Child Obesity taken to a new level…

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A story in one of today’s paper has taken child obesity levels to a new level.

A “mum” of 24, is feeding her 8 month old triplets around 1,400 kcals a day, including crisps, McDonalds and other processed rubbish.

“They like the taste of them and it’s a treat. I let the triplets eat fries off my plate as I think it’s best they try all kinds of food to see what they like.”

Leanne steers away from healthy foods in case it makes her tots anorexic. She said: “I don’t want them to think they have to watch what they eat. I’ll tell them big is beautiful.”

Disgusting really, and if you want to read the full report, click here.

Some people are just brain dead.

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Your diet decides all!

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No matter how well you exercise, if your diet isn’t healthy, regular, and balanced, you won’t get the body you’re after.

Don’t believe me?!…………

I was driving to one of my Personal Training clients this morning, when I stopped at some roadworks. Next to the lights, was a building site, where there were guys lumping crates of bricks, pieces of timber, generally a lot of heavy manual work.

They probably do this day in day out for most of the year – so basically working out every day, for about 8 hours a day (give or take their 2 hour lunch and tea breaks!)

However, the sun was out, and so what I saw was not finely toned bodies, and rippling six packs, but reasonable looking arms, and big stomachs overhanging trousers and belts, and generally looking like a bad sight! (no pun!)

Now surely when they’re working out daily under such physical stress, they should be in shape? Not really, when you look at their diet, and the front dashboard of their vans, where there are bottles of coke, packets of crisps, pasties, cakes and other chocolate. These guys live on fat, processed food and stimulants!

Change your diet, and compliment the hard work you put into your workouts, and you’ll get the rewards you’re after!

Healthy Banana and Protein Muffins!

Here is a cracking recipe for HEALTHY yummy muffins!

Makes 10 muffins

Ingredients

50g Butter
75g Brown Sugar
1 Egg
225g Spelt or Wholemeal Flour
2-3 Mashed Bananas
Pinch Salt
1 tsp Baking Powder
1tsp Vanilla or Almond Essence
5 Tbsp Milk
Optional
100g Chocolate Protein Powder
75+% cocoa Chocolate, few squares crushed
2 handfuls of Oats

– Combine everything in a large bowl
-Spoon into 10 non stick muffin cases
– Bake at 190degs for 20mins

Calories
– 165kcals Protein – 4.1g (or 14g with 100g protein powder), Carbs – 27g, Fat – 5g, Fibre 2.2g

Great for mid morning or afternoon snacks, and with the oats and protein powder great for pre-workout. Get on it and feedback!!!

Post Workout Nutrition – What’s yours?

Sometimes these posts just write themselves!
I was at the gym this afternoon, primarily working on strengthening my glutes, after attending a Kinetic Chain Assessment course in London with Dax Moy last week. A post on postural issues and correction will be at a later date!
However, there was a girl at the gym running through the usual “lost sheep” routine of moving from one exercise to the next with really no intensity, and no workout plan. The only thing going for her was that she was in pretty good shape. This was by no means down to a good workout routine however!
She then spotted a gym instructor and asked him about putting on some lean muscle and protein shakes.
I could just overhear him suggesting big, compound exercises (good so far!) and going to the high street to buy some protein powder, but to “buy one of the big brands” because they have done more research and their products are proven!
Hang on! Protein powder is just skimmed and extracted from milk!! There is no secret formula or proving to be done by anyone!!?
Anyway, she went back to her workout and eventually left.
I left shortly after and as I went through reception, I saw the same girl, standing at the vending machine!
In this machine you could buy chocolate bars or crisps! She bent down and pulled out a bag of crisps!


Now, post nutrition is probably the second most important meal of the day, after breakfast.
Your body, if you’ve worked out correctly, will be looking for nutrients to refuel, repair and re-grow your muscles. It wants quality foods, and fasting acting ones.
It doesn’t want artificial, packaged fats and useless calories.
Look to drink chocolate milk or soya (or another flavour!) as you’ll get some fast acting carbs and protein, the perfect mix, or a protein shake with half a banana.

You should then be aiming to eat a meal with a balanced amount of carbs, protein and good fats within the next 2 hours to continue the refuel and repair process.

Don’t waste your efforts in the gym, or even during the week by neglecting post workout nutrition!