Stormblood wrote:AscendingSun, the difference between high-reps and low-reps applies to any weight-lifting, including calisthenics. The thing is that in real life, you don't need just lifting strength. You also need pulling strength, pushing strength and sometimes even striking strength. Lifting only developes, you figured it, lifting strength. What of the other kinds? You need to complement your lifting regime with other things to develop.
That aside, as HP Mageson said, your physical fitness should be adequate to what your personal dharma requires. You know, your career, your lifestyle and stuff. I agree with that and I hope I understood it right.
bodybuilding.com is one of the mainstream channels of bro-science and thus unadvised.
You clearly have no idea what you're talking about. How is pulling, pushing, etc not part of lifting??? What are rows, what is bench press?
The difference between lifting weight and calisthenics is reps/weight.
Just because it's "mainstream" doesn't mean it has no valuable information. Do some research yourself, you need it.
I'm beginning to wonder if you know what the word "lifting" means. Here is for you: http://www.wordreference.com/definition/lift
I've done extensive research on the matter and I know more than most people who don't have a sports science degree and stuff like that.
Also how do Monday, Wednesday and Friday constitute good days for training? The Moon and Venus have nothing to do with athleticism. Mercury has a part in it only when it comes to speed, coordination, balance and manual dexterity. The best days for training are indeed Sunday and Tuesday. Thursday comes in when it's about sport and the outdoors, Saturday may come in for endurance.
In my opinion training all muscles two or, at most, three times a week is more than enough. It will get you more muscular than training everyday. Training everyday puts unnecessary strain on the muscles. In this case, it seems we advocate for something similar.
@Frinnis, the easiest push-up exercise is vertical push-up where stand next to a wall, put your hands again it and push. Of course if that's too easy, you can vary the inclination getting closer and closer to the ground. The incline push-up that you described.
Diet is what you eat. You can eat a deficit of calories, you can eat your intended calories or you can eat a surplus of calories. It is not inherently related to a deficit. Your diet is simply about your eating habits.
To lose fat, you need to consume more energy than your body produces through eating. You can achieve this by eating less, exercising or a combination of both. However, calories and macronutrients is not all you should be looking at when you eat. You can't just introduce any crap in your body just because you read the tag and those products allow you to reach your target calories. For example, different sources of proteins contain different amino-acids. Your body can only use 20 amino-acids, the so-called essential amino-acids. Not everything you find on the shelf of the supermarket contains the amino-acids you need. In fact, most products either contain very few of these essential or contain none. I'm currently researching what contains what you need.
Tracking calories for a week or more is exactly what you should do before starting eating a deficit or a surplus of calories. Because you can't simply jump from eating a ton (like more than 2000 calories a day) to eating a 1200 kcal. This exactly what puts a strain on the body and the reason why you go up or down by 200 kcal each week, not all at once. That is, if you are on a restrictive regimen. I think that combine both proper dieting and exercise works best, but this is only my opinion.
I used to alternate between eating less and eating more on a cycle of two weeks each, which yield very positive results. I lost no muscle mass and I'm still lean now that I don't need to do that anymore. Over time I learned to listen to my body's needs, but I know there is still much more awareness I need to develop to have the full picture of my needs.
Not all models are on ridiculously restrictive diet.