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Body Recomposition: How Does it Really Work?

Body Recomposition: How Does it Really Work?

Body recomposition is known as the most desired body transformation—it is the ability of the body to burn fat while gaining lean muscle at the same time. Many people believe that there is no such thing as fat or bulky muscle, leading to a very confusing explanation of body recomposition. To put it very simply, it is when a person builds strength without adding bulky muscles, or when they build muscle without adding fat. The two adjustments that are necessary are making sure that caloric intake is correct on certain days, and making sure that the exercise plan in place will be beneficial. This guide will help you with what you need to do in order to have a shot at body recomposition.

The Body Recomposition Diet

This is the most important factor when it comes to body recomposition. While modifying an exercise program is a large part in the change as well, diet still holds the key. In most forms of dieting, cycling of some sort is involved. This is the modification of nutrition on certain days. This could be regulated periodic fasting, a diet centered on ketogenics, or carb backloading. All of these types of diets use different parameters for their cycling, but the one thing that they have in common is that they require you to eat more carbs and calories on the days that you will work out than on days that you do not work out.

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The real key is that you will be eating more on days that include a workout, and less on days that do not. The reason for this is that the body needs the calories for recovery and utilizing energy. So all in all, the cycling will help to lose fat while gaining muscle, optimizing hormones, and even live longer. Now learn how to do it.

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Calorie Cycling

There is a lot of in-depth information to be known prior to cycling. Though it may seem very simple, it is very important to define a few important terms. You know that you will be consuming more calories on days that you train, but what exactly constitutes as training? For body recomposition, training days are the days in which you perform a weight training routine for at least 30 minutes. Though lots of other exercises can be intense, body recomposition is only possible if the one partaking is doing more than 30 minutes of decently intense weight training 3 times per week, consistently. Resistance training is the most effective way to gain muscle when working at body recomposition.

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The Formulas

Once that is understood, it is necessary to know exactly how many calories should be taken in to not only lose fat but gain muscle. First, one must calculate their maintenance calories. This can be done by taking your weight in pounds, multiplying it by 14 and then by 17. This is the acceptable range for maintenance calories (MC). Next, find your training day calories. To do this, take the MC and increase it by 15%. Remember that these are only the days with weight training. Finally, find your rest day calories. Take the MC and decrease it by 10%. These days are the ones that do not include training with weights.

Body recomposition can seem intimidating and difficult, but with the right information it can be made simple. When using a formula like this, anyone can find their numbers and then apply it to their lifestyle. There are so many ways to eat for recomposition, and these formulas are a great first step in the journey to losing fat and gaining muscle—the lean muscle that is so often sought after.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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