Unless you’ve just arrived from a parallel universe, you are no doubt aware of the result from last week’s vote here in the UK.
I certainly wasn’t expecting it.
And the consequences are still not entirely clear.
But the public’s decision to eject Malin from the Love Island villa will surely go down as one of the biggest shocks in reality TV history.
In other news, the UK has decided to leave the European Union.
Amidst all the chaos, I have managed to extract a couple of valuable lessons for anyone wanting to get in shape.
Here they are:
Firstly, you should assume that everyone, including me, is full of it.
Many promises were made by the leave campaign about the great and glorious things that would happen if the UK voted out.
Those exact same promises are now being “clarified.”
Turns out that what the politicians said and what they actually meant were two entirely different things.
And so it is with diet and exercise.
In your quest for physical greatness, you will encounter many claims about the results that a particular training or nutrition plan can deliver.
Many of these claims will be exaggerations or half-truths. Some will be entirely fictional.
Blind faith in “experts” or “gurus” is rarely a good idea.
That’s why most of the articles I write reference research journals, books and other sources that I’ve used to help me put it together.
When I give you advice, you don’t have to take my word for it. You can go and check out the research for yourself.
In fact, I’d suggest that you approach anything I say in exactly the same way that I would if I was in your shoes — with a healthy skepticism and a “show me the proof” attitude.
Second, make sure that you have a plan.
Now that the leave camp has got their way, many people have been asking “what the **** happens next?”
So far, there has been no answer to that question.
The “big plan” is conspicuous only by its absence.
This is rarely a good idea, whether you’re pulling out of the EU or trying to build a better body.
You need to plan what you’re going to eat.
How you’re going to train.
It’s also a good idea to have a plan B in place, just in case plan A doesn’t work out.
What are you going to eat if you go to a restaurant and there’s nothing “healthy” on the menu?
What are you going to do if there’s some kind of crisis at work, and you don’t have time to follow your regular training program?
How are you going to deal with an attack of the late-night munchies?
Just making it up as you go along isn’t going to be good enough.
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ABOUT CHRISTIAN FINNChristian Finn holds a master's degree with distinction in exercise science, is a former personal trainer and has been featured on BBC TV and radio, as well as in Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Fit Pro, Zest, and Perfect Body magazine.