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New Year or not, it’s time to be healthy….(tips for success)

Whether you’re making new year’s resolutions or not, if you want to improve your health and wellbeing, here are some quick tips to help you succeed.   Start as you mean to go on. What I mean by this is, don’t attempt something you know will be temporary. Don’t embark on a rapid weight loss diet that you know you will only continue for a short period of time or until you achieve your desired weight/look. You need to start something that is permanent and realistic. Eat healthily [read more....]

December 31, 2014 // 1 Comment

Victoria’s Secret comes under fire, but what is the ‘perfect body’?

Image: Victoria’s Secret. Recently, Victoria’s Secret has received some heat following their latest ‘perfect body’ marketing campaign. A petition has been set up with over 18,000 signatures, requesting an apology from Victoria’s Secret, with the problem being that it sends an “unhealthy and damaging message”. Several questions arise from an issue such as this. Is there a perfect body? Is it achievable? I see (and doubtless other health and fitness colleagues do also) a constant [read more....]

November 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Make time for health now or illness later

Why has the diet industry grown so much? There are many reasons why someone would want to take on a diet, ranging from temporary weight loss goals to battles with complex food issues. The food and diet industry is massive with numerous huge companies in the business of providing ‘diet’ foods and meal replacement products. The trouble is, you cannot replace food, in my opinion. How has the diet industry got so financially successful when most diets fail and do not produce long term results? [read more....]

October 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

GPs advised to send people to Weightwatchers

Its been published recently that GPs are being advised by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) to prescribe ‘Weightwatchers’ courses to their obese patients. Where on earth is the evidence to support this? In my opinion, this is a huge mistake. We’re going to pay for people to go to weightwatchers and get them counting points, calories or some other arbitrary figure and eating what? Probably weightwatchers branded processed food. There are many issues with this. How [read more....]

June 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Sugar Vs Fat: An opportunity missed…

BBC  Horizon Documentary: Sugar vs Fat: An opportunity missed. The documentary broadcast on BBC2 at 9pm on Wednesday 29th Jan 2014 and can be viewed here. This featured an experiment with two identical twins, where one consumed a diet of high fat and the other high sugar. To summarise the outcome, neither was particularly healthy. However the main conclusion drawn from the documentary was that sugar and fat combined together are particularly bad. Generally speaking, high amounts of sugar and [read more....]

January 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Just Eat Real Food…Avoid the Sweeteners!

So we’re heading into the back end of January and everyone has begun their fresh start (and maybe abandoned it already!) People have made their lifestyle change because ‘it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle!’, but what kind of lifestyle?. Many people will be on and off some kind of diet all year round. When you go into the supermarket, do you read labels on food? Do you take notice of the little nutritional traffic light system? Would you avoid a product if the label were red because of [read more....]

January 25, 2014 // 5 Comments

Choose your diet wisely

Following the indulgences of Christmas and New year everyone looks to begin their new healthy lifestyle. People will be addressing their diet and exercise regime, and rightly so. While exercise makes an important contribution to achieving good health and look, it does not compensate for bad nutrition.   So people will have choices, as the media is flooded with advertisements for weight loss products. A popular way for people to lose weight is to take up a programme of meal replacement [read more....]

December 27, 2013 // 8 Comments