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What’s more important: strength training or cardio?

Both strength training and cardiovascular exercise have their own specific advantages. Cardio is usually linked to weight loss and improving muscular endurance while strength training is thought of as a workout only for those wanting to get buff. While these generalizations are somewhat true, you shouldn't limit yourself to...

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Top 5 Muscle Building Myths

1. Eat Everything in Sight. If you tell someone that you're having trouble gaining weight, they immediately tell you to start eating everything you see regardless of how healthy it is. Hamburgers, cupcakes, pizza, candy bars and coke are all OK because they are all high in calories. Eating...

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Top 5 Mistakes People Make When Trying to Get Big

1. Not Counting Calories. To get big you need to eat more calories than you burn. If you don't do this simple, most important step, you won't gain weight. If you aren't gaining weight and think you're eating as much as you can, count your calories and you'll see...

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Secrets of Diet/Exercise – Secret #4: Too Much Protein Makes You Fat

Fats, carbohydrates and proteins are a group of nutrients known as the macronutrients. Macronutrients are the body's source of energy (calories) fueling daily activities, exercise and recovery from injuries. Protein is a special macronutrient because unlike fats and carbs, it provides the building blocks for all tissue within the...

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The Calorie Project – Update 3: How Calorie Intake & Energy Expenditure Affect Body Weight, Body Fat %, Strength and Appearance

When I first started The Calorie Project, my ultimate goal was to gather enough data in order to analyze the relationship between calorie intake, energy expenditure, weight and body fat. Fully understanding these relationships would allow me to gain, lose or maintain weight more precisely without having to guess...

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War on Bulking: Part 2 – The Typical Bulking Cycle

In Part 1 of The War on Bulking, I discussed the mentality of the typical bulker. This "do anything to gain weight" attitude negatively impacts health. Though many bulkers claim to be healthy, their actions suggest they are much more concerned with gaining unlimited amounts of body weight than...

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Secrets of Diet/Exercise – Secret #2: Count Calories

One of the most important "secrets" to reaching any diet or exercise goal is counting calories. Whenever I tell people to count their calories, I hear complaints about how tedious it is. Some people insist they accurately estimate their calorie intake and don't need to count. Others don't understand...

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Update 1 – How Calorie Intake Affects Weight & Body Fat Percentage

Before smartphones and apps, counting calories was tedious. I started counting calories back in 2006 using Excel Spreadsheets. In mid-2012, I found an app called MyFitnessPal which made counting calories "fun." Instead of using spreadsheet functions, I could simply scan a bar code, enter the serving size and let...

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