10 steps to prepare yourself for weight loss

The common catch-cry for people wanting to lose weight but not yet willing to make change is “I’m not ready yet”, or “My head is not in the right space.” In the words of actor Hugh Laurie: “There’s almost no such thing as ready. There’s only now. And you may as well do it now.” […]

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Should you go ‘gluten-free’?

Publicity, media exposure, and marketing claims surrounding the growing trend towards gluten-free eating make this decision appear to be a healthy option. It seems that any health problems can be attributed to eating gluten, so eliminating it must be good, right? It depends on which group you fall into: There’s a small group of the […]

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Does meal timing matter?

A study at Brigham Young University suggests that meal timing matters. The study looked at fruit and vegetable consumption in Utah schools where recess was held after lunch, which is typical in the USA, compared with schools where recess was moved to be before lunch. The ‘play first eat later’ opportunity lead to a 54% […]

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New Year’s diet resolution

Now that the end-of-year busy-ness is over, many have embarked on New Year’s resolutions to change a behaviour or two. Naturally media outlets jump on-board to help, and the number of new diet and exercise plans advertised is bewildering. And problematic. Given the limited amount of space available for a single article in a newspaper […]

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What happens to the fat when we lose weight?

Right now, social media is abuzz with the answer to the age-old question: “What happens to the fat when we lose weight?” And the answer is clearly not what most people expected. Doctors, dietitians and fitness professionals have varying ideas of what happens to the fat (see here), but it turns out that none of […]

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Holiday weight gain – forewarned is forearmed

The thought of holiday weight gain often strikes fear into the heart. Eating and drinking differently to normal certainly has the potential to cause weight gain, but it doesn’t have to be this way. The definition of the saying “Forewarned is forearmed” is that knowing in advance what is to come gives you an advantage. […]

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Can your diet reduce your cancer risk?

This week the World Cancer Congress meets in Melbourne. Just last week the international World Cancer Research Fund released a new blog post on Cancer and Obesity. This has been well reported in The Conversation (free-to-read online journal). Here’s my take… I wonder if the relationship between obesity and increased cancer is either: causal – […]

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Should you tell your friends?

If you’re trying to lose weight, you probably fall into one of three categories: You tell everyone, you tell only your close friends and family, or you tell no one. Those who tell everyone are quite open about their actions, willing to listen to advice (and criticism), and generally not fearful about the result. The […]

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Weight loss perspective – do you have it?

In weight loss, the journey unfolds like a roller-coaster ride. We have our ups and we have our downs: for most of us, this is just the reality. What we often don’t recognise, though, is that small weight gains usually have nothing to do with ‘fat gain’. Perspective is sometimes a difficult thing to appreciate. […]

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5 seasonal survival strategies

With just weeks to go until Christmas, for many people social activities are starting to ramp up and lifestyle discipline is ramping down. Those who feel that they need alcohol to be sociable and have fun, to eat whatever is on offer, and to forget their exercise routines because they’re too busy will find that […]

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