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The Fit 5

MF's weekly roundup of user-submitted questions
1.) Top-Heavy Training — asked by Ishmael Nicolas Perez

“These people will develop numerous muscle imbalances that will increase their risk of injury. Regardless of what muscles any guy wants to build, he should always train all of them equally. That releases more hormones for overall muscle growth and prevents imbalances that both look bad and lead to problems.” — Sean Hyson
 

2.) Eating for Bulk — asked by Wes Collier

"Your primary concern should just be to eat more. Get more calories in any way you can. Add healthy oils (olive, macadamia nut) to your protein shakes—this will add a lot of calories without your even noticing. Eat plenty of carbs too, primarily from potatoes, sweet potatoes, brown rice, and oats. Aim for 2 to 3 grams of carbs per pound of your body weight per day." — Sean Hyson
 

3.) A Running Question — asked by Zach Gray

"No. Your diet will do most of your fat burning for you if it’s set up right. Limit your carbs to right after you workout. On days you don’t lift, don’t eat any (except for vegetables). Some running (three days a week for 20–45 min) can help you burn fat but more than that could risk over-training. Try running short sprints or jumping rope. Those activities will spare muscle mass while speeding your metabolism." — Sean Hyson
 

4.) Battle of the Bulge — asked by Jason Weaver

"There is no exercise for this. You just need to tighten up your diet more. If you’ve hit a fat-loss plateau, it usually means you need to eat more. Go two or three days eating lots of starches throughout the day. Then go back down to zero carbs (except around your workout). This usually shakes up the metabolism." — Sean Hyson
 

5.) To Eat or Not to Eat — asked by Andrew Davies

"It depends on the workout and your goals. If you just lifted weights and you’re trying to gain muscle size and strength, some KFC is ok. (Don’t forget, you can make moderately healthy choices at fast food restaurants—I.e., you can opt for a chicken salad over a greasy bucket of wings.) If you just did cardio, you can probably wait a few hours until you have better food options. If you lifted weights and your goal is to get lean, bad food isn’t permissible at any time, so just wait til you can eat something better. While it’s true that you need to replenish glycogen and amino acid stores after hard lifting sessions, you don’t absolutely need to do it immediately to make progress. A healthy, balanced meal eaten two hours after a workout is usually a better idea than a fat, starch-laden one 15 minutes afterward." — Sean Hyson

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