by Mark Wolff

In every debate around health, fitness and beauty the dreaded six pack enters the conversation.  Men’s Health and Fitness Mag cover models flaunt them in abundance and it filters across the globe on social media leaving many in awe and wanting to follow suite. Now let me be clear I don’t give a hoot about the steroid junkies who use and abuse to grow their muscles and stand out in a crowd with their sacrificial dieting. My angle is purely from a health perspective and belly fat is a proven measurement of a potential life threatening condition.  Youngster’s grow up wanting to look aesthetically awesome and hit the weights with thousands of crunches to achieve it,  but they are so on the wrong track and I am quick to put them in their place by explaining the inner workings of the human body.  Every human being is born with abdominal muscles they are there from day 1. So why gym goers spend hours smashing them with every chance they get to make them stand out bigger, sharper and more chiseled  is beyond me because it just doesn’t work.

The bottom line is abdominal muscles are completely defined by what you eat. We are born with ab’s but poor lifestyle decisions just cover them. You can train as much as you want but if your body fat percentage isn’t low enough to reveal them then it just ain’t going to happen. I often hear people saying I am too old. Absolute rubbish you are just too lazy and tied down to poor eating habits which make it impossible to lower your body fat sufficiently to reveal them and you place your health at risk.  The expression abs are made in the kitchen not in the gym couldn’t be more true. However more importantly the health aspect of having a healthy body fat percentage is what you should be aiming for and this where nutrition plays such a critical role. Food fuels the energy system, helps you recover between workouts, creates a better nights sleep and limits the risk of lifestyle diseases. Now believe me I know exactly what I am talking about from experience. As a weightlifter I hit a peak weight of 112kg’s and today I am 66kg’s. Leaner, faster and fitter than I have ever been in my life. It didn’t take magic, or illegal drugs it took a systematic and smart approach to eating, training and sleeping. Those are some of the cornerstones of the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. It doesn’t have to be difficult all it takes is a mind set and the willingness to pursue a goal of health and each step of the journey will reward you over time.

So why do I mention all of the above

Simple, each day I get asked for recipes and meal ideas. What works and what does not. In all honesty except for a few secret recipes here or there, I have nothing to hide. So what I have decided to do is share some of my days with you so that you get right into my head and gain insight into my nutrition and training and how the two puzzle pieces fit together.  From the time I wake up until the time I go to sleep you can be the fly on my wall. My only hope is that you take this information and use it to your advantage on your own personal journey to health and fitness. Also feel free to ask questions.

Stay tuned as I open my lunch bag to you 😉

all the best


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