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Don’t Over Think ...

We love to go all in on teamRIPPED! That is what has made this team great. We have had more daily, monthly, and quarterly winners of the BB Challenge than any other team in all of TBB!!! So there is no doubt that we drop the excuses and we BRING IT! That’s what I did, and that is...

Condiments and Fat Loss

Condiments can really improve a meal. You know this if it is the 16th time this month you’ve had 10 oz. of chicken breast and 2 cups of broccoli for dinner. Sometimes your meals need a little help, but what condiments can you use that won’t be detrimental to your diet or...

Avoiding Temptation At ...

Over the last week or so I have asked you guys and gals what are some of your most challenging temptations. Overwhelmingly, it was “FOOD AT HOME” that seems to be the biggest temptation for most people. So I thought it would be useful to give you some of my tips on how I beat...

Round 1 Nutrition

I’ve been doing Beachbody programs exclusively for over 4 years now (almost 5), and my nutrition plan has changed a few times depending on my goals.  I’ve talked a lot about nutrition for bulking, nutrition for maintaining, etc.  But it’s been a while since I talked...

Counting Calories and T...

Counting calories and tracking nutrition with MyFitnessPal is the best way to get amazing results with any program. The nutrition plans from P90X, Body Beast, The Asylum, etc all do a great job of laying the ground work for your plan. But you have to track what you eat to KNOW you are...

Calorie Calculator

Calorie Calculator? Isn’t that just a regular calculator? Yes, and no. I am sure you have poured over your P90X, Insanity, or Body Beast guidebooks and have come to some equations for calculating your caloric needs for the program. They are all a little different, but they can all...

Staying Motivated on a ...

Staying motivated on a diet can be tough! As with a lot of things, it’s easy to be fired up at the beginning but we tend to lose focus along the way. That is natural, but there is TONS you can do to help avoid it and protect yourself. I want to thank Chris G for the suggestion for...

Coffee…

Coffee, P90X, Insanity, Body Beast… do they go together? Heck, does coffee and health belong in the same sentence? No matter who you are, you probably have an opinion about coffee. It tends to be a love or hate type of thing. With all the opinions out there, I thought it would be...

Don’t Track Your ...

So you have decided to go all-in and track your nutrition.  You want max results.  You are determined to get a plan, track your diet, and hit the correct calorie totals every day.  You will also hit the correct % (or come close!).  Nothing will stop you!! But …. what about tracking...

Healthy Tailgate, Footb...

Football season and tailgating can be a big pitfall for a lot of people. You know me, I’m not here to hold you hard and tell you “yes it’s tempting, give yourself a little break, don’t be so hard on yourself…” That kind of nonsense is for people that...

5 Go to Breakfast Optio...

We’ve all heard that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” I tend to think there is some truth to that. Breakfast definitely can set the tone for your whole day and I think there are some really good options to consider when planning your breakfast. Keys to...

Building Your Metabolis...

Building up your metabolism is a great goal if you have really stalled out. Make sure you read this entire post VERY CAREFULLY! I am going to be running multiple parts to this series. There are quiet a few things to consider before thinking you have completely ruined your metabolism....

EATTHISMUCH: New Meal P...

Do you ever feel like you get stuck in a rut with your meal planning? Need new ideas and want those meals to fit your macros? Well there is a really cool site that I just heard about: EatThisMuch.com! Thanks to teamRIPPED coaches Lance Lyell and Chris Coburn! I picked this up from those...

My Year of the Beast Nu...

The Year of the Beast is shaping up to be simply amazing! One of the coolest things about this challenge is that Sagi Kalev is taking part in the group. He’s been in their answering questions and offering insight. He even very graciously gave us an hour of his time for our kickoff...

Tracking Raw or Cooked ...

Tracking raw or cooked meats has to be one of the most common questions on get on nutrition tracking. There is a lot of conflicting information too. I hope for once and for all to get to the bottom of it! Tracking Raw or Cooked Meats You can actually do both: track raw or cooked weights...

How to Eat Out on a Die...

Sure, it’s easy to stick to the nutrition plan as long as you are some sort of freak that cooks every meal and has nothing but time in the world, right?  But some of us actually have LIVES and can’t spend 4 hours per day cooking, and we are on the run a lot and don’t...

Weight loss: Weathering...

Weight loss! Wouldn’t it be nice if it was just a straight, linear process. Each day… bam -0.25#. That would be great! But it’s not the real world! Weight Loss Progress The fact of the matter is that weight loss has it’s ups and downs. There are so many factors...

Nutrition Tracking

Nutrition Tracking – FUNDAMENTAL INFORMATION I originally posted this article almost 4 years ago… It is one of the most visited pages on all of teamRIPPED. Getting this close to summer, I find it necessary to highlight nutrition tracking again. You’ve heard me say over...

Vegan Meal Plans

Vegan meal plans are something I still get requests for pretty regularly. I did a full 90 days of a vegan diet before. It was a great learning experience, and it taught me a lot about how to eat. I still like some of the meals and recipes I used over the 90 days. But I have definitely...

Diet Mistakes: Don̵...

Diet mistakes happen. I got to get this one out there…. like all mistakes in life, it’s often how you respond to those mistakes that makes all the difference. Diet Mistakes: Cheating on Your Plan First off, you control this one. So before you think you are going to get a pass...

Getting Ripped and Dair...

So what’s my take on “DAIRY”??  For those of you who have followed my diets, you’ll notice I never drink milk, and I hardly ever have cheese.  I do, however, use whey protein every day (which is a protein that comes from milk), and I eat yogurt or greek yogurt...

Easy Foods for Weight L...

Easy foods for weight loss can be found all around you. Most are pretty common, ordinary foods. You don’t have to have a HUGE budget or be a professional chef to cook for weight loss. Easy Foods for Weight Loss Truth be told, this title is a little misleading. You know what foods...

TR Suggestion Box ̵...

A couple weeks ago now I posted about the TR Suggestion Box. One thing I said I was going to use that suggestion box for was creating a post on some (hopefully quicker) Q & As. Keep those comments and questions coming. There have been some really great ideas and topics brought up and...

Tuna and Mercury

Tuna and mercury? How much is too much? Is it hurting me, my progress, my fitness? This is actually the first post idea from the teamRIPPED Suggestion Box I posted. It came in from two guys. Ian H. and Matt O. Both asked roughly the same question: How concerned should we be about the...