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The Christmas Diet

Posted: November 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

Presenting The Christmas Diet…

This amazing new approach to nutrition has helped literally thousands of people achieve almost instant fat gain, across the globe.

Using the latest research the Christmas Diet uses both excess calories as well as huge amounts of dietary fat and carbohydrates to literally destroy your physique in a matter of weeks!

To see the full effects of The Christmas Diet I recommend putting an end to all training and exercise, this will allow maximum gains during the festive period, also this takes away any motivation required to train on those cold, dark wintery nights.

Dont believe how easy and effective this diet is?

Here is some feedback from some people who have previously followed the diet…..

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“I swapped my flat abs for a belly within four weeks! Simply by following the Christmas Diet!” Charles, 32

Charles is not the only one to experience superb gains from The Christmas Diet, Jenny too was delighted….

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“When I told my friends about the Christmas Diet they doubted the effects it could have, none of them expected me to get the results I did. I gained almost 13lbs and rediscovered my baby weight! 
I also went from having too much energy, which was really annoying to feeling sluggish and lazy, I rediscovered my love of day time TV and soaps….Thanks Christmas Diet!!”

As you can see results from the Christmas Diet are nothing short of shocking!

I am sure you are wondering what this diet consists of so you can follow it yourself, well here it is….

  • 08.00- Bowl of cereal with a dash of sugar + 2 slices of toast with butter and lemon curd. Cup of tea with milk and 2 sugars and 1-3 biscuits to dip in.
  • 10.00- Someone at work has left a tin of roses in the staff room, during your 15 minute break eat as many of these as possible to keep you blood sugar high.
  • 12.00- Pop down to your local take-away cafe and enjoy a large tub of chips, beans and cheese, washed down with a large bottle of (non diet) coke. For dessert  choose a packet of crisps and a mars bar as part of the Greggs meal deal. Throw away the water as it contains too little calories and save the pasty for your next break.
  • 14.30- You can now consume the pasty you have left over from your meal deal and steal a small mince pie from Tracy in accounting who bought a 6 pack for her dinner. Feel free to also pick at the tin of roses in the staff room.
  • 17.00- While you wait for the bus ride home you should keep carbs high to ensure you are tired once you arrive home, another chocolate bar should do the trick as well as another bottle of coke.
  • 19.00- Your main evening meal now can consist of any homemade food of your choice, mince and dumplings is always a favourite, or if this is too time consuming try ordering from your local Chinese takeaway, throw in some prawn crackers and 2-3 bottles of lager while you watch the match/soaps.
  • 22.00- Your pre bed snack can vary, it of course depends what you have in stock. As its Christmas you will probably not be short of a chocolate Santa or reindeer, feel free to have one of those with a glass of milk.

It is literally that simple!

Follow this diet consistently for 3-4 weeks and I guarantee you will see your body change right before your eyes!

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For those who don’t know my brother or his story, here is a brief history of his time in boxing so far.

As an amateur everyone knew that Paul possessed fantastic Boxing skills, especially those who saw him in the gym. He would spar with people much more experienced and with a string of titles to their name and he more than held his own, he would actually better some of those lads.

Unfortunately though Paul never managed to get the rub of the green in the competitive arena.

As there are no draws in amateur boxing, and a winner must be chosen, contentious decisions are rife. Narrowly missing out on decisions became a common occurrence, but all through this time Paul was mixing it with the best around…..

Tyrone Nurse- Now a top prospect in the pro game and recently fought in prize fighter

Ronnie Heffron- ABA Champion and touted as the next Ricky Hatton by many

Phil Fury- Younger relative of the Heavyweight Tyson Fury, Phil is making a name for himself in the pro ranks also.

Stuart Buckley- England Representative and highly regarded in amateur boxing

Maxi Hughes- Also now a prospect in the pro ranks

Jeff Saunders- Brother of Olympian, Brad, and another highly regarded prospect in the amateurs, having had over 100 contests.

…..The list goes on

Paul though was growing restless in the amateurs, feeling like he was not going to reach his potential and falling on the wrong end of close decisions.

At that time I was working at a local Leisure Centre where by chance a Sky televised Boxing show was being held.

It was a Frank Maloney promotion.

For those who don’t know, Frank Maloney is a massive name in Boxing, arguably the biggest promoter in Britain alongside Frank Warren.

Having being heavily involved in boxing myself I knew all about Frank Maloney and had a huge respect for him, especially having managed one of my favorite fighters, Lennox Lewis.

At the Boxing show that night I remember watching Maloney more than whichever fight was on at that time, I couldn’t help thinking I was missing an opportunity.

What a shame Paul wasn’t there!

Then I had a light bulb moment. I rang Paul and told him to get a DVD of his last fight (against Stuart Buckley) to me ASAP!

20 or so minutes later I had the DVD in my hand, now I just had to find a way to get it to Frank Maloney, who was constantly speaking with people.

I saw a chance and darted towards him, but by the time I had reached him he’d started another conversation.

I stood awkwardly for a short while before I though “ahh stuff this!”….I tapped him on the shoulder apologizing at least three times before asking if he would mind watching the DVD of my brother who was a young amateur boxer.

Unfortunately the DVD actually featured a loss for Paul, which under questioning I thought I avoided well.

I knew that although it featured a loss, the actual performance, against an International boxer, would have to impress.

The next day Paul received a phone call from Frank Maloney and the rest is history.

He turned pro a month or so later and has began his development in the pro game under Dave Binns.

After being guided through the tricky journeymen every young boxer faces, Paul has so far passed every test he’s faced.

His next fight however is the biggest of his career, against ABA Champion and touted prospect Joe Hughes (below), in Liverpool on the huge David Price bill.

If Paul wins this fight it sends a huge message out to the rest of his division, it will open a lot of doors for future fights.

The reason I decided to write this wasn’t to try my hand at journalism or anything like that, it was because many of you know Paul, or know of him, but very few actually know his story, or know how he got to where he is now.

He’s came up the hard way, often having to travel in the amateurs and box people in their own backyards, with hostile crowds and he’s done that willingly. Knowing that if he wanted to get to the top he needed to take the fight to the opponent, even in instances where he was the underdog and everyone had predicted defeat for him.

He has always wanted to face the best opponents he can, to test his skills.

As the only active professional boxer from Easington, and one of only two in the whole Peterlee area he is not only fighting for himself but now, whether he likes it or not, he is inspiring the next generation.

A generation that round these parts turns to crime and alcohol as they feel like achieving anything is impossible.

There’s a bright future ahead for Paul and like his amateur career I’m sure he wont take the easy route. Wherever Boxing takes him it promises to be an exciting ride and I for one will be alongside the whole way.

When creating any training programme there are certain principles that should be adhered to, to ensure you remain motivated and you achieve your goals.

Specificity

The first key point is Specificity, In order to properly target a specific goal your training must be specific.
Lance Armstrong would spend most of his time on the bike (or in the pharmacist as things have turned out), Michael Phelps’ time would be best spent in the pool and Arnold Schwarzenegger eating a mass of food and lifting a tonne of weight.

The same counts for fat loss, everything you do must be geared towards your goal. If your goal is fat loss but you are following the diet plan of a Sumo Wrestler you are clearly not going to see the results you hope for.
Choose a specific goal and then structure everything with this goal in mind.

Progression/Adaptation

All goals, achievements and milestones should allow for progression.

Without progression, the previously mentioned Lance Armstrong would still be racing at local events, Tiger woods would be playing golf on a Sunday whilst holding down a 9-5 job and David Beckham would be playing football for his local pub team.

These athletes however achieved those goals long, long ago and instead of resting on their laurels they upped their game and set new, higher targets.

This is vital in achieving your goals or even bigger achievements than you initially imagined. Set yourself targets, strive to achieve them then set new ones.

As well as the goal setting side of things, physical progression should also be used to maintain improvement.
Once your body adapts to lets say, a 50kg bench press, you can progress and either add more repetitions or more weight.

Overload

The body is a clever tool, if you want to change it you need to know how.

Anything that is currently within your comfort zone, your body can manage with little to no struggle. This gives your body no reason to adapt.

If you push beyond the limits (only just) of what your body can cope with the body has two choices…. fail or adapt.

Push too far and failure is more likely, push a little past your limits and your body will react to the new stimulus and adapt. Meaning the next time you push to the same level, your body is better equipped to cope, and you can actually push further again.

All adaptation occurs outside of your comfort zone, be it strength, endurance, muscle building and even fat loss.

If your body is comfortable with what it is doing the effect on your metabolism will be smaller than if you have pushed beyond what it was previously used to.

Recovery

This is vital for muscle repair and to psychologically recover enough to hit your next session hard.
Overtraining also slows down fat loss and is catabolic, meaning your body begins to eat away at its own muscle for fuel.

Reversibility

All progress is reversible!

Within fat loss circles, this seems to be a big problem.

Unfortunately no matter how hard you worked to achieve your new body, if you fall back into old habits you will rediscover your old, overweight body.

This is a major reason why I do not promote training more than 4 times per week.
I regularly see people starting training programs and hitting the gym 6 days per week (maybe more). Yes, these people may see results faster than the guys training 3-4 times per week (although not necessarily), but the tortoise beats the hair in this instance. The people who set their schedule so intensely, also set themselves at a disadvantage right of the bat.

As well as becoming bored and de-motivated first, these people now have to maintain their new body by continuing with their plan, if they now drop their workouts to 3 times per week and do not properly adapt their diet, guess what?

They gain weight, so they start training intensely again and they are stuck spending their life in a gym.
If you can get lean with 3 hours exercise per week, surely that is better and more sustainable than 6,7 or 8 hours in the gym per week.

No one can maintain that forever without giving up his or her life.
So, don’t forget, your results can deteriorate as well as improve; you must work to maintain your new body.

Time

All goals, targets and such like should be set to a time frame.

Open-ended goals never get done!

So from now on, whenever you set yourself a new goal you should also give yourself a time frame, “I want to be able to do 30 press ups without stopping by my next birthday”. This not only gives you a more specific target to work towards, it also holds you much more accountable as you can now fail. If your goal is to do 30 press ups and you don’t set a deadline, how can you actually fail?