|It was (almost) this bad.|
We're 6 weeks in to 2015 and as much as I've been more and more enthusiastic about being in the gym the diet has started to slip so it's time to refocus. Last weekend Kat at 12 Rounds held a nutrition seminar which covered a lot of the ground we went over last year in our 12 Week program which was good for a refresher and plenty more besides and gave me lots of stuff I need to read up on. Did you know protein is good for weight loss, or that eating carbs at night can be beneficial, what about the role your sympathetic vs parasympathetic nervous system plays in health and weight loss? All interesting stuff (for me at least) but the main points for a healthy diet I'll pass on are these -
- Avoid stress, you can't expect to take care of much else if you're stressed out.
- Your body needs fats to work - don't just cut out fat and expect to lose your own.
- Don't eat things that are made in factories, eat things that come out of the ground.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Sugar is the Devil and artificial sweeteners are even worse.
|Yeah, that's what you need, to undereat.|
Number 5 especially is a bastard. 'Low Fat' processed foods tend to be packed with sugar (look at the back of a low fat, flavoured yogurt) and all the flavour that comes in a zero calorie Diet Coke doesn't come for free, have a look at this to see how awful aspartame is. I was looking at the box of my work colleague's Special K which proudly points out it's only 2% fat but if you look at the back it's 21% sugar. That's horrendous! You might as well have sugar puffs for all the good this 'healthy' cereal is doing you. Here's a good article with tips on how to reduce sugar in your diet.
Saw a great fun film this week. An unlikely role for Keanu Reeves who is at long last finally starting to age as John Wick - an absolutely ridiculous, stylised, uber-violent revenge thriller that packs more kills into 90 mins than maybe any film since the equally bat-shit mental Commando - but don't get me wrong, nothing's as good as Commando. If you're a fan of that kind of cheesy b-movie you have to see it. I can't believe I just recommended a Keanu Reeves movie as a must see, clearly a sign I need to stop typing.
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