Supplements to help Aid Diets.

 

Are supplements vital to diets? …. No, its not Vital. But it can  aid in any diet by reducing some of the natural effects your body can change on you when you are on a diet.

When taking supplements, make sure you ask these questions first before purchasing.

  • What are your reasons into taking it?
  • What does it do?
  • What are the benefits towards your diet?
  • Do you know the ingredients?
  • Have you read the reviews on the brand of the product?

Here are some supplements that I take and why I take them and how are they effect towards my body.

  1. Omega 3 Fish oil capsules

Omega 3 can naturally be consumed within our diet in the likes of salmon, flaxseeds and walnuts etc. Although not everyone  will consume these kinds of foods but instead, the likes of Meat and others which are high in Omega 6’s.

A healthy diet contains a balance of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, and some omega 6 fatty acids tend to promote inflammation.

Even though some Omega 6 fatty acids tend to promote inflammation. It doesn’t mean to be entirely bad for the body. It can still be benefitted to our bodies. But the main goal here is to keep a balanced diet of Omega 3 and Omega 6.

I could go on and on about how Omega 3 works in the body. But this is the main reason as to why I take them. I Know myself that I don’t eat enough foods that are naturally enriched so I balance my omegas at the end of the day with some fish oil capsules. It helps me from promoting inflammation in my body, which I don’t need when I am on a Competition Prep.

*TIP* Some Fish oils are made from crustacean shells. So if you are allergic to shellfish, I would look into the ingredients first before you purchase it and make sure for your own health and safety.

2. Zma’S

Zma supplements are mostly supported by minerals like Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin B6. They are created for the  ability to improve the quality of sleep. Which is extremely important if you are aiming to build some muscle..

During sleep, your body repairs the damage done to muscle fibers in the gym. When these slightly torn fibers are repaired, you naturally get stronger, gain more lean mass and also a very good nights sleep.

*TIP* Should contain 30 milligrams of zinc, 400-450 milligrams of magnesium and 11 milligrams of vitamin B6. This supplement is best taken before bedtime and on an empty stomach.

3. Dandelion root (Tea, Extract, Capsule)

Dandelion is used in a lot of herbal medicines. Mostly used to aid in digestion, inflammation.

For me, It is only used for around the time of my menstrual cycle. As I become very congested and Bloated from inflammation. Water rentention is high for many ladies, at that time of month. So we can benefit from this supplement.

*TIP* Great for using on your peak week, especially if you are expecting your cycle through your show.

4. Protein shakes

Protein Shakes are more for people who cant get enough protein intake from their foods. Where you can turn to Protein Shakes to get that intake. Especially when you are  bulking.

First thing you should ask yourself before you decide about  purchasing Protein shakes.

‘Are you getting enough protein intake in your diet to substantially help you grow muscles from eating?’

An average amount is around 1-1.2g of protein per Ibs that you weigh.

There are many more in which you can add to your supplement stash. Eg BCCA’s, Creatine etc. It entirely depends on your body, and do you need it. I’ve used the likes of these before and have never seen much difference with them, so therefore I decide not to waste my time and money with it, as it can be extremely expensive buying all these supplements.

Check out my link below from Youtube. You can see what supplements I use and from what brands.

Also the big question I get asked : Should you have protein shakes just to lose weight.?

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12 weeks out of my bikini prep!

Hey guys!

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So the weight has been constantly dropping, which is great! Had my 2 week weigh in today which was 113.8IBS one pound off from last week. I actually feel leaner than I was when I was 110 IBS last month! I guess I made some good muscle gains throughout my maintenance calories.

Hoping I bring a good package with this prep! Still staying strong with the carbs, which are at 155 carbs. They haven’t been lowered yet, So I’m enjoying the amount whilst its still there, but with wise decisions.

If your interested with a typical day of food for me check this video out!

Hope you like it

Ling xx

Journey to the stage : 14 weeks out!

Hey guys,  I feel so guilty for leaving this spot for so long! Sorry I’ve been MIA. simply just thought that I didn’t have anything to report on!

Although FINALLY ! HERE I AM! I’ve finally started my 14 week competition prep for November 15th. I’m extremely excited to start this and see what my results are by the end of it !

MACROS: ( I have Lainey Bopster as my coach this prep round)

At the moment, I’m on 155 Carbs, 130 Protein and 35 Fats.

Which isn’t overly too bad to handle with. The only thing is the low Fats.

Although, you should know I take prepping to a next level. I could sit on my phone sorting out the next days meal for hours and hours. Deciding, then redeciding and recalculating. Yes, I’m an overthinker. I like to organise myself well in advance. There is no ‘go with the flow’ with me. Which annoys the hell out of my boyfriend.

With this in mind. I have decided to perfectly design my meal plan for one day and simple have the same thing for the rest of the week! Making my life much more simpler, and stress free!  Trust me, my head would explode if I had to calculate everyday and so would my boyfriends. I’m just simply helping us both!

MEALS:

Although,  if you really want to see what I had. Check the video out below!!

LING XX

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DAY OF BODY POWER!!!!

SO Finally, the day of body power arrived. I was feeling crazily bloated. It wasn’t a good start to the day. Especially when your about to meet your FItness Idol!

Going to Bodypower was the best experience for my motivation! Seeing everyone shredded, on good form, just made me that much more determined to reach my goals! It was definitely a kick in the butt to work harder, and make some gains. Instead of forever cutting and gaining no success over it.

I GOT TO MEET THE VERY lady that kick started it all for me! A truly inspirational fitness idol! She’s lovely! I felt so big beside her, just made me that much more determined to make more gains.

Check out the footage of Bodypower here!

Ling x nikki 2

Day 26 : Body Power shred!

ONLY a FEW more days left!

I”m feeling good about my body! I haven’t weighed myself this past week because I really wanted to get the ‘ Weighing myself everyday’ mindset out of my head. So my final weigh in for the month will be on Thursday!

So monday i went to the Tynemouth Food Festival and it was really good! I thoroughly enjoyed the food, maybe a little too much, then hit the gym with an hours cardio session. Body still felt good the day after! Body is feeling better than ever these days!

Normally, i would over eat and feel grim the next day, but seems to be different this time round. Maybe I’m gaining more muscle mass to burn the calories ?

But don’t worry I won’t misuse this factor, and still keep clean!

Here’s a video for the food festival is you feel like taking a look ! Plus a little motivation speech at the end!

Hope you like it !

Ling x

Day 22: Bodypower shred!

Yesterday was refeed!  i’ve a whole days of food that I recorded!

Think I’ve decided that I’m not going to weigh myself every single day now but weigh my self before every refeed! … I’ll be curious to know each day what my weight it, since the scales are so convenient to use, but it’ll be good mentally!

SO i pieced together my refeed on youtube!

Take a look! hope you like it!

LLing x

Day 17 : Body power Shred

NEW weigh in!!!!!

110.6 Ibs

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I’m extremely happy with how refeed went! It took me to anew level with my body! Just excites me even more, to whats to head my way for these 2 weeks! Is it weird that I get excited over progress?  

So I’ve decided I’ve got bad genetic with my bum area.

Gotta work my booty twice as hard because of my flat, long bum, just like my mothers… just whhhyyyy.

It means that I’ve to work more areas to the booty.  OH WELL, I’ll just have to deal with it.

JUST GOTTA WORK WITH WHAT YOU HAVe not with what you don’t have

So I’ve a video of my full day of refeed and squat day! check it out and let me know how you feel about it!

LING

Day 6&7 : bodypower shred

Day 6 weight: 114Ibs

Day 7 weight: 112Ibs

Day 6&7 :

Hello World!

So I decided that I would combine day 6& 7 together because I was literally too busy to even be on my Phone.

Seems like refeed on Monday wasn’t too much of a failure as I had expected. Weight still went down which is always good!  so lets hope it keeps going that way!

Instead of those stupid Gifs that I made, which was actually a very lazy way of it for me to do it, I’ve put both days workouts on a youtube video. Check it out, I hope I don’t disappoint!

Its back and shoulder days. I just had to do back day again. The previous days’ back workout was a shamble. no harm in another right!?

(Also video says 5& 6 … I made an error.. oops)

Food:

I’m sorry but I’m really lacking in the food Photos.

But basically had to keep my fats, and protein extremely low as weather was amazing, IT’s BBQ WEATHER! Left nearly all my macros for Dinner.

Hopefullly I’ll get more footage of foods tomorrow!

Ling x

Day 4: bodypower shred

Weight 112.4 Ibs

Day 4:  Woke up today feeling really good with my body! Felt I’d lost a few ibs even though the scale didn’t say so. But it’s okay, my body felt good for me.
I’m starting to feel comfortable in my own skin now. Even though i’m not at my best! I feel better than ever!

Myprotein protein shakes

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Realised today that I can’t live without my protein powder.  It’s the best protein powder I’ve tried so far.
The flavours are on point and they make you feel full but light.  Most protein shakes I’ve had where filling but felt really heavy, which I don’t fancy. No matter how tasty it was, the heavy feeling was too much. This made me hate drinking them, I avoided them as much as possible. But now my problems are solved ! I use my protein in everything! Pancakes,  muffins, oatmeal… just anything sweet! Adds a little bit of protein to my cheeky meals.

I definately recommend myprotein! The price is affordable, unlike some very expensive brands!

Worked chest and triceps today.
My least favourite muscle group to work is chest.
Hence only did 2 exercises for it.

Dumbbell flyes 4×7 (6kg)
Dumbell Chest press 4×10 (6kg)

Triceps, like any other day.. all exercises possible on this muscle group.

Food:

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Meal 1: oatmeal with coconut milk, protein powder and cinnamon.
3eggwhites, smoked bacon medallions, sausages and beans.
Think this type of meal could be my staple of meals now.  Usually I despise oatmeal. I find it tasteless!  Although I’ve recently discovered to add coconut milk and cinnamon, which makes it tasty!  Its great.

Meal 2 : steak pork lions with sweet potato fries and a veggie stirfry
Tasted amazing and filling.  imageGot all my food groups in one go!

That’s all for today!
Refeeed tomorrow! And I’m excited for it!

Ling x

Day 3 : bodypower shred

Weight : 112Ibs

Day 3
Starting to see some results with my body! Starting to see my love handle area lean out and booty grow! I guess all this booty workouts are working out!

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Overall, I’m leaning out. Even in areas in which I hold most of my fat.  Arms and back fat, it’s my worst areas.

So today was an ab and Glute day with lots of cardio, I try to work these areas more so that they develop faster, bigger and better!
Working on every Ab and  butt exercise possible, there’s just too many to write down!
To end my successful day, I finished it with cardio on the treadmill for 40 minutes.
I do miss the stairmaster. It was the best form of cardio that, made me sweat and feel calories burning.

Food!

Meal 1 : Usually on Saturdays, I get a Chinese meal cooked up. Usually containing fish, veg, meat and rice.  It’s like a family lunch for me. 

I’ll take a photo next week

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Meal 2: Sandwich thins with strawberry jam. My ultimate favourite.  Just a small preworkout meal.

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Meal 3: Prawn fried rice: Fried rice is my ultimate favourite choice of clean eating in my diet.

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Meal 4:

Cinnamon banana protein pancakes :
Yes,  I didn’t get lazy this time round! This batch was my best one since I’ve started making them! It taste amazing, I added in coconut milk to make the pancakes less dry.  It definately seemed to work judging by the taste!

Day 3 done and dusted! So far so good! Lets hope this keeps up!  Fingerscrossed!

Ling x