Garlic… It doesn’t just ward off vampires!

Garlic, like olive oil, is one of the key components of a “Mediterranean diet” often associated with health and longevity. This article is about the potentially beneficial effects of Allicin- the active ingredient in garlic. This compound was first isolated and studied during the second world war and is notable for a distinctively pungent smell.…

Taking Inspiration from Ballet

Inspiration is something that is is always there- but like a radio we just need to tune into the right frequencies rather than the static of negativity. With this in mind, I thought I would share with you this example that came to me yesterday; it is one that proves inspiration can come from the…

Green Tea- a fat burner?

Over the last 8 months, we've been testing various types of green teas here at Motivating Max.com. We're very excited about the benefits of this substance so let's discuss how effective and beneficial this admittedly bitter tasting liquid can be! The proposed benefits of green tea include the stimulation of mental function, fighting allergies, the…

Food reward and the psychology of weight loss

Today, we’re bringing news on the lively debate taking place among biomedical researchers on the subject of food reward. This “hot topic” concerns the way that we become conditioned to eat highly palatable foods in a process that resembles an addiction. There is a raft of new evidence to suggest that the sense of pleasure…

Training Systems for a New Generation

Work by scientists like Professor Jamie Timmons (University of Birmingham) has been changing the way we see exercise and its role in health promotion in weight loss. We are now at the stage where we can totally reject the idea that plodding away on the treadmill “burns calories”. Instead, we have a new sense that…

Food Cravings

The death knell for dieting

A whole series of scientific papers over the past two years is shining a light on a rather devastating truth: The old notion of “a calorie in, a calorie out” is complete nonsense. It is a rather crude perspective which can describe the energy balance in a machine but not the complex workings of a…

A “fast” way to lose weight? Fasting methods under the microscope

Interest in the practice of fasting has grown considerably over the last two years. It has been touted as a way to improve health, lower cancer risk, and lose weight but is it really advisable? In the last week a major documentary from the BBC series “Horizon” – viewable to UK residents – examined these…

The ORAC score: Which foods are highly rated?

In the first article in this three part series, we introduced the concept of the “ORAC” score and why it may be relevant to the nutritional value of the foods we eat. In this piece we will compare several well-known and heavily-touted anti-oxidant foods and examine their scores in closer detail. To recap, An Oxygen…

ignite your creativity

Ignite Your Creativity

There is a misconception that only a select few have been gifted with a steady flow of creative genius. However, this is untrue, creativity is an essential component of the human psyche. Arguably, we would not have progressed so far as a species without it. However, like your biceps and pectorals, our creative muscles need…

Oral HPV Virus

Have You Got The Oral HPV Virus?

Around one in 15 adults is infected with oral human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted virus that can in some cases cause throat cancers. New research shows that the disease, which is associated with oral sex, is especially common among men. Other risk factors include smoking and the ageing process itself. The study, published in the…