Why do we all still get sucked in? Obviously, it's the idea of a quick-fix - the easy win. Except fad diets are never easy, quick or happy-making. They're angst-ridden, nerve-shattering and daily lessons in dealing with your own lack of self control.
I threw out diet 'rules' and started to do what felt good in terms of moving my body rather than sticking to a set exercise routine. But I was still over eating on an evening, bingeing when I felt stressed or snacking to distract myself from other things. That was when I had my light bulb moment...
Many macrobiotic dieticians agree that lactose-intolerance in humans is a clear indicator that we shouldn't be munching so much mozzarella. Champions of the Mayr diet will testify that the digestion is the key to healthy body. It's important that we absorb the appropriate nutrients and avoid excess.
All those hard months of training come down to this final week and now it's tapering time. For non runners, tapering is the reduction of exercise in the last couple of weeks before a competition or race. It's a gentle come down, so you're fully rested before the big one.
While there are some foods we should all be eating more of, men and women also have their own set of dietary requirements as well as their own unique health concerns. Here are 10 foods that women should eat...
The fact is that 75% of people don't get to 5-a-day, never mind 7 or even 10. And any of them that are trying to get to 5 (but not making it), when they see the figure going up, will probably go 'F**k It', and reach for the chocolate.
In my early 20s, a friend took me to her gym, where I decided to weigh myself. The number on the scale horrified me so much that I immediately started to make better choices around eating and continued to exercise almost everyday.
It's not only human waistlines that are expanding: our pets are now facing the same fate. I've seen increasing levels of pet obesity over the years and it basically comes down to pets taking in more calories than they use.
THE LATEST REPORT FROM THE UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts a 2% drop in the world's agricultural crop yield every 10 years until the end of the century. There are dire warnings of food shortages.
It was the early 1990s. The recession had hit. Our house was in foreclosure, but mum was determined to make things work and to save our home. And she did! She established a healing practice and I watched the archetypal journey of the wounded healer unfold before me.
#DIETSDONTWORK. We have tried and tried them over and over, but every time we do it seems we end up with the same result. If you were to bang your head on the wall and the result was that it hurt, would you do it again? Most likely not. So why put yourself through the emotional pain of this which has the same outcome?
I have been a triathlon coach for 9 years. Here are a few things that I have learnt along the way. A few you may not have heard before, a few you probably have heard before but are worth repeating, but all of them will help you achieve your goals.
If you've ever tried losing weight you'll know those feelings of frustration when you've lost a few pounds and you reach a plateau. It's enough to get you hunting down your favourite snack. So are you really destined for a life of yo-yo dieting and gradually increasing girth?
The bottom line is to get back to basics and don't be fooled by gimmicks or fad diets trying to sway you to follow a new trend. Explore your roots and the food culture that has been handed down from generation to generation. If it was good enough for grandma, chances are it's good for you too.
The World Heath Organisation has suggested that the recommended maximum daily intake of sugar should be halved, stating that we should be aiming for sugar to be no more 5% of our calorie intake for the day. I have several issues with that statement.