Health & fitness articles to enlighten and entertain

Coping with the effects of the all-inclusive holiday

Oh, come on.   You know what I mean.  You're feasting your eyes on a breakfast buffet which bears no resemblance to the porridge you have back home.  There's hams, cheeses, pastries, cereals, 5 types of yogurt, 10 sorts of bread (no, forgot the...

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Four Salad Dressings (that won’t break the calorie bank)

Move over oil and vinegar ....sometimes we want to add a bit more flourish to our salads.  Here are 4 simple ideas.  They'll also serve as tasty dollops for your barbecue meats and fish.  SKINNY CAESAR DRESSING Great over chopped cooked chicken and piles of crisp...

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Summer Drinking – Minimising the damage

FACT : ALCOHOL STOPS YOU BURNING THE FAT THAT'S ALREADY THERE. "Oh what a cheery soul you are, Deadman". Nothing like calling a spade a spade.  Alcohol is a toxin.  The body wants rid of it as quickly as possible and so it will stop using your fat stores for its...

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What’s the secret behind a great set of abs?

In short, there isn't one.  Just focused training and focused nutrition. "What?  No magic supplement?  No 500-sit-ups-a-day? No-fasted-training-plan? No shakes-bakes- HIT-crash-burn-diet? Nope. This is the core of a woman.  Her name is Chloe.  This is before she took...

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Blast Plan Case Study: Susan

This is Susan. What's her story? Well, it's one many might recognise. After the birth of her second child, she took a long look at herself in the mirror. "Hmmm I don't recognise that person.  She used to be trimmer, tighter, less slack. Bits are hanging out everywhere...

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Date and Almond Truffles

I ate some Cadbury’s chocolate the other day. I didn’t even get a kick out of the chocolatey-ness, it was just a sugar explosion. So I decided to set about making some of those round protein balls that the world and its wife seem to be knocking up. If I had children...

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5 ways to serve up gorgeous green vegetables… that isn’t a salad

We already know the importance of having a healthy helping of vegetables on the daily plate and frankly we’re bored with that Annie Deadman banging on about plain old broccoli.  So if you’re finding that getting your fix of the good stuff is wearing a bit thin, then here are 5 easy and delicious recipes all with green veg at the very centre.

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4 Dead Simple Exercises To Strengthen Your Lower Back

This blog is aimed at anyone who suffers regularly from an ache in the lower back area caused mostly by incorrect posture when seated too long (at a desk or in a car) or from lack of exercise. It is intended as a guide to help you strengthen muscles at home.

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A Vegan Fat Loss Meal Plan

The number of vegans in the UK has risen by 350% in the last decade (source: The Guardian) and thanks to social media, the message is spreading quicker and deeper. Those who cannot jump in with both feet, so to speak, can choose a ‘flexitarian’ approach, opting out of meat, fish and dairy for a couple of days each week. It has been the rise in interest amongst the young which has been the most surprising, with last year close to half of all vegans being between the ages of 15-34.

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Courgette Bread Recipe… Gorgeous with Almond Butter

So I like bread, right. But wheat can be an irritant on the digestive system and yeast can cause hideous bloating, leading to tight waistbands and a nasty red welt round your waist at the end of the day. Many of the non-wheat choices in the shops are high in sugar and very spongy, so I set about finding an alternative. And this is it.

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Home Workout Motivation: 8 Tips For Motivating Yourself To Do Workouts At Home

There’s the sofa. The family all nestled on it, cuddling the dog. The lights are dimmed ready for episode 4 of something or other on Netflix but it doesn’t mask the guilty looks in your direction as the familiar rustle of chocolate wrappers can be heard. It’s Friday night. You’ve been at work all day. You’d planned a 20 minute intense workout in the spare room. Your trainers are waiting. Your stop watch is waiting. The long walk up the stairs seems like a punishment. How can it turn into something you just do? Automatically. Like eating. Or buying a coffee on the way to work. You just do it without thinking.

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Why Do We Crave Carbohydrate Rich Foods When We Are Tired?

If you’ve been working late, partying hard or just had a rough night with the kids, the following day can be a challenge in terms of healthy eating. As you struggle through a day punctuated by yawns and wooziness, you find yourself craving foods which you can usually resist. Your brain goes into overdrive to try and keep you awake, and it finds help in the form of Tryptophan.

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Is There More To “Blast” Than Just Shaping Up?

One of the wonderful things about running the 21 Day Blast Plan is hearing people’s discoveries about their own body. As they get to grips with the Blast eating plan and embrace its wholesomeness, the changes to their daily lives take them by surprise.

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