April 2009

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Easter is finally over and the world now turns its attention away from chocolate and back to diet.  We have seen the number of articles in women’s magazines on the bikini diet increase and Mr Motivator is back on GMTV giving it large.

What is a shame is that someone has not picked up on the fact that the slimmest country in Europe has the highest levels of saturated fat in their diet and drink wine for water.  Yes France.  Perhaps even Mr Motivator needs to think different.

So ask your self what you did last year and why it didn’t last.

Was it because it was not sustainable?

Make 2009 the year that you get slim for summer and keep it that way!

20 April 2009

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With only a few days to go before I can switch off and relax I was interested to read a short article in the Daily Mail by Lowri Turner about the connection between cortisol and weight gain.


This is something that Dr John Briffa has spoken about on a number of occasions.  It is really interesting to see how my ability to metabolise food changes when I begin to chill.

In the summer, when I go away for three weeks, I really notice the difference in my shape even though I am often eating more and doing less than my normal routine at home and work.


It would seem that Dr John Briffa is not alone in his view that stress can cause a rise in the natural levels of cortisol.  When we are under stress our bodies want to prepare for fight or flight and cortisol kicks in to create more energy and does this by  raising  our blood sugars through the production of new glucose from the liver. This in term causes a rise in insulin and that leads to yet other problems.

1 April 2009

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