{Friday Favourites} Best health and fitness reads this week

Life In LeggingsHappy Friday, friends! I’m linking up with the lovely Heather of Life in Leggings as per usual to share some of the most interesting health and fitness reads I found this week. And there were lots of them.

Do You Really Need to Eat Chicken and Broccoli? – Born Fitness
You won’t find “chicken and broccoli” on any of my nutrition plans. Pad Thai? Yes. Beef tacos? Yup. Wine, chocolate and ice cream? That’s on there, too. Moderation, variety, planning and not beating yourself up if you “indulge” are key to a successful “diet”.

Why You Shouldn’t Have (Fat Loss) Goals – Nia Shanks
Although it’s fine to want to lose body fat (if you have body fat to lose for health reasons), focusing on the process of getting healthier and becoming stronger, faster and fitter as your goals result in more success and a better frame of mind than when you make it your goal to look a certain way. This is the mindset I like to teach clients who come to me with fat-loss only goals.

This Is What Women Who Lift Weights Actually Look Like – BuzzFeed
No, you won’t get bulky. Unless you want to.

Eat This Motherfucking Banana Bread – Body For Wife
James Fell hilariously explains how to make great tasting banana bread without the added calories. (Warning: There’s lots of swearing).

The Top 3 Diet and Lifestyle Changes to Make for Better Training Results – Bret Contreras
An in-depth and really interesting post about how to thrive in the changing Western World with physical bodies that have not evolved much in the past few thousand years.

I Went Paleo and Now I Hate Everything – PopSugar
“This has curious side effects, especially gastrointestinally. Without going into too much detail, some days are . . . biologically slower than others. And some days . . . on some days, things flow way too quickly. Like, I’m basically a human Play-Doh press.” Hilarious. Go read it.

Losing Weight is Simple – Carla Birnberg
Carla is proof you don’t need any crazy diet plans or drastic exercise programs to lose weight.

Are You a Fitness Bully? – Girls Gone Strong
Makes you think twice about making fun (either to a friend, on social media or just to yourself) of someone’s exercise routine or attire at the gym. As long as they’re being safe, there’s really no need to comment.

How to Avoid Marathon Training Burnout – Suzlyfe
Some great pre- and post-race tips and considerations from Susie to help prevent marathon training burnout.

You’ve Run Your Goal Race. Now What? – Cowgirl Runs
What you do after your race is just as important as the training leading up to it! Ange offers up three five-week post-race recovery plans to get you back on track for your next event.

5 Ways to Strength Train for Fat Loss – Your Trainer Paige
Although fat loss shouldn’t be your main goal, these tips are an effective way to maximize your workouts by building muscle and improving cardio at the same time.

The Downside of Calorie-Counting Apps and Health Tracking – Chatelaine Magazine
It’s not just our tendancy to become obsessive over numbers and stats that’s the problem.