(This is a guest post by Jon Benson)
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 is 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 3 “rebel tips” for fat loss 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 *gasp* MORE starch than vegetables? More bread than fruits, lean meats, and hormone-producing fats?
Are they NUTS??
Yes… they are nuts. (Which, by the way, are no where near the foundation… nuts, that is.)
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 calories from protein, 30% of your calories from carbs.
Roughly, that is.
Sounds… rebellious, right? Well it is.
Too bad I have the science (and the abs) to back it up.
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. Body fat.
Finally, cardio is no where near as efficient as resistance training at dissolving body fat… 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.
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 *gasp again* sit-ups… all geared toward seeing those toned abs they want.
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 folks.
You’re just building muscle underneath layers of body fat… 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. : )
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.