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Visceral Fat Guide—What It Is And How To Get Rid of It

December 13, 2023

Visceral fat is fat that is stored around the organs inside the belly. In research, visceral fat is distinct from regular fat (called subcutaneous fat.) Inside this article, we’ll look at why someone might gain visceral fat and how to […]

How Can I Be Healthy In The Winter Season And Avoid A Cold? 6 Tips

September 1, 2023

Ever wonder how you can make it through winter healthier? How can you avoid a cold? How can you make winter happier? Inside we’ll look at a few options to make winter a better season.

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Feeling Tired After A Workout? What To Do

August 4, 2023

You work out to become strong, fit, and healthy—and all it does is reward you with tiredness. What do you do when working out makes you tired?

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Visceral Fat Guide—What It Is And How To Get Rid of It

December 13, 2023

Visceral fat is fat that is stored around the organs inside the belly. In research, visceral fat is distinct from regular fat (called subcutaneous fat.) Inside this article, we’ll look at why someone might gain visceral fat and how to fix it so it’ll melt away for good.

What diet is best for stubborn fat?

Best Diet for Stubborn Fat

February 6, 2023

What is the best diet for fixing stubborn fat? Mediterranean, Keto, DASH, Carnivore, MyPlate, or something else? Let’s take a look. What is stubborn fat? As I cover in the Outlive programs, there are many types of fat in the body. Fat is sometimes considered an organ in the body. In […]

I hate calorie tracking

How do I stay lean permanently without counting calories?

October 13, 2022

Can you get and stay lean without counting calories? Is it really possible to stay lean year-round without tracking at all? Over the past twelve years, I’ve experimented with: lifting weights calorie counting (macros, protein, etc.) different fasting routines high-intensity cardio (sprints, circuits) low-intensity cardio (LISS) supplement stacks daily ab […]

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What is the cause of dad bod?

October 8, 2022

What causes the dad bod? Why does it seem like the pounds pack on quickly to the belly and the neck not long after having kids? My Story As a Dad Of Three A few years ago, I was trying to pack on some more muscle. I was eating a […]

Why Does My Stomach Stick Out Even If I’m Not Fat?

November 16, 2021

There are a few reasons that someone’s stomach can stick out. The first is body fat levels, and the second is metabolic dysfunction (linked to heart disease, diabetes, etc.), and the third is related to posture. Let’s take a look. Two Main Types Of Fat Before we dive in, in […]

Body Recomposition Before and After

Body Recomposition Before And After: Patrick’s Story

August 15, 2021

What does body recomposition look like in real life? Today I want to show you a before and after and tell you how Patrick did it. He burnt off over 16 pounds of fat while getting bigger and stronger at the same time. Here’s his update covering the past few […]

Skinny Fat Students On The Rise

50% of young students might be skinny-fat

March 20, 2021

Are half of young college and university students both too skinny and too fat?  A study from 2014 points to yes. Researchers looked at 501 students at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. The average age was 20 years old. Now, although 70% of the students were a “healthy” […]

Body Recomposition: The Complete Guide

January 29, 2021

What does it mean to do a body recomposition? A body recomposition is when your body burns fat and builds muscle at the same time—leading to a “recomposition” of your physique. Does body recomp actually work? Yes, body recomposition works in real life, and aside from doing it myself, it’s […]

Lower Abs: The Complete Guide

January 28, 2021

Many people on their quest to get abs soon realize that lower abs aren’t coming through the way they want, and this guide will cover everything you need to know about getting lower abs, including workouts. How do you work out your lower abs? The best way to work out […]

Skinny Fat Woman—Diet & Workout Guide

May 30, 2020

A skinny fat woman has a body that is characterized by both low levels of muscle mass (skinny) and a higher level of body fat, especially stubborn fat around the belly. Some women may feel that, despite being skinny, they have fat hanging around their stomach—causing love handles, lower back […]

What should a skinny-fat person eat?

Skinny Fat Diet Plan For Men

May 29, 2020

The skinny-fat body is shaped by simultaneously having low levels of muscle mass (skinny) and having high levels of body fat—particularly stubborn belly-fat. So what should a skinny-fat guy eat? Beginner Steps For a Skinny-Fat Guy In our skinny-fat: bulk or cut article, we argued that a skinny-fat guy should […]

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Am I skinny fat?

May 28, 2020

Skinny fat means having a body that has low levels of muscle mass (skinny) while also having a high level of body fat (fat.) Put them together, and you have the skinny-fat body. The problem with the definition is that it’s fairly vague. But after nearly 10,000 ectomorphic men and […]

How do skinny-fat guys get abs?

Skinny Fat To Six-Pack Abs

May 25, 2020

Skinny-fat and looking to get six-pack abs? You’re in the right place. The Basic Formula For Abs The formula for getting six-pack abs can be simplified down to: Developing big and strong enough abs so that you can see them Keeping a low body fat percentage, so there isn’t a […]

Skinny-fat: Bulk or Cut?

Skinny fat: bulk or cut?

May 24, 2020

Should skinny-fat people bulk or cut? The answer is: both. Skinny-fat people should build muscle while burning fat. This process of changing your muscle-to-fat ratio is generally called body recomposition. Now, you may think this is an oxymoron. If you can’t even build muscle while eating a bulking diet (calorie […]

What is the skinny-fat body?

What is skinny fat?

May 23, 2020

When people say the term “skinny-fat,” it usually means a body with low levels of musculature (skinny) while having a high bodyfat percentage (fat). This makes the skinny-fat body. There’s no clinical definition with hard numbers, so it’s a vague term. But in general, it’s a body that would be […]

Skinny With Belly Fat: The Fix

August 21, 2019

What do you do if you’re skinny but you’ve got excess fat around the stomach area? The standard advice given to people with stubborn belly fat is to go on a diet. You start weighing food, count calories, and eat less to lose weight. Not only is that advice not […]

Will milk help me lose weight?

August 9, 2019

Milk will not make you lose weight, but it can help you burn fat. Let’s define what people mean when they say they want to “lose weight.” Many people are carrying too much fat on their body, and a sign of burning fat off would be a shrinking number on […]

Skinny Fat And Intermittent Fasting

Skinny-Fat & Intermittent Fasting—The Complete Guide

June 25, 2019

Skinny-fat people are in a tough spot. They’re too skinny and they’re too fat. So, should they cut to burn off the fat or should they bulk to gain muscle? Maybe there’s another approach—let’s talk about intermittent fasting. Yeah, the covetous position of building muscle and getting leaner at the […]

How do I get six-pack abs if I've got an average body?

How do I get a six-pack as an average guy?

May 27, 2019

Getting a six-pack for most guys could be simplified to: Having well developed abs that would be big enough to see Having a low enough body fat percentage so that fat isn’t covering those abs up So, when you’re trying to get a six-pack, it’s crucial to know where you’re […]

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Why Can’t I Gain Muscle? Checklist Of 8 Items

August 4, 2023

Perhaps you’ve started working out, you’ve changed your diet, and started to sleep more… but no matter what you’ve tried, you can’t gain muscle. Why is that happening? Inside we’ll take a look at 8 common solutions to not being able to gain muscle.

How to Gain Weight As a Woman With A Sensitive Stomach

June 22, 2023

For women who are trying to gain weight, it’s already challenging enough. Things get even harder for women who have sensitive stomachs. They know that they need to eat more food to help gain healthy weight but eating more can often cause digestive problems like bloating, nausea, and other issues. Inside, we’ll […]

Anti-Inflammatory Diet And Gaining Muscle

October 13, 2022

What if you’re struggling with inflammation, but you want to gain muscle too? How can you make an anti-inflammatory diet a good match for building muscle? Muscle Development & An Anti-Inflammatory Diet Matt writes: “I’d really like to see something focused on nutrition and anti-inflammatory diets. My main goal would […]

Skinny-fat: Bulk or Cut?

How To Gain Weight Without Belly Fat

October 7, 2022

How do I gain weight without getting fatter—especially fat on the belly? It took me trial and error over the years and reading over 1,000 studies to learn how to do this. Inside I’ll break down the steps. Before we talk about the solution to gaining weight without belly fat, […]

Are Push-Ups As Effective As The Bench Press?

Can you burn fat and gain muscle at the same time?

October 7, 2022

Yes, you can burn fat and build muscle at the same time. I know because I’ve done it myself. And now I teach others how to do it too. Inside, I’ll show you how I discovered this, what I did, and what I recommend to others. How to burn Fat […]

Best Season For Muscle Gain

Which season during the year is best for muscle gain?

August 15, 2021

What season is it best to gain muscle? Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter? It’s January and another cold day at -21C (-5F)—an absolute blizzard. You’re freezing, and it took twice as much coffee to wake up this morning. You haven’t seen the sun through those gray clouds in days. You’re […]

Does weight gainer work for skinny guys?

August 15, 2021

Are weight gainers good for skinny guys? Do they really help you put on muscle mass quickly? I used to drink huge glasses of this gainer workout shake. After a workout, I’d mix it with milk, shake it, chug it, put a TV show on, and then flop down onto […]

How to gain muscle, not fat

How to know if you’re gaining muscle—not fat

August 14, 2021

How can you tell if you’re gaining muscle and not fat? Here’s a good comment I got the other day: “The one thing I want to do now is gain muscle mass but not necessarily gain weight. So I am not sure if I need to just focus on losing […]

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Add 1″ to Your Biceps Without Changing Your Workouts—Vince Gironda Tip

July 13, 2021

Liver. Yep, beef liver. Freeze-dried and placed into little capsules. Consuming beef liver is how Vince Gironda added 1″ to his biceps without even changing his workouts. Vince Gironda was one of the original pioneers in the muscle-building world, just like Jack Lalanne.  Vince opened a gym in the 40s […]

Before And After Ectomorph Transformation

How I gained 27 pounds of lean mass in 4 months

March 19, 2021

I used to be a web designer. A really, really, skinny web designer. I started when I was 14 and made money running ads on a gaming website I created. Then I got hired to work at a graphic design studio a couple of years later. I was pretty good […]

How To Get Broader Shoulders—The Complete Guide

February 11, 2021

The complete guide to what broad shoulders are, why having broad shoulders matters for men, and what we can (and can’t) do to change them, and a free workout to get broader shoulders. What Is Considered Broad Shoulders? Having broad shoulders means that your clavicle, otherwise known as your collarbone, […]

How Do You Break A Lifting Plateau?

February 10, 2021

Muscle mass and strength are almost perfectly correlated, so to gain more muscle mass, you need to get stronger. The easiest way to do this is by adding more weight to the bar, but eventually, there will come a time when you can’t add more weight to the bar, and […]

Lean Bulk: The Complete Guide

January 28, 2021

Inside we cover everything you’ll need to know about lean bulking. Here’s what we’ll cover: What is a lean bulk? A lean bulk is a little bit of a vague term, but generally, the goal is to add lean mass with as little body fat as possible. For example, if […]

Get six-pack abs without feeling skinny or feeling too light

How do you get a six pack without getting skinny or feeling too light?

January 6, 2021

A lot of our clients who want to have six-pack abs and look big, strong and athletic are stuck in a limbo of one of two places: They don’t want to “cut” because they already feel too small and too light. There’s something psychologically damaging about seeing their weight drop […]

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How long does it take to get abs for a skinny person?

May 25, 2020

Are you skinny and wondering how long it’ll take you to get six-pack abs? Well, that depends on how skinny you are (amount of current muscle) and how lean you are (amount of fat you have.) There’s also other factors like how stressful your life is and how obsessive you […]

Whey protein powder

I spent thousands of dollars on whey while making this mistake

February 28, 2020

There was a long time when I couldn’t get stronger in the gym in the lifts I was chasing. For example, with the bench press, I’d lift and go right to literal failure. I’d struggle each set. Then next week, I’d struggle even to match what I did the last […]

How strong should a man be?

February 22, 2020

I love this question because it reveals something about the man asking it. It shows a desire to be prepared and the willingness to develop and improve himself. First, let’s look at what strength means. 1. the quality or state of being physically strong.2. the capacity of an object or […]

How often should I workout to build muscle?

How many days a week should I workout to build muscle?

February 10, 2020

For nine years, I lifted three times a week at the local gym. First, I had to get there, get changed, do a long workout, get changed, and walk home. Depending on how many people were there, I might need to wait to use a rack. Not only was the […]

Skinny With Low Body Fat but no abs

September 19, 2019

If you’re a skinny guy but cannot see your abs—the good news is that you can fix it. You may even be as skinny as I was, and wondering “why can I see my ribs but still have belly-fat?“ Here’s the good news. You can build up a fearsome, masculine […]

Should skinny guys do ab workouts?

September 10, 2019

Skinny guys need to grow their muscles everywhere, including their abs and obliques. So they should think about doing a workout program that would include some direct work to their abs if they want them to be big and powerful looking. There’s a belief that the main compound movements like […]

Is milk good for building muscle?

August 15, 2019

Milk is an incredible tool for building muscle. But why is it so good when it comes to gaining? And which type of milk is best for lean gains? For example, how does skim milk compare to whole fat milk? Milk is designed for gains—not just getting fat If you […]

What is the average strength of a man?

How Strong Is The Average Man?

July 12, 2019

It’s pretty normal to wonder how we stack up against the average guy when it comes to muscular strength. Are we weaker or stronger than the average guy? The Average Body Of An American Man In late 2018 the CDC published a document called the “National Health Statistics Reports: Number […]

Best Beginner Bodyweight Exercises For Women

The Best Beginner Bodyweight Exercises for Women

July 5, 2019

Too many workouts treat women like mini-men, but women and men have different strengths (and weaknesses), and they won’t have the same physique goals. So, what bodyweight exercises could a woman do at home while being a total beginner? Beginners aren’t as coordinated or as strong as people used to […]

The Best Beginner Bodyweight Exercises for Men

July 5, 2019

What are the best bodyweight exercises for guys who are total beginners? Inside, we’ll show you the best beginner exercises to train the body in it’s six main movement patterns. Then we’ll cover what beginners could do next. Beginners aren’t as coordinated, strong, and haven’t developed the work capacity of […]

How do I gain muscle without getting fatter?

Checklist: How to Gain Muscle without getting fat

June 13, 2019

Want to learn how to gain muscle without gaining fat? Here’s a question we got from a guy trying to gain muscle: “Been lifting hard for 2 months and I’ve gained 4 pounds / 1.8kg. I have a pretty steady pace of gaining 225 grams per week. I know that […]

How do I get a six pack if I'm skinny or skinny-fat?

How To Get Abs For Skinny Guys

May 28, 2019

Looking to get six-pack abs fast as a skinny guy? You’re in the right place. The Formula For Six-Pack Abs As A Skinny Guy 3 Steps To Getting Abs Getting abs comes down to three things: Developing big and strong enough abs, particularly the lower abs, so that you can […]

How much protein do you need to build muscle?

How much protein do you need to build muscle?

May 24, 2019

If you’re trying to build muscle, research shows that the optimal amount of protein is between 1.3g–1.8g per bodyweight kilogram a day (or 0.6g–0.8g per bodyweight pound) for both men and women (study). For example, if you’re 77kg / 170 pounds, you would aim to eat around 102g–136g of protein […]

Strength Training At Home Without Equipment for Beginners

March 26, 2019

Inside are two strength and muscle-building workouts: one for men and one for women. They are designed to get you results in 30 days without any equipment by using your own body weight and a couple of things you can find around your place, such as a backpack or tote […]