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A New Beginning

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I started the Art of Weight Loss officially about two years ago, and traffic has grown exponentially since then, getting feedback from people, learning about people wanted and what they needed.

For a few months now I’ve had a monkey on my back.

On one hand I wanted to provide an online resource that was highly specific, targeted and appropriate for people with weight loss ambitions and I will continue to do so.

The subject is actually near and dear to my heart, because the topic of obesity hits hard to home.

I’ve luckily never dealt with personal obesity, at my greatest weight I was about 190 lbs (I’m 6’1″) and 7% body fat, which doesn’t exactly inspire a lot of common ground between me and the people I work with regularly.

What most people don’t know is that my parents pushed me into a life of athletics and relatively healthy eating, in part I think due to their own situation.

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Am I Genetically Doomed to Be Overweight?

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I’ll cut straight to the chase.

I can’t prove, nor can I disprove this notion, and I don’t think science can either at this point but I can provide some really good insights for you.

1) We have yet to identify any ‘big’ or ‘small’ or ‘fat’ or ‘skinny’ gene or genes, or combination of genes.

2) But this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist…

3) Even if they did, that’s not how Genes work within human physiology.

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Is Conditioning A Sham?

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I received a question recently (who had directed me to this article in their question) about ‘conditioning.’

If you haven’t already you should read up on my Energy System Development articles and my Interval Training articles.

For the record I hadn’t read this particular article at the time I received this question, but I am very familiar with Mark Rippetoe’s work.

He is very well known in my field and has authored a couple of fantastic books including Starting Strength and Practical Programming (both with Lorie Kilgore and both of which I’ve read more than once — seriously they are good training books). Continue reading Is Conditioning A Sham?

How Do I Increase My Metabolism?

InsideOrgansIf a buzzword could finish second to ‘toned’ in the weight loss industry, ‘Metabolism’ would be right up there. ‘The Fast Metabolism Diet…’ ‘The Metabolism Boosting Diet…’ ‘The Metabolism Miracle…’ ‘Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism…’

No that last one isn’t a joke, it actually exists… 

The thing is how do you know if your metabolism is slow?

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Tim Ferriss’ DiSSS Method for Weight Loss

220px-Timothy_Ferriss Timothy Ferriss has a history of doing the least amount possible for the biggest possible outcomes.

He’s the best-selling author of three books that attack an underlying principle he’s termed ‘Minimum Effective Dose’ (MED – A term he’s slightly altered and borrowed from the pharmaceutical industry), or the minimum you can do in order to get the result you’re looking for.

The ultimate learning hacker, his first book was a productivity hack book (The 4-Hour Workweek), followed by an even more popular fitness and health body hack book (The 4-Hour Body).

*That last book borrows heavily from a lot of the fitness and health professionals I mention on my resource page.

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