What a Diet Created by a Personal Trainer Looks Like

What a Diet Created by a Personal Trainer Looks Like

2020 has been the year of lockdowns which has also been the year people have found the time to finally dedicate themselves to their health and fitness. People have been stuck at home and it’s given them so much free time they’ve had the opportunity to get on top of their exercise regime and many people have committed to it thanks to the mental health impacts as well as the physical ones. Healthy eating and exercise go hand in hand so lots of people have been putting effort into researching both of these things. When it comes to a healthy diet there are so many different types advocated for and advertised online. Some of the most common diets and diet trends are the keto diet, this is a diet that is high fat and low carbohydrate that forces your body to burn fats instead of burning carbohydrates, this makes your body go into a metabolic state called ketosis and this diet is growing in popularity. Another diet that is growing in popularity is the plant-based/vegan diet.

This means people predominately get their calories from plant-based foods and vegans are usually vegan from a moral standpoint for the animals, but an added positive for them is that it’s one of the healthiest diets there is. This alone can be overwhelming and then additionally trying to figure out what the best type of exercise is, whether strength training or cardio is more suited to you, is also difficult. This is why more people than ever hired a personal trainer to be their online coach or when the lockdown wasn’t in place a personal trainer at the gym, a personal trainer will figure this all out for you.

 

Diet Created By A Personal Trainer

A diet created by a personal trainer will be completely customized to suit your needs and they’ll have trained for a long time to ensure they can create a diet plan that will work for you. They won’t recommend any diet trends but they instead will base your diet plan on your macronutrients. This is carbohydrates, fat, and protein, it’s necessary to eat these at different ratios depending on what your goals are. If you’re trying to gain weight you need more energy so a higher percentage of your total calories will be carbohydrates, if you’re trying to lose weight then a higher percentage will be protein. A diet created by a personal trainer will also include all of the foods that you love as they don’t recommend restricting as this leads to binging, instead they encourage moderation and the 80/20 rule.

 

Exercise

A personal trainer will also provide you with an exercise plan that fits perfectly with your diet plan, if your calories increase on your diet plan they will do so in relation to your exercise plan. This is just as important as the diet plan. What type of exercise your personal trainer will recommend depends on your goals. If you’re wanting to get toned, strong, or build muscle then your personal trainer will recommend weight training, this will include exercises like squats, lunges, hip thrusts, bicep curls, etc. This will focus on progressive overload, every week if you increase your weights it’ll help your muscles to grow. If you’re wanting to increase your cardiovascular endurance or lose weight they’ll likely recommend exercises such as running, cycling, or swimming. Whilst the knowledge that comes with a personal trainer is valuable is can be expensive, if you can’t find a trainer to fit your budget then group personal training is a cost effective alternative to more traditional workout programs.

From Masterchef to Hells Kitchen: The Best Cooking Shows on TV

From Masterchef to Hells Kitchen: The Best Cooking Shows on TV

With 2020 being the year of lockdowns and 2021 starting to look like people will be following more lockdowns this year then many people have started to pick up some new hobbies and learn some skills. Cooking is among one of the most popular new hobbies people have. Most people always wish they are better at cooking than they are, rather than coming home to beans on toast they’d much prefer to make a fantastic dish every evening. With all the extra time people have had because of the lockdowns many people are starting to learn more about cooking.

There are so many cooking tv shows to watch, many cooking shows on TV will actually be like a tutorial and you’ll be able to see how the professionals make your favorite dish, get some great helpful tips and you’ll be able to give it a try yourself afterward. Other cooking TV shows are in the form of a game show where chefs compete under the watchful eye of a professional chef and fight to be the best.

While these shows won’t teach you how to cook they might still give you some inspiration for dishes and you can still see how meals are made and what mistakes not to make. Other cooking shows will just teach you about the history of various food if you’re interested in getting more information about what you’re eating. If after watching some cooking game shows and you want to compete, whilst you won’t be able to go on them there are also many cooking games out there. Some of the most popular cooking games include cooking mama and overcooked, some levels may be difficult so if you get stuck there’s always a level walkthrough to help you out. We’ve made a list of the best cooking shows to cure your boredom and help you to develop your new skill.

Masterchef

Masterchef is a game show-style cooking show. There are 3 different versions of it, you have the amateur version, the professional version and as it gained so much popularity there is also a celebrity Masterchef series. The show starts with 6 chefs competing in their first round, they have to do various challenges like recreating a meal, in a team cook 1 by 1 and complete a meal, etc. They get their food judged by the presenter and the chef who will provide them with helpful critiques on how to improve. It is then up to them as the judges to decide who is eliminated and who will make it through to the next round. This process repeats with 6 more chefs until only the best make it to the final.

Hell’s Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen is a game show-style cooking show. It is one of Gordon Ramsay’s shows and it gained popularity thanks to how brutal his mentoring style is. Fans will know there are many iconic Gordon Ramsay moments throughout the seasons of Hell’s Kitchen. The show has 12 chefs competing and whoever wins gets a job as head chef in one of Ramsay’s restaurants. They are split into the blue and red team, they work in these teams to secure a win. They do challenges and complete dinner service, every week 1 person from the losing team is eliminated.

The Food That Built America

This is a history channel series that has a different topic each episode including the creating of McDonald’s and the rise of Heinz. This is a great show to learn some more background information about where the food you eat originated from.

Earning A Star: How to Run a Michelin Worthy Restaurant

Earning A Star: How to Run a Michelin Worthy Restaurant

Earning a Michelin star for your restaurant is something that chefs and restaurant owners around the world dream of, as it is a sure sign to capture the attention of the press and many new potential customers. However, only the top restaurants in the industry are awarded one as it is notoriously very hard to receive. It is impossible to know when you will be inspected and assessed by the Michelin restaurant inspectors as they visit anonymously, which is why you always need to have consistent quality of service and be prepared at all times. If you are striving for a Michelin star, then here is some advice to help you get started.

 

Produce consistently high-quality dishes

In order to earn a Michelin star, you need to be passionate about the food that you serve. This means that every dish on your menu must be perfected, down to the smallest of ingredients and seasonings. The inspector will be considering the chef’s “mastery” of their cooking and dishes, comparing them to other restaurants within the same area and the same food category. Your restaurant must be a standout from those serving similar dishes, in both the taste and quality but also in the options available. If you are specializing in a certain cuisine, such as Italian or French, then you must prove that the dishes you offer on the menu aren’t the exact same as ones you can find at any other restaurant that also specializes in the same cuisine.

 

Take care of your restaurant

Whilst the most important part of running a Michelin-worthy restaurant is of course the food served, it might also help if you take care of your restaurant. Making sure that it is welcoming, with a nice interior is more likely to make your inspector enjoy themselves. In order to be considered for a Michelin star, you must first get on their “to review” radar, which is done by having many positive reviews written by local blogs and publications. Most people require more than just good food to give a restaurant good reviews, and you can see from restaurants that already have a Michelin star that the appearance and cleanliness of their restaurant isn’t something that they overlook. Michelin star restaurants even have high-quality toilets, and this plumber in Perth did a good job fitting the stunning bathrooms in the restaurant Bon-Bon. So that’s something to bear in mind if you are striving for a Michelin Star, ensure you have the highest quality food, as well as cleanliness and an appealing interior.

 

Good service

One of the other things that are very important when you are trying to gain a Michelin star for your restaurant is to ensure that every customer receives a high-quality service, from a friendly welcome at the front door to helpful servers. As mentioned before, restaurants must be added to the Michelin “to review” radar in order to be considered for a review for a Michelin star. To do this, you must already have received a number of reviews and articles written by blogs and in publications like magazines and newspapers. However, similarly to the appearance of your restaurant, no one is going to want to leave your restaurant a good review if the customer service is bad and unaccommodating. Make sure that your staff are thoroughly trained and know how to deal with any situation that might occur in an average day, such as a mistake in the order or a difficult customer. Further, as the inspectors often come anonymously, you never know when the customer your staff is talking to is the inspector that you want to impress, which is why this is extremely important.

Every Cooking Gadget a BBQ Fiend Needs Right Now!

Finding the right gift for the chef in your life can be very difficult, it is important that you find something they are going to use regularly otherwise what is the point in buying it. Finding the right gift doesn’t have to be difficult and if your friend is interested in barbecuing there are plenty of options available out there.

 

BBQ Tools

New BBQ tools are a great gift for someone who is just getting started in hosting barbeques as it is something they may not have thought of getting themselves, rather than leaving them to use the random tools they find in the kitchen why not purchase them a high-quality set of tools dedicated just for use on the BBQ. As the grill can get up to a very high temperature you will need to make sure the tools that you buy are heat resistant and that they will last a long time, I’m sure the chef in your life will appreciate this kind of gift and at least it is something that you know they will use regularly.

 

Home Smoker

Another great gift a BBQ fiend should have would be their own home smoking system, whether you choose to invest in a more expensive electric model or you decide to stick to the more affordable wood burner, a smoker would make for a great gift for someone with an interest in smoking their own food. If you would like to buy your loved one a more versatile gift then you may want to consider purchasing one of the amazing grill brushes, which are currently available on the market, as grill brushes are the perfect accompaniment to smokers. An offset smoker combines the ability to smoke your own meats as well as having a classic grilling function, this would be the perfect gift for someone who doesn’t have a lot of space, or for someone who just getting started in preparing their own smoked meats.

 

Meat Thermometer

A meat thermometer is a must-have gift for someone who regularly cooks meat on the grill or BBQ, being able to check the internal temperature of the meat you are cooking allows you to be confident in your cooking as you are able to find out if the meat is cooked or not and have peace of mind that the food is safe for you and your loved ones to eat. If you want to really splash out you could even invest in a digital probe which will provide a specific temperature reading as well as having the ability to change the setting to suit the meat you are testing.

 

Drum Chimney

One of the biggest issues faced by those who use a coal BBQ would have to be being able to actually light it, all too often do we see people struggling to get the BBQ hot enough so they end up quitting and taking the food inside. This no longer has to be an issue thanks to the drum chimney, this great gift option is a real lifesaver. Simply layer coals, firefighters, and some form of kindling inside the chimney and leave it to burn for around half an hour, the compact metal tube increases the amount of heat generated and lights your coals every time without fail.

 

Branding Tool

 The final gift on this list would have to be a branding tool, nothing looks better than being able to complete your delicious steak with a personalized message thanks to this amazing gift – a BBQ branding tool. Once you have put together your desired message simply heat up the tool over the hot BBQ tools and then place it onto your meat.

Kentucky Favorites: The Best Recipes from the South!

Kentucky Favorites: The Best Recipes from the South!

There are so many amazing cuisines to choose from around the world, but whether Indian, Mexican or Chinese are your favorite, we know everybody loves traditional southern cuisine. The main components of any traditional southern meal are fried chicken, peas, greens (for example turnip greens), mashed potatoes, cornbread, and a dessert. Southern dishes are fairly easy to cook and aren’t too time-consuming so they’re great for a mid-week dinner. The ingredients required are relatively cheap and extremely tasty so it’s a good dish to serve at dinner parties or any other occasion. If you’re like us and you love a good southern meal but you’re slightly concerned about the health aspects of eating fried food, then keep reading and you’ll find some healthier alternatives, these receipes for air fried chicken wings are a fantastic way to still enjoy some delicious food without ruining your diet.

 

Fried Buffalo Wings

Buffalo wings are one of the most popular items from southern cuisine, they’re always a best seller when you eat out but they never seem to taste as good when you make them yourself. We tested lots of recipes for buffalo wings and we found the one that works the best. They’re super easy to make with prep and cook time both only expected to take 15 minutes you can whip up this delicious dish in only a half-hour. There are only 3 steps to this recipe making it a super simple recipe to follow, step 1 is to make a flour and spice mixture and coat the chicken wings in it, then fill your deep fat fryer with oil and set it to 375 degrees F. Fry the wings, making sure they’re completely submerged in the oil for 10 to 15 minutes. After this simply remove them, serve them with your favorite hot sauce, and enjoy.

 

Air Fried Buffalo Wings

For those who want a healthy alternative to their favorite southern cuisine, you’ll love this recipe. This recipe only requires 5 ingredients making it one of the easiest recipes we’ve seen. You’ll need chicken wings, flour, butter, salt, and hot sauce. Cut your chicken wings to how you prefer them then coat them in flour and salt, then transfer them to your air fryer which should be set to 350 degrees F. Leave them in for around 25 minutes to get really delicious, crunchy chicken wings. Melt the butter and mix it with the hot sauce to pour over your freshly made wings for the perfect healthier version of Buffalo wings.

 

Fried Buttermilk Chicken

Buttermilk is another highly rated item from southern cuisine. This recipe has 7 steps so there are easier recipes out there, but we think this one is worth making. First, you’ll need to make a sauce by mixing the spices of your choice, egg, and buttermilk, coat your chicken in this and leave in the fridge for 4 hours to marinade. When your chicken is done marinating, mix together in a large bowl flour, cornstarch, and more spices. Now remove your chicken pieces from the fridge, one piece at a time add them to the large bowl and coat them in your new mixture. Remove any excess flour mix from your chicken then fry your chicken for 6 minutes (or until crunchy) then do the same on the other side. This recipe really does give you the tastiest buttermilk chicken.

 

Air Fried Buttermilk Chicken

To make a healthier version of this amazing meal, follow the first steps as usual but instead of frying your chicken in oil, simply put it in your air fryer and cook for 15 minutes. The great thing about this recipe is you can garnish it with all your favorite extras to really give it a kick.

The Importance of Regularly Cleaning Your Oven Interior

The Importance of Regularly Cleaning Your Oven Interior

We all know how important it is to clean our kitchens after cooking. There can be sauce splashes on counters, crumbs, bacteria from raw meat. A thorough clean makes it all look tidy and ready to use again. But what about our ovens? These are also a regularly used part of our kitchen, but one that often can get overlooked in the cleaning process.

 

Why is it so important to clean your ovens?

As much as most germs are killed at high temperatures, some can survive these and linger in your oven interior. These germs are then passed on to the other foods you cook in there and will multiply, which could be detrimental to the health of both you and your family. There could also be small bits of food and debris which will continue to cook each time your oven is used, and this could cause a build-up of smoke inside your oven when using it.

Taking the shelves out and regularly wiping them down will help stop the spread of these germs, and you can quite simply clean these in the sink with a bit of elbow grease. But for a build-up of grease, such as what you might see on the door of an oven, an oven cleaner would be the best thing to use for this. If you are regularly cleaning out your oven, however, you may get away without an oven cleaner for a while, but if you do have one dont use oven cleaner on your countertop as this is a highly abrasive formula and could potentially damage them quite badly. Some kitchen cleaners are interchangeable but this isn’t, so be careful when using it!

The Correct Way to Diet: Why Starvation is Lethal

There is a common misconception that dieting can be done by not eating and this really isn’t the case, not only is this method dangerous for your health but it is ineffective as you will find that the weight returns once you start eating again. Rather than resorting to starvation as a way to lose weight, there are many other lifestyle changes you can make to help you lose weight whilst retaining your health and mental state. Losing weight can be very daunting but with a few changes to how you eat you should start to see the weight fall off in no time, it also important to remember the hundreds of weight and health services that are out there to help you if you are unsure or nervous about getting started.

 

Having a Balanced Diet

Sticking to a balanced diet is easier said than done, with plenty of fad diets and weight loss schemes out there it can be easy to turn to one of the commercial methods without trying to do it yourself first. A balanced diet doesn’t just consist of eating fruits and vegetables which will put a lot of people off trying. Having a balanced diet basically means that unhealthy foods are allowed just in moderation and with a healthy diet plan, the key thing to remember is that the unhealthy foods in your diet should be treated as a reward for sticking to a health plan or even doing exercise. Using tactics such as this in order to help lose weight is much more likely to work than a plan which changes your whole diet. Going from eating on a regular basis to not at all is a totally unsafe way to try and lose weight and has been scientifically proven to have a negative effect on your mental health.

 

Exercise

Regular exercise alongside a healthy diet is one of the most effective ways in which you can lose weight without having to sacrifice the foods you love, with a proper workout routine you will find that you can still indulge in treat foods using them as a reward for a milestone you have reached in your diet plan. Exercise may seem daunting to those who are not experienced but it is not all about getting a  gym membership or seeing a personal trainer. Doing exercise can be as little or as much as you see fit with many people choosing to implement daily walks or using home videos to fit in a small amount of exercise into their daily lifestyle.

 

Exercise should be done alongside a balanced diet in order to see the effects and lose weight quickly, if you were to ensure you did as little as half an hour of exercise a day paired with nutritionally balanced meals you will find that you’ll lose weight in a  safe and controlled way which is much better than trying to starvation. There are many resources available online that detail how to pair foods to lose more weight with a simple daily exercise regime.

 

Portion Control

There is a significant difference between reducing portions in a controlled manner and not eating at all, portion control is a great way to help lose weight whilst ensuring your body gets all of the nutrients it needs to thrive. For someone who is just getting started in reducing their portion size in order to lose weight, I would recommend that you invest in a calorie counting application, calorie counting apps are available at a very affordable price and are a great way to look at what the recommended serving sizes of your meals are. Using portion control doesn’t mean that you are going to be hungry at dinner time as there are foods of which you can eat as much as you want, it is only really the unhealthier foods that you need to track the portion size off as fruits and vegetables are only going to help you lose the weight. For your daily meals, it would be recommended to limit the amount of high sugar and fat products you consume and replace these with healthier alternatives that will do your body the world of good.

The Insider Secrets to Earning a Michelin Star

The Insider Secrets to Earning a Michelin Star

If you are or even know someone that owns a restaurant, you will know that one of the main goals of setting up an establishment is earning the coveted Michelin Star. Having a Michelin star is a good indication of the quality of service and food that a restaurant offers and so it is no wonder why so many restaurant owners do all that they can in order to earn one. However, they don’t just hand out Michelin Stars to anyone that asks for them and some restaurant owners don’t even know where to start the earning process. Here are our insider secrets to earning that desired Michelin star that you may be able to implement in your business.

 

Stand Out

As previously stated, they aren’t just handing out Michelin stars to anyone who desires one. Due to the sheer overpopulation of the restaurant industry, it would be impossible for them to check out every single restaurant that is operating right now and so your business really needs to stand out.  Make sure that you are doing something that nobody in your area is. If your local area is well known Italian food and you are deciding to open an Italian restaurant, you may easily be lost among the crowd. Because of this, you need to find some sort of USP that makes you stand out from the rest, like a signature dish or special cooking technique. Be sure to do some market research and even go eat at some of your competitors so that you can get an idea of what you need to do to stand out.

 

Atmosphere

Receiving a Michelin star demands excellence in several areas, one of these areas being the atmosphere that you offer your customers. You want to make sure that the decor that you have within your restaurant perfectly complements the food that you have on offer. This is something that people are quick to overlook and so miss out on Michelin stars, even when they have excellent food on offer.  The atmosphere doesn’t just apply to the inside of your restaurant, you also have to make sure the area surrounding your restaurant is up to scratch. This may seem a bit overkill, but it really is that much of a strict process. Make sure that the entrance of your restaurant is presentable and clean, but also make sure that other areas- like where you keep your bins, are also clean and tidy. This will not only impress the people deciding whether or not you earn your star, but it will also lead to more positive pest control results in your monthly review as vermin will be less attracted to your restaurant.

 

Service

Another aspect of your restaurant that is penalized when taking part in the Michelin star process is your service. People aren’t going to want to attend a restaurant that offers poor service and so it is crucial that all of your staff are trained to adhere to the high standards that are kept by other Michelin star restaurants. If you are unsure of how to do this, then it may be worth visiting a restaurant that has already earned a Michelin star as they will be a good example of the right way to interact with customers. If you don’t feel up for the job of training your staff yourself, there are also specialist services available that will do that part for you.

 

No matter what you decide to do, make sure that you are fully prepared for the process of gaining a star as you won’t have many chances.