food articles

Will alcohol stop you losing weight?

There’s a certain comedic stigma attached to drinking and the alcohol culture, especially in the UK.
“Ever notice how some people talk louder when they drink? That’s why alcohol content is listed by volume”
“I’m not an alcoholic, alcoholics go to meetings. I’m a drunk, we go to parties.”
I’m not here to demonise one of the world’s favourite social intoxicants as it has some great benefits like reducing anxiety at social gatherings and has actually been shown to increase longevity.
BUT you’re reading this because you’re interested in losing fat.
Surprise surprise, many studies have shown alcohol intake aids to increased risk of abdominal … Read more

How to win at dieting and still have a social life

We all love a night out with friends. That trip to the cinema, the glass of wine after work at the end of the week. The latte and breakfast meet up with a family member or partner on the weekend but are you “allowed?”
Of course you are.
That’s what you want to hear right? YES you can enjoy your social life and still get fantastic results from your exercise and the rest of your eating habits.
First things first
Like most things in health, fitness and nutrition, ‘it depends.’
You have to seriously ask yourself, what do I want and what condition am I … Read more

10 ways to make dieting a pleasure

The word ‘dieting’ can conjure up all kinds of negative connotations in people who know they should make a change to improve their health and body shape but already struggle with barriers to getting started like fear of becoming restricted, miserable and frustrated by the regimented eating pattern most people think ‘dieting’ consists of.
Even the word ‘dieting’ itself has become a word that the ‘politically correct police’ would ask us to shy away from in fear that we will damage peoples emotions in some way…..
The fact of the matter is that it doesn’t matter what you call it, the reason … Read more

Frustrated? Stop doing these to burn more fat

Are you struggling to make progress and don’t know what to do to get you moving in the right direction again. Your results will ultimately depend on many factors but here are 4 things you should avoid if you aren’t getting the results you want. Sometimes it takes somebody from the outside to highlight these points to you before you see for yourself these are actually the real issues preventing your progress.
Trust me getting the body you always wanted is definitely possible if you keep a few principles in mind…
Eating Too Much Junk
You may not think you eat much junk, but … Read more

The truth about eggs

Eggs are one of the healthiest foods on the planet FACT!
Did you know we eat 1.2 trillion eggs a year worldwide? The average person eats 173 eggs per year. This popularity is probably due to them being one of the most versatile and affordable sources of protein available, I mean after all you can use eggs in so many ways: Boiled, scrambled, poached, fried, making omelettes, pancakes, in sauces, stir fries, rice, the list is endless.
But here’s 10 things your probably didn’t know about eggs
Brown eggs are better than whites???
Did mum ever tell you that brown eggs are better for … Read more

How to get rid of muscle soreness

Everyone wants to know what can you do to bounce back as fast as possible from post workout muscle soreness. Here are the most effective methods to speed up your recovery between sessions and get rid of ‘delayed onset muscle soreness’ (DOMS).
Hot-Cold Contrast Showers
These increase blood flow and help to shuttle inflammation out of the muscle through a cycle of vasodilation (hot water makes the blood vessels dilate) and vasoconstriction (cold water makes the blood vessels constrict). Just take a 5 minute shower, and alternate between 1 minute cold and 30 seconds hot on the muscle you want to help recover.
Massage
Although it … Read more

The problem with online calorie calculators

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5 Low carb breakfast ideas

Everyone wants an alternative at breakfast
Here are some quick and easy recipes that will fill you up and get you energised and set up for the day. One to try every day of the working week.
Eggs & vegetables in coconut oil
Protein 27g Carbs 7g Fat 35g

Ingredients
15g coconut oil, 4 eggs, spinach, frozen vegetable mix (cauliflower, broccoli, green beans) & spices.
1.  melt the coconut oil to a frying pan
2.  Add the chopped vegetables
3.  Add 4 beaten eggs
4.  Add spices or pepper
5.  Stir fry until ready
Peppery Breakfast Steaks over Wilted Spinach
Protein 33.8g Carbs 3g Fat 18.6g

Ingredients
150g skirt steak, 2 Tablespoons hot chili … Read more

You need Fat

In my opinion, which is backed by a lot of science, you should NEVER cut fat out of your diet. Fat is an essential component of your daily requirements. This means your body NEEDS it to function properly, not only for health but it will also help with your goals in the gym whether it’s to build muscle or burn fat. Without fat you are compromising your health and success.
Let me explain why
Fat Loss
Omega 3 based fats have many benefits, one being their ability to help improve your insulin sensitivity (basically put, how well your muscle cells absorb carbohydrates). Maximising … Read more