Sunday, September 4, 2016

7 Food Facts You Need to Know to Stay Healthy

These days, people have become increasingly aware of their need to lead a healthier lifestyle. This often means consciously making better choices throughout the day. When it comes to nutrition, much has been said on the subject, from mere hearsay to evidence-based research. Differentiating between the two can sometimes pose a challenge. So here are seven food facts for you, backed by research, many of which have been traditionally known in different cultures but only recently validated by science.

1. Some Fats are Good
While saturated and trans fats should be limited or avoided, unsaturated fats (polyunsaturated or monounsaturated) contain important fatty acids that help lower "bad" LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol while increasing "good" HDL (high density lipoprotein) cholesterol. One way to include good fat in your diet is

Yes, Technically, Drinking Cold Water Burns More Calories—But There’s A Catch

If drinking ice water to lose weight sounds too good to be true, it’s because it is.

This rumor gained traction over a decade ago because of a study with surprising results.
In 2003, a research team in Germany studied 14 people and found that if the participants drank ice cold water, they could boost their caloric expenditure by about 30 percent for over an hour. Meaning, “If you could chug your way through two liters of cold water, you could burn about an extra 100 calories per day,” Rachele Pojednic, Ph.D., assistant professor in the nutrition department at Simmons College and professor at the Harvard Extension School, tells SELF. “That’s a lot of freezing cold water to drink.” It is—about a large soda bottle’s worth—but an extra 100 calories per day is a pretty major deal for something that doesn’t require much effort.

Why exercise for the over-50s keeps the brain in top shape

STOPPING exercise for just 10 days leads to a reduction in blood flow to the brain in the over-50s.

Researchers claimed one of the areas most affected was the hippocampus – the region responsible for learning and memory which shrinks in people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Their exercise regimes included at least four hours of high-intensity training each week. On average they were running 36 miles a week – around five miles a day.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

What actually is the Mediterranean diet – and does it work?

Hard to define, but famously good for us, this way of eating is far from universally followed even in the countries it came from.

It is said to be better at lowering cholesterol than statins, and able to prevent dementia and heart disease, and will not make you fat. Anything that good for you might be expected to smell foul and come in a medicine bottle, but the Mediterranean diet is generally considered to be delicious, except by those who hate olive oil.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Revealed, the five reasons you can't lose weight, from drinking coffee to breathing all wrong

With his broad, muscular shoulders and rippling abdomen, Hugh Jackman knows a thing or two when it comes to keeping in shape.
So when he calls someone 'a one stop shop for health and wellbeing', most aspiring dieters might want to stop and take note.
The Wolverine star enlisted the help of health expert and nutritionist Dr Libby Weaver and it seems he has never looked back. 
So what do they know that we don't when it comes to the quest for the perfect body?
Speaking to Healthista, Dr Weaver reveals the underlying factors that can thwart dieters' best-laid plans.
At the time Dr Weaver studied dietetics at the University of Sydney in the late 90s, the prevailing wisdom was that weight gain was simply caused by eating too much.