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BMI: Compare yourself to the rest of the world

We often see ‘Body Mass Index (BMI)’ used as a measure of obesity. It is essentially a ratio of weight to height. I personally think it is a rather crude measure of an individual’s obesity and I prefer waist circumference and body fat percentage scores. There is no accounting for lean muscle mass with a BMI. There will be many athletes, with an amount of muscle mass that will score overweight on the BMI scale. Your weight on the scales can be a misleading figure as an [read more....]

November 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

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

Don’t get stressed about stress

I make a lot of fuss about the importance of nutrition and movement in achieving and maintaining good health. The importance of sleep is also well documented. There’s another huge issue that pretty much affects all of us at some point: stress. Stress can derail all our best efforts to be healthy despite good nutrition. We all have different ways of coping with stress and stressful situations, but how does this affect our health in the short and long term? You could look at stress as two [read more....]

July 3, 2014 // 2 Comments

Sleep When You’re Dead?

As Trainers, we often advise clients on exercise and nutrition. I particularly concentrate on sound nutrition and build from there. If you eat garbage, how can you expect to be anything else? However, one rather large and often overlooked aspect of health is our sleep and sleep quality. Not enough sleep or poor quality sleep can curtail your best efforts for health despite good nutrition and exercise. The processes that take place and the hormonal symphony at play while we sleep is dramatic. If [read more....]

March 16, 2014 // 3 Comments

24 Hours of Real Food

“If we have been eating real food for 24 hours, agriculture gave us large scale access to carbohydrates four minutes ago and sugar consumption has increased twenty fold in the past five seconds. I wonder which food is more likely to be responsible for the obesity epidemic or any modern disease…” Zoe Harcombe, The Obesity [read more....]

February 23, 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