Diet

Dieting: Low Carb or Low Calorie?

Summer has now arrived, and for a lot of us it’s time for a quick shred before Christmas to get ourselves ready for the holidays! A lot of us will either decide to cut-out what we consider as ‘bad’ foods, or cut-down on our eating altogether. But do these strategies really work?  We look at two popular diet choices – the low calorie diet, and the low-carb diet to find out. Low-carb/Ketogenic: The popularity of the low-carbohydrate diet originates from...

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3 things you’re not doing to cut body fat

1. Use high intensity resistance training Try reducing your rest between sets to 30-40 seconds instead of the standard 1-2mins most people tend to have. Also incorporate super sets, drop sets & giant sets to bump up the intensity. If maintaining muscle is a priority to maintain strength perform 1-2 compound movements at the beginning of your workout with rests around the 1min period. EXAMPLE WORKOUT- LEGS 5x lying leg curls (20, 15, 15, 12, 10 reps) – 40secs rest...

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Water – Are you taking in enough?

As we get closer to summer & those scorching hot days I can already feel myself needing more water. The body is made up of 60% water so it is very important we do not become dehydrated. Water is important for such things as lubricating our joints & eyes, eliminating toxins from the body, healthy skin & aiding proper digestion (which is very important for people who exercise regularly & are consuming large amounts of food each day). Some effects...

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Robert Whittaker Defeats Derek Brunson!

Our very own Team Muscle Meals athlete Robert Whittaker has put the middleweight division on notice, after his sensational victory over Derek Brunson. Both middleweight fighters decided to throw caution to the wind in Melbourne on Sunday and went all in, in one of the most intense first rounds in UFC history. The action starts straight out of the gate, with Brunson launching into action, with explosive speed and strength, going for his signature first round KO. Brunson briefly backs...

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The Reason Why Whole Foods are Best

Now this is going to look like a massive plug for Muscle Meals Direct… But before you tune out, it isn’t but it does support why whole food from the store or of course Muscle Meals Direct is the best option. The Reason Okay so the #1 reason is due to crappy protein powders. You might think you know how to tell what a good protein contains and you know how to read labels, but what if what was on...

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Static Stretching VS Dynamic Stretching – What helps & what hurts?

It’s a age old debate on which is better for you & when to do which, but it appears now with research & studies we have a much clearer answer. So firstly… What’s static stretching? And what’s dynamic stretching? Static stretching is a stretch held in a static (hence the name) position for a set amount of time. Dynamic stretching is essentially movements that stretches one or several muscles over a continuous movement. Which is best & when? So both have...

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Trusting Your Gut

Having good digestion is such an integral part to health and wellness - but often overlooked as it is difficult sometimes for us to really understand something that is internal. Compared to an exterior wound, where you can visually see the damage or the problem, making a diagnosis for problems we have inside the body is somewhat more challenging. Numerous people struggle with digestive issues, and these can be amplified during or after preparing for a competition, especially when we...

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When to Go a Ketogenic Diet

The keto diet has been a hot topic for years. Some say it works great, while others say it only works for a few weeks or not at all. With the keto diet it’s typically used when the goal is based around losing body fat, but it can be used intermittently throughout the year depending on your goal. What’s the benefit if I don’t drop body fat? If you don’t drop body fat while doing the ketogenic diet, don’t worry...

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Is Alcohol preventing you from losing body fat?

Low body fat is one of the most sought after goals in fitness. We see numerous people working so hard every day in the gym (or not working that hard) trying to accomplish replacing body fat with muscle. One of the biggest misconceptions that we see is people thinking they need to work out as hard as they can and then go eat and drink whatever they want before and after. One of the most common speeches trainers and nutritionist...

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5 Reasons NOT to work out your abs everyday

Issue #1: One big misconception about exercise is that you need to do abs exercises in order to get a six-pack, or even a stronger core. You can have a very impressive six-pack with a core as strong as steel by focusing on core, compound exercises like squats, dumbbell lunges, or deadlifts to name a few. Another option is using stabilization exercises like an advanced bird dog exercise that works not just your abs, but your balance, lower back, and...

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