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What is Fasting?

What is Fasting?

Sounds like a simple question with a simple answer. Fasting must just be the physical act of not eating. As soon as you’re not eating you must be fasting, right? Wrong. If you really want to tap into the reported benefits of fasting then there are a few things to consider.  As soon as you have a meal and finish eating, you enter what’s called the postprandial state, which lasts from your last bite until about 4 hours afterwards; hence why the general recommendation is to wait at least 4 hours between meals. During these 4 hours your body goes...

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It’s not as simple as calories in vs calories out

It’s not as simple as calories in vs calories out

Raise your hand if you’ve ever downloaded My Fitness Pal or another calorie tracking app? Odds are you have because for a long time we’ve been lead to believe that weight loss is as simple as calories in vs. calories out. Burn more than you eat and you’ll lose weight. Sadly, if it were that simple we might not be in the midst of an obesity epidemic.  We eat more than we say we do The aim with weight loss is usually to be able to judge accurately how many calories we are taking in, but that involves being able...

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Cold Therapy: What is it and how do you start?

Cold Therapy: What is it and how do you start?

Strictly speaking it’s not quite the right season in the UK to be talking about cold water, and actually, we’re having a bit of a heat wave at the moment too (not complaining!). London’s outdoor swimming haunts have warmed up somewhat, and the Hampstead heath ponds - by far my favourite place to swim in the city, are a balmy 20 degrees right now. However, it’s actually the perfect time to start swimming if you want to continue it through the colder months as you can gently acclimatise as the water gets cooler again until you don’t even notice that...

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Carbs make you fat

Carbs make you fat

For a long time we’ve been told that carbs make you fat, and anecdotally you might have even found that you lose weight when you restrict the amount of carbohydrates you eat. There is, of course, the fact that carbohydrates store water - or to be more exact, glycogen, which is what carbohydrates are broken down into and stored as. Glycogen is stored in the muscles and liver alongside 2 or 3 molecules of water for every molecule of glycogen. So the old adage “you’re only losing water weight when you cut carbs,” is partially true.  Sugar has been demonized...

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