eating saladIt’s common knowledge that we should all take the time to eat more slowly. It aids digestion, hydration, weight loss and gives you a greater enjoyment from your meals – whereas if you wolf down your meals without thought, your digestion along with your overall health and wellbeing will suffer.

CarbsCarbs, carbs, carbs! Everybody’s favourite macronutrient and the first thing that we try to reduce when dieting! But is it right to have carb fear? Do you know how much to eat and of which type?

Exercise Chin UpHypertrophy is defined as an increase in the size or volume of our body organs or tissues/muslces. Some people refer to this as ‘getting toned’. The best way to achieve hypertrophy is through resistance or weight training – but there is more to this than simply mindlessly throwing dumbbells about for an hour in the gym once a week. If like the majority of the population, you want a trim, toned and tight physique then follow these guidelines and get more bang for your buck when it comes to your workout:

Exercise OverdoneAre you a serial start/stop exerciser? Do you start new fitness plans with good intent and then fall short of your goals? Fear not! Here are my top 10 tips for making training work for you.

DietNow, not all transformations are the same. When you hear the word transformation, what do you automatically think of? I bet you are thinking of someone who has gone from overweight to a rippling six pack, am I right? Well you are half right, but that is not the only type of transformation, some people’ goal would be to put ON weight, or more specifically, muscle. We will get into this in a bit more depth later in this article.

Protein foodWhatever your health, fitness or body goal may be, there is one thing that everyone will have in common. The consumption of good quality protein is a must!

Protein is an essential nutrient for the healthy development of the human body. Its primary function is to act as building block, helping us to grow and repair body tissues – although it is involved in many other processes too.

CaloriesA calorie, is not in fact some kind of crazy monster, threatening to prevent you from doing up the button on your jeans or from strutting your stuff around the pool on holiday. A calorie, is simply a unit of energy which is found in food and drinks. Calories supply us with the energy to live and breathe.

MacrosFirst things first, I am assuming you are aware of what macronutrients, or “Macros”, are. The three Macronutrients are; Protein, Fats & Carbs (now I am sure you have all heard of carbs, after all eat them after 6pm and they turn straight to fat*)

So, do you need to track them? That ultimately depends on your goal, so I am going to attempt three brief made up case studies, names have no relation to anyone I know!

Body Fat BurningAs we get ready for the launch of MYPT Muscle this December, Head PT and Director Tom Riddick gives us his lowdown on the importance of incorporating resistance training in any fat loss phase.

Those of you who have been training with us will already know the importance we place on muscle build in any fat burn programme.

This is where we differ from Weight Watchers, Slimming World and other weight loss plans out there. This is where we excel.

SnacksIt seems as though every day we must add to our list of ‘foods not to be consumed’ due to the ‘unhealthy’ properties they carry. But, some foods are getting bad press for no reason at all. There is no reason why the following foods shouldn’t continue to have a place within your healthy diet.

SugarThere is sugar in almost everything, but added sugar is one of the very real reasons behind our expanding waist lines.

One of the problems with sugar is that it is addictive. In simple terms, when we eat sugar, receptors in our brain reward centre make us feel good. In fact, it makes us feel so good, that it tends to be the first thing we reach for when we feel tired, stressed or really hungry.