8 Facebook Fitness Pages You Should ‘Like’

Companies pay huge sums of money to marketing companies and Facebook to build up their number of ‘likes’. However, very few of these pages actually offer anything other than the opportunity to be spammed at.

Facebook’s business model is largely built on people ‘liking’ companies’ profiles and then becoming a marketing puppet for them. This is what Facebook’s (huge) value is based on.

However, if I’m going to like something on Facebook, I want something in return. I’m greedy like that.

So today I’m suggesting you streamline your Facebook experience by recommending you ‘unlike’ Nike and Gatorade, and like these informative fitness based pages instead.

Most of the pages are offering something for sale somewhere, but they give a lot back in return.

Just Eat Real Food

When it comes to diet and nutrition, we could gain a lot by living the JERF (Just Eat Real Food) way.

Brad Pilon

Brad is at the forefront of Intermittent Fasting (IF) and his book Eat Stop Eat has played a big part in the current IF explosion of interest. He often status updates his general musings on nutrition and training, and I highly respect and value his opinions and thoughts.

Yo Elliot

Elliot Hulse believes you should strive to become ‘the strongest version of yourself’. If you’re going to live your life by a saying, I think this is a pretty good one. He posts videos on youtube pretty much daily on strengthening yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. Some of his vids have got a bit random recently, but that’s all part of the fun.

Chef Buff

Like Elliot, Omar offers regular youtube videos on all things fitness. His videos are well presented and to the point, and offer a wealth of solid information.

Jason Ferrugia

Jason is at the peak of strength and conditioning coaching. His articles are no-bullshit, say-it-as-it-is.

Elite Strength and Conditioning

I can’t quite work out whether I find this guy annoying or not. His tongue-in-cheek approach might not be for everyone, but the information he offers is solid and kind of funny/annoying. Regular videos are posted on exercise (good) and life (random).

The Sam Effect

Sam’s site isn’t very active at the moment, but I feel I had to include this one as I think the articles are incredibly informative and inspiring. Have a trawl through the archives if you want to learn something about diet, training and positive living.

Bangkok Fitness

Finally, you should of course like our page! You’ll be informed of new articles on health and fitness in Bangkok as well as general fitness articles, like this one. The page will be more active in the new year along with a relaunch of the site.

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5 Diet and Nutrition Tips and Fixes

People often demand quick fixes and solutions in life, and this is very much the case with health and fitness. People want to instantly fix things with a pill or operation, or want a diet plan that’s going to allow them to eat whatever they want whilst losing weight. Or perhaps a ‘revolutionary’ machine that’s going to make them strong and healthy with minimal effort.

Hopefully you understand that there are no quick, easy solutions to being healthy. However, I’ve put together my top 5 ‘quick’ tips and points with regards to fixing up your diet and nutrition which will help set you on the right path to improved health. For those interested in exploring this topic further, please check out my diet overview.

This is a brief overview with a few ideas and points to think about. If you would like a full fitness and nutrition consultation please contact me.

Record

Almost all people who train have some kind of body composition aim or goal (build muscle, lose fat, lose/gain weight etc), so it’s important to develop a deep understanding of your body. The best way to start this is to write an honest food diary of everything consumed, along with a record of your weight. I’d recommend doing this for a minimum of 2 weeks. You will undoubtedly learn a lot about your eating habits and how your diet affects your body.

Ultimately you want to develop an intuitive sense of what and how much to eat, and this is the first step towards that.

Please note, that there’s a difference between recording what your consume and being obsessive about what you eat. Just see this as a learning process.

Practice balance; eat less

The reason overweight people are carrying excess weight around is because they are over-consuming. The solution? Eat less. This doesn’t mean you have to cut out foods you love, but it does mean that you need to practice balance by countering periods of overindulgence with periods of discipline and good eating.

Eat Natural

Eating less is hard when you’re consuming processed and unnatural foods (think most things that come in a packet). Processed foods, especially foods high in refined carbohydrates (see our next tip) cause a blood sugar spike and surge in insulin production to counter this rise. Hunger strikes when your blood sugar crashes an hour or two later, and causes overeating when your body doesn’t actually need any more energy to function.

Some examples of unprocessed foods

Sticking to natural and unprocessed foods (think fruit, vegetables, organic meats) will ensure that your body functions more as it is designed to, and your hunger cues should be a more accurate indication of when you need food, not just crave it.

Limit processed carbohydrates

Most people consume a level of processed, refined carbohydrates that our bodies are not well equipped to deal with. Added sugar and white grains (white bread, white rice etc) should be avoided as much as possible, and processed carbohydrate level should be kept low. If you’re looking to get in insane shape, you should pretty much cut them out altogether.

Don’t Drink Calories

The best ‘quick fix’ I’d offer to someone looking to lose weight is to stop drinking your calories. This means no coke, no fruit juice and no alcohol. I realise the no alcohol bit is probably unrealistic for a lot of people, which is where the ‘practice balance’ point comes in.

Since when did water become insufficient for our hydration needs?

I won’t fully go into my reasons for this – but the reason for not drinking coke should be obvious, and if you love fruit juice I’d recommend that instead of drinking a glass of orange juice, you drink some water and eat an orange or two.

And for those of you who think water is ‘boring’, please remember that it has been the foundation for all organic life on this planet for billions of years, so add a slice of lime and get over it.

 

Conclusion

Diet and nutrition is an incredibly vast and controversial subject, but putting some of these things into practice and experimenting with what works with your body will help you progress towards hitting your fitness goals and improving your health.

Keep an open mind and try and have fun with it!

Good luck!

Intermittent Fasting

UPDATE: The BBC documentary has now been uploaded to YouTube. I reckon you owe it to yourself to check it out here

When I bring up the topic of intermittent fasting with friends or clients, people usually look at me like I’m criminally insane. In a nutshell, intermittent fasting is practicing controlled periods of zero- or low-calorie food and drink intake. I go into it in more detail in my post on intermittent fasting. There is still a negative stigma attached to the idea of fasting, so it was refreshing to log onto the BBC this morning and see an article and accompanying TV documentary about the various health and weight loss/maintenance benefits that IF (Intermittent Fasting’s abbreviation) brings.

It’s refreshing to see one of the world’s most trusted news organisations featuring something like this and hopefully it will help people to take the idea more seriously and try something new when it comes to their diet and health.

You can find the BBC article here.

My post on intermittent fasting.

Or watch the program, tonight on BBC 2 at 9.00pm BST