Having the metabolism of a 15-year-old boy at the age of 30 hasn’t always been a blessing. I used to be thin (very!), done whatever it took to gain weight and put on muscle mass. It felt like my body was stuck on the age of 15 though I turned 25 years old. It meant wearing small-size shirts and trousers size 30.
I was used to hearing how “awesome” my metabolism was, but never really understood what’s so awesome about it. Until one day, a few years ago, I decided I want to be a healthy young man, don’t want to be the tall and skinny one.
The first step in committing to a healthy life-style is nutrition, the most essential factor in the equation of health. So I began paying attention to every meal I eat. For instance, making sure that every meal includes the needed amount of proteins for my body in order to increase muscle mass. I cut all fast-food meals and don’t add sugar or salt to any meal. I may not be following a strict diet and I don’t have 10 ready meals in Tupperware boxes ready to be eaten at precise times, but I am doing my best, at my own pace, to achieve my goal.
Maybe your metabolism is not of a 15-year-old boy or girl, but you know what’s best for your body but maybe don’t know how to achieve or maintain a healthy body. That’s when you contact a nutritionist! Asking for help doesn’t necessarily mean extreme actions.
Yes, it won’t be easy and you will be expected to choose your meals wisely. You may need to let go of old bad habits (Such as alcohol, smoking and eating junk-food) and adopt new ones (for example, eating more vegetables and a nutritious breakfast). No one can promise you it will be easy, in my case I even know it’s difficult! But no matter how difficult it can get, we should remind ourselves of the ultimate goal: a healthy body.
The second step was training. I joined LAPT brotherhood and began training under the supervision of a great trainer named Loukas Antoniou. We train 5 days a week, 45 minutes each workout. We push ourselves to the limits, we grow, we develop and we feel the satisfaction of every achievement. The name LAPT brotherhood says it! We train together, support each other and are there for one another, all aiming towards a healthier body, each at their own pace but never alone.
When I bought the perfume ‘Intense’ by Jimmy Choo, I thought to myself ‘intense’, just like our workouts with Loukas. So the next photo shoot combines intensity of a workout with the intensity of the perfume.
Photos taken by Teddy Dako.