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Cut or Bulk? The Skinny Fat Dilemma

To Cut Or Not To Cut. To Bulk Or Not To Bulk? That Is The Skinny Fat Question.

Like the Prince (or Princess) Hamlet of Fitness this is a question you’ve pondered for some time. Do you lose the excess body fat first, or dive straight into building muscle? Well it’s time to wonder no more. Here’s your complete guide to whether you should cut or bulk.

As with most questions, the answer to the cut or bulk conundrum starts with two important, yet equally annoying words. ‘It depends’… You see, there’s no definitive answer for everyone. It’s not like a one size fits all poncho from Universal Studios. There’s nuances and circumstances unique to you. Meaning what’s right for you, may be wildly different to the next person.

But that doesn’t really help, does it?

So when deciding whether to cut or bulk, you need some guidelines. A framework. Like the plans to the Death Star.

And I’m going to give you those plans. Trust me, after reading this article sculpting a badass body will feel easier than shooting Womp Rats in your T-16 back home.

Now, these guidelines aren’t just something I threw together in 5 minutes. This is the EXACT process I use with all my clients. And it’s how I determine if it’s first stop fat loss or all aboard the gain train (woo woo).

So wherever you are on your journey to building a lean, strong, healthy, sexy AF body, by the end of this article you’ll know whether it’s time to cut or bulk.

Think of me as your Leia. Thawing you from your cut or bulk carbonite-like paralysis.

So on that basis, let’s start with the basics my young Padawan.

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Post Workout Nutrition: Your Definitive Guide

Is Post workout nutrition critical for making progress?

Post workout nutrition is one of those topics that comes up again and again. The bro’s in the gym will tell you that it’s super important and that you need to rush to grab that protein shake as soon as you finish your very last rep. Because if you don’t then you’ll miss the opportunity to make the most of your training.

But are the bro’s right? Have they finally got an aspect of good nutrition right?

Well the short answer is NO. Once again, an aspect of your nutrition has been blown out of all proportion in terms of its importance.

So in this article I’m going to set the record straight. And you’re going to get the simple, practical advice you need to make progress, without worrying about things that don’t matter that much.

And that’s important. Because getting in shape is hard enough. So you don’t need a ton of information and rhetoric thrown at you that won’t actually help you very much.

I promise you this article is free of post workout nutrition BS. And I haven’t got a post workout supplement to ram down your throat. This is definitely not a sales pitch for a shitty product that won’t have any effect on your progress.

Simple. Honest. Personal. That’s the Iron Paradise Fitness way. And that’s what you’re going to get.

All the answers you’ll ever need on post workout nutrition

So in this article, you’ll find out all you need to know about post workout nutrition. Here’s a look at what you can expect over the next few paragraphs.

  • Post workout nutrition timing. Is it important? And what’s the best approach?
  • How to manage your macros for good post workout nutrition.
  • Post workout supplements. Are they essential?
  • Are protein shakes the only option for post workout nutrition?

And on top of all that, you’ll get an insight into my own personal post workout nutrition. But don’t get too excited, it’s pretty basic. Although, it has served me well for the last 3 years and counting. So it may be basic, but it’s goddamn effective!

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Pre Workout Nutrition: How to Fuel Your Workouts

Pre workout nutrition won’t make or break your progress, but it can certainly help.

Pre workout nutrition is a topic that comes up again and again for debate. Because a lot of people think that it’s one of THE most important aspect of your nutrition. And that assumption would be wrong. MASSIVELY!

There’s a feeling amongst many people that if you don’t have a pre workout drink before you hit the gym, then your workout will be rubbish. Because if you’re not wide-eyed and wired like a crazed mad man, then you might as well stay at home, right? Well, that’s what people would have you believe.

And on top of that, there isn’t a supplement company around that hasn’t got some form of nuclear juice to sell you. Is their claim that ‘Atomic Detonator 2000’ will take your workout to the next level a sound one?

This article is going to answer that for you, and more.

Because good pre workout nutrition is about more than a caffeine laden drink. You should be considering protein, carb, and fat intake at the same time. Striking a good balance across your macros pre workout is going to be much more beneficial to your progress than anything else.

All the answers you’ll ever need on pre workout nutrition

So in this article, you’ll find out all you need to know about pre workout nutrition. Here’s a look at what answers you can expect to find over the next few paragraphs.

  • Pre workout meal timing. Is it important? And what’s the best approach?
  • How to manage your macros for good pre workout nutrition.
  • Pre workout drinks. Are they essential?
  • Are protein shakes the only option for pre workout meals?

And on top of all that, you’ll find a link to the Iron Paradise Fitness guide to the best pre workout drinks on the market today. Plus, you’ll get the recipe for my own personal pre workout drink. But don’t get too excited, it’s pretty basic.

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Dieting on a Budget: 5 Ways to Lose Weight Without Going Bankrupt

Eating healthy can be expensive. So is dieting on a budget possible or just expensive pie in the sky?.

It’s a sad fact that the healthiest food is typically the most expensive. Unfortunately, high calorie, nutrient sparse fast food is cheaper and more accessible than ever before. And for a lot of people this means the desire to eat healthily is quashed by the sheer cost. So is dieting on a budget even possible? Can you get the right food in the right quantity without breaking the bank? Or do you need to be a high roller to get in shape?

The simple answer is YES. Dieting on a budget is 100% possible. All it takes is a bit of planning and a little bit of imagination.

So whether you’re looking to get leaner or build some muscle I’ll show you how you can get results without spending the Earth. Because making good food choices and getting your diet on point will be the most important part of achieving results.

Now, it’s important to say that although this article is about dieting on a budget, it’s not about finding the cheapest and shittiest food possible. Because I could quite easily list out some cheap food choices and have done with it. But that’s not my style. Ultimately, I want you to have nutrient-packed food that will make you feel, as well as look, healthier.

In this article you’ll find out my top tips for dieting on a budget. All of them are simple and easy to put into practice.

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Does the Ketogenic Diet Work?

Does the Ketogenic Diet really work, or is it just another fitness industry gimmick?

The Ketogenic Diet seems pretty simple on face value. Eat a low amount of carbohydrate and increase fats, so you’re using fat for fuel. But although it might sound simple, things are a little more complicated than that. So this article is going to cut through that complexity like a knife through butter (that’s high fat so it’s ok). Ultimately, you’ll be able to decide if the Ketogenic Diet is one that will work for you, or whether it should be banished to the Room 101 of diets.

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For a lot of people, the thought of cutting out sugar is a nightmare. And you might well be one of them. Sugar graces all the foods you love. Just think donuts, ice cream, soft drinks, cookies, jams, cereals, and fruit (for some people). And I’m sure you’ve tried to give them up in the past. But that only lasts for a couple of weeks. And before you know it you’re binge eating your way through your bodyweight in sugary goodness.

So can the ketogenic diet work for ‘normal’ people that like ‘normal’ food? Or is the ketogenic diet for those with an ungodly amount of dedication and are happy for forego life’s delicacies?

In this article I’m going to answer those questions for you. And by the end of the article you’ll know if the ketogenic diet is right for you!

So put your feet up, grab a couple of donuts, because they might be your last (or are they?…).

Here’s what the article is going to cover:

  • What the ketogenic diet is.
  • How it works.
  • The pros and cons of the ketogenic diet.
  • How to set up a ketogenic diet if you feel it’s right for you.

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How Measure Body Fat Percentage Accurately

If you want to know how to measure body fat percentage accurately then you’ll want to read this article.

Read on to discover 6 ways to measure body fat percentage accurately and the pros and cons of each one. 

To shift your body fat you must first know your body fat. Now I don’t mean you should get to know your body fat on first name terms.  This isn’t some form of new age approach where you give your body fat a name like Sophie and spend time talking to it and politely asking her to leave.

No.  This is about establishing your start point.  Your body fat percentage.  If you know where you are and where you want to get to, the process gets that bit easier.

Fail to get step one right and your fitness journey could be a path of long, protracted turmoil and stagnation.  And we don’t want that to happen so let’s get you off on the right foot.

In this article we’ll be getting to know all about Sophie, sorry, your body fat percentage.  What it is, what’s a good amount to aim for, why you need to measure it, and how the hell you measure body fat accurately.

Knowing your body fat percentage isn’t 100% critical to a successful fitness programme, but it can be useful. And this is why I personally won’t start a client programme without first understanding this piece of information.

So get ready to say your goodbyes to Sophie.  The bitch is gonna be packing her bags and getting ready to leave real soon.

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