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Natural Bodybuilder Jordon James Shares the Secret to Losing Weight and Getting Ripped

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INBA PNBA Natural Olympia competitor Jordon James says early morning fasted cardio is the secret to losing weight. 

Exercise is essential to losing weight and getting ripped, but everyone in the fitness game long enough knows that it’s what you eat that gives you a chiseled physique. Although, there is one secret morning exercise James claims has been a game-changer for getting shredded. International Natural Bodybuilding Association (INBA)/Professional Natural Bodybuilding Association (PNBA) Natural Olympia competitor Jordon James recently revealed his diet and secret to losing weight on a podcast. 

Jordon James competes in the Men’s Physique category. James made his natural bodybuilding debut in 2021 at INBA PNBA Iron Gladiator, where he received gold medals across the board and won all classes. Soon after, he received 1st place in his pro debut and second bodybuilding show at the INBA PNBA Clash of the Titans on Saturday, August 28, 2021, in Hermosa, California. 

Jordon James was interviewed by The Prodcast With Prodigy podcast, where he spoke openly about his diet. James stated:

“It’s so fulfilling when you put the work in and you train hard, and you do what you’re supposed to do with your diet, and you look at your body in 6 weeks or however long you’re prepping and your body like looks good.” 

Diet and Secret to Losing Weight

James went on to detail his diet, which consists of egg whites and oatmeal for breakfast and two lunches – ground turkey or chicken breasts with spinach and rice. Before a workout, he’ll have a protein shake, and his post-workout meal is more chicken, rice, and spinach. Lastly, before bed, he’ll have a protein shake

Jordon James revealed the secret to losing weight and getting ripped is fasted cardio. Although, admittedly, he says it’s no secret. James claimed:

“Every morning, the secret. No, it’s not a secret. A lot of people know. But the secret is fasted cardio. Which is doing cardio when you have an empty stomach which helps you lose weight. And usually, the best time to do that is as soon as you get up early in the morning.”

Of course, James does have a pretty rigid diet, which is a vital part of losing weight and getting ripped. But James says early morning fasted cardio does wonders for weight loss.

James says he prefers to do his fasted cardio on the StairMaster. He says it’s perfect for sweating a lot and preserving muscle mass. And he does it every morning at 5:30 for 45 minutes – 1 hour when he’s prepping for shows (an hour as he gets closer to the show). And he dials back a bit on the StairMaster during the offseason to 30 minutes. 

Jordon James uploaded a clip from the podcast below where he goes into detail about his diet. You can watch it here.


According to professional natural bodybuilder Jordon James, if you want to lose weight and get ripped fast, you’ll want to focus on your diet and eat ample protein. But also include fasted cardio into your plan, preferably in the morning. 

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