A few years ago the alkaline diet was all the rage among Hollywood celebrities and therefore among us plebs as well. It seems to be rearing its head again; diets tend to be like clothes, going in and out of fashion in cycles. But does the alkaline diet have any real science behind it and does it work?
The state of your body being resistant to the effects of insulin is referred to as the condition of insulin resistance. Hyperinsulinemia, or high levels of insulin on the blood, is the result of insulin resistance as your body produced more and more of the hormone to compensate. Hyperinsulinemia increases the risk of many chronic diseases as well as weight gain, particularly in the abdominal region.
When it comes to getting healthier and /or losing weight, many people focus on the food they eat and neglect to think about what they drink on a day to day basis. Today is an absolute scorcher and so it got me thinking about this concept. You might be surprised to find your favourite choice of drink may be seriously derailing your progress.
Ah, the start of a new year. A blank page, waiting to be filled with memories and achievements. It is also the time that people typically decide to get healthier, lose weight and get more active. Commendable goals for sure but come March many people have already fallen off their new health wagon. Why is that? And how do you prevent it?
Have you ever suffered from “eating amnesia”? That is when you are aware you have eaten something but you just can’t remember the details: what did your food smell like, what did it taste like and did you actually enjoy it? If this happens on a regular basis, you are likely to be a distracted eater. The chances are then that you will eat again in a short while, and probably overshoot the calorie mark for the day. Not such a big deal now and then, but if this is happening daily this could lead to weight gain and ill health.
Most people know that the complications of diabetes include worsening vision, nerve damage and kidney disease but now we can probably add brain atrophy to that list. Atrophy means the wasting away or decrease in size of a tissue, in this case the brain. This ultimately will mean the development of a neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. Yet another reason for diabetics or those at risk of diabetes to manage their blood sugars levels!
Today being a Monday got me thinking about the topic of this blog post: it is usually a Monday that people attempt a new diet or weight loss programme. As if Mondays weren’t bad enough, now you are also following the latest fad diet that the latest celebrity is doing which you read in the latest magazine. This very thinking of “I’ll start on Monday” might be one of the key reasons you never really reach (or at least maintain) your goal weight. Here are some of the biggest obstacles to successful weight gain and how to navigate them…
If you have ever tried to lose weight, you may have come across the use of leptin injections for this purpose. You may be wondering if it’s an effective way of shedding those extra kilograms. This article looks at the science behind leptin, and why it is not the magic bullet you are looking for (sorry to disappoint you!)
Most children go through a period of carrying a bit of “puppy fat”. This is a normal phase of development. But how do we know when the puppy fat becomes a problem? Unfortunately, many parents are unable to identify that their child may have a problem, despite them being significantly heavier than what they should be. This is a delicate area but one that must be addressed sooner rather than later. Here is how.
When it is chilly outside, the last thing one normally wants at work is a salad. It is more tempting than ever to pop into the cafeteria and grab that hot pie and chips. Before you know it, spring is here and you have gained those few kilo's you worked so hard to shed in the summer. Here is the perfect work lunch idea to satisfy those cravings for something warm and salty, and to keep you trim and healthy at the same time.