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    Jeffrey| water aerobics equipment
    September 9, 2012

    There’s no shoes which fit everyone. There are exercises which may work for you but won’t work for others. Personally, I think everyone should understand his needs, his enthusiasm for losing weight first and then choose a sport he’s truly interested in. You may look at other people’s working out plan for reference, but do not follow exactly what they do!

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    Cardologist In Delhi
    September 19, 2012

    Great post, thanks for sharing! I believe in the efficacy of low carb diets and I think its a really good and healthy strategy for all the people who wants to get in shape.
    make experiment from various diets and find what works best for body. For good helth, heart should be strong and healthy.

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    September 19, 2012

    I agree with Alan above, yes, eating food not products, that’s the big difference.

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    Sick Guy
    September 25, 2012

    i recently was cured of ulcerative colitis, but in the meantime my colon wall was basically destroyed. to speed up the recovery process, i have had to adopt the diet found on http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/. It is called the “Specific Carbonhydrate Diet” and I am surprised I didnt see it mentioned here because some of its principles could be of use in these forums. also: the principles are based in scientific research.

    What is the SCD? In a nutshell, it eliminates all refined sugars from the diet. BUT this also includes grains, starches, as well as lactose, since these are defined as “complex sugars”, with the scienfic term being “disaccharides” for double-chained sugars and “polysaccharides” for starch. For suffers of IBD like myself, the colon struggles to process anything more than “simple sugars”.

    This diet is extremely hard to follow. The book is basically very extreme in its approach, and without a medical reason the diet isnt worth following. I dont follow it exactly 100% myself since I can tolerate small amounts of grain. But everything else I dont eat. But I need the recipes from the book or else I would go insane. :)

    The amazing side effect? My “normal weight” is 165 pounds and I am 6 foot 1 inch. When I started this diet, I automatically went to 155 pounds without doing any additional exercise except walking, or any fasting or skipping meals. And I “get ripped” as well, without additional intense cardio. Nothing i have ever tried worked before this diet; not fasting, “elimination diets”, etc. so I guess I have found something that works for me. But its weird being at a low weight and “feeling ok” still, with no muscle mass loss. The acne on my back also dissapeared! Give it a try and see how you feel.

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    Urologist in Delhi
    September 26, 2012

    thanks for sharing! I believe in the efficacy of low carb diets and I think its a really good and healthy strategy for all the people who wants to get in shape. I think it is very important to have balance in everything, so if in one day you consume more calorie

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    Scott@Muscle Wanted
    September 27, 2012

    Peruse the internet and you will find someone having success with just about everything, even the twinkie diet! In the end it really matters what works for you not someone else. If you found something that works for your goals, stick with it till it doesn’t despite what others may say. Don’t be afraid to experiment and create a hybrid as Rusty thoroughly discussed. Also, don’t assume something won’t work till you try it on yourself. Look at intermittent fasting, it polarizes people. Many have had success but some won’t even try it because in their mind it can’t work. That said, it is important to “buy-in” to the method you’re using for long term success. Rusty found what works for him both physically and mentally. If your stuck, taking action and experimenting is your best course of action. Create your own hybrid. Analyzing something in your head isn’t going to get you to your goal. Think what we would all look like if it did.

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    October 1, 2012

    You’re right on track Rusty. Overall you need a calorie deficit but there can be numerous ways to reach that deficit. Myself I hydrate myself constantly and have increased my intake of fruit and vegetables. Over time you develop a taste for bananas, apples and broccoli and nuts. My cheat is a loaded baked potato.

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    October 2, 2012

    Thanks Rusty.
    I had been stuck on 30 kilos in each hand for dumbbell bench press and in the space of about 7 or 8 weeks I’m up to 37 kilos in each hand.
    You make it easy to achieve targets, thanks

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    October 3, 2012

    I lift M/W/F with HIIT cardio after weights on Mon & Wed. Then I typically do low intensity cardio and core on Tu/Th. I want to try the 24 hr fasts (Eat-Stop-Eat) on Tu/Th. Would you recommend this w/ the low intensity cardio on those days still?

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    October 11, 2012

    Dieting is like religion.. a bunch of people who have invested so much time in developing a system that works for them, they firmly believe nobody else could be right or know nearly as much. Visit any body building forum.. and enjoy the entertainment.
    Eat clean and develop a system that works for you!

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    October 13, 2012

    You are by far my favorite fitness blogger of all time. Thanks for your diet post…love it!

    I will be referencing you a lot in my blogs if you don’t mind. My diet is pretty similar. Low carb M-F with a calorie deficit, Friday night, Saturday and Sunday cheats. Tried eat stop eat, although I thought was effective was a wrong fit for me.

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    October 13, 2012

    Yes, carb cycling works very well! I used that to get ready for a bikini comp…I wasn’t losing then drastically dropped my carbs and bam! Awesome results :) Now, working on losing 10 lbs and learning to maintain that leaner look.

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    Mike Foze
    October 15, 2012

    I agree 100% with this article. It’s best to mix the concepts and principles of the best diets and then create effectively your own diet yourself.

    You don’t need to follow IF completely and you don’t need to follow Carb Cycling completely. You might even achieve the best results by combining the two.

    You’ve got to experiment.

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    October 15, 2012

    Ah, funny! We have almost an identical approach when it comes to food! I must say, it’s a quite comfy dieting strategy! :)

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    Apron Appeal
    October 17, 2012

    This is how I eat most days too, but every time I go into a fitness expert I’m told to make sure I don’t go lower than 1200 caloric intake a day. Where does that come from? If I have more than enough fat on me to fill the void why am I told not to go under that number?

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    October 22, 2012

    I think everyone needs to learn “hybrid dieting”. No one way can work for everyone all the time. I like that you stand up for carbs later in the day. Nice strategy. Thanks.

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    Dennis Blair @ Fort Collins Personal Trainer
    October 26, 2012

    You know, this makes sense. I am tired of the “one size fits all” mentality that all of these weight loss programs have. Every single person is different on how their body responds to weight loss. My philosophy is if you are as strict as most of these programs are about your nutrition and food choices, then ultimately you will fail. Be sensible and practice what works for you. There are many options out there.

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    October 30, 2012

    Rusty, I absolutely love calorie in & calorie out strategy. Among all of the other diets this works so well.

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    Fitness Wayne | Paleo Diet, Strength Training and Weight Loss
    October 31, 2012

    Personally I go with the paleo diet and intermittent fasting approach. I am going to start experimenting with ketosis for accelerated fat burn.

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    November 3, 2012

    Totally agree on hybridizing the various approaches, totally agree that there should be close to a deficit while avoiding careless insulin spikes. Totally also think that it will vary even more based on desired outcomes:

    I’m bulking, but on occasion want to ‘observe’ my progress in the mirror- BAM- insert a carb back load [not religiously, but on occasion]. That turns the sacred cows of both calorie deficit, and not spiking insulin late in the day completely on their heads.

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    Nate Anglin
    November 9, 2012

    Hey Rusty. The “hybrid diet” is really the only way to stay sane. It gives you the flexibility to try new things, but also to keep your physique. As a business professional, a low carb diet isn’t always the best for me since be brain functions when I’m eating a good portion of fruit, veggies, and grains depending on what the intensity of my workout will be (i.e. 60 minutes of boxing and plyometrics)

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    November 16, 2012

    Hey there Rusty!
    I just wanted to know that does building abs harm the growth of height? I’m currently 5’8” and 17 yrs old. Also if you could tell me some tips on how to grow taller.

    Thanks a ton!

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    CrossFit Aeon
    November 22, 2012

    Great post Rusty. Diet is such a critical element. We are all about eating Paleo / Primal and our CrossFit clients have gotten extremely great results from eating this way, not the least of which is fat loss. However, you’ve gotta live a little too so unless you’ve got severe intolerances, we tend to recommend eating 100% Paleo 80% of the time. That feels like a nice balance. It’s sustainable too.

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    December 10, 2012

    Cherry picking is a brilliant idea. If no two bodies are the same then why should the optimal diet…

    If you find an aspect of one diet that works, go for it, if you find another that complements the other diet, then go for that too.

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    Deryk DeGuzman
    January 15, 2013

    What I love about this post is that it promotes a “choose your own adventure” approach to dieting that I’ve long thought would be beneficial to people, given that every single person is different.

    For too long there’s been an “old school martial arts” approach to fitness concepts, including nutrition: pick one method and stick to it. I believe that understanding a multitude of concepts and running with them yields the most benefit. Thank you for reinforcing that with this post!

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    March 7, 2013

    Hey Rusty, just wondering that if I were to do the “EAT-STOP-EAT” diet, should I do cardio and work out during the fasting days? Or is it better to do nothing on those days?


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    March 7, 2013

    Also I was wondering which of the two you would recommend as a fat burning supplement, as you have mentioned both of these, Leptiburn or Shred 360. I am about 12% bodyfat and am trying to get down to 7% in 4 months.

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    Joseph K
    April 8, 2013

    I have tried these various methods of dieting. I was a feaster, so i just had to substitute the junk food i ate on a regular basis with healthy food. For me the miracle food that helped me lose weight was watermelon. I would literally stuff myself with watermelon and still had changes in my weight. Now i regularly eat small meals throughout the day. I don’t restrict myself to 2 hour time frames like some people, but in between 1 and a half to 3 hours i find works just as effectively. In the process of doing that, those meals are small and low calorie. I do this 5 days a week (mon-fri) which gives me about 2500 spare calories left to my total net calories for the week. This allows me to have a couple cheat days where i can add other foods i love like pizza, ice cream, etc. Not in huge portions, but just enough. One way or another, if you take in more calories than your body needs, it turns to fat. There’s no way around this.

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