The Biggest Myth Debunked: The More Protein You Eat, the Faster You Build Muscles?

Some years ago I gulped down at least 2-3 unflavoured, whey protein shakes a day, while eating multiple chicken breasts. I thought protein was the holy grail when it comes to muscle growth. Yet I didn’t see the results that I truly wanted in the gym. Instead I was feeling low on energy and bloated. People training in the gym often consume tons of protein because they expect it to be converted into muscles. Yet the effectiveness of excess protein intake, especially protein shakes has never been scientifically proven. If…

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How to build your own meal plan

  Struggling to stick to a meal plan? Mix ‘n’ match these six core food groups to suit your taste preferences, lifestyle and personal health goals. Stephanie Osfield writes.    Protein Protein is a necessity for fat loss, muscle gains and optimal function of all the cells in your body. “Of the major macronutrients such as carbohydrates and fats, protein rates higher on the satiety scale, which means it makes people feel full for longer after a meal,” says Melanie McGrice, dietitian and spokesperson for the Australian Dietitians Association. “This…

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It Is Not About How Fast You Can Build A Habit, It Is What You Build That Matters

It seems like many of us are obsessed with figuring out how long it takes to turn over a new leaf these days. There’s a popular myth that 21 days is the magic time frame for forming a new habit.[1] The now-busted 21-day myth is a commonly misinterpreted finding by Dr. Maxwell Maltz.[2] When he conducted rhinoplasty on his patients, he noticed that it took them a minimum of 21 days to get used to looking at their new faces. He also noted that it took him about three weeks…

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How to Build Resilience to Survive in This Difficult World

Facing difficulties is all part of life. It can often feel like we face endless challenges instead of happy endings – when we overcome one challenge, another one rears its ugly head. Some people I know grew stronger through these challenges, some became weaker and couldn’t see hope anymore. Two friends of mine were made redundant from their job during the recent financial crisis: while one felt humiliated, lost confidence and therefore had difficulty finding a new job, the other analyzed the situation, spent time identifying his strengths, saw it…

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How to Build Confidence From Scratch

Michael Edwards, better known as Eddie “The Eagle” is a British skier whom no one believed in him before he made it to the world champion. Eddie was slightly overweight, extremely near sighted (he wore thick glasses) trained in second hand equipment. At times he even stayed in a disused finish mental hospital as he couldn’t afford genuine accommodation. Many people came to doubt his ability as a skier. He would have suffered from low self confidence and never had endured all this, and never made it to the Olympics;…

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How to Build Resilience to Survive in This Difficult World

Why do people fail? Surprisingly, it’s not usually down to a lack of talent, ability or motivation. In fact, plenty of very intelligent people fail for one simple reason: they lack resilience. If you want to enjoy life, be successful, and cope well in a difficult world, you need to build up resilience. Read on to find out how. What is resilience? Simply put, resilience is the ability to deal with whatever life throws at you without giving up. Being resilient means being able to bounce back, even after something…

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Top 10 High Protein Foods That Are Ideal for People Who Want to Build More Muscle

Six packs are a dream many aspire to, such as those that are middle aged, some after a pregnancy, and others after over-indulging in food or an overload of beer, leaving a “beer belly” – not very aesthetically appealing. Bellies keep on growing, then the search to fade away the flabby tummy begins with diet changes, diet pills, and gym sessions; but the extra belly fat that needs toning down seems so impossible. The stomach is usually a problem area for many. What is the solution? Whether you are an…

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How to Build Good Habits

Aristotle once said “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” The question is – how do you develop good habits and make them stick? The reason we often stop ourselves from changing is that we like to stay where we are. Call it inertia or what you may want, but you need to give yourself a push to get things started. To be successful, do more in life and have a sense of fulfillment, you need good habits. And it doesn’t come easy.…

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6 Reasons to Build Your Own Computer

With desktop computer sales at an all-time low and a vast range of different laptop configurations available, the thought of assembling your own PC from scratch might seem like a rather dated concept relevant only to die-hard enthusiasts. However, contrary to popular belief, the desktop remains the preferred machine both when it comes to power and productivity. The flexibility afforded by having a larger monitor and a versatile upgrade and maintenance plan is second to none, solidifying the desktop’s place in the market. Assembling your own computer is not likely…

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