anything less than being bold. That means taking some risks here and there. That means taking action while the others are content to sit on the couch being the same person they were yesterday.
And the day before…
And the month before…
And the year before.
Do you want to live your years like that? Or do you want to dive into life? Be the greatest “you” possible? Then be a bit of a rebel. Here’s some “rebel tips” for fatloss I think you’ll enjoy…
REBEL TIP 1 – Flip The Food Pyramid Upside-down
The USDA’s Food Pyramid is an utter joke. It’s origins stink up the joint, let me tell you. First, the grain industry was in a pinch when the Food Pyramid was created. And wouldn’t you know it… the grain industry increased their “contributions” (read: bribes) to certain politicians to get placement atop the pyramid… or in this case at the very bottom. The “foundation” if you will.
Just think about this for a moment: The USDA wants you to eat MORE starch than vegetables? More bread than fruits, lean meats, and hormone-producing fats? Are they NUTS?? Yes… they are nuts. You’d be better off flipping the sucker upside-down. That would look like this: 40% of your calories from healthy fats, 30% of your cals from protein, 30% of your cals from carbs. Roughly, that is.
Sounds rebellious, right? Well it is. Too bad I have the science (and the abs) to back it up. If you want a system laid out for you, then go here: EveryOtherDayDiet.
REBEL TIP 2 – Cardio Is Not Smart-ee-o
At least the way the so-called “experts” want you to do it. Look: This isn’t rocket science. Just walk into any gym…take a look at the folks who only do cardio work for 45-60 minutes every day. Do they look any different from year to year? Let me save you some time: NO. They do not.
Cardio (unless you are into endurance sports) is a waste of energy done this way. First, it increases your carbohydrate cravings. For most people that’s not a good thing. Why? Because cardio at this pace burns mostly SUGAR, not bodyfat. What do you want to burn? Exactly. Bodyfat.
Finally, cardio is no where near as efficient as resistance training at dissolving bodyfat… and certainly not even CLOSE to resistance training when it comes to shaping lean muscle and getting the look all these cardio bunnies are after. Now, I ‘do’ have a rebel cardio trick… and it takes 9-15 minutes 2-3 times a week to perform. That’s it. And you get ALL the benefits heart-wise of long-session cardio. Combine that with some brisk walking and my overall fitness plan and presto: No more bodyfat.
Here’s what is cool: I put my new in-home version of this resistance-based workout online for a few days at a major discount… but it’s only for people who pick up this: EveryOtherDayDiet.
This is completely illustrated with photos, too… and you do not need anything but resistance bands and perhaps some cheap dumbbells to do this in-home. Or you can use the gym-based workouts (included with videos.) Train like this just 3-5 days a week and you can kiss long, boring cardio goodbye.
REBEL TIP 3 – Do Not Overwork Your Abs
Here’s a mistake I see most people make in the gym: They do endless sets of crunches, leg raises, and sit-ups… all geared toward seeing those toned abs they want. Guess what? Waste of time. In fact, it’s worse than that… it can literally shut down your recovery ability. You’ll slow your progress in the gym (or at home)… and your fat-burning, too. And you may give up your plan entirely because of it.
Here’s the brutal truth: Ab ‘muscles’ are easy to build. It only takes about 3 minutes 2-3 times a week… that’s it. The muscles are not what make your stomach flatter… it’s the nutrition plan. You’re just building muscle underneath layers of bodyfat… not good.
I do very little direct ab training. When I do it’s usually 3-5 minutes tops 2 days a week. And my abs are… well… good. I rely on resistance training and my special “favorite foods dietplan” to get and stay lean.
So be a rebel. Thumb your nose at the establishment and step out on your own. Trust me: You’ll be a leader in every sense of the word if you do.