Eat Clean, Prep Dirty

Men's Health - Belly Off Guide - - CONTENTS - BY EMILY BADIOZZAMAN PHO­TO­GRAPHS DAN MATTHEWS

It’s a tru­ism that a great physique starts in the kitchen, but keep tak­ing culi­nary short­cuts and your progress will fal­ter. To see the big­gest changes to your body, you need to get phys­i­cal with your food. So roll up, get hands on – and work out

DE­SPITE OUR fond­ness for MasterChef, we spend half as much time in the kitchen now as 30 years ago. There are two rea­sons why this is bad. One: it likely means more plas­tic­packed junk on your plate. Two: you’re miss­ing out on a killer work­out. There are ma­jor ad­van­tages to get­ting your hands dirty in the kitchen. The Uni­ver­sity of Birm­ing­ham found tak­ing time to pre­pare your meals from scratch cuts your kilo­joule in­take by 50%. And the harder you work for your din­ner, the beefier its ben­e­fits. Ex­pand your reper­toire with help from some of the finest chefs. Go on – your body will savour it.

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