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Why You Can’t Afford to Not be doing Resistance Training

23/12/2015

Resistance training is often talked about, but rarely understood and is overwhelmingly beneficial when incorporated into your gym routine. You probably do more resistance training that you are aware of, as it is categorised as any physical activity that causes the muscles to work harder against an external resistance. It is important to understand that resistance training is important to people of all ages, regardless of whatever their fitness goal is, and here’s why.

 

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How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions This Year

21/12/2015

New Year’s Resolutions are well known for getting broken. Whether we pledge to eat healthy, get fit or ditch smoking, we all kick-start the New Year with good intentions. 

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Not Getting The Results You Want? Here’s Why!

07/12/2015

You eat a balanced diet, go to the gym five times a week, and avoid those team meals at the resturant around the corner as often as you can, but you still aren’t seeing the results that you want. Sound familiar?  

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High Impact Workouts You Can Do at Home this Winter

02/12/2015

With the constant rain and gale force winds, it's not surprising that many people stop going to the gym in the winter - and we can’t say that we blame you! But giving the gym a miss in favour of staying indoors where it’s warm isn’t an excuse for not sticking to a weekly exercise routine. Even in the winter, it is important to ensure that you are still getting the exercise and strength training that your body needs to stay in shape and keep your body working like a well oiled machine.

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Don’t wait until New Year to make your fitness resolutions

23/11/2015

With Christmas just around the corner, many of us have already fallen in the habit of cosy Netflix nights in with huge takeaways and boxes of chocolate. We tell ourselves we’ll wait until January to eat healthily and exercise. However, rather than waiting until the New Year before changing our ways, we could see much better results by making a start right away.

Of course, with office Christmas parties and mulled wine everywhere we look, sticking to a strict diet and exercise plan can be a struggle. But nevertheless, there is no

Here are 3 reasons why you should get started right now:

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How to be more productive and find time to train

18/11/2015

Training can of course have numerous benefits on everything from your body to your mental health. By boosting your fitness and living a healthier lifestyle, you can tackle stress, improve your confidence and gain a sense of achievement after each workout.

However, despite the countless benefits to training, many of us make excuses for not getting off the couch. Whether we let work or socialising take priority over exercise, we often claim to be time poor and find other things to do instead of train.

With each week having a grand total of 168 hours, there is so much time to do whatever we want to do. Here’s our guide to making sure you get everything done and still have time left over to train.

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Do Crash Diets Work?

18/11/2015

Everyone, at one point or another, has jumped on the latest fad diet; Usually a so-called healthy eating plan that massively restricts the amount of calories that you are consuming each day. Although these crash diets can be good for dropping a few pounds extremely quickly, are they just a temporary fix or do they work in the long term?

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Good Calories vs Bad Calories

12/11/2015

The importance of eating a calorie controlled diet has been emphasised by health professionals for decades. With many experts claiming that women should have around 2,000 calories a day and men should have around 2,500, these guidelines often caused confusion.

It’s important to remember that no two people are the same and everyone has different calorie requirements.  A person who exercises regularly is likely to need a much higher daily calorie intake than someone who lives a sedentary lifestyle.

Furthermore, counting calories is no longer an appropriate way to monitor and control your weight. In fact, focussing too much on the number of calories in your food can actually be unhealthy.

With many foods being packed full of sugar and salt, calories alone are not a strong enough indication as to how healthy the food you’re eating is. For this reason, we recommend that everyone learns the difference between good calories and bad calories. By learning the difference and eating a healthy diet, you could  hange your life!

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4 Ways To Regain Your Gym Motivation!

04/11/2015

Busy days, losing track of time and fatigue can all contribute to losing your motivation for fitness. Once you lose motivation you can often feel guilty, sluggish and find that you have a lot less energy throughout the day. When you regularly start going to the gym you begin to feel a lot more energised preparing your body and mind for the rest of the day. We all know how beneficial the gym can be to use, so Protein Pouch have come up with a few ideas to help to get yourself get back on the bandwagon.

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5 Winter Fitness Tips That Don’t Require the Gym

04/11/2015

It can be hard to find the motivation to exercise when it’s cold and dark outside. During the winter months, the last thing you want to do is venture into the great outdoors. Even transporting yourself from your sofa to the gym can seem like an impossible task. However, there are plenty of enjoyable ways to keep fit in the winter. Although dragging yourself out of bed in the morning may be a challenge, you’ll thank yourself for it later. After all, no one ever regrets a workout.

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5 Tips To Boost Your Metabolism!

04/11/2015

A crucial element of weight management is understanding your body’s needs. Sometimes, listening to diet advice can do more harm than good, when it based on unfounded evidence.

Your metabolism is a complex process that determines how many calories your body burns, but there are a few tips and tricks you can use to give it a boost and make your body a fat burning machine.

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What happens to your body when you don’t get enough protein?

04/11/2015

With an increasing number of people noting the benefits of consuming a protein-rich diet, the popularity of protein supplements has grown in recent years. Most people are aware of the benefits of consuming lots of protein and turn to it when they want to build muscle or lose weight but what can happen to the body when it doesn’t get enough?

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Can Lean Meats Help You Lose Weight?

04/11/2015

When trying to lose weight, many people out there get in stuck in a rut of eating nothing but salads. Unsurprisingly gets very boring, very quickly, leading to people falling off the bandwagon and going back to eating junk foods that are high in fat. What we really need is a diet that is high in protein, with healthy balance carbohydrates and vegetables. However the term protein, is often associated with the thought of bulking, steering people away from getting lean meats into their diet. However, incorporating lean meats into your diet keep you satisfied, whilst keeping down the calorie count.

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5 Inspiring Health and Fitness Blogs to Follow Today

04/11/2015

Eating healthily and taking care of your body can be difficult at times, particularly if you lead a busy lifestyle and spare time is hard to find. However, sometimes all you need is that little bit of inspiration to force you to put down your junk food, get off the sofa, and get back into full-on fitness mode. If you could do with some motivation, here are 5 inspiring health and fitness bloggers to follow today to help you get back on track:

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The Up and Coming Athletes Guide to Basic Sports Nutrition

04/11/2015

Athletes need to maintain a balanced diet in order to reach their peak level whilst training, or competing. The demand for athletes to consistently improve is now forcing them to turn to more expensive manufactured products, such as protein supplements. Consuming a balanced diet ensures athletes are filled with the necessary nutrients they need, to optimise both their health, and their body, without the added price tag.

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Is a gluten free diet key to losing weight?

04/11/2015

Over recent years an increasing number of people have started to cut gluten out of their diets in a bid to lose weight. Many people think that by eliminating this type of protein found in foods such as bread and pasta, they can lose weight and live a much healthier lifestyle.

However, is a gluten free diet really the key to losing weight? For some people, such as those who suffer from coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance, changing their diet is a necessity in order to stay healthy and avoid illness. However, for the rest of us, who don’t suffer from any side effects when eating sandwiches or pasta dishes, what are the benefits of gluten free diets?

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Fitting Exercise Into Your Busy Schedule

04/11/2015

With all the pressures of the modern day world, we know how tough it is to stay fit and healthy. We have taken care of keeping your diet on track with our range of healthy, high protein foods, but what happens when it comes down to exercise? Maintaining a consistent exercise routine is difficult anyway, but when you’re stretched for time this becomes even harder.

To keep you on track, we have gathered three top tips to ensure your routine doesn’t suffer.

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Cutting out Common Myths about Healthy Eating

04/11/2015

Trying to maintain a healthy diet can be a nightmare when you are continually hearing conflicting advice on what is actually good for you. There are so many diets and fads out there, it’s hard to separate the truth from the myths. To help you out, we have rounded up some of the most common food myths to reveal the truth behind the claims.

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How a Healthy Diet Could Change Your Life

03/11/2015

Regardless of your goals, there are more benefits to healthy eating than just getting into shape. Eating a balanced diet can provide you with a variety of health benefits that you cant turn your nose up at, even if losing weight isn’t at the top of your agenda. Whatever your motivation for wanting to eat a little healthier, packing nutrient rich foods into your everyday meals can change your life in more ways than you can imagine.

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6 Common Weight Lifting Mistakes Beginners Make

03/11/2015

Gyms are full of different people at different levels of fitness, but they often have a shared goal – to get in shape. A lot of gyms now provide a balanced selection of equipment for people wanting to achieve their aims. However, there is a lot of information and technique to take into consideration and, for beginner, it can sometimes be daunting. The team at Protein Pouch has found 6 things that are common mistakes for those who are new to the gym or to strength training.

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Eating Healthy Doesn’t Have To Be Boring

03/11/2015

As we all know that sticking to a healthy routine can be hard, time consuming and needs a lot of dedication in order to be done effectively. People are often put off starting by the perception that they’re not going to be able to have their favourite foods or drinks. Surely there must be a way to eat well, and also eat tasty food?

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Why Is Protein So Good For Fat Loss?

03/11/2015

It’s well known that following a high protein diet can help you curb hunger by keeping you fuller for longer, but many people fail to understand exactly why protein is so good for weight and fat loss. Here we have set out just some of the ways protein helps with getting to your target weight and then maintaining it over time.

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Why Hydration is Key to your Workout

03/11/2015

When it comes to exercise, hydration is key before, during and after. So making sure you’re getting the daily-recommended amount is hugely important. The amount of fluid you lose during training depends on the routine, period of time that you are training and the intensity, and you must ensure that you top up on those lost fluids. But why is it so important?

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Interview With Dr Emma Kirke

03/11/2015

At Protein Pouch, we’re extremely passionate about health and nutrition, so we get especially excited when we get to talk to like-minded professionals in relevant fields of expertise. This happened recently when we had the pleasure of interviewing prominent health blogger, qualified doctor and nutritionist, Dr Emma Kirke. Dr Kirke has been an advocate of healthy living for a long time following her own personal experiences. Here, she discusses what got her into health and fitness and how she stays motivated, as well as giving an insight into her cooking style and even sharing some of her favourite recipes – a delicious chicken and avocado melt, and healthy vegan protein brownies.

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Five Brain Boosting Foods You Can’t Live Without

03/11/2015

When planning out your meals for the week, you shouldn’t only be thinking about the foods that are going to be good on your waistline.

Whether you’re trying to slim down or bulk up, you still need to ensure that you are filling your meals full of foods that are going to give your brain that boost it needs to keep it alive and healthy. Although you can take supplements to help you along the way, there is nothing better for your body than going straight to the source. This is why we have listed five of our favourite foods that give you those extra nutrients, to give you that mental edge and focus.

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Our running nutrition tips

03/11/2015

When running season is in full swing it pays to get your nutrition sorted. We’ve tackled a few races in our time, so we’ve put together a few bits of sports nutrition guidance for each stage of your training, all from our own experience…

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7 Reasons to Eat More Kale

03/11/2015

There seems to be a lot of hype around kale at the moment, but despite this, not many people are actually clued up on all of its health benefits. There are far more advantages to kale than it just being friendly on your waistline. It happens to be one of the most nutrient dense vegetables available, as well as being a high protein vegetable, much like other super foods that we can’t get enough of including broccoli and spinach. In certain respects, Kale can be better for you than even those superfood powerhouses! So, to educate people further about this versatile veg, we have listed a whole load of reasons to convince you to put it in your trolley and start incorporating it into your diet.

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What Happens When You Ditch The Junk Food?

03/11/2015

Throughout Britain, and across the world, we can’t escape junk food. We all want to live a clean, healthy lifestyle, however many of us fall down after being constantly bombarded by adverts in supermarkets, across billboards and all over the television.

No one needs to be told that junk food is bad for you, however with unhealthy foods so easily accessible, temptation often drives us to eat whatever is convenient and available. When this habit continues, it can lead to gaining unhealthy amounts of weight and increase the risk of developing chronic health problems.

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Why Women Avoid Weight Training….And Shouldn’t!

03/11/2015

Ladies, if someone told you that you could keep burning fat for hours, or even days after you had finished exercising, helping you reach your goals quicker, would you jump at the opportunity? Of course you would! There is no secret pill that you need to take to make this happen, it can be done easily by implementing weight training into your regime just a few times a week. There are endless benefits to lifting weights, both mentally and physically, so why is it that so many women avoid lifting and weight training in the gym?

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Food Myths: Sweet Potatoes v White Potatoes

03/11/2015

The white potato always seems to lose out nowadays to its sweet counterpart, being cast from our plates as a starchy ‘bad carb’ that is difficult to digest. Although the sweet potato somehow gets a much better rep, we think it’s about time that people understood the differences and, most importantly, why there’s nothing at all wrong with a humble white spud. The actual nutritional facts surrounding both types of potato demonstrate that there’s room for both varieties in a balanced diet, whilst still keeping in shape and maintaining a healthy eating plan. Anyone who has clued him or herself up on having a healthy lifestyle will know that cutting carbs out of your diet completely can be dangerous ground, and is likely to have the opposite effect to the one desired. So why do people opt for sweet potato while the white potato is shunned? This comes down to the composition of each type of potato.

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