Do carbs really deserve their much maligned reputation? Or is it time that we changed our thinking and embraced carbohydrates in our daily diets?
Three weeks to shredded! Get beach-body ready in two weeks! Six pack in seven days! How realistic do these sound? Clearly not realistic at all. Yet, following a chat with a fellow PT this week, there are many people who think and want it to be otherwise.
Cardio is awkward. It's energy sapping, it's sweaty, it eats into valuable weight training time and it can make you feel completely awful, yet, it's essential to maintaining a healthy heart. So, is there any way to cut the amount of cardio you do without losing the benefits of longer sessions? According to some research, the answer is a resounding 'yes'.
There's no shortage of advice when it comes to diet and weight loss; in fact, it's an industry that was recently valued at £2 billion in the UK alone. From diets that claim to help you shift multiple pounds in one week, to the pills and potions that promise to get you the body you want, there seems to be a helping hand at every corner, waiting to take your money. So, what actually works?
When you've made the decision to start a new fitness programme or nutrition plan, one of the first questions you should ask yourself is how you are going to measure your progress. In fact, I can almost guarantee that doing this will make it easier to achieve your overall goal.