Be Boring, Get Shredded – Part 2

Why Exercise Variation Isn’t Always Optimal

During our long flight from Vienna to Tokyo I’ve got a bunch of downloadable magazines for free. Of course I’ve taken some of the fitness related ones even if they are often full of bro-science (=not evidence based crap), but they are a good inspiration for writing blog posts though. One of them was looking really nice: it had a really strong looking woman on the cover, instead of just one of the pretty & skinny girls. I started reading the training and coaching philosophy of this apparently “evidence-based” lady and my jaw dropped as the words “muscle confusion” (=constantly changing the exercises in yourΒ  training plan) as driver for muscle growth were used. Well -spoiler alert- the opposite of muscle confusion is rather a driver for hypertrophy. Let’s see why and where variation may or may not make sense.

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Be Boring, Get Shredded

Why less variety in your food can help you lose fat

What? Isn’t variety good for your health? Dieticians and health guidelines tell you that if you are going to eat a large variety of different foods you are going to meet your nutritional needs. Well, that sounds reasonable but has also a dark side: the more variety we have in one meal, the more calories we are going to eat. Before explaining why this is the case and what can we do against it, let’s define some terms. Continue reading “Be Boring, Get Shredded”

Pumpkin Pie Two Ways

I love pumkin pie because my mum used to bake it in the early 90s for HalloweenΒ  even if no one was celebrating it in Milan on those time. It was an original American recipe which she brought back from Philadelphia where she lived in the 70s together with my my dad and older brother. Of course she shared the recipe with me as I moved to Vienna but I had gut issues and was not tolerating grains, eggs and dairy products well. Therefore Stefan and I developed our own version: it is not cut-friendly if you are very low on calories (check the macros) but it is gluten-free and suitable for the vegan folk too. But if you would like to try the real stuff, I’ve included my mum’s recipe too. Oh, and just in case you matter, that’s even lower in kcals πŸ˜‰ Continue reading “Pumpkin Pie Two Ways”

Artificial Sweeteners: The Not So Bitter Truth

I already see the geeky bodybuilders roll their eyes: we all know that sweeteners are not bad! Come on, Chantal: during contest prep we are all eating Skyr, berries and artificial sweeteners as staple food. Sorry guys and girls, this article is not for you, but you can still scroll down to the recipes at the end of the article if you want some variation in your diet πŸ˜‰Β  This article is dedicated to all the people who are struggling with their diets and have been told that sweetners are ultra-bad, cause cancer, neurotoxicity and are increasing cravings. But is it true? Let’s have a closer look at what the current research says.

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Carb Tolerance Part 2

One more evidence that you should not bother

I’ve already written a blog post about carb tolerance, but on my way to horseriding I’ve been listening to a great podcast by Danny Lennon with Prof. Christopher Gardner on a recently published paper with the title “Effect of Low-Fat vs Low-Carbohydrate Diet on 12-Month Weight Loss in Overweight Adults and the Association With Genotype Pattern or Insulin Secretion” . I would like to give you some insights in the research findings as well as write down some of the thoughts Prof. Gardner expressed in the podcast.

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Six good reasons why you should do bodybuilding

My first approach to a gym was over ten years ago: I wanted to do something for my physique and since the only sport I was doing was horseriding, I decided to subscribe to a commercial gym. In those days I would never have admitted I was doing bodybuilding. To be honest I’ve been laughing at the -in my eyes- over confident bros posing in front of the mirror, sipping protein shakes and grunting and screaming during their sets. Well, life happens, and now I am a broette doing exactly the same stuff. But if you think about the definition of “bodybuilding” I was already doing it ten years ago: I did exercise to lose fat and gain muscles. And if you are training to lose weight, get in shape, tone up (whatever you want to call it) and not for performance in a specific sport you are a bodybuilder too. Don’t like it? I’ll try to convince you of the opposite πŸ˜‰ . Continue reading “Six good reasons why you should do bodybuilding”

Carb Tolerance

Most important thing first: the picture above has been taken at Choc Tree Edinburgh, an awesome bean-to-bar chocolatier and patissier. And to answer your question in advance: yes, we ate it all. Enough said, let’s get serious.

Premise: if you still believe that carbs are bad and everyone should be on a low-carb diet read my carb article first. Instead, if you are a loyal Beary Strong reader go ahead! A normal carb tolerance is defined byΒ the appropriate insulin release given the individual’s insulin sensitivity. What does this mean? Continue reading “Carb Tolerance”