Tag Archive | Charles Poliquin

The truth about Pilates..

stock photo : Bicep reformer position. Pilates gymnastics is a Germanic evolution of yoga, used by athletes to improve flexibility and body fitness and by chiropractors for patient recovery.

Another interesting and thought provoking article from Charles Poliquin – just how good is Pilates and is it a worthwhile pursuit??

Let me know your comments?


Are squats the best exercise EVER?

stock photo : Women training in a fitness centerOne of my favourite exercises is the squat.  I love the challenge it gives me, both mentally and physically and if I am honest, I love the fact that stereotypically no-one associates heavy squats with girls so I always get that slightly odd look, which I lurve!!

I am a massive fan of the whole Girls Gone Strong movement and as far as I can see, the more women out there lifting heavy and telling other women about it the better the role models we make for everyone else. I have been lifting for about six months now and I love the shape it has given my body – I still don’t recognise my legs, I can believe they look like they do! But, if I can encourage other women to get off their treadmills and get into the weights area the more I will have succeeded so it was great to see Poliquin providing Six Reasons Everyone Should Do Squats.

So what reason / excuse do you have to NOT to squats?

High Protein Diets

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With so much in the media lately about protein and carbs especially the idea that low carb is bad, high protein is good its useful to understand what the science really means.  After all, going primal or paleo is all about eating lots of protein and very little carbs; I have already written about Why Gluten Free so I thought it would be good to understand the pros and cons of eating all that meat!

I was pleased to see that someone I respect Charles Poliquin had written on the subject with an eye on dispelling some of the Myths About High-Protein Diets.

stock vector : 100 % protein, energy sports food stickers.For anyone interested in eating more protein, eating healthily and generally improving your diet, I would urge you to read the Poliquin article – it certainly puts things into perspective and goes a long way to answering all those people who think that protein is bad!!

Is Seafood Safe to eat?

stock photo : Raw tuna steaks on a cutting board

One of my favourite fitness experts has published another thought-provoking article; this time looking at fish and seafood generally.  Now I know that some of what Charles Poliquin says can be pretty controversial and sometimes he has a bit too much of a US bias for me but the principle of Is Your Seafood Safe is pretty sound and definitely worth thinking about.

Let me know what you think?

Calories are Stupid!

stock photo : Cup of coffee and the blueberry muffin with calories count labelsOne of my favourite experts in the field of health and fitness is Charles Poliquin and I love his take on nutrition, exercise and lifestyle generally.

There is so much information out there that confuses the public and trainers alike and most of it is around calories consumed – how many, when, how many meals per day and its always useful to find someone who provides clear advice alongside easy to understand science!

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Top tips to lose weight

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We all want to lose weight, and a large number of my clients want to lose it from one place in particular – their waists, stomach, midsection, abs, stomach – call it what you will it amounts to the same thing. It’s the area that weight always seems to settle and the older you get the harder it seems to shift!

So reading Charles Poliquin’s Blog yesterday he was focussing on the best ways to reduce or eliminate fat from this area in particular but, lets face it, if you are eating well and moving more the benefits are going to be felt (and seen) all over your body.  With all of that in mind what then are the top tips to shape up?

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Eat Fat and Protein to Lose Weight!

stock photo : 3D Protein Food High Crossword on white backgroundConfused? Well check out Charles Poliquin’s blog  Tip 361 which addresses the issues of high protein, low carb diets.  It’s the way I should be eating – I stress should cos cutting the carbs down to 100g per day is what I am struggling with at the moment – every day is a bit better than the last which is progress. Yay!!

The higher fat and protein content really does make sure you are full and the good carbs from veggies ensures you get the carbs levels plus the fibre together with vitamins and minerals.

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Would love to know what diets work for you, what are your favourite diet recipes, what are your ‘good’ snacks.  What do you think of the high/low carb/protein debate?