Solid Info from a Great Podcast
My favourite podcast, The Skeptics Guide to the Universe had an interview with Jeff Ainslee of www.fat2fitradio.com last week. I’m slightly ashamed to say that I hadn’t heard of Mr Ainslee before, but I was impressed with what he had to say.
It’s around 30-35 minutes in although I would recommend that all readers listen to the whole show – well every show actually.
Anyway, back to Jeff Ainslee. He cut through the crap and pretty much said exactly the same as I’d have said, but without scaring people!
He mentioned several times the importance of maintaining lean body mass when one wants to lose body fat. He had a very good line about eating as much as you can while still losing body fat; which is the opposite of the crazy calorie restriction which many follow. This is excellent nutritional advice as regards to holding onto muscle and losing fat, but it’s not the whole story.
The one thing I would like to add which Mr Ainslee didn’t mention is that by far the best way of maintaining or increasing lean body mass (muscle) is through intelligent weight training, such as the that found at getmightynow.com. Perhaps because he, and the panel are all Americans this little peice of information is just assumed; but in other parts of the world, including the UK there are those who believe that Pilates, Yoga, or some new gadget will do the job just as well.
So if Jeff Ainslee will allow, I’d like to add slightly to the excellent information he gave in his interview; to maximise your fat loss efforts you need to maintain, or increase your muscle mass, the best way of doing this is to perform a programme of Squats, Presses, Rows, Bench Presses, Pull Ups, Deadlifts, etc. Over the months one should strive to hit the following loads for sets of 5-10; Squats 100kg for men, and 50 kg for women, Press 50kg / 25kg, Rows 60kg / 30kg, Bench 70kg / 35kg, Deadlifts 140kg / 70kg. You get the idea!
In closing, I want to reitterate to those of you trying to lose body fat that the number 1 training consideration is intelligent weight lifting; which is the number 2 consideration overall, behind correct nutrition.