Common Hormonal Imbalances: The ‘Top Six’ That I See

As explained <a href=” http://http://www.blueprintfitness.co.uk/meat-saturated-fat-and-steroid-hormones/”>here</a>, steroid hormones are involved in everything we do and have startling effects on our vitality, sleep patterns, mental health and libido. As far as systems go, you’ll struggle to find something in your body that is more vital than your steroid hormones. If they are balanced, you are likely to […]

Why are My Thighs So Big? Estrogen Dominance, Weight Gain and the ‘Pear Shape’

Coined from the Greek term ‘to egg on’, hormones have always played a central role in how we feel and how we respond to the world around us. Although a number of hormones can affect our physical appearance, excess estrogen stands out as the only hormonal imbalance that can be seen from a distance. In […]

Meat, Saturated Fat and Steroid Hormones

When people think of steroids, they often think of failed drug tests and controversial allegations surrounding Olympic athletes. However, they are thinking of a specific sub-group of steroids, those we call anabolic androgenic steroids, which can be used to enhance muscle mass and increase recovery times. The reality is that we have more that 50 […]

Why is My Cortisol Low?

Cortisol plays an important role in our health and well-being each second of every day, yet few individuals understand exactly what it does. Even fewer understand why cortisol levels drop, making a low test result all the more confusing. A brief outline on the hormone may help. Cortisol is a steroid hormone, specifically a glucocorticoid, […]

The Skinny on Testosterone

Testosterone has a number of roles in both genders beyond affecting sex drive, influencing mood, muscular growth and spacial awareness. While it’s effects in women remain under-rated, it is men that exhibit the most obvious reactions when testosterone drops. These include low sex drive, depression and poor mood, reduced mental function, increased bodyfat and decreased […]

What’s the One Thing I Need to Do for Weight Loss?

When I attend parties, I know two things are inevitable. First, I will likely be offered (and will consume) more alcohol that I typically recommend. The second is that, upon being introduced as the best personal trainer in the city/country/room, I will be asked the above question. My answer usually disappoints. There is no tablet, […]

Low-Calorie Diets: Don’t Be Stupid This January

A man called Albert Einstein defined stupidity as ‘doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result’. Come January, millions will start the same low-calorie diet they did the previous year. And the year before that. All will hope for a different result; that this time, they will keep the weight off. […]

Identifying Obstacles to Fat Loss

The majority of my clients come to me because they have a desire to make a change in their lives and physique; often, there will be a specific target (invariably weight loss) that jolts them into action but, in the main, I recognise a desire to improve their lifestyle above and beyond fitting into a […]