WHETHER you're enjoying barbecue season or indulging in Christmas treats, it's difficult to stick to your diet all year round.Most of us know that having a burger loaded with cheddar and lashings of mayo isn't the healthiest option.But tweaking some of the ingredients could slash the calories and mean you to still enjoy celebrations while keeping trim.Dietitian Helen Bond suggests ditching the potato wedges and vanilla ice cream for some low fat healthier equivalents.We reveal her top 15 swaps that could shave more than 1,500 off your diet - and there's even a fruity cocktail and a sumptuous dessert thrown in for good measure.Butternut squash is a great low carb alternative to potatoes.Dr Bond says: "Just three heaped tablespoons of butternut squash counts as one of your five a day."They're high in vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C and E as well as fibre."125g Potato wedges contains: 173kcals, 4g fat, 0.4g sat fat, 0.5g sugars and 0.5g salt125g Butternut … [Read more...] about Courgetti not spaghetti, avo over mayo and a skinny Pina Colada… we reveal the 15 surprising food swaps to trim 1,500 calories off your diet
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STRUGGLING to cope with the daily pressures of childcare, endless emails and lack of sleep? You’re not alone.One in four workers admit to taking time off work due to stress, according to new research.So, to combat this thoroughly modern plague, here are 10 top tips for combating overload and restoring balance to our (increasingly) busy lives.We already know that fitness is good for our outlook (as well as our bodies).But, apparently, doing it with friends amps-up the benefits even further."A good training session can be a great way to switch off from whatever’s stressing you out," explains Katie Booth, co-founder of new social fitness app Fitssi."But working out with others means you can have a laugh, spend quality time with friends or meet like minded people, but instead of sharing a drink at the pub you can be getting fitter and healthier."Perhaps unsurprisingly, green tea is an excellent mood booster. But why?“It contains some caffeine, which … [Read more...] about Stressed out? Follow this simple 10-step plan to BANISH daily pressures from your life
HER diet was the go-to plan for slimmers in the nineties and was famous for its low-fat, low-GI eating plans combined with regular exercise.Rosemary Conley's Diet and Fitness club swept the nation - but what else do we know about the star?Rosemary Conley, 70, is a businesswoman and author who is most famous for her multi-million-pound weight loss business.She was born on December 19, 1946, and currently lives in a Leicestershire with husband of 30 years, retired businessman Mike Rimmington.The pair tied the knot in July 1986 after meeting on a pony trekking holiday.Before Mike she was married for 13 years to Philip Conley, with whom she had her only child, a daughter called Dawn.After suffering from gallstones she started eating a low fat diet, but as she began to shed the points she realised that it was a winning formula for other women keep to lose weight.Rosemary became a nationwide name after her book, The Hip & Thigh Diet, sold over two million copies in … [Read more...] about Who is Rosemary Conley, what is her diet, which foods are restricted, is it safe and are there any success stories?
WHEN hunger strikes most of us reach for the fridge for a quick fix.However that snack, which you think is a healthy choice, could be in fact making you even more hungry. Many healthy snacks might leave you feeling full and happy but that temporary energy boost can leave you craving more food in the long term.But why is this?Experts have given their tips how to stop sabotaging your diet and get clued up about what you are snacking on.Green juices and smoothies appear to be an obvious healthy choice.However a lot of shop brought smoothies are full of fructose, which means when you're over your sugar high, you will be hungrier than ever, explained Shona Wilkinson, a nutritionist at SuperfoodUK.com.She says: "Shop-bought fruit smoothies can seem like a healthy choice, fruit is good for us, right?"But a single serving bottle of fruit smoothie can easily contain 25 grams of sugar or more. that’s five to six teaspoons."Therefore, these drinks are not a great idea … [Read more...] about From green juices to cereal bars – nutritionists reveal the 5 enemies lurking in your kitchen
It's a choice that likely comes down to your taste buds.To have a slice of white or brown bread - that is the burning breakfast question we've all faced.But, if you're one of the health conscious among us, chances are taste is not the only factor in your bread-based dilemmas.You'll stand at the bakery section poised to go with your head, which is telling you brown is better for your health, only to be distracted by a loaf of white promising fewer calories per slice.A video compiled by AsapScience reveals 200g of white bread contains fewer calories than the same measurement of brown bread.But, why is this the case and what does this really mean?Calories are a measure of the amount of energy in food and drink, and are used by the body to create energy needed to sustain daily functions of life.As an average guide, the NHS states the average man needs 2,500 calories a day to maintain his weight, while the average woman requires fewer, around 2,000 calories.But, when it comes to losing … [Read more...] about Why can white bread contain FEWER calories than brown – and what does it REALLY mean for your health?
EVER wondered why you always want a second slice of cake or can munch your way through a whole pack of biscuits after a glass of wine?When we eat, all kinds of chemical reactions take place in our bodies.Some foods send blood sugar levels soaring and crashing, leaving us craving another quick sugar hit.Whereas the texture of others can fail to trigger hormones that tell us we are full.Here, Sun nutritionist AMANDA URSELL reveals the foods that make you hungrier – and what you can eat instead. “HEALTHY” oat bars, fruit yoghurts and dried banana chips hide lots of added sugar, causing us to feel hungrier after eating them and driving us to actually eat more, according to researchers at the University of Texas. THE SOLUTION: Carefully look at food labels and make sure that “healthy” means healthy. If you are not sure, stick with fruit or a handful of plain nuts instead. HAVING a small aperitif such as sherry before a meal has long been used … [Read more...] about Trying to eat less? We reveal the foods including chocolate, ice cream and muffins that can make you feel even HUNGRIER
GMTV weathergirl Clare Nasir was so mortified by photos of her exercising in aThis week, she tells The Sun’s Buzz magazine how she lost 3st with aWHY CLARE’S DIET WORKS“Clare’s diet involves eating five meals a day,” says her nutritionist, Martin“It sounds strange, but eating fuels your metabolism; so if you eat little andAlso, it’s easy to stick to because you never feel hungry when you’re eatingClare’s diet is low fat, high in protein, and full of low GI foods or ‘good’“Unlike sugary high GI foods like white bread, low GI foods like sweet potato“Protein also speeds up your metabolism and helps repair your body afterWHAT TO EAT“The five-meals-a-day diet plan created by my nutrition guru has loads ofBreakfast (300-350 calories each)* 60g muesli with 200ml semi-skimmed milk* 2 medium eggs, 1 slice of wholemeal bread and 1 apple* 50g oats mixed with 100g plain yoghurt and 100g blueberries* 50g branflakes … [Read more...] about Lose weight with Clare Nasir’s plan
POTATO lovers have a higher risk of high blood pressure, scientists believe.Four or more helpings of baked, boiled or mashed spuds a week can increase the risk of hypertension by 11 per cent.And the same number of chip dinners carries a 17 per cent danger.But eating crisps makes no difference, medics said in Boston, US.They found swapping one spud serving a day for non-starchy veg led to a seven per cent drop in the chance of developing high blood pressure. The team blamed the high glycaemic index (GI) of potatoes. High GI foods release energy quicker and so raises blood sugar faster.They are also linked to the failure of cells, problems detoxing and inflammation, all factors in hypertension.Data on 187,000 people over 20 years — including weight — was analysed for the paper, reported in the BMJ.But Prof Tom Sanders of King’s College London said: “I don’t think this study should be used to discourage people from eating potatoes."They make an important … [Read more...] about Potatoes in the boiling pot and being blamed for high blood pressure
IF you were jetting off for a sunny holiday in Miami, you’d want to look as good as the locals do.That’s the premise behind the South Beach diet, which encourages people to keep their bikini bodies in shape all year round. Here’s the lowdown…The South Beach diet is a low-GI diet, which was originally developed for heart patients in the United States.The plan became popular when cardiologist Arthur Agatston released his best-selling book The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss.You don’t calorie count or limit your portions on the plan, and dieters are encouraged to eat three meals and two snacks-a-day.The emphasis is on eating high-fibre foods with lots of lean protein, while avoiding unsaturated fats and starchy carbs.The first stage of the diet is designed for rapid weight loss, promising a shed of up to 13lb in the first two weeks.Phase one:Reduce cravings for sugar and starch, … [Read more...] about What is the South Beach diet, what foods are restricted, is it safe and are there success stories?
Thousands of young people have been taking to the streets in the center of Senegal's capital, Dakar, to protest against the most recent in a seemingly endless stream of food price hikes. Not surprisingly, many women are among the demonstrators, as they're usually the ones who have to find a way to feed their families - whatever the price. Touti Samb is one of them. She has been demonstrating because she is sick of just watching food prices go up. "A sack of rice is expensive. Tomatoes are expensive. Everything is expensive." she said. "I'm doing everything I can just to make sure there's food on the table every day." Not long ago, World Bank President Robert Zoellick warned that ever more people are being pushed into poverty due to rising food prices. One World Bank report said food prices increased by 36 percent over the last year alone. Although the people in this West African nation are caught up in a global problem, Alioune Tine, president of the human rights organization … [Read more...] about Price hikes on food increases problems in Senegal