Talking Food: Dark Chocolate

This great food has been shown to have numerous health benefits. The health benefits are found in the flavonols and the anti-oxidants which can only be found in real cocoa. The benefits are listed below:

– helping lower blood pressure
– improving blood flow and preventing the formation of blood clots which in turn helps prevent arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
– Helps improve cognitive ability. This is achieved by the increase of blood flow to the brain
– helps improve mood. Dark chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA) which is the same chemical your brain creates when you feel like falling in love!!!!!! PEA encourages your brain to release endorphins, thus making you much happier
– Helps control blood sugar. This is largely due to the increase in blood flow making circulation of nutrients through the blood to the working muscles much more consistent and efficient. The flavonoids found in dark chocolate also help reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells functions normally and thus begin to use insulin efficiently
– Because Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants it can help free your body of free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells (especially when exercising). From a health perspective including antioxidant rich foods is a must to slow the signs of ageing and also reduce the risk of many types of cancer.

The dark chocolate you consume must be 85%+ dark chocolate from your online or local store.

Where do you bring this in?

– If you are prone to afternoon slumps bring this in just prior to the occurrence of a slump. Just 25g of 85%+ dark chocolate should do the job
– If you notoriously have sugar cravings at night having just 25g should help give you that feeling of fullness as well as the body feeling like it has been satisfied
– If you need you brain to work for the next couple of hours (meetings etc), have 25g, 30 minutes before you go in.

Dosage?

Again this is dependant on the individual and the time when it is taken however as a rule I always recommend 25g (small square) once a day with most people.
A lot of the time people mis-interpret what you say and end up eating the 250g slab in one sitting and the justify to their mates that its ok because it 85%+ and is a superfood!!!!
My advise would be start with 25g and see how much you can get away with.

There is no magic pill or quick fix on your fat loss journey

Unfortunately I am the bearer of bad news!!!! However its about time that somebody told you the truth rather than letting these FAD diet companies feed you with a load of BS, telling you that this one pill or shake is the solution to re-starting your fat loss efforts, when in fact all it is, is an attempt to sell you their product and in the process make millions when in reality there is a much healthier way of going about things.

When starting your fat loss journey you have to be prepared to get out your comfort zone when you train and also you have to be prepared to make sacrifices.

As we all know this isn’t easy. Supplement and diet companies know this and as a result promise to give you a quick fix through their magic fat loss supplement, pill or diet.

Half the time its a load of BS and in truth all they are doing is putting you on a calorie deficit diet which you may lose weight on but in turn a S#*T load of muscle.

What ever happened to giving people nutrient dense foods and actually giving people the calories they need instead of constantly restricting them of nutrients, making them feel like shit daily which will eventually turn to them to the refined crap thats so abundant in our society.

The truth is that you just need to get your head down when you train and be prepared to do physically, mentally and nutritionally what yours family, mates and other peers won’t .

It takes a lot of physical and psychological preparation to get the physique you want from the off-set and consistently throughout but if you want your goal bad enough you will get there

If your head isn’t ready its no issue, you just aren’t ready to start your fat loss journey yet but stick with it because from experience there will come a time when you are ready physically and mentally and then thats where you make the most of the opportunity.

Talking food: Sirloin steak with eggs for Breakfast

Two things I absolutely love in the morning is a good steak and eggs. Steak and eggs ensure a good source off protein and fat in the morning which is absolutely vital in programming your body to burn as much fat as possible for the day ahead.

As a rule each Omega 3 rich chicken egg you have consumes roughly 6g of fat and 6g of Protein.

A 150g Sirloin steak roughly contains 30g of Protein and 19g of Fat.

Add in some greens on that plate as well as cooking the steak in coconut oil and you should be full of energy for the day ahead.

Staying off the day with a high fat meal sets ur by up (programmes it) to burn fat as a fuel for the rest of the day so staying away from the cereals and eating awesome meals like this is the way to go.