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Mindless Eating – Book Review

mindless eating brian wansink

Has your weight slowly crept up over the last few months and years? Would you know if you had eaten 100 calories too many today? How about 100 calories too few? Brian Wansink is a PhD researcher who has set up hundreds of studies to determine our eating habits. He reveals some very worrying trends about how the environment around …

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Bigger Leaner Stronger – Book Review

bigger leaner stronger michael matthews

If you are new to lifting weights and eating well then I cannot recommend this book highly enough. This is EXACTLY what you need to do to gain muscle. For the advanced trainers – you won’t learn much you don’t already know. However, laying it out in such a practical way might highlight a part of your regime that’s fallen off track. It has …

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Bigger, Stronger, Faster*

This is a real eye-opener for anyone who lifts weights. Chris Bell’s documentary focuses on steroid use in sports, as well as his own experience, along with his two brothers Mark and Mike. My Notes on Bigger, Stronger, Faster (spoilers) Background Mark “Smelly” Bell, Mike “Mad Dog” Bell and Chris Bell (Director) are three brothers. All three started weight training …

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Low Carb Performance – Book Review

low carb performance jeff volek

For those of you who have heard of the Ketogenic Diet, this is a great book. The diet involves reducing your carbohydrate intake to the point where your body becomes “fat adapted” and burns more fat as fuel. This is a nutritional strategy employed by a lot of triathletes and ultra-marathon runners, as you can fuel your body in a …

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Sugar: The Bitter Truth (Video)

Sugar: The Bitter Truth A great presentation by Dr Ludwig on the Dangers of Sugar. My Notes on Sugar: The Bitter Truth 0 to 10 mins The average person today weighs 25lbs more than the average person did 25 years ago. Leptin is a hormone that comes from your fat cells and signals to your brain that you are full …

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The Permanent Pain Cure – Book Review

permanent pain cure ming chew

My fourth recommendation is for anyone who suffers aches and pains, either short term or chronic. The movements in here stretch “fascia” instead of the muscle belly – and the difference is apparent immediately. “Get lasting relief from: All forms of back and neck pain • Pinched nerves • Pulled muscles • Jaw pain, a.k.a. “TMJ” • Sciatica • Sports …

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Food Inc. – Documentary Review

This is a highly recommended documentary for anyone who hasn’t come across it up until now. As of July 2017 it’s available on Netflix, if not you can get hold of a copy for very little money. If you haven’t read The Omnivore’s Dilemma then I would definitely read that first. It covers the same topics and helps you appreciate …

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150 Healthiest Foods On Earth – Book Review

150 healthiest foods earth jonny bowden

If you’ve read Book 2 – The Omnivore’s Dilemma you will know that the supermarket if full of unhealthy adaptations of CORN and that there are a lot more BAD foods than GOOD ones. My next recommendation covers the healthiest of choices from all the food groups. It clearly outlines what nutritional benefits each contains and helps shape your grocery …

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The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Book Review

omnivore's dilemma michael pollan

We established 9to5strength to help the 9am-5pm (or 8am-8pm!) office worker take control of their life for the better. The sooner you realise that companies who sell food prioritise PROFITS over your HEALTH and well-being, the more suspicious you become as you do your weekly shop. This book should ward you off fast food and fizzy drinks, favouring more wholesome …

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The Cortisol Connection – Book Review

cortisol connection shawn talbott

We established 9to5strength to help the 9am-5pm (or 8am-8pm!) office worker take control of their life for the better. A big factor that needs addressing is STRESS and understanding the PHYSICAL and MENTAL effect CORTISOL (the stress hormone) has on your health. This will go a long way to shaping how you approach each day, week and month from now …

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