WE ALL LOVE GOOD FOOD WITH GOOD FRIENDS
That meal out, that trip to the cinema, the glass or two 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 can you do all this and still be successful with your physique goals?
YES, BUT…IT DEPENDS
Like most things in health, fitness and nutrition, ‘it depends.’
How often you increase your calories, go off plan with food choices and skip the meals you should be eating for ones you know aren’t exactly a good fit for your goals depend … Read more
WE ALL LOVE GOOD FOOD WITH GOOD FRIENDS
You may love it. You may hate it.
Muscle soreness is one of those things that can leave you feeling like you want to spend the day in a wheelchair or sadistically satisfied…
Either way, 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
Just take a 5 minute shower, and alternate between 1 minute cold and 30 seconds hot, showering the water onto the muscle you … Read more
Do you love a cup of coffee but don’t want the sugar or dairy?
Some of us use coffee as a powerful pre workout, some of us use it as a pick me up on the way to work, some of us use it to get switched on mentally 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 spice up the flavour.
Coffee with cinnamon
Simply stirring in half … Read more
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!
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
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
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
As soon as you say the word ‘dieting’ it conjures up all kinds of mental imagery of bland and boring, ‘chicken and broccoli’ type meals with no flavours ready to make you starving hungry and miserably restricted.
Dieting doesn’t need to be like this. FACT
MY TAKE ON DIETING
A diet pan should only last around 14-30 days. The purpose being that it educates you on a healthy eating patterns and how to structure and schedule your preferred eating style around your busy schedule.
After this time you should be able to leave the diet plan behind and be self sustaining. This is … Read more
So you’re doing everything you can to change your weight..
Eating clean, training hard, avoiding the peer pressure nights out and bingey weekends and weighing in 1, 2, or even 5 times per week and….
Frustration: the little needle goes up, down or stays still every time!
Its enough to make anyone either run to the fridge, throw in the towel and eat everything in sight or drastically crash diet to get things moving more quickly.
BUT before you do anything drastic, let me tell you a few things..
Daily and even hourly weight fluctuations are common and completely normal because your weight is … Read more
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
How many eggs can I have? ‘X’ amount of eggs is bad for you isn’t it? What about cholesterol?
We’ve all had these questions at least once during our lives but I’m here to tell you that eggs are one of the healthiest foods on the planet FACT!
‘In healthy people, eggs have never been directly associated with an increase in cardiovascular risk — such an increase was merely assumed from an increase in circulating cholesterol.’ – Examine.com
‘In controlled trials, whether in healthy people or in people suffering from diabetes or hyperlipidemia, egg consumption was not associated with an increase in risk … Read more