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Gillian Mckeith And Healthy Food… Are you being fooled?

I was in Newry there a few weeks ago with Ian and we strayed into a few health food shops…

I just happened to have my camera with me and as i was in a particularly bitchy mood I decided to OWN Gillian Mckeith’s sugar/ fairy bars!



I suppose im being a bit harsh on Gillian Mckeith here but her products are absolute nonsense… Sugary, ‘Love Powder’ infused nonsense!

Check the video out below to hear my rant 🙂
(turn the volume up a bit as we were in a busy shopping centre)



Gillian McKeith’s ‘Pumkin seed bar’ translated to 6% pumpkin seeds… unless you are a reall small budgerigar this probably isnt gonna help you… It’s full of sugar, yes there are oats in it and they are not necessarily bad, as a recovery bar or some sort of pre workout snack…

The problem with the marketing is the general public think these are actually ‘healthy’ and eat more of them and at the wrong times… not good news for people seeking weight loss.

Eat you seeds :-)

Eat your seeds 🙂


Next up to the plate is the ‘Free From’ range of foods.





thanks for listening/watching my rants 🙂

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July 18, 2009 Posted by | dublin, Food, heathy food, Shopping | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Can Fasting Help You Lose Weight? – My 24 Hour Fast

Alot of the VERY reputable trainers and nutritionists i am in regular contact with started trying Planned Fasting. . i was like huh? Yes, even i was skeptical. . Fasting?! How can not eating anything be good for you? Well it turns out it is! I knew about Brads Product but i hadnt invested in it and wasnt fully versed in the inner workings of it. . But i bit the bullet and bought Brads Programme . . It opened my eyes to a lot of interesting facts!. . I know you have probably heard of ‘fasted cardio’ and not eating anything before your morning workout. . i admit i used to feel like bashing people for doing that. . i still kind of do because the REASON behind it doesnt make sense. . and i never once said it would effect performance. . did i?

Getting off track. . So after a long hard think about it (30 seconds or so) i decided to give it a try! Last thursday i decided to do a ‘small’ fast. After my late dinner (about 11pm) i stopped eating. .  Water and green tea. . thats it. So i said i would do an 18 hour fast, leaving plenty of time to get fuelled up for training and give myself a ‘taste’ of this fasting business. I thought i would be starving and letharigic, i feared i would just eat everything in sight after the 18 hours, and i would not be able to get back into a routine. .

Nope! None of that, i felt GREAT and I had unlimited energy all day! No fatigue, very little stomach rumbling. i was actually disappointed in myself that i didnt complete the full 24 hours after i ate. . i wasnt even hungry! HA

So I done the full 24 hours on the Sunday-Monday then. Great! From now on i will have AT LEAST one strategic fast in the week. . it completely eliminates cravings and teaches you alot about how your mind works. . how some food makes you want more. . The Fast resets the craving switch and puts you in control.

To check out Brad’s Eat STOP Eat programme and see how you react to fasting Click Here



Bryan Kavanagh Bsc CSCS

April 5, 2009 Posted by | dublin, Food, Health and Fitness, nutrition | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Are Supplements Necessary To Gain Muscle Or Lose Fat

A lot of people are slating supplements lately. I have read in the newspapers that they don’t work and that they are just gimmicks. Even other fitness professionals are ganging up and saying they never take supplements and attaching a negative stigma to protein supplements.

Granted, there are supplement companies that prey on unknowing young men and women who are desperate to gain muscle and/or lose bodyfat. Marketing the supplements as ‘cures’ or ‘magic pills’ that will cure whatever physical insecurities they may have, i.e. if they have a skinny build, excess bellyfat or just want to tone up their arms.

In my opinion these trainers are falling in line with the newspapers and public opinion. The vast majority of the population hold this belief that protein is some sort of magic fairy dust that makes people huge! It couldn’t be further from the truth! Supplements are glorified food, that’s it! Everything that is in supplements can be derived from a healthy and nutritious diet! This is 100% true and I am not arguing this point.

Protein supplements are just a handy alternative to eating after a workout, the research may not be conclusive but a fast digesting source of protein post workout has been shown to increase recovery time. It is EASIER to have a protein shake after a workout. If you want to bring a steak to the gym and eat it in the changing rooms, be my guest! But I think I will have a protein shake thank you.

I do have however have some hang ups. Some supplement companies will attempt to market female specific supplements by putting a little green tea and soy protein in there, using a pink tub and charging an extra $10. This is just wrong and shouldn’t be done. Protein is protein and that’s that.

The word ‘supplement’ by definition means: ‘in addition to’. Protein supplements, supplementing with fish oils, creatine and the rest are merely an addition to and already clean and healthy diet. If the diet is bad in general there is nothing supplements can do for you! Supplements are there to compliment a good diet not to compensate for a bad one.

In the ‘Athletic Body System’ there is a whole manual dedicated to supplements and their correct use!

to check it out CLICK HERE

Bryan Kavanagh BSc

Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist

April 2, 2009 Posted by | dublin, Food, Health and Fitness, heathy food, nutrition, training | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments