Saturday, October 1, 2022
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Q&A: Want to Lose Fat? Try this Before You Cut Calories

Welcome back to another Q&A, where Ashleigh and Ben talk about how to optimize your mental and physical wellbeing, considering dieting, workout practices, habits, learning to love discomfort, and more! We begin with a reminder about Ben’s six pillars, and how his workouts are becoming more intellectually focused, a time he takes to be hyper-aware about mobility, stability, skill, and strength. This leads Ben and Ash to hone in on the mental aspects of fitness, and they talk about how working out can be a springboard to creating healthier habits as well as how beneficial mentally arduous training can be for your sense of pride and accomplishment. From there they switch to topics of building muscle on a vegetarian diet, managing stress by controlling carbon dioxide, how to be a great leader by learning to listen, and expanding horizons wherever possible. Next up, Ben weighs in on the question of whether a diet or workout plan should be top of mind if you’re aiming to lose fat. We hear the typical process he would take a student through, starting with workouts, and then tweaking calorie intake based on heart rate variability. We look at what habits affect HRV too, and also talk about its connection to sympathetic arousal, considering the fine line between healthy and unhealthy amounts. We end things off hearing about Ben’s love for all his show sponsors, and he shouts out today’s awesome one – Billings Seafood, otherwise known as Head over there and use the code ‘BEN’ and that will get you $20 off your first order and free scallops for life, which is awesome!


The origins of this podcast and how Ben went from bodybuilding to the six pillars. [0:18]
How Ben intellectualizes correct workouts using mobility, stability, skill, and strength. [2:28]
Keeping aware of the spine and things that move that shouldn’t during workouts. [6:11]
Ben’s two-week workout, workout mindfulness, and becoming consciously competent. [8:50]
Using exercise as a way of identifying habits, skills, and attributes you want to create. [14:50]
‘Working in’: mentally arduous workouts and the rush of pushing through what’s uncomfortable. [15:45]
Changing your cognitive association with discomfort from negative to positive. [20:58]
How to build muscle on a vegetarian/vegan diet taking MAP supplements. [22:33]
Controlling stress through breathing and Brian Mackenzie’s webinar. [27:17]
Listening and being honest from a place of love: good leadership practices. [28:16]
Applying the principle of expanding your horizons to the books you read. [31:39]
The importance of curating your thoughts if you want to become a better person. [33:26]
Using technology versus a natural process to achieve a desired state. [35:33]
How blood flow restriction bands work and how to use them. [37:33]
Losing fat by upping workouts before cutting calories/changing diet. [39:51]
Using heart rate variability to start pulling calories down once workouts are set. [43:22]
The line between healthy and unhealthy states of sympathetic arousal. [44:10]
Big issues that could drive HRV down: sleep, breathing, stress, food, training. [45:22]
Oura Ring use and getting the best seafood box deliveries from Billings. [46:36]
Being calmed by Deadliest Catch and visiting untouched places. [49:38]
Thoughts on training heavily in the morning and volume in the evening on the same muscle group. [52:07] – The worlds best muscle building videos and knowledge to take control of every aspect of your body, check out the MI40Nation: – click to enroll (FREE) and get a FULL list of ALL the other #MI40University muscle building videos. If you are looking for bodybuilding guidance, videos, workouts, the proper training split to build muscle, see how IFBB PRO Ben Pakulski builds big muscle through the best online program here – For Students Of IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski. Where Savvy Men and Women Come To Build Muscle FAST –

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10 thoughts on “Q&A: Want to Lose Fat? Try this Before You Cut Calories
  1. I just discovered your channel, thank you. I made good use of the bands at home. It’s amazing what new ways you can train when you get creative. Muscle loss is a lot harder than people think!! I’m thankful the gyms are open now though.

  2. Before I even watch, calories in and calories out. Burn more than you take in? Anything else is just over complicating things

  3. what was your workout today?

    "theyre mental, 1 working set, i deconstruct mobility, and look at a global perspective. im interjecting to prevent the breaking. im optimizing the biohacking. we wake up every day. this feels great. break down exercise to foundations"

    So, an entire short story, pontificating, just to explain your daily workout?

    "I trained abs, and traps today"

    Ok bro.

  4. Thank you for the content. Your neuroticism and meticulous approach is now benefitting – – who knows how many people? Your content has been information dense each time I have consumed it

  5. Ben, you’ve helped me tremendously. I’m not where I wanna be, but willing to master mind muscle connection. Focus

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