The Problem Of Ultra-Processed Foods

An ode to unprocessed foods.

There are so many different diets out there, all of them claiming to be the single best solution. This lead to significant public confusion about nutrition because some of the diets suggest principles that are contrary to each other. What do you have to follow? What to believe? But there is one thing all successful diets implement directly or indirectly and that is avoiding ultra-processed food. And now we have scientific support for this principle! Continue reading “The Problem Of Ultra-Processed Foods”

The Detox Myth

Please god, make it stop.

“Detox”… every time I hear this word my scientific soul dies a little bit. Because I can not believe that in the year of 2019 we still follow such hocus-pocus. Well, there are people out there telling you that vaccins cause autism or the earth is flat or whatever esoteric crap is the newest sh*t.  Ok, sorry for the rant but it drives me crazy when other people use other people’s lack of knowledge as in the case of all this “cleanse” and “detoxes” popping up every year either during Lent season or as summer is approaching. They promise you to clear the body from harmful “toxins”, that prevent you from losing fat or making you feel sleepy or whatsoever. Usually, a restrictive diet in liquid form (juices anyone?) and/or an expensive supplement is prescribed, promising loss of weight and other miracles.  Is there any truth behind this stuff?

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Setting Up Your Diet

Bearystrong (that’s Chantal and me) just has started a new certification, probably the best strength training certification on the planet, and one part of the exam is to go through a bodybuilding competition prep, also known as “the diet”. Therefore I want to share with you the preparation before we start our diet. Because let’s face it, dieting isn’t much fun, but being prepared helps a lot and allows a smooth transition into a new lifestyle. So grab your chicken breast and broccoli and let’s get started. Continue reading “Setting Up Your Diet”

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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The Holiday Survival Guide

How to make the best of the greatest season of the year.

Autumn is my favorite season: the days are getting cooler, the sun is gently spending warmth and good mood. The food is changing too, some of my most beloved foods are now in season. Quince, duck, pumpkin, game, chestnuts and grapes make autumn an especially tasty time. It is also the season where the big holidays all around the world are starting, making it hard to progress the weight loss journey. But it’s not impossible, let’s have a closer look. Continue reading “The Holiday Survival Guide”

Why I Don’t Like Meal Plans

Implement lifetime strategies for diet success.

Good old meal plans … I’ve almost forgot about them, but whenever I browse a fitness magazine, they catch my attention. Out of curiosity I start reading them and I am always amused about them: if it is a meal plan in a men’s magazine, you feel taken back to the old bro science ages of chicken breast, white rice and steamed brokkoli. If it is a meal plan for women, I see plenty of smoothie bowls, porridge, pasta and woefully low amounts of protein. I mean I get it, meal plans seem to be an easy solution for weight loss, but I think you can do better! Continue reading “Why I Don’t Like Meal Plans”

Six good reasons why you should do bodybuilding

…and why you are actually a bodybuilder without knowing it.

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”