This is the time of the year where people start to freak out. There’s the fitness fanatics that start to sweat with anxiety about the parties they have to go to, and where the lost causes throw their hands up into the air and yell ‘screw it’ as they face plant into cake and momentarily black-out. It can be a stressful time for most that are somewhat concerned about their physiques, but it really doesn’t have to be. There’s many tricks to help stay on track and prevent doing serious damage, or having to resort to hiding in your cave until the festive season is over. Here are 5 simple tips and tricks:
Carbohydrates have become the modern age nemesis; the new equivalent of fats from back in the 90’s. Carb-phobia is the latest and one of the fastest growing psychological diseases among the fitness community. Carbs are the first thing most people drop, and even sometimes completely cut out, when they embark on the journey of obtaining Instagram model status. Even people trying to build muscle cut them extremely low! But just like cutting fats back in the 90’s, many people are sabotaging their full potential and creating a negative relationship with food. Carbohydrates are extremely important for fast, high-energy demanding exercises, and for building/maintaining muscle mass, all of which are crucial for achieving that strong, lean and athletic physique.
When it comes to the female body, nothing can make you feel worse than your menstrual cycle! Our body’s hormones control everything from our metabolic function, to our pain threshold, and especially to how we look. But there are secret training and nutrition tricks we can use to help keep our workouts intense and the bloat and puffiness around our stomach, well, not so intense. Understanding what happens in each phase is exceptionally important to know exactly what you need you to do.
Fat has gotten a really bad wrap over the last few decades due to some ill-performed research, but just like anything, everything is good in moderation. However there is one type of fat that has your back 100% and only ever wants you to be the most aesthetically pleasing human being to have graced this Earth, and also the healthiest and smartest for that matter. This champion is the essential fatty acid, omega-3 ladies and gentlemen! Make no mistake, he is only here to help regulate your body fat levels, build size and do no harm.
When it comes to having an amazing physique, the 21st century is becoming a brutally competitive and high standard place with a ridiculous amount of pressure and judgement. Head to a beach or sunny destination and so many people are in better shape than most fitness models 20 years ago. It's tough, and it's not always healthy.
I know this, and I also know I'm part of the reason for it. That's why I want to teach people how to achieve such expectations in a healthy and positive manner.
So instead of telling you guys to chill out and appreciate your physique for w hat it is, as I know if someone told me that it would go in one ear and straight out the other, I'm going to help educate you on how to gain a competitive edge in a safe and healthy way.
So you hit the gym hard, eat a ton of food and have been doing so for at least longer than 3 weeks, but are not noticing any changes. You're starting to get a little frustrated and pissed off because your best mate simply looks at weights and you swear you can see muscles instantaneously growing, yet you can't even get a lousy vein to appear. What are you doing so wrong or different, or is it just your genetics?
The modern day concept of detoxing has been highly endorsed by celebrities as a quick way to lose body weight. Whilst weight loss is a given on such a plan, the naturopathic perspective of detoxing or cleansing is to allow your body a period of time to rejuvenate and to allow the various body systems to work more synergistically and efficiently together. There is ample research which shows that cleansing reduces oxidative stress (anti-aging, ladies!), augments immune function, rebalances the pH balance in the blood and increases energy, skin brightness and digestive function.
This is a topic that has many people's heads spinning and something we get asked about a lot; do we really need to eat wholesome nutritious food to achieve an optimum body composition and health? With so many mixed opinions and information available, it's honestly no surprise that it's become so confusing to know what style of eating is best for your physique goals and health!
In the short term it's in fact possible to change your body composition without eating 'clean'. But that's in the short term, in the long term it's going to be very difficult to maintain an ideal
Amanda loves her health and fitness so much so that she has completed multiple degrees including a Bachelor in Sport and Exercise Science with first class honors, Bachelor of Health Science specialising in Naturopathy, Majoring in Nutritional Medicine and Western Herbal Medicine.
Perfecting his training and diet for over 8 years, he has an obsession for developing the perfect physique. He studied human biology at university, is a personal trainer, and a sports and exercise nutritional advisor.