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Weight Loss

Food & nutritionWeight Loss
January 23, 2019

How to lose weight and not gain it back

Dropping five kilos with a crash diet for your upcoming date sounds like a good idea - but it’s not! Everyone loves a quick fix (particularly when it comes to shedding weight). But, quick weight loss is bad for your health and it’s also unsustainable. Slow and steady wins the race Implementing drastic changes makes you feel good because it gives you hope and a sense of achievement. In the long run though, if your goals are too radical, you won’t be able to keep up. You might get to a point where you revert to bad habits. For example,…
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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
August 3, 2018

How artificial flavour leads to obesity

In a 2011 segment on US current affairs show, 60 Minutes, journalist Morley Safer spoke to flavourists from food technology company Givaudan. The conversation was a damning one, in which the technologists admitted to wanting to develop food flavours that are addictive. Fast forward to 2013, and New York Times journalist, Michael Moss, releases his expose, Salt Sugar Fats: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, on how the US processed food industry gets consumers to buy its products and keeps them hooked on high fat, high sugar and high salt pre-prepared foods. It’s 2015, The Doritos Effect, by journalist Mark…
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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
June 3, 2018

How to trick your brain to like healthy food

It is a sad reality. The foods that we crave the most are, in terms of nutritional value, the worst. Salty chips, chocolates, burgers, pizza, ice cream… the list goes on. In fact, sometimes even the thought of these types of foods can set off the most intense craving.  However, it’s not all in your head…well, actually it is. In fact, it is all in your brain. Many of our favourite snacks have been carefully modified and manipulated by manufacturers to contain the perfect combo of sugar, salt, fat, additives and - most importantly - flavouring, designed to make you…
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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
March 7, 2018

Here’s why you aren’t losing weight

You’ve been meal prepping like a pro and diligently sticking to your workout routines, so why hasn’t the scale moved an inch? Eating healthy and exercising may be the dynamic duo that helps with weight loss, but common weight loss mistakes may be preventing you from reaching your goals. Find a balance in your workout routine With weight loss, you lose muscle and fat. But the amount of either is affected by your exercise routine. Not exercising at all, or exercising too little will decrease the amount of muscle mass you lose and lower your metabolic rate. On the other…
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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
October 31, 2017

Eating healthy and still overweight? Here’s why.

Since we don’t have to think much about what happens to food once we have enjoyed it, it’s easy to take for granted what happens once we swallow. The reality is that our bodies are complicated, and highly sophisticated, pieces of machinery. The action of opening your mouth, putting something in and swallowing, sets off a cascade of physiological events, all of which have an impact on your weight. Your digestive system in a nutshell Believe it or not, digestion starts before you’ve even put anything in your mouth. Eyeing out a tasty looking meal sends signals to the brain…
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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
June 23, 2016

3 Reasons why you’re NOT losing weight

You’ve stuck to your training for three months, but you’re still not fitting into your favourite jeans. We know how frustrating this is, but there are certain things that you need to either change or combine in order to lose weight. Here are three of the most common reasons why you’re struggling to banish the bulk. 1. You aren’t doing enough exercise So, what is enough exercise? If you’re struggling for time, 30 minutes of exercise per day is enough. But it needs to: Be uninterrupted. If you are at the gym, leave your phone in your locker Be able…
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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
March 11, 2016

Why calorie counting doesn’t work

If you Google “I want to lose weight”, besides the hundreds of pages offering you miracle weight loss tablets, you will also be met with the consistent message of “eat less, move more” or “calories in equals calories out”. It sure sounds logical, right: Spend more energy (calories) than you eat, and you lose weight? (more…)
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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
January 22, 2014

How being obese or overweight can damage your heart

Your heart pumps blood around your body around 60-100 times a minute, making it one of the hardest working organs. It doesn't need any extra work, but if you’re carrying too much excess weight, it puts a huge amount of strain on your heart, which can lead to heart disease or a heart attack. Here’s why it’s so important to keep your heart strong and healthy. (more…)
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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
December 14, 2013

9 Holiday diet tips

In anticipation of summer, you’ve been eating well and exercising (most days) and you’re finally feeling body confident and ready to hit the beach in your bikini. But come the festive period, even the most disciplined people struggle with the temptations of too much good food and drink – often resulting in unwanted weight gain by the time January rolls round. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a practical strategy to help ensure you enjoy the festive season without compromising your healthy eating plan. Here are our top tips: If you’re counting calories, one important meal aspect you…
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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
November 25, 2013

3 Changes that will help you lose weight

You’ve been exercising regularly and eating all the right things at the right time, but you’re still not losing weight. Sure, your pants are a little looser around the bum and thighs, but the scale’s still saying that you weigh the same. So what’s stopping you from reaching your weight goal? Here are 3 of the most common reasons why you’re struggling to lose those extra kilos. 1. Don't eat more calories than you’re burning The basic principle behind weight loss is to burn more calories than you eat. So, eat a bit less, and exercise a bit more. It…
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