Why Most Fat Loss Diets Fail: And Two Better Options

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Tell me if this sounds familiar: You scan the gram, flip through TV, or stumble into your local supplement store and hear about the “next great diet.”

You’re hot to trot and ready to get dick skin shredded.

This is the time. Women won’t be able to help but swipe right on your bumble profile and you’ll be stronger, leaner, and more confident.

Until “this” diet ends up like all the rest.

You make  4,8, or even 12 weeks, but fall back into old habits. All the weight you lost?

It comes back after a weeklong binge on nachos, beer, and burgers.

Rinse, repeat. If you’ve fallen prey to the same hypy diet bullshit, I hear you.

What I’m going to do is provide you some help to build a sustainable fat loss plan and look good naked for good.

The Biggest Problem With Most Fat Loss Diets

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The biggest reason diets fail they neglect to factor in the human element–you.

You’re told you can’t “eat” specific food groups or whole foods like bread.

You must eat breakfast if you want to lose weight.

They say you can’t enjoy a cocktail or burger.

And if you swing by Chipotle after 8:00 PM? Well damn, you will gain weight, or so we’re told. You may as well stay home, eat plain popcorn,  and watch jeopardy with your aunt, Mary.

Or not. To adopt a healthy lifestyle and get lean for good you need to make gradual changes. You need a style of diet that improves your life, rather than consumes it.

Change One Habit At A Time

Depending on which research you read, it takes anywhere from 21 days to six months to change one habit.

One!

The mistake most guys make is trying to change too many habits at once.

You want to drink more water.

You want to eat more vegetables.

You want to switch to light beer and grilled chicken instead of IPA’s and fried chicken while watching Football.

Whatever the case, you need to focus on one thing at a time. Here’s one powerful strategy my clients use to adopt long-term, healthy habits:

Buy a paper calendar. Write one simple goal on the calendar for 21 straight days. Look at the calendar every morning. Check off the calendar every night. After 21 days, you’ll have a new habit–or at least be on your way.

Add another habit and continue to improve. Here is a list of habits to pick from:

-Eat a vegetable with each meal

-Take a greens supplement or fish oil each morning

-Drinking half your body weight in oz of water. If you weigh 200 lbs, that’s 100oz

-Drink a protein shake between meals

Start a morning routine

Small habits compound over time. You might feel like you can handle more. Don’t Start small. If you stay with this plan over the course of one year, you’ll adopt 17 new habits–plenty to completely transform your body.

Consider Intermittent Fasting

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Intermittent fasting is a popular diet strategy based around limiting the time frame you’re allowed to eat, like 16 hours without food followed by an eight-hour eating window. Popularized by Martin Berkhan and the Lean Gains method, intermittent fasting has exploded over the years and rightly so…because it works.

But going to blow smoke up your ass and tell you intermittent fasting is magic.

Still, most of my clients are busy men who want to lose fat and look great without obsessing over fitness. Here’s why it works so well for them:

Intermittent fasting makes it easier to eat at a caloric deficit.

At the surface, a caloric deficit is the most critical factor in losing fat. Therefore, any eating style that makes it convenient for you to stick to a caloric deficit is going to work wonders.

You can eat bigger meals.

Since you’re eating in a condensed time frame, say, 2:00 pm-10:00 pm, you’ll be able to eat larger, more satiating meals. I’d prefer to eat 1-2 big meals, enjoy my food, and still look great rather than pick at my food like a vulture.

Still, have a life while losing fat.

The biggest reason most guys fail to lose fat is it handcuffs too many aspects of their life.

I’ve had clients complain of marital issues because “they have to eat small meals” to lose weight or eat differently from their wife or girlfriend, causing friction.

Other times, guys need to close business deals over dinner and drinks. They can’t afford to be totting Tupperware to a steakhouse and eating like a starved bodybuilder.

In both instances, intermittent fasting can be a godsend. It allows you to stay in a caloric deficit to lose fat, while simultaneously allowing you to enjoy the social aspects of eating.

Making a Plan Of Action

So, what do you do next?

First, pick out one habit.

Second, if you’re interested in intermittent fasting, pick up this BroBible approved intermittent fasting cheatsheet.

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The Undertaker Told Some Must-Hear Stories In A Very Rare Out-Of-Character, Half-Hour Interview

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Undertaker Out Of Character Interview Stories

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WWE legend The Undertaker, real name Mark Calaway, doesn’t give many interviews. Like, ever. Especially interviews where is out-of-character. Which makes this recent half-hour interview where he told some great stories about his life and 34-year career in wrestling to Pastor Ed Young extremely special.

One of the topics Calaway and Young discussed were today’s wrestlers and how they go about their business.

“The athletes today, they’re off the chart. It’s just ridiculous how athletically talented the men and women are, for that matter. But they rely… see, wrestling and sports entertainment, it’s not about the moves — it really isn’t — it’s being able to evoke emotion in one facet or another,” he began to explain.

“You have to either make people love you, or you have to make them hate you. Either way, and it doesn’t matter really which one,” Calaway continued. “Certain people like to be hated and other people like to be loved. But if you can’t bring that emotion out of your audience, you’re not going to have them for long.

“A lot of times what happens with these young guys is they’re so athletic, they’re so gifted, they’ll do some kind of double crazy back flip off the top rope and land on somebody on the floor and then that’s what the audience takes away from it: ‘this guy does crazy stuff.’ Well, you can only see that so many times before you’re like ‘I’ve seen that. I need something new,’” he explained. “And that’s the position they sometimes back themselves into. They have to keep upping the ante. And when you up the ante like that, then you increase your potential for injuries — catastrophic injuries at that — so characters, guys like The Rock, Cena, Flair, all those guys like that, they had the ability to either make you love them or make you hate them.”

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Later in the interview, Calaway was asked what it’s like being such a publicly-recognizable figure, especially when he travels, which is quite often.

“Yeah, it’s kind of hard to hide. It really is. You know and the sleeves (tattoos). Even if they’re not wrestling fans it doesn’t take too many removals to find somebody who that person knows who is a wrestling fan,” he said with a chuckle. “So normally, your size it’s like, ‘Wow that’s a big dude, I wonder if he plays football… oh wait a minute… that’s the Grave Digger.’”

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“So for years there, like I said, I kind of lived the character so it was ‘this guy’ everywhere, right?” he said pointing to a picture of The Undertaker. “It was like if they came up to me it would be different, but I tried to give them that aura, like, ‘don’t mess with him because he may drop you where you stand,’ right?”

Now, in the age of the selfie and with knowledge that wrestling is an act, people are less fearful.

“I try to be as accommodating as I can unless my kids are with me. I try to be as polite as I can,” he said. “I don’t want my kids’ pictures taken. I don’t want them on social media… really protective of that. I say, ‘hey my family is with me, normally I would but I can’t take pictures because it causes… you know.’ And most people understand that and respect it.”

And that’s the the tip of the iceberg in this lengthy, very rare, very interesting conversation with one of professional wrestling’s all time greats. Check the entire interview out below.

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Smart aliens might live within 33,000 light-years of Earth. A new study explains why we haven’t found them yet.

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  • The universe has so many galaxies, stars, planets, and moons that many scientists believe intelligent aliens should exist within detectable range of Earth.
  • Still, human searches for extraterrestrial intelligence have yet to detect any alien signal or "technosignature."
  • A new study suggests this may be because we’ve searched just 0.00000000000000058% of a "cosmic haystack" in our hunt for an alien "needle."
  • There’s no guarantee that exhaustive searches would ever find aliens, though.

The cosmos almost screams with the possibility of intelligent alien life.

Hundreds of billions of galaxies drift through the visible universe, each one harboring hundreds of billions of stars, and each of those stars in turn shelters roughly a handful of planets. Even if the trillion-or-so planets in every galaxy aren’t habitable, countless water-rich moons orbiting these lifeless worlds might be.

And yet, in spite of these numbers, humans have yet to identify any signals from intelligent aliens. The prescient question that physicist Enrico Fermi posed in 1950 — "where is everybody?" — remains unanswered.

However, an upcoming study in The Astronomical Journal, which we learned about from MIT Technology Review, suggests humanity has barely sampled the skies, and thus has no grounds to be cynical.

According to the paper, all searches for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI, have examined barely a swimming pool’s worth of water from a figurative ocean of signal space.

"We haven’t really looked much," Shubham Kanodia, a graduate student in astronomy who co-wrote the study, said during a NASA "technosignatures" workshop in Houston, Texas on September 26.

The study suggests that somewhere in that ocean of space — right now, within the Milky Way galaxy — intelligent aliens might be saying, "hello, we are here."

But we’d have no way of knowing, at least not yet.

Defining a ‘cosmic haystack’ in the search for aliens

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Over the past 60 years, multiple SETI projects have looked and continue to look for alien signals. Some scan large swaths of the sky for powerful signals, while others target individual star systems for weaker signals.

Yet aside from a few anomaly signals that never repeated (like the "Wow!" detection of 1977), these searches have turned up empty-handed.

Kanodia and his colleagues at Penn State University wanted to know how much of the figurative "cosmic haystack" SETI projects have covered, and to what extent they could improve the hunt for the alien "needle."

The group agrees with famous SETI astronomer Jill Tarter, who said in 2010 that it’s silly to conclude intelligent aliens do not exist nearby just because we haven’t yet found their beacons. Even if such signals exist and are aimed right at Earth, her thinking goes, we’ve scanned so little of the sky and may not be looking for the right type of signal, or for long enough, to find them.

"Suppose I tell you there’s a cool thing happening in Houston right now," Kanodia said during his NASA talk. "I do not tell you where it is. I do not tell you when it is happening. I do not tell you what it is. Is it in a book store? Is it a music concert? I give you absolutely no priors. It would be a difficult thing to try and find it."

He added: "Houston, we have a problem. We do not know what we’re looking for … and we don’t know where to start."

milky way galaxy sun solar system earth location nasa labeled 2In their study, Kanodia and his colleagues built a mathematical model of what they consider a reasonably sized cosmic haystack.

Their haystack is a sphere of space nearly 33,000 light-years in diameter, centered around Earth. This region captures the Milky Way’s bustling core, as well as many giant globular clusters of stars above and below our home galaxy.

They also picked eight dimensions of a search for aliens — factors like signal transmission frequency, bandwidth, power, location, repetition, polarization, and modulation (i.e. complexity) — and defined reasonable limits for each one.

"This leads to a total 8D haystack volume of 6.4 × 10116 m5Hz2 s/W," the authors wrote.

That is 6.4 followed by 115 zeros — as MIT Technology review described it, "a space of truly gargantuan proportions."

How much of this haystack have we searched?

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Kanodia and his colleagues then examined the past 60 years’ worth of SETI projects and reconciled them against their haystack.

The researchers determined that humanity’s collective search for extraterrestrials adds up to about 0.00000000000000058% of the haystack’s volume.

"This is about a bathtub of water in all of Earth’s oceans," Kanodia said. "Or about a five-centimeter-by-five-centimeter patch of land on all of Earth’s surface area."

Those numbers make humanity’s search efforts seem feeble. But Kanodia views it as an opportunity — especially because modern telescopes are getting better at scanning more objects with greater sensitivity and speed. For example, he said, a 150-minute search this year by the Murchison Widefield Array covered a larger percentage of the haystack than any other SETI project in history.

"That’s the purpose of this haystack … to help better-inform future search strategies," Kanodia said.

He also noted that the team’s calculations assume there is only one alien civilization within range of Earth, and not any more than that. But more than one may exist relatively close by.

"In the ocean analogy, we do not have to drain the entire ocean to find a fish," he said. "In the Houston analogy, if there were two cool things, you wouldn’t have to look as hard."

Still, there’s no guarantee that a figurative fish or needle or cool thing is out there at all.

Another group of scientists, this one at Oxford University, recently took a different approach to the question of aliens. Instead of focusing on the likelihood of finding "technosignatures" that could be detected, they examined the likelihood that intelligent alien life exists at all.

The Oxford researchers examined dozens of authoritative studies about variables in the Drake Equation. The team then analyzed the results and calculated a bleak 2-in-5 chance that humans may be entirely alone in the Milky Way galaxy.

There’s also a more unsettling possibility: Perhaps aliens do exist nearby but don’t want us to find them.

SEE ALSO: 27 of the most iconic, jaw-dropping photos of the Earth and the moon from space

SEE ALSO: An alien hunter explains why extraterrestrial visitors are unlikely — despite the US government’s UFO evidence

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Watch this stunning timelapse of Californian SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch

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Last December, we featured a timelapse from photographer and filmmaker Jesse Watson. The timelapse was of the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch near Yuma, Arizona. Well, a couple of nights ago, another one launched and landed from California – the first time Elon’s launched and landed in California. Jesse went out to capture it again and this one’s just as incredible as the last.

Jesse spoke to DIYP and gave us a little more background into how the sequence was made. He shot the images from Glamis at the Imperial Sand Dunes in California. He went out there about an hour before the launch.

Four cameras were used in total, a mixture of Nikon D810 and Sony A6500 cameras. Three were shooting timelapse while the fourth was shooting regular video. The final timelapse is made up of 1,169 individual frames taken in sequence during the event.

The post work was all done using Lightroom, After Effects an Premiere Pro – the usual Adobe trilogy for timelapse.

It’s a beautiful final result, especially with the sky being lit up by the rocket’s trail beyond the silhouette of dark clouds.

Here’s to many more successful launches, and many more timelapses from Jesse! You can check out more of Jesse’s work on his website, Facebook and Instagram.

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