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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Look Good, Feel Great


I've been sat here pondering what I wanted to write about tonight for a while now, call it writer's block or a creative funk if you will. But then I figured that you guys love my health and fitness post right and I thought I'd share a few thoughts with you.

I've been dabbling in this health and fitness game for a while now, almost 8 years now to be precise, and along the way I've picked up a few things that I thought I should share with you all.


BMI IS BULL | So ok that is pretty blunt I know, but there is more to your body than a few numbers and when it comes to reliability this one is pretty low. The thing with BMI is it ranks you based upon your height and weight etc. but it doesn't take into account the important stuff like body fat percentage or lean mass. According to BMI charts many professional athletes are classed as obese simply because muscle weighs more than fat (and let's be honest they're as lean as a bean).

Instead of using those adorable (sarcasm alert) scales that you find hidden in gyms and chemists, book in with a health professional or a PT at your local gym who will be able to analyse your body a little bit better for you if you want to play the numbers game.

CARBS BEFORE MARBS | We've all heard that old (and slightly tiresome) 'no carbs before Marbs' saying. Trust me I know how tempting it can be when you're in full on beach prep mode to eliminate the tastiest of macro groups in search of those abs. But unfortunately (and I hate to say it) you need carbs in your life. 

Now I'm not giving you permission to go chow down at your local fast food eatery (oh hey Maccy D's I'm looking at you) and fill up on fries, bread and general stodge. Instead fill your diet with whole grain rice and pasta options and plenty of fruit and veg. My favourite packed lunch is Chicken or Salmon with some green vegetables and a handful of nuts - try it, it's unbelievably filling.


FULL FAT | Ah fat, another macronutrient with a reputation for weight gain. But there is more than one kind of fat and just like carbs some of them are good. Take nuts for example, I often get questioned over why I eat them on a regular basis when they're full of fat. Yes they're full of fat, but they're full of good fats. The kind that you need to help keep your energy levels up during your workouts and even keep your hair, skin and nails looking good too.

Plus think of this way Omega-3 is a fat and that supposedly makes you smarter doesn't it? 

You may have seen people talking more and more about macros and less and less about calories and that's because at the end of the day you can calorie count all you want, but if you're consuming those calories in the form of Freddos & Relentless you won't lose weight. A healthy balance of proteins, fats and carbs will set you on the right path.

DRINK UP | Again I need to touch on this because it is so important to drink the right amount in order to get your body regulating itself correctly, your skin looking great and you feeling amazing. I drink 2-3 litres a day plus the odd cup of Green or Peppermint too when I need something with a little flavour. 

Remember that there are certain foods you can eat too if you're feeling parched such as Watermelon and let's face it on days like today who doesn't fancy a juice melon?! 

Unfortunately we live in a world of conflicting messages and I just wanted to put my two pennies into the mix too, I see too many people following diet plans that are designed as a quick fix and not as a long term cure to their problems. If you want to lose weight, get in shape and feel amazing I've learnt that you need to make a long term commitment to getting there. I know that I won't be there this year but who knows about next year! Let me know your thoughts below and I'll catch up with you again soon, until then though x


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