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…

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…

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…

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…

what is leptin

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…

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…

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Help With Weight Loss

Help with weight loss is definitely necessary with most people wishing to lose a few or many pounds. Sometimes the key to long term success, is to adapt your diet to make sure you are not depriving yourself. Here are a few weight loss tips that may help with defining a strategy that works for…

Food Cravings

How To Beat Food Cravings

Food cravings will plague all but the most disciplined of people, but for some these cravings will cause a lot of distress especially if they are trying to lose weight, rather than simply maintain it. If food cravings are becoming to be a problem, there are strategies that you can use to make sure that…

Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet: An Overview

With all the hype around various diets, meal plans and meal replacement products, I thought I would provide a basic outline of a diet which is actually recommended by the Mayo Clinic: the Mediterranean Diet (and no it doesn't involve eating lots of pizza). More than just a diet for weight loss, this plan is…

causes of obesity

Causes of Obesity: Top Fattening Foods

It looks like potatoes have hit the news again.  When looking at the causes of obesity it's logical to look at the worst foods for weight gain. A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine confirms that in general, any potato based product can contribute to weight gain over time and if weight…

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Resveratrol: the Grape Seed Extract that can help with Weight Loss?

[easyazon_image align="left" height="160" identifier="B0035R02PI" locale="US" src="http://www.motivatingmax.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/413OOxDjpBL.SL160.jpg" tag="mmxaz-20" width="88"]Free radicals are kept in check by antioxidants, which provide your body with natural protection, helping you to neutralise and control them.  However, Resveratrol not only protects you from the undesirable effects of free radicals, but also helps with weight loss. Resveratrol is a polyphenol: a phytonutrient.  You…