You will read thousands of articles, from thousands of sources – some reliable and some not so - on the topic of supplements which will improve general health and also those which will aid your training program. Find out what we think at FFA.
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Without the necessary micronutrients, your body will never function at its optimum
level and you will potentially be missing out on the results that you are after. If you
are not very familiar with micronutrients, then read on, as the latest FFA blog
discovers the important role they play in your performance and how to ensure you
are giving your body enough of what it needs.
No matter what your particular diet, high-carb, low-carb, clean eating, Paleo, vegan - your goal is to fuel your body to optimize your training and racing. Check out our top 6 tips for success.
Whilst the right training is essential to achieve that 6-pack, the saying that abs are made in the kitchen could not be truer. Find out how you can optimise your diet to ensure that you reach your goals.
As a general rule, and after decades of experience in the industry, I believe diets don't work in general. Nothing beats a well-rounded balanced diet which should be adjusted to your body type.
However, there has been a lot of interest in the 'Keto' diet and why it may have a place in the fitness industry. But why?
There are many reasons to keep an eye on your alcohol consumption or indeed give up the booze altogether, particularly If you are serious about your building muscle goals. If you’re not sure about the effect on muscle that alcohol can have and whether giving it up is necessary at all, keep reading so that you might make an informed choice.
Snacking is not necessarily a bad thing. Snacking helps to fill the void between main meals and fuel those who lead especially active lifestyles, particularly those in training. The important thing to remember is to choose wisely when snacking and building meals, including proteins, fibre and other nutritionally valuable foods to keep you full and to boost weight loss.
If you spent all day, every day (with reasonable breaks of course) working out, swimming, going for a run, lifting weights, enjoying some serious HIIT time and more the chances are your “job” is being a serious athlete, perhaps even an Olympian.
If like many people you get caught up with how busy you are during the winter it is important to make sure that you take time to stop and make sure that you are taking care of your health. At Fit for Anything we of course focus on diet / nutrition as well as training specifics however what we really want you to enjoy is whole body wellness. Take a minute to assess how winter has an effect on you and your health and take action to safeguard your wellness. It’s important!
Post workout you need food to help you recoup lost energy and to help you recover. These recipes are a good place to start.
Snacking can be seen as a very negative thing, with many blaming it for the rise in obesity in our modern times. Snacking if you are careful of what you are eating however, can not only be healthy, it can help you perform better. When it comes to working out your body needs fuel and it also needs to recover. That is why pre workout and post workout snacks are important. That said, as important as they are they also need to be tasty and interesting as well as nutritious.
Yes we know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, must not me missed etc. In actual fact all meals are equally important however, many find breakfast to be the one meal hardest to get excited about. Whether this is because 1) it is morning and 2) traditional breakfasts are boring, we have some great breakfast food ideas to get you up and raring to go
If you are looking at beating your personal best you need to look at your training, your race day planning, your fitness and of course your fuel. What you eat before you start your run can have a significant effect on your performance which is why you should consider including these foods.
Caffeine is bad, caffeine should be avoided and we should all use only caffeine-free or reduced caffeine products. That is what we're told anyway. Caffeine isn't however quite the monster that some people would have us believe, particularly when you are using it to boost your endurance performance.
The media tells us to run away (fast!) from fats and to do our best to eliminate or at least reduce them from our diets. The insinuation that you can never lose weight or get fit when you have fat in your diet is as ludicrous as supposing that all fats are the same. Some fats are not only good for you, they are essential in maintaining a healthy body and may actually help you achieve that much sought-after flat belly!
Walk past any health food shop, open any magazine or have a click around the internet and you'll see that there are a vast number of supplements, teas and more all guaranteed to help you lose weight. As a personal trainer and someone with a keen insight into nutritional matters the majority of these supplements and what not have little effect, other than perhaps the placebo effect which helps you "stick" to your healthy diet and rev up your activity levels.
Back in the 1970's a rather damning (and somewhat flawed as it turns out) report coming out of the MIT gave nitrates and nitrites a bad name. These two compounds natural occur in the human body and largely in vegetables. In a knee-jerk reaction to this report the FDA of the day cut the allowable levels of nitrates and nitrites allowed In food products. This especially had a knock-on effect on the reputation of cured meats.
Fats are the work of the devil, they should be shunned, avoided, banned from your diet... or not. While the old thinking suggests that all fats are bad, particularly for anyone engaged in an athletic routine personal trainers like myself, alongside labs full of researchers will tell you that not all fats are created equal and that people do indeed use them to boost their athletic performance.
Across the internet, magazines and fitness blogs you will hear people telling you that coffee is bad, or at least that coffee is bad if you have too much of it. There's that pesky caffeine, which at higher levels may, rather than give you the edge that you need be something that leaves you jittery. And those are the good points apparently. Realistically a few cups of your favourite coffee is not necessarily a bad thing at all, and a little of what you fancy most definitely does you good.
Nutritionists, health and fitness experts and many more interested parties have long-since debated whether cutting down or eliminating meat from our diets is the best choice for our short and long term health. As it turns out there are pros and cons to both plant-based diets and meat including ones. One of the main problems with the modern diet is the reliance on too many refined carbs, processed foods, artificial ingredients and a lack of adequate fruit and vegetable portions.