I have some sad news today.
Well, it’s not really news, because you probably already know this: Less than 5% of people who go on a diet actually succeed at losing weight (and keeping it off).
*Moment of silence.*What a sad, yet very true statistic.
Fortunately, it’s not really all that complicated when you know “what’s up” (as the kids say). You see, out of all the reasons people fail to see results from dieting, I’ve enumerate what I feel are the 3 BIGGEST culprits below…and if you STOP doing these 3 things, you’ll be well on your way to losing a ton of weight…for good.
The 3 Worst Things to NEVER Do While Dieting
1. Heavily restrict your calorie intake. Sure, it may make logical sense that if you only eat a cup of salad a day, you’ll be losing fat like gangbusters. Unfortunately, it don’t quite work like dat. The truth is, your body hates heavy calorie restriction and crash diets…they almost instantly send your body in to “starvation mode”, decreasing metabolism and causing your body to hold on to your fat stores as a starvation protection mechanism.
Moderate, not severe, calorie restriction is the way to go for consistent, week-to-week fat loss…but even that can become problematic. Bringing us to our next worst thing to NEVER do while dieting:
2. Restrict calories for more than 1 week. No matter how moderate your calorie restriction, it won’t take the body long to figure out that you’re eating fewer calories than it’s used to getting on a daily basis. The result? Slowed fat loss and the dreaded fat loss plateau. Not only do fat loss plateaus suck from a results standpoint, but they’re incredibly disheartening psychologically and cause many people to give up on diets from the lack of progress. I mean, who wants to sacrifice for no reward? Not me.
Research has shown that it takes just under a week for important fat burning hormones to drop off due to calorie restriction, so it’s best that calorie restriction be limited to 1 week at a time. So what do you do to “reset” your metabolism after a week of dieting? Well, that brings us to our next worst thing to NEVER do while dieting:
3. Deprive yourself of your favorite foods. Do you like ice cream? Yeah, me too. How about pizza? Love it. Shame that these delectable favorites aren’t on the “approved” foods list of very many “diets”, and that brings up several problems:
A) You’re GOING to cheat. Yes, even you with the supersonic will power. And when you do, you’re going to feel guilty and defeated…but you don’t have to, and you shouldn’t feel that way (more on that later).
B) Depriving yourself of your favorite foods for weeks at a time will actually detract from your results due to the reasons shared in #2.
Bottom line, your favorite foods should be strategically implemented in to your fat loss program at least once a week. And that brings me to a little announcement:
How to Solve ALL 3 of the Above Problems
Forgive me if you already know this, as more than 100,000 people are already users of my Cheat Your Way Thin program worldwide, but my Cheat Your Way Thin system was specifically developed to overcome these 3 major diet pitfalls…and that’s essentially why it has such a high success rate.
1. You’re NEVER heavily restricting calories
2. You’re NEVER restricting calories (even moderately) for more than 1 week at a time
3. You’re NEVER depriving yourself of your favorite foods for more than a few days at a time
1. You avoid fat loss pleateaus and instead enjoy consistent week to week fat loss
2. You don’t feel guilty when you cheat; instead you enjoy every minute because you know you’re setting yourself up to lose weight faster the following week.
3. You protect your metabolism as you lose weight so your lost weight stays lost (no rebound weight gain)
Yes, you’ll get to eat pizza and ice cream…and plenty of it. You’ll never be hungry, and you won’t have to shun your cravings for weeks and months at a time. And oh yeah, you get fast, consistent results.
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Remember, NEVER do the above 3 things if you wish to enjoy consistent fat loss results. Instead, follow a program that automatically avoids these 3 diet pitfalls like my Cheat Your Way Thin program. And hey, enjoy 50% off while you’re at it for the rest of the day:
Posted by Joel Marion on June 14, 2011 350 Comments
So, I’ve decided to take “Ninja Nutrition Tactics” out of the vault for the first time since February.
What’s Ninja Nutrition Tactics?
Without a doubt, some of you know exactly what it is, while many others probably don’t. So, for those who do not, allow me to get you “up to speed”, as they say.
First, NNT is an eBook, and its full name is:
Ninja Nutrition Tactics: Stealth Techniques to Slice Through Any Fat Loss Plateau
I know, awesome name.
BUT, perhaps even more awesome than the name is its contents, and believe it or not, the whole thing kind of came together by “accident”.
You see, back in February, a good friend of mine, Rohn Jomaniello, released a pretty sweet e-course called Final Phase Fat Loss, which was, as you may have deduced from the name, a training program specifically designed to help users bust through fat loss plateaus and lose those last, stubborn pounds once and for all.
You can see a picture of Rohn here:
Weird dude, but hey, he’s got a knack for helping people lose those last 10 lbs, so what can I say.
Anyway, as a little incentive for my customers and newsletter subscribers to purchase John’s program, I decided I would put together a short guide that included some plateau-busting nutrition strategies to compliment John’s training advice.
And that I did.
But, what I didn’t know when I first starting writing NNT is that it would end of being one of the best eBooks I’d ever written. I mean, I knew it was going to be good, but I didn’t know it was going to be THAT good.
You see, when I sat down to write NNT, I was originally thinking it would end up being somewhere around 20 or so pages of “cool” nutrition info.
Then, I started writing.
And I didn’t stop until Ninja Nutrition Tactics held 63 pages of my most advanced plateau-shattering nutrition strategies (11 in total), each one guaranteed to get the scale moving again immediately, regardless of how long you’ve been “stuck” at your current weight.
And as a bonus, the whole thing is pretty darn funny. Like, take my funniest blog post ever, and then multiply it by 337.
So, why the heck am I telling you this?
Well, as I alluded to at the beginning of this post, Ninja Nutrition Tactics hasn’t been available since February, but I AM going to be “releasing” it for a short, few days next week.
You’re not going to want to miss the opportunity, because, it’s very likely that after those few days, these stealth techniques will be going BACK inside the vault for good, or at least for another very long time.
Why? Quite frankly, these are my best techniques, many of which no one has ever heard of, used, or seen before (apart from my private clients).
And while I’m OK with sharing these ‘private-client’ techniques with a very select group of my loyal subscribers and customers so that YOU may also enjoy the unfair advantage they provide, I really don’t want these techniques getting out there amongst the “masses”.
Also, while it’s not my intentions to hype this up, I have to say that NNT is seriously one of the best things I’ve ever written. Anyone who owns it already knows that.
And for those of you who don’t, you’ll have a brief opportunity to secure your copy next week.
Can I trust you to uphold the ninja code of secrecy?
At least 300 comments and maybe I’ll post a “sample” Ninja Nutrition Tactic straight from the NNT manual later this week ;)
Until then, be true to the way of the Ninja.
P.S. I’m now doing virtually ALL my cooking with coconut oil – if you want to know why, click HERE.
Posted by Joel Marion on April 18, 2011 12 Comments
Craving Crusher #5 – Mouth Wash/Tooth Paste: Another interesting way to overcome a craving is to create an undesirable “craving” situation in your mouth, which can be easily done by brushing your teeth or swishing some mouth wash around in your mouth for a minute or so.
Not only does toothpaste and/or mouthwash occupy your taste buds in lieu of the craving, but it’s highly unlikely that with a minty fresh mouth you’ll still be reaching for those chocolate chip cookies.
Craving Crusher #6 – Down a glass (or two) of water: The minute you being to start feeling hungry, down a glass (or two) of water. Filling your stomach with a large volume of water will immediately calm your hunger urges and bring your appetite back in to control.
In fact, I use the hunger crushing power of fluids regularly to make fast days much more manageable, and often find all out fasting a relative breeze when constantly filling my belly with fluids.
The more you drink, the fuller you’ll feel, and the easier controlling your appetite will be.
Craving Crushing #7 – Slow-Digesting Foods: There are many reasons and benefits from a fat loss perspective to choose slower digesting foods, and one of them is certainly the benefit of staying fuller longer.
If you’re still feeling full from your last meal, it’s much less likely that you’ll go hog wild when your next feeding runs around. Feeling full also curbs between-meal cravings and the desire to indulge in “non-diet” foods.
So what are the best “slow-digesting” foods? Whole foods, particularly very low glycemic carbohydrates, higher fiber veggies, healthy fats, and whole-food proteins (i.e. meats). Reach for these types of foods at each feeding and you’ll probably forget what “cravings” are.
Craving Crushing #8 – Supplementation: There are a lot of supplements that claim to suppress appetite, and I’ve both researched and experimented with most of them myself. Personally, the only thing that I’ve found to have a substantial impact on my own appetite is 5-HTP. If you’d like to add it to your arsenal alongside the other 7 tips, it may be worth experimenting with.
Want to learn 3 other specific fat-burning tips that you can start using today? Check out the below link:
Enjoy the above tips!
Posted by Joel Marion on December 1, 2010 2 Comments
An Extremely Content-Rich Interview with my friend Vince DelMonte, and a special guest appearance from his wife, Flavia!
Vince and his wife, Flavia.
Alright, let’s get right down into it, Vinny. A lot of people work out, few people see real changes from their efforts. Why do you think so many people fail to see results from the time they spend in the gym?
People are focusing on time spent instead of time invested, and that’s an extremely important distinction. For example, last night I saw this dude in the gym attempting a Bent Over Row. He picks up the barbell, leans forward about 2 inches, does about ten reps with maybe a few inches of movement, racks the bar, stands up tall and gets some water. No sweat. No noise. No change of facial expression. Nothing. I’m thinking to myself, “Go home, man! Where’s the intensity? Take up knitting or basket weaving!”
1. Most trainees do not know what intensity looks like. They are a product of their environment and the lack of energy and intensity rubs into their own workouts, whether they are aware of it or not. After you become a fly on the wall and watch my DVD’s you’ll see and hear what real intensity looks like. We don’t use professional athletes or scripted models in my DVD’s. Instead I use real weights, real intensity, real sweat and real effort.
2. Most trainees have horrible technique. Again, time spent instead of time invested. I could cut your workout from 60 minutes to 15 minutes just by adjusting your foot position, hand grip, elbow position, hips etc. Same weights, better technique and you’ll feel like it’s your first workout ever and say, “What the heck have I been doing all these years?” Another cool thing about the workouts I filmed is that I also take the time to show you proper lifting technique instead of paying $100 an hour for a trainer.
Agreed 100%, although I do like to knit from time to time. Let’s talk crucial elements. If someone is looking to shed fat extremely fast, what are 2-3 elements that they need to include in their training?
1. Lactic acid. Lactic acid production from high intensity training leads to an increase in Growth Hormone which burns fat faster from your body. You need to actually feel the “burn” (that’s lactic acid build up in muscle tissue) and you shouldn’t just be casually going through a workout while breathing normally. I see WAY too many people doing this in the gym, and it’s the reason why people don’t see results. Workouts need to be CHALLENGING.
2. Sweat. You need to leave a trail of sweat in the gym and be at least 1-2 pounds lighter after every workout. My 4-day and 5-day six pack programs are designed to heat up your body like a furnace and dig fat from the most stubborn spots for energy.
3. Stop babying yourself. Don’t leave anything on the gym floor when you train. Treat each rep like it’s your last and each set like you don’t have another. In my six pack programs I even encourage people to stop counting reps and focus on quality instead of quantity.
Solid! Okay, let’s switch it up and talk about your wife, Flavia. I know Flavia has been using a lot of your workouts as well, and I’d venture to say that she looks EXACTLY like most women want to look — lean, sexy, and tone. What would you say to women who are hesitant to train with weights, or particularly, the training routines included in your DVD series?
My take: Stop taking advice from people who don’t look like you want to look! Would you take money advice from your friend is living pay check to check? So why take female fitness advice from a girl who doesn’t look like you. But rather than take it from me, Flavia is actually sitting right beside me now, so here it is, straight from the horse’s mouth:
Flavia: For me having shapely arms is a powerful ego boost and believe me they get noticed. I have always wanted people to know I workout, instead of just assuming I’m just naturally thin. The time I’ve put in doing Vince’s workouts (which have been a heck of a lot of fun), have given me the lean, sexy look I’ve always wanted, but didn’t have until just recently.
There are also quite a few other female-friendly benefits of weight training, such as an increase in metabolism. More muscles burn more calories, helping to speed along weight loss and achieve you fat loss goals faster. Another huge problem area for women are their triceps…well without weight training, you will still have the loose flap waving back at people. It is important to know proper techniques for lifting weight but it is well worth learning….the results you achieve by doing things the RIGHT way will make you want to learn more and lift more. And don’t be worried that you will look like a man…I certainly don’t think I do!
Awesome stuff. I know hearing directly from another female (who looks like you look), really helps a lot of people, so thanks for popping in!
As a reminder, Vince just re-released his 9 DVD Six-pack and Muscle Building DVD series for his birthday (he only does this once a year), and there are a bunch of pretty sweet incentives going down right now (EVERYTHING expires tomorrow):
#1. If you grab Vince’s DVD set through the special link below, I’m going to GIVE you your choice of ANY product I’ve ever created.
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#2. These DVDs haven’t been available for a full year, and after a couple of days they’ll be going “back in the vault” for another 12 months…if you want them, this will be your only opportunity this year to get them.
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All in all, that’s a pretty phenomenal deal which won’t be around for at least another year.
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Happy Birthday Vince!
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Posted by Joel Marion on July 8, 2010 71 Comments
After a day of flying across the country, I’m finally getting the opportunity to write this newsletter.
Straight from…what’s this place called? Ah yes, the Gibson Guitar Lounge in Orange County airport.
I was actually planning on sending this during my last flight, because, that plane was COOL and had the internet, but alas, my middle seating assignment amongst two individuals even larger than I made that an impossibility.
But here I am, making it a point to deliver on my promise to you, my loyal subscriber, even before I check in to my hotel.
Alright, enough of that…moving on to what you really want to know: How much protein do you really NEED?
Ha! Trick question, because that’s actually not the question you should be asking anyway. You see, when you ask the question about “need”, one needs to examine the context of the question.
How much protein do you need for what?
To build muscle? To improve body composition? To improve performance? To enhance recovery? To live?
In most cases, people are asking how much protein should I intake to enhance my body composition and performance related goals.
And with that question, it’s important to take a look at things not from a “need” standpoint, but from an “optimization” standpoint.
And because my very good friend and nutritional biochemist and all around bad ass Dr. John Berardi already covered this in another article, I’ll just quote him here:
“Asking ‘How much protein does an athlete need?’ is much like asking the question ‘How much does a student need to study for an exam?’ Since a student only needs to pass their exam to remain a student, the proper answer would be ‘however much it takes to score a 60%.’ However, very few students want to earn only a 60%. Therefore the best question would be ‘How much does a student need to study to get an A on their exam?’
Now, the truth is, there are MANY reasons beyond “need” to increase protein intake to boost body composition and performance related results, here are just a few:
Increased Thermic Effect of Feeding — While all macronutrients require metabolic processing for digestion, absorption, and storage or oxidation, the thermic effect of protein is significantly higher than that of carbohydrates and fat. In fact, protein requires 25-30% of the energy it provides just for digestion, absorption, and assimilation while carbs only require 6-8% and fat requires 2-3%. That means that eating protein is actually thermogenic and can lead to a higher metabolic rate. This means greater fat loss when dieting and less fat gain during hypercaloric diets.
Increased Glucagon — Protein consumption increases plasma concentrations of the hormone glucagon. Glucagon is responsible for antagonizing the effects of insulin in adipose tissue, leading to greater fat mobilization. In addition, glucagon also decreases the amounts and activities of the enzymes responsible for making and storing fat in adipose and liver cells. Again, this leads to greater fat loss during dieting and less fat gain during overfeeding.
Increased IGF-1 — Protein and amino-acid supplementation has been shown to increase the IGF-1 response to both exercise and feeding. Since IGF-1 is an anabolic hormone that’s related to muscle growth, another advantage associated with consuming more protein is more muscle growth when overfeeding and/or muscle sparing when dieting.
Reduction in Cardiovascular Risk — Several studies have shown that increasing the percentage of protein in the diet (from 11% to 23%) while decreasing the percentage of carbohydrate (from 63% to 48%) lowers LDL cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations with concomitant increases in HDL cholesterol concentrations.
Improved Weight-Loss Profile — Research from Layman and colleagues has demonstrated that reducing the carbohydrate ratio from 3.5 – 1 to 1.4 – 1 increases body fat loss, spares muscle mass, reduces triglyceride concentrations, improves satiety, and improves blood glucose management.
Increased Protein Turnover — All tissues of the body, including muscle, go through a regular program of turnover. Since the balance between protein breakdown and protein synthesis governs muscle protein turnover, you need to increase your protein turnover rates in order to best improve your muscle quality. A high protein diet does just this. By increasing both protein synthesis and protein breakdown, a high protein diet helps you get rid of the old muscle more quickly and build up new, more functional muscle to take its place.
Increased Nitrogen Status — Earlier I indicated that a positive nitrogen status means that more protein is entering the body than is leaving the body. High protein diets cause a strong positive protein status and when this increased protein availability is coupled with an exercise program that increases the body’s anabolic efficiency, the growth process may be accelerated.
Increased Provision of Auxiliary Nutrients — Although the benefits mentioned above have related specifically to protein and amino acids, it’s important to recognize that we don’t just eat protein and amino acids — we eat food. Therefore, high protein diets often provide auxiliary nutrients that could enhance performance and/or muscle growth. These nutrients include creatine, branched chain amino acids, conjugated linoleic acids, and/or additional nutrients that are important but remain to be discovered. This illustrates the need to get most of your protein from food, rather than supplements alone.
So, looking over this list of benefits, isn’t it clear that for many individuals, an increase in protein intake would be advantageous for most people’s training goals?”
Hmmmm, indeed it does, Johnny boy, indeed it does.
So rather than looking at “need”, when talking about protein intake, let’s talk optimization.
Based on my experiences (and many others), that level is around 1 g per pound of lean body mass in most cases.
In some situations, for very specific purposes (like the protein depletion day of the XFLD), higher protein intake may be warranted.
Regardless, the bottom line is this: protein is the most under-rated nutrient, or at least the nutrient that most people under-consume. If you’re looking to boost your body composition results, make sure you’re getting enough.
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Posted by Joel Marion on June 30, 2010 Comments Off
So, I was at the gym today going through a rather brutal chest/back session and couldn’t help but “observe” those working out around me as I alternated back and forth between dumbbell bench and dumbbell rows (that was just the beginning of the workout).
Did you know that 99% of the people I observed could be achieving up to 3 times the results with some simple switches in the way they perform each exercise?
As my buddy Rob Poulos often explains, it has to do with how you specifically perform the repetitions. To better understand this, let’s examine our 3 different strength levels in any resistance exercise.
Take the dumbbell bench press exercise for the pectorals for example. In this movement, you begin with the weight in the lowered position at the sides of your chest. You proceed to smoothly and slowly press the dumbbells up until they meet over your chest.
This first portion of the exercise trains your positive strength level.
Want to make the movement even more effective? Pause briefly and contract your pectorals/chest muscles hard at the top of the movement. This trains your static strength level.
Finally, you would want to lower the dumbbells slowly back to the starting position. This trains your negative strength level.
Now the problem is that most people don’t even bother with their static or negative strength levels, and that’s VERY apparent just by sitting back and “observing” more than 50 people working out at my local gym.
They put all of the focus on the “lifting” or positive portion of the movement, while not pausing or contracting sufficiently at the top, and not taking nearly enough time on the negative portion.
In effect, doing this only gets you one third of the benefit that each exercise can provide.
Actually, it’s less than that because the static and negative portions can actually create deeper inroads into your existing strength levels. This is something you want, as it will lead to greater progress faster, heavier weights used, more calories burned, and more fat loss.
My buddy Rob just posted a free video that shows you how you can target each strength level in a very specific way to decrease your workout time dramatically while doubling or even tripling the effectiveness of each exercise. But in order to get the most out of the techniques, they need to be performed in VERY specific way.
You can learn about Rob’s specific methods in his free video here:
Click above to watch the video.
Catch you soon,
Posted by Joel Marion on May 9, 2010 147 Comments
Over the weekend I got a phone call from my friend Natalie.
She was a bit frustrated, and understandably so.
You see, about a week ago (per my recommendation) she purchased an electronic body fat scale to track her progress as she attempts to diet down for “beach season”.
Unfortunately, for the last week, the readings have been all over the place.
“One day it says I’m 26% and then the very next day somehow it reads 22%. Then back up to 24% the next day. It makes no sense.”
Perhaps you can relate.
Without a doubt, these scales can seem pretty worthless if you don’t really understand a) how they work, and b) how to use them to produce reliable, consistent data.
On the other hand, when you’ve got “A” and “B” down pat, body fat scales can be an invaluable tool to easily track body composition without having to bust out a pair of calipers or set up an appointment to have your body fat evaluated at your local gym (which has its own set of accuracy problems).
Today I’ll clear up the confusion and tomorrow you’ll actually be able to use the body fat function of your scale to produce some meaningful data.
Posted by Joel Marion on April 29, 2010 3,168 Comments
I’m going to make this post extremely quick and easy.
To enter to win one of FIVE TWENTY copies of the entire Xtreme Fat Loss Diet system that I’m GIVING AWAY today, simply reply in the comments section below this post (reply form is at the bottom of the page) with the following information:
In 250 words or less, I want you to tell me exactly why this program is the perfect program for you at this point in your life. Tell me WHY you NEED access to this information.
Again, please keep your reply less than 250 words, and please, leave finances out of your reply. This program (via our special launch pre-sale) will be affordable for literally anyone who wants access to it. Anyone.
So, again, leaving the financial stuff out, I want you to tell me, based on everything you’ve learned about dieting and FAST fat loss over the last 6 updates, why this program is the perfect fit for you.
I will keep the contest open for a full 24 hours, and then will go through the replies and notify the winners via email sometime on Saturday!
NOTE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.
Posted by Joel Marion on February 24, 2010 14 Comments
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Posted by Joel Marion on December 21, 2009 55 Comments
Well, since Vince Del Monte pretty much copies everything I do, I figured it’s time I return the favor ;)
Just kidding. Vince and I are pretty much business partners and we consult with each other pretty much daily, so it’s natural that we get a fair amount of ideas from one another.
The other week, Vince put together a “things I learned in 2009″ post on his blog. I loved it, and thought it’d be cool to do the same. Thanks for the idea, Vinny.
Below you will find my list of “49 insights” from 2009. Take a read through it and then respond in the comments section with your comments and/or 1 thing you learned this year! Rock on!
1. Curb Your Enthusiasm never stops being (inappropriately) funny. You gotta love the twisted mind of Larry David.
2. You can have whatever you want in life. It’s not metaphysical bull shit, it’s simply about believing in yourself and going after what you want full force.
3. Self-imposed limitations will cripple your potential. It doesn’t matter what other people think is possible for you-the ONLY thing that matters is what you believe you can achieve.
4. Excuses are nothing more than sugar coated self-imposed limitations.
5. Expect failure. Failure is an inevitable stop on the road to success. And even in the midst of success, you’ll still fail-get used to it. Fact is, I still fail-all the time. The difference is that winners simply keep trying until they succeed, while the majority just give up and fade away.
6. Expect success. Contradictory to the above statement? Nope. I KNOW I will succeed in everything I do and I expect to do so. I also know that I may have to fail several times first.
7. “Take action” is my new motto. If you’re not actively “doing” something to change your circumstances, then I’m not interested in hearing your complaints about those circumstances.
8. Being a complainer is still perhaps the most annoying, unattractive character trait.
9. Email is the biggest time-drainer in the world.
10. Short duration, high-frequency training is the most effective way to build muscle.
11. The only thing that matters with regards to overtraining is avoiding central nervous system burn out.
12. Motivation is the best way to assess central nervous system burnout. If you’re motivated to train, forget about soreness and get your butt back in the gym.
13. Turning something “negative” into something loved is a special skill (i.e. Cheat Your Way Thin ;)
14. Friday Night Lights is the most underrated show on television. Period. If you’re not watching it, do yourself a huge favor and go buy every season on DVD. Today.
15. It’s very hard for me to have a bad day when the sun is out. Thus, I moved to Florida.
16. Relationships are the only thing that matter in life. I could have every material possession in the world, but would be completely miserable without the interaction I share with so many “real” people on an every day basis.
17. 48 oz steaks have nothing on me.
18. Eating a healthy, big breakfast may be the most fundamental rule of weight control.
19. 99% of supplements are still bogus.
20. Vince Del Monte has the crappiest laptop in the world for someone who travels non-stop and runs an internet based business.
21. Do not call Craig Ballantyne. Text or email only. And if you mistakenly do call, do NOT leave a message.
22. Identifying problems and providing enjoyable solutions is a winning concept to build any business around.
23. Nothing could be more influential in one’s life than having a phenomenal mother.
24. Stay true to who you are and don’t allow past experiences to “harden” or change you-even if it means allowing yourself to be vulnerable (again). You are an amazing person and someone equally as amazing will love you and treasure you for every single one of those traits (thank you Lisa).
25. Taste buds change. I used to hate salad and seafood; now I can’t get enough of either. Try revisiting foods you once wrote off-you may be surprised.
26. On a similar note, sushi is actually really good. Never in a million years would I have thought I would have liked that.
27. Surrounding yourself with and building strong relationships with other passionate, driven people are perhaps the best things you can do for your life.
28. No matter how far you move away, home is still home.
Sometimes you just have to trust your gut and go with it.
29. Find a very small, core group of people to network with and get input from regularly, and keep it small. Too many opinions = confusion. Find the “core” people you trust most, and turn to them often (thanks Vinny and Craig).
30. There are much more important things in life than work. If your job controls your life, change that however you can, or simply find another job.
31. If you have a desire to work for yourself, GO for it full throttle.
32. 10 minutes well invested each day will give you hours of your life back each week dur to increased productivity (and a host of other benefits). Binaural brain-beat technology (www.UltimateMindEnhancement.com) works; I can’t say enough good things about it. If you do not own these CDs, buy them. Right now. They will change your life and I’ve been saying it for the last 8 months.
33. The “little things” continue to be the most important things of a relationship.
34. Dogs, like children, can be terribly annoying, but quickly become an irreplaceable part of your heart and family.
35. It’s better to spend the money for quality than to try to save a few hundred bucks when buying a flat screen TV for your living room.
36. Mentorship is a must for success.
37. You must be willing to invest in yourself. The more money I spend to better certain areas of my life, the better those areas become. WARNING: This is only true if you are someone who “takes action”. Spending money doesn’t equal results – taking action on your investments does.
38. Intensity trumps everything. You MUST at some point in your workout feel as though you are struggling to continue. Otherwise, your workout is worthless. There, I said it.
39. If you don’t have goals, you’ll never achieve anything. Success just doesn’t “happen”; you need to plan toward something specific.
40. The Philadelphia Eagles will never win a Superbowl with Andy Reid as their coach. I actually learned this about 5 years ago.
41. If Denzel Washington is in a movie, the movie will be good.
42. Certain books have the power to change your life, even for people who hate to read (i.e. me). Stop being lazy and start reading (more).
43. Art is pretty cool-even the abstract stuff. Some of it just flat out sucks, though.
44. People who are not taking steps to better themselves often project negativity onto those who are. The underlying cause of negativity is almost always jealousy.
45. The more you give, the more you get. I have straight up GIVEN away more information than ever before this year, and my business has grown exponentially because of it.
46. The mental component of body transformation is more important than the diet and exercise aspects by about ten fold.
47. Going out to dinner 5+ times per week is not only absurdly expensive, but also a fat loss nightmare.
48. The easiest way to stick to your diet while traveling is to go low-carb.
49. YOU are an incredible source of motivation and inspiration for me. The comments on this blog, the emails I receive, and the opportunities I’ve had to meet quite a few of you in person have been an incredible reminder of the value of what I do, and more importantly, an undying source of inspiration for me to continue to push to be my best.
So there it is, 49 insights from 2009! What did you learn this year? Respond w/ at least one “insight” in the comments section below!
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