Remember, there is a lot more to managing your health and weight than the food you choose
Dr Sally Norton
With news this week that coffee shops are set to outstrip pubs, should we be worried? I think so. Don’t get me wrong, I’m
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So what do we do when we want a treat, but a piece of fruit just isn't going to do the trick? Finding healthier alternatives to your favourite snacks can help you to indulge in your evening treat, without the high fat and calorie contents!
14/11/2017 11:12 GMT
Whether you are planning a full-on, muscle-toning power walk or a gentler stride out for an hour or two, it's worth having an energy boost to hand. But don't undo the good work of your walk by tucking into processed snacks that provide calories but little in the way of nutrition. Your body, like your car, runs better on premium fuel.
02/11/2017 13:03 GMT
Any serial dieter will tell you to steer clear of the dairy cabinet. It's full of saturated fat that will play havoc with heart and waistline. Opt instead for low-fat processed spreads, skimmed milks and fat-free cheeses.
09/10/2017 12:02 BST
Having your kids to help out in the kitchen is a great way of getting them excited about different foods. Let them help you to prep some vegetables, or get them involved in helping make some healthy, home-cooked meals. Also allow them try a bit of things as you go along - getting them to try things away from the pressure and routine of sitting at the dinner table means they might be a bit happier to give new things a go.
21/08/2017 12:08 BST
It's clear that our caffeine levels are creeping up and up. Whether it's a latte on the way to work or an espresso to get through the afternoon slump, coffee has become a routine pick-me-up for millions of Brits.
12/07/2017 11:46 BST
As a doctor I can prescribe drugs to deal with many problems if I need to - though I prefer to avoid them if possible. One area that can't be solved with tablets, however, is low energy. Yes, occasionally people really do have problems with their thyroid gland, leading to tiredness, which does need medication - but it's much more commonly due to lifestyle issues.
29/06/2017 13:02 BST
Go for one that's lower in alcohol content so you don't overdo your units. The Department of Health says there is no safe alcohol limit - but if you can't do without your booze, try to keep to 14 units a week, or less, if possible. You may think a half pint is one unit - that's only true if the alcohol content is around 3.5%. Any more and your units will be creeping up without you realising it.
14/06/2017 11:25 BST
Most of us are aware of the health problems that alcohol can cause. Not only can excessive drinking lead to major problems like liver disease, but there's growing evidence that even moderate drinking may increase our risk of illnesses such as some cancers. It's also pretty bad for our waistlines too!
23/05/2017 10:56 BST
However, much of the drive behind the increase is due to many other things - the publicity around a lower carbohydrate diet, celebrity influence and manufacturers' knowledge that they can charge a premium for gluten-free products (over twice as much in many cases!).
16/05/2017 14:19 BST
We start off, full of hope that this time will be different, but within a few days the biscuit tin is beckoning and we have slipped up on our new regime. We then think 'what the hell - may as well have the whole packet of biscuits now... and that chocolate bar has been calling to me all week... '
05/05/2017 11:30 BST
If we are speaking in a very literal sense, exercise does not lead to weight loss - if you believe that all an hour of exercise does is burn off 200 calories worth of a 400 calorie doughnut.
04/05/2017 12:05 BST
In fact, studies show that vegetarian (including vegan) populations tend to be less overweight and suffer less from diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and more - living longer as a result. Whether that is from avoiding animal products specifically, or having a generally healthier diet and lifestyle anyway, is difficult to be sure of, but good nutrition almost certainly plays a major role.
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Try this recipe. Fish pie doesn't have to mean heavy mashed potato. Light, crisp filo-pastry topped, this tomato-based fish pie, with halibut, sea bass and prawns, is a delicious alternative. This recipe serves 6.
09/03/2017 12:27 GMT
First of all. Eating healthily is important for far more than managing weight - so keep doing it! But if you find that all your efforts in healthy eating are not helping you to lose weight, then consider the following:
02/03/2017 13:06 GMT
There used to be a feeling that you could be obese but still healthy - however, recent research has put paid to that as it shows that even people who seem to be healthy have changes in their blood vessels which can lead to heart disease and stroke in later life. So, he can't fob you off with that excuse!
23/02/2017 14:51 GMT
Up to 10 million Brits are simply not getting enough sunlight to make the right levels of Vitamin D. That's about 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 children. There are certain groups of people in particular that are more at risk and the risk is greatest between October to April when the sun isn't out very often.
20/02/2017 13:49 GMT
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