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1000 Interesting Things
- #1 Avocados aren’t vegan
Today I learnt a rather interesting fact. Avocados aren’t vegan . Nor are Kiwis, Almonds. Cherries. Even Coffee!! As well as quite a few otherwise seemingly vegan foods.. Now this brought me a great deal of pleasure as there have been many many times I’ve been minding my own business only for a wild vegan to pop out of nowhere mid-bacon sandwich declaring their superiority over me for their animal & planetary welfare whilst licking some avocado & chai toast baby formula. In turn I have a tendency to dislike Veganism (not vegans, unfortunately a few of my friends populate …
- #2 Are all macros created equal for fat loss?
#2 – Are all macros created equal for fat loss? So today is a bit of a bum-tickler, are all macros created equal when it comes to fat loss? If they are then life would become a whole lot easier. All you would need to do is count macros without differentiating between qualities and you’d be away. Unfortunately though when comparing fats, it just isn’t that simple. Point 1 & hopefully a no brainer – you need a calorie deficit for fat loss. No deficit, no fat loss. In a study (linked below) carried out on overweight men it turned …
- #3 Strict dieting vs flexible dieting – which is better?
Today I’m looking at strict dieting vs flexible dieting – which is better for the general population? The key to unlocking this question comes by looking at the long term effects on both psychology and physiology. The exclusion (of food groups, social occasions etc…) in strict diet is best placed to get short term aesthetic results but the psychological risk is huge. Most people become trapped in dichotomous thinking which contributes to interpersonal problems and emotional and behavioural instability. Strict dieting has also been a breeding ground for long term eating disorders, something I have personally experienced. As an example think …
- #4: Is the RDA for protein enough?
Today I’m looking at the governments RDA’s with todays questioning being – Is the RDA for protein enough? Well… Nopeeeee. The RDA for protein (0.8 g/kg/day) is completely inadequate for individuals seeking to maximize muscle gain or retention. It’s also completely inadequate for older individuals at risk for sarcopenia/muscle loss. The following 5 points break down the major findings in protein research pertaining to the optimization of health and body composition in a variety of circumstances. Note that the dose in second-to-last bullet point is in reference to fat-free mass (FFM), while all other figures refer to total mass (total …
- #5 – what is the best exercise for fat loss?
In episode 6 of my new 1000 interesting things series it’s time to break bread with one of the most common questions I am asked, what is the best exercise for fat loss? Now I’m going to go right ahead and say it, and I’d like you to say it with me… ready? THERE IS NO “BEST” EXERCISE FOR FAT LOSS !! Didn’t that feel good! When it comes to fat loss there is really no single exercise that is better or worse than anything else. What we should acknowledge however is that exercise is one of the best things …
- #6 – What are the after effects of alcohol?
I have done a great deal of first hand research in this area and am even currently sat at my desk in London on a gloomy Sunday morning having done an excessive amount of first hand research last night for my flatmates birthday. Most of us love a good drink – but what are the after effects of alcohol? Fact 1: Testosterone is good for muscle growth. It directly tells your muscle cells to grow (true for both males and females) Fact 2: Alcohol is toxic for the Leydig cells in your nads, which are testosterone-producing, which unbelievably is not …
- #7 Should I do a detox diet?
So, the question for today is, Should I do a detox diet? Honestly, definitely not. Right now there is no compelling evidence to support the use of detox diets for weight management or toxin elimination. This includes but is not limited to: Juice cleanses – shit Detox Smoothies – also shit Herbalife – bullshit Detox teas – equally shit etc. Considering the financial costs to consumers, unsubstantiated claims and potential health risks of detach products, they should be actively discouraged by all health professionals and subject to independent regulatory review and monitoring. If your trainer, or someone you know is …
- #8 – What is calorie cycling?
Today I’m looking into calorie cycling – more specifically answering What is calorie cycling? And should I be doing it? A form of intermittent fasting this extreme calorie cycling strategy is where you lower calories every other day. For example you may then eat 2000 calories on Monday, Wednesday & Friday of each week and 500 calories on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday of each week. It can help you lose a lot of fat, however can also cause muscle loss if you aren’t careful. This calorie cycling tool is less likely to cause muscle loss if you have extra body …
- #9 – is Sucralose safe?
Artificial sweeteners get a bad rap so today I’m answering the question – is Sucralose safe? In a world where sugar is the devil and artificial sweeteners are seen as his best mate it’s hard to know what to do when you just wanted to sweeten up your morning cup of tea a bit. While artificial sweeteners are certainly controversial both in and out of the fitness scene, studies seem to show that Sucralose IS actually safe. Unlike common table sugar that is seen as a carbohydrate by the body and absorbed once ingested, taking up calories and spiking blood sugar levels, sucralose is made by …
THE TRANSFORMATION LAB
My name is Coach Clem and here’s me in 30 seconds!
- My actual name is Tom Cleminson and I started this blog as I love to create!
- My goal is to post one thing a day for 1000 days that makes the muddy world of fitness & nutrition easier to understand.
- I have no training as a writer but love to research everything and anything whenever I have a spare minute, because of this I tend to write exactly as I'd speak so you really are hearing it straight from the horses mouth!
- I run an ever-growing, straight speaking fitness Instagram page
- I read around 80 books a year and will soon start sending out a reading club email to my subscribers.
- I am Director and founder of The Transformation Lab, a Personal Training business in London that will soon be launching an Online Academy which I am very excited for!
- I try to travel for at least 3 months of each year, I have found it to be the most effective way to broaden the mind!
- I am extremely lucky in what I do… and my ikigai is to help people live happy lives.
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