Strengthen Your Re­solve Over Din­ner

If a busy sched­ule is eat­ing away at your fit­ness mo­ti­va­tion, a hefty hit of com­fort food will re­boot both mind and mus­cle.

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If a busy sched­ule is eat­ing away at your fit­ness mo­ti­va­tion, a hefty hit of com­fort food will re­boot both mind and mus­cle.

hHav­ing ex­tracted your­self from a bar­rage of e-mails to squeeze in a mid­day ses­sion at the squat rack, getting your head in the game is no mean feat.

But on those days when even a playlist full of power tracks won’t help you, main­tain­ing your fit­ness needn’t be a sim­ple case of mind over un­co­op­er­a­tive mus­cle. In fact, suc­cess could very well rest on tonight’s din­ner.

The nu­tri­ent al­pha-GPC – found at high doses in calf’s liver and best known for its cog­ni­tive-en­hanc­ing abil­i­ties – can also reignite your mo­ti­va­tion with the prom­ise of more mus­cle.

In a study pub­lished by the In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety of Sports Nutri­tion, young gym-go­ing men who took al­pha-GPC in­creased their power out­put by 14 per­cent in sub­se­quent ses­sions. It also bumped up their lev­els of hu­man growth hor­mone, the elixir of in­creased mus­cle mass.

Fur­ther re­search by sci­en­tists in Louisiana found the nu­tri­ent im­proved ath­letes’ iso­met­ric strength af­ter just six days. They spec­u­late this is be­cause al­pha-GPC helps to build neu­ro­trans­mit­ters – the brain chem­i­cals that fa­cil­i­tate com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween mind and body. Which is some achieve­ment af­ter a morn­ing full of meet­ings.

While many pro­tein sources will help to bump up your lev­els, liver has been shown to pro­vide the hefti­est dose.

Serve it with ba­con, onion and mash, ac­cord­ing to our recipe. Tomorrow’s train­ing ses­sion will be any­thing but of­fal.

AN AN­TI­DOTE TO OFF-DAYS

Our sim­ple recipe will re­vive your hunger for tomorrow’s work­out.

LIVER, BA­CON & ONIONS SERVES 2

Plain flour, 2 tbsp Sage, pinch Calf’s liver, 400g, sliced Ba­con, 4 rash­ers, sliced

An onion, sliced Stock, 300ml Tomato puree, 2 tbsp

METHOD

1/ Com­bine the flour and sage – a source of vi­ta­min K, which aids fat loss – and dust the liver. Fry the ba­con un­til crisp, then re­move. Brown the liv­ers for 60 to 90 sec­onds. 2/ Brown the onions un­til soft, then stir in the stock and puree with a pinch of pep­per. Sim­mer for 5 min­utes while you pack tomorrow’s kit bag. 3/ Add the liver and let it bub­ble for 4 min­utes, then mix in your ba­con. Plate up with mashed spuds for a strong fin­ish.

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