Mindless Eating: How to Make Healthier Choices Without Thinking

Patrick UmphreyUseful Diet Theory6 Comments

Coach Patrick Umphrey - Profile

Coach Patrick Umphrey - Profile

I want to tell you about a powerful tool that often goes neglected among both fitness enthusiasts and people who are just beginning to diet.

Imagine that you’re in the following situation:

You come home from work. You’re exhausted. You’re hungry. You’ve had a long and stressful day and you just don’t feel like doing anything other than sitting around. You certainly don’t feel like cooking.

Your roommate (wife/husband/etc.) picked up burgers and fries from your favorite local restaurant. The food smells amazing, and your mouth is watering.

This is just what you wanted.

You have one choice: Do you eat the cheeseburger, or do you not eat the cheeseburger.

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The Muscle & Strength Pyramid Books – Now On Sale

Andy MorganNews & Site Introductions16 Comments

Muscle and Strength Pyramid Chapter Title Athlete Collage (m)

Muscle and Strength Pyramid Chapter Title Athlete Collage (m)

So, some good news. The Muscle & Strength Pyramid books that I’ve been working away on for the last four months with Eric Helms and Andrea Valdez are now available.

If you are interested in accessing the exact breakdown of how Eric Helms, one of the world’s leading natural physique and powerlifting coaches, gets the results for his athletes that he does so that you can apply it to your own nutrition plan and training, then make sure you check these books out.

The Nutrition book runs 130 pages, the training book is over 170 pages, packed full of programs. They are available individually, or as a set, and we’re offering free lifetime updates for people who choose to get both.

We’ve been fortunate enough to have Alan Aragon, Lyle McDonald, Mike Zourdos, Greg Nuckols, and Bret Contreras read them and provide feedback before their release to make sure they are on point. I’m very proud of what we’ve put together, and I hope you take as much away from them as I did in making them.

Download a free 50 page sample, watch the full video lecture series for free, or find out more about purchasing them here.

A Quick Guide To Estimating Body-fat Percentage

Andy MorganKey Set-up38 Comments

How To Calculate Body-fat Percentage
How To Calculate Body-fat Percentage

Finding your body-fat percentage is an imprecise endeavor.

The methods that we generally have available to measure it range from being ‘acceptably accurate’ to ‘very poor,’ and they are nearly all useless for tracking changes over time. – They’re all marketed as being really accurate of course, but that’s just because people are after your dollars.

The lack of a guide on this site to help you find this has been something that has bugged me for some time, however it seems like I’ve found a fix for that – a quick calculation to help you to get a good estimation of your body-fat percentage that can be used to help you set up your diet more precisely.

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Inside The Mind Of A Diet Coach

Andy MorganNews & Site Introductions39 Comments

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The last four years have been something of a rollercoaster journey for which I have you, the RippedBody.jp readers to thank.

Whether you have actually hired me or just sent me an e-mail to tell me your story and say thanks, whether you have peppered me with questions in the site comments, shared on Facebook, or just simply silently lurked and clicked through my articles – I am grateful because it has all helped to keep me fed, watered, motivated and doing what I love.

I’ve taken the last 6 months off from coaching to work on improving the information on the site. This break is turning out to be a little longer than I originally anticipated as I have been getting a little carried away having fun with it, and before coming back to the coaching I wanted to really give it my all and give as much back as I can.

I’ve emptied my head – my coaching systems and philosophies – into a book for those that may be interested.

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Podcast Interview – Eric Helms on Coaching & Making Adjustments

Andy MorganPodcast Interviews4 Comments

Eric Helms 3DMuscleJourney Podcast
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Eric Helms is a coach, athlete, author, and educator. As a part of the 3DMJ Team he coaches drug-free strength and physique competitors at all levels. Eric has competed since the mid 2000’s in natural bodybuilding, unequipped powerlifting and recently in Olympic lifting. He earned pro status as a natural bodybuilder with the PNBA in 2011 and competes with the IPF at international level events as an unequipped powerlifter.

In this interview I pick Eric’s brain about his online coaching practice. We go into detail on two topics that I believe are the most under-discussed in the industry – progress tracking and the adjustment decision making process. Eric explains exactly what data he looks at, and the different principles that he applies when making decisions for his powerlifting and bodybuilding clients.

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Announcement: The Complete Guide To Setting Up Your Diet – FREE Book & E-mail Course

Andy MorganNews & Site Introductions11 Comments

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This is my attempt to make the best and most complete nutrition set-up guide out there on any single page on the internet, bar none. After updating them heavily, I’ve brought together the calorie setting, macro setting, micronutrition, meal timing and frequency, and supplement guides into one page.

If you’ve been wondering what I’ve been doing with my time away from coaching, this is (half of) it.

You can access that page here. But before you click, here’s why I think you should pop your email in the box above to download it as 20,000+ others already have instead:

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Maximum Genetic Muscular Potential – The Models And Their Limitations

Andy MorganGoal Setting57 Comments

Kim Jin Ho - Genetic Muscular Potential - FB
Genetic Muscular Potential

Key points:

  • There are limitations to the maximum drug-free muscular potential models out there.
  • It’s useful to be aware of them, but you shouldn’t necessarily cap yourself at what these calculators would peg you as being capable of achieving.
  • As fun as it would be, it is not possible to simply make a calculation to determine whether someone is ‘roided to the gills or not.

The guy you see above is legendary Korean bodybuilder, Kim Jin Ho. This photo was taken of him at the Bodypower Pro show in Birmingham in May, a qualifier to get into the Mr Olympia competition 212lb division. Mr Olympia is bodybuilding at the highest level. The contestants are not tested for drug use. He is 5’4, and weighed 178lbs on that day. He won.

Is it possible that he is natural?

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