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Muscle for Life with Mike Matthews Mike Matthews

    • Fitness
    • 4.7 • 7 Ratings

OVER 18,000,000 DOWNLOADS AND COUNTING!

If you want to know how to build muscle, lose fat, and be healthier, happier, and wiser...faster than you ever thought possible...then this podcast is for you. Hosted by the bestselling author and entrepreneur, Mike Matthews, each episode gives you simple, science-based know-how and inspiration that will help you build your best body and life ever.

Find out more at www.legionathletics.com

    Q&A: Fiber and Counting Carbs, Soy Protein Myths, and Food Combining Diets

    Q&A: Fiber and Counting Carbs, Soy Protein Myths, and Food Combining Diets

    I’ve churned through over 150,000 emails, social media comments and messages, and blog comments in the last 6 years.

    And that means I’ve fielded a ton of questions.

    As you can imagine, some questions pop up more often than others, and I thought it might be helpful to take a little time every month to choose a few and record and share my answers.

    So, in this round, I answer the following three questions:

    1) Do you consider fiber intake in your daily total carbohydrate? 

    2) Should I stay away from soy? 

    3) Should you not combine certain macronutrients in certain meals?

    If you have a question you’d like me to answer, leave a comment below or if you want a faster response, send an email to mike@muscleforlife.com.



    Recommended reading for this episode:

    https://legionathletics.com/how-much-fiber-should-you-get-every-day-and-why/

    https://legionathletics.com/soy-protein-isolate/



    Timestamps:



    0:00 - Intro

    4:59 - Do you consider fiber intake in your daily total carbohydrate?

    8:52 - Should I stay away from soy?

    17:51 - Should you not combine certain macronutrients in certain meals?



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    • 27 min
    Christian Finn on Making Sense of Conflicting Fitness Advice

    Christian Finn on Making Sense of Conflicting Fitness Advice

    Whether you’re totally new to the gym or have plenty of experience, you’ve likely struggled with trying to make sense of conflicting diet, training, and supplementation advice.

    No matter where you go online, for instance, you’re sure to find seemingly-credible people with completely different and often contradictory viewpoints and suggestions.

    Instagram influencer XYZ says the key to losing fat is a keto diet, with a strict 6-hour eating window on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

    But Fitness Blog #532 of Guru Zed claims that studies show you can get ripped eating all of the carbs you’d like on any schedule you’d like. The key, he claims, is you just have to stop eating harmful, gut-destroying lectins found in nutritious foods like tomatoes, potatoes, beans, and peanuts.

    In fact, if you look hard enough in this space, you can find someone with bonafides making a seemingly plausible argument for doing just about anything you can imagine to boost fat loss and muscle growth.

    How do you separate the sheep from the goats? How do you know who to trust?

    That’s exactly what I’m discussing with this episode's podcast guest, Christian Finn. In case you’re not familiar with Christian, he’s a researcher and writer who holds a masters degree in exercise science and is the creator of Muscle Evo and Gutless, a science-backed nutrition system for getting rid of fat. His work has been featured in Men’s Health, Vice, BBC TV, as well as Jonathan Goodman’s PTDC.

    In this episode, we chat about . . .


    The cyclical nature of fads and fitness info

    Why expectations matter and the necessity of accepting diminishing returns

    How to separate the charlatans from the experts

    “Shiny object syndrome”

    When to change your mind and why your views should evolve over time

    When and why to switch training programs

    And more . . .


    So if you’ve ever wondered why there’s so much conflicting advice out there, and how you can be sure you’re not getting hoodwinked, listen to this episode.



    6:43 - How did you use your time during COVID differently?

    15:23 - Where should people start to get more progress?

    22:31 - How does a person separate the wheat from the chaff?

    34:38 - How do you deal with that process of changing your mind?

    39:54 - What are some of the barriers people experience from conflicting ideas on fitness advice? When should someone consider switching training programs?

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    Mentioned on The Show:

    Christian Finn’s Website & Books: https://muscleevo.net/

    Legion VIP One-on-One Coaching: https://legionathletics.com/coaching/

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    • 1 hr
    How to Use the Thermic Effect of Food to Boost Your Metabolism

    How to Use the Thermic Effect of Food to Boost Your Metabolism

    Keep on imagining, because all of this is a mirage.

    The reality is no food can directly cause fat loss.

    (Some foods are more conducive to fat loss than others, but that’s not the same as causing fat loss. More on this soon.)

    “What about foods that boost your metabolism, though?” you might be thinking.

    And that’s what brings us to the topic of this podcast: the thermic effect of food.

    Fitness magazines and “miracle diet” hucksters claim that eating foods with a high thermic effect is the secret to getting the body of your dreams.

    If only it were that simple.

    The thermic effect of food does play a role in your metabolism and weight loss and weight gain, but not in the way that many people would have you believe.

    That is, the foods you eat do affect your metabolism and the speed at which you lose or gain weight, but they aren’t the primary determinants.

    And in this podcast, we’re going to break it all down.

    By the end, you’re going to know what the thermic effect of food is and several science-based ways to use it to help improve your metabolism and achieve your fitness goals.



    4:23 - What is the thermic effect of food?

    8:26 - What happens when you eat and how does it relate to fat burning?

    15:12 - What are the best foods for weight loss?

    20:29 - Does eating more frequently boost your metabolism and help you lose weight faster?

    23:17 - Can you raise the thermic effect of food?



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    • 32 min
    The Definitive Guide to Full-Body Workout Routines

    The Definitive Guide to Full-Body Workout Routines

    Picking a workout routine can feel like picking a political candidate.

    Many people have strong opinions as to which is best and are often quick to denounce all other options.

    For instance, after reading about why the push pull legs routine is the best, you’ll find someone claiming that upper lower routines are better, and then another who plumps for body part training, and so on.

    It shouldn’t be this complicated, you’ve probably thought to yourself. And you’re right. It shouldn’t, and it doesn’t have to be.

    To escape this quagmire, you need to . . .


    Clarify your goals.

    Survey your options and learn their pros and cons.

    Choose the one that’ll help you achieve your ends as efficiently as possible.


    Now, if you’re like most people listening to this podcast, your goals are to build a muscular, proportionate, and strong body and maintain low but healthy levels of body fat.

    At first blush, full-body training would appear to be a perfect fit for the first goal, because, well, it trains every muscle in your body. Plus, it sounds a lot simpler than training different muscle groups every time you work out.

    There are many advocates of full-body workouts who say as much.

    This style of training, they claim, is not only simpler and easier to follow than other kinds of workout routines, but also more effective for gaining whole-body muscle and strength.

    So, if you want to learn the pros and cons of full-body workout routines, whether you should use one, and the best way to program them, you want to listen to this podcast.



    5:31 - What is a full body workout routine?

    10:26 - What are the advantages of full body training?

    17:09 - What are the neurological or the systemic implications of full body training?

    24:10 - Does full body training produce better results?

    33:44 - Who should do full body training?

    38:31 - How can you get the most out of your full body workout?

    40:56 - How do you build a well-designed full body workout?



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    • 47 min
    Bill Campbell on the Future of Exercise Science

    Bill Campbell on the Future of Exercise Science

    If you’re familiar with my books, blog, and even my line of supplements, Legion, you know I’m all about the science, baby!

    Anecdote and experience are useful, of course, but it can be easy to get fooled. There are too many variables at play, and psychological trickery can wreak havoc without us even realizing it.

    That’s where science comes into play. It can give us a more objective look to help us spot real trends and pinpoint mechanisms. And I have a lot of respect for researchers and scientists like Dr. Bill Campbell, who I’m excited to bring onto this episode of the podcast.

    In case you’re not familiar with Dr. Campbell, he’s a professor of Exercise Science and the Director of the Performance & Physique Enhancement Laboratory at the University of South Florida, who’s also published more than 150 scientific papers.

    In other words, Dr. Campbell is busy running studies that test questions with answers we all want to know.

    As the author of several books, including the Sports Nutrition: Enhancing Athletic Performance textbook, he also has an inclination for simplifying complex subjects, which proves particularly practical and useful for “lifestyle bodybuilders” such as myself and many of you listeners.

    In this conversation, Bill and I chat about . . .


    Specific areas where the scientific literature is lacking

    How he’s helping athletic people look and feel even better

    His evidence-based tips for getting from lean to leaner

    Why you might want to eat more protein (even if you already eat a lot)

    Diet breaks

    What he’s currently studying in the lab

    And more . . .


    So if you want to hear from a real physique scientist lab-dweller who’s truly “in the trenches,” press play and let me know what you think!



    5:39 - Where do you think the current literature is light?

    15:33 - What are the best strategies for getting lean and staying lean?

    24:11 - What are the proposed mechanisms for protein intake?

    29:13 - Would you have any recommendations for people wanting to try high protein intake?

    40:16- Would the advice of eating as much as you comfortably can apply to cutting, maintaining, and lean bulking?

    59:42 - What are some of the other questions that are most on your mind? What data you want to get your hands on?

    1:04:38 - Where can people find you and your work?



    Mentioned on The Show:

    Bill Campbell’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/billcampbellphd/

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    You Can't Mess This Up

    You Can't Mess This Up

    This episode is part of a monthly series that I have dubbed “Motivation Monday.”

    (Yes, I know, very creative of me. What can I say, I’m a genius…)

    Seriously though, the idea here is simple:

    One Monday every month, I’m going to post a short and punchy episode that I hope gets you fired up to tackle the workouts, work, and everything else that you have planned for the week ahead.

    As we all know, it’s one thing to know what you want to do, but it’s something else altogether to actually make yourself do it, and I hope that this series gives you a jolt of inspiration, energy, and encouragement to get at it.

    So, if you like what you hear, then make sure to check back for the latest and greatest installment.

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    • 3 min

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