OK, maybe LOVE is overstating it, I mean, I love eating food and if the training wheels were off and no consequences could be had I would almost certainly eat continuously for about 15 hours per day (subtract 8 hours for sleep and one hour for swinging some kettlebells) so I definitely love that more, but there's nothing like a bit of clickbait in a blog title. It seems, however, that this is most people’s problem. They have no control, they eat more than they need and they get fat and sick as a result.
I’m a nutrition coach and it never ceases to amaze me how little people understand energy balance. I have explained this in some previous blogs like this one (HERE) or this one (HERE). I have also done numerous videos on this topic, one of which you can see lower down this article. So, to help you stop pissing in the wind here is a brief introduction to how Calories work and how to estimate and track your Calories.
It's often said that those who are struggling to initiate a fat loss attempt, or those who find themselves unable to last more than a couple days before re-downloading the Just Eat app are somehow defective. The typical rhetoric online can probably be simmered down to the phrase “If you want to lose fat then create a calorie deficit, it's not hard” and of course from a technical perspective that's correct. In fact, that's the only thing that would ever work - but that's not really the point and illustrating this just involves using the same principle to ‘solve’ another issue.
The kettlebell swing is an excellent exercise. It incorporates one of the fundamental movement patterns – the hip hinge – it helps develop explosive strength, core and spine stability and cardiovascular fitness. Because I love me some kettlebell action I thought I would break down the swing and some of its common variations. Technique and form are super important when exercising, especially when you add load to that exercises and even more if there is a dynamic explosive element to that loaded movement. Many people do the swing wrong and put themselves at risk of injury.
Six-packs are sexy, right? I mean, everyone wants to look good naked, to be proud of their body, to be confident enough to take their shirt off in the summer like the diet coke guy, right? Of-course we do! I don’t usually concentrate too much on the aesthetic side of fitness, there’s enough gym mirror bum selfies on Instagram to keep this solar system in self-image reinforcement for millennia. But, the fact that I am a fitness and nutrition coach seems to provoke people to ask questions along the lines of “if I eat more salads will I get a six-pack?” Or “if I avoid potatoes will I get a six-pack?” It’s a little tiresome to be honest because when people ask these questions they rarely take onboard my advice and, in a lot of cases, don’t even want an answer because they don’t really care enough about themselves to do anything about it anyway. If they did, they’d pay me for that info and then take action.