Saturday, January 07, 2017

A New Dawn (Or Dave): A New Image For A New You

Yes, so it's the new year, and no doubt you've been thinking about going to the gym, eating well, or just putting down that chocolate that you're holding in your hand right now! And you know what, I can't blame you. We all hit that point when the calendar changes, and we all feel guilty about our Dad Bods or paunches, but I'm not here to give you advice on how many crunches to do! There are merely three rules to take on board if you want to get back into your old jeans from many years ago (or 2016).

Rule One: The Microwave Is Completely Banned!

If you want to get fit, eat well, or just find new ways of cooking, then it's time to get rid of the microwave. Have you heard the expression that abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym? Well, it's true, no matter how many crunches you do in the space of a day, or how many miles you run you can't outrun a bad diet. So start to think about foods that you can make in the oven, or you can boil, such as vegetables. In fact, if you wanted to do away with all the cooking implements apart from one, may I recommend a steamer? It can cook meat, vegetables, and fish without boiling away their nutritional values.

The other key ingredient to eating well is to reduce the amount of carbs that you eat. If you are overweight and you feed yourself carbs for an energy source, your body will not burn the energy you have stored, and especially if you don't exercise those carbs will turn into fat. The best advice when it comes to eating carbs is to have them at night, as we all need carbs for energy, but your body will use it more efficiently for fuel the next day if you have it before bedtime.

Rule Two: Comb Your Hair

The trick to feeling good can sometimes be as simple as making yourself look good, and sometimes it can be as simple as combing your hair in the morning or trimming the beard. Sometimes giving yourself the opportunity to highlight your attributes makes you feel better because you think you look good. It's a simple trick, but it works, and so if you looking for accessories check out Manly Matters for some ideas. 

Rule Three: The Trick Is Simple

Have you heard the expression move more and eat less? Because that is the fundamental principle behind getting fit and healthy. Understanding what foods you may have a sensitivity to will help you to streamline your choices when it comes to what to eat, because you may not think that you are intolerant to anything. But with the amount of nut allergies, lactose intolerance, and gluten intolerance that goes around, you may find that you have a little sensitivity to certain foods, and if you identify an intolerance then you can start to cut out foods that are giving you problems, and you will see a big change!