Is it possible to drink beer and still lose weight? Fitness Coach Matt Smith and his most successful client Todd Davies discuss the most common mistakes people make when trying to lose weight, while walking you through how to go about it. You will get weekly updates on Todd's progress as he embarks on a fitness mission, all while drinking beer and leading a normal life. No tupperware containers filled with plain chicken and broccoli here! Just good advice and hopefully a good laugh too. Matt and Todd will also be discussing a different beer each week, and drinking it during the podcast - with the aim of introducing the listener (you) to some of their favourite beers
Fitness Influencers to Follow and Habit Forming
In today's podcast, I talk about five fitness influencers to follow, the importance of forming simple habits when embarking on a new diet or workout regime, and I drink Tangle Foot beer by Badger brewery in Dorset.
Five Fitness Influencers to Follow
This podcast's original point was to talk exclusively about five fitness influencers to follow, and nothing else. But while planning it out I realised that this topic would only last five minutes. In fact it lasts 10 minutes! But still, I decided to add in another topic (Habits) to help flesh out the podcast.
The five fitness influencers I have picked represent the scientific side of fitness and nutrition (Brad Schoenfeld) and the more social media savvy influencer side (James Smith and Lucy Mountain). Layne Norton and Sohee Lee represent the middle ground.
All five fitness influencers are unique in what they offer.
* Brad Schoenfeld gives you amazing scientific advice.
* Layne Norton combines practical knowledge (he has been a natural bodybuilder and a competitive powerlifter).
* Sohee Lee is wonderful at balancing scientific knowledge with humour and entertainment.
* James Smith has good knowledge and has a superb way of ranting about topics (absolute marmite personality, but I like it).
* Lucy Mountain is hilarious but really good at empowering young women to train hard and eat well.
Using Habits to Master Your Lifestyle
I won't go into this much here because you can just listen to the podcast. My coaching style has changed a lot since becoming certified with Precision Nutrition. I now fully subscribe to the idea that you should make small changes gradually rather than turning your life upside down all at once. This has made a huge difference to my clients, and I really love how effective it is.
Tangle Foot Beer
The beer I am drinking in this podcast is Tangle Foot golden ale from Hall & Woodhouse (who run Badger brewery). I've had Badger beer before on this podcast, and I absolutely love it.
Are Abs Made in the Kitchen?
In this week's podcast episode, I attempt to answer the question "are abs made in the kitchen?". After last week's heavily researched podcast episode, I decided to have a more laid back approach to this one.
The podcast is more of a collection of thoughts and anecdotes I've had around weight loss and body image in the fitness world, particularly for men. Not that women don't have that same issue, but 1) I am not as qualified to talk about it, and 2) I feel that this topic is pretty well covered by women.
Are Abs Made in the Kitchen?
It's an annoyingly smug statement, but it's also incorrect. Well, actually it's difficult to answer properly. Your abs are muscles, and muscles are built in the gym. However, you need to eat to build your muscles, so technically all muscles are made in the kitchen.
This isn't what the statement is supposed to mean though. What they are saying is that you need to create a calorie deficit through diet to burn the fat necessary to see your abs. But obviously, that's a mouthful.
It's pretty harmless as statements go, but I always dislike it when complex and much-debated topics are boiled down into handy catchphrases. Having a six-pack is all about diet and exercise, it's not really an either/or situation.
The Heart Pale Ale
Brewed by the Hop Nation Brewing Company in Melbourne, Australia. The Heart is a really well brewed pale ale, similar to a golden ale in taste and appearance. This is a subtly flavoured pale ale, and the description on Beer52s website says that it has a floral taste. Which I absolutely agree with. Though as I point out in the podcast, tell me that something tastes floral and I will then find it to be true.
I was very tempted to drink a pint of Shelby IPA by Thornbridge brewery. I have it set up with my PerfectDraft at the moment, and it is wonderful. However, I already did a podcast episode while drinking the bottled version, and I don't want to repeat myself.
Stop Watching Dieting Documentaries
We've all heard of dieting documentaries such as "What the Health" and "Supersize me", but I'm going to ask you to do something for me. Stop watching dieting documentaries! They are absolutely terrible, completely unscientific, and a plague upon mankind. As you can imagine, this podcast is going to involve a high degree of ranting.
Stop Watching Dieting Documentaries
I actually did quite a bit of research for this podcast. During the podcast, I talk about the importance of citing sources and discussing where you are getting your information from. So here are several websites and one YouTube video that I used.
* Harriet Hall wrote an amazing deconstruction of "What the Health" for Science-Based Medicine. Check it out here.
* Julia Belluz wrote an excellent piece for Vox on What the Health. Check it out here.
* There is also a great piece in Time Magazine by Alexandra Siffelin. Check it out here.
For those of you who don't want to read, there's a really good YouTube summary by Dr Zubin Damania
You might also want to check out my podcast on vegan dieting, where I talk about some drawbacks, and why a plant-based diet is different (and potentially better) to a vegan diet.
Splice of Heaven by Moon Dog Brewery
This beer was described as a Pine-Lime ice cream IPA, which is rather terrifying. Apparently, pine-lime means pineapple and lime, and ice cream just means vanilla flavouring. During the podcast, I said that I couldn't really taste the pineapple or lime, or vanilla for that matter.
But afterwards, me and the Mrs continued to taste it, and I feel that I could taste the pineapple, and perhaps the lime. The vanilla taste completely escaped me though. My Mrs said she tasted mango, but I'm not 100% sure I've ever seen her eat a mango or a pineapple, so I have taken her input with a pinch of salt.
Moon Dog Brewery is an Australian brewery based in Melbourne. I couldn't find too much information about them, their website doesn't seem to have an about section. So I can't say when they started or what their plans are for the future. They definitely seem to have a quirky sense of humour though, and they brew the best pine-lime ice cream IPA I've ever had.
Dog Stopped Play
Finally, I think I should offer an explanation as to why I finished this week's podcast on such an abrupt note. My dog Bailey was beginning to whine, and in my experience that gives me a 20-second window to open the door before he progresses to full-on barking. There is nothing worse on earth than random barking in a podcast, and I don't know how to edit, so I decided a tactical retreat was the best option.
After the podcast I gave him the requisite 30 strokes and 10 "good boys" and he decided that barking was unnecessary. To be honest, I'm surprised he didn't interrupt me earlier, and am massively thankful! Have a great week guys.
This is Bailey in a rare moment between barks
Six Ridiculous Fitness Myths
In today's episode, I tackle six ridiculous fitness myths that have somehow entered the public subconscious. I chose this title a while back because I thought it would be an easy podcast to research. How incredibly wrong I was! Finding fitness myths that hadn't been disproven 500 times already was really difficult.
Six Ridiculous Fitness Myths
I won't name all six ridiculous fitness myths here, as they are all in the podcast. But I have to say, I'm starting to believe that the tide is turning against a lot of these myths. Google has got its act together and is ensuring that only good knowledge is shared (for the most part).
Also, there are so many good fitness influencers out there, who have worked hard to combat these myths. People who are interested in fitness and nutrition now have hundreds of excellent role models to learn from. On the other hand, there are more and more charlatans out there, particularly on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The biggest issue is, and always will be, the fact that so little is known about fitness and nutrition in the scientific community. There are lots of theories and some damn good guesses. But I feel like every article I research has at least 2 different arguments and a whole heap of unproven theories. It's an absolute maze!
Elsie Mo by Castle Rock Brewery
It's about time that I showcased a beer from my new home (Nottingham). Castle Rock brewery is the big brewery in the City, and has some superb beers. Their Harvest Pale is one of the best beers in Britain.
Elsie Mo is a golden ale with a troubled past. For years it was adorned with a huge-titted cartoon woman. In 2007 the breasts were enlarged further before common sense decided that a beer label with a cartoon woman sticking her tits out was probably not going to stay under the radar of Twitter for too long, and they sensibly changed it.
Check out this article to learn more (and to see the original artwork).
All of that distracted from the fact that the beer is excellent. Really enjoyable. Could it make my top 10 beers for series 3? We'll have to find out. Here's my top 10 beers of season 2 if you need to refresh your memory.
How to Fix Your Bench Press
In this podcast, I teach you how to fix your bench press. This will involve leaving your ego at the door. Lowering the weight, working on your grip, learning how to set up properly. It will also involve a few training tips that can make huge differences over time.
How to Fix Your Bench Press
Considering that the bench press is probably the most important and iconic gym exercise for men (and increasingly for women). It surprises me just how many people perform it terribly. Even men who warm up with weights that I couldn't even lift still make crucial rookie mistakes that have an easy fix.
Problem is, those men will NEVER LISTEN. So I have two options.
* Somehow outlift them, and then offer them a hand
* Do a podcast where nobody will ever know how much I actually bench press.
I went with option #2.
What is so infuriating is that the common mistakes people make could be fixed in just 20 seconds. Either by lowering the weights and being disciplined or by learning a couple of tricks that take seconds to learn. Pulling your shoulder blades together helps push your chest out, reducing the ROM and allowing you to utilise your chest more. A win/win situation. Keeping your feet on the ground rather than lifting them in the air takes no effort at all, and will allow you much more power during a heavy lift.
Anyway, listen to the podcast if you want to learn how to fix your bench press!
I've written about this beer before, check out the article here if you want to learn the strength, calories, and beers that are similar. I absolutely love this beer, a great choice in the pub, and a lovely choice for a bottle of beer to drink at home. A perfect example of an English ale. Bombardier used to be brewed by Charles Wells, but is now brewed by Wychwood who are owned by Marstons. What an incredibly confusing situation that English beer has found itself in.
The Anti Diet Movement: Has it Gone Too Far?
I'm a fence-sitter, I like to think that most people in the fitness industry should be. Fence sitting should be your default move in an industry as young as this. This is why I tend to be sceptical (cynical?) about any part of the fitness industry that reduces the world into black and white. Does the anti diet movement do this? That's what this podcast looks to uncover.
The Anti Diet Movement
Another name for the anti diet movement would be the body acceptance movement. If you listen to the podcast you will find that there is a LOT that I agree with/like about this movement. But there is also a lot that I struggle with, or flat out disagree with.
The idea that calorie counting is inherently wrong, or that you can't talk about weight loss. My main issue is the lack of scientific support for some of the beliefs espoused by anti diet movement adherents.
The idea that you can be obese yet still fit and healthy is an idea that I can't say I agree with (as much as I'd like to). 60% of women and 67% of men in the UK are overweight or obese. We are the fattest nation in Europe. We also had/have the highest excess mortality rates in Europe during the Covid-19 pandemic. Could this be a coincidence? Possibly, but experts appear to think otherwise.
I don't like being the bad guy, I would never want to make an overweight or obese person feel bad about themselves, nor do most people in the fitness industry. Self-esteem and self-worth are crucial, and I will always try and focus on building that up (provided it is within my scope of practice to do so). But I will not lie to my clients if they ask me for my opinion/recommendation.
Anyway, listen to the podcast to discover the many positives that the anti diet movement offers and some other negatives. Ultimately, I believe that the anti diet movement is a force for good, and the people within this group are kind and doing their best to help. But I'm still going to call them out on their issues.
Wanderlust IPA by Allendale Brewing
Wanderlust is defined as "a strong desire to travel", which after basically 5 months of sitting in my house I can certainly sympathise with! It's from Allendale brewery based in Hexham. The beer is a west coast style IPA, which explains the high alcohol (6.5% abv) and the extreme bitterness of the beer. I am not usually a fan of this beer style, but one of two things has clearly happened:
* My tastes have changed
* Wanderlust is so good that I enjoy it even though it isn't my favourite beer style
I suspect that it is a combination of the two. If you're interested in the different IPA styles, check out my article on XPAs. A form of IPA that is growing in popularity.