What We’re Normally Eating

Loads of you are now back on the training and healthy eating for the new year, and have been asking what we are eating a normal day. As we normally try and log most of our training and diet it would be easier to just take a random day and lay it out. So here they are:

Luke’s

Breakfast 1
4 whole eggs scrambled.
3 slices of back bacon.
150 grams of baby button mushrooms.
all cooked in butter)
Protein shake made with water.

Breakfast 2
2 Raw tomatoes
50 grams of green olives
Quarter pot of full fat hummus
2 Espressos
Handful of cashews

Training
2 hour road ride based on HR zones
Zone 1 = 7%
Zone 2 = 10%
Zone 3 = 15%
Zone 4 = 65%
Zone 5 = 8%

Post training food
Protein shake
2 oranges
chocolate recovery drink


Lunch
200 grams of boiled broccoli
175 grams of pork chops cooked in sesame oil and 5 spice
1 yellow bell pepper cooked with the pork
1 Espressos with MCT oil


Dinner
200 grams chicken breast - roasted
100 grams of cherry tomatoes - roasted
1 large red onion roasted
Spinach salad with mozzarella and balsamic vineger

Snack
Full fat cheddar cheese 4 slices
Table spoon of hummus
10 red grapes
10 almonds

Si's

Breakfast
3-4 Scramble eggs with butter
Smoked salmon  
Half a red grapefruit
Linseeds
Multivitamin
Double espresso with coconut oil
Ton of water

Snack
Almonds/Brazils

Lunch
Spicy Chicken
Roasted peppers. courgettes and aubergine
More coffee

Training - (running/cycling)
1-2 hours
Zone 4-5 where necessary
1-2 Flapjacks

Post exercise recovery shake
Turkish Lahmacun if it's been a tough session!

Dinner
A stack of Chilli con carne (no rice)
Fresh fruit
Glass of red wine

As you can see it’s nothing too dramatic. We’re not too concerned about calories, but mainly the quality of food we eat when we’re hungry. The main thing to take from this is we avoid refined sugar, wheat and make up our calories with good quality fats. If you’re trying to make a start on eating healthier and losing some weight just start by cutting out sugar for a week, then start getting rid of the wheat the week after that, you’l be amazed at how quickly start feeling better and losing weight. Or even better and go back and take a look at our old blogs on Ketogenic Eating, and the 30 Day Slow Carb Challenge. Or even better book in for a session where we can take you through it


 

The 30 Day Challenge, 30 Days On – How Fat is Keeping me Lean!

photo 1So after the 30 day challenge I wondered what would be the best way of maintaining my body fat and increasing performance. I wrestled with a couple of ideas and they all seemed to come back to one thing…..Ketogenics! So what is a Ketogenic diet I hear you ask. Well it’s pretty simply a high fat, low carbohydrate diet…..though this doesn’t mean stuffing your face with pasties and deep fried food. This is about getting your carbs through fruits and vegetables, and getting your fats through good sources like olives, oils, animal fats, nuts, seeds.

So how does eating more fat help me maintain and lose weight.

When the liver is low on stored glucose it begins to use fat as a source of energy, this creates things called Ketones, these can then be used for energy around the body. Though to the achieve this the daily intake of carbs can only be around 50 grams per day. Now a massive drop in carbs naturally will reduce the amount of calories that goes into the body for fuel, but that’s where the fat comes in. By increasing the amount of good dietary fats being ingested, the body will be more comfortable. So weight and performance can be maintained without having to constantly count the calories. Also increasing dietary fat and reducing carbs will promote the body to use fat as a predominant source of energy and burn more stored body fat.

The upsides of Ketogenic Diet.

Many people think of being in ketosis as a bad thing, but all it means is that the body is using fat as an energy source. One of the biggest upsides is the reduction of body fat, as fat is being used instead of stored. Research has also shown that Ketones are the organs preferred source of fuel, and have been known to show increased functions. Ketones are shown to improve alertness, concentration, sleep patterns and hormone levels. Also as calories aren’t being massively resrtricted stress hormones remain lower, this means the body will function better day to day and recover better after training. Stress hormones have the affect of making the body catabolic, this means muscle will be used for energy, this is dramatically reduced on a ketogenic diet. With fat being used as a source of fuel this means training volume can have a increase, as you are less restricted by the amount of stored glucose in the  body, meaning training can be more intense and longer. The last massive upside is that dietary fat adds to the flavor of foods, making meals more enjoyable as we all naturally crave fats. This also means you feel fuller for longer as the body will have a constant supply of energy.

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The Downsides.

The main downsides are minor effects on lifestyle. When the body becomes ketogenic it doesn’t take much in the way of carbs to take you out if it. Thats why carbs have to be kept to around 50 grams, if you go to far out of ketosis by having to many carbs, the body will begin to store the dietary fats. It also takes some getting used to. I would advice doing the 30 days of slow carb eating first, it will reduce the cravings for complex carbs and make the transition easier.

So how did I go about it?

I wasnt too hard having done the 30 days of slow carb eating. All I had to do to adapt was remove the peas and beans from my diet and replace them with, olives, butter, oils, cream, animal fats, cheese, whole eggs, nuts, seeds, chorizo, ect……pretty easy actually. So my average day would be…….Bacon, eggs, and tomato for breakfast……..spinach, cheese and chorizo stuffed chicken for lunch…..nuts and berries to snack……and lamb bolognese with broccoli, asparagus and parmazan for dinner……it all sounds pretty good hey? Once a week I would then chose to either have a one whole cheat day from midday to midnight, or 2 cheat evenings. This just made socializing on weekends easier and didn’t seem to knock me out of ketosis too much. It also allowed the body to completely replenish stores of glycogen throughout the body that would have been slightly diminished through training. The real secret is to make sure you don’t get your 50 grams of carbs though simple carbohydrates. By getting them though vegetables the body will stay in ketosis and not store fat. Having something starchy or sugary will rise insulin and cause the body to stop burning fat.

So how did I get on.

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30 Day Challenge results:

Weight = 73.6 kg

Chest = 106.5 cm

Waist = 81.5 cm

Body Fat = 10.1%

Now

Weight = 77.9 kg

Chest = 107.5 cm

Waist = 82.5 cm

Body Fat = 10%

So from what you can see is that making a massive increase in my dietary fat I have gained 4.3kg, and still maintained my body fat. This means I have had an increase in lean muscle mass and reserves of stored glycogen. We were a little confused by the 1 cm increase in waist size, but we later work out on the calipers that my obliques and abdominal muscle seemed thicker. This even suprised me, It’s very difficult to increase lean mass and maintain body fat all at the same time. The biggest factor of all was the way I feel……I feel amazing! I’m sleeping better and for sorter amounts of time, my recovery and training has gone through the roof, and I am in better moods and have so much more in the way of concentration and alertness. I thought I felt good after the 30 days, but this has taken it to a whole new level.

The secret is again is not to look at this as a “fad diet”, this is just a lifestyle adaptation. Removing the junk food, getting rid of the stuff that that we didn’t evolve to eat and getting back to eating to what suits our bodies. Over the last 60 or so days I haven’t calorie counted, of worried how big my portions are, and on my cheat days I haven’t felt guilty, and this is because what I have been eating has suited the biology and our bodies. So for those reasons I’m going to keep this going the foreseable future and hopefully all will carry on in the same direction, but will keep you all posted. If you want some advice or fancy having a crack at what I’ve tried book in for a session with us at BourneFit Personal Training or check us out on Facebook and Twitter

Many thanks,

Luke

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The 30 Day Body Challenge!…..4 Days In!!!

So why this plan?

photo 1This plan comes down to one thing….regulating insulin! Will try and not go ridiculously in depth and over the top with this. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar. It causes glucose to be taken up by cells in the liver, muscles and fat tissues, where it is converted to glycogen to be stored. Insulin also lowers the use of fat as an energy source. These are both vital functions for the body, but things go wrong when these insulin levels rise too high or low. Almost everything we eat will cause a increase in glucose and insulin, but things like sugar, simple carbohydrates, fruits and caffeine cause insulin levels to rise higher than normal. This then causes a spike in insulin, which means you are less likely to use stored fat and more likely to store fat cells. On the other hand letting your blood glucose drop to low, will cause you to become tired and lethargic, and increase the production of stress hormones that will also affect how the body burns fat. Everything on this plan is designed to keep blood glucose and insulin at a stable level. It will also elevate those ups and down in energy throughout the day making you feel better!

Day 1

Lunch 24-06-2013It’s here and my cupboards look like they would happily feed the Animals of Farthing Wood. I bypassed the coffee and porridge, and went straight for the Brazil nuts and ice cold water! This was then followed by my shower……..of which the last minute was cold (I can’t exaggerate enough how long a minute feels when the water’s that cold). To my surprise I actually felt pretty good afterwards, well and truly invigorated! Breakfast, 3 eggs whites and 1 whole egg scrambled with smoked salmon (this has now become my breakfast of choice. Late morning……the serious urge for caffeine begins. Normally by now the coffee machine would be on, and I would have the sweet ringing in my ears of caffeine’s fake energy. Instead I was drinking hot lemon water! The 90 second workout helped with the urges……ish!  As the morning turned to lunch time I found myself for the first time in a while looking forward to lunch! Not because I was hungry, but because my healthy lunch wasn’t one of the typical options (pasta, sandwich, soup). Today’s lunch was Chicken breast with whole cloves of garlic, spinach and sesame seeds, and a side of mixed beans in balsamic vinegar…..Not to blow my own trumpet, but it was pretty good! By later afternoon I found myself getting pretty hungry, and I knew why! I had made the portion of beans for my lunch too small. Beans are going to be the biggest form of carbs in your meals, so making sure you have enough to keep you going to dinner is a big deal. I quashed the cravings with more water and a small handful of nuts and seeds. Had training planned today, decided to time it right before dinner. It means you have a nice sized meal right when your body needs the nutrients the most, and it alleviates the need for supplementing things into your diet after training. Training was resistance based, mainly leg stuff today…heavy squats, lunges, glute activation, core and elements of posture correction. Dinner was a chicken and chickpea salad, with lettuce and celery.Finished up work for the night and to my surprise I was still hunger free….result! I did my 90 second workout, pulled the ice pack out of the freezer and popped it on the back of my neck for 30 minutes. I also caught the start of “the man with the 10 stone testicles”, and while I sat there with a freezing cold neck I thought “It definitely could be worse!”.  So that’s day one over, apart from the odd wanting for caffeine it’s been ok! Though I’m feeling like most of the issues based on habit. Eating and drinking because I’m bored or frustrated with something have become second nature, Think a big key is going to be breaking routines

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So why all the cold stuff?

I know the cold showers, ice packs on the neck and drinking ice cold water seem mental……and yeah they are a bit! But there is some logic to this madness. Swimmers, mountain climbers, arctic explorers all have 2 things in common…..massive calorie consumption and cold exposure! All these people consume massive amounts of calories daily, but not all of these calories are used just for movement and activities. A big portion is used for the maintenance of core temperature. Research has shown that cold exposure can increase the production of a hormone called Adiponectin. This hormone increases the oxidation of fatty acids and the uptake of glucose into the muscle. Cold exposure also stimulates brown adipose tissue to burn fat and glucose to produce heat. Now I’m not implying that we all need to start going for cold walks in our pants, but the odd cold shower, ice pack on the neck and drinking ice cold water can have some great effects on fat loss.

Day 2.

lunch 25-06-2013Today is always going to be a pain as I spend all day at work (7:30am-9:00pm). So have to resort to Tupperware boxes, to stop the urge of using any number of Charminster’s eateries. So had prepared 2 boxes of food in advance.  One of prawn and bean salad, the other of tuna steaks, spinach salad and lentils. The morning started the same as the day before! I’m going to try and keep the morning routine…..Wake, ice water, almonds, cold shower, eggs and salmon, 90 second workout! Hopefully that will be set to autopilot in a few days! About 11 o’clock and a headache from behind the eyes hits like a steam train! I’ve been denying this would happen, but this was inevitable……This is the withdrawal from sugar and caffeine! This is because of an increased susceptibility to a neurotransmitter called Adenosine. Adenosine widens the blood vessels in the head, but is normally suppressed by caffeine. When you cut out caffeine in one go, the effects are exaggerated and BANG!…..massive headache! Lots of water and a power nap definitely helped to take the edge off. Training in the afternoon and pushed for time so had to stick for intervals on the spin bike. 5 sets of 5×30 second sprints, with 30 second rest between sprints and 4 minutes rest between sets. This training is normally brutal, and today was definitely no exception!

photo12The change of eating hasn’t seemed to have affected the training, I felt a bit sluggish before, but once I started all was fine (as fine as you can be when your heart rate’s peaking at 190bpm). Finally made it back from work, Tupperware boxes empty, and knackered! Though that annoying stomach gurgling began, late night hunger had kicked in! Now normally in these situations I’d be stirring up a big bowl of milky porridge. Tonight I went for a small bowl of prawns and smoked salmon…..this did the trick! I am amazed at how much my appetite has decreased in just a couple of days! Chewing food and getting rid of the stodgy stuff has got the stomach back to normal! Ice pack on the neck and some New Girl on the tele, then off to bed! Day two survived!

 

Day 3

5Routine as normal this morning, slowly becoming a habit, so can just roll out of bed and get on with it. Had a break early this morning so swapped the 90 second workout for 30 minutes of resistance training. H.I.T. weight training, I highly recommend it! Lunch rolled around a few hours later, mashed Mexican beans stuffed and roasted in peppers, with fajita chicken….seriously hit the spot! Again switched the 90 seconds work out for 15 minutes of posture rebalancing and glute activation work (can find more info in the Power of the Buns blog).Slightly annoying timing for dinner tonight, decided to eat earlier. Its better being full rather than getting hungry later at work…..bad decisions happen if you let yourself get hungry! Chicken, bean, spinach and cashew nut stir fry for dinner, really quick, easy and filling! Made it through the late night at work with no hunger pains….though still could murder a coffee though, but that’s getting better! Home, ice pack on neck, water and an early night…..3 days in and still ok!

Day 4

1Morning off today! Little lie in, but same drill as normal! I knew I was going for a run in the afternoon, so was going to have to time lunch. Lunch today was seared Cajun tuna steaks and peas……lots of peas! Run at 3pm, so lunch at 1pm. This gives enough time for the stomach to empty, but also still to have the slight rise in blood glucose to help with training. I’m not going to lie, training was horrible! 3.5km around the off-road Meyrick lap! If you’ve never done the Meyrick park lap I would recommend it. Hilly, varied terrain and very fast once you get the feel for it. My legs felt like lead from the first minute, but this was to be expected! Every training session has been powered by high energy, fast acting foods and drinks. This diet is designed to make the body more efficient with the stored energy it has, but this does take time (from what I’ve experienced in the past, about a week). Finished the run, and only fractionally slower than normal, but definitely felt harder. Treated myself afterwards to a hand full of nuts, seeds and some berries as a recovery snack. Dinner tonight was a Tupperware box with tuna steak salad. Really looked forward to it after today’s run as I was feeling a little flat. 2Finished work and quickly did some stretching and posture exercises before heading home. Normal evening finish with an ice pack on the neck, and cold water before bed. Definitely starting to see and feel some changes. Reduction in bloating, water retention and weight, all of which are definitely noticeable around the stomach. Also a massive reduction in appetite! Not getting those hankerings for snacks throughout the day. All seems to be heading in the right direction! And not far from the cheat day!!!!!

The 30 Day Body Challenge!

So Here I Go!

photo 130 days of eating and living like a saint! (Apart from the cheat days, but we’ll get to that later). What inspired me to do this? Well I’m like most people, I’m brilliant at nailing one aspect of health and fitness at a time. I will be totally on it with training, but will let my nutrition slip with my “oh I’v earned this after today’s training” attitude. Or will have a more relaxed time with exercise, but be eating like a stone aged health guru! So what changed?

After giving clients tips to help with their nutritional plans, I thought “what if I applied everything i’ve ever told my clients, and stuck to it for 30 days?” What’s the potential? What are the limitations? Can it actually be done?…….Well there’s only one way to find out!

 

What’s the plan then?
The goal is to reduce body fat, maintain lean muscle mass, improve fitness, improve recovery from training, and generally feel better. The key thing is to keep it as simple as possible…….A list of rules about nutrition,  some tips to speed the process along, and an exercise plan….easy right? (Famous last words?)

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Now you’re all welcome to try this with me, I’ve added a link of what foods are good to start with below. We all know roughly what we should be eating and doing to stay fit and healthy, but I suppose it comes down to one thing “how bad do we want it?”


The rules:

  • Only Slow Carbs – Beans, Legumes, Veggies.
  • No Starchy Foods – Potatoes, Rice, Porridge, Pasta, Bread.
  • No Sugar.
  • No Dairy.
  • Protein in every meal.
  • Don’t drink your calories.
  • Lots of water.
  • Avoid Sauces – Season food with herbs and spices.
  • Breakfast within 30 minutes of waking.
  • No artificial sugar – Diet drinks or sweeteners.
  • Only have fruit after and around training.
  • No Caffeine.
  • Have one cheat day every week.

The tips!

These are a few things that can just help everything along. If you’re already happy with the way you eat, try just using these on their own.

  • Chew everything 20 times before swallowing.
  • 60 seconds of Squats, Push-ups and Bent-over Flys 90 minutes after eating.
  • Ice cold water first thing in the morning.
  • A few nuts 15 minutes before eating main meals.
  • Place an ice pack for 30 minutes on the back of the neck in the evening.
  • Make the last minutes of your shower cold (Sounds horrible I know).
  • Stick something citric in your water.

 

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Training

2-3 x 30 minute sessions a week of resistance based training . Either classic weight training or circuit training.

2-3 Aerobic training sessions a week. Around 30-60 minutes either running or biking, and preferable interval based

15 minutes of stretching and posture exercises everyday

Make sure one of your training days falls on your cheat day.

 

I know this might seem like a lot to take in, but when planned out over a week it should be totally maintainable. There is a lot of science related to all of the above, but I’ll explaining all that over the next few weeks (don’t want to bore you all in one go). So this is what the day will plan out like:

8:00:      Wake
8:02:      5 Almonds with Ice cold water with lemon
8:10:      Shower (last minute cold!)
8:15:      Breakfast
10:00:    90 second workout
12:45:    5 Brazil nuts
13:00:    Lunch
15:00:    90 second workout
17:30:    Training (including posture and stretching)
18:15:    Fruit and nuts
18:30:    Dinner
20:30:    90 second workout
20:35:    30 minutes ice pack on the back of the neck
21:30+   Bed

Now depending on your work commitments and training plans your day may look a bit different. So don’t be afraid to tinker with it, and making it work around your day

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So where to start?

If we don’t have a start point, how will we know how we’ve done after 30 days? There are plenty of things to track progress. Weight, measurements, body fat %, clothing size, visual aesthetics, performance, mood, and generally feel. I’ve chosen weight, circumferences, body fat %, a photo (will post that with an “after” photo at the end. Topless photos on the Internet….what would my mother say?!?) and luckily I have a training log so can see how my training is progressing.
So……
Height: 178.5cm
Weight: 78.2kg
Waist: 86cm
Chest: 108cm
Body fat %: 12.9%

I officially started today, so based on the fact I’m writing this I’ve survived the first day so that’s something! Will be keeping you all updated with a diary and will be explaining some of the science and reason behind the plan.

Feel free to join in and keep us updated with how you’re getting on!

GOOD LUCK!!!!

Check out the rest of out articles for more advice on weight loss, fitness and health!

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http://www.bourne-fit.co.uk/news/what-to-eat-on-the-30-day-body-challenge/

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Sports Nutrition – how to maximize recovery

So, we’ve done the hard work.  Fuelled up, hydrated well beforehand, maintained the body and equipment, worked until the lungs burst and lay in the car park, totally spent.  Nutrition following exercise can be one of the most important elements in recovery.

WINDOW OF RECOVERY

Within the first 20 minutes following exercise, the body is very susceptible to good nutrition.   An important point here however, is the intensity and duration of the exercise dictates the importance.  The harder and more often the training, the more weight this carries.  At the other end, a 20 minute dog walk up the park does not justify any extra thought at all!

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THE MAIN GOALS

There are a number of things we are trying to achieve following a training.

Rehydrate.

The body will definitely be dehydrated after exercise, no matter how much water has been consumed.  The best option keep sipping the clear stuff for the remainder of the day.

Restock glycogen stores

Glycogen stores are essentially our energy stores in the muscles and liver.  We have roughly an hour’s worth of glycogen which will be depleted after exercise and needs boosting quickly.  Getting some fast release sugars into the body within 20 minutes will be absorbed much quicker than other times.

Help rebuild the tired muscles

Protein is the nutrient required for growth and repair.  Consuming some protein following training helps the muscles get back on track.

Replace any electrolytes

We lose electrolytes through a sweaty session and these also need replacing.

 

Eseentially a fluid based recovery drink is ideal. Manufactured recovery drinks are available containing pure carbs with a ration of protein satisfy most of the needs here.  Another personal favourite is flavoured milkshake (mmm frijj chocolate!), the perfect blend of carbs and protein.  For some fruit juice with a pinch of salt is a favourite as it contains electrolytes and sugar.

Whether it’s drink based or even as simple as a ham sandwich, remember, the first 20 minutes are the best! Enjoy

Why Crash Diets Don’t Work!

The New Year is looming, and it’s easy to resort to crash diets or a detox to shift that Christmas weight! Crash diets just aren’t the answer though, and you’re more than likely to be setting yourself up for disappointment!

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What is  a crash diet? 

Crash dieting pays no attention to healthy living or a good balance of foods. It just focuses on the drastic reduction of calories! (below 1500 kcal). They will also focus on a very narrow range of foods, seriously restricting what and when you can eat. Some crash diets completely remove foods all together and replace them with shakes and supplements. Though people show some short term results with crash diets, most gain more weight not long after stopping. These short term results don’t come without their costs though. Most crash dieters find they suffer with hunger pains, lack of energy, poor sleep patterns, mood swings, poor skin and hair, bad breath and lack of concentration……….and all this to lose some weight that you will put straight back on!

Why crash diets don’t work?

Drastically reducing calories causes the body to lower its metabolism. Your metabolism can be summed up as the calories your body uses to maintain all it’s functions throughout the day. A slow metabolism means the body will require less calories throughout the day. This means losing weight through calorie restraint becomes even harder. It also means that when the diet is over or you have a “bad day” the body is unable to deal with the extra calories and is more likely to store them as fat! This is made worse by the fact that when feeling starved, the brain makes the urge for calorific foods higher….making those leftover Xmas crisps, biscuits and chocolate almost impossible to say no to! Crash diets also don’t change people’s behavior towards food or their lifestyle. So when the diet is over, it’s very easy to go straight back to poor eating habits and start putting the weight back on!

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How much weight should you be losing dieting properly?

A healthy and maintainable rate of weight loss is 2 lbs a week! When hearing claims of people losing 10 lbs a week, this is almost certainly done with massive calorie restrictions, and wont be long till all the weight comes back! Just remember 2 lbs a week is 7 stone 6 lbs over a year…….sounds pretty good for weight that will stay off!

What’s the right way to do it?

A good diet should consist of a healthy balance of foods, a healthy reduction in calories, and an increase in activity. A healthy reduction in calories will be between 300-500 calories a day. This will allow the body to adapt without feeling starved, and will begin to burn fat as a source of fuel. It is also good to eat smaller portions more often throughout the day. This keeps the metabolism high, and also evens out the body’s blood sugar. A steady blood glucose level will stop problems like lack of energy, mood swings, and will make you more likely to burn fat.  It’s also essential to avoid quick releasing calorific foods! These are things like sugar, chocolate, white bread, white pasta, crisps, fizzy drinks and highly processed foods. These cause a large rise in blood glucose and stop your body burning fat. A good diet should consist of fresh fruits and vegetables, a mix of proteins, seeds, nuts and slow releasing carbohydrates, and plenty of water. When combined with a productive exercise plan and weight loss should come easily and not become something that is difficult.

For a nutritional assessment why not book in for a session at the BourneFit Studio by clicking here

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Exercise and Recovery

Recovery from training is without doubt the most important part.  No matter how hard (or easy) we train, if recovery is poor the gains are compromised.  This article looks at how we can improve recovery.

What is recovery and what happens?

Recovery starts from the time we finish a workout.  Typically the main portion

of recovery would be a couple of days, with some evidence pointing to full and total adaption from any one workout weeks after the session.  It is probably best to consider recovery as the former – a few days, a  ‘tough’ workout will normally need close to 36 hours.

Clearly the workout will dictate what recovery is needed.  On a superficial level, a weights workout will require lots of muscular repair, a cardio workout more of an entire system recovery including muscular.  This will always depend on the usual factors – intensity, type of training, muscle groups used and duration.

Some of us recover faster than others. 

A seriously positive side effect of having fast recovery is that we are fresh for the next workout sooner, over time we get a lot fitter. Someone who can train 4 times a week will get much fitter than someone at twice a week.   Top athletes through regular training and lucky genetics have a huge capacity to recover.

 

The perfect way to recover

With that in mind we would all love to recover faster.  There are a number of things we can do.

BEFORE TRAINING

  • Eat well before training, it improves recovery and give the body a head start
  • Warm up thoroughly – warm muscles get less damaged during training

DURING TRAINING

  • Train smarter, not harder – do what’s necessary for improvement but don’t overdo it!

AFTER TRAINING

  • Eat and drink as soon as you are finished, before even getting in the shower
  • Have some protein at this time
  • Get good quality sleep, even a daytime nap
  • Great nutrition will always help recovery – ever seen an Olympian eating a burger?
  • Doing some ‘light’ activity the following day using the same muscle groups will speed recovery
  • Have a massage – all the pro’s get this every day
  • Stretch to alleviate muscle tightness and increase blood flow

 

For more information on training, recovery and nutrition or for expert advice, visit BourneFit – our  Bournemouth Personal Training Studio website is at www.bourne-fit.co.uk

 

 

Protein: an overview

PROTEIN is derived from the greek word ‘protos’ meaning first, since protein is the basic material of all living cells.  Protein diets, protein shakes, protein powders……..what’s all the fuss about?

 

What is protein?

Protein is found in all the cells of the body from the hair to the fingernails, which explains why 20-25% of our body weight is protein.  It is required for growth and repair of tissue, hence it’s association with muscle.  It also helps to create enzymes that enable us to digest food, antibodies  to fight infection and hormones that keep the body working properly.  Protein can also be converted to energy when the body is running low.

 

Amino Acids

Once eaten, protein is gradually digested in the body into much smaller proteins call amino acids.  There are 25 different types of amino acid, 17 of which can be made naturally by the body.  The other 8 amino acids must therefore be eaten in the diet.  These 8 aptly named `essential` amino acids can be used like building blocks to form any of the other 17 amino acids.

 

How much protein do we need?

Daily protein intake of around 1g per KG of body weight is adequate for most people (for example someone weighing 70kg would require around 70g of protein per day).  This amounts to around 15-20% of total calorie intake.  In sports performance protein plays an important part in growth and recovery and is therefore required in higher amounts.

 

Bodybuilders may consume anywhere between 200-400g  of protein per day, although this is the extreme end of the scale!  There still remains diversity among nutritionists with quite varied .recommended intakes   Between 1.5g  and 2.5g per KG of body weight is generally adequate even for top athletes.

 

  • If we consume enough calories, then we will get enough protein unless our diet is high in sugar and fat.
  • Too little protein will clearly impair performance and recovery, leading to loss of lean tissue.
  • On the other end of the scale, beware excess protein puts a strain on the liver and kidneys

 

Quality not quantity

Protein content is high in meat, fish, eggs, pulses, dairy products, nuts and

seeds.  Animal sources tend to account for 60-70% of the protein intake and

although meat, particularly red meat is an excellent source of protein, it is

high in saturated fat bringing with it negative health factors.  Beans on the

other hand may only contain 50% protein but the remaining calories come

from slow release carbohydrates and no fat!!

 

The way forward

Try to vary your protein sources and don’t rely on meat too heavily.  Eggs are the most complete protein source, containing a range of vitamins and minerals as well.   Cottage cheese is a great natural source due to its value and anti cancer properties.  Oily fish, nuts and seeds are other great options – high in protein as well as essential fatty acids which bring many health benefits.

 

 

Weight Loss: all foods are not equal


We all know about calories and you only have to read food labels to check the energy content of foods.  However we also know that all foods are not created equal.  Check out some of the foods below to encourage your fatburning potential.

Protein foods
Foods like chicken, fish, pork, eggs and steak have a higher thermic effect.  This essentially means the food requires more energy for the body to break it down.  These foods are also excellent in suppressing appetite.


Berries
Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries etc are all fair game as they are super slow release, also suppressing appetite and encouraging the body to burn fat.

Nuts, Seeds and their Oils
These foods are high in fat and also calories, but the key is good fats.  We naturally crave these fats and even a truck load of burgers will not satisfy these cravings.  We need the good stuff.  Adding Olive oil to salads, increasing oily fish, nuts and seeds is all good.