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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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 2 : Bodypower shred

Weight : 113 Ibs
( A Gain of 0.4, but I’m not worried, can most likely be water weight)

Day 2:
Today was delightful! Got my pair of Nike leggings and sports bra through mail. It always feels good when you got new clothes to gym with.

Was thinking today whether i should continue this on youtube videos. Might make life a little  simpler and interesting.  Also looked into some posing classes. Just to gain some confidence with my body. Plus it’ll help with  future competitions.

Today was leg day (hit a PR):

Barbell squats 3×10 (40kg) 1×5 (60kg)
Sumo lifts 3×6 (40kg)
Lunges 3x 12 (8kg dumbbells)
Curtsey Lunges 3×12 (8kg dumbells)
Donkey kickbacks 4×12

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Meal 1: oatmeal with cinnamon and one scoop of salted caramel protein
Along with kingsmill thin sliced bread and jam (my favourite)

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Meal 2: breaded chicken and prawns with a tomato Pasta and brocolli stirfry?
(Tasted so good.  The Pasta was random but i had to fit some form of carbs into my day!)

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Meal 3:  egg and protein cake?
I really don’t recommend this. I got extremely lazy and didn’t want to slow cook my pancakes so thought i’d put it in a bowl in the microwave to make a cake. Ultimate fail! … it tasted hard .. and dry to eat .. maybe i should have put banana in? Maybe it would’ve been less dry ?  I don’t know.  I tried!

Snacks :
Good and counted Asda brand
sweet and salty popcorn
Salt and vinegar crinkle crisps

I love these little snacks from Asda! They are just the right amount to curb your cravings also being macro friendly too! Definately worth the buy! 

Rest day from the gym tomorrow!  Cannot wait for my lie in, in bed!

Ling x

REFEED : Naughty but disciplined

Refeed time!

This time round I bumped my carbs up a bit more because my general intake of carbs throughout the week increased also.

I was naughty today with a few treats but still disciplined, I mean, it’s a diet but still gotta enjoy life. Usually I wouldn’t be as disciplined, although I don’t want to risk. I desperately want to reach my end goal soon! I’ve postponed it long enough.

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Total : 1381  – 190C – 43F – 61P

Still to have a protein shake to make it 80P, make sure my developing muscles are getting its food. Also fit an apple in too.

I got cheeky with Marks & Spencer’s cookie, I just had to eat it, but I was disciplined and only had half! (it was hard not to finish the other half off)

My guilty pleasure….. What’s your’s ?

Here’s some pictures of my food today. (You see what I mean about Disciplined? This doesn’t happen often.)

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Excited to see more weight drop soon!

Ling x

Workout split Monday to Friday

Sorry for the neglect these few days, I went to surprise my boyfriend in Newcastle for his birthday. Even though I went to Newcastle, I didn’t neglect the gym! Always have to keep gym’ing no matter what.

 HIIT Cardio Everyday: high intensity interval training

I try to do cardio at least 6 times a week as it aids in my aim for weight-loss

1: – 30 seconds on rowing machine as fast as possible – 30 seconds of lung jumps  then Rest 60 seconds  (10 sets)

2: – M100 (10 burpees, 10 mountain climbs, 10 squat jumps – 3 sets and finish with 10 burpees – as fast as possible

3: – Stairmaster 45 secs lvl 20,  rest for 1.15mins lvl 5  (13 sets)

My split from Monday to Thursday:

Monday – Back day and Abs 

Bent over dumbbell rows – 3 sets of 12 (6 kg dumbbells)

Cable rows, one sided – 3 sets of 10 (go as heavy as possible)

Pull ups close grip (non assisted) – 3 sets of 6

pull ups wide grip – 3 sets of 5

Ab wheel – 4 sets of 15

Tuesday – Shoulders

Side lateral raise – 3 sets of 10 ( 4 kg dumbbells)

Bent over delt raise – 3 sets of 6 (2 kg)

Front dumbbell raise – 3 sets of 10 (4 kg)

Incline dumbbell shoulder raise – 3 sets of 6 (6 kg)

Wednesday -Arms and Chest

Dumbbell tricep kickback – 3 sets of 10  (4 kg)

Dumbbell bicep curl – 3 sets of 6  (6 kg)

Tricep rope pushdown – 3 sets of 10 ( heaviest I could go)

Push Ups – 2 sets of 10

Dumbbell flyes – 3 sets of 8 (4 kg)

Thursday – Plyo 

20 lunge jumps – 20 seconds of jump rope – 10 squat jumps – 10 mountain climbs

4 times of these together, with 60 seconds rest in between.

Friday – accessory day ( hamstrings and Glute day )

Romanian Deadlifts with dumbbells 3 sets of 12 (9 kg)

Straight leg cable deadlift 3 sets of 10 (heaviest I could go)

and Glutes (check out my post on glutes)

GOOD SESSION THIS WEEK !  This Weeks gains felt amazing, every muscle group targeted each day was followed with pain the next day, good pain though. REFEED TOMORROW! I’m excited for Carbs

Sorry I couldn’t get any gif videos this week, which I will try to get soon.

BTW

Do we like the gif clips? or are they not needed ? I can’t put full videos at the moment, so gif type is what I can do for now.

Yay or Nay for Gif?

Ling x