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Pizza doesn’t have to be chocked-with-fat TV food. These two easy recipes will turn this Italian favourite into a muscle-building or fat-shedding meal.
If you want to bulk up, you should increase your protein intake to 3g per kilo of body weight (225g a day if you weight 75kg), says Hugo Rivera, the author of The Body Sculpting Bible for Men. Fuelling your workouts takes 3g to 4g of carbs per kilo, so the pizza base helps to prevent a personal energy crisis. “Carbs help to shift bulk building amino acids from protein to muscles,” he says.
You can still have pizza if you’re trying to get ripped. Just make a few simple substitutions. Cottage cheese has a considerably lower fat content (about 2.3g for every 100g serving, compared to mozarella’s 20.03g). Also, adding ingredients such as capsicum and chilli can help to rev up your body’s ability to torch fat. To increase protein intake, use more chicken.