So not only is it miserable and raining outside with no sign of summer arriving any time soon, but we all seem to be sniffing and rubbing our eyes with hay fever too!
Hay fever is one of those things where you only realise how unpleasant it is when you’ve had it.
At first glance, it seems like hay fever can’t be much to do with what you’re eating, but when you look a little deeper, it becomes clear that it could actually be everything to do with what you’re eating.
First, I should say that […]
Metabolic adaptation is the phrase used to describe the efficiency with which your body switches between fuel sources, and the processes which can change as a downstream result of this.
Thinking back to when we used to live in caves and hunt for our food, metabolic adaptation was the reason we didn’t starve to death after a day with no food. Our bodies tapped into their stores when they ran out of fuel from the food we’d eaten, and at the same time, slowed down the speed at which our body worked in order to conserve as much […]
Last week we looked at three habits you could put in place in order to get your fat loss, but what if you found yourself feeling like you needed a smaller step to get you started?
If I could only give one nutrition tip to someone right at the beginning of their journey with no particular knowledge of the fitness world, it would be this:
Eliminate all processed food.
Well, aside from the fact that processed food is basically not very healthy, it is actually designed to override your bodies natural satiety signals. This means, that […]
If you’re struggling to get started with your weight loss quest, try bringing these three simple things into your day to get yourself moving in the right direction.
Increase Your General Activity
Any activity which isn’t actual structured exercise is worth increasing; although the efforts sound small, the extra calories you can burn every day add up quickly and will make a big difference over a few months.
Consciously plan to get a bit more activity into your day; deliberately park as far away from the shops as you can, take the stairs rather than the lift, and […]
Last week I wrote about how you can look at your food intake across a whole week rather than as a daily amount.
I said that you could take the appeal off ‘special food’ by allowing yourself a little of it a little more often, but that there are some foods which we just have no off-switch for, no matter what we try.
The truth is that there are no bad foods.
There are some foods you should satisfy your hunger with (real food!) and some you need to keep to a minimum (processed food) in order to keep […]
Do you eat pretty well Monday to Friday and then go bonkers at the weekend?
Have you considered the fact that it’s most likely going to be Tuesday or Wednesday before you have lost the few pounds of weight you gained over the weekend (which almost certainly won’t actually be fat) and got back to where you were on Friday, and that you are cutting the available time to make progress towards your goal to only two or three days of the week? It’s a bit of a thought when you think it through like this, isn […]
Time for a recipe!
I love a good fish pie. But it always seems off the menu when you’re trying to improve your health and lose weight.
Fish is a great thing to include in our diet, not least for the iodine which is needed for your thyroid gland to work properly, and which is a very common thing for us to be deficient in. Amongst a lot of other things, our thyroid controls our metabolism – the ‘speed’ our body works at – if your thyroid is working less than optimally, it’s likely to leave you feeling lethargic and […]
In my last newsletter, we discussed the changes to make when you stop losing fat despite doing everything right.
For some people, they have cut their calories so low and increased their exercise so much, that the idea of going any further would leave them existing virtually on air alone, and with no time to do anything other than exercise.
This is where reverse dieting can be transformative.
If your diet is overall very good, but you are eating very few calories and seem to gain weight by going over on your intake just once, it is worth taking a […]
You’ve been doing a great job of sticking to your workout routine and nutrition plan, the scales have been steadily going down and your jeans have been getting looser.
Then, suddenly, things grind to a halt and you find the things which were working have ceased to do so!
Instead of declaring yourself ‘beyond help’ and settling down to an afternoon of eating junk (I’ve never worked out why this feels so logical in the heat of the moment!), let’s take a second to look at what is likely going on and work out how to get […]
High intensity exercise classes. They’re pretty fun, the atmosphere is good, you get to have a chat with your friends while you’re there… And it feels almost safe, like you can stay somewhat hidden amongst the other people there, you’re not going to be put on the spot.
You burn plenty of calories during the class, you get a good sweat on, and it feels like you must have achieved loads.
Honestly though, this style of exercise is really not optimal. You do indeed burn lots of calories, but you’re stressing your system with such frequent […]