Month: July 2019

One of the most common questions from new and intermediate weightlifters and bodybuilders is about which protein is best for them to be using. And no wonder, given all the hype and noise from the supplement companies about their product being the only one that works – or at least that their protein works best.

So which protein IS best for weightlifters and bodybuilders? The question is more complicated than it appears on the surface and depends mostly on the time of day and your particular dietary regimen. For example, vegans will want to stay with soy protein – while it doesn’t have a great biological value (BV), it isn’t derived from animal sources. Vegetarians will be better using milk-based proteins and egg protein, but won’t want to include proteins from chicken, fish and beef.

The majority of weightlifters and bodybuilders are neither vegan nor vegetarian though, so for you the question of which protein is best depends entirely on timing. Getting your proteins from natural foods is preferable and can even be enough for some, but a whey protein supplement is a wise choice on the days you’re hitting the gym.

Whey protein is considered the gold standard for weightlifters and bodybuilders, and it is – but ONLY for your pre-workout and post-workout shakes. While whey is the fastest and most biologically available (highest BV) protein, it clears the bloodstream within 90 minutes or so and does cause a spike in blood sugars. Both of these traits are ideal before and after your exercises, as you want the protein into your bloodstream fast so that it’s available when needed, and the insulin release from the sugar spike helps transport the proteins and glucose to the muscles to build, and then replace, your muscle energy.

But because whey clears your system so quickly, you would need to replenish your protein supply every 90 minutes to keep it available to your system – not a viable solution for almost anyone. Not to mention you’d be missing out on a lot of the digestive enzymes and other nutrients found in protein-rich fish and meats.

So at other times during your workout days and throughout your rest days you should be consuming protein from natural sources. Examples include steak and eggs or bacon and eggs for breakfast, chicken for lunch (since it’s also good cold), and alternating fish and beef for supper. Eggs, chicken, fish and beef all have good BV values, absorb at a moderate pace and contain the other ingredients that help to support your protein intake and synthesis within the body. Include low-carb, high-fiber vegetables with your lunch and supper, especially raw vegetables, to balance out your nutritional needs.

Your longest fast each day is, of course, while you sleep at night. But while you are sleeping, your body is still burning calories, healing the micro-tears from your workouts and re-balancing your body. Since this is obviously a time when it’s best to have protein available for as … Read More

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Make-up on fleek? I’ll stop you there. This is not going to be a buzzword, ‘woke’ article about flawless make-up trends and contouring. We’re looking straight into the eyes here, and it’s all about the lashes.

The Jury’s Out on The Lash! Are Lash Extensions Really Worth It?

Mascara

Where else would we start? The handy old mascara has been an essential in every make-up bag for years. And it always will be. But let’s look at mascara in a little more depth. How about with a little more volume? Sorry. It’s true that the finishing touch to any stunning eye make-up has to be with the lashes, and there are plenty of mascaras to choose form that add length, boost volume and offer depth and texture to your overall look. But did you know that, by the litre, mascara is one of the most expensive liquids in the world? Are you really getting value? Some mascaras are great, but you pay for the quality, and it can burn quite a hole. The mascaras on the cheaper end of the scale are a good go-to when needed, but all too often they are clumpy, sticky and don’t stand the test of time.

The Crying Bride and the Honeymoon

Weddings. This is where many people will opt for lash extensions or LVL treatments. But why? Well the obvious pro to opting out of the whole mascara application is that weddings are emotional, and with lash extensions, you avoid the smearing mess of mascara tears and panda eyes. But weddings are only one of many events that could benefit from giving that extra bit of attention to your lashes. Any event where happy tears are inevitable is a box ticked, but holidays, festivals and parties are just as key. Mascara is obviously a quicker option, but does it really have that lasting look you’re going for? Especially on a beach get-away where diving in the pool on a hot day becomes a daily routine.

The Longevity

This is where lash treatments win the race. Yes, you’re going to invest a little more time and money when opting for the lash extensions but, where mascara lasts all but a day and has the evening ritual of eye make-up remover and cotton wool, eyelash treatments are in a different hassle-free league altogether. Eyelash extensions can last weeks and weeks, with no further application of make-up, and simple filler session at about the 3-4 weeks mark, if needed. Plus, mascara just doesn’t have the same glamorous effect when it comes to keeping volume and length in the way that treatments do. So, the jury was out on the lash, but it’s back – and it’s all in favour of the eyelash extensions. Sorry mascara, we still love you.… Read More

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