REVIEW: ALLSAINTS SPRING ARRIVALS

AllSaints have released new Spring arrivals with a focus on conserved patterns and lots of grey.

The upper high street brand is renowned for their cutting edge men’s fashion and trend setting capabilities. The new arrivals have avoided garish designs and opted for a more conserved approach, yet still remaining chic. There is a promising variety of clothing, however prices are on the hefty side and aren’t ideal for those on a tight budget – nonetheless, you get what you pay for and AllSaints always produce quality.

Outerwear

Bomber and Biker jackets feature greatly throughout the collection, with mixes of asymmetric zips and camo patterns – crafted from traditional MA1 designs. The Cale Bomber is a highlight, which would layer perfectly over lightweight sweaters.

The outerwear focuses mainly on shorter lengths for the emergence of Spring and departure of the bleak cold of winter.

However, feature piece the knee length gunner coat will provide stylish coverage during Spring showers. It fuses the military bomber and the traditional mac to bring a fresh style showing why AllSaints are the high street trendsetters. It brings together a cotton body with nylon bomber sleeves detailed with a zip pocket detail.

Knitwear

AllSaints knitwear range is always remarkable; slim fitting jumpers with wider than normal crew necks, narrow vertical ribs and made from quality wool – you will struggle to find a better standard of wool jumper. There are no brash designs, or defaced with logos – a standout piece, brilliant for layering.

Shirts

Prominently checked, AllSaints have again released a range of modish shirts. Dark indigo denim creates a cool silhouette effect and layers well over lighter greys, or stylish on its own.

The vintage Pyle short sleeve khaki in beige is militarily styled with Hawaiian collar. The artful stitchery and detail, alongside double breasted pockets make this item a key feature amongst their range of shirts. Tie in with skinny black jeans to create an authentic style.

Favourite Pieces

Camo Cale Jacket £258
Camo Cale Jacket £258
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Mac body/Bomber Sleeves Gunner Coat £258
pyle shirt
Short Sleeve Khaki Pyle Shirt £88

 

Style score: 4/5
Affordability score: 2/5

SHEFFIELD SPORT NUTRITION EXPERT MAYUR RANCHORDAS: “90% OF SUPPLEMENTS DON’T WORK”

Delivering nutritional consultancy to International footballers and Olympic medallists is not something everyone has the luxury of adding to their résumé.

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Dr. Mayur Ranchordas, 35, from Sheffield has worked with the likes of 10m diver Tom Daley, as well as England internationals Daniel Sturridge and Gary Cahill, during his nearly decade long career in the field.

How important is nutrition in sport?

 “My opinion has actually changed over the years, I think it depends. That’s one of the things I’ve learned. They all say at university that “yeah it’s important”, but from my experience of working in the field I actually think it depends on the sport.”

If you take an immensely testing sport like competing in the Tour de France, nutrition is extremely important. The mass endurance involved requires meticulous nutrition planning and high energy consumption. If you do not eat enough or properly, then you’re not going to finish the race and you aren’t going to recover for the next day.

However, in other sports nutrition is not as important and Mayur suggests that you can actually get away with a poor diet and the nutrition is not as important. “Shot put or javelin, it’s not as important because it’s more about raw power and genetics.”

Sport nutrition really comes down to the sport; look at the demand of the sport and what’s the most important demand.

Supplements

“I think that supplements are overused, I think supplements are overpriced, I think it’s a massive money making business and that 90% of supplements don’t work.”

Supplement brands make millions every year, well-marketed with their “promised results”. There is an abundance of supplements out their promising different things, muscle gain, strength gain, recovery and increased performances in training.

Zef Eisenberg, the founder of one of the leading supplement brands, Maximuscle, sold the company for £162m, in 2010 – the largest-ever investment in the sports nutrition sector, proving that it’s a lucrative market.

However, over the years Mayur’s opinion has changed concerning supplements, suggesting most supplements are in fact a waste of money.  He considers that the only supplements that potentially may be effective are vitamin D, creatine, caffeine and possibly whey protein.

“Scientifically there is very poor evidence, so the first thing I suggest is that you get your training right and get your nutrition right.”

Dietary Guidelines

 “You’ve got to devise your nutrition strategy based around an individual athlete”

A footballer will arrive at the training ground at around 8.30am and start training at 10am. As they rarely train twice a day you have to devise a nutrition strategy based around that. Whereas, a distance is very different because they do train twice a day, therefore the guidelines will depend entirely on the training program and the lifestyle of the athlete. My philosophy is always you need a bespoke approach”

Calories

As some athletes will train up to 6 hours a day, those will be looking to consume approximately 4000-5000 calories per day.  Conversely, some athletes will only train one hour a day so it might be more like 2000-2500 calories. The calorific intake depends on the goals of the athlete, considering whether the athlete is looking to increase muscle mass or are trying to lose fat, or just maintain weight.  The advice will differ depending on the varied goals.

Making the calorie target isn’t everything though you have to look at what you’re eating; Mayur says “quality is always important, so I would advise sticking to whole food and natural quality rather than the cheaper refined products.”

Gaining Muscle  

“You have to have the stimulus, which is you have to be going to the gym three or four times a week at least. Then from a nutrition perspective, make sure you get enough protein.”

Ensuring you get enough protein is simple maths. Take your body weight in KG and multiply by 1.7 and that’s the amount you need to consume in grams.

I.e. Take a person weighing 75kg.

75 x 1.7= 127.5

So therefore the person will need to consume 127-128 gram of protein per day.

To reach this target, the athlete will have to make sure they distribute the protein throughout the day in 20-25 gram servings, every two-three hours, or so.

“Just eat enough, so you eat about 500 calories more than what you need, if you’re looking to gain weight.”

Losing Fat

If you’re looking to lose weight then you need to do the opposite. You need to make sure your energy expenditure is higher than your energy intake and that you burn around 500 calories less than what you need.

HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is a more effective method for fat loss than slow steady training for fat loss because you’re burning more calories and your metabolism stays higher afterwards – therefore your body is still burning fat several hours after exercise.

“The key thing for weight loss is that I suggest you cut down the carbohydrate intake and increase your protein intake and keep your fat moderate, just make sure you’re on a negative energy balance.”

Mayur Facts

  • Sport and Exercise Science undergraduate and Master’s degree at Sheffield Hallam
  • PhD in Sport Nutrition
  • Sheffield Wednesday FC internship and has worked with Sheffield United FC
  • Worked at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield
  • Premier League football  experience with Bolton Wanderers
  • Supported athletes at Beijing Olympics 2008
  • Professional doctorate part-time in Sports Nutrition alongside teaching at Sheffield Hallam – where he still works
  • Consults in professional cycling and football
  • Keen triathlete
  • Favourite food: Milk
  • Favourite supplement: Caffeine 

 

Twitter: @Diet4Sport
Mayur also blogs for  FourFourTwo

SHEFFIELD HALLAM POWERLIFTER ED HOLT: “IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE YOU CAN HURT YOURSELF BADLY”

Sheffield Hallam student Ed Holt, 20, from Northampton, started strength and conditioning training at college, however since starting university he has trained for mass and is now a power lifter.

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With his second powerlifting competition coming up at Iron Athlete Gym on April 25, Ed’s approach towards weight training has changed greatly from his previous two years of bodybuilding.

As most young adults begin weight training to get bigger, mainly to look better – Ed trains with a goal in mind, to become as strong as he possibly can.

“I moved towards powerlifting because there was a more achievable goal. The goals in powerlifting are more intrinsic. It is showing in a sense saying you can do this much. I think also because less people do it. Most people say the go to the gym and they get a big pump, but not many go do powerlifting and say I did X, Y and Z amount.”

Powerlifting competition

Entering his first ever powerlifting competition in November, Ed finished with a 175kg squat, 115kf bench press and a 210kg deadlift, while weighing in at 86kg.

Unfortunately, his training for this competition hasn’t gone as well as he’d like due to an injury setback in his back.

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“I’ve only been properly training back since January. I’ve not been able to train deadlift as I’d like, my bench has been alright, my squat has been iffy. I’d love to get a 125 bench, 210 squat and a 190 deadlift at the comp. The back injury means I can’t deadlift as much as I did in the last competition.”

The powerlifting community appears to a close-knit environment where everyone supports each other and they want their rivals to do well, break plateaus and succeed.

“The atmosphere was really positive at the comp, everyone helped everyone out, it was brilliant. People were lending each other wraps. For such a small space, there were about 50 people there, so it was packed.”

Bodybuilding

 Ed’s weight training story began at 16, where he began strength and conditioning training as part of his hockey course, to improve performance. Moving to university, he advanced onto bodybuilding; “It was the environment I was in. I wasn’t in strength and conditioning for the sake of doing strength and conditioning.

 Not playing an important factor in his life due to the excitement of university and going out drinking, he became much more motivated to train in his second year. Starting off three of four times a week, it slowly progressed until it got to Easter and there was no lessons – he was going to the gym six days a week and four of those days, even going twice a day.

“I went so often because I knew you had to go that many times, I knew it’s what you had to do to get bigger. I realise now it was stupid to go so often and I was over-training, I didn’t know as much as I do now about steroids. Those who were on (steroids) were able to go that many times a week and they were eating much more than what I was, they were to cope with that mass of training.”

What is the difference between training as a bodybuilder and as a power lifter?

“It’s a massive thing, because powerlifting is so objective and competitive bodybuilding is so subjective. Bodybuilding is a very loose term, whereas powerlifting is very specific. People call themselves a bodybuilder, because they want to get bigger to look good. The training intensity is a big thing; you can be really intense in bodybuilding. In, powerlifting you can’t make any mistakes. If you make a mistake in bodybuilding you just lose a rep, if you make a mistake in powerlifting you can hurt yourself badly.”

 What are your future goals?

“I don’t know about my goals, I’ve got camp America coming up and my gym focus is going to change after the comp. Because of work basically, because of the nature of my new work. There isn’t a powerlifting gym, and I’ll be too tired from trapeze. You don’t need one rep max for trapeze, you need flexibility and stamina, so I’m going to train for those instead.”

“It depends where I am, I don’t think there is a powerlifting gym in Northampton, I’ll want to get back into it. It’ll be frustrating going down to whatever after a year out, when I know I’ve been able to do the amount I am now.”

Vital Stats:

  • Name: Ed Holt
  • Location: Sheffield
  • Hometown: Northampton
  • Age: 20
  • Height: 6’0″
  • Weight: 90kg
  • Years Weight Training: 4
  • Bench Press: 120kg
  • Deadlift: 210kg
  • Squat: 200kg

5 SUPERFOODS FOR A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

Loose names such as Acai and Goji berries are thrown labelled under “superfoods” and “must-haves for a healthy diet”, but how many people actually know what these are? We get given these fancy, uncommon foods that are apparently going to change our worlds – warning: that may be an exaggeration. However, here is Style Council’s list of ‘Superfoods’ that you will have definitely heard of…

Almonds

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Rich in iron, calcium, Vitamin E, protein and many other useful nutrients – almonds are our pick of the nuts. Reducing risk of heart attacks, nourishing the nervous system, cancer preventing qualities and help provide good brain functioning – these little bundles of nutrition are truly a wonderful and inexpensive superfood. Try adding a handful of these tasty nuts with breakfast and snacks, to help kick start a healthier you.

Avocados

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Most fruits are mainly consisting of carbohydrate, whereas the unique avocado is high in healthy fats. They contain more potassium than a banana, an understated nutrient which main roles include; maintaining fluid balance and keep your brain, nerves, heart and muscles running efficiently. Proven that they can lower cholesterol, high in fibre and loaded with eye-protecting anti-oxidants – this super fruit should be part of a daily diet.

Eggs

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If you’re eating eggs for breakfast already, you can be sure that you’re starting your day with a superfood. They’re high in protein and vitamins, as well as the lesser known nutrient, choline. If you haven’t heard of choline, you’re not alone – nonetheless it is an incredibly important nutrient. It is used to build cell membranes and helps produce signalling molecules in the brain.

Broccoli

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 Greens play an important role in a healthy diet and this tasty cruciferous vegetable is no exception. High in fibre, Broccoli is a good carb which aids with the digestive system and prevents constipation. Not only does it promote a healthy heart, reduces cholesterol and a concentrated source of Vitamin C, a cup of broccoli contains as much protein as the same amount of rice with half as many calories.

Greek yoghurt

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A first-rate source of calcium, proteins and probiotics, yogurt is a fantastic dairy product. Calcium is an important nutrient which is great for the bones. It is also laden with iodine, which is important for an efficient thyroid which in turn maintains a healthy metabolism. The promotion of an increased metabolism helps with weight loss and keeps your waist in check.

5 WAYS TO BREAK THROUGH GYM PLATEAUS

Most of us have a tried and tested routine, however we often hit plateaus. Here are a few simple Style Council methods to spice it up and negate boring repetition.

  1. Move Chest Day

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    This might not sound ground-breaking, but Monday is infamously known as ‘International Chest Day’ for a reason. It is hard to put a finger on it; however male testosterone kicks in after the weekend and dictates that they must bench press at the beginning of the week. A plague of grunting men and bars clanking against metal can be heard from the vicinity of any gym.

Instead of waiting around and slowing the tempo of your workout, try legs or back on a Monday.  Chances are the squat rack will be freely available and you will be able to enjoy an uninterrupted, intense workout.

  1. Incline First
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Development of the chest is a gym buff favourite – a mirror muscle and t-shirt filler. Nonetheless, it is not uncommon to find scanning through a gym that the majority of people have a much thicker bottom half of the chest.

When it comes to chest day; going through most people’s minds as they enter those holy gym doors, is that they want to rep out as much weight as possible on a flat barbell bench press.

The middle of the chest is best stimulated through this method and it is a great way of developing the middle chest. To best stimulate the upper chest, perform a barbell/dumbbell press at a 30-45% incline.

You already include incline exercises in your routine? Good, but if they are a secondary press in your workout, you won’t reach maximum growth. The upper chest will already be pre-fatigued due to flat pressing and will significantly lower the amount of weight you could be pushing.

By mixing it up and starting with inclined will produce a fuller, desirable chest and can even help smash through plateaus on your flat bench press.

  1. Widen Your Squat Stancesquat

The traditional narrow stance of feet shoulder-width apart when it comes to squats is a wonderful quadriceps burner. The squat is a goliath exercise; it utilises a number of muscles, developing strong, powerful legs and creating a solid posture.

Taking a wider stance gives the same great quad activation level, yet works a greater number of muscles and comes with a number of distinct advantages.

Glutes

The glutes (or bum cheeks), are a great source of power and are triggered at a superior level when taking a widened foot-position.

The allowance getting deeper with your squat means the glutes are activated to a greater degree than with narrow squats, according to research from the University of Abertay, Dundee.

Not just women can have booty.

Quads

Narrow stance squats provide a substantial burn on the quadriceps. Most of us go by “feel”, it there’s a deep burning sensation it results in success and we may not get that same feel from a wider stance. Despite this lesser “feel”, the activation is still there.

Not only that, narrower stances put a greater stress on the knee joints than a wider stance. In time this could result in patellar tendon strains or tendonitis. In other words, you may be walking like a penguin in a few years’ time.

Hips Don’t Lie

Like glutes, hips are another strong source of power. The wide stance exhibits a larger hip flexion and a bigger range of hip extension.

Stronger hip flexors provide improvement in a number of things, including power through various lifts i.e. squats/deadlifts, they are useful for sprinters (greater power for greater acceleration) and can handle a remarkable amount of stress, not just in the gym but in life.

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Lat Pull-Downs is a firm favourite when it comes to creating an envious V-shape taper. The strong contrast between a slim waist and broad lats is any bodybuilder’s dream.

However, going for bodyweight pull-ups is a useful way of enlivening your training. Being able to perform numerous repetitions of wide-grip pulls is an impressive feat, even more so when you can add weight to it.

It also elicits the core and stabilizing muscles much more than what pull downs do, which is a major advantage.

This does not mean there is no place for pull downs; perhaps use them as a workout finisher to get that final muscle-building overload.

  1. Cut Your Rest

If you’re not progressive overloading, you are going to struggle to see a difference. Cutting down rest times is a simple yet very effective way of bursting through plateaus and shocking your body into growing.

Reducing rest time increases your tempo and is a great advantage when reaching hypertrophy.

Many professional bodybuilders go by 30-60 second intervals between sets for optimum hypertrophy.

With reduced rest your body will have to adapt to doing more work in less time and increases blood pushed around your muscles – which you will get a crazy pump from.

Your metabolic rate will also spike, meaning that you have an increased capacity to burn fat and calories. A leaner physique can’t be a bad thing.

15 ESSENTIAL CLOTHING ITEMS EVERY MAN SHOULD OWN

A list of essential items that the Style Council has adjourned that every stylish male should have in his wardrobe, without breaking the bank – or a student loan.

  1. White Button Down Shirt

    Nothing strikes sophistication like a good quality white button down shirt and there is very little that it doesn’t go with. Be the height of refinement with a well-fitted suit, or casual weekend look under a crew neck jumper – it will make an impression with your girlfriend’s mother

    White Oxford Shirt £20 Next
    White Oxford Shirt £20 Next

    Style Council tip: Don’t wear white shirt and tie without a jacket – you’ll look like you’re a waiter at TGI Friday’s.

  2. Pale Blue ShirtEnhance your work wear attire with a pale blue shirt, add navy with it to polish off a classy look.

    Pale Blue Oxford Shirt £25 River Island
    Pale Blue Oxford Shirt £25 River Island
  3. Navy Crew Neck Jumper

    Another versatile piece, a navy cotton mix crew neck should appear in any trendy guy’s closet. Acting as a layer in winter and is a fashionable feature in the summer.

    Navy Crew Neck Jumper £27.99 Asos
    Blend Navy Crew Neck Jumper £27.99 Asos
  4. Denim Jacket

    The denim jacket should not be so feared. Worn with a simple white tee, over an open hoody and jeans of a different tone, you can attain cool casual.

    Denim Jacket with Borg Collar £50 ASOS
    Denim Jacket with Borg Collar £50 ASOS

    Style Council tip: It’s worth scouring for vintage denim jackets to give an authentic chic 60s/70s look; Levi’s is the king of the realm here.

  5. Black L­eather Biker Jacket

    Slim-fitted biker jackets give that bad boy impression that girls dig. Wear over a white tee, jeans for effortless hit-the-bars cool. Combine with slicked back hair and black Chelsea boots for an iconic appearance.

    Black leather-look jacket £75 River Island
    Black leather-look jacket £75 River Island

    Style Council tip: Splurge out that bit more and go for real leather. It lasts longer and looks more authentic.

  6. Black Chelsea Boots

    There’s a divide over what kind of Chelsea boots you should buy. Yes, brown suedes are really cool, but as someone who succumbed to Beatlesmania from an early age, it has to be black. The lace-less, understated and timeless Chelsea boot is a timeless feature that every man should own, creating smarter, chic looks.

    Black Leather Look Chelsea Boots £30 Burton
    Black Leather Look Chelsea Boots £30 Burton
  7. Brown Monk Straps

    It was a toss-up between these and brogues. There is definitely a place in a man’s wardrobe for brogues, but Monk Straps are brogues that went to school and got a first class degree.

    Tan Bullet Monk Straps £64.99 Office
    Tan Bullet Monk Straps £64.99 Office
  8. SneakersA done-in pair of white sneakers are a simple item for casual weekends. Converse is the real winner here.

    White Converse All Star Trainers £45 Schuh
    White Converse All Star Trainers £45 Schuh
  9. Statement Belt

    Choosing a belt to tie-in with your outfit is similar to picking out a tie. A statement belt is a key feature rather than just an accessory, one which you have to go all out to stand out. Bold patterns or block colours can really help you peacock.

    Teal Woven Belt £12 River Island
    Teal Woven Belt £12 River Island
  10. Black Slim TrousersIf you don’t already own a pair of black trousers, then you need to be asking yourself this question –why the hell not? Now, drop everything you’re doing and go and get a pair. Dress trousers are not extravagant, but ooze class. Wear with a shirt, blazer or crew neck jumper and smart shoes.

    Slim fit black trousers £20 Next
    Slim fit black trousers £20 Next
  11. Black Dress ShoesA pair of black lace up shoes are made to be worn on formal suit occasions.
    Black Italia Apron Lace-Ups £75 Next
    Black Italia Apron Lace-Ups £75 Next

    Style Council tip: Buy an elegantly shaped pair and keep them tucked away for special occasions. They can easily be worn with a tux.

  12. Slim Indigo JeansI can’t emphasize how much of a must-have that a good pair of slim indigo jeans are, they go with pretty much everything casual. Should be slim, but not overly tight – no one wants more than what they need to of your crotch.

    Levi's Indigo 522 Slim Tapered Jeans £65 Topman
    Levi’s Indigo 522 Slim Tapered Jeans £65 Topman
  13. Light Blue JeansSimilarly like indigo jeans they are another casual essential.
    Light Wash Denim Skinny Jeans £28 River Island
    Light Wash Denim Skinny Jeans £28 River Island

    Style Council tip: Wear with tan monk straps/brogues to stand out. A white tee and a pair of shades for a summer look dripping with cool.

  14. A White T Shirt
    It just goes with everything. A good white cotton tee is seasonal and looks good on its own in the summer or any jacket – be it bombers, leathers or denim. It can also be used to tone down blazers.

    Plain white slim fit T-shirt £7 Topman
    Plain white slim fit T-shirt £7 Topman
  15. Trench Coat

    Classic beige or Dylan-esque black, trench coats are perfect for spring. Over a suit or t-shirt and jeans, this will protect you from rainy showers while looking très chic.

    Beige belted Trench Coat £70 ASOS
    Beige belted Trench Coat £70 ASOS

QUICK BUDGET MUSCLE-BUILDING TUNA-PASTA

It’s the period before student loans come in and we’re all stressed with deadlines and struggling to make pennies last. This tuna-pasta meal is a great way to pack in the nutrition, cheaply that is ready to serve in under 15 minutes. 

First thing’s first, this will not win you any gourmet chef awards, nor will it be the most extravagant and flavour-filled thing you’ve ever tasted. However, if you’re penny-pinching and still hoping to gain/maintain muscle then this pasta dish will help you along the way.

Ingredients (serves 3-4 meals):

  • 2 cans of Tuna Chunks
  • 1 Large onion (chopped)
  • 1 onion clove (finely chopped)
  • 2 cans of chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of lentils
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 2 cups of dried pasta
  • 1 tbsp of chili powder
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin oil (optional)
  • 1tbsp Red Wine Vinegar (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Set the pasta to boil, this usually takes around 7-12 minutes depending on the pasta you’re using.

In another pan, begin sauteing the garlic and onions for a couple of minutes in heated sunflower oil. When the onion begins to clear, add in the canned tomatoes and reduce heat to simmer.

Add in the lentils and kidney beans and leave to simmer for several minutes, stirring gently. Stir in the tuna, virgin oil, red wine vinegar and add the chili powder.

Leave to simmer for approximately five minutes before seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

Drain the pasta while retaining some of the water. Stir the pasta in with the sauce, then add 100ml of the pasta water and allow to simmer for a couple of minutes, before serving.

Nutrition breakdown 

Tuna is an extremely cheap way to get in your protein intake, usually around 25g of protein a serving and can be picked up at most supermarkets at around 75p per can. It also provides a modest source of omega-3 fatty acids, these are essential fats that your body uses maintain healthy skin, hair, cardiovascular system and brain.

Pasta is of course a great source of carbohydrates and aids in muscle recovery and slow, lasting release of energy.

Onions have many benefits; enhancing your immune system, therefore making you less likely to succumb to illness, can reduce inflammation and heal infections and assists in regulating blood sugar, to name a few.

Garlic is mainly associated with provide a distinct taste to food, however you may be surprised it has its own health benefits.Garlic can help combat the common cold, reduce blood pressure and may lower the risk of heart disease.

Lentils and beans are both high in protein and low in calories, totting up your protein intake – crucial in muscle repair and growth – and both are cheap ingredients. Kidney beans are high in fiber which helps regulate your digestive system and prevents constipation.

Style Icon: The Free Wheelin’ Bob Dylan

Folk-purists screamed “Judas” as a new-age Bob Dylan plugged in an electric guitar, to which he yelled back “you’re a liar”.

672225d Bob DylanDitching the folky work-wear look, deciding Cuban heeled boots, slim fitting trousers and buttoned up shirts were more his thing – oh, and of course those dark sunglasses, in 1965 Bob Dylan arguably became the coolest man in the world. Dylan reinvented himself every decade over his 50-year spanning career. As his music changed, so did his image; but it is the mid-60s Dylan that sparked most controversy, yet most iconic. His askew, beatnik style overruled the rugged look of workman boots and baggy jeans. Rock’n’roll sensibility had kicked in as his fame grew, opting for flamboyant silk shirts and pointy-toed Chelsea boots – as made famous by The Beatles. There was a long period where no person saw the blue of his eyes; night and day they were covered by trademark black wayfarers, an appearance almost as enigmatic as his profound lyrics.

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Unruly hair

During the blossoming of Dylan’s musical career, an unruly, snarled mop of hair burgeoned. During this time Bob seemed indifferent about his hairstyle, however this tangled-up afro completed his ico nic look. If you have curly hair, grow it out to a medium length. The ‘poofy’, tangled style will come with back-combing and scrunching, while using a paste or wax to make it tangled – you want it to look like an effortlessly, cool “I’ve just got out of bed” look.   dylan3 Jackets

The right jacket or coat can do wonders, simple yet distinguished.  A black/navy blazer or trench coat adds impeccable class to any outfit. Dylan wore blazers open, straying more towards rock rather than corporate – opt for collarless for the full Bob-effect. Trench coats should be worn with a few buttons open to reveal a shirt collar, come just above the knee and the belt tied at the front – preferably double breasted. Blazer Shirts

You can never go wrong with a smart white oxford shirt, a classic look under a blazer or trench coat. If you want to stand out, wear loud shirts. Dylan is the first person I’ve seen that can pull off a polka dot shirt, with a devil may care appearance – and he pulls it off incredibly. Pinstripe may scream Dad shirt, but under a waistcoat and worn with slim trousers you will encounter chic Dylan. ad_127762365 Blk-StripeF_1024x1024_1024x1024 The shades

Wayfarers must be dark, be as mystifying as Dylan’s lyrics. Try for vintage 60s/70s styles for full effect.

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A student's perspective on the lifestyle of the modern gentleman…