Ripe red raspberries

A friend I know has been bugging me about raspberry ketones and whether or not they’re any good. In fairness to this girl, she’s a bit of a bookworm when it comes to health and nutrition, and knows a fair bit. The problem being, her sources by the sounds of it are Wikipedia, Now magazine and what her friends say. So what are these raspberry ketones? Raspberry ketones are what gives raspberries their smell, however, the ones sold as diet supplements are actually synthetic. Already I don’t like the idea of them. But apparently, they help increase your metabolism and [...]

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Leaving drinks on Friday culminated in a mighty hangover. And what better cure than a full English, or so I’d hoped for. Instead, arriving in Birmingham I was made by mum to go to my step nan’s 92nd birthday. Tea, cake and more cake. I drew the line when she wanted to play scrabble. (Only because she would have beaten me!). Anyway, my aunty was there and I was trying to explain to her about the concept of online fitness. She simply couldn’t fathom how it would work. But surely they just wouldn’t do it? Why not? Because you’re not there forcing them to? [...]

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One of my housemates wasn’t happy yesterday. ‘People need to take control of their blueberries’. A few rogue blueberries found there way on the kitchen floor, which he trod on. Whoops :/ My brother and I were prime suspects as like me, he also likes to play with his blueberries. But we have good reason to. Blueberries are one of the actual super foods, a league of their own when it comes to fruits and their benefits 1.     Full of antioxidants 2.     Great for memory 3.     Packed full of vitamin E and E 4.     Protective effects on the brain and the blood. 5.     And they taste [...]

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Yesterday I spoke about post workout nutrition, but it seems a few people got a little flustered about something I said about pre-workout nutrition. I mentioned training fasted. This can’t be right, you need to fuel your workouts surely? Well not necessarily. Do you really need a Lucozade (30g of sugar) to fuel your recumbent bike workout??! A full pasta meal for your favourite 20mins of Zumba? Probably not. Bodybuilders have used fasted cardio for years in their cutting cycles to drop fat, which clearly works. So don’t eat anything before you train to lose weight? Again, like with every nutrition question [...]

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Supps for weightloss

After an overly excessive Saturday, it was best to hit the gym hard on Sunday to try and sweat out what was left of the Timothy Taylor’s in my system (great beer by the way). So, a double espresso and Skrillex on the iPhone, I was ready to pump some iron… Grrrr Actually a really good session, surprised myself. Maybe we can learn something from a combination of booze and caffeine fuelled workouts! Anyway, I didn’t have my protein shake with me. Disaster…. If you don’t feed your muscles within 20mins of exercise you’ll lose all your ‘gainz’, so not [...]

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I have a client who’s a pleasure to train, not because she does what she’s told (far from it!), but because I probably get more from the sessions than she does!! She talks more than me, and that’s saying something. But between her giggling fits, insults and falling of exercise equipment, she actually comes up with some pretty good points – 1. Fitness is about being able to do things outside of the gym too, cycling around, doing things you wouldn’t normally do, and being more active 2. ”You’ve got great arms” – I think I heard this anyway. 3. This is more [...]

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In the words of Sigma….. Everything is changing, And I’ve been here for too long Going through the same things I’ve been hurting too long, Got to move on Well not hurting at all, but my time in London has come to an end.  For the time being anyway. I’m off. I’ve been personal training in London for 3 years now and it’s come to a point where it’s time to move on. So this year I’ve decided to have a bit of an adventure and create my own fitness and nutrition bucket list. I will be combining lots of [...]

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The Rugby World Cup tickets are now on sale, the Premiership is well underway and for most, last weekend was the first game back. It still pains me that I’m not playing anymore I remember when my strategy used to be drink as many protein shakes as possible to get massive, a pre-game ritual of jaffa cakes and jellybeans, and my post-match recovery consisting of Lucozade and beer. If only I had the knowledge then as I do now! Eating correctly for your sport is so important if you care about how well you play. Trying to achieve your optimal [...]

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A blatant sales pitch If you find my emails useful and haven’t already, then you really need to get my recipe book. This is more than just a recipe book. It gives a plan, rules, and an understanding into what, when, and how you should be eating. Bored of being told to eat spinach and chicken with every meal? Me too. That is why I’ve created this: Learn how to prep your kitchen to make getting lean easy Easy to follow essential habits, which form the basis of your perfect diet A guide to fats and how to cook with them Understanding carbohydrates [...]

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In the pub last weekend I overheard the bar lady tell a punter he should be having a real coke rather than a diet coke…. Wrong. In a pub, you should be having a pint! On a serious note though, what would you choose? Diet coke or regular coke? Which do you think is healthier? Personally I wouldn’t advocate either. However, with 35g of sugar in normal coke, AND all the other shit (e-numbers/flavouring), diet coke would be my preference. But what about aspartame I hear you say! (The sweetener found in diet drinks). There is still a lot of research [...]

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