1 Up and at it – what is your morning routine? My morning isn't something I particularly welcome, but once I'm up, I usually do a cursory check of my phone to see if there's any business emails or requests for art commissions. Getting dressed is challenging enough without chores, but I sometimes help out by emptying the dishwasher. Breakfast is more snatched than savoured, then it's a quick dash for the van, with Harvey, our cocker spaniel, beside me on the front seat on the way to the gallery. 2 What might you eat in a typical working day for.... Breakfast? Usually, breakfast consists of homemade granola with fresh fruit and natural yoghurt. If I'm feeling uber-healthy, I might have a blueberry and melon smoothie or a 'green power bowl' which contains avocado, pineapple and spinach.Lunch? Home-made soup or a greens and tomato frittata – both served with my wife's lovely home-made bread.Dinner? I call myself 'vegetarian light', although my wife is a radicalised vegetarian, … [Read more...] about Keith Drury: When I looked in the mirror and saw a packet of Pringles looking back at me, I knew I had to be radical with my diet
Lifting and weight loss
YOU'RE eating a balanced, nutrient-rich diet, you're regularly working up a sweat in your local spin studio, and you've put a virtuous ban on all after-work wines at the pub. So when you step on the scales after weeks of blood, sweat and tears, why has your weight-loss progress stubbornly plateaued?Perhaps it's your genes, rather than your lack of gusto on the treadmill, that holds the answer.Chances are you'll have heard someone blame their slow metabolism for their weight-loss struggles at some point. The general idea is that if you've been blessed with an overactive or fast one, you can eat more, work out less, and still maintain a svelte figure.But what exactly is the mythical 'M' word, how does it work, and can it really be the reason why some people find it harder to lose weight than others? We asked some experts to weigh in...:: The metabolism in a nutshellYour metabolism isn't a single organ. It's actually an umbrella term that's used to describe lots of different metabolic … [Read more...] about Is your slow metabolism actually the reason you struggle to lose weight?
Lena Dunham has gained weight, and she's happy about it. The "Girls" creator and self-proclaimed "body positivity warrior" posted side-by-side photos of herself from a year ago, when she was thinner, and now after a weight gain. She explained why the image of her thinner self was problematic for her. "On the left: 138 pounds, complimented all day and propositioned by men and on the cover of a tabloid about diets that work. Also, sick in the tissue and in the head and subsisting only on small amounts of sugar, tons of caffeine and a purse pharmacy." Lena Dunham says she had a total hysterectomy As for the recent photo, she said, "On the right: 162 pounds, happy joyous & free, complimented only by people that matter for reasons that matter, subsisting on a steady flow of fun/healthy snacks and apps and entrees, strong from lifting dogs and spirits. Even this OG body positivity warrior sometimes looks at the left picture longingly, until I remember the impossible … [Read more...] about Lena Dunham says she’s “joyous” about weight gain
source Shutterstock/antoniodiaz Getting in shape can change your life. Regular exercise is the closest thing to a miracle drug that we have. It can improve your physical health, fight disease, extend your life, boost your mood and memory, combat anxiety and depression, and more. Plus, it just feels good to be fit. If you don’t already have an established exercise routine, it’s hard to go from intending to work out to actually getting it done. That could be one reason why more than 75% of Americans don’t get enough exercise. If you’re trying to figure out how to start a fitness routine or looking to track your fitness journey, apps can help. No single app is perfect, but depending on your goals, free fitness apps can help you build strength, get better at running, and improve your stretching or recovery. For a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research in 2017, a team of researchers analyzed how well 28 different … [Read more...] about 8 free fitness apps that can help you get in shape — and what they’re best for
caption Doing cardio before lifting weights will make your workout far less effective, according to Lowery. source Instagram/max.lowery Some people begin their workout sessions with cardio. 28-year-old personal trainer Max Lowery told Business Insider people should be doing the opposite. He said that weight lifting is the only real way to sculpt your physique. The idea that cardio should be done at the beginning of a workout is apparently a myth. That is, according to Max Lowery, a personal trainer and founder of the 2 Meal Day intermittent fasting plan, who is adamant that people should be doing the opposite. “It’s a huge mistake doing your cardio and exhausting yourself before you do weights,” Lowery said. “If you want the weight session to be 100% effective, you need to be fresh.” “Cardio will deplete your muscle glycogen stores … [Read more...] about A personal trainer explains why you should always do weight training before cardio