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Advocating the Avocado

While we have discussed the properties of avocado oil in other articles, let’s turn our attention to the benefits of eating the fruit itself. While not exactly low in calories, if taken in moderation, Avocadoes make an excellent addition to salads and light meals adding a wonderfully smooth creamy texture and aroma that brings out…

Snacking for Health and Fitness

The very word “snacking” conjures up images of gorging on fatty, sugary food. In contrast, when we think of “grazing” we imagine healthy eating practices and abstemious diets. Yet the two concepts share much. In fact, snacking may not be such a bad thing. It’s how we go about it. The devil is in the…

Food Cravings

Have You Got The Willpower To Read This? Willpower Tips

2011 saw the publication of an exciting book on the science of willpower by one of the world’s leading experts on motivation, professor Roy F Baumeister. So, to ask a seemingly obvious question, why exactly does willpower matter?  Baumeister explains that “it separates us from the animals. It's the capacity to restrain our impulses, resist…

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Motivating Max Compound Training Theory (CTT)

We do like to bring you the latest in evidenced-based research but also plenty of applied material that comes from our work as practitioners. Forget the "Insanity" workout, here is a great method for maximising your physique development and calorific expenditure that we use with our own clients. We call it “compound sessions” and it…

Frozen Vegetables VS Fresh Vegetables

7 Ways to Eat for a Better Body

In this piece we list some dietary practices we should avoid. Many of these we list stem from an over-reaction or overcompensation. The message is clear: don’t throw the baby out with bathwater. DON’T Skip your pre- and post-workout meals in an effort to burn fat faster. What really matters is your caloric balance for…

Best Hot Air Fryers | Almost Oil Free Cooking

Air Fryers have been around for a while, but can you really cook crunchy, tasty chips and breaded chicken with just hot air and a teaspoon of oil? These machines are the pick of the best - I prefer the Philips brand personally, on a cheat day I really like sausages cooked this way, withn…

Why are we Overweight?

A Harvard study gives us a surprising answer... A surprising number of us in the UK are overweight, up to half of all men and a third of women. But when you consider that those percentages rise to nearly 80% for those over 55 then there is a cause for real concern. It’s true that…

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The emperor’s new workout: Fitness and Dieting mythbusting

Part 1- Introduction The world of exercise and nutrition is awash with clichéd advice of the “no pain, no gain” variety. So many views, statements, and myths abound that it’s hard for the uninformed to sift the fact from the fiction. Unfortunately, there is an enormous industry built around bending our perceptions and judgement to…

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What is Leptin?

Leptin is possibly one of the most powerful hormones that is produced by fat cells. Responsible for two crucial biological functions: eating and reproduction, leptin tells the brain when it is time to eat and produce more fat and when to reproduce. There is also another function: with its influence on insulin, it tells the…

What is Lipedema?

Also known as "Lipoedema" in Europe and less commonly lipodema, in a nutshell Lipedema is a disorder of adipose tissue, that targets predominately women. It can affect both obese and anorexic women. The characteristics of this disorder are recognisable as the top half of the woman is usually slim (although the arms can be affected…

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Benefits of Avocado Oil

The Truth about Avocado Oil The last few years have seen nutritional experts increasingly advocating the use of Avocado Oil. Despite this growing interest, it’s a culinary ingredient which many of us know little about. Like olive oil, avocado oil is one of the few vegetable oils not derived from seeds; it is pressed from…