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Clark Russell

Writer on diet and health

A writer on diet and health with contrarian views to the mainstream, a blogger at blog.thefatlosspuzzle.com and an author of a new e-book, The Fat Loss Puzzle. I also write for www.rugbypigs.com and have appeared in Metro, The Sun and Take a Break.

My website is www.thefatlosspuzzle.com, my blog is blog.thefatlosspuzzle.com

Diets: the Wrong Approach

The "want it now" aka immediate gratification culture has played into the hands of the diet industry, who serve up calorie restrictive diets with short term results, but long term problems e.g. weight rebound, hormone imbalance and long term damage to your metabolism.
09/01/2015 11:06 GMT

10 Myths of Health

Many nutrition myths get repeated endlessly, to the point where they become accepted as doctrine e.g. the UK government's Eatwell Plate, which is outdated dogma; the advice follows the low fat/high starchy carb dietary guidelines, which is actually a recipe for weight gain and sub optimal health.
22/07/2014 16:02 BST

Gelatine: A Superfood

Gelatine or gelatin is a translucent, colourless, brittle and flavourless solid substance, derived from collagen found in animal bones; it's just basically a processed version of a structural protein called collagen that is found in many animals, including humans...
30/06/2014 15:48 BST

Gut Flora: The Key to Health

It is estimated that over 6million people in the UK and 30million people in the U.S, predominantly women, suffer from the multiple effects of an imbalance in the gastrointestinal (GI) system.
25/04/2014 17:09 BST

Whole Grains: Going Against the Grain

Our biology was not designed to cope with the huge amounts of glucose flooding our bloodstreams, mainly from sugars and starches. Even if you exercise regularly, you still won't burn the reservoirs of glucose and you can only store so much of unused glucose as glycogen in the liver and muscle cells before you encounter fat storage.often referred to as "fat spillover".
26/02/2014 12:37 GMT

Turmeric: The Ultimate Spice

Turmeric improves blood flow and reduces brain inflammation, thus making you cognitively sharper while protecting against Dementia, Alzheimer`s, Parkinson`s and every other neurodegenerative disorder.
21/02/2014 14:19 GMT

Dopamine: The False Promise of Reward

The problem is modern day stimuli like alcohol, drugs, stress, sleep deprivation actually impair this sensitive part of the brain to the extent where it mimics actual brain damage, albeit temporary. This can impair our ability to think rationally and make the correct decisions to reach our long term goals.
14/02/2014 13:50 GMT

Healthy Heart Month: Unhealthy Heart Advice!

Although these "good" causes like "Healthy Heart Month" are all very laudable, they evade the real, underlying issues and causes of heart disease, primarily nutrition. Why? Well that's a complicated question, but the simple answer has its roots in politics, money and vested interests. Let's break down the real truth behind heart disease and one of its falsely claimed culprits, cholesterol.
07/02/2014 12:51 GMT

Inflammation: The Silent Killer

Most people have never heard of chronic inflammation, which is a low grade state of inflammation and is nothing to do with bumping and bruising yourself, often referred to as acute inflammation and represents our body's defence and repair mechanism.
03/02/2014 16:14 GMT

Kale: A Real Superfood Star

Kale is more than just a nutritional "superfood." It comes from a long line of plant healers and if the drug approval agencies get their act together, they could approve this as a viable medicine. Newly emerging literature now shows it may be of value in the treatment of cancer, elevated blood lipids, glaucoma, and various forms of chemical poisoning.
27/01/2014 13:48 GMT

Stress: A Real Threat to Health

The research team found that chronic psychological stress is associated with the body losing its ability to regulate the inflammatory response, which demonstrated for the first time how this leads to the development and progression of disease.
30/10/2013 13:45 GMT

Learning to Love Foods You Don't Like

As much as it makes sense to limit foods that are detrimental to your long term weight loss and health goals, it's also prudent to be open minded and receptive to foods you may not like or think you don't like especially when they can play an integral part in achieving your goals.
15/10/2013 11:41 BST

Control Your Urges: What's the Best Way?

Controlling our urges or cravings is not easy when we are being constantly being hijacked from all angles in our day to day lives, especially with the over abundance of food and food outlets. There are various psychological techniques for exercising self-control in order to deal with all the temptations.
08/10/2013 17:05 BST

The NHS: Ever Been Let down?

I realise many people have a sacrosanct attitude towards the NHS. However once you scratch under the surface you realise all is not well. With a budget of £130 Billion, there has to be more accountability and improved quality of service delivery.
23/09/2013 12:38 BST

Exercise: Which Type and How Much?

Certain types of exercise like chronic cardio leads to increased appetite and overeating. Recent studies show that high intensity exercise actually curbs appetite and post exercise binges.
17/09/2013 16:40 BST

Statins: A £14 Billion Sweetheart

I came across an article in a newspaper which sang the praises about a new study that showed statins can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease by two thirds. Let's be clear on this: That's just nonsense!
09/09/2013 12:16 BST

The 5:2 Diet: Why All the Hype?

I have been gobsmacked that this diet has not only received a "hero's welcome" by the media masses, but has not been discredited by now; I suspect it will once all the hype and euphoria have subsided and people realise that calorie restrictive diets don't work.
29/08/2013 10:24 BST