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Alcohol – Good, Bad, How to limit consumption and effects

This is part three of my alcohol series. If you missed part one or two here they are:
Will alcohol stop you losing weight?
Will alcohol prevent you gaining muscle?
Now let me start this article by saying …
Alcohol is not all bad!
Good points
Improve cholesterol
Moderate alcohol consumption can; raise good (HDL) cholesterol, lower bad (LDL) cholesterol, and reduce your risk of clogged arteries which lead to heart attacks.
Reduced risk of heart disease
Moderate alcohol consumption reduces risk of heart disease. Moderate drinkers have a lower risk of death from heart disease than teetotallers or heavy drinkers. This may be due to increasing HDL cholesterol … Read more

Will alcohol prevent me gaining muscle?

You love a good drinking session but you also love a great workout and building some real muscle.
Can you do both?
If you haven’t read my article ‘Will alcohol stop me losing weight?’ take a look here as this article will predominantly focus on alcohol’s effect on your ability to build muscle.
So let’s get straight into the facts…
Reduced testosterone production
If you want to build muscle one of the first considerations you should have is if you are producing an optimal amount of testosterone.
Unfortunately every time you consume alcohol this key anabolic hormones production plummets.
Studies have shown that consuming 1.5g of alcohol … Read more

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

5 ways to flavour your coffee without adding sugar or milk

We all love a cup of coffee now and again. Some of us use it as a powerful pre workout, some of us use it as a pick me up on the way to work and some of us just love it!
I could write about the pros and cons of coffee spanning a few articles but this is simply for those that fancy a cup without the added sugar or milk and are looking for a way to enhance the flavour.
Coffee with cinnamon
Simply stirring in half a teaspoon of cinnamon into your pre workout or morning coffee will give it … Read more

10 tips if arms won’t grow

Guys, who doesn’t want bigger arms? If you’re reading this article I guess you want to know a few tips or secrets that will accelerate your growth.
If you’re training hard and eating enough and still struggling to add inches to your gunz read on and I will share some great information.
Don’t train back with biceps or chest with triceps.
The more weight you can lift (with good technique and maintaining tension on the muscle), the more damage you will create leading to a higher demand for adaptation (more growth).
If you train biceps straight after a back workout or your triceps after … Read more

The best and worst types of motivation

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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