Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Monochrome



Topshop Blazer & Cropped Knit - Missguided Shorts - SomewhatBlonde Chain - Simmi shoes Boots.

Proof that even though i complain regularly -  'but i haven't got anything to wear!',  that may not be strictly true. I decided to limit my purchases last year to what i describe as 'key pieces'. High waisted shorts, tailored blazers with a twist and statement footwear = the ability to pick an outfit in under 10mins. Which is a record for someone as indecisive as me!
For all the ladies asking about my highlighter here, it's one of the best drugstore make-up purchases i made last year. The Sleek Highlight palette ( this is the one that comes in the Gold packaging). I purchased mine from Boots but i'm sure they are stocked in Superdrug stores too and a steal at under £10. 

XX
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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Is a calorie just a calorie?



In a world of indulgence, dieting and weight loss programs are ever growing in popularity and the decision of which is the right one for you is getting increasingly tougher. On the whole, it is said that to lose weight, you need to take in less calories than you burn throughout the day, with exercise and general daily activity, therefore suggesting that if you eat the same amount as you expend, your weight will be stable. In other words, calories in = calories out. But is it as simple as that? Is a calorie just a calorie?

Other favoured diets of the industry suggest having either a low-fat, high-protein or low-carbohydrate diet is the way to go. So surely, if a calorie is just a calorie, it wouldn’t matter which you do as long as the calories you take in is less than you burn? Unfortunately, it just isn’t that simple. A lot of the time when dieting, we disregard how our body uses different types of food and how it affects the body when doing a calorie controlled diet. This is where we’re going wrong. One of the major influences on our bodies storing habits is insulin (a hormone commonly known to regulate blood sugar levels) and its release is affected differently by each food type we eat.

Fats. They’ve been given a bad name seeing as we relate fat to being overweight. But some fats are essential to our health and can even assist weight loss if used correctly. One study even suggested that low fat diets are actually less effective for weight loss than those high in fat. Fat does not stimulate the release of insulin which results in the rate at which we convert sugar and make fat cells, is lower.

Carbohydrates. Often the downfall for most, which give us the energy boost we crave mostly from processed carbohydrates which include sugar and starchy foods. These stimulate the secretion of insulin which in turn, encourages fats into fat cells, slows down the breakdown of fat and stimulates to conversion of glucose into fat. All of which are discouraging for weight loss.

Protein. A filling and important element of a balanced diet, which surprisingly does stimulate the release of insulin. Along with insulin, glucagon is released, preventing the fat-forming effects of the hormone. Protein also has metabolic advantages when on a low-carb diet as it requires more chemical energy to break down protein into glucose as a substitute for sugars and starches.

The Kekwick Paper was the most influential paper relating to the calorie theory. 3 groups ate 1,000 calories of fats, carbs or protein over a week. Those on a high carb diet saw no change in weight, where the high protein and fat groups saw a loss between 0.20-0.50kg per day!!

This theory not only contradicts the majority of the nation’s most popular diet programs, but also many of today’s top fitness and health professional’s nutritional understanding. So just remember, when you’re struggling with your calorie counting and tough diet, consider eating different foods not only to help you strip the fat and speed up your metabolism but to help you stay fuller for longer.

Here are my’s top tips to lose weight without starving yourself or counting calories;
Snack. Snacking is generally put in the same naughty category as fats. But actually, if you pick the right foods, snacking between meals will aid your metabolic function and prevent you eating too big a portion at dinner time. Try nuts; they’re high in essential fats and low in carbs and are proven to aid the speed of your metabolism. So go nuts!

Avoid carbs at bed time. Think about it, if you eat carbs before you go to bed, averagely you won’t eat again for another 8 hours. All that energy (thanks to insulin) will not only be stored but increase your chances of building fat stores.

Protein for breakfast, lunch and dinner. As I previously explained, protein keeps you fuller for longer, aids recovery and muscle building so all round, a very important element of a weight loss or fitness charged lifestyle.

Supplement your diet. If you struggle to get all those essential nutrients into a hectic day, there are some fantastic supplements to insure you get what you need. Try a good multivitamin, and a good oils and fats supplement containing all the omega’s, and extras like flaxseed or coconut oil to help skin and hair looking healthy too!

**Resources

Dr. John Briffa, ‘Escape the Diet Trap’, 2012





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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

GOA // INDIA





After a testing year in came the offer of a girls trip with my cousins to Goa ... a god send! 
I naturally jumped at the chance and the rest , as they say, is history.

Goa has two sides : The lively North and the relaxed scaled back South. Our destination of choice was the latter. If you wanted to experience both ends of the scale you could do so with ease, as it is only an approx 2 hour taxi ride from North to South and with it being India it doesn't break the bank either.

My favourite part of any trip away is talking to the local residents and getting their input on where to go, it is the best way to get a true reflection of any town/country. 

With a few trips planned already i'm looking forward to everything 2017 is about to deliver! 

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Diets - what works best?


The penultimate question. Which diet to do for optimum weight loss. With so many diets and"specialists" on the market which claim to be the "next big thing", there's no wonder that the average consumer is overwhelmed and confused by the basics. "They say you should exercise..", "they say you should eat..". I hear these statements from friends, family, clients, dieters and gym goers all the time. Please, tell me, who are "they" that you talk about? All this hearsay has created a mess of good and bad information resulting in nearly everyone having the "right" answer. And to be honest, I'm SICK of it.

With programs such as "Save Money, Lose Weight" and "How to Lose Weight Well", the latest to point out the goodies and baddies of the dieting world, and although I understand there's a limit on how much time a broadcaster has to reveal all about the fads and the healthier options, they're still missing a very significant chunk of information.

Let's face it. When it comes to exercise and nutrition, the world is -

A) uneducated
B) deluded.

Call me harsh but it's true. Those that want to learn, find out for themselves. And having personally been in the fitness industry for over 8 years and have never claimed to know it all (far from it), when I see headlines such as -


"80% of adults over 40 are overweight and obese"

It makes me panic. 
If the older, "more responsible" of the population can't even get it right, then what hope do we have to motivate and inspire those younger? 

I'd like to draw on some examples. A favoured diet of the world, known for its ease to follow and lenient rules (you can still eat what you like apparently), Weight Watchers points counting.

Now. I'm not saying it doesn't work, in fact, when I started my own journey way back when, I achieved fantastic results following the basics of the plan. 
However, knowing what I know now, and even what I learned from my own nutritional research whilst following the diet myself, it can teach some unbelievable habits.
An average British woman would need 22 points per day, and man 32 points per day to lose weight. A whole avocado is 10 WW points. A large amount of points for such a wonderful source of good fats. But what's worse? A chicken burger from McDonalds is only 12 WW points. Erm. WHAT?!
Please help me explain how that teaches the uneducated world what's good and bad in the confusing world of food? 

Next, the over used phrase "eat less, move more". Don't get me wrong, if you're overeating, inactive and overweight, there is some truth in the statement. But something I see way too often these days, are young girls eating so little and training so much obeying the rule, wondering why they can't shift that bit of belly fat or cellulite on their bum and legs.

To refer back to my earlier opinion, when it comes to exercise and nutrition, the world is -

A) uneducated
B) deluded.

All that's left, are educated health professionals SCREAMING and continuing to be unheard.

I'll leave you with this -

If you had a hole in your tooth, would you go to the doctor? My guess is no. Although a trained health professional, not a specialist in that field.
So why do we trust non specialists with our health when it comes to two, fundamental principles of life; fuel and movement, and how to improve the quality of our lives using their specific knowledge?
Beats me.

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