Calorie Counting – Is It Really That Important?

The short answer would be ‘it depends’. If you have had even the tiniest of experiences in weight loss or ‘toning’ your body (i.e. building muscle) you would have been told to stick to your daily calorie target. You would also have been told about the concept of ‘calories in’ vs. ‘calories out’. In orderContinue reading “Calorie Counting – Is It Really That Important?”

What is Functional Nutrition and Why Should You Care?

Nutrition – the word itself conjures images of strict diets and weight scales, doesn’t it? And yet nutrition is about a lot more than just that. Over the years nutrition has started taking a more prominent spot in the worlds of health and medicine. Not just in the treatment of digestive diseases, but for a wideContinue reading “What is Functional Nutrition and Why Should You Care?”

Is Your Food Making You Depressed?

No, I don’t mean that “boring, bland, diet food” (although healthy food is not boring, but more on that later). What I’m talking about is your standard food intake. You know, the “wholegrain” sandwich and pasta, the takeaway pizza, the “healthy” rice bowl or potato mash – those kind of things. How can they makeContinue reading “Is Your Food Making You Depressed?”

What is Alternative Medicine and Where does Nutrition Fit?

Alternative medicine has been on the rise for several decades now and it seems that it will keep growing in the foreseeable future. The most recent addition to the alternative medicine family is Functional medicine. Why is it different? Because it offers something traditional medicine doesn’t – that is working on the body as aContinue reading “What is Alternative Medicine and Where does Nutrition Fit?”

New Year What? A Different Reality on Being a Healthier You

Instagram makes it seem like everyone is smashing through their workouts and joyfully gulping down their protein and detox shakes, as if they have magically erased all memory of the delicious smell of pizza and the rich taste of burgers… But the reality is often different (for me, and I hope for many others). OneContinue reading “New Year What? A Different Reality on Being a Healthier You”

Why Sticking to a Diet is Hard These Days

First of all, I hate the word diet. It is terribly close to the word “die” and exudes connotations of great struggle and suffering. Oh, and I love food. The poor word has been so badly abused by the media and health & food industry that it has now become our second nature to associateContinue reading “Why Sticking to a Diet is Hard These Days”

The Next Chapter of My Fitness Journey

Now that I’m done with bodybuilding competitions… What’s next? Well as discussed in one of my earlier posts, fitness is made up of several components: Body composition  Cardiovascular endurance Muscular strength Muscular endurance Flexibility I have learned a lot about one of them – body composition. Now it’s time to explore some of the other aspectsContinue reading “The Next Chapter of My Fitness Journey”

Beginners’ guide part 5: What about food? How to start a gym-friendly diet

By Kim Barnard Starting a gym friendly diet doesn’t need to be daunting – you just need to understand the basics and be prepared to do some food preparation. Firstly, you need to get back to eating real food: in other words the stuff that grew out of the earth or on a tree, swamContinue reading “Beginners’ guide part 5: What about food? How to start a gym-friendly diet”

Beginner’s Guide Part 4: The Supplements You Shouldn’t be Taking

By Laura Smith Supplements are a multi-billion-dollar industry, and unless you have been living in a cave for the past twenty years, you probably have numerous supplements that you have bought over the years after being advised to do so by friends or family, or possibly reading some information on the internet. However, there’s aContinue reading “Beginner’s Guide Part 4: The Supplements You Shouldn’t be Taking”

My Weekly Update – 3 Weeks Out!

Here we are at the end of the 4th week before my comp… 3 more weekends and then it’s show time! Training Things have remained largely unchanged from last week. I still do weight training 6 days a week and on the 7th day I do 40 mins steady cardio. My workouts usually involve aboutContinue reading “My Weekly Update – 3 Weeks Out!”