Monday, 15 February 2016
Patrick Toplis one of the UK's finest personal fitness trainers top tips for looking good.
Patrick Toplis something of a legend in Earl’s Court, where he has been training clients at Soho Gym for two decades now.
His client list reads like a glossy magazine cover, from A-list Hollywood stars to music royalty. But, despite the glamorous world in which he moves, Patrick has always remained down to earth, approachable and affordable for those of us who are not A-listers.
He’s passionate about fitness but at the same time is aware that not everyone is getting ready for the Mr Universe contest or wants to spend their live on a constant diet.
Patrick tailors his training to suit the client’s lifestyle and individual needs. His workouts are designed to be fun but will help you achieve your goals, whether it’s just to get into shape or get ready for a major movie role.
Here are his five top tips on keeping in shape.
1 Eat food rich in omegas, such as oily fish and avocados. Try to avoid refined sugar many diet products may not have the fat but are high in sugar that turns easily into fat so check the label. An ideal dinner is a large salad with nuts and fresh tuna. Cover in olive oil and vinegar and, if you need it, serve with a portion of brown rice on the side.
If you’re not keen on fish, then take supplements such as cod liver oil or omega oil.
2 Use whey protein before and after you work out. Mix with water rather than milk, as milk adds calories and brings nothing to the table when training. If using as a meal replacement, then use almond milk or coconut milk if you prefer. Chose your whey carefully - if you’re trying to loose weight, then go for protein powder as that will have less sugar and fewer calories.
3 Try to cut back on carbs first thing in the morning. Have a high protein breakfast, such as scrambled egg whites, nuts and avocado. Once you’ve been on the go for a while, you can add complex carbohydrates as your body will be better able to cope with them, rather than turning them straight into fat.
White bread and rice should be replaced with brown rice and low sugar carbohydrate bread. Be careful blending your favourite fruit, as it can just turn to sugar too.
4 Sleep is very important so try to get eight hours a night. Take a supplement such as zinc and magnesium. Turmeric aids the fight against cholesterol.
5 Keep your skin in good condition. There’s no point being in great shape if your skin is bad. It’s important to cleanse your face after a workout. I use Daily Deluxe spray, which cleanses and moisturises. It’s easy to use and slips into my gym bag easily.
Saturday, 13 February 2016
Denise Welch Her first Novel
If They Could See Me know review coming soon.
Monday, 1 February 2016
Amanda Hamilton - Three Day Cleanse Review
By guest writer agent to the stars Julia Champion
All my life I have been looking for a quick fix weight loss solution and I have finally found it!
After a particularly over-indulgent Christmas and an all-inclusive holiday over the New Year, I had put on almost a whole stone in weight. Drastic action was needed.
I opted for the Three Day Cleanse from www.amandahamilton.co.uk, a multi-tasking cleanse that supports weight loss and digestive health, delivered to my door. A box arrived the next day, packed with cold pressed coconut water, lime and pomegranate juice and coconut and vegetable kefirs - all of them pure and nutritious. Had I gone shopping to buy my own – not only would I have not known exactly what to buy or blend, but temptation for other food and drinks would have been put in my path.
I set aside three days when I would be very busy with work and where I knew I had exercise classes to go to the in the evening, with no plans for meals out or going for a drink. I also pre-recooked the family’s food and made sure I had the right mind set and couldn’t wait to get started with my eyes on the prize – a slimmer, healthier body!
My daily calorie intake on the cleanse is 994 kcal and all sugar (even from fruit), alcohol, dairy, meat, fish and carbohydrates are completely banned. I’m not really a coffee drinker, but was told that caffeine would not impact the overall effect if I needed to drink it black. Initially, I panicked that I would crave all the bad things and become ravenously hungry and irritable, but miraculously, I can honestly say I never did. I started each day small coconut flavoured shot bottle – a little bland, but not unpleasant, then sipped on the the large bottles of blended vegetable juices in different flavours, which were surprisingly filling. I couldn’t even manage a whole bottle in one sitting! Did I miss food and fancy biting into something? Of course, but on day two, I steamed some kale and a corn on the cob, which I ate without butter or oil and that seemed to curb my need to chew! Even included in the pack was some delicious raw coconut milk so that I could enjoy a guilt-free pudding – it was the closest healthy alternative to cream or ice cream that I have ever tried and, although I probably wouldn’t eat it on its own in future, I would definitely have it with fruit or use it as a topping on desserts.
So three days on, I have lost a whole 5 pounds, as well as an inch and a half off my waist and an inch off my hips. My jeans feel loose and my belly and waist are visibly flatter and smaller. What more could I ask for?
For more information, go to www.amandahamilton.co.uk