Dianna Smith, University of Southampton and Claire Thompson, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Statistics from food banks across England show a frightening rise in the number of people using their services, meaning that more and more people don’t have enough money to feed themselves. Between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017, the Trussell Trust provided 1,182,954 three-day emergency food packages – up 73,645 from the previous year. People affected by food poverty face severe threats to their health and well-being. As well as the stress, depression and anxiety that can result from not having enough money to feed their families, people experiencing food poverty also face a higher risk of obesity, because the only foods they can afford tend to be cheap, sugary, processed and fattening. Some researchers have already mapped out who is using food banks, which is a big step towards understanding the problem. But academics like ourselves are increasingly concerned … [Read more...] about Study maps food poverty across England to see where food banks are needed
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The arid, cat-litter sensation in the mouth, the crushing headache, the guts doing the grim fandango - we're all familiar with the havoc a hangover wreaks on us. Yes, you had an awesome night last night, but now you're reduced to a mewling, puking smelly husk of your former self. A Bloody Mary and a 45 minute shower may seem like an idea right now, but dietitian Helen Bond has a better plan for you. "Even though lots of people swear 'hair of the dog' is the only way to recover from a hangover ," she tells MirrorOnline, "for maximum energy, drink, drink, drink and NOT the alcohol variety! It won't help." So with party season on the horizon, Helen has mapped out the perfect menu to see you fighting fit the day after the night before. 1. First up - NO hair of the dog. "As well as being full of calories (seven calories a gram in fact), alcohol is a diuretic (makes you go to the loo more often)," Helen explains. "So [it's] one of the main causes of hangover symptoms, such as tiredness and … [Read more...] about What to eat for a hangover – the best food and drink to ease the pain
THEY’RE sold to us as “magic cures” that will help you achieve your weight loss goals.Often involving no exercise plans and harsh restrictions on what you can and can’t eat, fad diets are all the rage.But do they work? And is the science behind them trustworthy?According to Dr Giles Yeo, a geneticist at the University of Cambridge, the answer is almost always no.While he says some diets are based on healthy principles that have been scientifically proven to work, others use unfounded explanations that are backed by very little truth.He told The Sun Online: “Fad diets in the past have almost exclusively been talked about unashamedly in terms of weight loss.“My concern with fad diets are that people think it’s an easy answer to try and solve a complex problem.“Any diet that gets you to eat less will work but the problem is the moment you stop that diet you put that weight back on.“So people end up going on these diets thinking … [Read more...] about TV diet doc reveals the TRUTH about celebrity fad diets (and it’s good news for South Beach fans)
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
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?
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?
HORMONE replacement therapy (HRT) triples the risk of breast cancer, according to a new study.With around one in ten women going through menopause relying on HRT to ease the often debilitating symptoms, that makes for a worrying statistic.During menopause your ovaries stop producing oestrogen but do not shut up shop overnight, working haphazardly for six months to two years.As debate over the safety of HRT hots up, RACHEL HALLIWELL looks at more natural relief. THE menopause “isn’t an illness”, says psychologist and women’s health expert Dr Marilyn Glenville.“The first thing we should do is accept it’s a natural and temporary stage of a woman’s life that we shouldn’t panic about and instantly want to medicate.”Dr Glenville says some women find their sex drive increases, adding: “They might even feel newly invigorated because testosterone has become the more dominant hormone as their oestrogen levels drop.”She … [Read more...] about As HRT safety debate hots up, we’ve got lots of tips to help you overcome the menopause naturally
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
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?