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It’s Okay To Want To Change Your Body

Chasing progress for better health.

Body positivity and self love are incredibly valuable to our society. Being different and not having to be ashamed of it is essential: acceptance and tolerance are more important than ever. And it is definitely unhealthy to chase (fake) beauty images or to try to look like someone else. But I think there is a dark side to body positivity: being obese is not healthy! And no, there isn’t such a thing as “healthy overweight”, at least in my experience, so stop kidding yourself, please!

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Caffeine: Tea Or Coffee For You?

Caffeine: the delicious drug.

Let’s talk about the non-scientific stuff first. I love both, tea and coffee. I have a cup of tea (caffeine-free roiboos) every day in the morning followed by a cold brew done with 100% Robusta coffee bean Sumatra Ascogo roasted at one of Vienna’s best coffee roasters (Kafferösterei Alt Wien). Once a week we have also our Forza Napoli with a high percentage of Robusta at Nicholas Franze’s cafe. Matcha scores also high on our favorites (check out Cha No Ma for gorgeous matcha, if you are in Vienna). But is caffeine ok in a healthy lifestyle? And, most important, how much?

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Hypertrophy: Top 3 Training Mistakes

Use common mistakes to make your training better.

Hypertrophy training focuses on getting your muscles to grow. And who doesn’t want to grow? To ensure you spend your time at the gym the most efficient and productive, I compiled the biggest training mistakes for hypertrophy. Read this, think about it, hit the gym and get growing!

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Protein: Surf’n’Turf Anyone?

Basic biochemistry and functions.

Everyone needs protein. Period. It is not just the big muscular gym guy, also you sitting in the chair diligently doing your job or you, running a half-marathon or you, playing football. Why? Because proteins are the brickstones of our body, they are the catalysators (= enzymes) of our metabolism and are also fuel. To say it in numbers: after water (70%), proteins (18%) are the second main component of human cells. That’s why it may be worth considering adding more protein to your daily food, especially if you are getting serious about living a more active and healthy lifestyle.

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What Drives Obesity

Know the Whys to make better decisions.

Gaining fat is really simple: your energy intake is greater than your energy expenditure. You just eat too damn much! Gaining so much fat, that you are actually classified as overweight or even obese, however is a task that takes a lot of consistency and time (and avoiding to look into the mirror). As many drastic changes, this doesn’t happen overnight. But why do you do this to your body?

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Fats: Because Nutbutter Is Happyness

Basic biochemistry and functions.

But wait, fat makes me fat, right?! Now you should already know the answer: it’s all about the calorie deficit at the end of the day and like carbs, fats are neither good nor bad. Nevertheless, fat is really energy dense: 10 gramms of fat (approx. a tea spoon) have huge 90 kcals. This means that, you should not indulge in those tasty “healthy” low-carb-paleo-keto-raw-gluten free-vegan nut bars if you are trying to lose body fat ;). So what’s the deal with fats, now? Let’s have a closer look through the biochemist’s goggles.

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The Zero Calories Dessert #1

Coffee granita.

As temperatures climb above the 30°C threshold, my mood goes down and all I want is a cool place to relax and some sort of icecream. This recipe at least solves the icecream problem in an extremely calorie friendly manner, taking you right to Rome for a locat treat. Refreshing, easy to make and always welcome during summer. Try it out and thank me later!

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Kitchen Tricks

Simple things to make cooking easier.

I have compiled a few of my favourite kitchen tricks for you. Hopefully they make your life in the kitchen easier and more fun, while at the same time increasing your meal prep efficiency. As much as I love cooking, I also want the task at hand done without losing too much time. Hopefully these little tricks will help you too with saving time (and often money too)!

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Carbohydrates: Candies, Noodles And All That Good Stuff

Is a carb really just a carb?

…or are they evil? Currently, it is a real hot topic, especially since many countries have introduced a sugary drink tax and low-carb and keto diet are becoming very popular among the broad public.  Is it the right way to go in order to lose fat? Yes. And no.

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Roasted Veggies – Easy And Healthy

A mothership recipe for easy meal prepping.

Many people struggle with preparing enough food in order to always have something healthy in their fridge. If you just have to put some food on a plate and microwave it, you will be much less inclined to buy junk food after a long and strenous working day. Therefore we created this mothership recipe and it is as simple as it sounds: roasted vegetables! To be honest, it’s not even a real recipe, it’s just a guideline. But that doesn’t make it any less valuable!

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