My personal experience with skipping breakfast (pics included)

Breakfast sucks

I’ve said it once and I’ll continue to beat this in the ground that for fat loss eating upon waking up does not work for you trying to lose body fat.

I’ve even argued that eating every 3-4 hours isn’t necessary for fat loss either.

I know that this may go against a lot of main stream fitness media but hey if all that really worked we would see alot more lean gym rats than bloated puff balls with muscle.

This blog is really just to document my personal experience with skipping breakfast and just taking a break from eating on occasion.

 

Breakfast sucks

Month 1

Here is my back before I started this journey. Why am I taking progress pics of my back? Well to be honest my back is where I will see any progress first so this would be best and quickest way to asses this new style of eating.

In this pic was eating a typical bodybuilder style of eating at this point consuming 5-6 meals a day or eating every two to three hours working out 5 days a week with only two days of cardio. You can see that I do have some foundation there but not really any clean details or lines.

This was especially frustrating to me at this point in time because I lived by my meals and the clock, so it was ALWAYS on my mind. I’m sure some of you can relate to this.

In fact it’s the frustration that led me to take this step into this new style of eating.

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Hormones and Fat Patterns

Sometimes it is the hormones.Hormone dysfunctions and fat deposit patterns - Fitness Revolution Rolwett

One of the areas that I strive to focus on is fat loss and not just ordinary “lets drop 10lbs for the beach fat loss” but “I want to look hot naked and make my ex jealous fat loss”.

I know you have all thought this.

Now, you may have gotten down to a decent level in body fat but you may have noticed that trying to drop those last few stubborn pounds to really get that polished look is just frustrating. No matter how clean you eat or how much you exercise you can’t seem to get that look that you have in your mind.

So what’s holding you back?

Well my friend, sometimes it IS the hormones [Read more…]

Scary Stuff

scared - Fitness Revolution RowlettThe stuff that scares you the most is the stuff you should be doing first.

Normally I don’t deviate too far away from topics of fitness and health but I just had a big wakeup call recently that really caused me to take action on something that I have been terrified of for the past 6 months.

What that is I’ll save for a later blog but I realized how this closely relates to workouts.

One of the most dreadful work outs my clients have is when there is a lower body focused day or when we have to work to correct their weaknesses.

We always want to train our strengths, that’s fun, but correcting our weaknesses or areas of improvements is… well not fun and sometimes downright scary! It hurts and breaks down our tender egos that we have worked so hard to build along with our bodies.

Think about this for a second. [Read more…]

What the heck causes that STITCH in the side?

Causes for that stitch in your side when your run - Fitness Revolution RowlettThat damn stitch just hurts! If you’re reading this then you have had one before and you can understand that you can only fight it for so long before eventually it causes you to slow down or stop before you in agonizing pain just trying to catch your breath.

I see this more common during the summer months when people are attempting to do more HIIT cardio to drop body fat but what ends up halting their running is they begin to get that stitch in their sides. After the person spends a few minutes catching their breath I tend to get the question why does this happen?

Feels a bit defeating trying to get your sexy on when your body is just saying NO lol

 

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An Understanding of Poor Insulin Sensitivity

Side Note: I had someone do a guest writing series with this blog and a few others, so let me know what you think!

There are many who suffer from diabetes. Poor insulin sensitivity is a problem that many people face. This happens when the insulin levels in your body stays the same because the body is unable to get sufficient glucose into the muscles. When this happens, this means that the pancreas will have to create even more insulin to handle the situation.

 

If you think that you are facing a problem with poor insulin sensitivity, there are a few things you should do. The first thing that needs to be done would be to talk to your doctor. They might want to do a glucose tolerance test. In order to do this, you will need to fast for about eight hours. When this is done, you then drink a sweet liquid and once that happens, they then test your blood sugar levels. They are looking to see if this results show a calculation of over a hundred. If they see this, it could mean a problem with insulin insensitivity.

 

For some of those who have found that they might have poor insulin sensitivity, this might require them to look at their lifestyle to see what could have been the habits that lead them to become this way. Some might have a family history of this problem. There will be some who find out the problem is caused due to the fact that they are overweight. Some will find this problem is caused by the lack of getting up and moving around. Some have also found that they have cardiovascular issues.

 

When you are deemed to have poor insulin sensitivity, you will need to then look at the levels of bad cholesterol in your body. They also need to look at what their blood pressure levels are like. In order for the body to not be so sensitive to insulin, they will find that they have to get their cholesterol and their blood pressure under control. In certain extreme cases, patients might have to go under medication to assist them with this issue. And most of the time, this medication is consumed throughout the rest of their lives.

 

Another thing that a person with poor insulin sensitivity might have to put up with is their energy levels and their emotional state of being. The fact that those who have insulin insensitivity feel tired all the time, and they will feel as though they don’t get enough sleep no matter how many hours they rest. This will cause them to lack focus in everyday tasks. Some will find that poor insulin sensitivity can cause their memory to go bad as well. Most of the time, patients do not know what causes this fatigue and low levels of focus. But once they are diagnosed, many people find it hard to accept the fact that thet are facing this problem. If this is something that you are facing, then it will be a wise decision to talk to someone about this sooner rather than later. Get tested because this can eventually kill you.

Side Note: I had someone do a guest writing series with this blog and a few others, so let me know what you think!

 

In Health and Awesomeness,

 

 

 

Travis Merritt, BS, CPT, CES, RBT is the owner of Fitness Revolution in Rowlett, TX.

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Walking Lunges in a Tight Space

 

 

 

In Health and Awesomeness,

 

 

 

Travis Merritt, BS, CPT, CES, RBT is the owner of Fitness Revolution in Rowlett, TX.

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Your Excuse is Invalid

*I must say that when I wrote this I was not concerned about formatting, just a rant*


No Excuses - Fitness Revolution RowlettExcuses Make You Fat

This previous weekend I was out away from my home gym and decided to grab a few workouts at popular big box gym and it brought back some memories of some people that I use to train and work out along side that truly blew all excuses out of the water.

When I was about 18-19 I use to workout at this hole in the wall gym (Texas Gym) and I loved it! Some of the hardest workouts to this day were at that place due to the fact there was so much energy, testosterone and no BS attitude that just oozed out of that place. I could go all day and tell you stories of how hard and crazy those workouts were but what impressed me the most about that place is that no one there tolerated excuses. [Read more…]

My Gym Bag

 

 

Below is where I get all my 5 favorite gym gadgets

 

 

In Health and Awesomeness,

 

 

 

Travis Merritt, BS, CPT, CES, RBT is the owner of Fitness Revolution in Rowlett, TX.

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Low Testosterone and Skinny Jeans Part 2

 

High Cortisol levels and low testosterone levels - Fitness Revolution Roweltt For Part 2 of the Testosterone and Skinny Jeans series I need to go over two other hormones that are responsible for having men turn into 16 year old girls and giving women so much trouble in dropping those body fat levels.

Here is Part 1 <===

 

High Cortisol Levels

If you’ve been following this blog for a bit of time now then you have heard me rant on cortisol on more than one occasion, but I can never seem to get enough info out to people about this darn hormone.

Cortisol is a hormone that is secreted during high levels of stress, when this happens it’s the cause increased bodyfat gain and muscle loss… the exact thing we are trying to avoid.

If I were to get a bit nerdy on you cortisol main function is to “increase blood sugar through gluconeogenesis (this is just one of the body’s ways to elevate blood surgar levels); suppress the immune system; and aid in fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism… It also decreases bone formation” (1) I’ll put it this way, it IS essential for us to have cortisol in our systems but just like every other hormone in the body there has to be checks and balances.

In today’s society where high stress levels are just the day to day norm elevates cortisol and thus makes it near impossible to drop that excess body fat around your stomach and really start getting lean. [Read more…]

My Favorite Hamstring Exercise

The Glute-Ham Raise is by FAR one of my favorite exercises not to mention my favorite for posterior chain development. The video here talks about HOW to set this up even if you don’t have access to that piece of equipment.

I’ll say it may not be as great as the manufactured piece but its pretty hard and will do the job 🙂


 

 

 

In Health and Awesomeness,

 

 

 

Travis Merritt, BS, CPT, CES, RBT is the owner of Fitness Revolution in Rowlett, TX.

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