More Q and A

Hi Everyone.

Well, it seems that our minor Q and A session (our last post) has morphed into a major group chat. Considering the momentum we’ve created and the level of interest, I’ve decided to keep it alive for a little while longer because I believe it’s doing some good. I will answer as many questions as possible but keep in mind that I also have a real job(!) so don’t get your bottom lip out if I don’t answer your question. I’ll keep returning to the existing list of questions over the next day or two but feel free to add a new question or perhaps provide your own advice or insight to someone who’s already sought an answer. To keep the wheels turning, jump into the comments section of the previous post.

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chebbieanne November 7, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Given the relative unpopularity of your first Q&A session and the lack of limitation on the number of permissible questions this time I have some more :)
Is it is more effective – if the goal is fat loss – to exercise in the fasting state or after food and if after food should it be carb loaded?
Should a post training meal be mostly protein?
If you want to lose fat but gain muscle what is a good ratio of cardio to resistance training?
How can you be reasonably sure that you optimise muscle gain and maintain fat loss concurrently?
Should cardio and resistance sessions be combined or separate?
If you ( well me actually ) had a long standing problem with insulin resistance is that likely to be persistent or recur despite a healthy diet and should simple carbs be excluded as much as possible?
If you wake at around 2 -3 am regularly feeling the need to eat what is the best way to deal with it? If you eat carbs you get back to sleep quickly and wake up the next day feeling good but if not you stay awake for an hour more feeling sick and wake in the morning feeling drained with poor exercise tolerance often due in part in my case cardiac issues.
Well you did ask for more questions :) :)


PG November 8, 2012 at 1:35 am

Bloody good questions!!! I want answers to these too! You seem so awesome. I love your interactions on Craig’s site!!!! :)


chebbieanne November 8, 2012 at 10:19 am
PG November 8, 2012 at 1:37 am

It’s so generous and gorgeous of you to do this with your adoring fans. I’ve gotten such a kick out of reading the questions, your answers and comments from everyone. It’s absolutely brilliant and really heart warming. It’s like one of your courses, but on acid. I’m loving it!


Cherise St. Claire November 7, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Loved the idea!


Dani November 8, 2012 at 3:20 am

HI Craig,

I have two questions please ;-)
1) Does insulin resistance reduce fat loss?
2) What, (in your opinion), is the best way to adhere to a workout program? (I’ve been going good – having lost over 21kg in 24 weeks with much help from my PT -he had coffee with you one time…fantastic guy…as are you! :-) but I seem to slip up with workouts a lot -choosing to sleep in or work, or, as much as I hate to admit it, watch TV whilst eating breakfast instead, etc).

On a side note, my PT put me onto you…what a great move on his behalf! I’ve bought your books & DVD’s…very helpful & motivational…but I wish you would come over to Perth some time (soon).


Mares November 8, 2012 at 4:59 am

Hey there!
I have been struggling to lose weight for some time even though I have attempted to increase my food and eat regular meals, while maintaining a solid walking regime.
I did have many and varied blood tests seeking answers but they came up clear at the time not explaining why I had no movement at the station so to speak.
Recently I was informed that I have a mass in my liver, a nodule on my lung and a split sternum (extremely painful). This is also compounded by my lack of energy which has impacted on my ability to maintain exercise.
My question is how do I lose weight when I have what appears to be the odds stacked against me but my survival depends upon creating a healthier me?
I am eating two to three meals on most days. I am having infared sauna therapy, salt therapy and vibration therapy. I have also changed my diet so that I am consuming only high alkaline foods in the attempts to balance the acidic levels in my body. I have continued my walking but the distance is shorter than preferred. For my mind I have been seeing a psychologist too in order to balance my thoughts and maintain calmness.
I am really in need of help and direction of what to do next – any thoughts of how to deal with a liver that is not allowing me to drop the kgs?


Michael November 9, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Get to a naturopath expensive yes but they should be giving you advice how to get the fat off the liver it can be done.


Diana November 8, 2012 at 10:16 am

Love it.
Random question; have you read Alain de botton status anxiety?
he has also opened a facility called school of life in collingwood .


Diana November 8, 2012 at 10:28 am

I say this because you both have great thinking brains !!



Kristy November 8, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Hi Craig,
What are your thoughts on protein intake for a person wishing to lose a relatively small amount of body fat?
Do you recommend protein at each/every meal (5 small meals p/day) including breakky, and am and pm snacks?
Fyi, I am doing a combo of weight training (2 x p/week) and cardio (3-4 x p/week).
Thanks heaps,


Dani November 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Hi Kristy,
Hope you don’t mind me jumping in here. DEFINITELY protein at every meal, provided it’s lean protein. Protein is found in a lot of food groups -not just meat. Nuts & yoghurt is a great snack. Evening meals should be carb restricted – vegetables are great, but not too much pasta, rice, bread, sugar, etc.


The Schubinator November 8, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Which way do you have your toilet paper – the over or under orientation? Can you please also cite the advantages of your preferred choice.


Danielle November 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Do you think your “gut” feeling should override your emotional feelings?? The feelings within your heart? Your mind??  Thank you for your opinion/advice. Danielle


Anonyfem November 9, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Craig, that “Ask me a question” post has been brilliant, and except for “what is the meaning of life?” all the questions that anyone can ever have have been asked. Can I suggest that you tidy it up just a little bit, add some illustrations and publish it as a book to come out in time for Easter- a time for new life, new beginnings. Perhaps “comes with your choice of a sachet of coffee, a tea bag and / or chocolate”.


Thomas Di Leva November 11, 2012 at 7:55 am

If everyone loved their work the world would be a lighter and brighter place. It is high time for mankind to reinvent what work is and the purpose of it.


dave November 11, 2012 at 11:19 am

mmmmman bbbboobs

Hello Craig,
I’ve now lost over 17kgs since July. The trouble is I still haven’t lost my manboobs. Currently I’m running 5kms three times a week and committing to a ten seperate dumbells exercise regime on the other three…Sunday is my rest day :)
I probably have another 7 or eight kilos to lose to achieve my goal weight., but I wonder will I ever be able to achieve a boobless physique?


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