You know how it goes, it gets to Friday night after a very trying week and instead of the nice clean meal you had planned, you opt for the nearest take away and grab that bottle of wine. After you have eaten it you suddenly start to feel guilty and think that you have wrecked your diet. This then leads onto the thought that if you have already spoiled things then you may as well make a weekend of it.
We should ask ourselves what would be the most effective way of cutting down our sugar intake: taxing people who buy processed convenience food and drink gallons of Coca Cola or passing laws which would force food manufacturers to cut down on the hidden sugar they sell to us?
Want to stay slim long term? Simple - eat real food, limit added sugar and fat, and get used to feeling hungrier than usual. Weight loss triggers the release of ghrelin, an appetite stimulating hormone, and it takes six months of weight maintenance for levels to return to normal.
So many fitness enthusiasts tell the same story. They work out for hours in the gym and yet nothing happens to their body shape, it stays the same. There could be any number of possible explanations for that, but to help you narrow down some of the causes, here now are some of the worst fat burning mistakes.
When you first embark on healthier lifestyle you're not the only one who needs to make adjustments - those around you have to get used to the new you too. Even though eating a more nutritious diet and exercising regularly are clearly positive changes, you may well come up against resistance from other people and it's important to pre-plan how you'll deal with it.
The challenge isn't how many teaspoons we add to our coffee or sprinkle over our oats. It's the huge quantities that seem to be secretly added to our prepared and packaged foods that make it nearly impossible to abide by the guideline.
I urge the broken hearted to get off the sofa, put down your Ben & Jerry's and take up a form of sport - it doesn't matter what it is but just get moving. Not only will this heal the heart and mind, but remember you are now single so you want to get in shape!
Many people say they want to lose weight, meaning they want to weigh less. But as far as losing weight is concerned they mean they want to lose fat. No one wants to lose muscle tissue and end up with loose, saggy skin but most people who diet incorrectly do so.
I'm at a loss these days as to where exactly my industry is going. In twenty years I have seen many fads come and go, many 'eat this' and 'do that' miracle cures pass me by. What we have now is a saturated market of personal trainers looking to gain an edge and stand out from the crowd.
The figures in my clinic reflect a growing desire to get weight under control, and for us to inform ourselves at a better level on exactly what a balanced, healthy diet looks like. Then hidden sugars in food can make this a frustrating and difficult process...
The workplace can be fraught with tension, with intense hours staring at screens or sitting in windowless conference rooms for hours on end, and many of us do not even take a lunch break.
In one of the most shameless examples of propaganda seen in our generation, the mainstream media went into overdrive with the headlines screaming out that high-protein diets were 'as bad as smoking'. Nothing like sensationalism, eh?
I keeping seeing other runners, running with their precious perfectly functioning knees and I hate them all. Yes, I'm bitter. Can't even begin to imagine how gutted real athletes must be training for 4 years for one day/event only to be injured.
I don't always think that organic is necessarily the most important thing to concern yourself with if you eat a diet that is made up of processed rubbish. I see people eat a lot of products labeled 'organic' ('gluten free' is another one) that are full of junk. Organic or not, it's still junk.
What we've failed to acknowledge is that the Mediterranean diet is more about a lifestyle than it is about a diet. The word lifestyle is hard to wrap our heads around because it's not something we like to change. Diet is a way of eating, yet we don't think twice about going on and off popular diets.
Instead of focussing on just the abs, focus more on the core which surrounds the whole of the waist and like a belt keeping everything pulled in. Here is my guide to working all angles of the core.