Category - Diet & Nutrition

5 Tips For Better Training

Weight Loss past and present
Over the last 3 years I’ve picked up a few tips to help with training and exercising that have not only helped with the physical aspects of training, but also with post training recovery. Over the last 3 years I’ve dropped nearly 3 stone, improved my cardio ability and am probably the fittest I’ve been since my early 20’s – Not bad for a 46yr old!

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Is Our Weight Genetically Predetermined?

Weighing Scales
Looking back over the last 2 years of regular exercise and a heavily modified diet, it’s occured to me that my weight fluctutation or maintenance has pretty much consistently been in the same region, give or take a couple of pounds for the entire time. Is this something that is down to me fluctuating with my calorie / exercise numbers or is there something more to it?

I’m pretty consistent when it comes to my general calorie intake, and after the last couple of years I’ve become accustomed to the amount of calories in most of the food that I eat and as such don’t always monitor or track it with my nutrition apps. However, in the last 2 years, since my initial weight loss, I’ve settled around the 172lb mark and haven’t really gone any higher than 175lb or lower than 168lb. At either of those extremes, I’ve still pretty quickly returned to my mid-point without any real effort. So this has led me to do a little research on the topic and have found a few articles that point at various medical tests & theories that suggest that we all have a ‘normal‘ weight that our bodies seem to gravitate towards providing we lead a normal lifestyle – Eating silly amounts of calories and/or sitting on your ass all day long!

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Great Article on Dried Fruits

Dried Fruits Apricots and Cranberries
If you substitute sweets for dried fruit, or enjoy it as a ‘healthy’ snack, this article over at My Fitness Pal may open your eyes to the benefits and the pitfalls of dried fruit. Obviously, with everythig in life it’s all about moderation. A little bit of what you fancy won’t do any harm, but overindulge and.. well!

Dried fruits can make a convenient snack or a quick way to add sweetness to a salad. But if you’ve ever wondered if dried fruits have the same nutritional benefits as fresh, the truth is: not quite.

Studies suggest dried fruits may be a good source of important nutrients, such as fiber, vitamins A, C, and K, magnesium, potassium, and calcium, and they may improve diet quality. But before you fill your grocery cart with dehydrated dates, here are some things to keep in mind:

Read the full article here – The Truth About Dried Fruit (My Fitness Pal)

Do Protein Shakes Work After Training?

Protein Powder
Firstly, let me start by saying this is not a scientific experiment and is simply a personal study over a few weeks.

For a long time, I’ve used protein shakes after (and sometimes before) a ride on the bike. After doing some online research into the effects of protein on muscle regeneration I felt it was worth trying to see if it did in fact aid in reducing post training muscle fatigue and decreased recovery times.

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Back to the fitness plan in 2013

Cube Analog Disc 2012 Mountain Bike
[dropcap2]M[/dropcap2]y god, was that sunshine I saw yesterday? Surely not!

Actually it was, and what a lovely sight it was to behold. Taking the opportunity by the short and curlies, it was out on the bike after work for a bit of a blast. Time to get rid of the cobwebs and even get the shorts on…. really! I’ve missed the feeling of looking forward to getting home from work and getting out for a good ride on the old Cube Analogue Disc 2012 to experience some fresh air and wind in the face…

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