Are you confused about carbs (carbohydrates) and whether you should cut them out of your diet to lose weight? The NHS says that “sugar is a carbohydrate but not all carbohydrate are sugars”. No wonder we’re confused! What are carbs? Let’s simplify things by breaking down carbs into 3 types: Sugar (simple carbohydrate) – This includes natural sugar in… Read More Confused About Carbs?
OK, I’m not suggesting that homemade rock cakes are a health food. They are, however, a much healthier alternative to shop-bought cakes. You may have heard of trans fats. These trans fatty acids are produced during food processing when hydrogen is added to liquid vegetable oil to make it solid. Trans fats are found in things… Read More Homemade Rock Cakes: The Healthy Alternative!
Peanut butter is packed full of fat and calories – isn’t that a bad thing? Actually, no. Assuming that you’re not allergic to peanuts, peanut butter is a brilliant power food. And here’s why: An energy punch – The calories in peanuts give you plenty of fuel for your energetic lifestyle. Healthy fats (unsaturated) – The… Read More Peanut Butter: What’s So Good About It?
In my last blog, I explained why some fats are good for you and are essential for a healthy, working body. Too much saturated fat, on the other hand, is bad for your health and can lead to obesity and an increased risk of diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Saturated fat is found in processed meats… Read More Saturated Fat: 9 Easy Ways to Avoid Saturated Fat
The British Heart Foundation advises that eating too much saturated fat can increase cholesterol and the risk of developing heart disease. Saturated fat is found in things like processed meat, hard cheeses, yoghurt, cream, butter, pies, pastries, cakes and biscuits. Despite its bad reputation, however, fat is essential for many purposes. Your body uses fat for: fuel, storage of energy, insulation, protection of… Read More Fat is bad, right?
Having strong core muscles (abdominals, lower back and obliques) helps to hold you upright, gives you good posture and protects your back against injury. Good core strength helps you do things as simple as walking. Crunches are a simple and effective abdominal exercise to strengthen your core. How to do crunches: Lie on your back with knees bent and… Read More Equipment-Free Abdominal Exercise: Crunches
Back extension exercises strengthen your lower back muscles – a vital part of your core strength. Back extensions are equipment-free, low impact and are done lying down. How many exercises can you say that about?! How to do a back extension: Lie face down, with your feet/toes on the floor (if barefoot, place the tops of your feet… Read More Equipment-Free Back Exercise: Back Extensions
As the weather improves, minds turn to longer, warmer days and summer holidays. And swimwear! Does the thought of getting into your swimwear fill you with dread? Or does it spur you on to lose weight and get fit for summer? It’s so easy to lose motivation if you fail to reach your goals of getting fit or… Read More Personal Training Is For Everyone: Why Hire A Personal Trainer?
Last week’s announcement about the ‘sugar tax’ to be placed on high-sugar soft drinks has divided opinion. Will it work? Is it treating us like idiots who can’t make sensible decisions? Should other food companies be charged a similar ‘tax’? I’m sure you have thoughts on the matter. But which other foods and drinks contain hidden sugar? Here’s a… Read More Hidden Sugars: 20 Foods Containing Hidden Sugar
This is the simplest of exercises and is great for your upper back muscles. We spend all day stretching and weakening these muscles when we are hunched over computers, desks, books, tablets, etc. Strengthening your upper back will help you avoid back, neck and shoulder pain. (Did you just sit up straight? I did!) How… Read More Equipment Free Upper Back Exercise: Standing Row