Fermented Carrots with Star Anise

Fermented food and microbiome are nowadays a hot topic not only in the science community: it has become quite popular in the media too. While some supplement selling companies are making money with it, promising to get you shredded by eating the proper microbiota they sell, scientist are aware that the picture is far more complex. The microbiome definitely plays a role in a lot of physiologic and pathologic processes and you have positive effects from eating probiotica and prebiotica like resistent starches but we still do not know exactly all of the players responsible for the effects. Continue reading “Fermented Carrots with Star Anise”

Strong New Year!

Dear readers, there is no better way to end 2018 than with gorgeous friends and a full body session at Das Gym! I hope you are also enjoying New Year’s Eve, are looking back to a fulfilling year and looking forward to a kickass 2019.

For us two, it was an exciting year: we started Bearystrong, wrote lots of articles, traveled a lot, coached our first clients (thank you for your trust!) and made some nice strength and mass gains. We are looking forward to inspire and help more people in 2019 and growing stronger and awesome πŸ˜‰ There are already some exciting things planned… stay tuned and see you soon!

Alcohol and Dieting

Let’s be honest, in December the alcohol consumption can increase exponentially, especially here in Austria. Every office has its own Christmas party, where free alcohol flows generously. After work you go for a stroll to the “Christkindlmarkt” (Christmas market) and meet some friends for a punsch or a mulled wine. On Christmas you will have two or more generous glasses of wine because you are so bored of talking with the whole family. And there is no New Year’s Eve without bubbles. Well, alcohol throws an additional challenge on the hard dieting folks which should first have a look on Stefan’s great article on how to manage holydays. But is alcohol really impairing your fat loss? Let’s have a closer look to it.

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Chestnut Shortbread

We have been quite busy during the last month: I had jaw surgery in order to get rid of my baby teeth and give my permanent teeth the chance to come out; there were lot of exciting things going on in Krems including our first chemistry practical course and of course Christmas is on its way. Stefan has been supporting me as his best, but we did not manage to keep writing articles twice a week: sorry for that! Nevertheless, we would like to keep you inspired and developed a quick cookie recipe since Christmas is per definition baking time especially in German speaking countries. Inspired by the Japanese love for chestnut, I am proud to present you our chestnut shortbread cookies. They are neither low calories nor protein packed but if you manage your calories wisely, you could have one or two with a good cup of tea πŸ™‚ Long story short, here is the recipe. Continue reading “Chestnut Shortbread”

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”