Does Calorie Counting Work For Weight Loss?

Let’s get this out of the way up front. Yes, calorie counting works for weight loss. The law of thermodynamics applies to everyone. The “Calories In vs Calories Out” equation applies to everyone. A caloric deficit is the underlying cause of fat loss. A caloric surplus is the underlying cause of fat gain. Other factors…

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Do Carbs, Sugar, Or “Bad” Foods Make You Fat? (Here’s The Truth)

Do "bad" foods make you fat?

People often ask me if eating a certain food, food group, or nutrient will make them fat. Common examples include… Carbs Sugar Fat Fructose Gluten Dairy Alcohol Fruit Red Meat Unhealthy Food/Junk Food/Dirty Food Fast Food Food That Cavemen Didn’t Eat And on and on and on… Really, you can think of any food in…

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Why Can’t I Gain Weight No Matter What I Do?

Why can't I gain weight?

QUESTION: I want to build muscle and gain weight, but I’m having trouble. I’ve always been naturally skinny. I’m the typical “hardgainer” with an “ectomorph” body type that has hardly any muscle mass. I’ve been working out and eating a ton of food every day to change that, but it’s not working. Why does it seem…

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Why Very Low Calorie Diets (500-1000 Calories A Day) Don’t Work

Why Very Low Calorie Diets Don't Work

Are you thinking about going on a very low calorie diet (VLCD)? If so, it’s probably because you understand that the one big secret to weight loss is eating fewer calories. Because once you understand that you need to eat less in order to lose weight, it’s common to then think “If I eat a lot less,…

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How To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain On Thanksgiving And Christmas

Holiday Weight Gain

The holiday season is upon us once again, and that can only mean one thing… Time spent with loved ones. Awesome presents. Weight gain. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, New Year’s Eve/Day, and whatever other holidays you might take part in, this is the time of year when we’re around tons…

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How Much Protein Do I Need To Eat A Day? The Evidence-Based Guide

How Much Protein Do I Need A Day?

Do you have any questions about how much protein you need a day to lose weight, build muscle, or maintain muscle while losing fat? Or how many grams of protein you should eat for optimal health and function? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this evidence-based guide, I’m going to cover everything…

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The Problem With Cheat Meals And Cheat Days (And What To Do Instead)

The Problem With Cheat Meals And Cheat Days

Years ago, if you asked me about cheat meals and cheat days, I would have said they were beneficial for helping you stick to your diet and reach whatever goal (typically losing fat) you set out to reach. Back then, I was regularly recommending this “cheating” approach to others, providing guidelines for it in my…

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