The research on sweeteners isn't as comprehensive as I'd like yet. Only Aspartame, Saccharin and Sucralose have really been studied properly, and most clinical studies only include these sweeteners. Are they all equal to, or as bad as each other? I'll break it down for you:
How many people do you know who starve themselves with the aim of lowering their body fat, losing weight or 'toning' up? You may have even tried it yourself. You probably found it worked at first, but soon tailed off. What did you do? Probably what most people do in that situation; lower the amount of food you eat again.
As someone who cares deeply about the planet we leave behind for future generations. I find myself thinking about how can veganism- a movement for environmental and social justice for humans and animals avoid falling into the traps of 21st century throwaway capitalism?
With constant access to information, you would've thought we'd be top of our game in nutrient knowledge, but sadly, food companies and the media have left us baffled. I've seen how we've been fooled by clever marketing campaigns, so I've put together important points to help filter out the nonsense!
Five is not enough. That is because vegetables are packed with all kinds of health promoting qualities much more so than any other food. This means that they really should form the bulk of our diet. I am not talking here about a vegetarian diets, I am talking about all diets.
I don't think when it comes to health and indeed training, one can ever overdo the message about ensuring you are getting the right nutrition to properly fuel your activities. So I won't make any apologies for writing this for my column.
Understanding more about our metabolism can make a huge difference to how easily weight drops off and stays off for the long term. I like to think of it as a furnace. It needs to be fed at the right times to burn the calories we are eating, instead of storing them as fat.
It's easy to get confused about whether you're on the right track for healthy eating, but I've noticed recently that there seems to be too much focus on calories and not enough on nutrients. So I just want to take a minute to help you make sure you're getting enough nutrients from your food.
What I really love about all products coconut, is in addition to everything they bring to the table, there is always lots more hidden gems. Coconut water doesn't disappoint - additionally it has high numbers of natural electrolytes in it.
Whilst it's great that a lot of us are trying to improve our health, fitness and diet in the New Year, many of us fall off the wagon as quickly as we started. It's most apparent in the crowded gyms in January, followed by the drop off come February.
Rugby players have become a bit of a benchmark in terms of being seen and perceived as being "big". As such a model to follow and adopt if you are so inclined, which I have to say judging by the mail I get on daily basis, a lot of young men and women want to be - Men mainly just big and muscular, Women toned, defined and shaped.
In the Summer months many of us become attached to our water bottles but in the Winter a cold glass of iced water isn't generally seen as the drink of choice (especially when Mulled wine is on offer!). So what can we do?
I have written a lot recently about the vital importance of nutrition as being an essential part of any successful exercise regime or programme. The simple truth being without the right nutrition to support your training. In real terms you are essentially just wasting your time....
This 'New You' that is now being lauded to us in the media, usually means shedding half your body weight and giving up all the 'bad' things in life in order to be a healthier, happier person by the end of the month. To me, it all seems a bit unfair and unrealistic.
Here are a few of the reasons why you should swerve a cleanse this year, and work with a nutritionist or dietitian instead! That way you can get all the things that a juice cleanse promises; glowing skin, more energy, better sleep, as well as long term health, whilst still, you know, chewing.
It's January. Millions of people will soon begin a weight-loss-motivated diet. Most of them will fail. The staggering predictability of this try-fail phenomenon begs the question, "Is dieting fundamentally flawed?"