Weigh and Measure

Every two weeks, my gym calls me in for a “weigh and measure” to track progress and maintain awareness of how my activity and diet affect my body.

NHS Stops Financing Homeopathy

One of those subjects that tends to divide audiences, and which most people (including myself) feel quite strongly about. Homeopathy has been struck from the list of treatments that can be obtained on the National Health Service and will therefore no longer be reimbursed by the government when used by patients.

HIIT’s for Wimps

That title’s perhaps more of an attention-grabber than a true statement of fact, but it remains partly true. HIIT works better for those of us who aren’t performance athletes to start with, which is good news for me, and presumably for you too.

Trends, truth and sorting through the trash

I like to think I’m less susceptible to fads and trends and psychological trickery and misdirection than most people. Ironically, most people think that. You know how 90% of us think we’re above average? Yeah. The world of diet-based literature, products and coaching is one of the most invaded territories when it comes to high-focus…

Travel Diet Frustration

Yesterday was fairly challenging, since I wasn’t sure what was going to be presented to me for food at each stage of the day, but I was determined to stick to the high-fat low-carb diet plan I’m on. The day turned into an exercise in self-discipline punctuated by moments of extreme hunger.

Restaurant Meals for Work

My work doesn’t make respecting a diet plan very easy, especially one as strict and demanding as this one. I have a number of meals, sometimes a few a week and sometimes just one or two, which are only vaguely within my control. Today and tomorrow are days when my control over my food options…

HIIT and Muscle Growth

I was working with the trainer at the gym a couple of days ago, doing my 15-minute HIIT before going to work, and I remarked how the exercises were so much harder because there was almost no pause at all between sets. He replied that this allows many more of the muscle fibres to be…

Doubts, Criticisms, Reasons not to

The program I’ve started is fifteen days long. That’s fifteen days of supervised gym and diet time. It’s supposed to be a transformation of sorts, with visible, measurable, durable results. The response to this, when I explain it to people, is fairly predictable: It won’t last, weight lost that fast doesn’t stay off. It’s bad…

Day 3, The Complete Routine

This morning I finished my third day of exercises of the 15-day program. From now on we just cycle through the same three sets of exercises on a daily (or almost daily) basis. Day 1: Legs + abdominals Day 2: Shoulders and arms + abdominals Day 3: Chest and back + abdominals That whole “+abdominals”…

Once more unto the breach

I have begun my birthday-present gym membership. This is not a normal gym membership. I already have one of those, with access to a pool, weights room, etc. This is a different kind of program. The core of the program is an extremely strict high-fat diet (which is going to pose all manner of logistical…

Worthwhile Diet Suspension

  My mother in law visited recently, and she’s an excellent cook. Excellent cooks and strict diets don’t really cohabit nicely. Since obviously my mother in law comes first, my diet was jumped up and down on from a great height. Obviously eating this well every day for a week is torture. Feel sorry for…

Roast chicken in paprika sauce with green leafy vegetables

  “A low carb diet gives you lots of choices,” they said. “It’s a lot less dull than other, more prescriptive diets,” they said.  While that’s all true, what they don’t tell you is that all those things you think you love, like steak and chicken and lamb and salmon. After eating nothing else for…