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Five things to cut if you want to lose weight

02/12/2019

We can all agree that restrictive diets are detrimental to our physical and mental health in the long run. For our sanity, it’s important to enjoy what we eat, and registered dieticians insist that most foods are fine in moderation. That said, regardless of whether or not fat-loss is your aim, “there are some foods, which provide minimal nutritional benefits, that we should limit or avoid,” says Vandana Sheth, R.D., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. So, how can you begin…

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How to motivate yourself to exercise in this cold, dark weather

12/11/2019

Struggling to maintain the exercise routine you managed to perfect in the summer months? You’re not alone. Getting yourself into the gym or heading out for a run on cold dark mornings and evenings takes a lot more motivation than it might do in July. We asked some of London’s top fitness gurus how they stay in shape when the temperature drops and the days just keep getting shorter. Have the right kit “There is no such thing as bad…

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6 Legit Health Benefits Of Quinoa

04/10/2019

The correct answer is…wait for it…KEEN-wah. But no matter how you’ve been pronouncing the word, I hope you’ve been eating the gluten-free ancient grain, because it comes with a ton of health benefits. 1. Quinoa is packed with protein. Quinoa has way more of the muscle-building nutrient than most of the grain options you’ll find at the supermarket. Added bonus: It’s a ~complete~ protein, meaning it contains all the nine essential amino acids your body needs (most plant-based proteins only…

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What Happens When You Stop Drinking Alcohol

03/10/2019

If you’re considering doing Sober October, you might be wondering what happens when you stop drinking alcohol. “Taking a break from drinking alcohol—even if it’s just for a couple of weeks—is a good idea, especially if you’re regularly consuming more than the recommended daily limit,” says Dr Damon Raskin, a Los Angeles–based physician who is certified in addiction medicine. Current NHS guidance states that, to keep health risks from alcohol low, women should drink no more than a bottle and…

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The Best Time Of The Day To Excercise For Maximum Results

23/09/2019

When it comes to exercise, we do all we can to ensure optimal results every time. From calorie-burning workout plans, to stress-busting activities, we typically curate our physical activity to achieve specific fitness goals. But as much as we strive to hit our personal peaks, we are also unaware that some of our habits could be negatively impacting our results—including the time of day we exercise. While the time of day someone works out may seem irrelevant, it turns out there is…

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How To Make The Most Of Your Morning

12/09/2019

Wellbeing experts Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillip have been promoting the benefits of self-care way before it became a wellness ‘movement’. Their new book, Self-care for the Real World, is a result of the women’s twenty years of rich experience in yoga (Nadia is one of the UK’s most celebrated teachers with very high-profile clients) and health (Katia is a food pioneer, having opened her first raw food café over ten years ago, she now runs Triyoga’s innovative Nectar Café). Sienna Miller calls the…

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What really happens in your body when you cut out dairy?

30/08/2019

Swerving cow’s milk, cheese and yoghurt has been heralded as the answer to most things, from reducing your acne to helping you lose weight. And while some people are moving to cut out dairy for ethical reasons, if your concerns are health-related, does the science stack up in favour of waving ‘bye’ to the old semi skimmed? THE HYPE BEHIND SWERVING DAIRY Milk products have long been vilified for their fat content and the perception that they can cause bloating; plus, the rise…

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Why Your Workout Is Not Showing Its Results

24/08/2019

You have been working out for quite some time now, and yet there aren’t any positive results. This is a common issue. You start wondering what is wrong with your body, why all those workouts are not giving any results. Well, we know that this is kind of frustrating, but you should know that you are not doing your BEST. Workout often The first issue is related to the fact that you are not using your time properly. You cannot…

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Five health benefits of eating chocolate

24/08/2019

Scientific studies have shown that chocolate has the feel-good factor, thanks to a mix of mood-elevating chemicals, including caffeine, theobromine, tyrosine and tryptophan, and its delicious taste. It’s important to opt for dark chocolate with a high cocoa solid content, where possible, as it offers more health benefits than milk chocolate, it is also lower in fat and contains antioxidants. Did you know that small amounts of dark chocolate can boost your health, from improving your mood to helping stop…

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What happens to your body when you give up carbohydrates

23/08/2019

Giving up an entire food group isn’t usually advisable unless there’s a specific medical reason to, but often that doesn’t stop people – especially when it comes to carbohydrates. Carbs seem to have acquired a bad reputation for making you put on weight, but in reality they’re vital for giving your body the energy it needs. Frida Harju-Westman, in-house nutritionist at health app Lifesum, always advises to aim for a balanced diet. “Incorporating complex carbohydrates can improve your endurance and…

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