Thursday, April 27, 2006

Poor man's protein

After researching all the protein shake powders on offer, I have come to the conclusion that they are all massively overpriced ... surprise, surprise.

Instead of shelling out big bucks for these overpriced powders, I will be eating the following low fat, super high protein foods:

* Eggs (6.5 grams of protein per egg)
* Tuna (crazy levels of protein)
* Sardines (okay, these have a high fat content, but its of the healthy variety),
* Beans and meat free sausages
* Beanfeast (I haven't got around to eating this relic of my bygone student years , but it packs a whopping 16.5g of protein in half a sachet!).
* Soya protein (its 50% protein and its as cheap as chips).
* Low fat natural yoghurt
* Low fat cottage cheese (30% protein, trace fat ... this is the godsend of the cheese world)

But here is the ultimate protein drink ingredient:

* Dried skimmed milk powder.

Yes, you read it correctly, it's a real miracle food. If you make a 1 pint shake with normal semi-skimmed and add in four tablespoons of this bad boy you will double the protein content (you'll get well north of 20 grams of protein) and boost your calcium, all the while keeping the fat level constant. Drop in a banana and an apple to increase the carbohydrate content, and maybe a drop of honey to sweeten it up, and voila, you have the perfect post work-out drink. That's as much protein as many protein drinks will provide but at a fraction of the price. To highlight, a tub of skimmed milk powder costs £1.50, while a tub of protein powder of equal weight will cost in excess of 5 times that amount.

As a bonus, both dairy and egg protein has a very high biological value (BV) score, which means it is a very efficient protein for the body to utilise.

Bloodsport: New Beginning

This was the first adult kung-fu movie I watched as a kid ... and it kicked ass!

Rumour has it that Jean Claude Van Damm will be gifting us with Bloodsport 2 in 2007. The film will be written and directed by JC himself. Get ready for the Oscar ceremonies !


Compadres, the Interesting words list has been updated. I have also added a couple more links on men's health that may be of interest. Enjoy.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Sly Moves - book

'Sly Moves' is the health-and-fitness book to end all health-and-fitness books! This was my best birthday present by a long, long way.

The first section of the book provides a brief history of Stallone's life, with a focus on the training regimes behind the Rocky's and the Rambo's. The core of the book is based around various weight training exercises and Stallone provides the reader with loads of different exercises to incorporate in to their regimes. In this section, the normal 'pull down' exercise is called the 'Rambo pull down', and the 'chin up' becomes the 'Rocky chin', but its all good. Stallone concludes the book with a decent chapter on nutrition (where he rightly dismisses a whole bunch of fad diets), and a diary section on a few days in the life of the Italian Stallion.

Sly Moves is highly practical and more importantly, it is very motivational. My only problem with the book is that Stallone seems to be wearing his training pants on the wrong way around in all the pictures!

Rating 4.5 out of 5.