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Men's Health Australia

April 2019

Men's Health is the go-to magazine for Australian men looking to improve all aspects of their lives, from fitness and health to relationships, career and nutrition. If you're looking for expert advice and tips on the best workouts, cooking a tasty, nutritious meal in 15 minutes, reducing stress levels or updating your wardrobe, you'll find it here, all written in Men's Health's intelligent and humorous tone.

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why sport matters

menshealth@pacificmags.com.au Best of Boak worlds: Port’s cover guy showed Henderson the strength of the sport-health union. Asa Men’s Health crewgathersinaSouthMelbourne photographic studio to shoot this month’s AFL feature, it’s hard to believe we’re already on the cusp of arguably the best six months on the sporting calendar: footy season. It’s a sweltering 40 degrees outside as our trio of AFL greats assembles to discuss the finer points of leadership. The prospect of cheering on our favourite teams seems a whopping 25 degrees away.They say sport reveals the character of a man. Well, the same can be said for a Men’s Health cover shoot. The three AFL titans in attendance – Travis Boak (Port Adelaide), Jack Viney (Melbourne) and Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood) – all live up to their reputations as noble…

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the big question

Alcohol contains kilojoules and carbs, so increasing your intake may well cause weight gain. But then, so could upping your intake of anything else. Studies generally suggest that those who drink within their limits – a couple of beers a day, say – don’t carry around any more weight than abstainers. Indeed, a review in Current Obesity Reports found that drinkers tend to weigh less than teetotallers.Still, weight isn’t everything. According to researchers at the Mayo Clinic, extra fat around your middle, synonymous with beer drinkers, makes you up to four times more likely to develop metabolic disorders than leaner types. That’s the real risk you run by returning to boozy nights.To safeguard your longterm health while still enjoying the odd ale, hit the weights room. “Muscle is ‘active’…

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is your belly a heart threat?

I/ ROUND THE WAIST Measure your waist midway between your lowest rib and the top of your hips. II/ ON THE HIPS Then measure your hips around the widest part of your glutes. III/ SUM TOTAL Divide waist by hips. If it’s 0.9 or higher, it’s time to take action. ■…

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does it work?

AVOIDING THE USUAL SUSPECTS CAN DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD. We understand your scepticism, CD – every few weeks, a new food group is vilified. But this paranoia can do more harm than the foods themselves. “By unnecessarily eliminating foods from your diet, you risk becoming deficient in nutrients,” warns nutritionist Chris Lowe: the fibre in wholegrains, say, or vitamin B12 in red meat.It can be a psychological problem, too. You’ve heard of the placebo effect? Well, there’s also a “nocebo” effect, in which you experience side-effects from something benign. In one study, people who complained of gluten-related symptoms were asked to consume a muffin. Some ate one containing 11g of gluten; others unknowingly ate a gluten-free treat. Yet both groups reported feeling worse afterwards. So, “suspect” foods needn’t…

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kitchen clock

Nutritionist Lowe on the best times to eat or avoid certain foods RED MEAT Avoid eating a lot of meat before training. It has a slower rate of digestion, leaving you with a busy stomach. SUGAR Carbs drive your performance, so get your sweet fix before or after your sessions. Or during if they last 90mins. DAIRY Milk is excellent after training for the three Rs: repair (protein), replenish (carbs) and rehydrate (fluid). GLUTEN If you feel fine eating bread, enjoy a post-gym sanger. If you think it’s bloating you, get checked to be sure. ■…

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