UNDEREATING & TOO MUCH CARDIO SLOWS DOWN FAT LOSS

Have you ever been guilty of under eating, and doing excessive cardio to lose weight? Be honest!

If I had a pound for every time I hear these scenarios I would be one rich Gaynor.

I can see the temptation BUT in the long term it will slow down your fat loss and have a negative impact on your overall body composition.

Here’s why…

Slower Metabolism 

Your metabolism is affected by the amount of calories you consume each day, it adapts to this and responds accordingly.

If you drastically drop your calories for too long you will lose weight, but you will be causing your metabolism to slow down too quickly.

You will eventually hit a plateau and struggle to progress. You see by this point there are fewer calories left in your diet to remove and let’s face it there’s only so much cardio you can do. In other words, you’ve maxed out your options too soon.

The best way to lose fat is slow and steady by gradually feeding and allowing your body to utilise fat stores whilst feeding it correctly to protect your metabolic rate. Believe me, you do not want to mess up your metabolism from doing things extreme. Not only is it unhealthy but it also messes up your hormones which can be very tricky to correct.

Less Lean Muscle  

Another common knock on effect of under eating is a loss of lean muscle. Muscle will be catabolised very quickly if you’re not consuming enough calories and amino acids from quality food sources.

A loss of muscle stalls your metabolism and affects the look of your physique. Nice lean muscle gives tone, definition and curves ladies so do not be afraid of it.

Also, muscle is metabolically active tissue, therefore, the less you have the fewer calories you burn. The more you have the more calories you burn.

Poor Performance 

The less muscle you have the poorer your performance will be when exercising. You’ll be weaker as you’re trying to run your body on a low tank of fuel.

The knock-on effect of poor performance is you’ll struggle to stimulate the muscle properly to burn off calories and every workout will become harder. It’s a vicious circle.

All of these negatives can be avoided and managed, just by eating sensibly, ensuring you’re not under eating and allowing gradual positive changes to take place.

Like with many things patience is key. You will get there I promise.

Love Gaynor x

GREEN TEA – A FAT BURNING PHENOMENON

Want to lose body fat? Want to lose it naturally and easily?

If so, keep reading cos today we’re talking Green Tea and how it’s considered one of the healthiest beverages on the planet and proven to help you lose body fat.

The secret lies in a compound in Green Tea called Polyphenols which helps you get lean. Hence, it’s become so popular as a drink.

As you know, there’s tons of health fads out there. Most are total nonsense, but Green Tea is one of the good guys and gets the thumbs up from me.

It’s been enjoyed for its taste and medicinal powers for 5000 years originating from China. It’s made from fresh leaves of the camellia sinensis plant and comes in various forms such as dried leaves, decaffeinated, capsules, and liquid preparations.

Health Benefits

The secret behind the benefits lies in the powerful antioxidants it contains. Green, oolong, and black teas all come from the same plant but what makes green tea healthier is the way it’s processed. Green Tea is steamed as opposed to fermented. This prevents the valuable compounds from being oxidized resulting in the highest concentration of powerful antioxidant polyphenols, keeping the caffeine content low and tannins (that inhibits absorption of nutrients) non-existent. These antioxidants neutralize free radicals and may help prevent health problems such as cancer, heart disease, and premature aging.

Green Tea also contains alkaloids such as caffeine that provide a stimulant effect which means you can skyrocket your 24-hour energy expenditure to create the perfect environment for maximum fat burning.

Other benefits of green tea are it reduces cholesterol, lowers blood pressure and prevents abnormal clots, it boosts immunity, treats cardio vascular, inflammatory and liver diseases as well as diabetes, stress, arthritis, skin damage and infection.

Harmful Effects

The only possible negative is the caffeine content. And as you know drinking excessive caffeine for prolonged periods can cause insomnia, nausea, irritability, palpitations, urination, headaches and loss of appetite.

However, green tea contains a quarter the caffeine of coffee, and you would have to be drinking a ton of it to cause these side effects.

Here’s some tasty green tea recipes for you to try …

Mint Green Tea

  • 1 tsp green tea
  • 1 tsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 200 ml boiling water

Place the green tea and the mint in a warmed teapot. Add the boiling water, cover and leave to infuse for 5 minutes. Serve hot or chilled.

Heart Chai

  • 1 tsp green tea
  • 1 tsp black cumin seeds
  • 1 cm piece of cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp lemon balm
  • Small pinch of cayenne
  • 300m ml rice, oat, hemp or your fav nut milk
  • 1 tsp honey (optional)

Place all the ingredients, except the honey in a small saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 2 minutes. Strain into a large cup, add the honey if desired, and serve.

One final important point …

Don’t over steep green tea otherwise it will taste bitter and astringent. Not nice ☹

Thanks as always for all your love and support. And as usual hit me up with any burning Q’s you have. I’m here to help.

Love Gaynor x

CUCUMBER MINT INFUSED WATER

How can water taste this good? Drinking enough water every day can be challenging right? I mean let’s be honest, water can get really boring. But with recipes like cucumber mint infused water, you’ll be chugging water back like a true pro.

As a gauge aim for half your bodyweight in ounces per day e.g. if you weighed 150 lbs divide this by 2 = 75 ozs of water.

The health benefits of cucumber include vitamins C, A, K, and B5, as well as manganese, potassium, and magnesium, endowing health benefits that fight inflammation and infection while helping to produce energy and support bone and heart strength.

Cucumbers are made up primarily of water and so you’ll find this recipe extra hydrating and refreshing.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large organic cucumber
  • 1 cup organic mint leaves
  • 1 gallon of water

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Chop up your cucumber into small cubes, add to blender
  • Add the mint
  • Pour 4 cups water into the blender from your gallon
  • Blend on high for a couple minutes
  • Strain using the strainer into a large jug
  • Add strained liquid to rest of the gallon of water
  • Chill and enjoy

BARBECUED TROUT IN NEWSPAPER

Trout is an oily fish rich in omega 3 which is really good for healthy hair, skin, and nails.

It also aids weight loss because the good fats and protein keep you fuller for longer plus it’s delicious and this recipe won’t disappoint.

Serve with a crunchy green salad or something like my WARM RED PEPPER, SPINACH & COURGETTE SALAD.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 whole trouts, gutted and cleaned
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander
  • 2 stalks lemongrass
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 5cm piece ginger
  • 1 red chilli (optional)
  • 6 fresh, frozen or dried kaffir leaves
  • 4 limes
  • Olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Pre-heat BBQ so it’s hot or until coals turn white
  • Rinse the fish under cold water and pat dry
  • Twist the stalks off from the bunch of coriander
  • Place in a pestle and mortar
  • Keep the coriander leaves for the garnish
  • Chop lemongrass, add to mortar
  • Peel and slice ginger/garlic, add to mortar
  • Slice chilli, add to mortar
  • Add kaffir to mortar
  • Bash all these ingredients to release the flavours
  • Take a double sheet of newspaper. line with greaseproof paper
  • Have one sheet per trout
  • Slice 3 limes, place a line of the slices in middle of newspaper
  • Lay the fish on top
  • Stuff the cavity with half the herby mixture
  • Season with sea salt and drizzle with olive oil
  • Top with more lime slices and drizzle with more oil/salt
  • Wrap up the newspaper and tie with string
  • Dunk both parcels in a bucket of water
  • Soak for no more than 5 mins
  • BBQ the fish parcels uncovered for 30 mins until flesh firm
  • Remove the fish from the paper, drizzle with any juices
  • Top with coriander leaves
  • Serve with lime wedges