Lean Machine

Charles Poliquin

Lean Machine

Q: How fast should I lose weight? I look at the winners of these supplements spokesperson contests, and there’s no way I can match their results. What do you think is realistic for the average person?

A: First of all, weight loss in terms of pounds doesn’t really mean anything. For example, in a severely restricted diet you’ll lose glycogen and water first, giving the illusion of rapid progress. Trying to lose too fast can be quite detrimental. You should use bodyfat levels as your true measure of fat loss. The question is, of course, which method best measures bodyfat changes. There are plenty of electronic gadgets out there for that, but, in my opinion, they’re not yet sophisticated enough to measure bodyfat accurately. For example, one of my colleagues “lowered” his bodyfat three percentage points overnight, as measured by an electric impedance device, after eating an entire salami and loading on water. The nitrates and the sodium in the salami made him retain water, which increased the velocity of the current in his body and therefore made him measure leaner than he really was.

Middle East Muscle

Joe Raymond

Middle East Muscle

He hasn’t competed in a bodybuilding show since 1999, but he’s one of the most sought-after cover models in the business today. Unlike most competitive bodybuilders, he manages to keep his weight within a 10-pound range year-round. He also chooses to live in Dallas, Texas, rather than in the one or more traditional bodybuilding and modeling meccas—New York, Los Angeles or Las Vegas.

Cortisol Down, Muscle Up

Becky Holman

Cortisol Down, Muscle Up

Most bodybuilders know that the stress hormone cortisol can slow, stop or reverse muscle gains. It causes the body to use muscle tissue for energy, which is not good considering how hard that hardness is to build. That’s why many bodybuilders supplement with phosphatidylserine, a soy lipid that reduces cortisol by more than 30 percent in hard-training athletes. There’s also an herb that may help lower cortisol as well.

It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn

Ron Harris

It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn

In many monumental struggles, victory has come only after defeat seemed certain and death tolls and misery reached a sickening pinnacle. Take World War II: Until things finally turned around for the Allies, the Germans and Japanese laid waste to Europe and Asia like a biblical plague, murdering and enslaving millions.

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