GETTING TO KNOW NUTRITION

Stress and Weight Gain
Stress and Weight Gain

Weight gain is a result of your calorie intake being higher than your calorie expenditure creating a surplus of energy as a result (1), and often stress would not be the first issue to consider when weight gain has become problematic. However, stress can interfere with normal regulation of how...

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Weight Gain

Being Realistic About Your Targets With any goal, the initial step you should take to succeed in building muscle is setting yourself a realistic target. Although some may believe weight gain to be easy, unfortunately weight gain (at least when in favour of muscle mass) can be quite the opposite. Therefore, it’s important to be realistic with your desired goals...

3 Workout Mistakes Holding You Back

Chasing the perfect workout preparation is not realistic for most of us, but avoiding the basic mistakes is crucial in helping you achieve the results you want!  The Same Routine  Consistency in the gym is an achievement in itself., but challenging your body is what's required to achieve the results you desire. Performing the same workout over and over again...

Sugar

  What does the body use sugar for? Sugar is a form of carbohydrate, which is essential for short term energy use and temperature regulation. Sugar can be used by the brain and muscles when it’s converted into glucose by the small intestine. Glucose although not stored by the brain is the main source of fuel for the brain. Muscles...

The Law of Energy Balance

  The First Law of Thermodynamics states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. So, in terms of energy balance, the calories which we consume either produce energy for movement or are stored for later use. The body, as a living organism, requires a baseline number of calories in order to maintain regular functions and movement (1). This baseline...

Hydration

  Water is essential for life and for the normal functioning of every cell in the human body (1). Whereas humans can live for several weeks without food, without water, they can survive only for days (2). Water is the most abundant element of the human body (1). Water typically constitutes 50-65% of total bodyweight in healthy adults. In males,...

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Do Abdominal Exercises Help Me Burn Stomach Fat?

  The short answer is no, and here’s why! There is no such thing as spot reduction of body fat, therefore the thought of targeting a muscle group for that purpose is unrealistic. In order to lose weight, the number of calories expended (burnt off) must be higher than the number of calories consumed. The state is known as a...

HIIT vs LISS For Fat Loss

When the goal is fat loss, choosing the type of cardio to perform can be debatable and many individuals will go back and forth between deciding what the best one is for them. Understanding how they work and the impact they have, will help determine the best cardio for you when the goal is fat loss. To lose weight, the...

Fluid Intake

  The average adult is made up of 50-65% water and therefore like food, water is an important contributor to wellbeing. Water has several roles in the body but for the purposes of this blog water balance and fluid intake will be discussed. Simply, water balance refers to the intake of fluid through the food and beverages we eat and...