You may have heard from midwifes or other Mums ‘oh you’re breastfeeding, the baby weight will come off in no time!’ So is it true that breastfeeding causes weight loss? Well yes and no. The answer is very similar to the answer to the question ‘does exercise help with weight loss?’
As it is the beginning of the year I have observed a lot of people following an online fitness and nutrition plan, usually a downloadable ebook or an app. I think this is great! For the cost of one personal training session you can buy an entire 12 weeks worth of workouts. I have personally over the years enjoyed trying programs by Kayla Itsines, Ashy Bines, Jamie Eason and Emily Skye. Even though I’m a trainer I always love trying a different trainer’s
If you’re eating healthy, exercising regularly and living a healthy lifestyle but still can’t lose weight, chances are that your portions are too large. If tracking everything you eat in an app isn’t something you’ve got time for, here are some tips to help you be less hungry and eat less:
- Drink a minimum of 3L water a day. Thirst is often mistaken for hunger.
- Exercise at a moderate to high intensity three times a week. This intensity of exercise regulates your appetite control hormones (gherlin and leptin). It only needs to be
Sampling some different tropical fruits and cacao balls at the cacao farm.
I am a huge chocolate lover so jumped at the chance to do a chocolate farm tour when holidaying on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. I went with the ‘Garden Island Chocolate’ company and our hosts Koa and Angela were extremely passionate and knowledgeable.
In this post, I have written up everything I learnt from them about cacao farming, processing and the health benefits of eating cacao.
What I thought
This is a wholefood cookbook for use with the Thermomix. As far as I know, it is the best Thermomix cookbook for people with allergies. I am gluten intolerant and my sister is dairy intolerant, so whenever I need to make something to suit both of us I head straight to this book. Something I love about Quirky Cooking is that every recipe I make tastes delicious! It’s not just healthy food that tastes ok, it’s full of flavour! A common complaint with Thermomix cooking in general is that
Sometimes you get a hankering for something sweet to enjoy after dinner whilst you’re snuggled up on the couch enjoying your latest fitness magazine. Well, I know I do anyway! If you’ve eaten five decent sized meals already that day, then you don’t really need the extra calories from a large dessert no matter how healthy it is. So, here are four ideas for mini-desserts to give you a little treat after dinner without tipping your body into a daily calorie surplus. Remember that being in a calorie surplus over
Caffeine is a performance-enhancing supplement backed by abundant scientific evidence. These are the evidence-based reasons I just about always have caffeine before a workout:
I personally love using technology to help me with my fitness goals. These apps provide me with motivation, organisation, education and save me time. Here is a list of my must-have free health and fitness apps:
1) My Fitness Pal
What it does: This app tells you the calorie, macronutrient and micronutrient information of just about every food you can think of. This calorie counting app is useful for eating a specific amount of calories so you can reach your goal, whether for muscle gain or fat loss.
What I use it
Photographer: Darren Wirth
You’re probably going to think these tips are all things you’ve heard before, but I urge you not to glaze over them! They really do make a huge impact on your health and weight.
1. Do something active every day.
Find something you enjoy so you won’t skip it! Yes, resistance training and high intensity interval training (HIIT) are the most effective forms of exercise for dropping body fat, but if you can’t stand them you can still get good results from other types of exercise. The best type
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My diet has progressed from me having no idea what I was doing in my teens, to being overly strict in my early-twenties, to now in my mid-twenties being a little more relaxed. I now understand that being overly-obsessive with your diet can cause guilt, anxiety and affect your social life, which is just as detrimental to your health and well-being as a bad diet.
I have also learnt that being a food perfectionist is unnecessary to reach my goals. In my experience, you can have both