Spaghetti Bolognese

I had a woman ask me the other night about carbs at night. ‘But you can’t eat carbs after 6′. After an intense session I was chewing on my spag bowl whilst trying to explain that carbs can’t tell the time. Eating carbs after 6 you won’t get you fat. They don’t suddenly realise ‘Oh it’s evening I’m going to stick to your thighs’. Even if you’re sleeping, they won’t suddenly be stored as fat during the night. This is absolute nonsense and this myth has been well and truly debunked. What makes people fat is eating too much of the wrong [...]

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Are  you looking to do a 5, 10k or triathlon this year? I mentioned yesterday how high intensity interval training (HIIT) was one if the best methods for fat loss. Which is true. But it also is one of the best ways to improve your 5, 10k, and even half marathon times. So basically, repeat bouts of sprinting will make you run faster over long distances too. A little science to show you…. As I mentioned yesterday, Proffessor Jens Bangsbo and his team from Norway showed this. He conducted a study with trained 10km runners: Using two groups, group 1 [...]

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I was at the rugby on Saturday, Wasps vs Leinster in the European cup. For those who watch or have ever watched rugby you’ll be aware that these top-level players now are machines; big, fast, fit, powerful and all round real athletes. One of my lecturers Dr James Morton, works with these guys, Liverpool football club as well as a number of top level boxers. His main field is looking at exercise metabolism, so basically what fuel we use as energy, carbs or fat etc and how we respond to high intensity work. Now even if you don’t care about being [...]

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snacks

Eating right at work can be a struggle, chomping on boiled eggs out of a Tuppawear box or cracking open a tin of mackerel is a bit of an office faux pas. Sometimes being healthy isn’t cool, it’s just smelly. A fishy office environment may not be a great way to make friends…. So. I’ve compiled a quick list of easy snacks to eat at your desk without the pong, social inconvenience nut are also healthy too My Top 15 Get Lean Snacks Beef jerky Avocado and a spoon Greek yoghurt – Add a small handful of almonds (20g) Mixed [...]

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It’s dark, cold, you can hear the wind blowing outside and there’s nowhere better than your own bed. How many times have you had the internal debate with yourself… “I know I should get up and exercise, but it’s cold outside, and I’m really warm under my covers….. I can always exercise after work….. OK yes, I’ll stay in bed, but I’ll DEFINITLEY go for a run tomorrow morning”…. Of course you will. What you need to do instead. Is change your mindset. Bet you’re thinking; ‘Yeah whatever Jack, stop preaching nonsense to me’. But seriously. When you go to [...]

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Knackered

I had another big weekend. Completely unintentional but a curry night and far too many pints of the black stuff gave me a very sore head on both days this weekend. Some of you may think why I am telling you this? As a consummate health professional, I should only advocate clean living? Maybe. But I like to take a holistic approach to health and fitness, whereby I believe that it is important to take a balanced approach to life, which includes a few beers and jars of Nutella at the weekend! However, even though I joke about being naughty [...]

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For those who watch rugby will know Slammin Sam Burgess, whether it be for his huge hits or looking good in a pair of short shorts. Either way you can learn a lot from him, a true professional, one of rugby league’s greats and now a rugby union convert. This is Sam. He’s the archetypal mans man, big, strong and will never shy away from confrontation. But…. I was reading an article in the Daily Mail (fave paper) about what he swears by in improving his performance. He meditates! Yep, he ‘omms’ and sits cross legged on a blanket each [...]

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Flossing Teeth

Flossing my teeth is one of the things that I do occasionally, even though I know I should be doing it twice a da. Just the just the extra few minutes after brushing my teeth always seems like such a chore. Anyway, last week I decided I was going to try and instill it into my morning routine. To help me do this, I found an app called Coach Me. I have no affiliation by the way. What you do is choose certain tasks or habits you want to do, like reading, or exercising and it reminds you each day [...]

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I like to refer to my dad as old, he’s 60 (apologies if I offend anyone), retired, makes soup and has a vegetable patch…. However! Yesterday he sent me this photo.   I was so impressed. That’s him in the red, this is an image from an advert he’s been featured in for his running group. My first instinct was Now I know why he joined, to chase young women around the park! I hope mum doesn’t catch wind. No, dad started attending the running club about 3 years ago now, being a rugby player and naturally big guy, he’s never [...]

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You must be aware of the fitness and health hysteria around at the moment? Everyone seems to be jumping on the get lean bandwagon bringing superfood salads to work, talking about the new detox diet they’ve started and how they’ve loved rolling around in the mud at an army Bootcamp. And it seems to grate on a lot of people, there seems to be a lot of cynicism surrounding the fair-weather exercisers, the January newcomers parading their Kale juices in the office seemingly astonished about this apparent new revelation that exercising is better than eating cake and doing nothing. But [...]

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