Dr.Mike Israetel: Fat Loss for Bodybuilding

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Dr. Mike Israetel holds a PhD in Sport Physiology and is currently the Head Science Consultant for Renaissance Periodization. Mike was formerly a professor of Exercise and Sport Science in the School of Public Health at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he taught several courses, including Nutrition for Public Health, Advanced Sports Nutrition, and Exercise, Nutrition and Behavior. He has worked as a consultant on sports nutrition to the U.S. Olympic Training Site in Johnson City, TN and has been an invited speaker at numerous scientific and performance/health conferences, including nutritional seminars at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY. A co-founder of Renaissance Periodization, Mike has coached numerous athletes and busy professionals in both diet and weight training. Originally from Moscow, Russia, Mike is a competitive bodybuilder and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu grappler.

In this podcast, Mike and I discuss fat loss for bodybuilding. Some of the things we discuss are:

(03:20): How big of a deficit do you usually recommend during a fat loss fase?

(13:30): How would you adjust training volume and intensity when diet fatigue starts to build up?

(24:30): What is the longest you recommend people running a fat loss fase before they take a break?

(38:00): Fasted cardio is popular amongst bodybuilders. Do you think they provide any benefits?

(46:20): What strategies do you recommend to keep hunger in check?

(53:40): Are there any supplements that can be of benefit when trying to lose bodyfat?

(57:00): What is the take home message?

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