Wits & Weights | Smart Science to Build Muscle and Lose Fat

Philip Pape, Evidence-Based Nutrition Coach & Fat Loss Expert

For skeptics of the fitness industry who want to work smarter, not harder. Wits & Weights cuts through the noise and deconstructs health and fitness with an engineering mindset to help you build a strong, lean physique without the BS.

Nutrition coach Philip Pape explores time-efficient strength training, nutrition, and lifestyle strategies to optimize your body composition sustainably. Simple. Science-based. No fads, no gimmicks, just evidence-based info you can trust. That's why they call him the Physique Engineer.

From restrictive fad diets to ineffective workouts and hyped-up supplements, there's no shortage of lies and half-truths designed to keep you confused and spending your hard-earned cash (and time) on stuff that doesn't work.

But getting in the best shape of your life doesn't have to be complicated or time-consuming. By using your WITS and lifting WEIGHTS, you can build muscle, lose stubborn fat, and achieve your dream physique. We bring you smart, time-efficient strategies for movement, metabolism, muscle, and mindset.

If you're ready to separate fact from fiction, learn what actually works, and join a tribe of truth-seekers who are done with the hype and ready to put in the intelligent work, hit that "follow" button and let's engineer your best physique ever.

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Episodes

Ep 175: The "Big Is Beautiful" Movement, Obesity, and Heart Health with Dr. Tiffany Di Pietro
2d ago
Ep 175: The "Big Is Beautiful" Movement, Obesity, and Heart Health with Dr. Tiffany Di Pietro
Is big really beautiful? What's the connection between LDL and coronary disease? How can someone who looks healthy have high cholesterol? What's the key to optimal heart health?In this episode, Philip's (@witsandweights) special guest is Dr. Tiffany Di Pietro, a triple board-certified cardiologist, internal medicine specialist, and nuclear cardiologist. Dr. Di Pietro discusses the "Big Is Beautiful" movement, obesity, and heart health. She also discusses various topics, including monitoring health markers, understanding LDL and saturated fats, mental health, high cholesterol, weight loss, and more. She also shares best practices for nutrition and exercise.Dr. Tiffany Di Pietro graduated from Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology at 19. She became the youngest graduate of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Di Pietro is passionate about educating the public about health, nutrition, and disease prevention. Her approach to healthcare is infectious positivity, and the rule she lives by is: BE NICE. Today, you’ll learn all about:0:00 Intro3:03 Debunking heart disease myths and the importance of preventative measures6:07 What health markers should be monitored7:32 The importance of understanding LDL in preventing coronary disease12:36 Threshold for saturated fats, and measuring inflammatory markers17:57 The significance of calcium scores and fiber21:56 Resistance training for heart health, especially for women23:41 How much walking affects cardiovascular health26:37 The impact of mental health on cardiovascular well-being29:01 Typical causes of high cholesterol in people who appear to be healthy30:26 Is big beautiful and/or healthy?36:06 Advice for someone struggling to lose weight41:54 Dr. Di Pietro’s "be nice" philosophy 44:18 Does genetically elevated LDL in perimenopause predispose you to higher cardiovascular risk?45:41 Testosterone and cardiovascular health concerns49:52 What question did Dr. Di Pietro wish Philip had asked54:29 Where to find Dr. Di Pietro55:01 OutroEpisode resources:Dr. Di Pietro's IG:  @drtiffanydipietro and @dipietrohealth/ Website: DiPietroHealth.com Send me a question for Q&A!Support the Show.🎓 Join Wits & Weights Physique University 👩‍💻 Schedule a FREE nutrition/training audit with Philip👥 Join our Facebook community for live Q&As & support✉️ Join the FREE email list with insider strategies and bonus content!📱 Try MacroFactor for free with code WITSANDWEIGHTS. The only food logging app that adjusts to your metabolism!🩷 Enjoyed this episode? Share it on social and follow/tag @witsandweights🤩 Love the podcast? Leave a 5-star review📞 Send a Q&A voicemail
Quick Wits: My Favorite Macro and Metabolism Calculator
3d ago
Quick Wits: My Favorite Macro and Metabolism Calculator
Today, I want to introduce you to my favorite tool for dialing in my nutrition and reaching my physique goals: MacroFactor.This app is a total game-changer when it comes to tracking your macros, monitoring your progress, and getting personalized recommendations to help you lose fat, build muscle, or maintain your results.I explain all the features and what separates MacroFactor from others like MyFitnessPal, Chronometer, RP, and Carbon. It's on a completely different playing field in its ability to adapt to you and your metabolism.Here's the FREE video mentioned in the episode:📺 How to Setup MacroFactor the First Time--“Quick Wits” are short mini-episodes between full episodes to give you an actionable strategy or hit of motivation.These mini-episodes give you practical advice on fitness, training, and mindset based on my everyday experience with clients that you can implement right away.If you enjoy these bonus episodes or have feedback on how to make them better, just send me a message on IG @witsandweights or hit me up in the free Wits & Weights Facebook community.Send me a question for Q&A!Support the Show.🎓 Join Wits & Weights Physique University 👩‍💻 Schedule a FREE nutrition/training audit with Philip👥 Join our Facebook community for live Q&As & support✉️ Join the FREE email list with insider strategies and bonus content!📱 Try MacroFactor for free with code WITSANDWEIGHTS. The only food logging app that adjusts to your metabolism!🩷 Enjoyed this episode? Share it on social and follow/tag @witsandweights🤩 Love the podcast? Leave a 5-star review📞 Send a Q&A voicemail
Ep 174: Q&A - Partial Reps for More Muscle, Too Much Cardio for Fat Loss, Lose Weight Not Muscle
5d ago
Ep 174: Q&A - Partial Reps for More Muscle, Too Much Cardio for Fat Loss, Lose Weight Not Muscle
Do you feel stuck in a weight loss rut? Do you want to maximize fat loss without sacrificing muscle gains? Are you confused about whether partial reps are worth it or just a waste of time? Today, Philip (@witsandweights) answers questions from Jonathan and Matt sent to the Fanlist voice message inbox. They were curious about optimizing training and nutrition for fat loss and muscle growth. You’ll discover whether incorporating partial reps can effectively build more muscle mass and how to do so intelligently in your training routine. Additionally, Philip dives into the ideal amount and type of cardio to maximize fat loss without compromising your hard-earned gains. Plus, you’ll learn proven strategies for overcoming weight loss plateaus while preserving lean muscle tissue. If you’d like to have your question answered on a future episode and receive a shout-out, you can either leave a voice message in the Fanlist inbox or send a text message.Today, you’ll learn all about:2:28 What should I do to break through a weight loss plateau after losing 40 lbs since January?  I'm 5'8", currently 220 lbs, lifting 4-5x/week and jogging 3-4x/week. Should I ditch cardio to have more time/energy for lifting? How much more weight is realistic to lose by August without losing muscle?18:22 What's your opinion on partial reps? Are they beneficial for muscle growth or a waste of time?31:43 OutroEpisode resources:Submit a voice message for the next Q&ARelated Episodes:Ep 170: How Fast Should You Lose Weight for Fat Loss?Ep 145: Bryan Boorstein on Failure Training, Intensity, Home Gyms, Specialization, and CardioSend me a question for Q&A!Support the Show.🎓 Join Wits & Weights Physique University 👩‍💻 Schedule a FREE nutrition/training audit with Philip👥 Join our Facebook community for live Q&As & support✉️ Join the FREE email list with insider strategies and bonus content!📱 Try MacroFactor for free with code WITSANDWEIGHTS. The only food logging app that adjusts to your metabolism!🩷 Enjoyed this episode? Share it on social and follow/tag @witsandweights🤩 Love the podcast? Leave a 5-star review📞 Send a Q&A voicemail
Quick Wits: Rethinking Exercise and Energy Expenditure for Fat Loss (Herman Pontzer's Constrained Model)
6d ago
Quick Wits: Rethinking Exercise and Energy Expenditure for Fat Loss (Herman Pontzer's Constrained Model)
Today, we're diving into a topic that has the potential to revolutionize the way we think about weight loss and energy balance: the constrained model of energy expenditure, as proposed by evolutionary anthropologist Herman Pontzer.If you're like most people, you've probably heard the old adage that weight loss is simply a matter of "calories in, calories out." This idea, known as the additive model, suggests that our bodies burn energy in a linear fashion, and that by either reducing our calorie intake or increasing our energy expenditure through exercise, we can create a calorie deficit and lose weight.But what if this model is overly simplistic and doesn't actually reflect the complex realities of human physiology?This episode peels back the layers of metabolism and physical activity, as we examine the startling notion that our bodies aim to maintain THE SAME LEVEL of energy output, no matter how much we move.We'll explore why an uptick in exercise doesn't always translate to the expected calorie deficit and how our bodies compensate in surprising ways. Learn how to navigate this intricate dance of calories and master your physiological responses to achieve physical self-mastery.--“Quick Wits” are short mini-episodes between full episodes to give you an actionable strategy or hit of motivation.These mini-episodes give you practical advice on fitness, training, and mindset based on my everyday experience with clients that you can implement right away.If you enjoy these bonus episodes or have feedback on how to make them better, just send me a message on IG @witsandweights or hit me up in the free Wits & Weights Facebook community.Send me a question for Q&A!Support the Show.🎓 Join Wits & Weights Physique University 👩‍💻 Schedule a FREE nutrition/training audit with Philip👥 Join our Facebook community for live Q&As & support✉️ Join the FREE email list with insider strategies and bonus content!📱 Try MacroFactor for free with code WITSANDWEIGHTS. The only food logging app that adjusts to your metabolism!🩷 Enjoyed this episode? Share it on social and follow/tag @witsandweights🤩 Love the podcast? Leave a 5-star review📞 Send a Q&A voicemail
Weekend Q&A: Whey vs. Plant Protein, Essential Amino Acids, Too Much Protein Myth
May 18 2024
Weekend Q&A: Whey vs. Plant Protein, Essential Amino Acids, Too Much Protein Myth
Today we're answering a question about protein intake and supplementation. We'll cover the differences between protein sources, optimal timing, and what happens if you exceed your target intake.Veronica asked 5 sub-questions:Does every Whey Protein Isolate contain all essential amino acids?Are Essential Amino Acids supplements needed if one meets the daily protein intake from animal protein?Would plant protein have the same effect?Would it matter or would it be better if I take most my protein in my breakfast and dinner and not so high at lunch?What happens in the body if I go above the target protein intake? Will my body use it or store it? Can glycogen be converted to glucose?Get the answers in today's Weekend Q&A bonus episode.---This is a special Weekend Q&A edition of the Wits & Weights podcast, where we supercharge your Saturdays with an answer to one burning question so YOU can put it into action this weekend.These questions are taken from the Friday LIVE #AskPhilip thread in our free Wits & Weights Facebook community. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the endless amount of information and, let’s be honest, MISinformation online and just want a straight up answer without the jargon, that’s what this free service is for.With the LIVE Friday #AskPhilip thread, you can post a specific question relevant to your unique, individual situation that week and have it answered live by me on Friday. If you’d like to experience it yourself, I invite you to use the link in the show notes to join the Wits & Weights Facebook group. It’s totally free and you’ll quickly find out what a positive and supportive community it is.Join our FREE community here to get access to the #AskPhilip thread!Send me a question for Q&A!Support the Show.🎓 Join Wits & Weights Physique University 👩‍💻 Schedule a FREE nutrition/training audit with Philip👥 Join our Facebook community for live Q&As & support✉️ Join the FREE email list with insider strategies and bonus content!📱 Try MacroFactor for free with code WITSANDWEIGHTS. The only food logging app that adjusts to your metabolism!🩷 Enjoyed this episode? Share it on social and follow/tag @witsandweights🤩 Love the podcast? Leave a 5-star review📞 Send a Q&A voicemail
Ep 173: Why Mindset Alone Won't Solve Your Food and Hormone Struggles with Tanja Shaw
May 17 2024
Ep 173: Why Mindset Alone Won't Solve Your Food and Hormone Struggles with Tanja Shaw
Are you feeling overwhelmed with dieting struggles? Do you think you have the right mindset, but it doesn't seem to be working? Discover when mindset isn’t enough and the secret to supercharging it for your health goals.Today, Philip (@witsandweights) brings on Tanja Shaw, a seasoned Functional Health Coach, Kinesiologist, and weight loss expert dedicated to helping women overcome their struggles with food and achieve a healthy weight without obsession. Tanja owns Ascend Fitness + Lifestyle in Chilliwack, BC, and is the voice behind the popular Fit + Vibrant You Podcast. Philip invited Tanja to share a unique perspective on mindset: the idea that mindset is NOT everything. This challenges the popular belief that mindset is everything. They explore the limitations of the “mind over matter” approach and advocate for a balanced strategy that integrates mental and physical health. You’ll learn how thoughts and emotions impact hormonal balance and discover practical techniques to shift your mindset. Tanja brings a wealth of knowledge from her hands-on experience with functional lab testing, personalized wellness protocols, and mindset coaching. She helps her clients thrive by addressing not just what they do but how they think and what they believe about themselves and the world.Find out why mindset isn’t everything and how combining it with an understanding of body science is key to not just achieving but LOVING your health results.Today, you’ll learn all about:2:44 Definition and relevance of "mind over matter" in health and fitness7:19 Practical techniques for mindset shifts22:58 Impact of thoughts and emotions on hormonal balance33:27 Mindset strategies to change and improve stress39:17 The benefits and disadvantages of having an optimism bias44:05 Where is mindset alone insufficient47:28 Predictive biomarkers in functional lab testing and their impact on mindset coaching49:07 The role of outdoor activities in promoting mental and physical well-being52:38 The question Tanja wished Philip had asked53:18 Where to reach Tanja53:45 OutroEpisode resources:Podcast: Fit + Vibrant You Website: tanjashaw.com/Instagram: @tanja_shaw Facebook: Send me a question for Q&A!Support the Show.🎓 Join Wits & Weights Physique University 👩‍💻 Schedule a FREE nutrition/training audit with Philip👥 Join our Facebook community for live Q&As & support✉️ Join the FREE email list with insider strategies and bonus content!📱 Try MacroFactor for free with code WITSANDWEIGHTS. The only food logging app that adjusts to your metabolism!🩷 Enjoyed this episode? Share it on social and follow/tag @witsandweights🤩 Love the podcast? Leave a 5-star review📞 Send a Q&A voicemail
Quick Wits: Compound Lifts are the Foundation of Your Strength Training
May 16 2024
Quick Wits: Compound Lifts are the Foundation of Your Strength Training
Want to build serious strength and muscle mass in the most efficient way possible?Today, we're talking about the importance of compound lifts and why they should be the foundation of your strength training routine.Join me on today's Quick Wits as I explain what compound lifts are, why they should be the foundation of your strength training program, and how to prioritize them for maximum results.We walk through the essentials of squats, deadlifts, bench presses, and more, explaining how these multi-muscle group exercises provide the most bang for your workout buck. By engaging multiple joints and muscle groups, compound lifts maximize force and muscle overload, setting the stage for formidable gains in both strength and size. Discover how compound exercises improve your coordination, stability, mobility, and motor control, ensuring that your strength training has real-world applications. We're here to build a foundation for a robust and active life, ensuring that you remain strong and functional at any age. Tune in to fortify your workout routine and your day-to-day resilience with the power of compound lifts!--“Quick Wits” are short mini-episodes between full episodes to give you an actionable strategy or hit of motivation.These mini-episodes give you practical advice on fitness, training, and mindset based on my everyday experience with clients that you can implement right away.If you enjoy these bonus episodes or have feedback on how to make them better, just send me a message on IG @witsandweights or hit me up in the free Wits & Weights Facebook community.Send me a question for Q&A!Support the Show.🎓 Join Wits & Weights Physique University 👩‍💻 Schedule a FREE nutrition/training audit with Philip👥 Join our Facebook community for live Q&As & support✉️ Join the FREE email list with insider strategies and bonus content!📱 Try MacroFactor for free with code WITSANDWEIGHTS. The only food logging app that adjusts to your metabolism!🩷 Enjoyed this episode? Share it on social and follow/tag @witsandweights🤩 Love the podcast? Leave a 5-star review📞 Send a Q&A voicemail
Ep 172: The Top 15 Reasons NOT to Start a Diet Right Now (If You Want Sustainable Fat Loss)
May 14 2024
Ep 172: The Top 15 Reasons NOT to Start a Diet Right Now (If You Want Sustainable Fat Loss)
Have you ever wondered what’s sabotaging your fat loss? Could it be one of these common scenarios? Should you start your fat-loss diet now?Today, Philip (@witsandweights) breaks down the roadblocks to achieving your fat loss goals. He explores the top 15 reasons why dieting may not be the best decision right now. He highlights a range of scenarios that can hinder your fat loss efforts, emphasizing the need to address these factors before starting a calorie deficit. From high stress levels and poor sleep quality to inadequate nutrition and inconsistent training, each reason is thoroughly dissected to guide you toward sustainable fat loss. Philip also emphasizes the importance of mental health, supportive environments, and life events that can influence your success in a dieting phase. He discusses considerations such as hormonal imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, and significant life transitions, providing a holistic view of the potential challenges you may encounter on your weight loss journey. He encourages you to assess your current circumstances, manage stressors, and have contingency plans ready to navigate challenges effectively. Today, you’ll learn all about:0:00 Intro3:00 High stress levels4:00 Low sleep quality5:03 Poor nutrition8:58 Inconsistent training10:44 Injury or illness12:23 Pregnancy or breastfeeding13:45 Prioritizing mental health15:58 Unsupportive environments17:07 Underlying hormonal imbalances18:13 Nutrient deficiencies19:02 Upcoming major life event21:30 History of eating disorders23:13 Period of intense training25:14 Significant life transition27:20 Medication side effects cause weight gain31:28 OutroEpisode resources:Watch this FREE video on how to setup MacroFactor for body recomp and try MacroFactor FREE with my code WITSANDWEIGHTSRelated episode:Ep 170: How Fast Should You Lose Weight for Fat Loss?Send me a question for Q&A!Support the Show.🎓 Join Wits & Weights Physique University 👩‍💻 Schedule a FREE nutrition/training audit with Philip👥 Join our Facebook community for live Q&As & support✉️ Join the FREE email list with insider strategies and bonus content!📱 Try MacroFactor for free with code WITSANDWEIGHTS. The only food logging app that adjusts to your metabolism!🩷 Enjoyed this episode? Share it on social and follow/tag @witsandweights🤩 Love the podcast? Leave a 5-star review📞 Send a Q&A voicemail
Quick Wits: The 2500 Calorie Rule for Gaining Weight to Build Muscle
May 13 2024
Quick Wits: The 2500 Calorie Rule for Gaining Weight to Build Muscle
Want to pack on muscle mass but confused about how many extra calories you need?Today, we're diving into a crucial concept for anyone looking to gain weight and build muscle: the 2500 calorie rule. You might have heard of the 3500 calorie rule for fat loss, which states that a deficit of 3500 calories is needed to lose 1 pound of body fat.But when it comes to gaining weight and building muscle, the equation looks a bit different. You see, muscle tissue is much denser than fat tissue, which means that gaining one pound of muscle requires a different calorie surplus than gaining one pound of fat.===> Get the FREE Muscle-Building Nutrition Blueprint mentioned in the episodeJoin me on today's Quick Wits as I break down the science behind the 2500 calorie rule for gaining weight and building muscle effectively.Or go to witsandweights.com/free for all our free guides.--“Quick Wits” are short mini-episodes between full episodes to give you an actionable strategy or hit of motivation.These mini-episodes give you practical advice on fitness, training, and mindset based on my everyday experience with clients that you can implement right away.If you enjoy these bonus episodes or have feedback on how to make them better, just send me a message on IG @witsandweights or hit me up in the free Wits & Weights Facebook community.Send me a question for Q&A!Support the Show.🎓 Join Wits & Weights Physique University 👩‍💻 Schedule a FREE nutrition/training audit with Philip👥 Join our Facebook community for live Q&As & support✉️ Join the FREE email list with insider strategies and bonus content!📱 Try MacroFactor for free with code WITSANDWEIGHTS. The only food logging app that adjusts to your metabolism!🩷 Enjoyed this episode? Share it on social and follow/tag @witsandweights🤩 Love the podcast? Leave a 5-star review📞 Send a Q&A voicemail
Bonus Episode: Your Low-Carb Diet Might Be Sabotaging Your Fat Loss Goals
May 11 2024
Bonus Episode: Your Low-Carb Diet Might Be Sabotaging Your Fat Loss Goals
This conversation is from my appearance on The Healthification Podcast hosted by Kate Galli.Kate invited me on her show to  discuss becoming the strongest, leanest, healthiest version of yourself without dieting. We dug into the common mistakes smart people make when they're not using their wits to build their best body. I shared insights on the importance of minimum effective dose to achieve health and fitness results, and the surprising factors that can increase or decrease your metabolism to make fat loss easier, without restrictive dieting.We also discussed what to do instead of constantly dieting to achieve sustainable results. I provided strategies for busting through weight loss plateaus and how we can work with our human nature instead of fighting against it. We also touched on whether low-carb diets may be holding people back from getting lean.Enjoy my conversation with Kate Galli! Episode resources:The Healthification Podcast with Kate GalliEp 163: The Most Important, Overlooked Secret to Sculpting a Body You'll Love with Kate GalliSend me a question for Q&A!Support the Show.🎓 Join Wits & Weights Physique University 👩‍💻 Schedule a FREE nutrition/training audit with Philip👥 Join our Facebook community for live Q&As & support✉️ Join the FREE email list with insider strategies and bonus content!📱 Try MacroFactor for free with code WITSANDWEIGHTS. The only food logging app that adjusts to your metabolism!🩷 Enjoyed this episode? Share it on social and follow/tag @witsandweights🤩 Love the podcast? Leave a 5-star review📞 Send a Q&A voicemail
Ep 171: Big Butts, Strong Butts, We Love Them All! How to Train Your Glutes with Sue Bush
May 10 2024
Ep 171: Big Butts, Strong Butts, We Love Them All! How to Train Your Glutes with Sue Bush
Are you dreaming of having the perfect glutes? Have you ever wondered how your diet and genes influence the shape of your butt? Ready to find out the most effective workout routines and strategies to sculpt your dream glutes?In this exciting episode, Philip (@witsandweights) welcomes Sue Bush, the co-owner of Physique Development, a certified personal trainer, fitness nutritionist, and competitive physique athlete. Sue, a co-contributor to the March issue of Body By Science, joins Philip to discuss a topic that’s sure to interest many - how to develop a shapely, firm, and functional butt. She explains why we’re so fascinated with glutes, the benefits of glute development beyond aesthetics, and the most effective strategies for optimal results. Sue also shares insights on the role of nutrition, genetics, and individual response in glute development, providing practical tips for different ages and equipment availability.Sue’s journey in the fitness industry began in 2017, and she has since earned multiple certifications and competed in physique competitions for four seasons. With her passion for empowering women to prioritize their health and fitness, Sue specializes in helping individuals make sustainable lifestyle changes that align with their goals and schedules. Together with her husband, Alex Bush, and the rest of Team PD at Physique Development, Sue is committed to leading, educating, and inspiring generational change through the power of health and excellence.Today, you’ll learn all about:3:24 Why we love butts8:12 Benefits of glute development13:03 What to prioritize (training, nutrition) and how genetics play a role19:23 Approach to training (exercises, programming, and individual response)27:23 Training intensity and execution36:05 The importance of logging and taking videos42:53 The impact of exercise selection in glute training53:30 Training over 40 in the context of back health55:41 The question Sue wanted Philip to ask and her answer1:00:55 Where to find Sue1:01:30 OutroEpisode resources:Instagram: @suegainzVideo: How To Select Your Weight to Train with REAL IntensityFREE 4-Week Glute ProgramPhysique Development podcastSend me a question for Q&A!Support the Show.🎓 Join Wits & Weights Physique University 👩‍💻 Schedule a FREE nutrition/training audit with Philip👥 Join our Facebook community for live Q&As & support✉️ Join the FREE email list with insider strategies and bonus content!📱 Try MacroFactor for free with code WITSANDWEIGHTS. The only food logging app that adjusts to your metabolism!🩷 Enjoyed this episode? Share it on social and follow/tag @witsandweights🤩 Love the podcast? Leave a 5-star review📞 Send a Q&A voicemail
Quick Wits: Who Cares If Walking Is Exercise? (Response to Dr. Gabrielle Lyon)
May 9 2024
Quick Wits: Who Cares If Walking Is Exercise? (Response to Dr. Gabrielle Lyon)
Is walking exercise or not? Does it even matter?Today, we're tackling a recent controversy sparked by Dr. Gabrielle Lyon, who made waves on social media by claiming that walking is not exercise. As someone who's always preaching the importance of strength training for building muscle and transforming your body, I wanted to weigh in on this topic and offer some perspective.Join me on today's Quick Wits as I share my thoughts on why this question might be missing the point entirely, and why strength training should be your top priority for physique development anyway.--“Quick Wits” are short mini-episodes between full episodes to give you an actionable strategy or hit of motivation.These mini-episodes give you practical advice on fitness, training, and mindset based on my everyday experience with clients that you can implement right away.If you enjoy these bonus episodes or have feedback on how to make them better, just send me a message on IG @witsandweights or hit me up in the free Wits & Weights Facebook community.Send me a question for Q&A!Support the Show.🎓 Join Wits & Weights Physique University 👩‍💻 Schedule a FREE nutrition/training audit with Philip👥 Join our Facebook community for live Q&As & support✉️ Join the FREE email list with insider strategies and bonus content!📱 Try MacroFactor for free with code WITSANDWEIGHTS. The only food logging app that adjusts to your metabolism!🩷 Enjoyed this episode? Share it on social and follow/tag @witsandweights🤩 Love the podcast? Leave a 5-star review📞 Send a Q&A voicemail
Ep 170: How Fast Should You Lose Weight for Fat Loss?
May 7 2024
Ep 170: How Fast Should You Lose Weight for Fat Loss?
What is the sweet spot between shedding fat and preserving muscle? How can diet breaks and refeeds help you achieve your fat loss goal? Is rapid fat loss the secret sauce to fine-tuning your physique?In this episode, Philip (@witsandweights) uncovers the truth about the ideal rate of fat loss, exploring the full spectrum of approaches from slow and steady to rapid and aggressive and everything in between. He explains the pros and cons of each strategy, highlighting the benefits you gain from each approach. He discusses how to incorporate diet breaks and refeeds for optimal results, providing you with practical strategies for long-term, sustainable diet management that will leave you feeling motivated.Whether you’re a beginner looking to lose your first 20 pounds or an experienced dieter aiming to get shredded, this episode serves as a valuable guide. Philip aims to give you a clearer understanding of how to navigate your weight loss journey, emphasizing the importance of making informed, strategic choices for your individual goals and lifestyle.Today, you’ll learn all about:2:25 How fast CAN you lose weight without losing muscle mass12:37 The benefits of the slow and steady approach16:39 The conservative fat loss approach22:17 Incorporating diet breaks for mental and metabolic benefits24:32 The standard fat loss approach34:47 Incorporating refeeds, not cheat days, for the mental break37:39 The mini-cut or aggressive approach45:41 The micro-cut or rapid fat loss approach54:23 How to choose the fat loss approach that is right for you1:00:00 OutroEpisode resources:Learn about Weights Physique University (now open for enrollment at a new, more affordable bi-weekly price)Related episodes:Ep 104: Fat Loss vs. Weight LossEp 116: 7 Lessons from My Rapid Fat Loss Micro-Cut (Aggressive Dieting is Not for Everyone!)Ep 156: How to Lose 1000 PoundsSend me a question for Q&A!Support the Show.🎓 Join Wits & Weights Physique University 👩‍💻 Schedule a FREE nutrition/training audit with Philip👥 Join our Facebook community for live Q&As & support✉️ Join the FREE email list with insider strategies and bonus content!📱 Try MacroFactor for free with code WITSANDWEIGHTS. The only food logging app that adjusts to your metabolism!🩷 Enjoyed this episode? Share it on social and follow/tag @witsandweights🤩 Love the podcast? Leave a 5-star review📞 Send a Q&A voicemail
Quick Wits: Thin vs. Happy (Finding Your True WHY for Your Physique Goals)
May 6 2024
Quick Wits: Thin vs. Happy (Finding Your True WHY for Your Physique Goals)
Is the pursuit of being skinny the key to happiness?We're diving into the complex relationship between the desire to be thin and the pursuit of happiness. In our appearance-obsessed culture, it's easy to fall into the trap of equating being skinny with being happy. But here's the thing: this oversimplification often leads us astray when it comes to setting and achieving our physique goals.We'll explore this common misconception, discuss the importance of body composition over scale weight, and I'll walk you through the powerful "5 Whys" technique to uncover your true motivation for your physique goals on today's Quick Wits.--“Quick Wits” are short mini-episodes between full episodes to give you an actionable strategy or hit of motivation.These mini-episodes give you practical advice on fitness, training, and mindset based on my everyday experience with clients that you can implement right away.If you enjoy these bonus episodes or have feedback on how to make them better, just send me a message on IG @witsandweights or hit me up in the free Wits & Weights Facebook community.Send me a question for Q&A!Support the Show.🎓 Join Wits & Weights Physique University 👩‍💻 Schedule a FREE nutrition/training audit with Philip👥 Join our Facebook community for live Q&As & support✉️ Join the FREE email list with insider strategies and bonus content!📱 Try MacroFactor for free with code WITSANDWEIGHTS. The only food logging app that adjusts to your metabolism!🩷 Enjoyed this episode? Share it on social and follow/tag @witsandweights🤩 Love the podcast? Leave a 5-star review📞 Send a Q&A voicemail
Weekend Q&A: Nutrition for a Powerlifting Meet and Fear of Weight Gain When Not Tracking
May 4 2024
Weekend Q&A: Nutrition for a Powerlifting Meet and Fear of Weight Gain When Not Tracking
Today we are answering two questions from the community. One from a powerlifter who has the dilemma of trying to maintain strength for some upcoming meats, but without gaining too much fat and a long time, and the other from a food tracker concerned about taking a break from logging and worried about regaining all the weight.Here are the two questions:1. How should you adjust your nutrition for an upcoming powerlifting meet?John is preparing for two powerlifting meets and wants to maintain strength without gaining excessive fat. He's currently at 200 pounds with 22-26% body fat and tracks his food intake. Given his goals and current stats, what nutrition approach would be most suitable for his upcoming meets?2. What to do if you stop tracking because your adherence is slipping but you're afraid of regaining your weight back?Valerie has been tracking her food intake for over a decade, most recently using MacroFactor for six months. Despite losing 7 pounds, her adherence is slipping, and she's considering taking a break from tracking. She's concerned about potential weight gain and seeks advice on how to approach this new phase while maintaining protein intake and regular workouts.Get the answers in today's Weekend Q&A bonus episode.---This is a special Weekend Q&A edition of the Wits & Weights podcast, where we supercharge your Saturdays with an answer to one burning question so YOU can put it into action this weekend.These questions are taken from the weekly #AskPhilip thread in our free Wits & Weights Facebook community. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the endless amount of information and, let’s be honest, MISinformation online and just want a straight up answer without the jargon, that’s what this free service is for.With the weekly #AskPhilip thread, you can post a specific question relevant to your unique, individual situation that week and have it answered live by me on Friday. If you’d like to experience it yourself, I invite you to use the link in the show notes to join the Wits & Weights Facebook group. It’s totally free and you’ll quickly find out what a positive and supportive community it is.Join our FREE community here to get access to the #AskPhilip thread!Send me a question for Q&A!Support the Show.🎓 Join Wits & Weights Physique University 👩‍💻 Schedule a FREE nutrition/training audit with Philip👥 Join our Facebook community for live Q&As & support✉️ Join the FREE email list with insider strategies and bonus content!📱 Try MacroFactor for free with code WITSANDWEIGHTS. The only food logging app that adjusts to your metabolism!🩷 Enjoyed this episode? Share it on social and follow/tag @witsandweights🤩 Love the podcast? Leave a 5-star review📞 Send a Q&A voicemail
Ep 169: Q&A w/Jeff Hoehn – Menopause Weight Loss, Bulking Without Getting Fat, & Cutting on Low Sleep
May 3 2024
Ep 169: Q&A w/Jeff Hoehn – Menopause Weight Loss, Bulking Without Getting Fat, & Cutting on Low Sleep
How long should you rest between sets? What to do if you're gaining too much on a bulk? Can women over 50 overcome menopause weight-loss resistance and is it a thing? How to train when transitioning from bulking to cutting? In today's episode, fitness expert and coach Jeff Hoehn joins Philip (@witsandweights) as a co-host. They dive deep into various fitness topics in this Q&A session, including the challenges of weight loss during menopause, strategies for bulking without excessive weight gain, the optimal rest intervals for muscle growth and strength, and the impact of sleep on cutting cycles. Jeff Hoehn hosts the podcast The Mind Muscle Connection. His podcast stands out for its science-based approach to fitness and nutrition, and the mental aspects of achieving overall wellness. Jeff's podcast covers a range of topics, including the often-neglected topic of body recomposition. For those who don’t want to bulk or cut exclusively, his workshops offer a holistic approach to achieving the best of both worlds.  Today, you’ll learn all about:6:24 How long should you rest between sets for muscle growth and strength?16:17 Are there too many cons of cutting during periods of low sleep? Should I just stay at maintenance calories?23:50 I'm gaining a little too much weight in a building phase. What do I do?41:10 How do I adjust my programming during the transition from a bulk to a cut? Which training variables are most important?48:58 Is menopause and weight loss resistance a thing? Related to this, what's your advice on programming and nutrition for women over 50?58:28 How do you "prep" before a season of "going nuts" with food (Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.)?1:06:30 OutroEpisode resources:The Mind Muscle Connection podcastJeff’s IG: @jeffhoehn_Related episodes:Ep 66: Sustaining Fat Loss Results and Maximizing Recovery for The Long Game with Jeff HoehnSend me a question for Q&A!Support the Show.🎓 Join Wits & Weights Physique University 👩‍💻 Schedule a FREE nutrition/training audit with Philip👥 Join our Facebook community for live Q&As & support✉️ Join the FREE email list with insider strategies and bonus content!📱 Try MacroFactor for free with code WITSANDWEIGHTS. The only food logging app that adjusts to your metabolism!🩷 Enjoyed this episode? Share it on social and follow/tag @witsandweights🤩 Love the podcast? Leave a 5-star review📞 Send a Q&A voicemail
Quick Wits: The Menopause Fat-Loss Formula
May 2 2024
Quick Wits: The Menopause Fat-Loss Formula
Your mindset during menopause can make a huge difference in your success for fat loss and body composition. Perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause are extremely important and profound transitions for women!There is a significant psychological component and an opportunity to reframe this phase of life when combined training, nutrition, and lifestyle changes. Learn all about mindset for menopause fat-loss in today's Quick Wits. This is a module from the Menopause Fat-Loss Formula course in Wits & Weights Physique University (WWPU), our game-changing semi-private group coaching experience.===> Learn more about WWPU here--“Quick Wits” are short mini-episodes between full episodes to give you an actionable strategy or hit of motivation.These mini-episodes give you practical advice on fitness, training, and mindset based on my everyday experience with clients that you can implement right away.If you enjoy these bonus episodes or have feedback on how to make them better, just send me a message on IG @witsandweights or hit me up in the free Wits & Weights Facebook community.Send me a question for Q&A!Support the Show.🎓 Join Wits & Weights Physique University 👩‍💻 Schedule a FREE nutrition/training audit with Philip👥 Join our Facebook community for live Q&As & support✉️ Join the FREE email list with insider strategies and bonus content!📱 Try MacroFactor for free with code WITSANDWEIGHTS. The only food logging app that adjusts to your metabolism!🩷 Enjoyed this episode? Share it on social and follow/tag @witsandweights🤩 Love the podcast? Leave a 5-star review📞 Send a Q&A voicemail
Ep 168: Reverse Dieting is a Complete Waste of Time
Apr 30 2024
Ep 168: Reverse Dieting is a Complete Waste of Time
Are you worried about regaining fat after a successful cut? Is reverse dieting really a shortcut to a faster metabolic rate, or just a fitness fad? Are you ready to ditch the reverse dieting rollercoaster? In this eye-opening episode, Philip  (@witsandweights) dives into the controversial world of reverse dieting. You’ve probably heard the buzz about how it can boost your metabolism, prevent fat regain, and make future weight loss a breeze. But is it the magic solution it’s cracked up to be?Philip cuts through the noise, reveals the hard facts, and dismantles the myths surrounding reverse dieting, backed by science and practical insights. He dives into the metabolic science, behavioral psychology, and practical alternatives that work far better for post-diet recovery and long-term weight maintenance. If you're considering reverse dieting after your cut, listen all the way through so you understand both the mechanisms AND the more time-efficient strategies Philip will give you so you don’t ever need to reverse diet again. It’s time to rethink your approach and embrace smarter, more efficient methods!Today, you’ll learn all about:4:28 What is reverse dieting6:48 Metabolic adaptation10:01 Regaining body fat and maintenance calories17:06 Does it increase your starting metabolic rate?20:08 What to do instead of reverse dieting25:00 Why people do the reverse diet32:31 OutroEpisode resources:Watch this FREE video on how to setup MacroFactor for body recomp and try MacroFactor FREE with my code WITSANDWEIGHTSRelated episodes:Ep 96: Why Reverse Dieting Doesn't Work Like You Think (and What to Do Instead)Send me a question for Q&A!Support the Show.🎓 Join Wits & Weights Physique University 👩‍💻 Schedule a FREE nutrition/training audit with Philip👥 Join our Facebook community for live Q&As & support✉️ Join the FREE email list with insider strategies and bonus content!📱 Try MacroFactor for free with code WITSANDWEIGHTS. The only food logging app that adjusts to your metabolism!🩷 Enjoyed this episode? Share it on social and follow/tag @witsandweights🤩 Love the podcast? Leave a 5-star review📞 Send a Q&A voicemail
Quick Wits: Tracking vs. "Counting" Calories
Apr 29 2024
Quick Wits: Tracking vs. "Counting" Calories
What's the difference between tracking and "counting" calories?It's a little bit of art. It's a little bit of science. You will definitely learn why one is different than the other and what's important and how to do it, effective tools for the job and how to make this part of your journey so that you can get results. This is a module from the Crack the Calorie Code course in Wits & Weights Physique University (WWPU), our game-changing semi-private group coaching experience.===> Learn more about WWPU here--“Quick Wits” are short mini-episodes between full episodes to give you an actionable strategy or hit of motivation.These mini-episodes give you practical advice on fitness, training, and mindset based on my everyday experience with clients that you can implement right away.If you enjoy these bonus episodes or have feedback on how to make them better, just send me a message on IG @witsandweights or hit me up in the free Wits & Weights Facebook community.Send me a question for Q&A!Support the Show.🎓 Join Wits & Weights Physique University 👩‍💻 Schedule a FREE nutrition/training audit with Philip👥 Join our Facebook community for live Q&As & support✉️ Join the FREE email list with insider strategies and bonus content!📱 Try MacroFactor for free with code WITSANDWEIGHTS. The only food logging app that adjusts to your metabolism!🩷 Enjoyed this episode? Share it on social and follow/tag @witsandweights🤩 Love the podcast? Leave a 5-star review📞 Send a Q&A voicemail