Tuesday, 12 August 2014

It's All About The Gains

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In keeping with the national Tradies Health Month I thought I'd share some more tips for the guys.

It is very rare these days to come across a guy who is not concerned with gaining muscle mass to be (supposedly) more attractive to the ladies - and obviously for their own health and self-confidence.
But where so many guys go wrong with this is they think that they will get more muscle if they eat a heck of a lot of food, no matter what the nutritional content. So, they resort to feasting on a heap of fast food and meat, leaving them with skin issues and reduced immune function (hello dry skin, pimples, back acne, colds and fatigue!).

When guys ask me for tips on how to put on weight, I tell them to eat like someone who is trying to lose weight (think salads, lean meat, healthy snacks, lots of water, etc.) but just increase your portion size and frequency of meals.
The trick to this is to remember your veggies, and don't get stingy with your vegetable portion sizes! So many only increase their meat intake but did you know that the vitamins and minerals found in vegetables can actually help you to better absorb the nutrients found in your meat? For example, vitamin C helps your body to better absorb iron, so try having some broccoli with your next steak (among other veggies, of course).

Some foods that would be great to try include:
1. Broccoli - high in vitamin C, it will keep your immune system in check and, as I mentioned above, it will increase iron absorption to keep your energy levels up
2. Oats - great for breakfast, they protect against heart disease and have nervine properties, so they protect and support you from/during stress and anxiety
3. Spinach - a great source of magnesium and calcium (both of which are required for proper nerve and muscle function), spinach is easy to eat - just add a handful to a sandwich, salad, pasta or curry. It is also a source of antioxidants, so it'll keep you looking younger for longer.

This is provided purely as information, not medical advice - if you are unwell, please seek assistance from your healthcare professional

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