Common Fitness Questions with Simple Answers

After a while working in fitness you realise that the same questions tend to pop up over and over again and a lot of the time they have really simple answers, like this…

I’m always short of my protein target, do you have any advice for making sure I hit them?

Yes, I do.

Eat more protein.

That can be chicken, a tin of tuna, a protein shake . . . whatever you want really as long as it’s protein.

Does eating fat make you fat?


Consistently eating too much food (more calories than yo need) makes you fat.

Will lifting weights make me bulky?


Lifting weights will make you fitter, stronger, healthier and less likely to get injured.

I’m not hungry but I’ve still got calories left to eat, what should I do?

Wait a bit.

Then eat more food.

Or carry those calories over to tomorrow.

2000 calories a day? I never eat that much normally . . . isn’t that too high if I want to lose fat?

Probably not.

If you weigh more than about 70 kilograms and you’ve been steadily gaining weight over the last few months then it's very likely that you've been eating more than 2000 calories a day on a regular basis.

You might think that you haven’t.

But you probably have.

Can I have carbs after 7pm and still lose fat?


Being in a calorie deficit is the main factor that determines fat loss not the what time you eat a bagel.

I’m training hard but can’t seem to gain any muscle, what should I do?

Eat more.

You need to consistently be in a calorie surplus to build muscle.

If you’re training hard and not growing then you’re not eating enough.

I hardly eat anything but still gain weight, do I have a slow metabolism?

No, almost certainly not.

This woman also thought she had a slow metabolism.

She didn’t.

She was just eating way more food than she thought she was.

This is very common…

Should I do cardio?

Yes, but only if you want to.

What’s the best time to train?

The time that is most practical for you.

What supplements do I need?

You don’t need any.

Whey protein, creatine and vitamin D have proven benefits though.

What’s the best fat burner?

A calorie deficit and lifting weights NOT some shit tablet with cayenne pepper and green tea in.

I could go on but that’ll do for today.

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Mike Waywell