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Food Pyramid – Why it’s wrong?

The Food Pyramid: Why It Might Be Ruining Your Diet

The food pyramid is a piece of nutritional guidance that the government put out in the 1970s. It’s been a big player in the way that most people eat over the past few decades, and it’s set the scene for how we talk about the “average” diet.

There’s only one problem: it’s awful advice.

Today, we’re going to take you through the food pyramid, where it comes from, what’s wrong with it, and how you can work past these out-dated ideas to improve your diet.

What is it?

The food pyramid was introduced by the government in the 1970s to provide general-guidance. It was a response to the way that nutrition culture had developed, as the 1900s saw some incredible fad diets rise and fall.

The prescriptions that the food pyramid provides are simple: carbs make up the majority of the diet, followed by fruit and vegetables, moderate amounts of dairy and fish, relatively small amounts of meat, and very little fats and sugars.

This isn’t wrong about everything, but there is a lot of misinformation there. This is because it was a system pushed by politicians, not nutritionists or other experts in the field. Clearly, this is a bad start!

What’s Wrong with it?

To start with, the food pyramid promotes dependence on simple carbohydrates which is an awful dia. Carbs aren’t bad by themselves but over-eating a carb-heavy diet is a huge risk for diabetes. Unsurprisingly, the type-2 diabetes numbers have shot up since the 1970s and its one of the top-10 killers in the U.K.

Restricting Healthy Foods, Promoting Unhealthy Foods

There are also huge problems with some of the foods that are limited – some great foods that are restricted to very few (2-3 servings). The most obvious of these are fats – even healthy ones. They may be high in calories, but healthy fats like nuts and seeds should be a big part of your diet and are great for heart health.

Beyond this, reducing the intake of dry beans, pulses, seeds, nuts, and beyond is a real problem. These are some of the healthiest carb and fat sources, but the food pyramid suggests restricting them while eating 6-11 servings of bread, cereals and pasta. This is the exact opposite of what the nutritional science says you should be doing!

So, the main problem we have is that the pyramid doesn’t really make sense. The wide base of huge carb consumption is a problem for diabetes risk, it pushes out healthy carbs and fats, and it pushes people to make poor choices about what to eat. This is, ironically, a failure at its only purpose!

One Size Fits All

Once we’re past the silly misinformation and mistakes, there’s a deeper problem to the food pyramid.

Simply put, your diet should not be the same as everyone else’s. You are an individual human being – your nutritional needs depend on everything from your age to the type of exercise you do. It’s not as simple as eating a set amount of servings of each type of nutrient.

The amount of proteins, fats, and carbs that you need are totally different to someone who runs ironman races, or an Olympic weightlifter, or a strongman. So why would you use the same diet template as everyone else?

The idea behind this food pyramid simply doesn’t make sense. You don’t need to eat a ridiculous pyramid of foods – you need a diet that responds to your individual needs and provides the nutrition to recovery and improve your physique/training. One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to food.

What Should you Be Doing Instead?

To start with, you need a diet that is moulded to the type of exercise you’re performing, the goals you have, and the foods you like. You need a diet that fits you, that you’ll be able to stick with, and that brings real results. The food pyramid doesn’t do this: it’s not enough guidance to be a diet, and it doesn’t consider that you’re a unique individual.

An effective diet also prioritises healthy fats and carbs. Instead of the nutrient-devoid white bread and cereals diet that the pyramid suggests. Pulses, beans, nuts, seeds, fish, veggies and fruits should make up the majority of your diet. These are the best sources of both carbs and fats.

You also need to be able to adjust a diet on the fly according to your time commitments, when you’re exercising, and what foods you like. This isn’t talked about as much, but it’s a key part of changing your behaviours and developing good food-habits.

Closing Remarks: Lessons from the Food Pyramid

The first lesson from the food pyramid is that you probably shouldn’t let politicians tell you what you should be eating. There’s a lot of money and politics in food and agriculture – politicians aren’t going to be an objective source or educated on nutrition science.

If you want nutritional advice, talk to an expert, not a government bureaucrat. You also need to match your nutritional needs to your personal biology and the exercise/activity/lifestyle you’re living. That’s the role of a coach, nutritionist or trainer, and it’s why we spend so much time trying to educate you on these areas.

Finally, work with someone who cares about your goals rather than pushing an agenda. What we do here at Action-Reaction is develop training and exercise plans that work together to produce health, fitness, and physique changes. This is what nutrition is about.

If you want to discuss your needs, or get further guidance on nutrition/exercise, get in touch. We love hearing from you and are happy to respond to any queries with expert, professional advice!

Olly.
 
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Summer Rolls

A lovely, fresh option just before we bid farewell to summer here in the UK. These summer rolls (which are 0.2g saturated fats per serving!) are dead-easy to make and involve just gathering the ingredients before assembling. If you can source Thai basil, that would be a great addition to the herbs. These also make a great appetizer spread if you have guests coming over – simply trim the rice paper into smaller squares (before softening) to make a double batch of bite-size rolls. For those watching their carbs, reduce the amount of honey in the dipping sauce or simply dunk into a good-quality soy sauce.

Makes 6

Calories per serving (3 rolls including dipping sauce) = 313Cal

Macros per serving (3 rolls – including dipping sauce)

  • Fats 5g
     of which saturates       0.2g
  • Carbs 49g
     of which sugars           22g
  • Fibre 7g
  • Protein 23g

Ingredients

2 TB honey
3 TB soy sauce
3 TB rice vinegar
½ diced red chilli (optional)
6 sheets rice paper (approx. 10g each)
30 cooked peeled King prawns
handful coriander leaves
handful mint leaves
handful mung bean sprouts, rinsed well
1 cucumber, peeled, seeds removed and cut into thin batons

Method:

Whisk the honey, soy sauce and vinegar together. Add finely diced chili, if you like the dipping sauce to have a bit of a bite. If it feels a little too ‘thick’, add a very small dash of hot water. Set aside.

Lay out all the ingredients as you need to roll them quickly.

Have a bowl of warm water ready, large enough to dip the rice paper sheets into.

To roll, follow the instructions on the packet of rice paper: It usually states to dip the rice paper sheets (one at a time) into the warm water for 5 seconds, then remove quickly and lay out on a plate. Place the prawns (5 on each), coriander leaves, mint leaves, sprouts and cucumber batons along the bottom of the rice paper and tuck in the sides. Roll up in much the same way you would a wrap. Set aside and repeat the process with the remaining 5 rolls.

Dip into the dressing before each bite and enjoy!

Allergens

Wheat
Crustaceans
Soya
Sulphites (may contain)


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Mackerel and Fennel Salad

An easy Mackerel and Fennel Salad that doesn’t involve the usual ingredients. The anise/liquorice flavour of the raw fennel works well with the smokiness of the mackerel, but the unlikely star of the show has to be the red onion that gets quick-pickled in red wine vinegar for 10 minutes. While our picture looks very posh – you really should toss it all together before tucking in!

Serves 2

Calories per serving = 389Cal

Macros per serving

  • Fats 32g
     of which saturates       1g
  • Carbs 7g
     of which sugars           2.2g
  • Protein 21g

Ingredients

¼ small red onion
1 TB red wine vinegar
1 small fennel bulb
squeeze fresh lemon
2 cups mixed salad leaves
1 ½ TB olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 fillets smoked mackerel

Method:

Slice the red onion as thinly as possible and place into a small bowl. Cover with the red wine vinegar and set aside for 10 minutes.

(Carefully) use a mandolin to thinly slice the fennel, reserving the fronds for garnish. Squeeze lemon juice over the fennel.

Place the salad leaves into a bowl and drizzle over the olive oil. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and toss well to evenly coat.

Divide the dressed salad between two plates and add the fennel. Remove the skin from the mackerel fillets and break up over the salad. Add the pickled red onions and garnish with any fronds from the fennel bulb. Lush!

Allergens

Fish
Sulphites


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Weight loss foods

What are weight loss foods?

Can you eat foods that help you lose weight (weight loss foods)?  Well yes, and we all know what these are: wholefoods, being fresh vegetables and lean meats, however there’s a bit more to it then that.

In order to lose weight / drop body fat an individual needs to be in a calorific deficit, there are no two ways about it.

Macros (protein/fats/carbs) need to be set and can be adjusted accordingly in order to elicit a better response whether physical or mental. However once you have all these set in place you need to allow for some flexibility when it comes to food choices. Long gone are the days of chicken, broccoli and rice!

Now I’m not here to say that you should use a “if it fits your macros” approach, but I do believe that a combination of the two is the best method when creating a healthy sustainable fat loss plan.

Allowing yourself to include foods that you truly enjoy will show you that there is no need to be so restrictive in order to be successful. You do not need to suffer endlessly by removing all pleasure and joy.

However it is important to understand the calories you are consuming as most people (especially on the weekend) consume a significantly higher amounts of calories than they realise, which could stall their weight loss goals.

How to track your food intake?

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The easiest and most simple way you can track your intake is to use a free app like myfitnesspal.

Try this for a week, which will give you a good idea of how many calories you are really consuming and what your macro breakdown percentage is. Knowing this information is vital when comes to making changes to your physique.

If this confuses you then don’t despair. I can help.

My ART 12 week body transformation program has been designed to educate you on all things nutrition. This is not a one stop shop where you are left to do it all by yourself. By using my process you will begin to understand effective nutrition, applying what diet works best for you and how you can plan and prepare it based on YOUR lifestyle.

Isn’t it about time you started achieving the results you deserve?

Olly.
 
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Quick Seafood Stew

A zingy, tomato-based seafood stew packed with little bursts of flavour from the capers, olives and infused lemon. This weeknight dinner (which is low in fats and carbs) can easily be whipped up in less than 30 minutes. We used salmon, but any fish will work well. Don’t omit the garnish of chopped parsley at the end – it adds freshness and flavour to the overall dish.

Serves 2

Calories per serving = 475Cal

Macros per serving

  • Fats 21g
     of which saturates       4g
  • Carbs 22g
     of which sugars           12g
  • Protein 46g

Ingredients

For the cauliflower mash
400g cauliflower florets
salt and white pepper

For the seafood ‘stew’

¾ tin chopped tomatoes
1 TB capers, drained
½ lemon, sliced thinly
2 fillets salmon (approx. 150g each)
75g cooked mussels, thawed if using frozen
6-8 pitted black olives, sliced
chopped parsley, to garnish

Method:

For the mash, boil the cauliflower florets in salted water until tender. Drain and mash well. Season with salt and white pepper and mix well to combine. Set aside to keep warm.

At the same time, heat the chopped tomatoes in a medium size along with the slices of lemon and the capers. Cook over moderate heat for 10-12 minutes until the mixture thickens and cooks down. Place the fillets of salmon into the tomato mixture and cover the pan with a lid. Cook for 10-12 minutes (this should be enough time to cook the salmon), then stir in the mussels and olives to warm through.

Serve the salmon and sauce over the cauliflower mash and garnish with chopped parsley.

Allergens

Fish
Molluscs


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How to be healthy?

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We now live in an age where we are constantly bombarded with information on how to be healthy?  This information is mostly unregulated and can come from anyone who has access to the internet, more often than not from idiots who create fad diets such as ‘The Cotton Ball Diet”  WTF!!!  I’ll leave that one to your imagination.

Because of the mass of confusing information out there many people turn to the Government for advice, as surely the information provided by the people at the top is good advice backed by scientific research?

Erm…. Sadly NO.

When it comes to information on how to be healthy, the government, food companies and even qualified so called nutritionists are feeding you lies and bull shit. These big companies care about making a profit and will play on your emotions to get you buying into their myths so that you buy their products even if they are bad for your health.

But fear not!

I’m here to quash these lies as it could be these beliefs that are holding you back from getting that dream body.

10 lies the Government and food industries

are feeding you…

1) A calorie is a calorie

Many people say that the only important thing you need to think about in order to create weight loss is calories in versus calories out. So if you eat fewer calories than you burn then you will lose weight due to the law of thermodynamics.
Now essentially this theory is true, however I’m here to tell you that the quality of your calories matter. This is because different foods go through different metabolic pathways in the body and elicit different responses based on its quality. If you think that eating 1000 cals of processed junk compared to eating a 1000 cals of whole foods makes no difference then I’m sorry, you will never achieve successful healthy fat loss.

2) Saturated fat is unhealthy

For years now we have been told that in order to be healthy we must avoid saturated fat as it can increase the risk of heart disease.

This has been one of the pillars of mainstream nutritional advice that we have been plagued with for far too long.

Recent studies prove that saturated fat is harmless and has nothing to do with heart disease, and in actual fact consuming it raises good cholesterol (hdl) and changes the “bad” cholesterol to a benign subtype.

So there is no reason to avoid full fat butter or coconut oil. If it’s a natural fat then it’s a good fat.  This is how to be healthy.

3) Eating too much protein is bad for you

For some reason many of us believe that eating too much protein can damage your bones and increase the strain on the kidneys which can contribute to kidney failure. I don’t know where this came from but I do know GP’s still spout this crap even today.

What I can tell you is that if you eat protein regularly in relatively high portions it will actually increase bone density. Those with kidneys disorders are asked to reduce their protein intake but how many of us actually suffer from this condition?

More protein in the diet will increase lean muscle mass, reduce body fat which increases your body’s thermodynamics, and will lower the risk of diseases like cardiovascular disease.

4) Too much red meat is bad for you

We’ve been eating red meat for thousands of years and now suddenly it’s being blamed for heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. There is no study out there that proves the validity of these claims. However like most processed foods, the quality of the meat can have an effect.

Unprocessed red meat is perfectly fine if cooked correctly and consumed in moderation. Cheap processed red meat however can lead to issues.

As with any foods these days, quality does matter, and unfortunately price represents quality.

The bottom line here is that red meat is incredibly nutritious. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, quality proteins, and healthy natural fats that are important for the body and brain. So if you want to eat red meat 3, 4, 5 times a week you can do so, as long as you don’t overcook it (burn it), and the meat is unprocessed.

5) Follow the pyramid diet for optimal health

The pyramid diet was originally published in the 70’s and specifies that you should follow a high carb, low fat diet.

This recommendation made by politicians (not nutritionists) has since been debunked and ironically the obesity epidemic began when the system was promoted.

Everybody responds differently based on different set Marco percentages and although this may work for a few, in my experience this isn’t optimal for most. The results from my 12 Week Body Transformations are proof of that from both a physical and mental perspective.

6) Fat makes you fat

This is an old school theory that has only really within the last 10 years been proven to be untrue. On paper it does make sense that eating more fat will make you fat as there are more calories per gram of fat than that of the other macro nutrients protein and carbohydrate. Fat based foods are therefore much more calorie dense meaning it is very easy to overeat your required calorific intake needed for your daily activity rate.

However on the flip side of the above, higher fat diets with a lower carb intake are much more successful when seeking fat loss, as long as you can still control your calorific intake. So the take home message here is that more fat won’t make you fat but will actually aid in fat loss.

7) You shouldn’t eat carbs at night time

“You can’t consume carbohydrates at night or you will store fat!”

You will have heard or have been told this theory at some point no, right?

It’s crazy how much it is still used or preached out in the fitness world today. The reason behind this is because most people who recommend limiting carbs at night do so because they believe your metabolic rate decreases at night therefore those consumed and unused carbohydrates will be stored as fat instantly.

This idea that you should avoid carbs at night because your metabolism slows down has been proven to be an invalid theory. Research now actually shows that not only does your metabolism NOT slow down, its actually no different to your resting rate during the day, plus if you exercise it’s actually shown to increase your sleeping metabolism significantly.

Also if you do have difficulty sleeping, including a carbohydrate source in your last meal of the day can activate certain chemicals in your brain that relax you, signaling sleep and encouraging a better nights recovery.

8) Low fat, fat free or low carb is a healthy alternative

Low fat, fat free or low carb diets are extremely popular these days and food manufacturers have cottoned onto this and started mass producing products to serve the public need for them. However all of these products are far from healthy and in order to be the product they claim to be, ingredients have been removed and replaced with unnatural chemicals that the body just doesn’t know how to utilise. You just have to look at the ingredients list to see it contains no real food at all, they are highly processed. The take home message here is to avoid these options as they do more harm than good, they are not healthy. When you see low fat, fat free or low carb think “chemical shit storm”.

9) Gluten free is healthy

Eating a gluten free diet is extremely trendy these days and to be honest most people when questioned about it have no idea what gluten even is.

If you have a known gluten intolerance then I’m in total support of you opting for a gluten free diet, but please bear in mind that just because the product is gluten free it doesn’t make it healthy. I have had clients on several occasions try to justify eating biscuits or cakes or similar because they were gluten free. However most of these foods are usually made from highly refined, high glycemic starches like corn starch, potato starch, tapioca starch and may also be loaded with sugar.

Dropping gluten should mean replacing it for real food, not highly processed foods that as a general rule of thumb we should be avoiding.

10) Eating 6 smaller meals a day will boost your metabolism, increasing fat / weight loss.

This is probably the biggest myth and misconception that I still hear day in day out. Let’s think about it for a second, do you really think your metabolism accelerates based on a meal to meal frequency basis? I don’t think so. This has been proven time and time again to be a complete myth, but here’s the catch.

Eating smaller meals more often can actually help you lose weight but not by speeding up your metabolism, but by increasing thermogenesis.

So how does it work?

By eating more often, generally with protein and fibrous veg servings with every meal, will help curb cravings and will keep you fuller for longer which will help stabilise blood sugar levels which reduced the desire to binge eating or snacking.

So if you want to eat 3/4/5/6+ meals a day then you can, do what works for you but don’t do it for the wrong reasons.

The take home message is this: Food manufacturers don’t truly care about your health they only really care about profit. The government and many qualified nutritionists know very little when it comes to real nutrition. Avoid fad diets, avoid heavily processed foods and always try to eat real, natural food as much as possible. Real food doesn’t need an ingredients list, real food ‘is’ the ingredient. 

Olly

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Salmon and Griddled Baby Bok Choy

Bok Choy is a fantastically-flavoured vegetable, also referred to as Pak Choi (and also known as Chinese Cabbage). The additional step of charring the bok choy and tomatoes enhances their flavor, and the acidity of the dressing complements the salmon. A great, low-carb dinner offering massive flavours.

Serves 2

Calories per serving = 417kCal

Macros per serving

  • Fats 31g
     of which saturates       3g
  • Carbs 2g
     of which sugars           4g
  • Protein 7g

Ingredients

2 tsp sesame seeds
2 tsp ginger, minced
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp lime juice
2 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp olive oil
3 baby bok choy, washed and halved
140g cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tsp sesame oil, additional for grilling
2 salmon steaks, skin on

Method:

Start by toasting the sesame seeds in a hot, dry pan. Remove and set aside.

Make the dressing by simply mixing in the minced ginger, soy sauce, lime juice and sesame oil along with 1 teaspoon of hot water. Whisk well and set aside.

Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and add the halved bok choy. Cook until slightly tender, this shouldn’t take longer than 1-2 minutes. Remove and set aside on a tray lined with kitchen paper.

Heat a griddle pan, brushing one teaspoon olive oil on it. Grill the bok choy until visibly char-marked on the flat side. Do the same with the halved tomatoes. Depending on the size of your pan, you may need to do this in two batches, brushing with an additional teaspoon olive oil between grilling. Set aside to keep warm.

In a clean, flat pan, heat the sesame oil and fry the salmon skin-side down until crispy. Turn the salmon over and cook for an additional 4-6 minutes, depending on how well you like your salmon done.

Serve the salmon over the grilled bok choy and tomatoes and drizzle over the dressing. Top with the toasted sesame seeds.

 

Allergens

Wheat
Sesame
Fish
Soya

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Resistance Training: what is it?

Resistance Training: what is it? What are the benefits?

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What can resistance training do for you?

Resistance training is a big term – it covers everything from weightlifting to band pull-aparts. It should be part of everyone’s training and boasts a variety of amazing health and fitness benefits.

With all these potential benefits, today we’re going to define resistance training, talk you through the key benefits, and provide some examples you can use. Stick with us if you’re intrigued by strength, fitness, and improving your health into the future!

Definition

One problem we see in health and fitness is that resistance training and “weight training” are mixed up. They’re not the same thing – they’re two different terms in the whole landscape of health and fitness training methods. Weight training is a type of resistance training, but it isn’t the only kind.

Weight training is the most popular kind, but resistance training is anything that requires you to work against external resistance. This could be working with a weighted club for your golf swing to throwing med-balls. Clearly, it’s not just working with a barbell or weight machine!

The idea behind resistance training is a simple, ancient one: pick a movement or group of muscles you want to strengthen and make that movement more difficult. This is a type of training that leads the way for every athlete and every fitness enthusiast – it’s at the heart of getting better: challenge yourself and you’ll get stronger!

Benefits

So why should you care about resistance training?

Overloading your muscles with resistance is the fastest and most-effective way to get bigger and stronger! This is why weight training and other resistance exercise is so popular – it’s why athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike spend time training in gyms or on fields. Muscle and strength are common goals for simply looking and performing better.

Staying Healthy: Improves Bone and Joint Strength

If you feel like staying healthy and active as you age, resistance training is one of the best ways of achieving this. The bones get stronger when you add resistance, too – the stress of exercise improves their density, which is important for keeping bones strong as you age. This is key for avoiding fractures and other debilitating injuries!

Between the muscles and the bones, you have the tendons. They’re underrated, but they store a lot of energy during exercise and they’re key for moving well and keeping your joints healthy. Resistance training – especially the ‘lowering’ portion – is essential for healthy tendons. It keeps them stiff and strong, protecting your joints and keeping your mobile as you age.

Resistance Improves Coordination and Stability

The benefit of resistance training with compound exercises like the squat and press also include developing the core, balance, and stability.

These aren’t as glamorous as big guns, but they’re just as important. Learning to coordinate your joints effectively while loaded is a great way of improving how you move. This is key for keeping your joints healthy as you age, but it also helps with everyday life and health.

Balance and stability are underrated. For example, combining strength training with jumping movements directly protects the knee and hip from pain and injury – common problems for every active adult!

The control of muscles and joints also directly plays into your risk of lower-back pain. With 80% of adults being debilitated by back pain, it’s key to protect yourself. Training the strength of the back muscles and learning to control them is a key way of reducing risk.

We see the same thing in the shoulders where 43% of people deal with shoulder pain – many of which are the result of weakness, imbalance, tightness, or poor movement. Strength and full-range resistance training are key to building effective mobility and coordination – which means less injuries, as well as looking and performing better!

Can Resistance Training Improve your Metabolism?

More muscle doesn’t just mean more strength – it means a healthier, regular metabolism. If you’re struggling to lose weight, it could be related to a lack of muscle. Muscles require lots of energy, from food, to build and maintain.

I like to look at resistance training as a form of investment in your long-term health and physique. It doesn’t burn as many calories as cardio in the short-term, but you burn more calories when you’re at rest after resistance-training and the muscle that it builds improves your resting metabolism for years to come!

This is important for metabolic problems like diabetes, too – resistance training and muscle mass fight against insulin resistance. They provide you with improved mood and regulate the physical and psychological processes that put you at risk of metabolic syndromes.

Resistance Training Examples

Weight training is the most common kind of resistance training. It’s why the two are often confused. Free weights are the most advanced and most-effective for overloading resistance.

However, weight machines and cables are a great way of targeting specific muscles, building up strength and stability in at-risk joints, or just getting your foot in the door with resistance training. They’re a great way of adding resistance if you’re coming back from an injury or you’re at greater risk (such as advanced age or a total novice).

Resistance bands and elastic resistance are also great for stability and certain types of explosive movement. They’re resistance but not weight, and they provide a totally different type of training. You’ll get a lot of benefit from bands for the upper back and scapula: a notoriously tricky area in the upper back that requires huge amounts of control and stability.

There are too many weighted implements to even count. These range from the sport-specific (such as the heavy discus or club) to the general (like the med-ball). These are great resistance training tools for power, balance, and stability exercises that you might have missed out on.

Med-balls are the best example of this – they provide a totally different challenge to the power you can produce and how you move.

These are movement-quality based exercises where you’re not dealing with huge weights, and the resistance is about how you move, rather than how much force you use. There are some great benefits for your strength, health, power, and even movements like a golf swing.

Final Thoughts: Resistance Training isn’t Everything

External resistance is great, and we’ve got nothing but good things to say about it, but it’s not the only important style of training.

Internal resistance exercises like gymnastic movements and core work aren’t about resistance, they use leverage to challenge you. These make up a big part of training for health and strength. This is just one example of why you need more than resistance training – cardio is another.

Putting together a well-balanced training program is about using the right tools for the job. Resistance training is a great tool and you should be using it to your advantage – it has a wide variety of benefits to health, fitness, performance, and especially the aging process.

At Action-Reaction Training, we put these parts together to cover all the most important benefits. It’s about using strength and resistance training to get the most out of the time you have to train – our coaching is about balancing these exercises to get the most from your body and mind.

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If you’ve still got some unanswered questions or fears about signing up to the ART 12 week body transformation programme then visit our FAQ page were we’ve hopefully covered and addressed all your concerns.

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Lean Turkey Meatballs in a Creamy Curry

The rich exotic flavor of curry can be enjoyed as a creamy sauce which we made by simply reducing a stock and stirring in come reduced-fat cream cheese at the end. Take care not to overcook the turkey meatballs, and try keep the sauce over a moderate heat to avoid splitting. We have spooned our creamy meatballs over wilted spinach, but if you need something more substantial, serve them over quinoa instead.

Serves 2 

Calories per serving = 359kCal

Macros per serving

  • Fats 7g
     of which saturates       4g
  • Carbs 4g
     of which sugars           8g
  • Protein 50g

Ingredients

260g lean turkey mince 2% fat
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp ground coriander
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp olive oil
200g baby spinach
½ red onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
2 tsp medium curry powder
½ cup chicken stock
3 TB reduced-fat cream cheese
2 TB fat-free plain yogurt, to drizzle
coriander, to garnish

Method:

Combine the turkey mince, garlic and onion powders and ground coriander in a bowl. Season generously with salt and black pepper. Using a spoon and your hands, form into ping-pong size meatballs. Set aside.

Tip all the spinach into a large pan with a dash of water and wilt over a moderate heat, stirring continuously. Tip the pan and press down on the wilted spinach to allow all the excess water to drain off to one side. Remove the drained spinach, season the mixture well with salt and pepper and set aside in a warm oven.

Heat one teaspoon olive oil in a pan and fry the meatballs until golden all over. Remove and set aside. They may not be completely cooked through at this stage, but that is OK.

Add the second teaspoon olive oil to the same pan and gently fry the onions and garlic until softened. Add the curry powder and continue to fry for additional minute, stirring continuously. Add the chicken stock and return the meatballs to the pan. Cover and cook over low-medium heat for 4-5 minutes, this will ensure the meatballs cook through.

Remove the lid from the pan and allow the stock to reduce slightly, then stir in the cream cheese. Do not allow the mixture to heat too much, else the sauce may split.

When ready to serve, divide the spinach between two plates and top with the meatballs and its accompanying sauce. Spoon a little yogurt onto each serving, if desired and garnish with coriander leaves.

 

Allergens

Milk
Celery (may contain)

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How to lose fat

belly fat burning exercises

Belly fat burning exercises: Myth or Reality?

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  • Are you confused as how to lose that stubborn fat around your waist?
  • Frustrated at the lack of progress given the effort you put in?
  • Have you read conflicting information about the best belly fat burning exercises and diet to lose belly fat: HIIT? Increased cardio? Low carb? Low calorie? 

It’s a confusing web of information out there, I totally understand how frustrating it must be to not have clear and accurate information for an issue such as belly fat burning exercises, so hopefully this blog I’ve written will clarify things for you.

Targeted belly fat burning exercises: Myth or Reality?

Can you burn fat from your belly alone?

In short…no!

There is no scientifically proven way to burn fat in particular areas of the body, no amount of sit-ups or abdominal workouts will help lose the fat in this area alone to reveal your abs underneath.  I’m afraid in all honesty there is no such thing as belly fat burning exercises.

When fat cells are broken down to be used for energy they will be taken from anywhere in the body during exercise. There is no biological way to ensure that only fat cells from the belly area are utilised.

In recent years a study was conducted to investigate the effect of abdominal exercises on abdominal fat, the study took 24 participants who each partook in regular abdominal exercises whilst maintaining a healthy balanced diet. After 6 weeks there was no significant effect of abdominal exercises reducing fat in the belly area, or overall body fat percentage.

The products you see on shopping channels which claim to be the best belly fat burning exercises, i’m afraid to say are a complete waste of your time and money.

So how do you reveal those abs?

Firstly it’s important to have a basic understanding of how your body burns fat.

In it’s simplest form; fat loss is determined by the amount of calories you consume vs the amount of calories you burn. If you consume less calories than you burn it will result in fat loss.

What about low carb diets for fat loss?

We all know that food is fuel for our body. And like cars using either petrol or diesel, our body can utilise different fuels being either carbs or fat. It’s true if you consume a low carb diet your body will turn to fat as it’s energy source. However! This isn’t a good long term sustainable system for fat loss and can have detrimental effects on your health as the body ‘needs’ both carbs and fat in the body for optimal health.

A good fat loss program will ensure you are consuming the correct amounts of carbs, fats and proteins keeping the body in a metabolically flexible state meaning the body will have the ability to switch from one fuel source to the next; from fats to carbs and carbs to fat. When executed correctly, you’ll have the ability to lose fat on either a high carb or low carb diet depending on how many calories you consume.

So now we know how fat is burned, how do we lose it from the belly area?

The only way you will be able to lose belly fat is to participate in a quality full body training and nutrition program, designed specifically to burn fat in a sustainable way, which will see you lose fat from ‘all’ areas of your body including the belly area, so not so much belly fat burning exercises, but ‘all over’ fat burning exercise.

By doing a plan such as the ART 12 week body transformation program we’ll take you through a series of nutritional phases designed to keep the body in a metabolically flexible state, coupled with a predominately strength training regime with limited cardio, you’ll be burning fat while building lean muscle mass, which over time will lead to a visible reduction of fat in the belly area revealing your already existing ab muscles underneath.

For more information about the ART 12 week body transformation program and how it can help to get you the results you desire visit www.action-reaction-training.com

Olly

If you’ve still got some unanswered questions or fears about signing up to the ART 12 week body transformation programme then visit our FAQ page were we’ve hopefully covered and addressed all your concerns.

Alternatively drop me an email at olly@action-reaction-training.com.

 

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If you have any questions about the plan then drop me an email, I will always respond to you: olly@action-reaction-training.com

Alternatively visit the WEBSITE for more details.

“I honestly couldn’t recommend this programme enough, it has completely changed my day-to-day life and overall happiness.” HOLLIE

“Best purchase of my entire life. I’m so happy with the physical results, but I’m even more happy about the way I feel mentally.” JUDE

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