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Men's Health UK

Men's Health UK April 2019

Men's Health is the UK's best-selling quality men's magazine packed with expert tips and advice on everything today's man needs to feel fitter, healthier, and happier. Every month Men's Health delivers the inside track on the subjects that matter most to men. Naturally there's fitness, weight loss and general health plus the best advice on food, nutrition and meal plans. The award-winning Men's Health also delivers the very best in sex and relationships, gear, style, grooming, travel and wealth. Small steps, big results: It's an essential read for any man who wants to make his life better without turning his world upside down.

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2 min.
editor’s letter

We’ve been talking about nutrition a lot in the Men’s Health office recently. Specifically, though not exclusively, in relation to the controversial Grand Big Mac Bacon. For context, the newest burger on the McDonald’s menu weighs in at a hefty 777kcal – though, to my mind, this is not nearly so contentious as the very presence of bacon (to be perfectly clear, I am firmly in the #NotABigMac camp). One Friday, this figure was of special interest to MH’s deputy editor, Dave, and our commissioning editor, Ted, because – having completed a particularly spicy lunchtime workout – they were keen to know whether they had earned themselves a cheat meal. They had. And they duly did. Meanwhile, our new art director, Will, was crestfallen to discover that his cheese and pickle…

1 min.
the expert panel

DON SALADINO CELEBRITY TRAINER Fire up your entire body with a kettlebell move from the PT who got Ryan Reynolds battleready for Deadpool p21 RORY KNIGHT RUNNING COACH Move your cardio into the fast lane as Knight explains how track-based running clubs are firing the starter pistol on rapid fat loss p40 TIM LANG FOOD POLICY PROFESSOR With so much of our food coming from Europe, Prof Lang warns that Brexit could leave a very bad taste in our mouths p76 ADRIAN LOWCOCK INVESTMENT ADVISER A new movement claims that any of us could retire by 40. Lowcock assesses whether its money-saving strategies really add up p84 CHRIS SMALLING PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER Does a vegan diet have enough kick to power a top-flight sportsman? We’ll let Manchester United’s Smalling tackle this one p74 MATT LOVELL NUTRITIONIST What is better for fuelling your training: carbs or protein? Lovell slices…

3 min.
ask mh

THE BIG QUESTION Q IS SOCIAL MEDIA MAKING ME A SHALLOW NARCISSIST? MATT, CARDIFF If you have to ask, Matt, you might not “like” the answer. Narcissism isn’t simply a matter of self-love: it’s a set of behaviours that includes an exaggerated sense of your own importance and an excessive need for the admiration of others. Social media thrives on these feelings. Though you may know – on an intellectual level – that Instagram selfies aren’t a true reflection of reality, it’s all too easy to compare your daily life to someone else’s carefully curated highlights reel. And selfflagellation of this sort can send your self-esteem plummeting. “This prompts us to search for ways to boost our confidence with likes and comments,” says psychotherapist Ben Bidwell (@thenakedprofessor). “Then we compete by sharing our own,…

1 min.
text a pt

Hi. I planned to train my legs at lunch but I’m seriously sore. Do I have a pass to skip the gym? Well, training sore muscles will increase your injury risk, and it’s unlikely you’ll be able to lift as much as in your last session… …but don’t skip it, shirker! Try steady-state cardio on a bike, or head to the pool instead. You can return to your regular routine tomorrow Fair cop. But how can I stop soreness hitting my progress? Just don’t overdo it: try no more than than eight sets on one muscle group each session. OK. Should I split my training into muscle groups, then? Do two push and pull workouts a week. Squats and leg presses on push days, hamstring moves and deadlifts on pull days, with a day off in…

2 min.
cook up a roast to remember

01 SNIFF OUT A RAISE 02 HIT OR WHIFF Clearing the mental fog of a weekend well spent and hitting the ground running come Monday isn’t easy. Before you know it, lunch has been and gone and your achievements amount to checking MailOnline’s sidebar of shame. But researchers at Northumbria University have found a tasty fix for when deadlines approach. Due to the link between our olfactory sense and the functioning of our brains, the aroma of rosemary can result in a 7% improvement in cognitive tests. The scientists recorded an increase in the levels of deoxygenated red blood cells flowing through participants’ brains after smelling the herb, suggesting they were using the energy needed to perform thinking tasks more efficiently. The smell also boosted electrical activity. Plus, further research published in the…

2 min.
superhero strength in one move

03 DEEP CLEAN When trainer Don Saladino is prepping actors such as Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds for the rigours of superhero duty, he crafts workouts that emphasise mobility. But that doesn’t mean yet another evening of couch stretches. Instead, he calls on the – deep breath – kettlebell kneeling clean and press to windmill, a compound move that switches on your muscle fibres while waking up your joints, ligaments and tendons. If you only have time for one warm-up movement, this is your saviour. “The first part activates your shoulders, lats, and core,” says Saladino. “Then, the windmill works on your hinge, which taps into your glutes and hamstrings.” That’s a lot of activation in one rep, with carry-over benefits to heavy lifting. Each session will also ramp up your metabolism, maximising muscle…