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There are a few ways to getting lean, and with diligence they all work.
Here are just two methods. The first method we’ll call the POPULAR PLAN. It’s a diet & exercise plan typically recommended by nutritionists, weight-loss experts, personal trainers, diet gurus, internet cowboys, and all of their mothers.
The second method, The Lean Saloon Plan, is the diet & exercise plan I recommend to get lean, which is also similar in dietary style to that recommended by Martin Berkhan over at Lean Gains, or even to the 24-hour flexible intermittent fasting from Brad Pilon over at Eat Stop Eat.
Let’s look at the POPULAR PLAN (which, by the way, I copied and pasted from a random forum).
- 6 am – wake up and run 4-5 miles
- 7:30 am – eat 2 eggs with toast, drink some coffee
- 10 am – eat a fresh fruit bowl or some yogurt with granola
- 12:30 pm – eat a tuna sandwich and some wheat thins
- 3 pm – drink a fruit smoothie or snack on some mixed vegetables
- 5:30 pm – hit the gym for 40 minutes or go for another 4-5 mile run … do at least 20 minutes of core (4 x a week)
- 7 pm – eat some chicken and rice
- 9 pm – eat a snack, avoid carbs after dinner.
And here’s The Lean Saloon plan:
- Wake up.
- Intermittent fast, go live your day.
- Exercise 20 to 30 minutes, 2x to 3x/week, or whatever works.
- Enjoy food thoroughly and to full satisfaction.
- Get a life.
Like I said, either one works to get you lean. But the second plan, The Lean Saloon Plan, has simplicity and freedom. It’s not full of artificial complications, obsession with eating every few hours, exercising multiple times a day, and it doesn’t suggest that you MUST work this hard and this often in order to get lean.
And how ridiculous it is to eat so meagerly that you’re hungry and thinking about food just 3 hours later. But I digress.