Body fat and spot reduction

One of the biggest myths in the fitness industry today is spot reduction. Regardless how often this point is clarified, many of us still struggle to understand the rationale behind it. Companies prey on our uncertainty by producing miracle pills, creams and fat-melting contraptions, profiting millions every year by capitalising on this fat-burning saga. Spot reduction is the myth that by training a specific part of the body, we can directly target fat in that area. The most common examples are doing crunches and sit ups to remove belly fat, triceps exercises for those unwanted 'batwings', and using the adductor machine to burn fat from the inner thighs. As nice as it would be to instruct the body where to oxidize fat...
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Fasting and the ageing process

During the 1930’s, there was a terrible drought, food was scarce and the world was experiencing what was known as The Great Depression. Without adequate nutrition, you would imagine life expectancy to have fallen during this period. In actual fact, it rose by a whopping six years! What was the cause for such a rapid fall in mortality? Nutritionists at Cornell University discovered that in research undertaken with animals, they found that if they were severely restricted in the foods they ate, they would live much longer than if they were being fed. Fasting apparently lowers the levels of a particular growth hormone known as IGF-1. An insulin-like growth factor hormone that plays a significant role in the ageing process, as well as many...
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Remember to eat slowly

Many of us suffer from poor digestion simply because we forget to consciously chew our food. In the busy lives we lead, food is often inhaled rather than eaten. In the absence of the mind, all food loses its taste and nutritional benefit. Being in the moment with everything in life, means focusing on what we are doing at the time we are doing it. The Latin phrase "age quod agis" , or do well what you do, says it all - and chewing is no exception. All digestion starts at the mouth, via the process of mastication. When we chew food, the salivary glands produce saliva, which contains the enzyme amylase. One of the main...
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Incompatible foods

The foods we eat have enzymes in them that are necessary for them to be broken down in the digestive tract. These enzymes are very sensitive to the pH environment they are in.

The enzymes that break down proteins, fats and oils, require the body to be in a more acidic environment for optimal digestion. The enzymes that break down carbohydrates, require the body to be in a more alkaline environment for optimal digestion. When we combine proteins and carbohydrates together in the same meal (think meat & potatoes, chicken & rice, tuna & pasta, eggs on toast, spaghetti & meatballs, sandwiches etc.), we introduce two antagonistic food groups that require opposing digestive mediums. It creates a neutralisation of both...
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We can’t out-train a lousy diet

We cannot exercise our way out of a bad diet, in spite what modality of exercise we choose to perform.

Picture obesity as a bathtub that is overflowing and the water representing fat. Imagine proper nutrition as turning off the tap and corrective exercise as pulling out the plug. If the tub is already overflowing, pulling the plug out without turning off the tap is not going to make much of a difference - we are still overflowing. If however we apply both simultaneously, the amplified effect of the two together is so great, it is almost inconceivable.  ...
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