How To Measure Body Fat

Apart from looking in the mirror, stepping on the scales remains the most common method people use for checking on the progress of their exercise regime. However, while weight is undoubtedly a useful measure of fitness for many people, it can also be misleading to judge the effects...
We all like a moan after a long, tiring day at work – but deep down we know that if were just a bit better organised, things wouldn’t be so bad. We’d be more prepared for the tasks thrown at us, more able to deal with unexpected complications,...
The cashews are the first to go when people munch through a bag of mixed nuts. That’s a given. After that the almonds and brazil nuts will usually be carefully picked out, leaving a combo of walnuts and hazelnuts. If you approach the bag at this stage you...

Smoothies

Smoothies are big business. First they were an indulgent way to get a couple of your five-a-day, then a high-end gym staple and now ubiquitous.  But while enterprising supermarkets and juice bars are engaged in an arms-race of flavour combinations – mango and mint is surprisingly good – are...
The explosion of interest in cooking, and the flood of cookbooks that came along with it, over the past decade has been a great thing. Cooking for yourself is one step towards eating less junk food or heavily-processed meals. But one less savoury byproduct has been the buying...
People in the UK have no time for fibre. According to the NHS, the average consumption is 14g a day, when 30g is the recommended amount. Fortunately, once you start looking out for it, it’s not a tricky requirement to meet. Why do we need fibre? Getting enough fibre can...
Can you eat your way to a long life? People in a handful of regions across the globe apparently do. Author Dan Buettner identified seven so-called “blue zones” – places where residents often live past 100 – and analysed the factors that may explain it. Here are the...
Eating shellfish like prawns and scallops once a week can protect your brain against age-related memory loss and other cognitive problems, thanks to their high levels of omega 3 fatty acids and low levels of toxic compounds such as mercury. Research published in the journal Neurology found that...

The 20 Best Fat-Burning Foods

Here’s the reality: it doesn’t matter how hard you train in the gym if you don’t put the same time, effort and focus into what you do in the kitchen. The old saying that “you can’t out-train a bad diet” is something of a cliché, but like many...
The most vital part of any healthy diet is nailing the nutritional make-up of your main meals, but the importance of snacking should never be underestimated. All the chicken-breast-and-broccoli dinners in the world won’t bring your weight down if you stuff your face with cake and biscuits in...