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I am going to state this bluntly: I am a HUGE fan of fasting and I have been using it for many years.

In my opinion, if you are going to get ripped naturally, you will need to add fasting to your routine.

I actually discovered fasting by accident.

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In High School, I was starting to get stomach problems every day from eating the school lunch.  I think it was a combination of the bad food and studying for my advanced placement classes.

To fix my situation, I started to eat a large breakfast in the morning before school and then I wouldn’t eat again until I got home at 2 p.m.

In between, I would lift weights, run track, play basketball during gym and also go to my classes.

After several months of my new diet routine, I noticed something interesting; I was starting to get ripped abs.

By the time my senior year rolled around, I had a complete 6-pack.  Probably one of the best 6-packs in my entire school.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but I had discovered my secret formula to getting ripped.

Fast forward to 10 years later.  I was 190 lbs and in the strongest shape of my entire life.

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I was competing in power lifting competitions, with a bench press near 350 lbs and a dead lift near 600.

That summer I decided I wanted to try bodybuilding and I cut down to 155 lbs using a combination of cardio and fasting.

The end result was that I got into the best shape of my life.

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Fasting works.

Almost every major religion has some type of fasting ceremony included. The practice of “fasting” has been around for thousands of years before Christ.

The key is to use it wisely.  Obviously you can’t fast every day and you also can’t fast for 48 hours straight.

Today I ate a medium-sized meal at around 10 a.m and then I went to gym at 1 p.m. for squats and a 2-mile run.

My second meal of the day was dinner at 7:30 p.m.

The result of my new diet and workout routine, is that I have lost 11 lbs in about a month.

Don’t be afraid to try fasting.  When done in moderation, it is a lot healthier than over eating and the majority of the United States has an obesity problem.

The pain is temporary, just like anything else in life, you will get used to using less calories.

And if you aren’t willing to accept the pain, you will never look like a champion.

-John

 

 

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I spend a lot of time thinking about the future:

  • What industries will be in heavy demand?
  • What industries will become obsolete?
  • What will bodybuilding training look like in 20 years?
  • What will cardio workouts look like in 20 years?
  • What will the typical family life look like in 20 years?

It is definitely an interesting time to be alive.  The life that I am experiencing today is completely different from the world that my parents and grandparents experienced.

What are some of the major changes?

  • Technology.  Night and day from what my parents and grandparent’s experienced.  I didn’t even have a cell-phone until my junior year of College.
  • Workplace:  Many, many, jobs are becoming location independent.  Unless you need access to raw materials or face-time with clients, many jobs are going to be available wherever there is internet access

Traditionally, when you started a family you would buy a house and that would be the neighborhood that you would raise your family in.  My parents are in the same house since 1979 and so are most of my friend’s parents.

I think that is going to change.

Real estate does have the benefit of a growing population.  There will always be more people in this country (outside of another major war) and there isn’t enough space to fill for everyone.  They don’t have a lot of extra space in cities like New York or San Francisco.

But people are also becoming more mobile.

Could I live in Europe for 6 months, 3 months in my hometown of NYC and 3 months in Florida?

It wouldn’t be very easy, but I could.

I don’t need to be stuck in the same place for 40 consecutive years.

What about training?

I like it when I cook all of my food for the week at the same time.

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I am also a big fan of intermittent fasting and have been very successful using it that last several years.

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Nobody can completely predict the future, but with just a little big of foresight, you can at least set yourself up in a good situation.

Which careers are going to be “hot”? At least in my opinion:

  • Anything health care related.  Many, many, senior citizens.
  • Natural and organic food.
  • Estate planning.  Many, many, senior citizens.

 

And for training/bodybuilding:

 

  • Less long distance-running.  I have stated many times that I do not think long-distance running is healthy.
  • Less sets.  I like to hit it and quit it.  Heavy weights, less bullsh%t sets.
  • Short, fast, cardio.  More sprinting for people ages 40+
  • Pre-planned meals.  More preparation in advance for the general population.

 

So what do you think the future will be like?

-John

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