Rich Eats: Diet Drinks Make You Fat

‘Diet Drinks Make You Fat’ is on the front page of a british new paper today so I thought I’d take the liberty of commenting… of course…

To start, a big thanks to Jo Willey for bringing this info to the table. It’s information many of us already know though for some reason ignore. I’d like to add that Diet Drinks are full of artificial crap that we don’t need.

The article brings to our attention studies done in America that are finding that artificial sweeteners (chemicals) like Aspartame, Acesulfame K trigger our bodies into expecting energy, then receive nothing, which leaves us craving that energy our bodies thought it was going to get!

The key thing here is they’re linking the sweet taste to our body preparing for and expecting food with energy. When our body does not get this energy it leaves a hole that needs filling! So we shove more in… hence one of the reason why people become addicted to foods with artificial sweeteners.

The article doesn’t mention the potential damaging effects these chemicals have on our body!

See this video for my take on Aspartame.

Thanks again Jo!

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Rich Eats: Going Too Far – Clothes Shopping

Imagine going into the changing rooms at your favourite clothes shop, picking up 10 items to try on and 4 or 5 of them look awesome on you, rather that 1 or 2…

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Rich Eats: Do Kelloggs Care About You?

Rich Eats videos are finally here!

This is my latest post which is about cereal bars. If you eat them you will probably want to watch this.

(I’d love to read your feedback)

And, ‘Don’t Go Ahead’ need to be mentioned here too:

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Rich Eats: Hardcore – Stripping Your Body

Before you read on, I acknowledge I am obsessed with and love experimenting with my exercise and eating.

This post might be best read and applied now to get you ready for Christmas (and the rest of your life!) Or, if you’re one of those New Year starters maybe begin on the 1st / 2nd Jan… it’s up to you!

I’ve read a lot, listened a lot, and experimented even more in a quest to balance my diet. The recommendations I make below were initially trialed over one week though may now play a regular part in my eating and exercise habits. This regime required a lot of determination, but even if you take away just a few of my suggestions, I am sure you will feel better, stronger and healthier both mentally and physically. The Goal of this was to get very lean very quickly and is not all recommended as a long term strategy.

Warnings:

Always listen to your body. If you’re feeling fait or dizzy while trying any of my suggestions in this post resume your normal eating and exercise habits immediately and consult a doctor.

Always consult a doctor/nutritionist before making any sever changes to your eating and exercise regime.

My One Week Trial

See how your body reacts to this, adjust it and adapt it to suit you – pick up the phone or email me if you need any personal advice.

1. Drink more water

Add one litre of water to your daily intake because this change in your eating and drinking will flush your body of stored (some toxic) fluids and you need to help flush them out.

2. Drink more tea

Drink two cups of dandelion tea per day – Why dandelion? It flushes out stored water held captive in our bodies by certain foods we eat like grains, pulses and foods containing starch.

Drink one cup of green tea per day – Why green? It is full of antioxidants which help ‘mop up’ free radicals, and it also flushes out stored water. To the surprise of many, green tea also contains caffeine which I personally use for a bit of a boost when working out.

££ What to buy – Tea Pigs do awesome green tea and they charge you for it too! It’s worth it for now. I avoid Twinings tea because it gives me a headache after a couple of mouthfuls, I need to find out what is in it that my body does not like

3. Cut out bread, wheat, starch, pasta, rice, grains & pulses

Because these foods are prime culprits for keeping water in the body. They do provide some goodness though if you’re looking to lean-up in a short period of time cutting these out will let your body release stored water. Understand me right here, I will eat brown rice, pulse and grains normally this is quite an extreme change to our eating habits here. I’m not recommending you cut all pulses, grains and rice for a long period of time (no more than 2 weeks).

4. Eat more of the following

Fish – tuna in spring water, tuna steaks, salmon, mackerel, cod, haddock (not from the chippy), chicken, turkey, lean beef (sirloin & fillet) – I only eat red meat once or twice a month.

Dark chocolate – Not much, only 200g every couple of weeks my personal favorite is Montezuma’s and go for at least 70% cocoa. Why chocolate? I admit it is one of my vices, but it does have benefits in terms of temporarily boosting your mood and the anti-oxidants which will mop up free-radicals in your system – watch out for the energy crash after if you have too much!

5. Add Vitamin C powder to your diet

N.B Not those ridicuous fizzy, sweet-tasting vitamin C tablets. Read on…

Consult your doctor before trying the following.

Following a number of conversations with herbalists and doctors I have found out that there are risks that accompany super-dosing in Vitamin C. Vitamin C is acidic (citric or ascorbic acid) so it can cause esophagus and stomach inflammation or even ulcers at very high doses. That said it is water soluble so any excess will just pass through your system rather than build up. (Those of you who know me will know I am very much into keeping an alkaline diet so lease do counter this additional acid in your system with more alkaline foods like almonds, cucumbers, peas and other green veg).

Over the last week I have been taking 3000mg of Vitamin C powder 3 times per day (I’m not recommending you do this). Yes I did take 3000mg 3 times per day. This is a lot, and I recommend you perhaps start with 500mg to 1000mg 2 or 3 times per day and find a level that you are comfortable with and you will feel healthier, have more energy and become leaner.

Two points I’d like to make here:

1) Yes, it’s WAY over the RDA (75 to 90mg per day) – I’d like to add to this; not all medical professionals believe the governments RDA’s are right. RDA’s are based on the ‘average’ person. If you’re exercising hard, smoking (I hope not!) or pushing your self in any way more than the average person then you can pretty much dismiss any RDA’s. What is an average person anyway!?

Super-dosing in Vitamin C has been recommended by some of the world’s top doctors as preventatives and remedies for illnesses like cancer. See what Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD has to say here. Please do some of your own research before super-dosing in Vitamin C.

2) It does not taste great at first, and it may upset your stomach/give you a little Diarrhea but it makes a huge positive difference when you find the right level for you to take.

6. Use the steam room/sauna more often

I go four or five times per week now – Time in the sauna/steam room helps you sweat out toxins & fat, it actually gives your cardiovascular system a work out, and revitalises your skin by sweating out pollution and dead skin, burning calories even when you leave. I prefer the sauna because it feels cleaner (in the steam room I feel like im breathing in everyone else’s sweat!)

Note – you will need to drink even more water if you are visiting the sauna/steam room this regularly

7. Eat more blueberries, red grapes, green apples, cucumbers, broccoli, peas,

Because you will be flushing toxins out of your organs in this diet you will need to increase the amount of antioxidants in there to help clean them up. The above will pump you full of much needed vitamins and anti-oxidants. Great for your hair, skin and nails too!

In summary

Drink more water, and cut out foods that hold water (no Dairy, No Wheat, no Grains), add the teas recommended above.

What will this mean for your body?

Higher energy levels – My body feels so light (I dropped 1.5kg in a week) and I have so much more energy than before.

Toning – You should notice that your body has become more toned all over

Peeing and pooing – This diet flushes out your system, so prepare yourself for my time on the toilet

Exercise – Even if you’re don’t exercise regularly you will notice a difference in your energy levels and physique

Wise words

You should always consult a doctor before changing your eating and exercise habits. This diet is the balance that works for my physique and my training habits, if you need it to be tailored to your physique and training habits call or email me.

Endorsements

I am not being paid by any brands to endorse or damn products. Any products that are recommended on this site are simply a part of my diet because I love eatint/drinking them. If you represent any of the brand mentioned in this post/blog please do get in touch with me now.

Apologies

This diet may cause a few problems for vegetarians because there is a focus on fish and meat protein, take what you can from my suggestions and get in touch and we can find you another source of protein.

Lastly

If there is one take away from this blog – increase your daily water intake and drink dandelion tea, it will make a huge positive difference to your body.

A special thanks to Tom Baxter for advising me on much of the above – Cheers Baxter!

Rich Eats: Tiger Muay Thai, Phuket

Training at Tiger Muay Thai gym, Phuket. This is my flow.

You know, while we’re working away here in our offices there are parallel Universes operating.

This video is an interview with Randy Hale, the Body Fit instructor at the gym in Thailand while I was there (more videos on the Muay Thai training to come…)

Sometimes we step out of our own universe and dip into someone else’s. Sometimes for a day, sometimes a week, a year or even a lifetime.

Sounds kind of ridiculous doesn’t it? And it is… Yet it’s true.

You see we all influence things in this life whether it’s for better or worse. And whether it is for better or for worse more often or not (not always) is the decision of the person being influenced. We make someone smile – they feel good, we make someone angry – they feel bad. We give someone advice we meet on an island in Thailand they apply it, it changes their ‘Universe’. We receive information from a book we read, it influences our thinking and our universe is changes. All of these worlds, or universes are running at the same time. All apparently independent, though all absolutely connected.

At the beginning of this year (2011) I spent a number of weeks training at Tiger Muay Thai on Phuket and, while stepping into their universe, my universe was influenced. My training and my mental and physical relationship to this world have been forever enhanced because of the people I met and the training I endured.

The gym is a kitted out for Westerners and predominantly used by Westerners while 99% of the trainers and expertise is comes from Thai trainers. They’re brilliant, passionate and push you, especially if you want to be pushed,

3 Key things I learned:

1) Hip Flexors – train them and train them often.

It took me about 10 days of training them every day to get my hip flexors anywhere near where they should be. Although I was in incredible shape (modest?) it was like there was a ‘disconnect’ between my upper and lower body. Try this for me (well it’s for you really), lift your knee up so that your upper thigh is horizontal and hold it for a few seconds, and repeat, and repeat. I’m going to be posting a load of exercises to help develop your hip flexors soon.

Your hip flexors are a skeletal muscle that act to pull your thigh upward. It stretches from your mid section to about half way down your upper thigh. When these bad boys are trained and stronger it positively affects almost all other physical activities in my life (martial arts, dancing, sex, tennis, golf, running, driving, sex…).

2) Train with more intensity (especially if you want to burn fat).

This is one of the more profound and I guess for many, difficult things to incorporate into your training. Especially if you train on your own. To enhance my physical endurance (something that’s very important when fighting Muay Thai) and burn fat I learned that its all about intensity! One of the things that Randy Hale got us doing was Tabata training. 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest repeated 8 times for any given exercise (because it is so profound see videos and more on Tabata here soon).

Another way to achieve massive intensity like this is by doing 1 minute of an exercise (say rowing or sprints) at 100% effort, then 1 minute at about 30% intensity. This really gets your heart moving.

The key thing is, without passing out or giving yourself a heart attack (always see a doctor before getting into physical exercise, especially interval training) to work yourself to failure. That is to the point where you can’t do any more repetitions. Then, shake it off and do more within the given time frame. Reaching failure here is the goal, rule of thumb, if you’re not failing you need to train harder.

3) Do something you enjoy.

There are a million different ways to train your body, find a few that you enjoy and do them. If you like running – run. Muay Thai Boxing – do that. If you prefer rowing – row. If you enjoy training with teams – find a team to train with. Whatever it is, find the thing you like doing that is intense enough to help you get the results you want. But, make sure it’s intense enough to shift that fat or gain muscle.

Over the next few weeks I’m going to post a number of videos showing you some of the training I did while at Tiger Muay Thai (TMT).

A special thanks goes out to Will (GM of TMT) and Randy Hale (X Fitness Camps) who was the Body Fit instructor there during my visit.

Quote of the day from Randy Hale: “If it doesn’t have parents or grown in the ground, don’t eat it. That’s a good rule of thumb to start…”

Rich Eats: This might kill you… (Aspartame)

So, it turns out there are potentially dangerous artificial sweeteners in most ‘diet’, ‘sugar free’, ‘low sugar’ products we consume.

Chewing gum even has them! (Lots of them)

Rich Eats: Breakfast Cereal – Think you’re on a ‘diet’?

If you’re eating Breakfast Cereal to lose weight and ‘balance’ your diet think again.

They promote their products as ‘low fat’ which is true, though the reality is that most of these foods are full of sugar and wheat which is NOT part of a balanced diet, and will happily be converted into fat inside your body. Not to mention the implications added refined sugar has on your mood, insulin resistance and risk of diabetes.

Stay cool about it, it is serious, though just be aware and know that added sugar in your foods should be cut right down and or avoided!

Organic Raw Honey is an alternative to consider (unless you are on a strict fat loss program) because this kind of honey does actually contain nutrients…