We all love eating out, but it’s hard for us folks that like to eat out and be reasonably healthy and stay on track with your fitness goals. I’ve put together 8 tasty & healthy restaurants situated in Dublin that you can try for under a tenner.
Now, They are all fantastic but from 8th- to my favourite in 1st here we go…
8. The Donkey Shed
This one is not in Dublin I know but its close enough it’s a true gem of a place, yeah the food is great but what’s better is the fact that it’s a farm. You can go chat with the goats, pigs and cows while you go for a walk after your feed. It’s all locally farmed produce too which is great. Nice plave for brunch with the family.
7. Kennedys Food Store
These folks have mastered the art of sandwich making, breakfast and lunch. There is something about the feeling of being in the place that makes me feel like im in the countryside in America and I don’t know why maybe you can tell me.
6. Falon & Byrne
At 8ish euro this very decent salad bar is really lovely, it’s like a posh deli. The ingredients are fresh, and portions are pretty big.
A burrito heaven. At 8ish euro. You can get a box burrito without the wrap if you are trying to keep carbs lower. The Taste is unreal, service is quick and it’s under 10 euro. A smart choice for a hungry professional on lunch in the city or if your starving after too much shopping. It’s a pretty cool place to sit and eat too.
Making salads cool at 5-10euro. Chopped are taking over the world with massive growth promising to give people a healthier choice when it comes to fast food. This is a fresh healthy shop with wraps, salad boxes, smoothies, juices and sweat treats like homemade power balls and protein bars. You can even order your food for the week. They also have a specific training menu, like trx bowl or bodybuilding bowl. You can find a chopped on any major street in Dublin Baggot st, O’connell st, Temple bar, and Fairview to name a few, Dublin airport, Swords pavilions and even Cyprus. With more to come, I’m sure.
A seriously good lunch menu for 10 on South William St. You get serious variety. You pay 10 and get 3 categories with about 10 options on each from Thai green curry, sweet potato fries, Mixed steamed veg, mini tower burgers and lasagnes.
2. Pho Viet
Pay just over 10euro but it will be a proper main course with amazing taste and restaurant quality. The atmosphere is very real it literally feels like a Vietnamese back street joint.
1. Bach 16
If you want to have lunch in style in a relaxing & cosy tapas/wine bar this is the place. You can get a gourmet sandwich for 5-10euro and remember a glass of wine a day is good for you too, so if you are thirsty they will help you quench it with a lovely wine to suit your taste and food. Here they really know their wines, so if you’re looking to wine & dine in a romantic setting with exceptional service this is the spot. Dinner platters, salads and thin crust homemade pizzas 10 to 18euro. This place is dear to me as I had my engagement dinner here with my wife and parents.
I hope you enjoyed my recommendations if so please share with your friends and even drop me a comment below. Even tell me some of your favourite spots.
I realised after spending 5 years of my life as a personal trainer learning about health & fitness that “IT WASN’T FOR ME” I studied and spent so much time, effort and money on personal training doing numerous health & fitness related courses.
Before you start thinking I’m being negative just keep reading.
I suffered a lot as a teenager with confidence issues because I was fat. A time came when I was about 15 years of age when I said enough was enough. I needed to start living my life and stop feeling so self-conscious and anxious. One day I was looking in the mirror holding my rolls of fat saying why is this here. I wanted to cut it off I was so frustrated and oblivious as to why I was this way. Why I couldn’t feel comfortable in my clothes or in public situations
The day came when I looked for help. I asked for health & fitness magazines for my birthday. The ones with the lads on the front cover with solid 6 packs and massive arms. I read these with more enthusiasm than any school book. That same year I asked for a boxing bag and a set of weights for Christmas. I sat in my kitchen almost every night pumping iron and boxing in the garden because I wanted to be like Rocky from the movie.
As I studied more and more about nutrition and fitness I learned a lot about diseases and injuries and how much can be prevented and substantially reduced by leading a healthier lifestyle. This made me really focus on sharing my new knowledge and advice with my family.
I would have annoyed them with facts or lectures on certain subjects like smoking, alcohol and obesity. I actually did that so much that my family slowly but surely became healthier and more conscious of certain food choices. My mam and sister quit smoking, we all started to eat less processed junk food and more whole food fruits and vegetables, actually cared about drinking enough water and even exercised together.
When I saw my family change their habits and feel better. I realised that health and fitness wasn’t for me. It was for the ones I loved. When you see your mother or father improve their health and fitness you feel damn good and happy that they are increasing their lifespan but more importantly the quality of life they are living. I can only imagine what they feel when they see me, their son leading a healthy, happy life with good fitness levels.
Of course, we all look to the future and when I do I think of having a family, this is built into us. What motivated me most is to be strong, fit and healthy for my future wife, kids & family. To be strong enough to protect my family & my wife. To be a role model for my kids to lead a healthy, fit life too. If I see someone I love sick or unhappy it breaks my heart. So, I don’t want to break anyone’s heart that loves me by being sick or unhappy myself.
It’s for the people you love most in this world. Do your best not to break your families’ hearts and keep yourself well, happy and fit by leading a balanced healthy lifestyle.
Thank you for reading make sure to share with the ones you love and help them make a change for the best
Start with changing 1 basic small easy habit every for 2 weeks
It could be
Give yourself a year to nail the basics and you’ll be just fine.
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Know how I know you’re a cool person, because you are on my website and this place is only for cool people. Anyways this is my continuous recipe and meal idea blog. I’m going to be adding to it every week. So feel free to try some out and share with your friends. I would love some feedback too, so let me know how they are tasting when you get a chance. So I can improve things.
Obviously your here to improve your health and fitness by getting some recipe and meal ideas. Good for you, keep up the good work. I’m going to let you in on some key information I use with clients. I don’t tell my client to use calorie counting or unsustainable fad diets etc. I will show you here what works best for longterm practical change and positive body transformation. This will help you build lean strong muscles and burn more fat over time and keep the results.
How to prepare a meal using your hands. Your hands match the size of you, its specific to your body. They are portable so no need to bring a weighing scales with you like when you are calorie counting. This is a general basic guide for the average sedentary 60kg woman- 80kg man. This is usually looked at after the basics are mastered.
Meats, chicken turkey, beans, tofu,
Brocolli, salads, carrots, peas, cabbage, onions.
Any potatoes, rice (optimal), pasta, bread, couscous, grains etc.
Coconut, extra virgin olive oils, high fat cheese, nuts, avocado.
You can also add in 1 shake or side of fruit depending on goals ie weight gain or sports performance.
Now you can eat 3 times a day or 6 times a day depending on goals, preference, body type and lifestyle too.
Now you need to focus on a few other things to help your transformation.
These are a lot of things to handle alone and all at once. Don’t be overwhelmed. We can help you be the happiest most confident version of yourself by losing the stubborn fat for good not just for a few weeks and transforming your life through better habits forever. Are you interested in being coached to your ultimate life and body transformation and form the lifelong habits like the ones above to be the best version of you.
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If not just enjoy the recipes below.
“This is a lovely light summer salad perfect for eating in the garden sun. Made with soft goats cheese, fresh juicy sweet pomegranate, crunchy walnuts and balsamic vinegar on a bed of tender fresh spinach and little gem lettuce”
(serves 1 person but just double if serving 2 and so on)
2 big handfuls of spinach chopped, 3 little gem lettuce leaves chopped (can use any preferred leaves), 1 handful of walnuts, 1 palm-size cut of goats cheese diced (or any soft cheese), 1/4 of a pomegranate (or chopped apple), drizzle of balsamic vinegar (or mayo).
Remember to eat with purpose, chew slow and enjoy every bite like its your last. This will help you build a good habit and eat less over time helping you get lean and healthy.
“Iv never felt so full and satisfied yet lighter and full of energy. With a spaghetti alternative in the form of spiralised squash, crunchy spinach leaves and leftover chicken breasts seasoned to perfection”
(serves 1 person but just double if serving 2 and so on)
1 packet of bright orange squashetti (or make it yourself), 1 handful of spinach 1 red onion diced, 3 cloves of crushed garlic, leftover meat (or any freshly cooked meat), sea salt & pepper, coconut oil.
Enjoy and remember to really transform your lifestyle and body you need to commit to at least 12 months of structured yet 100% doable habit changes not focusing on any more than 1 habit per 2 weeks until it is mastered. Combine this with physical activity and exercise. In a year you can master 26 solid positive habits that will improve your life and most definitely transform your body forever.
“A quick tasty super-food snack with balanced nutrition and craving killing superpowers. This is smooth thick Greek yogurt topped with milled chia seeds, juicy blueberries, sweet honey, crunchy walnuts and seasoned with aromatic cinnamon”s
(serves 1 person but just double if serving 2 and so on)
2 table spoons of Greek yogurt, 2 tea spoons of chia seeds (or any seeds), 5 blue berries (or any berries), a tea spoon of honey (or not) 4 ,walnuts (or any nut), and a sprinkle of cinnamon (or nutmeg or nothing).
Eat and enjoy for lunch or as a night time snack instead of chocolate. Remember success is a lot less complicated than you think. Make sure you are just consistent, patient and prepared. Exercise and eat well.
“Rice doesn’t have to be bland and boring. Try this exciting tasty and colourful rice next time you are making a curry or something like that.
(serves 1 person but just double if serving 2 and so on)
2 Cupped handfuls of basmati rice dry, 1 carrot chopped, half a red onion chopped, 3 crushed cloves of garlic, 1 handful of chopped broccoli, 1 cupped handful of chickpeas. 2 Thumbs of coconut oil.Curry powder, sea salt and paprika,
Remember try eat most of your calories and high carbohydrates foods around an activity like the gym or long walks to make sure you using up the energy your eating.
Or in Thai (kai phad med ma muang)
“If your sick of chicken and broccoli this will satisfy all your needs”
(Serves 1 so x by how many meals you want)
A handful of chicken breast sliced thin, Half an onion diced, 1 peeled and crushed clove of garlic, 7 cashew nuts, shallow fried, 2 spring onions cut 1 inch apart, 1 large red dried chilli cut into pieces & shallow fried, 1 tbs of olive oil, ¼ cup of chicken stock, 1 tsp of tapioca flour mixed with 2 tsp of water, Sauce mix- 1 tbs of oyster sauce, ½ tbs of soy sauce, ½ tsp of sugar.
“A very tasty dish that keeps you satisfied and will have your meat bursting with flavour”
½ minced pork/chicken, turkey, beef or tofu, ½ an onion thinly sliced, 2 cloves of garlic crushed, 4 small chillies, stem removed and crushed, 20 holy basil, basil leaves., 2-4 tbsp of water or chicken stock, 1 tbs of olive oil, Sauce- 1 tbs of oyster sauce, 1 tsp fish sauce, ¼ tbs of black soy sauce, pinch of sugar.
“The most famous dish in Thailand and my favourite. I had this almost every day when I was travelling there for 2 months”
1 handful of rice noodles (or any), 1 Crushed clove of garlic, 1 palm of firm tofu, 1 tsp of coconut oil, 1 handful of bean sprouts, ¼ cup of water, 1 stalks of chives cut in to 2-inch sizes., Season with roasted peanut and chilli powder as you like, Sause 1 tbsp of sugar, 1 tbsp of tamarind juice, 1 tbp of soy/fish sauce
“A seriously flavoursome dinner for anyone that likes a bit of zinga to there food”
1 cup of coconut milk. 1 handful of thinly sliced chicken breast, 1 large eggplant stem removed cut into 8 pieces.
5 whole small eggplants1/2 a red large chilli, sliced. 1 kaffir lime leaf stem removed torn into pieces
5 sweet basil leaves
¼ cup of pineapple thinly sliced (optional)
1 tbls of red curry paste.
Sauce 1 tbp of fish/soy sauce
½ tbp of sugar
Handful of cubed chicken breast, 1 small potato peeled, boiled and cut into cubes same size as the chicken.
1 cup of coconut milk, tbp of coconut oil, 1 tbp of massamam curry paste bought or home made
2 cardamom pods, 1 bay leaf, 1 piece of cinnamon roasted.
Sauces 1 tbp of fish sauce, tamarind juices and sugar
recipes to come
What am I talking about?
Diets! weight watchers, calorie counting, bulking, cutting, slimming world, fasting, clean eating and IIFYM (if-it-fits-your-macros) they are all a waste of time if you want a healthy longterm solution to a fit lean body and I am unhappy to say I found out the hard way. I have yoyo dieted tried almost everything to get lean and in shape for good and nothing worked. Yeah, I got a result (although some diets were too overwhelming for me to do for more than 2 weeks), as soon as I went out and enjoyed myself or stopped following the religious diet I very quickly went back to being not so lean and out of shape. Yeah, it’s obvious it would happen but I didn’t think It would so bloody quick.
I Have Some Good News Though
I found what actually works long term for a lean, healthy and in shape body that is actually sustainable.
Is the best way by far for long-term sustainable results and is what I recommend and coach my clients on. WHY? well, habits make up our lives from brushing our teeth to driving our cars they are all habits instinctively performed each day without effort or thought. Imagine being able to say the same about eating a healthy diet and leading a healthy lifetsyle. Now, let’s look back at the other forms of diet you may have done or seen in the past. They have you banish the processed foods and sweets from your home and eat their way straight away not to mention the products you may have to buy. Have you ever not hit a goal or result and just gave up because you were overwhelmed? You most likely had too much information to get through or tried to do too much at once. If this is you, I would like to share an amazingly powerful principle with you, one that will increase your chances of success and not just a small bit.
If you use the strategies here, your chances will go through the roof from less than 35% to more than 80%. That’s the difference between “maybe this will work” and “this is totally going happen.” This is the game changer and you know why it’s not everywhere or you haven’t heard of it before. It’s because it’s too simple and it’s not marketable to sell to you and make money. The main reason why all of these flashy diets you see on the market are still around is that they are still the same people coming back for more and more because they keep yo-yo dieting getting a result quickly if they stick to the strict yet sometimes overwhelming plan and then not being able to hold onto it, shortly reverting back into the same old eating habits that got them fat and out of shape to start with. Habit-based coaching works for to the long-term meaning you don’t have to come back for more. Its a slow and steady wins the race kind of strategy that works.
Focusing on less helps you achieve more.
For habit based nutritional change you need the commitment to one habit change every 2 weeks if you try do 2 or more you dramatically reduce your chances of staying on track and end up not sticking with it or not mastering any one habit change. You only move on once you are confident in your new habit and if not just continue until you do. It’s best to start off easy and gradually get more difficult as you go.
Here are some good habits to try for a lean and toned body…
To have the best success with this you need to keep yourself accountable by having someone check on you. If you don’t have someone you can declare your goals to the world on social media and keep them updated as you go. Our habit based coaching programs are designed just for you, your needs and goals. Get in touch if you want help today.
When it comes to weight-loss the sheer amount of fake or misleading information online is cruel. It is all about making money for huge companies or even small time personal trainers trying to make a shady bit of cash. I have put together my top 5 weight-loss myths to help you gain the knowledge to make better choices and fewer mistakes for better, quicker results.
If you have extra body-fat to lose just eating less won’t be enough to get rid of it. Most people think that the scales tell a true story of how we are losing fat, however as you lose weight on the scales it can mostly be water weight and precious muscle mass being lost and not mostly fat. Best to use a measuring tape or how your clothes are fitting as well as the scales (but only use it at most once per week). Remember our bodies fluctuate in weight too, especially woman at that time of the month.
You should be looking to optimise health and body composition by eating a balanced and healthy diet of fruits and vegetable with lean meats, eggs and other wholes foods, limiting junk and sugary drinks. Eating enough to be satisfied but not bloated and full as hell is a good habit to get into as well.
Try not to restrict yourselves either, doing that only leads to binging and yoyo dieting which is crap. Have your favourite foods in moderation and optimally after hard training sessions or activities.
By increasing muscle mass with resistance training and staying generally active you will not only lose the unwanted fat quicker but change your shape to look and feel strong and sexy as hell too.
Luckily the world is starting to realise that the outdated research on fat from the 70s is a load of bull. You see a scientist did a pretty bad experiment a long time ago that resulted in giving fat and cholesterol a bad name. The science was flawed and unfortunately it caught on in the media and people started to steer clear of fat. Then what happened the food product companies saw a gap in the market for low-fat diet products and this started the BILLION-euro fat-free diet food industry, was it on purpose? maybe so.
For example, fat-free spreads, low-fat yoghurts, or low-fat milk to name only a few, became normal household food products for most of the population.
Well, fat gives food a nice taste and if it is taken away it needs to be replaced and what tastes great and is very cheap? Sugar, sugar became a key ingredient in most of these fat-free products to make it taste good and become really addictive. We know now that too much sugar is bad for us and causes serious diseases like type 2 diabetes and obesity, among other health problems.
Unfortunately, the food industries know people are catching on with the bad effects of sugar in our diets and children’s diets. So, now they use taste enhancers or chemically enhanced sugar or sugars with different names, for example, aspartame, fructose, maltodextrin and sucrose to name just a few, sneaking the sugar into food products. They will try and get away with whatever is just about legal.
Let’s not forget the health benefits of fat, a staple healthy necessary macronutrient (large main nutrient) in every person’s diet. Naturally occurring fat in our whole foods or minimally processed fats/oils are a great healthy part of our diets…
That helps us:
Some examples of fat in foods avocados, fish, steak, nuts, rapeseed oil, real butter and coconut oil to name only a few.
This one is simple and short in explanation, to show you how simple it is…
No one way or the other is best, it’s a combination of all, with good sleep/recovery and sound nutrition. But nothing remarkable will happen without consistency & commitment.
Firstly, if you don’t know the definition of bulky its big, brawny, muscular or thick and it could be used like this, I want to bulk up or, I’m too bulky for this t-shirt.
Protein does not make you bulky. Just like carbs and fats don’t make you bulky. Protein builds & repairs damaged muscles and helps with other bodily functions. In order to become bulky, if you are not naturally a bulky person already, is to eat more food than you need while consistently damaging your muscles with resistance training. If you are bulky and don’t like it, eat healthier and move more to try to lean up a bit, as most mistake bulk for fat. If you’re trying to trim and slim up and your already lean (have little bodyfat) then you can look at dieting and endurance training to burn away muscle mass.
As always things take time and effort so don’t try something for only a month and expect results, do it for at least 3 or until your pleased with the results, then evaluate and make a plan to continue for the future. My advice would be learning to love and embrace your body and be proud of your good points and live with your not so good points unless it impedes your health and happiness. Everybody has hang-ups on their body, remember no-bodies perfect.
Have you been a victim of being sold a detox diet? Let’s explain why you have been conned.
Your body, the thing you live in is extremely smart and runs like a universe inside you. Detoxification happens in your body no matter what you do, it has built-in detox organs called the liver and kidneys.
Some detox diets “CLAIM” you can be healthier and lose weight. However, there is no scientific evidence to back up such claims. Therefore it’s not worth shit.
Some types of detox diets
Be aware that most detox diets try and sell you something, for example, pills, herbals, teas, and instructions to be able to start them. It’s a money maker so don’t fall for it, the person selling them to you might even have your best interest at heart, but they are just ill informed of the bull shit.
You may lose weight and people may be able to show you proof but it is most likely unsustainable weight loss and it gets put on as soon as the detox diet is finished, and detox diets are short lived. They don’t last long. When people lose weight in such drastic way, it’s mostly water weight and valuable muscle mass, with little fat actually burnt off.
If you don’t mind wasting money and not being sure if the detox diet is safe and you really want to try one it’s up to you. The kickstart and placebo may help you for the beginning but nothing is better than just eating clean drinking water and exercising.
How to detox healthily
Or should I say how to help your already detoxing body detox?
Drink more water to help speed up the process. About 8 glasses per day and eating clean. Eating clean is eating real whole foods, plenty of fruit and veg and organic meats, eggs, nuts and legumes, cutting out the junk and processed packaged food.
When it comes to being healthy it’s all a combination of small simple daily habits. Everyone has habits even the most disorganised people. Top psychologists say that habits come in 3 stages.
The trigger- Something that reminds you to do a certain action
The action- The behaviour you do after the trigger
The outcome- The pleasurable outcome of the behaviour.
For example: When you wake up from hearing your alarm that is your trigger, to make you do the action of getting up and starting your day, giving you’re the pleasure of living or seeing what your day has to offer.
The problem is that most of the time the human brain wants to be safe, comfortable and seek easy pleasures all the time. So, the human brain will do its absolute best to do this, even if it damages your health in the long-term, for example, eating cake for breakfast or ordering takeaway pizza every day.
So, the best way to set new healthy habits is to join them up with current habits. Why? for adults, it is extremely hard to form new habits or get rid of old ones. The neuropathways are set very deeply into your brain. The best way is to replace and bump away bad habits with good ones by getting rid of triggers as best you can or add-on habits to a current daily habit like after you brush your teeth at night make it your business to put your gym bag in the front seat of your car.
For example: If you eat a bar of chocolate at night don’t buy it or have a replacement like smaller frozen dark chocolates in the freezer or brush your teeth after dinner so you are disrupting the old habit you have had, because who wants to eat after brushing their teeth at night.
Making your gym bag before bed time and leaving it in the front seat of your car. Do this enough times, say 21 times, it will soon be a habit that gives you pleasure.
Seeing the bag in your car triggers the action of actually going the gym then the pleasure and endorphins of training will set a habit for you branching it off of the current habit of brushing your teeth the night before
The Healthy Habits
Gadgets can help you stick with the program or just make things easier. I have 3 of the essential fitness products every fitness enthusiast needs.
1. A Foam Roller
Unless you are a top-class athlete with money to burn you won’t have a masseuse with you at all training sessions. So, the next best thing is a foam roller. It’s like having a personal masseuse with you whenever you need one. But at a one-off investment of 10 to 30 euro or so, they are a hell of a lot cheaper and convenient once you know how to use one properly.
Why is it important for every gym-goer or active person to have one? Every muscle in our body is made up of fibres and each muscle has a skin around it called the facia. It’s like a sausage skin.
When we exercise we use our muscles and they become torn and even the thin fibres that make up the muscle tissue becomes cross-linked and stuck together. This is what gives us the soreness after working hard a day or 2 after. That and dead blood that was used to carry oxygen and glycogen (energy-sugar) to the muscle cells. If left untreated you can develop bad mobility in your joints, more injuries and chronic pain.
Here is a foam rolling exercise video to do before training sessions, or just to do to keep your body mobile, injury and pain-free. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEyLrs-Ps7Q
2. A BPA free Water Bottle
You would think drinking from a water bottle was ok. However, a lot of plastic containers are damaging to our health. Most water bottles are made of plastic, aren’t they? Well, plastics are made up of polymers literally meaning “many units” these are the blocks that build plastic after going through a chemical change.
How do we know if a plastic is safe? If they go through detailed tests from food authorities, labs and independent third-party labs.
What is BPA = Bisphenol A is a monomer (single unit of plastic) used in some plastic to coat food tin cans to prevent metal degrading from containing food. Another one is BPS Bisphenol S. These are some labels you will see on bottles stating that they do not contain these chemicals which is good. Provided that this is not a lie. Get reputable brands.
Why is BPA bad?
It is said that BPA and other plastic chemicals mimic and can mess up our hormones. The very hormones we need to function properly and reach fat loss and muscle building goals. Our sex hormones oestrogen and testosterone and more are affected by the toxins in plastics. When you buy a bottle of water they say on it do not reuse, leave in sunshine or heat and consume within 2 days or so.
This is because the chemicals like BPA can seep into the water we are drinking damaging our health slowly but surely. A question for you? Have you ever been thirsty and seen you had a bottle of water sitting in the car, probably for days in sun heat and the water tasted like chemicals after you drank it? I know I did.
So, what can we do? Invest in a decent water container from a good brand and keep it clean. I know bodyfirst.ie do great BPA free water jugs try them out, they do large and small and in blue and pink.
3. Proper Fitness Footwear
Depending on your training the optimal footwear is essential. This really depends on your commitment and budget too. You see if your lifting weights a lot, as in deadlifting, squatting, Olympic lifting etc you are better off investing in a good pair of weightlifting shoes. This will make things easier, safer and optimise your major lifts.
If you are running long distance or sprinting, you need the right type of runner while considering your foot shape too. This will help you perform better going faster and lasting longer. Plus, you will lessen your chances of getting injured and rubbing causing blisters.
For weight-lifting, you can spend approximately 160 to 250 on shoes. Just remember you will lift more as you will get more force from the floor as there is no cushioning under you, unlike running shoes. You also get a nice bit of ankle height to help you squat deeper, especially if your ankle mobility is bad. You also get more stability security. If you don’t have the budget or the commitment though, you can use a pair of tight vans or converse hightops.
For long distance running a pair of aisics seem to be best. You will spend over 90 to 250 euros though for this brand. These runners will give you great cushioning, durability and stability. But if your looking to save money you can opt for the Nike, Adidas or other good brands you will spend 30 to 100 for these.
Then you have your fashionable gym runner that has no purpose other than being comfortable while doing bicep curls in the squat rack.
Belly fat for most is where we begin to gain weight and it is also where it’s last to go. Whether you have tried before and failed or are on a mission to get the last few lbs off the belly to show your abs. These top 5 simple ways to lose belly fat will help you in the short term but more importantly, they are actually long-term solutions too.
1. Speed up your gut movement:
By speeding up your guts digestion you are essentially speeding up your metabolism. Your metabolism is responsible for converting the food you eat into usable energy for your body to use. So, when you’re eating the right food and eating it slowly, chewing a lot, drinking enough water, being active etc your speeding up your metabolism. Think of your digestive system as a plumed pipe in a house toilet that goes in a zig-zag around bends carrying stuff (crap)
Your digestive system is just like that only longer, 30 feet on average all packed into the trunk of our bodies. If you throw bits of chunky cardboard or rolls of toilet paper down the toilet it gets clogged up yeah!! or slows down the flow of water waste. It’s the same with eating junk food and not even chewing it enough to go down to your stomach smoothly. It will clog and slow down your digestion, metabolism and gains & fat-loss.
2. Sleep more
Get into bed 1 hour before you usually do, starting tonight. Instead of watching Netflix or scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed. Just go asleep. If this seems difficult-(You may even say) “watching tv or using my phone helps me nod off” Well it doesn’t get you quality sleep. The bright lights and exciting news really excites the brain and keeps it active when you should be winding down. Try changing your sleeping habits a little with these 3 simple steps.
3. Be aware of the liquid calories
If you struggle to lose fat and get lean and you think you eat healthily. Then your problem could be in the high-calorie drinks you have. You could swap them for less calorific options…
When you add up all the liquid drinks you could be easily getting in too much energy/calories from them and still feel hungry. Therefore, totally stopping your fat-loss goals. It is much better to eat food calories as this will fill you and provide less sugar and more protein.
For example, a 300 calorie chicken salad is going to be more nutritious, filling and healthier than a 300 calorie Starbucks Frappuccino
4. Use a training and food journal
Writing down everything that you eat and the exercises you do will keep you accountable and help you find the leaks in your lifestyle that need to be changed to help you see more progress. You will become more mindful of what you eat and how active you are. Then after a while, you can change it up slightly to help you speed up the results.
5. Bodyweight HIIT to rev up the fat burning process
HIIT is great for burning fat, it’s fun, it gets you fit, but more importantly, it burns belly fat really quickly.
Combine this with bodyweight you really blow torch the fat burning process
So, bodyweight HIIT is mixing things up from burpees tuck jumps, push-ups, jumping jacks, plyo lunges and a lot more, in high intensity interval training sessions
Example 20 seconds on 10 seconds rest (or the other way around if you’re a beginner) of burpees for 4 rounds. Simple and can be done anywhere. Plus, its can be made easier or header with more or less rest or working time or just changing the exercise.
So that’s it, if you do even one of these 5 tips you’ll make a difference but if you do all, you’re in for a nice surprise when you comfortably put on the old favourite jeans you don’t fit into anymore in the next week or 2. Or even reveal that 6 pack after 6-12 weeks.
Let me know how you get on with these I would love to hear If you were able to stick to the plan.
Don’t be the one everybody dislikes at the gym, and please don’t get yourself killed. I have put together 7 tips on gym etiquette to help you become more confident and avoid some of the most popular mistakes made by gym goers.
Don’t ever train with a weight within 5 feet of the dumbbell rack or another person. It doesn’t matter if you’re doing shoulder press, split squat, biceps curls, or goblet squats or anything else.
Pick up your weights and take 5 giant steps away. If you are too close you are blocking others from accessing the equipment. Plus if somebody does push past you to get what they want they will either disrupt your training or brush off you and possibly causing an injury.
Most gyms have a designated area for mats, balls, bosu balls etc. Don’t bring heavyweights into that area. It’s designated for stretching and ab work. By taking up their space you force them to take up your space (see the next point).
Don’t set up a mat in between two benches in the free weight zone and do crunches unless you want a weight dropped on your head. That would be very sore and the pain isn’t good pain like DOMS lol.
Even if the gym is empty set up your mat out of the way. Either stick to the “ab zone” or place your mat in a corner out of the way. Think proactively. Where might somebody want to work out over the course of your set? Don’t set up there.
If somebody is in the middle of their set NEVER cross their field of vision. Take a long way around if you have to. If you can’t take a long way around, wait for them to finish their set before walking in front. Its just polite.
Nobody wants a messy gym where we can’t find anything plus you’ll burn more calories doing so. Yeah pumped.
When using the equipment if you have a long rest time, let someone use it while you rest, if they are nice haha most people are too shy to ask so be open and friendly. This works both ways if you need to do a set on something and someone is on it ask can you jump in with them be nice and make a new gym buddy.
It’s just not nice to jump on a machine or bench and sit on a pool of sweat. So remember to bring a towel and use it when you are finished with the equipment. If you forget to bring one like we all do. Just grab a load of tissue from the bathroom and keep it in your pocket.
Don’t be scared to forget some of these just try your best to do most. Everybody make mistakes it’s all good. Next time you go to the gym try to keep these 7 tips in mind.
Good luck your gonna smash this year at the gym.
Time to make: 45 minutes
1 cup of natural yogurt about 160g
2 tablespoons of ground almonds
2 teaspoons of Indian garam masala
Sea salt and pepper
1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
1 to 4 lamb cutlets
1/1 a cucumber cut into batons
4 halved cherry tomatoes
Big handful of spinach leaves
½ handful of coriander leaves, no stalks, chopped up with lemon juice.
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