FASTING is said to be good for your whole body, not just the waistline. Celebrity fans include Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Lopez and Dom Joly.But sticking to reduced calories when you have a busy schedule isn’t easy.Here are some great ways to stick to your fast and I test gel nail varnishes which should last more than five days.DIET COMPANY: LighterLife Fast is a version of the 5:2 diet.So you have five days a week eating and drinking normally, then on two days you have four of its products, which total 800 calories.I was surprised the packet food tasted so good. A spaghetti bolognese that was only 150 calories was really filling and freeze-dried fruit and yoghurt at 46 calories satisfied sweet cravings.This is great if you’re doing the diet at work or you don’t want the hassle of weighing and measuring. Brilliant.SOUP: If you are on a diet, then soup is always a great go-to.Superfood company Soupologie has produced a great range of chilled soups with a 21-day shelf … [Read more...] about We test great ways to help you stick to your diet as fasting becomes popular with model Miranda Kerr
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If you are trying to lose weight, it can be hard to know which diet plan is right for you.It's always important to consult a medical professional and do your research before radically changing what you eat.From bonkers fads to health plans celebrities swear by, the amount of advice can be overwhelming.Here's our handy A-Z guide to dieting that could help you on your weight loss journey...The alkaline diet involves cutting back on foods which produce acid when digested.This fad is believed to have been started by health trainer to the stars, Tracy Anderson, although she has since distanced herself from the trend.Many believe that the diet is simply a gimmick to help cut calories and control portions.It involves swapping balanced meals out of your day for jars of baby food, and is not recommended by professionals.The Cambridge diet was developed by Dr Alan Howard at Cambridge University in the 1970s, and was launched as a commercial product in the US in 1980 followed by the UK in 1984.It … [Read more...] about The A-Z of dieting: From the regimes that can work wonders to those than could have serious health implications
DIABETES is a life-long health condition that affects about 3.5 million people in the UK alone.In 2012 it was responsible for about 1.5 million deaths worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation.It is caused by high levels of glucose – or sugar – in the blood because the pancreas either does not produce enough insulin to break down the sugar or cannot effectively use the insulin.Insulin is a hormone typically produced by the pancreas and allows glucose to enter the cells in the body, where it’s used for energy.There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2.Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed during childhood and is a result of cells in the body that usually produce insulin being destroyed.Type 2 is the most common form of the disease, according to Diabetes UK, and is caused when the insulin producing cells are unable to produce enough of the hormone.Although it is considered a chronic disease it can be managed with healthy lifestyle choices such as a … [Read more...] about Have YOU got diabetes? The 10 signs you shouldn’t ignore – and that could save your life
AFTER losing almost three stone, Frankie Essex looks almost unrecognisable in her sexy, black bikini.The Towie star has been soaking up the sun in Mykonos in Greece and flaunting the results of her recent weight loss.Frankie, 28, has worked hard to get her trim figure, revealing she now works out every day.With her toned abs and legs it’s clear to see her punishing regime is paying off.Larking around with her friends, Frankie couldn’t stop laughing as she got to grips with her board.After a couple of fails she decided to give it a rest, laying back in the sunshine to top up her tan.The gym bunny quickly tired of this however and showed off her impressive plank, which she held while bobbing around in the warm waters of the med.Since losing the weight, 5ft 7” Frankie – who went from 12st 8lbs to 10st 1lb – has been forced to hit back against rumours she’s had a tummy tuck.She told The Sun Online: “No way did I do that.“I just went to the … [Read more...] about Towie’s Frankie Essex shows off her incredible abs in Mykonos after denying she’s had tummy tuck after 2.5 stone weight loss
WANT to know a secret? There is no perfect one plan suits all diet.If you've tried countless diets but don't feel like anything is working, you need to sit down and ask yourself these eight questions. There's something out there for everyone... 1. How fast do I want to lose weight? If the answer is quickly, choose a short, sharp shock plan. “All the evidence now suggests that rapid weight loss, if done properly, is more likely to be successful,” says Dr Michael Mosley, the man who brought us the 5:2 diet and author of The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet: Lose Weight Fast And Reprogramme Your Body . “It’s not true that it slows the metabolism any more than losing it more gradually,” he adds. Depending on how much weight you want to shed, a short low-carb, high-fat diet plan could help you to lose 10lb in 10 days, while if you want to drop more than a stone in eight weeks, you could try Michael Mosley’s Blood Sugar Diet. … [Read more...] about Eight questions to ask before you start a diet that will make sure you stick to it
A GIRL who was days away from death after her weight plummeted to just FIVE STONE has shared shocking pictures of her in the grip of anorexia in a bid to inspire others to seek help.Hannah Koestler, now 22, told how she wanted to show the “grim reality” of the devastating illness by posting distressing photographs of her skeletal body connected to a feeding tube onlineThe brave student, whose BMI had dropped to just 11, now has 120,000 followers on Instagram and receives dozens of messages a day from people suffering from eating disorders.Hannah, who is 5ft 11 and now a healthy size eight having recovered from her anorexia, admitted at one stage she was living off three rice crackers a day and was the dress size of a 10-year-old child.Where a healthy BMI (Body Mass Index) is between 18 and 24, Hannah dropped to 11, meaning she was dangerously underweight.She is now back up to a healthy BMI of 19 and hopes her journey will encourage other sufferers to reach out.Hannah … [Read more...] about ‘Anorexia nearly killed me’: Girl, 22, was days away from death after dropping to five stone with a BMI of just 11… but now she helps others beat the illness and has 120k Instagram fans
It is an ongoing debate, but one which was recently sparked again.Women who suffer period pains should be allowed three days off work each month for "menstrual leave", a leading expert said last week.Gynaecologist Dr Gedis Grudzinskas said it would make them "more happy and comfortable" and would be positive for employers.But, others argued the move would cripple small business or cause more to employ men.While everyone will have an opinion on the matter, a team of nutritionists have revealed the ways women can ease their period pains, through their diet.Here, we reveal the five ways to banish the dreaded PMS.1. SAY NO TO SUGAR AND CAFFEINEWhat you eat is the very foundation of your health, and as a result it is a crucial aspect of not only preventing but also treating PMS.Dr Marilyn Glenville, a leading nutritionist and author of Natural Alternatives to Sugar, said the most important dietary change a woman can make is to ensure her blood sugar levels are steady."The higher your … [Read more...] about Banish coffee and sugar, and have a dandelion tea… experts reveal 5 ways to beat the dreaded PMS
WHEN it comes to dieting, there are dozens of options out there - meaning it can be tough to choose.Luckily, a Channel 4 TV show has been trialling the weight loss regimes - putting normal Brits on different meal plans to see which is the most effective.Here's how to catch up with How to Lose Weight Well, and educate yourself on the diets available.How to Lose Weight Well is a show in which members of the public road test some of the most talked about diets around, all so you don't have to.The presenting team is led by Dr Xand van Tulleken, the author of How to Lose Weight Well.Dr Xand famously slimmed down from 19 stone - and is dedicated to helping others do the same.He is joined by dietitian Hala El-Shafie and cafe chef Stacie Stewart, who choose a different diet for each punter.Dr Xand will also put his own body to the test, by trying out the latest weight loss gadgets and meeting the experts behind the cutting edge techniques.How to Lose Weight Well is on … [Read more...] about What time is How To Lose Weight Well on Channel 4 tonight and which diets are featured in the show?
TRYING to lose weight after the indulgent Christmas period but not sure where to start?The British Dietetic Association (BDA) has taken a look at some of the most popular diets around and given its verdict on whether it will work for you.This diet is based on the principal of intermittent fasting, where you eat normally for five days and restrict your calorie intake for the other two.On top of losing weight, fans claim the 5:2 diet can improve lifespan and brain function, and protect against conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease.But evidence on how effective the diet it is limited.One 2010 study found women placed on a 5:2 diet achieved similar levels of weight loss to women on a calorie-controlled diet, and were also less likely to develop chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes.There is also some evidence that the 5:2 model may help lower the risk of certain obesity-related cancers, such as breast cancer.Pros:Sticking to a calorie restricted two days a week … [Read more...] about What is the best diet to help YOU lose weight? From 5:2 to paleo and dukan, experts give their verdict
WOULD you like to lose one stone every month, while receiving motivational messages and texts to keep you on track?This is the promise behind the LighterLife diet plan, but the very low-calorie meal plans are certainly not for everyone. Here’s the ‘skinny’ on the three stages of the LighterLife diet, if you’re wondering if it’s the one for you…The idea of the LighterLife diet is to slash your daily calorie intake and kickstart weight loss.The deprivation technique is controversial with some medical professionals but it certainly works – and can be effective for those who are dangerously overweight.Stage one:Those with a BMI of 30 or above, meaning they are classed as obese, or severely obese if BMI is over 40, begin on the Total VLCD (very low calorie diet) plan.This meal plan limits dieters to 600 calories per day, which is much less than the 2,000 cals recommended for women and 2,500 recommended for blokes.It’s a meal … [Read more...] about What is the LighterLife diet, what foods are restricted, is it safe and are there success stories?