“New year, new you.” January detoxes are all the rage right now and a lot of newspaper articles and websites are extolling the virtues of juice cleanses and other diets purported to help you get your new year off to a healthy start. But what’s the science behind them, and what’s the best way to take part in a January detox without negatively impacting your performance?
Lots of detoxes promise you that you can wash away the calorific sins you’ve committed over the holidays and flush out all of the toxins in your body by switching to an extreme diet for a short time. Some even go as far as saying that detoxes can help prevent disease. The problem with these claims is that if toxins really did build up in your body in this way you’d likely be in need of serious medical attention - your kidneys, your liver, even your lungs and your skin are all helping to detoxify your body right now.
If you go on a week long juice cleanse you might lose weight, but this is because you’re not eating, not because you’ve flushed toxins out of your body. If you aren’t getting the calories you need then your body will start burning through the stores of glycogen in your muscles for energy and once those are depleted it might start breaking down muscle tissue. Obviously this isn’t ideal if your main aim is to put on some lean muscle mass and compete!
While the fad diets might do you more harm than good, there’s still a lot to be said for starting your year off in a healthy way. Instead of worrying about cleansing your body, there are some ways you can ‘detox’ this January with a healthy diet.
One of the best things ways that you can improve your diet and increase your performance is to incorporate more foods and supplements that increase your immune function. Try to make sure that you’re getting plenty of whole-grain carbs, lean proteins, and lots and lots of leafy vegetables. Along with some quality amino acid supplements this kind of a diet will go a long way towards you starting your new year off in a healthier, stronger way.
Making sure you’re recovering in the right way is also a big part of healthily improving your performance. For the best results, consuming something high in protein and carbohydrates within 30 minutes of finishing bouts of high-intensity exercise such as a whey protein shake will help reduce muscle soreness and aid recovery. Try to keep yourself well hydrated with lots of water and electrolyte drinks, and eat something high in protein like an egg sandwich within an hour of finishing your training. Again, amino acid supplements are also great at helping you boost your recovery. If you don’t have one already, devising your own post-exercise routine and making sure you follow it religiously is one of the best things you can do to kick off your new year.
Snacking is a great way to keep your calorie intake up, so instead of being tempted to cut out snacks as part of a January detox it would be much better to make sure that you’re snacking right. Replace crisps and chocolate with nuts and fresh fruit, and if you need something sweet then AMSport have plenty of tasty alternatives that won’t break your new diet.
Wanting to start your new year of in a healthy way is commendable, but following a January detox from a tabloid or trying a juice cleanse will hurt your performance a lot more than it helps. Instead, if you can get into the habit of eating better and using the right supplements this January, then you’ll be on track to make 2017 your best year yet.
Across our site you’ll see the phrase “Made by athletes, for athletes” pretty frequently. That’s because at AMSport, we love what we do and we believe in what we do. Ever since the company was founded by Mark Warnecke we have developed nutritional supplements and ergogenic aids for athletes, ﬁtness enthusiasts, and health-conscious individuals. We always choose the highest quality ingredients and manufacturing standards and produce all of our supplements with the utmost care, as if they were intended for our own personal use (because they are!)
Mark Warnecke developed what would go on to be the first AMSport product for himself back in 2004, shortly after graduating from Bonn and Bochum Universities in Germany and becoming a medical doctor. But before that he was better known as an elite level athlete who had competed in 4 Olympic games and took home Bronze in the 100m breaststroke at the Atlanta games in 1996.
He held the world record for the short-course 50m breaststroke for nearly 7 years from February 1995 until it was finally broken by Ed Moses in January of 2002 and then, at nearly 32 years of age, it seemed that the best of his career in athletics was behind him.
Mark had other ideas though. He continued to compete at an elite level and drew on his competitive experiences and his medical knowledge to develop an amino acid formula for himself to help improve his performance. On the back of this he shocked the swimming world in 2005 by winning the 50m breaststroke at the 2005 World Championships with a time of 27.63. At 35 years old he became the oldest swimming champion in history and was voted Sports Personality of the Year by his fellow athletes.
In the wake of Mark’s sensational championship the interest from other athletes in the supplements he had developed began to grow. After retiring from competition and becoming a clinical nutritionist in 2007 Mark began to develop what is now our portfolio of AMSport products, each one designed with the same principles Mark has had since the beginning, and each subject to regular testing at accredited IOC anti-doping labs.
From our humble beginnings, today at AMSport we have partnerships with a huge range of clubs including Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, and Hertha Berlin, as well as with organisations such as Triathlon Bundesliga and Basketball Bundesliga in Germany. All of our products are extensively researched and independently tested prior to production and all of our athletes benefit from measurable improvements in performance.
While Mark himself has retired from competitive swimming now there are many athletes carrying on his legacy using the supplements that he has developed. The sprint canoeists Max Hoff and Stefan Holtz are both AMSport athletes, as is Marco Koch, the reigning world champion and current world recorder holder in the 200m breaststroke (short course).
All AMSport products are based on healthy nutrition and a strong understanding of the science behind it, and we’re confident that no matter what your goals are our supplements can help you reach them. Whether you’re an amateur looking to reach a new PB or a former Olympian who people considered too old to compete we can help you to keep achieving, and more importantly, help keep you healthy.
AMSPORT has always prided themselves on the achievements of its athletes and how we help them improve and reach their potential. There is no better testament to the quality of our great products than the performance of some of our best loved athletes.
Marco Koch was the reigning World Champion who took over the reign from Olympic title-holder Daniel Gyurta (HUN) in Kazan. In 2016 he had a rocky year, starting with an unconvincing performance in the Europeans in May in London and then continuing to achieve a 7th place at the RIO Olympics.
Some would see it as a failure but Marco didn’t even mention this word. “I came over it pretty easily, as I felt I was well prepared and I as I told you, I left everything in the pool that evening.”
Following a disappointing year in the pool so far, Koch wanted to make some changes. In the autumn he went through a visible transformation and lost an amazing 13kg in just the space of a month.
How Did He Do It?
Kock turned to no other than Mark Warnecke, the first world champion in the 50m breaststroke who advised me to run a strict diet as a beginning.”
Koch headed to Warnecke and the former breaststroker was keen to aid his successor. For a month, Marco only ate Mark’s products. It was an obvious choice, indeed. Mark Warnecke made headlines back in 2005 when he became the oldest champion ever in the history of the FINA World Championships when he won in Montreal aged 35. He faced a bright career, he even made the podium in Atlanta 1996 in the 100m breast but the real breakthrough didn’t come. He opted for a strict diet and after reshaping himself he burst to the scene once more and achieved that miraculous win here in Canada. By then he had submerged to the world of dietary products and healthy eating and he foundedAMSPORT whose main profile is to help athletes with their diets and the ordinary people to consume healthy food supplements.
What Was The Diet?
The diet was extremely tough and consisted only of AM Sport Supplement products as recommended by Mark Warnecke. For a week this was like hell for Marco significantly effecting moods, with his daily ‘allowance’ of 1,500 calories, while he still continued with his rigorous daily practice in the pool. After a week, his body got used to it and from that point it was easy
Marco lost an amazing 13kg in a single month. What we got: a swimmer faster than ever. As a first sign, he brought down Daniel Gyurta’s short-course World Record at the German Nationals (2:00.44 – shaving 0.04sec off the old mark), then he came here in Windsor and made the double once more after the s/c Europeans in Netanya a year ago. (“It wasn’t about just weight. I weighed 7 kilos more in Kazan and was still good for a win but this new diet definitely helped” Marco added.)
Previously he ruled the 200m mainly, now he won the 100m, too. Both events with ease. Adam Peaty bypassed this meet but the British Lion – winner of the FINA Top Olympic Performance of the Year Award days ago – might have to to face a tough challenge in his trademark 100m event next year at Budapest.
Asked if it had been a kind restart for the freshly crowned double world champion, Koch smiled first, then nodded. “Yeah, I was reborn, for sure.” So just as Mark Warnecke , Marco also opened a new chapter at a World Championships held in Canada. The only difference is his age. He is 26, so his story doesn’t end here.To find out more and purchase the products used by Mark and Marco, click on the product link below to find out more information