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Cold, Hard Facts About Exercise & Food


 That You Probably Don't Want To Hear!



COUNTING STEPS

So your pedometer says you've done 10,000 steps at the end of the day, as you proudly share it on social media. Well truth be told we probably have all taken that amount of steps today, we just haven't counted them. Don't get me wrong, it's good to be active, but exercise it is most certainly not. There's a distinct difference between physivcal activity & exercise. Try and kid yourself and you won't be getting the results you want. 


SALAD IS NOT AN ANTIDOTE

"I had a cheeseburger but it's ok as I had a salad with it" Sound familiar? Well it may sound better but it doesn't make the burger healthy. Salad isn't an antidote, you can't start thinking your meal is healthy just because you add a salad to it.


THE NUTRIBULLET

Err it's just a blender guys. It costs about £100 and is a third of the size of my £15 Sainsburys blender which does exactly the same thing. Apparantly calling it Nutribullet has convinced a great number people that no matter what you put in it, its going to be healthy....well played Nutribullet, well played.


A FRY UP IS A GOOD HANGOVER CURE

In what world and on what planet will a good fry up soak up the alcohol consumed from the night before. Oh how we wish this were true...but it's not. In fact the best thing you can have the next day for the hangover from hell is lots of water, carbohydrates and protein. Guess what the worse thing you can have is ? Yep, fried, high fat foods..err like a fry up.


15 MINUTE WORKOUTS

Seen a lot of these on social media via Mr Wicks (think he got that body doing 15 minute HIIT workouts? Think again). Now whilst 15 minutes is better than no minutes, a 15 minute workout isn't really going to cut it if you want decent results. HIIT workouts are tough, testing and rewarding, but 30 minutes absolute minimum, 45 minutes ideally, 60 minutes max (if you are doing it more than 60 minutes, you probably aren't doing it right). 


DOING JUST CARDIO IS THE WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT

Well if you want to age really quickly then go ahead and smash 5 spinning classes a week. You need your cardio but lifting weights, doing bodyweight exercises and doing plyometrics adds lean muscle to your body which in turn increases your metabolism, which is the rate at which your body burns calories at rest. So do your squats & press ups, don't get hooked on cardio, mix it up a little, 


ALCOHOL

Ah everybodys favourite vice, the one that "doesn't really count". Well it does, and then some. Not only does it contain an awful lot of calories, it is essentially toxic (which is why you throw up after downing a bottle of red and necking 6 tequila slammers). Until all that alcohol is gone from your system, you are unable to burn fat no matter how hard you pound the treadmill the next day. The first thing that has to leave your body when working out after a night on the lash is alcohol. Until that is gone, you ain't burning squat. 


GOOD FATS

There are good fats, like you find in Salmon, Avacado, Eggs and such like and there are bad (trans-fats) fats like you find in Chips, Burgers & Pasties. However, just because you are consuming good fats, it doesn't mean you can eat whopping great hoards of them. They still contain a lot of calories and losing weight is essentially calories in vs calories out. Your body needs fats, good fats, but don't go smashing 5 bits of Salmon and 10 Eggs a day and then wonder why you are putting on weight. 


YOU HAVEN'T GOT TIME TO WORKOUT

We are all busy, life is hectic. But look, if you REALLY want to do something, you will find a way to do it. So if that means getting up 90 minutes earlier or getting home from work 90 minutes later then so be it. It's not about having time, it's about making time. If you want something bad enough, then trust me, you will find a way. It just depends how badly you want it really. 


I'M FAT BUT I'M FIT

I've overheard this quite a lot. You know, those that say I know I'm overweight but I'm still fit, I can still do this that and the other. Well part of that may be true but is it not a bit of a cop out to not lose weight? Are they kidding themselves? Do they really believe it themselves deep down? Yes there are overweight people who can run, lift, do spinning, circuits and such like. But the amount of strain they are putting not only on their joints but also on their heart is frightening. Over the years this constant strain can and probably will take its' toll and end badly. Easiest way to solve it? Keep working out just eat less, drink less, eat healthier, lose weight. Not really all that complicated is it? 

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