Dec 03 2015 by Step2Change.
This post came about as I contemplated the onrushing Christmas ‘festivities’ and all that may entail. From the panic buying, clearing your workspace for the holidays or the gloom surrounding that impending visit from the ‘out-laws or other pesky relative who always visits to take advantage of your hospitality and ruins your day.
First, why does stress have the effect on us that it does, whether l
Nov 26 2015 by Step2Change.
I don’t mean that you should dive into a tub of lard, but be wary of ‘low fat diets.
According to the latest research coming out of Harvard Medical School, low-fat diets do not seem to work for long term weight management and they recommend higher fat, lower carbohydrate diets instead.
The researchers seem to have done a pretty thorough job of it, in that they analysed 53 diet studies that covered more than 68,000 participants (no do
Nov 17 2015 by Step2Change.
Do you have a largely well balanced diet, but fall down when it comes to comfort eating. You know the sort of thing; you’re watching TV so snack on crisps, or sweets, you have a cup of tea or coffee and out come the chocolate biscuits or a piece of cake.
The ways we find to absorb empty calories are limited only by our imagination. But if you want to get a handle on comfort eating or ‘grazing’, there are a few thing
Nov 09 2015 by Step2Change.
Are you really losing weight or is your dress size telling fibs?
Back in October, I posed the question “Do You Really Want to Lose Weight?” in which I discussed the fact that sometimes it is not about weight loss, but body image and how we feel about ourselves that is important, not whether we fit society’s norms.
Nov 02 2015 by Step2Change.
Well maybe not on its own but there is a lot in the old saying “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen and dine like a pauper.”
Funnily enough, it’s only in Hollywood that the kings with their nobles and court ate their feasts at night in front of roaring log fires. In reality, they ate these in the mornings while the castle was warmed by the kitchens and cooking. Evening meals were the scraps eaten huddled in front of a fire in a cold and d
Oct 26 2015 by Step2Change.
As we become increasingly time poor there is growing temptation, or even pressure turning us to ready meals. These are very attractively packaged, may promise low fat, low salt and exotic ingredients. A major problem with them is that we have little or no control over the contents and how they were originally prepared.
I realise that it can be a faff buying raw ingredients and cooking them, not least because this also suggests that we have planned the m
Oct 19 2015 by Step2Change.
As I mentioned in my previous blog “No Quick Fix to Being a Healthy Weight”, there is an ever growing market in weight loss products and pills, and one new celebrity diet after another seem to suggest that using or following these latest fads will give you the body you want with relatively little effort. – See more at:....
Oct 12 2015 by Step2Change.
The ever growing market in weight loss products and pills, and one new celebrity diet after another seem to suggest that using or following these latest fads will give you the body you want with relatively little effort.
I often get clients who want to lose weight for a special event, like a wedding and get impatient when they don’t see the progress they wanted, so come to me looking for a quick fix.
But being healthy is not just about weight and having le
Sep 21 2015 by Step2Change.
Comfort eating is a major form of over eating as we use it to get over an upset, relieve boredom or because we’re angry over something. Why do we do this?
Well part of the answer is that many of us were ‘taught’ to feed our emotions as children.
How often when we fell and grazed our knees, or hurt ourselves in some other way did
Sep 14 2015 by Step2Change.
A recent article bearing the title ‘Thrifty Metabolism Sabotages Weight Loss’ was widely published.
It basically quoted the result of a small scale laboratory study that included 12 obese men and women who underwent tests to assess the body’s energy use
in response to a day’s fasting followed by 6 weeks of reduced calorie intake. It was found that those who lost the least weight were those whose metabolism
decreased the most during the fasting, even after adjusting for other factors, e.g. age, gender and ethnicity.
According to one of the researchers the results corroborated the idea that some people who are obese may have to work harder to lose weight because of