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Are Protein Bars Always The Healthy Choice?

Are Protein Bars Always The Healthy Choice?

Is slapping ‘protein’ on a label enough to make something healthy? Or are protein bars glorified chocolate bars with no real benefit?

Protein is a big thing these days. Protein shakes and protein bars are just the tip of the protein iceberg. Bread, cheese, pizza, even fucking beer have been jacked up on the stuff and adorn your supermarket shelves. Marketers and supplement companies have gone bat shit crazy, seemingly preying on the current notion protein has magical powers.

Protein bars have been around a while. They’re the elder statesman of the supplement world. Offering you a taste of sweet chocolate, but in a healthier way than your average slab of Dairy Milk.

But is it that simple? Is a protein bar inherently more healthy than a Wispa, Boost, KitKat, or my personal favourite… The Lion Bar?

Read on as I peel back the wrapper, nibble the chocolate on the outside and reveal the true core of protein bars. You’ll discover if they’re worth the hype, or simply chocolate covered, nutritional shit.

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Cut or Bulk? The Skinny Fat Dilemma

To Cut Or Not To Cut. To Bulk Or Not To Bulk? That Is The Skinny Fat Question.

Like the Prince (or Princess) Hamlet of Fitness this is a question you’ve pondered for some time. Do you lose the excess body fat first, or dive straight into building muscle? Well it’s time to wonder no more. Here’s your complete guide to whether you should cut or bulk.

As with most questions, the answer to the cut or bulk conundrum starts with two important, yet equally annoying words. ‘It depends’… You see, there’s no definitive answer for everyone. It’s not like a one size fits all poncho from Universal Studios. There’s nuances and circumstances unique to you. Meaning what’s right for you, may be wildly different to the next person.

But that doesn’t really help, does it?

So when deciding whether to cut or bulk, you need some guidelines. A framework. Like the plans to the Death Star.

And I’m going to give you those plans. Trust me, after reading this article sculpting a badass body will feel easier than shooting Womp Rats in your T-16 back home.

Now, these guidelines aren’t just something I threw together in 5 minutes. This is the EXACT process I use with all my clients. And it’s how I determine if it’s first stop fat loss or all aboard the gain train (woo woo).

So wherever you are on your journey to building a lean, strong, healthy, sexy AF body, by the end of this article you’ll know whether it’s time to cut or bulk.

Think of me as your Leia. Thawing you from your cut or bulk carbonite-like paralysis.

So on that basis, let’s start with the basics my young Padawan.

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11 Tips To Lose Weight When You’re Always Working Away

11 Tips To Lose Weight When You’re Always Working Away

Working away from home is a dieting minefield causing you stress and anxiety at every hotel stop. Losing weight simply feels like Mission Impossible. And even Ethan Hunt would find this a head-fuck.

So can mere mortals marry working away AND dieting successfully? Or is your diet destined to self-destruct whatever you do?

Well, hold off calling Tom Cruise for now. Because here are 11 Tips To Lose Weight When You’re Always Working Away.

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How To Avoid Feeling Hungry While Dieting

How To Avoid Feeling Hungry While Dieting

Dieting sucks. You know it. And I know it. So let’s not try to kid ourselves. But let’s be more specific. Feeling hungry sucks the most, right?

For me, feeling hungry is akin to someone grabbing an electric whisk and churning up my innards several times a day.

Ok. So that was probably a little more graphic than I’d imagined. But you get the drift. Basically, I hate being hungry.

And I’m sure you’re giving me a casual nod in vehement agreement. Because you’ve been there. Hell, maybe you’re there right now.

Balls deep in a calorie deficit with your brain whispering, “You’re hungry. You’re hungry. Eat motherfucker. Eat.”

It’s like your brain became detached from your soul overnight. And it’s turned into an anti-dieting maniacal overlord. The war is on.

Every waking moment revolves around food.

Either you’re eating, or thinking about eating. It’s a never ending cycle.

But it doesn’t stop there. As soon as you decide to switch to a calorie deficit it’s like the food knows.

Tapping your new calorie target into MyFitnessPal seems to send signals to the rest of the world. They know you’re on a diet, so goddamn it they’re gonna tempt you at every conceivable opportunity.

Suddenly, the smell of freshly baked goods is stronger than ever before.

Walking down the street you start to zero in on what other people are eating. And like a Nutritional Rain Man you’re rapidly guesstimating calories to see if you can make a slice of pizza fit your plan.

Simply put, being hungry sucks. And it sucks fucking HARD. Like a cheap hooker looking to impress their next trick.

So how the fuck do you avoid feeling so hungry all the time?

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A Complete Guide To Carb Cycling And Calorie Cycling

Carb Cycling And Calorie Cycling For Fat Loss And Performance

Is carb cycling the secret for rapid fat loss? Will calorie cycling lead to more gains in the gym? Or are they both concepts you shouldn’t even consider?

At one point or another you’ve come across the term carb cycling and / or calorie cycling. And you’ve probably considered it as an option for helping you achieve your goals.

Whether it’s losing body fat, building muscle, or both, the notions of carb cycling and calorie cycling seem to make sense.

Or at least the people promoting them provide a convincing argument. Am I right?

So is there some truth behind the tales? Or is it yet another case of fitness snake oil salesmen making things more complicated than they need to be?

Well, in this article you’re going to find out once and for all what the no BS truth is.

Because that’s what Iron Paradise Fitness is about…

Removing the confusion.

Removing the nonsense. The bull shit. And the headaches.

And leaving you with the honest, simple facts you can apply straight away to your own lives.

So let’s delve in and make everything a little clearer…

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5 Tips To Get Back On Track After Christmas

Planning on letting loose this Christmas? Make sure you’re ready to get back on track, FAST! 

Whether your Christmas indulgence is a 1 day, 3 day, or week long binge, you’ll want to get back on track, right?… Well here’s how…

Let’s fast forward in our little fitness time machine and assume Christmas is over.

In fact, by the time you read this, Christmas might be a distant memory.

Right now, you desperately want to shed the Christmas pounds. And you feel like you need a detox after drowning in alcohol, chocolate, and turkey for a week.

But how do you free yourself from your Christmas coma and get the wheels back on track?

Read on my friend and find out the answer.

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Ultimate Bodyweight Workout

The Ultimate Bodyweight Workout You Can Do Today With Zero Equipment.

Can’t make it to the gym? No problem. This bodyweight workout has everything you need to build a great body. And there’s not a dumbbell or barbell in sight…

Not everyone can make it to the gym. I get it. Whether it’s the pressures of family life, work life, or otherwise, sometimes it’s just not an option. So a bodyweight workout can be the next best thing.

But it’s difficult to know what to do, right?

Well, in this article you’re getting a whole host of great exercises you can pull together for a great bodyweight workout. And you can adjust everything to sort your experience and skill level.

So dive right in and start creating your own killer workout.

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The Ultimate Guide To Sets And Reps For Building Muscle

The Ultimate Guide To Sets And Reps For For Anyone Wanting To Maximise Every Workout …

At some point in time you’ve pondered the question, ‘How Many Sets And Reps Should I Be Doing?” In fact, it’s hands down one of the more frequent questions I get asked. So it seemed an appropriate topic for an article.

Gym folklore would have you believe it’s 1-3 reps for strength, 8-10 reps for building muscle, and 12-15 reps for endurance. But is this all bro-science, or is there some truth to it? And what’s the bro-science law on sets?

After all, there’s some things the bros do get right. Albeit they wrap it up in a veil of chest-thumping hyperbole, which leaves you doubting if it’s more horse shit.

So is bodybuilding folklore backed up by research?

It’s time to dig into this one and find out…

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8 Ways to Stay Fit for Christmas

8 Top Tips To Enjoy The Holidays And Stay Fit For Christmas Without Undoing All Your Hard Work.

Staying healthy and fit for Christmas doesn’t have to be as believable as Santa himself. Find out how to stay on track over the holiday season and not turn into a Human Mince Pie…

If you hadn’t realised already, Christmas is just around the corner.  And the thought go trying to stay fit over the Christmas and New Year period might be a little bit of a mind f*ck! Well it doesn’t need to be. With just a few simple tips, staying fit for Christmas can be a reality…

Thinking about staying fit for Christmas, might have you in two minds. On the one hand you think “f*ck it” and are prepared for the complete blow out. On the other hand, you might be thinking about being so strict you skip dinner altogether and stick to your trusty Tupperware. Or maybe you’re somewhere in the middle.

Either way temptation is at every turn and that a calorie deficit could be the hardest thing to maintain. So that’s why I’ve got 8 top tips for you to stay fit for Christmas. Follow these and take the worry out of the festive season. Trust me, they’ll stop you turning into a human mince pie and keep things on the rails over the next couple of weeks.

So let’s start unwrapping this early Christmas present…

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6 Step Plan To Eating Out Guilt Free

Your 6 Step Plan To Eating Out Guilt Free… How to dine out on a regular basis, enjoy the food you love, without feeling guilty and like you ruined everything.

Do you dread the thought of eating out? Scared stiff at the thought of eating something without calories being perfectly calculated?

Be honest. You’re shitting yourself like a new born baby with zero bowel control when it comes to eating out. Am I right?

You’ve even got to the stage where you’re thinking of asking the chef if he could weigh the ingredients and tell you all the brand names, just so you can track them in MyFitnessPal.

But that’s no way to live your life.

After all, I don’t think even the most diligent calorie tracker wants to live life THAT way forever.

So how would you like a simple 6 step plan to eating out guilt free?

Right now you’re screaming at me saying… “YES Simon. OH MY GOD. YES. YES… Uhhh ooohhhh…”

Ok. Ok. Now this isn’t ‘When Harry Met Sally’ so calm down…

The plan is good, but it’s not worth messing your underpants over.

So let’s get stuck into the full 6 step plan right now.

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