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

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

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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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Sustainable dieting. Is that an oxymoron or is it the key to lasting results?Today, I reveal the hard truth about why dieting itself can never be truly sustainable and share a more flexible, realistic approach to achieving your physique goals for the long haul.Sustainable dieting is the notion that you can somehow achieve your fat loss goals by finding a way of eating that you can stick to indefinitely, without ever feeling restricted or deprived.I get the appeal. We all want to believe that ...
Can you really balance fitness, family, and personal well-being without dropping the ball on any of them?Join me for a special Father's Day weekend bonus episode where I share my raw, unscripted journey as a father of two daughters attempting just that. From the everyday joys and hurdles of fatherhood to practical tips on integrating health and fitness into a busy lifestyle, this episode is packed with my real-life experiences. Whether you're a dad or simply striving to harmonize your health ...
Are you struggling with body image? Are you tired of extreme diets? Wondering how to break free from skinny-fat struggles? Join Philip (@witsandweights) and fitness expert Adrian McDonnell as they discuss body image, fitness goals, and industry complexities. Adrian shares insights into common challenges like body dysmorphia and extreme dieting, emphasizing the importance of setting performance-based goals and a balanced approach to fitness. He breaks down the real reasons behind body st...
Just move more. You've heard it a million times as the cure-all for getting in shape, but is this generic advice really enough to transform your physique? Yes, we live in a society that's largely sedentary, and getting people to move their bodies more is certainly a step in the right direction. However, this generic, one-size-fits-all advice to "just move more" completely misses the mark when it comes to actually changing your body composition and building the lean, muscular physique you...
Are you over 50 and wondering how to keep your muscles strong as you age? Are you curious about how your eating habits affect your health? Want to discover the secret to living a vibrant life in your 50s and beyond?In this episode, Philip (@witsandweights) provides a practical guide to optimizing health and strength for individuals over 50. He highlights strength training as a key strategy in preventing muscle loss and increasing longevity. Philip also talks about nutrition and gut health, in...
Frustrated with menopause belly or the inability to lose weight or fat?This is on the minds of so many women navigating the ups and downs of menopause: how to lose stubborn fat and keep it off during this time of major physiological change.This Thursday June 13 @ 7:30p ET / 4:30p PT:===> REGISTER HERE for the Menopause Fat Loss Over 40 WorkshopYou've probably noticed that your tried-and-true diet and exercise strategies just aren't cutting it anymore (if they ever did). Despite your best e...
How do you balance getting shredded with peak performance? Can tracking your fitness metrics be the ultimate game-changer in reaching your body composition goals? On this classic episode (a replay of Ep 70), I had Cody McBroom on to share his expertise, his philosophy, and some inside strategies with us for looking like you lift. Cody and I discuss how to use data to reach your goals more efficiently, how to balance training for aesthetics and performance to improve your body composition...
What’s the secret behind the fluctuating numbers on your scale? What’s the real deal between weight loss and fat loss? How can you escape the emotional rollercoaster of fat loss and body image?Today, Philip (@witsandweights) welcomes Louise Digby, a registered nutritional therapist and women’s weight loss expert. She dives deep into the real reasons behind scale weight fluctuations, the dangers of scale obsession, and the importance of non-scale victories. Louise shares her insights on the ro...
Today, we're diving into a topic that's near and dear to my heart (and my dinner table): raising kids to eat well. As a father of three, I've been through the food fights, the picky eating phases, and the mealtime meltdowns – and I've come out the other side with a few battle scars and a whole lot of wisdom to share.If you're struggling to get your kids to eat their veggies or try new foods, know that you're not alone. It's a universal parenting challenge, and there's no magic formula for cre...
There is one thing you're doing in the bedroom that might be compromising your gains and your health.No, not that. Or that. Not that either. It's...your sleep routine!Do you really need 7-9 hours of sleep? Can you compensate for poor sleep with diet or exercise? What if you could turbocharge your metabolism, balance your hormones, and redefine your body composition with some tweaks to your sleep habits?Today, Philip (@witsandweights) tackles the often neglected aspect of health and fitness - ...
Today, we're taking a quantum leap into the realm of science fiction and self-discovery as we explore the concept of the multiverse and how it can help you become your healthiest, most authentic self.If you're a fan of comic books, sci-fi movies, or theoretical physics (and let's be real, who isn't?), you've probably encountered the idea of the multiverse. It's the theory that there are infinite parallel universes out there, each one containing a different version of reality – and a different...
Are you insecure about your body, your fitness, your health, what you eat, your work, the things you do, your life? Is chasing perfection holding you back?We feel like we're being judged all the time, and I wanted to talk about that today and open up about my own imperfections, my own insecurities and how embracing them has been key to my growth. And if you're ready to break free from your chain of perfectionism and start celebrating progress in a new way, listen to this one.In today's unscri...
What are the common misconceptions about digestion and nutrient absorption? How does training sculpt your muscles, and what’s the hidden connection to your anatomy? Are you ready to discover the hidden dietary implications of your unique body variations? In this episode, Philip (@witsandweights) welcomes Justin Cottle, a former lab director at the Institute of Human Anatomy and a pioneer in using real human cadavers for public education. He is a content creator and writer of the Dissection Ro...
Today, we're diving into the world of hypertrophy (that's science-speak for muscle growth) and uncovering one of the most powerful principles for packing on size: mechanical tension.Now, if you're a serious lifter or a student of the iron game, you've probably heard of Brad Schoenfeld. He's like the Yoda of muscle-building research, and his work has revolutionized our understanding of what it takes to optimize gains.One of the key concepts that Schoenfeld has championed is the idea that mecha...
Do you know how your thyroid turbocharges your metabolism? What can throw your thyroid off balance, and how can you reclaim control? Are you ready to supercharge your thyroid with easy-to-adopt lifestyle shifts?In this solo episode, Philip (@witsandweights) explores the intricate world of thyroid health and its impact on metabolism. He discusses the thyroid’s functions and the symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism and then identifies the root causes and triggers of thyroid dysfunctio...
Today, we're tackling a hot topic that's been causing quite a stir in the health and fitness world: seed oils. You know, those ubiquitous cooking oils like soybean, canola, and sunflower oil that seem to be in just about every processed food on the shelf.Now, if you've been following the latest diet trends, you might have heard some pretty scary claims about seed oils. Things like they're toxic, inflammatory, and even responsible for the rise in chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, and he...
This conversation is from my appearance on Sue Bush’s Physique Development Podcast.Sue invited me on HER podcast to talk about why diets fail, flexible dieting, misunderstood fitness terms, and more. I shared my best tips for making food logging easier, how tracking your food and lifting weights are forms of self-care, what metabolic adapation really is vs. what it’s not, and the MOST important thing for your health.Enjoy my conversation with Sue Bush on the Physique Development Podcast!Epis...
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 h...
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 abil...
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 ...
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