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Why junk food puts you in a black mood

An over-reliance on fast food is the quickest way to gain weight, especially fat around your stomach. But new research suggests that eating too many takeaways and processed convenience foods has dire consequences for your brain as well as your belly, by causing sustained inflammation that’s linked to many mental health disorders, including depression. A new meta-analysis of 11 studies examining more than 100,000 people between the ages of 16 and 72, carried out at Manchester Metropolitan University and published in the journal Clinical Nutrition, found a significant link between inflammation caused by junk food diets and depression, whereas an “anti-inflammatory” diet – based on vegetables, wholegrains and lean, unprocessed meat – resulted in a lower incidence of mental health problems.

55% British men are eating 55% more calories than they think, averaging 3,200 per day and not the 2,065 they believe, according to the Office for National Statistics. That’s the equivalent of eating three large portions of fries every day

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Testosterone fuels everything from your muscle growth and sexual performance to your mental focus, but many men are unaware of their declining hormone levels. So how can you test yourself? And can natural dietary and lifestyle upgrades keep you on track?
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Kirk Miller has been on the cover of Men’s Fitness more times than any other man, and at the top of the fitness model game for more than a decade. And the reason his physique remains the envy of the industry and an inspiration to men everywhere is the constantly evolving approach he takes not only to training and eating, but to every aspect of his life. Here’s how he does it – so you too can make big changes to how you look and feel
After taking up the sport at the relatively late age of 19, British boxer Anthony Yarde has been sending shockwaves through the light heavyweight division. With one WBO title under his belt already, he tells MF how he’s preparing to reach the very pinnacle of his sport
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Cut out convenience food for a happier brain
Turn your body into a fat-burning furnace with these delicious breakfasts from Michelin-starred chef Adam Gray
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Trainer
Try one – or all – of our specialist six-pack sessions to achieve an impressive, well-defined set of abs
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