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5 Common Reasons Your Weight Fluctuates

5 Common Reasons Your Scale Weight Fluctuates And Why You Should Never Feel A Failure Because Of It…

How many times have you stepped on the scale only to see it go up 1kg, despite doing everything right? Ever wondered why your weight fluctuates so much? Truth is, you might have nothing to worry about…

I’m sure you’ve been there many times. Your weight fluctuates on a daily basis and your frustration builds…

You wake up in the morning, make your way to the bathroom and step on the dreaded scales to check progress.

And through the cracks between your fingers you peer down tentatively…

“FUCK! I’ve put on 1kg! How is that even possible?”

And it’s at this point everyone else in the house starts running for cover…

Because you’re going to be in a shitty mood for the rest of the day.

Your other half suddenly has to get to work early, so escapes through the front door, before you’ve got a chance to unleash your tirade of frustration.

In a matter of seconds, your day has turned into an absolute misery. You’re off to a bad start and don’t really know how to recover it.

But does it HAVE to be that way?

Here’s the thing… More often than not, you’re beating yourself up over nothing.

And I’d be willing to bet my reputation your weight increase wasn’t all body fat. And here’s why.

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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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Cut or Bulk? The Skinny Fat Dilemma

New to training and wondering whether you should lose fat or build muscle first? Well it’s time to solve the Skinny Fat dilemma and find out if you should cut or bulk.

The first place to start when deciding whether to cut or bulk is YOU. Because, if you’re stuck at the point of not knowing whether to cut or bulk then most likely you’re relatively new to training. So it’s important to understand your own circumstances and where you’re at. Because this can really dictate what route you go down. If you’re ‘Skinny Fat’ (we’ll get onto what that means later) then the decision on when to cut or bulk is a common dilemma.

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For example, you’ve decided that now’s the time to make a change in terms of your health. And you’re going to make a start by getting in shape. You have a vision of what you want to look like. And you’re trying to figure out what you’ve got to do to get there.

You want to be lean, muscular, maybe you want to have a six pack poking through. So if I could sum up the look you want, it’d probably be along these lines.

You want to look good naked. And you want to turn a few heads when you’re at the beach.

And that’s cool. Feeling good about yourself and how you look is an important element of being happy. So with that vision in mind you’ve hit your first stumbling block.

It’s all too confusing

No doubt you’re already confused about what you should do when you eventually hit the gym. Not to mention what food you should stuff in your face every day. And then to add to that, you’ve come across two weird words. Everyone keeps banging on about bulking and cutting. What the hell are they talking about? And what relevance does this have to getting washboard abs?

Well, you’ll be glad to know you’re in the right place to get all the answers you need.

In this article, I’ve put together the rules that I go by when working with new clients if they’re Skinny Fat. And those rules will provide you with some all important guidelines to get your training on track from the start. And also, if you’ve been training for a while, but that transformation is yet to materialise then this article is going to be worth a read. Because, you may find some little gems of information that could unlock that progress you’ve been searching for.

So here’s what the article is going to cover:

  • What the terms cut and bulk actually mean.
  • A definition of Skinny Fat and how to know if that’s you.
  • How to decide whether to cut or bulk first.
  • The 7 rules of bulking.
  • The 7 rules of cutting.

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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 to Get Abs Fast: Your 5 Step Solution

Everyone wants to get abs fast. But what’s the best way to get that shredded look? Well, this is your ultimate training and nutrition guide that has all the answers. 

With the summer holiday season rapidly approaching it’s almost time to hit the panic button.  You’ve been sweating your way through workout after workout for the last few months.  And you’ve been subjecting yourself to a diet of bland flavourless food.  But the elusive six pack hasn’t materialised.

Frantically, you type the words ‘Get Abs Fast’ into Google and hit ‘Enter’. And what does Google throw back at you? First off, cool sounding blog titles, like “10 Secrets for a Razor Cut Core” and “The 10 Minute 6 Pack Workout” fill your screen.  And you scroll down a little further and even see a YouTube video called “How to Get a Six Pack in 1 Week”.  Surely this is the answer, right?

Sadly, these articles are often misleading and overhyped and ultimately lack the fundamental principles of what it REALLY takes to get abs fast.

So in this article, you’re going to get real, actionable advice that will mean you WILL get that shredded look.

What’s the article going to cover?

Over the next few paragraphs you’ll discover:

  • The most common mistakes and how to avoid them.
  • The right approach to your training.
  • The right approach to your nutrition.
  • How much cardio you should be doing and what type.

And, as usual, it’ll all be backed up scientific research and real world experiences.  So you’ll rest assured that these techniques work.

So let’s dive into the detail and get you the answers you’re looking for.

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Fasted Cardio: What Is It & Does It Work?

Fasted Cardio: The ultimate way to accelerate fat loss, or not worth getting out of bed for?

Fasted cardio is one of those things that’s been around forever.  It seems to have trickled down from the exercise regimes of Pro Bodybuilders to the workout routines of regular Joe’s like you and I.  And like most topics related to fitness, there’s a group of people that’ll shout its benefits from the hilltops and an equal amount on the other side of the fence seeking to decry it and drag its name through the gutter?

So who’s right?  Is fasted cardio your secret weapon to achieve that shredded look in the fastest way possible, or are you just wasting time and better off staying in bed?

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How to Count Your Macros: The Ultimate Guide

It seems like everyone talking about counting macros these days, but are you lost as to what they’re all talking about, let alone how to count your macros?

You desperately want to shed that body fat and build some muscle. You don’t want to seem like THAT guy or girl that doesn’t know how to count your macros, or worse still let on you’re not even sure what a macro is.

So you keep quiet, afraid to ask the question of that hulk-like dude in the squat rack.  Languishing in mediocre progress in terms of getting that lean physique, you’re crying out for some help.

Well, this article is your saviour.  The knight in shining armour you’ve been waiting for.

If you’re a complete newbie to the world of macros then this guide is going to walk you through the process step by step.

And heck, you could pick up a few top tips at the same time, even if you’re more experienced.

Here’s what we’ll be covering:

  • What macros actually are
  • Why you should give a crap about them
  • How much of each one you should be having
  • How to plan your meals around the numbers
  • And how to cope with those situations where it’s impossible to count your macros

I want you walking into that gym tomorrow confident and feeling like you are the oracle of all things macro.

By the time your next workout comes around, you’ll be ready to give the Bruce Banner of the squat rack some advice…well almost (let’s not get ahead of ourselves here).

So without further ado let’s get started.

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Intermittent Fasting – Fact or Fad?

Is Intermittent Fasting what you need to lose more fat and build more muscle, quickly?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. At least that what they tell  us. Intermittent Fasting has gained popularity in recent years and is bringing that notion into question. So, is it still the case that your bowl of Sugar Puffs in the morning is the most critical food that will pass your lips all day. Or was The Honey Monster wrong all along? And is Intermittent Fasting the meal timing strategy you need to get those big results?

To answer that question, this article is going to pick through the detail and confusion for you. Because you’re going to find out all the information on Intermittent Fasting you’ll ever need.  Now, some of you will know about the concept already. But for others it will be an alien concept that requires further explanation.

Without doubt, when I first heard about the idea of Intermittent Fasting (IF for short) I was immediately sceptical.  Going without food for a lengthy period of time and then ‘feasting’ for a fixed period of time sounded like just another fad diet approach, pedalled by some celebrity.

However, my initial scepticism may have been misplaced.  Because there is evidence to show that it might have some legs.

What you’ll discover in this article

This definitive guide to Intermittent Fasting is my way of giving you the answers to those burning questions. Ultimately, I’m aiming to help you decide if Intermittent Fasting is something you want to try for yourself.  Because it might not be for everybody, but it could be the nutrition strategy you’ve been looking for.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • What the whole Intermittent Fasting concept actually is.
  • What the weight / fat loss benefits associated to Intermittent Fasting are.
  • If there are any additional health health benefits with Intermittent Fasting
  • How to figure out if Intermittent Fasting is right for you.
  • When you should and shouldn’t you use Intermittent Fasting

Let’s get right into the detail and find out if Tony the Tiger was right.  Is breakfast really “ggggggggrrrrrrrrreat”?

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