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There are things out there that are effective, but I personally prefer to keep things pretty natural when it comes to what I put in my body.
There was a time I was taking a pre-workout drink to get the blood flowing a little quicker, to help with my pump, and to increase my rep range depending on what I was working on that day though it is not something I consistently take because I tend to train more along a cross fit-style workout. If I were to take a pre-workout drink on those days it would usually put my heart rate way above where I want it to be after only the first round which causes me to have to back it off for a few minutes so I can continue safely. If I am focusing on going heavy and have a smaller rep range for the day is when I generally prefer to take something to help me push out a couple more reps than I previously might have. I will emphasize the might have in that previous statement because I did some tests over the course of a few months and found that when I ate half an apple about 20 minutes before working out that the sugars from the fruit did nearly the exact same thing that any pre-workout drink did for me. Of course everyone is different and should expect different results so I cannot say you would experience the same thing, but I know that I prefer to use natural foods much more than supplements 9 out of 10 times.
If you do choose to take a pre-workout you should always do your research on the company making the product and understand what is inside it. One brand that I have always trusted is, Optimum Nutrition. They have a long-standing reputation of making clean, quality products whether you are talking about your protein shakes, multi-vitamin, pre- or post-workout, and even meal replacement shakes.
The fat burning pills are definitely something I have never used so I cannot speak too much about them besides saying I think you can do much better. The sole purpose is to help you increase your metabolic rate so you burn more calories. Most of the manufacturers of the pills aren’t really all that worried about doing that in a healthy way so the ingredients leave something to be desired. If you want to increase your metabolism, eat your meals/snacks more consistently throughout the day. Train your body to expect meals at regular intervals so it never needs to consider saving any calories for a period during which you plan to “starve” it. The fat burning pills are generally used as a quick fix which never leads to lasting results. Take your time to teach your body how to treat itself and use what you put in it properly and your results will be much more long lasting.
Deck of cards (365 pushups)
I’m thinking I might start doing this twice a week. Such a good overall upper body workout. Chest, triceps, shoulders, abs, lower back.
Now for dinner: Lean ground beef, sweet potatoes, asparagus, squash, broccoli, spinach, sprouts, red pepper & pico de gallo.
Snack foods. Hmmm….
Something you want to consider is not having snacks. Work to eat 5 or six smaller meals instead of 3 meals and 2 or 3 snacks. You want to work to give your body consistency. First, be consistent with your meal timing and the content of your meals. Next, aim to make your meals consistent in size (and calorie, if you choose to count them).
Once your body can be prepared for the food you will be putting into it it will know how best to burn calories over the long haul. If you can stay consistent with your food for an extended period of time you will see how much easier it is to stay fit.
Well every person is different (as are their goals), but generally I prefer to make a switch every 4-6 weeks to keep the body from plateauing. Bulking phases and leaning phases also differ in their style of exercises being performed not just the amount of food being taken in so that’s another reason for my personal preference to switch things up every 4-6 weeks.
Unless you have a serious timetable that needs to be met for a competition or event I would recommend the back and forth process every month and a half until you reach the weight you want to be at to ensure that the weight being added is proper weight that will stick around .