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Does fat make you fat?

Vegetable oils can be healthy, but can you get too much of a good thing? Does fat make you fat?

Does fat make you fat? This was certainly the received wisdom for decades. We were told that a low-fat diet was the way to avoid weight gain. Yet, in the years that followed that guidance, obesity levels have continued to rise. The low-fat approach has been seen as a failure. Instead, carbohydrates are often demonised,

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Apr 30, 2022 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments

How to alleviate your lower back pain

Man holding his lower back, clearly in pain. Find out how to alleviate your lower back pain

Do you often get lower back pain? You’re not alone. Lower backache dominates all the aches and pains suffered by millions within the population. A Google search produces more entries for lower backache than all the other types of ache put together. Why is lower backache so prevalent? And what can you do to alleviate

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Apr 01, 2022 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments

Reasons why you might have a belly bulge

Woman holding her stomach feeling very full. You might have a belly bulge because you eat a large volume of food.

You may not aspire to have a flat washboard stomach like a fitness model. But I bet you wouldn’t say no to reducing the size of your tum. In this post, we look at some of the causes of belly bulge. You may find that more than one of these apply to you. Read on

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Feb 19, 2022 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments

What can I eat for lunch?

Chicken, lentil and broccoli salad

“What can I eat?”. This is one of the questions we get asked most by our clients. In this series of blogs, we’ll attempt to answer that question. In this blog, we’re talking about lunch. Read on to find out more.   Why is “What can I eat?” a common question? All our clients get

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Feb 05, 2022 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments

A strategy to help you age well

Senior guy doing barbell back squats. Lifting weights is part of a strategy to help you age well

Hands up if you like getting old? Unless you’re in your teens or younger, I imagine you kept your hand firmly below your waist. No, it’s rubbish getting old, edging inexorably towards that meeting with your maker. For a large chunk of the population, getting older is accompanied by ailments and irritations. Joints start to

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Jan 22, 2022 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments

20 New Year’s resolution mistakes you might be making

new year 2022

Might you be making one or more of these 20 New Year’s resolution mistakes? You’re all enthusiastic. You’ve joined a gym, you’ve got yourself some fancy new gym kit and a new pair of trainers. You’ve sorted out a workout playlist. You’re champing at the bit. You get off to a flyer in the first

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Jan 08, 2022 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments

How to avoid yo-yo dieting

Weight cycling without weight lifting. Avoid yo-yo dieting if you don't want this to happen

We’ve all heard of yo-yo dieting, but what is it? It’s when you lose weight, only to put it all back on again. That’s not so bad, you might think. If you put it back on, you can always take it off again. After all, you’ve done it once; you can do it again. Well,

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Oct 30, 2021 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments

Five Best Hamstring Exercises

A picture of the hamstring muscle

This week we are continuing our feature where we provide our view on which are the top five exercises for different body parts. What are the criteria for selecting the ‘best‘ five exercises? They are those that build muscle, or tone, and do so in a balanced, aesthetically pleasing way. They should work well for

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Sep 11, 2021 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments

Strategies to combat energy compensation

Man doing squats with great form. Resistance training is a great way to combat energy compensation

When you embark on a weight loss journey, it’s expected that, at some point, you will plateau. This is because, as you lose weight, you burn fewer calories moving your body around. At some point, your energy usage becomes low enough that it is equal to your energy intake. Your calorie deficit is wiped out,

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Sep 03, 2021 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments

Why you should prioritise protein for weight loss success

Fruit and yoghurt in a glass. Prioritise protein for weight loss success.

Weight loss can be very challenging. If you’re trying to lose weight, or you’ve tried in the past, does the following sound familiar? You make a lot of changes, you’re more active, and you clean up your diet. Healthy foods are the only things on the menu, and you always cook from scratch. You start

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Aug 19, 2021 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments