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So, I’ve just been re-introduced to Cherries. My mum brought some the other day and my my do they taste good. Juicy, refreshing and not to sweet. While snacking on them with some almonds and cashew nuts, I thought to myself:

“What is the G.I of these little beauties” and off I went to do some research. (In case you don’t know what G.I means “Glycemic Index” just do a search on here or Google).

I’m starting a low carb diet come Monday and will be keeping fruits to a minimum, however, fruits such as blueberries are considered fairly low in sugar and Cherries had me thinking as they don’t taste sweet like say a banana and they kinda remind me of berries.

Anyway, after tons of research it seems as if a lot of the information contradicts itself in regards to it’s G.I, however, the health benefits alone are worth taking a look at.

I believe mother nature provided us with an abundance of fruit, veg, nuts and herbs to be used for daily health and as natural medicines.

I mean think about it, between the 4 we get:

Protein

Carbohydrates

Fats

Fibre

Vitamins

Minerals

Amino Acids

And a whole host of health benefits that can help treat diseases, kill bacteria and maintain a state of health and  well being.

Nutrition is a big part of our lives if not one of the biggest aspects to who we are. You see, through nutrition we can change the way we look, the way we think and the way we feel. I say how you think because  junk food can affect your clarity which leads to how you think. And I say how you feel because certain foods help with up-lift-ment whilst some can have you not feeling so great (another topic within itself).

Without further ado, let me invite you to read this article below I came across whilst researching Cherries. Enjoy and let me know what you think.

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Cherries and their health benefits

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Cherries help ease arthritis pain

For those who suffer from arthritis and gout, you will be relieved to find out that adding cherries to your diet can greatly decrease the intense pain associated with those ailments. Excess uric acid in the blood is the culprit behind the excruciating pain that causes swelling, tenderness and inflammation.  A study done by the USDA found that uric acid can be reduced by as much as 15 percent by eating 2 cups of Bing cherries. Cherries can also help reduce painful inflammation by decreasing the amount of C-reactive protein produced. So add a little zing to your diet by choosing Bing (cherries).

Cherries help fight cancer

The distinctive deep red pigment cherries are known for comes from flavonoids; powerful antioxidants that help fight free radicals in the body. Cyanidin is a flavonoid from the anthocyanin group found in cherries that helps keep cancerous cells from growing out of control. And, for cherries with the most anthocyanins go for sweet cherries with the deepest pigment; crimson-purple rather than bright red.

Cherries help you sleep

If sipping a cup of chamomile isn’t enough to induce restful sleep try having tart cherry juice before bed. Tart cherries contain melatonin, a hormone that helps make you feel sleepy. Two tablespoons of tart cherry juice has been shown in studies to be just as effective as a melatonin supplement. So, pour yourself a little cherry juice nightcap for a tasty bedtime sleep aid.

Cherries and blood pressure

Cherries are an excellent source of potassium, which helps to lower blood pressure by getting rid of the excess sodium in our body. Eating cherries helps keep potassium and sodium in balance, and can prevent hypertension from occurring. One cup of cherries has the same amount of potassium as a banana making it a great substitute when you are not in the mood for another ho-hum banana.

Cherries help keep you trim

Eating cherries can help you lose weight and stay trim.  A cup of cherries is less than 100 calories and packs in 3 grams of fiber, which will keep you feeling full longer. Also, these little beauties contain many B-vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin and vitamin B6; these vitamins are crucial for metabolism and convert nutrients into energy. What could be better than eating cherries to help you stay lean and skinny?

Tip: Cherries are not only healthy, but they are delicious and versatile. They can be added to everything from dairy, to pork; eaten raw or cooked down to make a sauce or strained for juice. Serve them by the bowlful for dessert at your next summer barbecue; just be sure to have plenty of napkins and bowls for the pits!

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/07/09/5-health-benefits-cherries/#ixzz2b0Pyuayv

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Hi folks,

How’s everyone keeping…I hope you’re all blessed and enjoying the summer.

I wanted to talk a little about Nutrition today as it seems to be a topic we all discuss and one that is very important seeing as eating is apart of our everyday lives and helps with our minds, body and overall well being.

Now everything to do with Nutrition cannot be covered in one post as there’s so much areas to go over, however, what I am going to discuss is Nutrition on a broad scale and how it will help you transform your body into something you’re happy with.

Firstly, when eating with a goal in mind, you need to ask yourself if what you’re eating is going to help with the goals that you’ve set yourself.

If you’re aiming to drop 8lbs but pigging out on chocolate everyday, be honest with yourself, is that going to help you reach your goal?

The same if you’re trying to pack on muscle…Are you eating enough food and getting in the right amount of protein, carbs and fat to help with the gym work? Again, be honest with yourself.

A lot of people enter this game half heartedly for 12 weeks and wonder why they never see results. They get ticked of and cancel there gym memberships only to return a Christmas later and 1 stone heavier (if not more) and repeat the whole cycle again..

A guy actually told me the other day that he reached a plateau and I laughed. A plateau is where you’ve been putting in the work for a period of time and the results slow down as your body get’s used to the training/diet regime forcing you to mix things around to get back on track again.

The reason I laughed is because this guy drinks every weekend and cheats on his diet whenever he wants to and has the nerve to say he’s reached a plateau, get real!

Some folks have this fitness thing all twisted but I’m here to untwist things shall I say LOL.

When you know what is right from wrong and still do the wrong thing it’s different to someone who actually doesn’t know right from wrong in the first place.

I use this example for when it comes to food choices. Some people like the idea of having low body fat…They say they want low body fat but they don’t really want it because if they did they would do what it takes to get there.

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I understand it’s hard, I live this life…But hard isn’t an excuse anymore…

Studying is hard…1 hour cardio 5x a week is hard…Training abs is hard…Eating clean for 20 weeks is hard…A four year degree is hard…Being a single Mum/Dad is hard, but guess what…people still make it happen and push through. So what is your REAL excuse…Some food for thought right there.

Call it tough love… I’ve realised people need to hear it how it is rather than some washed down version. A lot of folks are lazy and can’t be bothered to put the work in. If your circumstances are harsh for whatever reason then fair enough and this doesn’t apply to you.

Eating right isn’t easy and the Government don’t make it any better by allowing junk food eateries to be put all over the place. Organic food isn’t cheap so this leaves people eating foods from the super market which is standard quality but not great either, again, let’s be honest.

Food prep is a art and a skill within itself and once you master it your 50% there. Preparing your food ahead of time puts you ahead of time – Ahead of the time when you’re out for a quick lunch and find your only options are Subway, Mc Donalds, PIzza Hut or that 99p chicken shop – You deserve better than that! Find time and prepare your food ahead of time! Develop that skill and art if you haven’t already.

50% Nutrition, 25% training and 25% rest.

Really and truly you want to give everything 100% but hopefully by breaking it down like this you see how important eating right is. It took me 3 years to finally come to this conclusion and it will take some a lot longer as there not willing to open up to concrete facts and evidence (maybe they know the truth deep down but also know how hard it is to make the change so they choose to live in denial…who knows?)

Eating healthy isn’t boring (who lied to you) and it isn’t necessarily that expensive either to be honest (A lot cheaper than pre-made and fast foods that’s for sure – Don’t believe me though, go calculate and see for yourself…you save money prepping your own food and know what you’re eating for sure)

Another thing is supplements…You girls are just as bad as the guys…If your diet isn’t right….

NO SUPPLEMENT IS GOING TO WORK FOR YOU

NO SUPPLEMENT IS GOING TO WORK FOR YOU

NO SUPPLEMENT IS GOING TO WORK FOR YOU

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Save your money and get your diet right first. Don’t get me wrong, supps are great, BUT ONLY IF YOUR DIET IS IN CHECK. You can’t be eating chicken tika masala, keema rice, naan bread and onion bargie whilst taking a fat burner and expect to see results LOL. It does make me laugh but some people genuinely don’t know better which is why I’m here to help y’all.

With the whole supp thing, look at it like this…Eat good at 67% and train at 67% and a supp will work at that same percentage to help you. Keep it 100 and the supp will keep it 100, simples!

Like I said before, I know it isn’t easy. If it was everyone would be looking sexy on the beach ;-)…But you just gotta make that choice and say to yourself:

“You know what, I know I can do this…I’m gonna do it and give it 100% and ain’t noboddy stopping me” and you see from when you’ve made that choice…

The rest is history

It’s great to be back and I catch you soon

PEACE

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Hey guys,

How’s everybody doing out there. I hope wherever you are the suns shining bright and you’re enjoying the summer.

I thought I’d base today’s topic around a question I’ve been asked a lot recently, which is “How do I loose weight &  What is the quickest way of loosing it”? I’m going to gather research and put together my knowledge to really break this thing down.

Now most of the time when people ask “how to loose weight”, really what they want to know is “how to loose body fat”

You see, body weight can be broken down into 3 categories, let’s take a look.

Bodyfat

The stuff you want to loose if you have to much stored. People don’t realise this but a little stored fat is actually healthy as it helps your body function properly.

Fat is a source of energy which is stored within the cells in the body. So you can look at your excess fat as back up which can be used if your body goes into a state of emergency (no food for example).

Fat is also works as a shock absorber that protects your organs,  forms part of every cell membrane in your body and acts as an insulation blanket that reduces heat loss. This is why you find that the people who carry excess fat don’t seem to get as cold.

And sorry ladies but women generally store more body fat than males do due to their hormones and their ability to reproduce. Fear not though and see below 🙂

Muscle

Good ole muscle. Lean mean muscle machine. What us guys work so hard for in the gym and what so many women are scared of gaining (Hence why they don’t lift weights) But ladies, I’ll explain why lifting weight will help you loose fat in just a sec. Before I do though, let me quickly run through some benefits of muscle:

  • Muscle protects your joints and your bones (vital for supple movement)
  • Provides a better foundation for your skeletal frame
  • You look and feel better both on the inside and out which will lead you to feeling better about yourself and help to boost your confidence
  • Better oxygen flow throughout the body which leads to a stronger and healthier heart (not forgetting the lungs)
  • Muscle also speeds up your metabolism which leads to fat loss – Let’s dig deeper

The more ­muscle tissue you have, the higher your  BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate). BMR is the amount of calories you burn at rest. So say for example you sat down all day watching family guy, your body is burning calories. That’s right, you can sit on your butt all day and burn calories (never recommended though). You also burn calories when you eat as your body uses energy to the digest food.

Muscle tissue is metabolically active but also uses energy at rest, whereas stored body fat is lazy (doesn’t like to move and isn’t active like muscle). Make sense when you break it down like this doesn’t it. I find that understanding the basic science behind how your body works helps you achieve your goals quicker and puts you ahead of the game.

Remember, muscles move requiring energy (active), while fat doesn’t like to move and can be seen as storage (lazy).

So increasing muscle through exercise such as weight lifting will dramatically increase your metabolism (Women, the same applies to you as well). I’ve covered women and lifting weights before but I will continue to cover it until the misconception is no longer alive.

Just do a search for the post on here if you want to have a read. But the long story cut short is, females don’t create enough testosterone in their body to become jacked, muscular, hench blench, dench, tonk, wham, stocky or for simpler terms “muscular” or any of the other names I can think of LOL. Seriously though, no need to fear the iron…You won’t look like these two beauties…

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Water
At least 70% of the body is made up of water. Without water, the body couldn’t survive. Saying that, the water in our bodies can be manipulated to achieve that “ripped look” or even just a overall leaner tone. When the body isn’t holding onto a lot of water and the body fat percentage is low, you can see more muscle striations aka muscle definition as there isn’t as much water being held under the skin (but we will cover water manipulation in more depth in another part).
There are a number of methods in which can be used to achieve this ripped or toned look but low carb diets are most commonly used when looking at nutrition. When you eat carbs (bread, rice, potato, pasta, fruit etc) your body holds onto water.
That’s why when people drop their carbs lower the usual for say a period of  2 weeks+ (ketogenic diets) for example, they report significant weight loss. The rapid drop of weight is usually water and not so much fat. People confuse fat and water all the time and it’s a very common mistake we can all make.
I’ve only just scratched the surface today as I wanted to start off with some education before building up on the foundation  so at least if this is all new to you there’s no need to feel lost. If you retain all this knowledge already then guest what…
Reminders are never a bad thing 🙂
Any questions, fire away
EDUCATION IS KEY!

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Hey Guys,

I’m back with another quick tip of the week.This weeks tip is simple but effective and can be used by anyone

Choosing the stairs over the Lift/Elevator

The Lift/Elevator at work or at the shopping centre may be a nice convenience, but taking the stairs will strengthen your heart, burn extra calories and tone your entire lower body. If you have stairs at home, take every opportunity to use them.

Walking up and down stairs for 20 minutes a day works nicely if you need to squeeze in some cardio but find you are short for time.

I like to consider myself as fit but even walking up a few flight of stairs can have a guy feeling a little short of breath LOL.

Not that I should have to tell you, but the more steps the better…but you already knew this right 🙂

Stair Lunges

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If you have stairs at home, a little work out you can try is lunging up the steps and pausing at the bottom for a nice burn.

Here’s how I see it…taking the stairs cost nothing but a few extra minutes out of your day. And what’s a few extra minutes when where talking about your health…Think about it!

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What is a Super Food?

In layman’s terms, a Super Food is a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.

Functional food or medicinal food is any healthy food claimed to have a health-promoting or disease-preventing property beyond the basic function of supplying nutrients, hence the name “Super Foods”.

Check out this Super Food chart

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Here’s a question for you…How much of these foods are apart of your diet?

I have this chart stuck up in my kitchen so I’m always reminded of what I should be eating on a daily basis.

Tell me, can you see any fizzy drinks, burgers, sweets, chocolates, crisp, chips or any high sugary snacks on this list..No? Now, I wonder why that is…

Think about what you put in your body as you are what you eat.

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Hey Guys,

I just found this article while researching Green Tea and it looks pretty interesting… What do you all think? I’m going to do a write up on Green Tea pretty soon as I get a lot of emails from people asking me how beneficial it is for fat loss and if it really helps to speed up the metabolism. I myself drink up to 6 cups a day. If you don’t like the taste you can always opt for the flavoured version. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the article and let me know your thoughts.

Why Green Tea?

Green tea has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, originating in China but widely used throughout Asia this beverage has a multitude of uses from lowering blood pressure to preventing cancer. The reason that green tea has more health benefits attached to it than black tea is (apparently) due to the processing. Black tea is processed in a way that allows for fermentation whereas green tea’s processing avoids the fermentation process. As a result, green tea retains maximum amount of antioxidants and poly-phenols the substances that give green tea its many benefits.

Here’s a list of some of its amazing benefits — benefits that you may not have been aware of. Some of these benefits are still being debated, so please do your own research if you want to use green tea for medicinal purposes.

  1. Weight Loss. Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
  2. Diabetes. Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.
  3. Heart Disease. Scientists think, green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.
  4. Esophageal Cancer. It can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.
  5. Cholesterol. Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
  6. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried out on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells.
  7. Tooth Decay. Studies suggests that the chemical antioxidant “catechin” in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions
  8. Blood Pressure. Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
  9. Depression. Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquilizing effect and be a great benefit to tea drinkers.
  10. Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial. Tea catechins are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents which make them effective for treating everything from influenza to cancer. In some studies green tea has been shown to inhibit the spread of many diseases.
  11. Skincare. Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging, This is because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.

How Much?

These are some of the many benefits but the reality is one cup of tea a day will not give you all the abundant gains. The jury is out on how many cups are necessary; some say as little as two cups a day while others five cups — and more still say you can drink up to ten cups a day. If you are thinking of going down this route, you may want to consider taking a green tea supplement instead (it would keep you out of the bathroom).

Another thing to point out is that there is caffeine in green tea — so if you are sensitive to caffeine then one cup should be your limit. Green tea also contains tannins (which can decrease the absorption of iron and folic acid), so if you are pregnant or trying to conceive then green tea may not be ideal for you. You can try mixing green tea with other healthy ingredients such as ginger.

For the rest of us with all these abundant benefits…it’s a wonder we drink anything else.

Source: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/11-benefits-of-green-tea-that-you-didnt-know-about.html

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Hi Guys,

As a lot of you are aware, I’ve been working hard at transforming my body over the last 90 days. This was for a competition I entered at my local gym against other local members. I had a number of reasons for entering, but my main reason was I needed a boost, I needed some motivation. Why did I need a boost though?

Well, as some of you are aware, back in December 2012, I partially dislocated my shoulder and had to take some time off training. Truth be told, within this time I lost a lot of motivation and came off track big time. I went on a see food diet (If I saw it, I ate it LOL). No joke, I kinda started eating like how I use to before I started training which is not the norm for me these days.

Christmas being that month didn’t help either as it was just an excuse for me to gorge myself in food and come up with all these lame excuses for my lack of dedication. I’m usually a fighter but in this short space of time I kinda gave up.

I was just down at the fact that my training was going so well, my diet was on point, then out of no where comes an injury. I started asking, “Why me”. On top of this I had some other stuff going on in my personal life which was just adding fuel to the fire.

Anyway…When I heard about this challenge it gave me an incentive to stop feeling sorry for myself, fix up and get back on track.

The injury also taught me a lesson…It taught me that in life, things aren’t always going to be smooth and there will be many up’s and down’s. We will get knocked down time and time again but as long as we get back up and keep fighting then we can only get stronger.

At the end of the day guys, we are only human beings, being human. Life is here for us to enjoy and learn lessons. Situations will be placed upon us, call it a test if you like and it is down to us whether we pass or fail…The choice is ours.

I decided after feeling sorry for myself that I was going to get in the best shape of my life and guess what, I’m on my way.

My shoulder isn’t 100% but I’m training around it and to building what I’ve lost.

I’m looking to do another 90 days but this time round I’m going to step up my training like never before and keep my diet cleaner than it’s ever been. This should have me looking pretty ripped come July. I’ve set myself some new goals and this will help keep me motivated over the next 90 days.

  1. I want to do a photo shoot
  2. I aiming for sponsorship
  3. I’d love to step on stage and compete for the 1st time
  4. By transforming my body, I’m showing people it’s possible. I’m human like the rest of you. If I can inspire people, this within itself will keep me going.

Whenever I feel like I’m coming of track or loosing motivation, I will look back at these 4 goals and remember why I’m doing it. Consistent training and eating clean isn’t easy. If it was, we would all have our dream physiques.

I’m loving this journey and feel like I’m just getting started 🙂

Set your goals and go chase em.

Much Love

David Richards

DEE’S FITNESS

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Hello my good people,

I thought I would post up a quick 20 minute workout everyone can do from home as a lot of people have told me recently that they are either stuck for time or the funds are low meaning gym membership and buying gym equipment are out of the question.

People in this situation feel they cannot achieve their dream body and that’s understandable seeing as there is this misconception that you need a gym or some sort of equipment to reach your goal, WRONG WRONG WRONG.

Now I have covered bodyweight exercises before but I will continue to go over them as I know there are new a readers each week and sometimes a reminder is good for those that know already.

I have put together a workout which I sometimes use with my clients but I have changed some exercises around to make it more convenient to do from home. Do this right, clean up your diet, get good rest and you will see your body change.

I constructed this plan to target the whole body including your cardiovascular system (the heart).

There is no rest between exercises which is another reason why it works so well. At first (especially if your new to working out) you will find yourself short of breath, and that’s OK, you have to start from somewhere, but stick to the programme for at least 90 days and not only will you watch your body change. You will also feel physically fitter.

The aim of this workout is to do the circuit as much times as you can in 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can try to beat your time it takes you to complete the circuit – You can accomplish this by keeping your rest periods shorter and shorter each week (It won’t easy, this I can promise you).

But you know what they say right “No Pain, No Gain”. These words have stuck with me since I started taking training seriously. With that being said, let’s get cracking.

Workout

Warm UpVital for getting the blood pumping around the body and avoiding injuries.

Jog on the spot for 1 minute keeping your knee’s as high as possible. Rest for 10 seconds then repeat until warm.

Stretching

(Dynamic stretching means you are not holding the stretch but continuously moving, ideal for the beginning of the workout. Static stretching is when you hold the stretch for 5 seconds or longer. Static stretching is suited for the end of the workout). Choose stretches below that you are comfortable with.

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Workout

Wide Press Ups – 1 Minute – (Targets the Chest, Back, Shoulders, Arms & Core)

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Lunges – 1 Minute each Leg – (Targets the Quads, Hamstrings, Glutes & Core)

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Burpees – 1 Minute – (Targets the whole body. Great for increasing the heart rate)

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Plank – 1 minute – (Primarily the core but uses the whole body)

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Bodyweight Squat –  1 minute (Quads, Hamstrings, Glutes & Core)

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Star Jumps – 1 Minute – Explosive movement for the whole body

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Remember, there is no rest between these exercises. The circuit is designed this way in order to help you see results quicker. Another great benefit to this program is it speeds up your metabolism so your body uses more calories at rest.

If you suffer with high blood pressure, avoid doing the full plank and use the alternative below:

Alternative Plank

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As mentioned above, progression throughout this 90 day programme is based on how long it takes you to complete the circuit or how many times you can do the circuit in 20 minutes. Don’t worry if you go over 20 minutes, just use this as motivation to keep improving. Use it as fuel to the fire.

You can still eat carbs, just slowly reduce them for quicker results (please note I did not say eliminate them, but to reduce them, big difference). Keep your Protein high and fats moderate (good fats that is) – If your not sure what good fats are just search for fats on my blog as I’ve covered them before.

On the subject of Nutrition, please note I am not a certified nutritionist. I’m just a guy that knows what he’s taking about through hours upon hours of research and experience with both myself and my clients.

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By the way, save your money on all these fat burners that claim they’ll have you dropping pounds of fat in a matter of days…sorry it ain’t gonna happen.  Go and get yourself some green tea and fresh lemon juice…Much cheaper and will help speed up your metabolism which leads to your body burning more calories at rest.

Send me an email letting me know how you get on or if you have any questions hit me up on the Contact page or send me an email at info@deesfitness.co.uk

P.S – Get yourself a skipping rope – One of the best investments you can make for your fitness and fat loss.

Eat Clean, Stay Lean.

Dee

Body Fat Levels

Here’s a selection of pictures I found the other day showing body fat percentages for both men and women.

What body fat level looks good to you?

What do you strive for 2013?

What level do you think you are sitting at now that Christmas is over? LOL, did you go from 15% to 25%?

Whatever your situation, I will work with you in 2013 to achieve your goals.