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I have been working out now for over 20 years.

If I would have to describe the biggest difference between a beginner and a moderate bodybuilder, it would be with the diet.

Most people do not diet.

If you do not work on your diet and at a minimum lose weight for the summer, you will never get cut.

I know people who have been lifting weights for years that always look the same because they never change their diet.

This year, I am down 25 lbs since February.  That is from a peak of 185 lbs down to 160, and I also planning on losing some more.

I basically keep going down until the cuts start to show.

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The hard part  is trying to retain the muscle after you lose the weight.  But if you never lose any weight, you will never even get to that point.

Cardio, especially sprinting, mixed with heavy to moderate weight lifting and a strict diet will do the trick.

Also, there really aren’t any benefits to being overweight.  Unless you work in construction or compete in powerlifting, it’s always healthier to keep your body weight lower.

Remember, you might have ton of solid muscle, but it will never show if it is covered up by fat.

-John Andre

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I am having a really good training season so far.  During my winter bulk up I benched pressed over 315 lbs and my dead lift went up to 525.

Now that I am 5 weeks into my Spring Training, my priorities have started to change.  Not only have I lost 14 lbs already, but I am running 3 miles outside in under 22 minutes.

If everything keeps going fine and I don’t incur any injuries, I might have one of my best summers in a long time.

My goal this summer is to weigh between 145-152 lbs and run 3 miles in under 21 minutes.

With those numeric goals, along with my weight training, I should have an insane 6-pack this summer.

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I have been bodybuilding now for the last 9 seasons and I am proud to say, that I have stopped my aging process in its tracks.

At my wedding last year, I was 37-years old.

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At the end of this year I will turn 39 and it is amazing how young I still look.

With my diet, work out routine and advances in modern science; why wouldn’t I live to 120?

All of my grandparents lived past age 80, plus they were overweight and hadn’t exercised since High School in the 1930’s.

Personally, I think all bodybuilders are going to live to at least 100.

The proof is out there.

Unlike many of the famous marathon runners that have died prematurely, there are tons of old-school bodybuilders that are still alive today and are very active at an advanced age.

Just as long as you stay off steroids and recreational drugs, you can live a long quality of life if you continue to focus on your health across your entire lifespan

But yet, some people STILL do not exercise.

Out of my 20 good friends from High School, only 4- or 5 still work out.

The rest?

Not only do they look substantially older but they have noticeably low energy.

Once you turn 35, your energy and testosterone levels are going to start dropping like a rock if you don’t work on it.

And over 40 or 50? You will start to become completely sedentary.

I don’t know about you, but I am still improving.

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For years, 40 was becoming the new 30, and now 40 is becoming the new 25.

Don’t get me wrong, you still can die from car crashes, shootings, bad luck diseases and shark attacks.

But those are outliers and not the norm.

See you in 2100!

-John

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I have said this over and over on my blog, if you don’t look different during the year you aren’t bodybuilding; you are maintaining.

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There is nothing wrong with maintaining except that it’s really boring.  Even if you aren’t going to be a professional, and I know I will never be, why not put some extra effort into your diet?

When I get older and into the heart attack years, I plan on bulking up, just not as much.  Maybe 15-20 lbs in my 40’s, 10-15 lbs in my 50’s and possibly only 10 lb’s after that.

I don’t think it will be healthy to add 35 lbs to my body, like I did this year, when I get much older.

Now that my winter training is coming to a close, how do I lose the weight?

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So far I am 2 weeks into spring training and I have cut 5.5 lbs.  I was hoping to cut even more, but I am just starting to get into my cardio.

The beginning is the easiest time to lose weight.  By just cutting my calories by 20% and adding some cardio, my body will start to lose lb’s almost immediately.

After I lose over 10 lb’s it will start to get harder.  I will have to cut more calories from my daily caloric intake, increase the intensity of my cardio and also eat cleaner.

After I lose 20 lbs is when it starts to get really difficult.  At that point I need to be training hard, otherwise, I will be stuck at the same weight.

Losing weight is really not that hard, especially in the beginning.

You just need to consistently eat less food and move around more.  It’s not rocket science.

In the beginning your stomach will ache as you get used to fewer calories, but if you are unable to take the pain, then you will never get your body fat percentage low enough.

It’s just food.

PUT DOWN THE COOKIE!

-John

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A lot of people call bodybuilders obsessed and I have often been called that myself.

But, I don’t think that’s fair.

Don’t get me wrong, if you won’t touch a piece of cake at your own wedding, then yes, you might need to loosen up.

But make no doubt about it, working out and dieting are the most important aspects of your life and you need to take it serious.

You aren’t worth much dead and nothing will stop your aging in your tracks like exercise and a proper diet.

This is a picture from my wedding last year at age 37.  Since I started dieting around age 28, my aging has been minimal.

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I am only 2 years away from my 40th birthday and I am amazed by how I was able to stop my aging.

40 is definitely the new 30, but I want to make it the new 25.

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Although I look young for my age, just because you look a certain way, doesn’t mean you are necessarily healthy.

In your teens and 20’s you can get away with almost anything, but that becomes a whole new ballgame when you get older, especially if you have an unhealthy diet.

Since I reached my mid-30’s, I have numerous friends that have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, cholesterol, and I also know two coworkers that have had mini strokes.

The economic aspect of your health is also significant.

I don’t know about your insurance, but my son cost me $6,500 for his delivery this year and if I end up sick, my bill is going to hit our family max of $10K out of pocket.

These costs also may include missed days of work, loss of promotions and opportunities,  and the high costs of prescription drugs, etc.

Trust me on this, being unhealthy can hurt your career.

It’s unfortunate, but “ageism” does exist in this country.  When interviewing between a healthy looking 42-year old person and someone at the same age who appears in bad shape, it helps to look healthy.  People notice, as unfair as that may sound.

Being in good help also helps with fertility, and trust me, once you get married this is a big one.  I feel “blessed” that my wife was able to have her first child at 36.  For our 2nd child, my wife will be between 38-40, god willing.

Time is not on our side, but keeping a healthy lifestyle does help.

And finally, probably the most important part about working out and dieting, is the quality of life.

Sure, you can possibly sit on the couch and life to 95-years old, but what kind of retirement is that?

Wouldn’t you rather be able to dead lift 400 lb’s at age 70?

Or run a half marathon at age 75?

Play 2 hours of tennis in the middle of the summer at age 80?

Get on a plane to see the running of the bulls in Spain as an 82-year old?

Take your grand kids to the park and play basketball at 79?

There are a ton of people who can’t even do that at age 40 and its sad.

Now remember, you don’t need to become obsessed, but you need to take it serious.

Diet, weights, cardio.  The trifecta of healthy lifting.

95% of the time, the trifecta should work.

Otherwise, we leave it all up to a higher power.

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-John

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The diet is very important, especially to natural athletes like myself.  If you don’t take your diet serious, you can forget about building a 6-pack and you will never burn off your extra body fat.

But, is it worth living if you never get to eat?

Overall, I am pretty strict with my diet but recently I have learned to loosen up a little.  I don’t mind dying 2 years early to enjoy a juicy steak or a bowl of ice cream when it is 96 degrees out in NYC.

I am also going to eat when I am on vacation.  When I am in New Orleans, I want some gumbo, jumbalaya and I am probably going to drink more than I usually do.

But, I don’t think the answer is moderation.  Moderation is a cop out.

I think the key is to just choose your battles.

I had a really hard week of training last week.  I hit the gym 4x and I also did 4 days of cardio, beating my 21 minute 3-mile goal for the summer.

Yesterday I woke up for work and I was barely able to move.  In the same week I did 495 lb shrugs, 17 chinups, 245 bench press for 8 reps and I ran hard including playing basketball on Sunday.

My workout in the gym on Monday was lackluster, I just wasn’t feeling it.

On Tuesday, I wasn’t feeling great either.  I did some legs at lunch and some easy cardio after work.

When I got home Tuesday night, I decided to eat a little.  I finished my dinner in 2 seconds and told my wife that I was still hungry.

I couldn’t hold back and I tore into a bag of hummus and chips.

Sometimes you just need some extra calories and some extra rest.  Especially if the extra calories are going to help you train harder.

Tomorrow I am back to my super strict diet and I plan on hitting the gym twice for weights and cardio.

Next week for Father’s day, I want some beers and hamburgers.

I don’t believe in moderation, just choosing my battles.

-John

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Guess how old I was on my wedding day in August?

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One of the greatest benefits of working out and eating right, is that I truly believe you can stop your aging in its tracks.

And one of the most effective ways to slow down the aging process is with your DIET.

Numerous studies have shown that intermittent fasting increases life expectancy.  I personally find intermittent fasting to be one of the greatest tools in burning fat and losing weight and I have been using it consistently for years.

It’s also important to eat CLEANER.  Less sugar, less saturated fats, etc.

And most importantly, it is important to stay LIGHT.   Although I will allow myself to gain weight and bulk up in the winter, I don’t plan on bulking up as much when I get older.

Being overweight for an extended period of time is completely unhealthy and I firmly believe that being light weight and low in body fat will keep you alive for a long time.

I have lost around 10 lbs from my winter bulk up so far and I plan on losing another 15. Right now I am still lifting heavy weights 4x a week in the gym and I have just increased my cardio to 4x a week.

Focus on heavy weight lifting, cardio and especially your diet, and you will also be able to completely stop your aging,

So how old was I in August?

36!

-John

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