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“I started this blog back in 2009 with the thought that my clients could learn about Fitness, Health, and Nutrition principals. I started out creating videos and posting them here for people to see how to do the exercises correctly and with good form. Almost a decade later, the mission has not changed.” – Mike Cola

Fitness Contrarian is all about mastering the ageless workout and diet. The goal of this blog is to teach you how to build muscle in your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s while staying lean and not over training.

If you are new to this blog you should start out reading my Fitness Principals and take a look at my present workout and diet routine.

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Having Trouble Losing Weight

If you are having trouble losing weight, you need to set goals and put a little pressure on yourself to reach them. You can do this by telling other people how much weight you want to lose by a particular date. Without setting a date, and just saying to yourself that you want to lose 20 pounds, may not be enough.

By telling family and friends that you have to drop a certain amount of weight in a certain timeframe, you are setting yourself up for success by making a real commitment. I have always felt that the main reason people lose so much weight on TV shows like The Biggest Loser is because their weight loss goals are on TV for millions of people to see. Even though I don’t agree with the weight loss approach used on The Biggest Loser (in my opinion they over-train the participants to unhealthy levels), it works. It’s the pressure they put on themselves by going on the show and exposing their weight loss goals to the whole world that produces such great results(…)

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More Weight Loss Options: Five Weight Loss Programs

There are so many different ways to lose weight and I do have my favorites like cutting carbohydrates. After working with my personal training clients for over 25 years; however, I know cutting carbohydrates might not be the best weight loss option for everyone.

For a number of my clients including myself, keeping our carbohydrate intake to no more than 150 grams per day (600 calories) by eating mostly vegetables and a couple of fruits along with intermittent fasting, is the easiest way to control our weight. However, I have had many clients and friends lose weight with all different types of diets over the years. Some of them were reasonably healthy and some were not. You have to find a diet(…)

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Easy Ways to Lose Weight Fast

One of the easy ways to lose weight fast is with intermittent fasting. Not only can you lose weight quickly but it is a very easy diet to follow. Most people have a lot of misconception about fasting and think that it is an extreme thing to do to lose weight but in actuality it is safe and possesses a number of health benefits. Studies have shown that intermittent fasting can improve insulin sensitivity, lower blood pressure, reduce oxidative damage, help repair muscle tissue and definitely reduce your body fat.

I have had so much success with my personal training clients and myself when we use intermittent fasting in the right way. The weight just seems to fall off and stay off, if you stick with the program and follow a simple exercise program (…)

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