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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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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
November 30, 2018

Different types of body fat and what to do about it

Seeing fat on your body may make you want to hit the treadmill to sweat it off or only eat carrot sticks for a week. The good news though, is that not all fat is bad… there are good kinds too. Body fat plays an important role in storing energy, managing your hormones and regulating your metabolism. This means it’s important to have enough of the good fat and to manage the bad kind. There are four main types of fat in your body. Each kind has its own structure, colour, and effect on your health. Where fat is stored…
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Healthy Lifestyle
October 8, 2018

What your body shape says about your health

Should you wear skinnies or boyfriend jeans? Your body shape can help you decide which jeans you’d look best in – and reveal a few things about your health too. The most common shapes are pear, apple, inverted triangle and rectangular. People of all shapes and sizes can be healthy, but sometimes your shape could put you at risk for certain diseases. Your natural body shape is determined by your genes, but diet, exercise, sleep and stress levels all play important roles in “shaping” you. Apple If most of your weight accumulates around your hips and abdomen, you have an…
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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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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
June 18, 2018

The best ways to boost your metabolism

Making the right choices about your diet is a daily struggle for many. Occasional takeaway meals, crash diets, eating too much or too little can leave you feeling very anxious and conflicted as to what your body actually needs to function at its best. Understand how your metabolism works, and you’ll be on your way to boosting your health and speeding up your weight loss. What is metabolism? Your metabolism sums up everything your body does. Every time you eat or drink, enzymes (protein molecules) in your body's cells break down the food and turn it into energy. This energy…
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Recipes
June 13, 2018

Recipes – How to make delicious, healthy junk food

There’s nothing like sinking your teeth into a juicy burger, munching on a slice of cheesy pizza, or diving into a big packet of chips. Yum! But this indulgence comes at a cost. Foods like burgers and pizza taste good but are packed with unsaturated fat, sodium and hidden sugars. If giving up your favourite junk food is stopping you from eating healthy, don’t worry. With a few simple swaps, you can still enjoy the taste, without all the consequences. Here are a few recipes to get you started: Healthy chocolate and raspberry ice-cream Curling up with a bowl of…
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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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Sexual Health
February 28, 2018

How your weight affects your sex drive

Not feeling in the mood lately? Your weight might be to blame. Being overweight isn’t just an unpleasant experience because you can’t fit into your clothes. Extra body fat can lead to heart and other health problems. And, it can also affect your sex life. For both men and women, high levels of body fat mean higher levels of a chemical called “sex hormone binding globulin”. When there’s too much, you may lose your sexual appetite. Heavy weight, low sex-drive Knowing the different ways sexual drive is affected by your weight can help motivate you to get into shape and…
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Food & nutrition
January 5, 2018

Banting vs. the Mediterranean diet

There are many ways to get your body into shape. Whether you choose to go big on Banting, or cruise the Mediterranean diet – both have their pros and cons. Here’s what you need to know. Med mania When you hear “Mediterranean”, you might picture an idyllic scene overlooking a white sandy beach. In this scene, you’re scarfing down delicious fresh fish, fresh vegetables and salty olives. The typical Mediterranean diet includes good fats, some carbs and a big side of vegetables. The diet is good for your heart because it replaces saturated and trans fats (which clog your arteries)…
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