One of the most asked questions I get is “so what made you go vegan?”. I don’t want to judge or try to convert anyone here, nor do I feel the need to explain myself. But the question has been asked, so let’s answer it. OK, time for the short story.
I’m very cautious when it comes to groceries. I tend to read nutrition labels, product description and ingredients list. I just like to know what I eat. Yet what I’ve noticed is that many people see only front of any given product cover. If it says “organic”, “low fat” or “healthy” - it is good, right? Wrong. Actually - very wrong. So I took some time to show you few examples of what you can find in nutrition tables.
I know that there are many studies saying that the tables are outdated or inaccurate and somehow I can agree with that. Yet if there are two similar products and one has 3 times more added sugar in it - you don’t have to be genius to know it’s bad for you.
This was a great week and even better weekend. I've completed my first even run at Triathlon Show 2013 with not that embarrassing time of 47 minutes and 36 seconds. On top of that I've bought few things with quite nice prices (but when you add few cheap things, your account still cries!). If that’s not enough, I've beaten the 10000 calories from last week. Crazy, fun, fatigue and some more crazy.
It has been the most intense training week so far, but I've managed to done almost every planned workout. To be honest, when I started I didn't realize, that meeting your training goals can be so damn satisfying. Below are weekly stats, progress and meal plans. Happy Sunday!
You can read loads and loads about every possible fitness activity, including running. From basic advice, through training programs, ending at advanced techniques, everything is covered. Yet there is one thing that is being omitted. Addiction!
So far so good, diet is working, I feel only small fatigue and I keep up with my planned sessions. I really like to have a training plan, because I can forget about everything and just go on autopilot. Yesterday I had nice interval swimming session and this morning I run first time since my 5 km test.
If you ask people what to do to lose fat, a lot of them will tell you “eat less fat”. In the end to lose weight you have to limit your calories, so it’s not that bad of an advice. On top of that, less fat usually means lower cholesterol and less health problems. But, there are fats and fats and while some should be avoided at all cost, other are healthy for you. It is less about plainly limiting fats in your diet, but more about the type of fat you are eating. While bad fats can increase your cholesterol and make you more prone to heart diseases, you will greatly benefit from good fats, and some of them are actually essential for your body.
Ok,this post is not about being alcoholic, nor it’s about friday evening drinks either. Firstly, because I’m far from telling people not to drink alcohol, but mainly - this blog is about getting in shape, not about rehab :). This is about something that many people do not realize, which is amount of calories they drink every day.
How do you know if given meal plan (I avoid using word “diet” on purpose) is good for you? How do you check if given product is healthy or if you are eating enough fats? How do you even know how much fat should you eat? Well, we have this thing called Guideline Daily Amounts, so let’s find out what’s that.
Let me tell you the biggest secret there is about weight loss. Ok, it’s not a secret. In fact it’s so obvious that many people seem not to notice it. It’s especially visible here in London, where majority of people will go and buy white bread sandwich, pasta based meal, greasy burger or wrap for lunch. Then, other than terrible snacks, they won’t eat anything till evening. That’s just wrong on so many levels.
Recently I saw this question on Quora: "What are the diets to follow if I want to lose 15 kilos in 5 months?". While I am strongly against "taking up diet only to lose weight and then forget about it" syndrome (say hello to Yo-yo effect), it still can be calculated ;)