Saturday, 27 July 2013

The Eatwell Plate

Healthy eating does not mean that certain foods need to be completely banned from your diet. In order to maintain a healthy body and reduce the risk of disease you need to eat a balanced diet that includes a variety of foods, by doing this you will also ensure that you are getting all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that you need.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Scales: The Love Hate Relationship

Do we really need to listen to what the scales are telling us? Growing up you always see your mum weighing herself, you grow up doing the same, in magazines you always see pictures of celebrities who have lost weight with a caption saying how much they now weigh, there are now also many television programmes focused on weight loss and diets. We  ignore the fact that as we grow and age our body composition changes, and that we all have different body shapes, yet we still worry about what those numbers say!

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

The Importance of Water

The human body is approximately 70% water! The average 70kg male body holds around 45 litres of water. Males tend to hold more water than females due to their muscle mass. If you really have to, you could live several weeks without food as your body can obtain enough nutrients from its own muscle and fats. However the human body would not survive more than a matter of days, even hours in a hot climate, without water as it is not stored in the body like the other nutrients.

Friday, 12 July 2013

The Key to Change is Simple!

The word Diet irritates me. To me the word 'Diet' implies there is an expiration date, what happens once you've reached your goal weight? Do you just stop calorie counting, stop eating healthy and go back to eating as you did before the Diet, probably. If you look to change your view on food you will be able to make a lifestyle change that will last, you will still be able to eat all the yummy foods you love! Sounds good right?

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Why I'm doing this.

For two years now I have been going to the gym and for a year I saw no change, no weight loss, no increased fitness....nothing. At the start of 2013 I was getting bored of this and knew something had to change. Looking on various social networking sites for answers I quickly discovered that the diet industry was full of b****** what now. Then I came across Body Type Nutrition, run by Ben Coomber, while listening to a local radio station. In March I attended a seminar held by Ben Coomber and WOW what and eye opener. It taught me about what we get from the foods we eat, the benefits of weight training, the information to avoid that is so readily available to people looking to lose weight, the importance of sleep and much much more. So now it was time to stop counting how many calories I was eating and focus more on the benefits I would get from foods.

After the seminar I started making small changes, drinking water instead of squash, making sure I got enough sleep, spending less time doing cardio and more time weight training and most importantly changing my view on food (more on this to follow).

Currently I am reading the 'Nutrition for Dummies' book (I had to start somewhere!) and I have decided to write about what I am learning, what I am doing to implement my findings and how these changes are affecting me physically and mentally. I'm not going to pretend like I know it all, I just want to share with you what I am learning and make it simple for those people looking to make changes in their life so they too can start feeling the benefits I am starting to feel.

At the end of the day I only get one body, one shot at this life and I want to live it the best I can in the best shape I can.