What I’m Currently Doing To Get Lean
In case you haven’t noticed, I write about a lot of different approaches to nutrition and fat loss. Make that a LOT. You’d be forgiven for occasionally wanting to bury your head in the and (or your laptop/iPad/iPhone) and wishing all the how-tos and should-dos would just go back to wherever they came from.
That being said, I do honestly make an effort to layer my advice in such a way that much of what I suggest reinforces a previous message possibly forgotten, or adds new information. Occasionally new information conflicts old – for example, there was a time when I suggested we should all get off caffeine, and now I don’t agree with that. The rules on cardio is something else I’ve changed over the past few years.
So what I’m saying is that while I can’t guarantee never to contradict myself as my education continually progresses, (although I’ll always admit it, and explain why), I can promise complete transparency when it comes to my beliefs and my personal as well as professional experience.
The truth is that even though I’ve maintained a lean body for 5+ years now (pregnancy was a longer-than-I-liked blip), I’ve constantly changed what I’m doing. My beliefs and recommendations are always based on real facts and science which I learn from people I respect, as well as from a host of research-based sources. I don’t really write about the scienc-y stuff because I don’t enjoy doing so, but trust me; it’s there. Oh – and some of my changing beliefs are just based on logic as I see it!
So basically these changes are always based in reason, and they can sometimes be for the better, sometimes for the worse, and often not better or worse but just more effective. I assume that you want me to share this stuff with you, even if it gets a little confusing from time to time?!
Recently I had an email suggesting I should hold back free content on my blog in order to then be able to reveal the ‘missing links’ or extra content at my paid events or (I guess) in 1:1s. Well obviously if you see me for a 1:1 I’ll be speaking directly to you as an individual, in a way I can’t do on the blog, but the idea of deliberately holding back my knowledge and experience here, just so my paid events can offer something noticeably magical and new? It doesn’t sit well with me. When you come to one of my events you’ll learn a LOT that I’ve spoken about previously, but you’ll learn it in a structured manner that inspires you to take massive action. And sure, one or two new tidbits will always sneak in, because I’m always learning.
I’d be interested to know what your thoughts are on this.
But in the meantime, in the interests of full disclosure, here is a little about what I’m doing now to get (even) leaner. I have a particular focus in that I’ll be in Rhode Island in 2 weeks for another Biosignature update, and I always like to show up to class feeling proud of my physical fitness!
- Eating protein within 30 minutes of waking
- Meeting my protein goal daily (my bodyweight in pounds x 1.2 is what I’m working with as I’m trying to gain lean muscle. For fat burning I’d suggest similar)
- Lifting very VERY heavy weights with slow (and even super-slow tempos)
- Minimal cardio. 1-2 max 20 minutes sprint sessions; separately to weights
- Protein shake and post-workout supplements before I even leave the gym
- Lots of BCAAs in and around training
- No snacking after dinner. If I’m hungry; some more protein!
- Peppermint tea at night (most nights ;)) instead of wine
- A treat MEAL that is gluten-free once per week
- Focusing on the positive things I am doing for my body rather than all the coulds and shoulds!
How about you – what are you doing at the moment to meet your health goals? Comment below!
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