Diet Tips to Assist Weight Loss

weight lossLosing weight has never been easy. You’ll have to find the perfect balance of exercise, diet, and maybe even a few supplements. Mix all of this together with going to work and living life, things can get pretty hectic and pushed to the side. It’s important to stick to your schedule and strive to meet all of your weight loss goals. Below are some weight loss tips that you might find helpful in these trying times. Don’t give up and keep trying. Hopefully, these tips will make the job just a little bit easier.

Start today, but relax.
It’s to get quickly overwhelmed with any diet. A diet feels a lot like sacrifice, which makes us reluctant to stick with the regimen. It also makes it easier to push it off until tomorrow. The best thing you could do is start your diet this very second, but just relax. A diet isn’t going to give you instant results, so there’s no need in changing your entire lifestyle overnight. Start by making small changes and continue to make these changes over the following weeks. Remember to stay relaxed and take it one step at a time. Even celebrities have to take it slowly particularly when people say what brought about that. Eventually, you’ll find yourself on a healthier diet and living an active lifestyle without even recognizing it. The key is to make small, gradual changes that won’t startle your senses.

Stay in control.
It’s surprising how many people aren’t in total control of the foods they eat. When you ignore the foods you put in your mouth you stop being the one in control. You’ll remain constantly in control by always reading the labels and understanding the nutrition information about your meals. You should also know exactly how they are prepared and just how healthy they are. Just because you’re somewhere new doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention to what you eat. You’ve got to keep track of your meals, your calories, and your fats.

The Rotten Tooth Fairy

The beautiful girl eats a sweet on a white backgroundThey say things come in 3’s, well I haven’t been to the dentist for a few months but last time I went all was well.

BUT, 3 articles / TV programmes have caught my attention recently. Last night I was watching the programme Food Unwrapped. There was a section on there about kid’s food.

All these designer products, marketed to parent and less so to kids…

*No added sugar

*Natural sugars  high in fibre

*1 of your 5 a day

In reality these foods are actually junk food full of sugar – cereals, cereal bars, dried fruit, juice.

Even real fruit…


Real fruit you ask????

Then on GMB yesterday Susanna and Ben were interviewing a dentist and a mum and her kids about their teeth…

One of the kids ate a lot of dried fruits etc.. the other didn’t

The kid that ate the dried fruit had…..

4 fillings and a root canal ….

 ….and the kid was only 5 years old!

Your thinking – what’s this got to do with me? I’m 40+ and my teeth are fine.

Yes, your teeth may well be fine and I’m sure your brush well.

But this made me think…

All this sugar in so-called healthy foods is causing a huge problem on hormones

Especially insulin

This is the fat storage hormone

Anytime you have elevated insulin levels – even in the “normal zone”


Or perhaps I should clarify that as fat loss, but you know what I mean

No amount of exercise is going to undo the effects of junk food on your insulin

I’ll repeat no amount of exercise is going to undo that

I’ll repeat it again just in case you missed it, no amount of exercise is going to undo that

So you get my point here, right?

You have to cut all the crap out – juice, dried fruit, cereal bars, flap jacks, granola bars, yoghurts, even fruit…..

I’ll get strung up by the dieticians on this one but TOO MUCH fruit may be causing you a problem and stopping you getting in shape.

This post was written by personal trainer, Chris Hines, who offers fitness workouts in Reading. Contact him today to see how he can help you lose weight and shape up.

How Pilates Can Help Your Back

Pilates is a great form of exercise to help manage a current episode of low back pain, or prevent a future episode of low back pain. There are numerous Pilates exercises that can help but here are y top 5 Pilates exercises for low back pain.


Transverse abdominus isolation


The transverse abdominus muscle is a deep core muscle that acts like your bodies internal corset. It comes of the facsia that attached to the spine and warps around to the front inserting into the rectus abdominus. There are numerous ways to activate this muscle. One of the most common ways to activate it is by contracting the pelvic floor. This is achieved because the pelvic floor and transverse abdominus being on the same neurological loop – when you contract one muscle you contract the other.


Simply lie on your back with the knees bent. Take a deep diaphragmatic breath, as you breath out gently contract the pelvic floor muscle like you are trying to stop the flow of urine. Hold this contraction for 10 seconds whilst breathing normally and then relax. Repeat this 10 times.


Lower abdominal number 1


Similar to the transverse abdominus exercise, lie on your back with your knees slightly bent. Place your hands underneath your low back with the fingertips overlapping. Make the transversus abdominus contraction by gently squeezing your pelvic floor muscles and gently press your low back down onto your fingertips.  Hold this contraction and gently lift 1 foot in the air bringing the knee to towards the chest. Slowly lower that leg back down. Switch legs, completing 10 repetitions on each leg.


Multifidus isolation


There are numerous positions in which to try and activate the multifidus. Perhaps the easiest is inside crook lying. Lie on your left side with your left hand supporting your head, reach back with your right hand and with your fingertip and thumb feel the muscles in the lower back either side of the bony points in your spine. Think about these two points connecting with a piece of string and then gently drawing this to points together along the line of string. These two points one actually move but it is the intention to try and move them, which will activate the multifidus. You should feel a gentle swelling of the muscle on the fingertips at this point. Hold the contraction for 10 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds, repeating 10 reps, lying on both the left and right sides.


Horse stance vertical


pilatesThis exercise is performed in four point kneeling. Set yourself up with your knees hip width apart directly under the hips and hands shoulder width apart directly under the shoulders. Make a transversus abdominus contraction then gently take the pressure out of one of me and the opposite hand, not even lifting than 1 cm off the floor. Hold this position for up to 10 seconds and then switch sides.


Supine lateral ball roll


This exercise requires a Swiss Ball. Lie on the Swiss Ball with it positioned between your shoulder blades and back of the head. Keep your hips up and have your arms pointing out to the side. Initiate the exercise by rolling off to one side trying to keep your pelvis, arms and trunk parallel to the floor. Just before you feel you are going to lose your balance and fall off the ball hold that position for a count of three seconds and then roll back to the middle. Repeat the exercise rolling to the opposite direction completing 10 reps going to both the left and the right.

Steve Hines is the Director and Head Physio at Wandsworth Pilates in SW London. Visit their website for more information.

The Best Fitness Workouts on the Market

fitnessIn this short article I am going to compare the three leading home workout programmes on the market. You will probably be familiar with P90X and Insanity and less familiar with Turbulence Training which is less famous. Home workouts, particularly the ones on DVD have become huge in the last 10 years partly because of the fitness boom but also because as people have gotten busier then so they’ve had less time to get to a gym so therefore favour home based workouts.

Insanity workout cam out a few years back on DVD and became an overnight hit. The high intensity workouts were easy to follow and gave people a great workout but some people found it too demanding so along came P90X. These two workouts have been the market leaders of the exercise DVD market for some time. They were predominantly promoted by informercials on TV and sold millions of copies worldwide. They are now sold via various media but still sell well through TV advertisements.

Turbulence Training on the other hand is an internet based programme that is more interactive and planned out over a 3 month time frame. It’s a membership programme where more in depth dietary advice is given compared to the other two workouts. There are similarities in the highly intense approach but Turbulence Training is predominantly done with just body weight whereas Insanity and P90X use certain types of fitness equipment. For more information you can read this great Turbulence training review by Peak Fitness and decide for yourself if it delivers what it promises.

From the selection of workouts I’ve brought to your attention you’ll have a selection of great workouts to choose from. Whether you like follow along DVD’s or a membership site with nutritional recommendations these three workouts have you covered. Simply select the one which you think will suit you best and give it a go.


Simple Diet and Exercise Tips That Will Help You to Lose Weight

weight lossEvery year, countless people decide that they want to lose weight. However, many of those people fail to reach their goals. They find weight loss to be too much of a challenge, and are discouraged by their lack of progress.

There are many common mistakes people make when they decide that they want to lose weight. Many people set diets that are too restrictive, and many people make demands for themselves that are impossible to meet. When people fail to live up to the expectations that they’ve set for themselves, they lose all of their motivation.

Rather than adopt an overly restrictive diet, it’s better to make subtle changes to your current diet. Eat smaller portion sizes, and substitute ingredients for healthier ones. Don’t give up your favorite foods; just try to eat less of them. The easier your diet is to stick to, the more likely it is that you’ll see long-term success.

You’ll also want to work your way up to more challenging workouts. Start by working out 10 minutes a day three times a week. Once you’re used to that, you can start working out longer and more frequently. If you don not want to join a gym then try and outdoor fitness boot camp in your local area. These are often outside in the fresh air and with like minded people. For example, Reading boot camp company, Peak XV Fitness offer 6 week intensive boot camps at their Berkshire location.

You may want to try taking some kind of vitamin that will give you more energy or suppress your appetite. Sometimes, that little extra boost is all you need in order to make real weight loss progress. Look into vitamins and see what kind of supplements you might want to take.

As long as you’re willing to stick with your plan and work hard, you’ll be able to see the weight loss you desire. Set reasonable expectations, and don’t give up on your weight loss goals. If you want real results, you’ll need to be patient. Success will come eventually.

Three Common Tennis Injuries

With Wimbledon in full swing there are a number of injuries that budding tennis player’s complain of, and no I don’t just mean tennis elbow. Muscle strains are a common injury for many a recreational player. Often times players strain the calf muscle. If gets described as feeling a pop in the back of the leg and can be quite painful. The initial management for this injury would be rest, ice, compression and elevation followed by a stretching and strengthening regimen that your physio can prescribe.  This will include some gentle stretching and strengthening exercises for the injured area. You physio may also do some soft tissue massage on your calf and use k-tape to strap it up. It can take anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks to be back on the tennis court depending on the severity of your injury.


It seems obvious that playing a racket sport would cause problems with the upper. It’s more common to injure the shoulder than any other joint in the upper body. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body and requires exquisite muscular control. Injuries to the rotator cuff tendon are most common. Your physio may describe this as shoulder impingement – where a tendon gets pinched in between the arm bone and top of the shoulder blade.  Your physio will give you specific postural exercises to stretch the pecs and strengthen the lower traps and rhomboids, as well as the rotator cuff muscles themselves. This problem can usually settle down in a few short weeks with the right treatment. However, if it is more of a chronic tendon problem you may be left with some residual shoulder pain.


tennis playerThe third most common injury in tennis players is low back pain. Think about the action of a serve – how you have to arch back then leap forward with an overhead effort to hit the ball hard. Think of the rotation that goes through the back with a hard forehand or racing to the net to stoop slide and return the ball. It’s no wonder the back gets injured. It’s more common to pull a muscle in the back or just sprain one of the small joints in the spine. Both od these problems can be quite painful but can settle down quite quickly with the right advice and treatment.


Your physio may mobilise the joints in your spine, do some soft tissue release and strap you up with kinesio tape to get you back on the course. Of course it’s always wise to do some core stability exercises to help to keep the core muscles strong and flexible.


If you are suffering from a tennis injury book in for a physio assessments and treatment session at Wandsworth Physiotherapy Clinic on Old York Road in Wandsworth Town.

Low Back Pain Can Be Debilitating

Many people will certainly experience at the very least one installment of pain in the back in their lifetime. It is among the most common health and wellness disorders that can happen. The discomfort could feel simply like a stab in the lumbar region, a sharp discomfort or just back pain.


Sometimes pain in the back can steadily improve by itself after a couple of days or weeks. At other times, it ends up being a lot worse and can last for months. Frequently, back pain to be in the back alone. At various other times, the discomfort can start to travel to the extremities, creating discomfort in both the legs or arms. This discomfort is usually from a nerve that is impinged and can cause various other sensations, such as pins and needles, prickling or muscular tissue pain. 


Various health care problems could cause pain in the back. It could be that there is an injury or stress of the muscular tissues that can trigger uncomfortable contractions. Occasionally, however, the trouble could be with the bones, joints or nerves in the lumbar region. Generally, pain in the back will disappear without any special treatment. The pain could be eased by taking anti-inflammatory medication and resting.


However it is important not to remain in resting in bed for too long because that simply makes the disorder worse. Pain in the back that does not clear after a couple of days should be referred to a reading physiotherapy doctor. If the discomfort happens unexpectedly after an injury the person ought to seek immediate advice from a health professional. If aswell as the back pain there is bladder or bowel urinary incontinence or leg weakness, the affected individual should consult a doctor right away.

low back pain exercisesThere are some significant clinical health conditions that could create severe pain in the back. It is essential to have a medical examination if the pain in the back does not disappear after a couple of weeks of therapy in order to dismiss a lot more major possible sources, consisting of numerous kinds of cancer cells. 


There are numerous kinds of therapies that can be utilized for more extreme discomfort. Typically, the preliminary therapy is utilizing cool treatment to help lower the swelling. After the initial first day, this cool treatment could be alternated with warmth to help the kink to cool down. Various other procedures could consist of light extending workoutsand various other treatments like muscular tissue relaxers, chiropractic modifications, massage therapy and bodily treatment.


Persistent pain in the back that lasts for a number of months in some cases calls for a lot more in depth therapies. A medical professional could make use of cortisone injections and even think about surgical procedure, depending upon the reason for the back pain. If it is identified that the reason for the back pain is a degenerative disc condition or a herniated disc, this is particularly problematic. There are numerous prospective reasons for back pain. Any individual who experiences chronic back discomfort should make certain their doctor rules out any type of major hidden clinical problems.



Skincare Made Simple For You

In this article I want to share some of my skincare tips including exfoliation and hydration. Exfoliation is all about the practise of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. You can exfoliate many areas of your body but many people use this technique on their faces.

ExfoliationWhile many people go to the extremes of exfoliating daily you really only need to do it once or twice a week for best results. Simply start your exfoliation by cleansing your face (or other body parts) with your product of choice in norder to remove any residue or debris from the surface of your skin.

Now apply a generous amount of youe exfoliating scrud to the desired areas and rub in using circular style motions. Exfoliating gloves or a pummice are useful in helping remove dead skin cells from the surface of the face. It’s important to remove all of the exfoliator with warm water before patting the cleansed surface dry.

It’s always good to add a moisturiser afterwards which freshens and hydrates the skin leaving it plump and rich. To keep your skin properly hydrated you need to drink enough water throughout your day. Depending on your body size up to 2 litres per day is often plenty.

A diet rich in anti oxidants is very healthy for your skin and leaves it feeling smooth and replenished. Fruits and vegetables are rich in anti oxidants and you can also get them in the form of nutritional supplements.

Our experts at Body Shape Cosmetics will take a thorough look at your skin type before we prescribe a particular cosmetic treatment for you. If you’re interested in finding out more or would like to book a free consultation with one of our aestheticians then go to our website at and request a call back from one of our expert team today.


What is a Healthy Diet for Sports?

The general public often think that carbohydrate loading is a healthy diet for sport. This is the case if you are taking part in long endurance events, but anyone else who is a regular gym goer or plays team sports it is not necessarily the case.

You need to eat a diet that is tailored to the demands of your training and competition schedule, including eating adequate carbohydrate and protein, proportionately low in healthy fats and balanced in all other nutrients. Careful timing of your meals and snacks around training and competition is also equally important.


Guidelines for a healthy balanced diet for sport


  • Eat a variety of foods each day
  • Eat regular meals
  • Eat good quality proteins in every meal e.g. meat, fish, cheese, eggs or beans, lentils, pulses or nuts, with main meals.
  • Fruit and vegetables should be a main player in your diet with at least 5 servings a day.
  • Eat potatoes, pasta, rice, bread and breakfast cereals around training and games as these provide carbohydrate for energy.
  • Eat some milk and dairy products
  • Keep well hydrated by drinking plenty of fluid throughout the day.  Drink plenty of water and try to keep sugary and fizzy drinks to a minimum.


Carbohydrates, fats and protein are the major macronutrients in food and all provide the body with energy for exercise, although protein is of less importance as an energy source compared with carbohydrate and fat.


During low intensity exercise such as going for a brisk walk or your muscles utilise a greater proportion of fat as fuel and a smaller proportion of carbohydrate. The longer you walk the more of each fuel you use. As the exercise intensity increases e.g. from walking to running, your body will rely more upon carbohydrate as a source of fuel as it supplies energy quickly for faster contracting muscles.


The preferred fuel source for high intensity exercise is glucose, formed from the breakdown of carbohydrates in your diet. Glucose is stored as glycogen in your liver and muscles where it is readily available as a source of energy for your body. However your muscles are only capable of storing a limited amount of glycogen and during exercise this is used to supply your muscles with energy. As glycogen is burned up, and as stores decrease, both physical and mental fatigue can set in.


It is a sensible idea to consume during exercise. You can get carbohydrates in the form of sports drinks or sports gels. During exercise you should aim to consume between 30 and 60 g of carbohydrate per hour along with water.

This article was supplied by Steve Hines, who is a London based sports nutritionist and regularly works with both professional and amateur athletes in his London Sports Nutrition practice. Contact him to book your free consultation.

Lower Body Rehabilitation

In this short article London Sports Physiotherapist, Steve Hines is going to discuss some exercises that can help rehabilitate any lower body injuries you may pick up exercising or playing sports.

Before you train in the gym your physiotherapist should assess your lower body biomechanics and muscle imbalances. These will include:


  • Lumbar spine range of movement
  • Pelvic alignment
  • Hip range of movement
  • Lower limb muscle length tension tests


The range AND the asymmetry between the heads of the hamstrings and between the left and right sides needs to be considered. The medial hamstring should be 85% of sagittal. A discrepancy between the sagittal and medial hamstrings leaves you at a greater risk of hamstring and groin injury. A tight rectus femoris exposes the hamstrings to injury. Tight hip rotators expose the groin to injury. Decreased ankle ROM is one of the biggest predictors of lower limb injury in sport.


It is important you correct any of these imbalances before you undertake a lower body exercise programme or you will be at a higher risk of injury.


Flexibility work


Prior to exercise always start with fascial release and dynamic stretches. Dynamic stretches do not lead to great gains in flexibility but increase the pliability of the soft tissues without deceasing strength / power potential.


Do fascial release, dynamic, PNF and then static stretches if doing a pure flexibility session. Static stretches lead to greater gains in flexibility, but neurologically inhibit muscles – thus not ideal prior to exercise unless you are trying to switch off an overactive muscle.


Fascial release


Tight fascia inhibits muscle growth


Plantar fascia

Prickle ball release the foot


ITB and quads

Foam roller 3-4 sweeps on the ITB and also on the junction between the VL and ITB


Low back

Release the TLF, the TFL can be up to 3 inches thick.

Low Russian twist 20 reps




Stretch the following muscles before lower limb workouts:


  • Gastrocnemius (can statically stretch before a workout)
  • Soleus
  • Hip flexors (can statically stretch before a workout)
  • Hamstrings


Steve is a physiotherapist in Balham, London and can be consulted for all sports injuries. Feel free to contact him today.

A Simple Healthy Eating Plan

For those of you on the front line of nutrition and want to cut through all the BS and find a healthy diet that will help you feel great and lose weight then you need to read this article:


What should I eat?


  • Lots of colourful vegetables and some fruits
  • Healthy lean proteins
  • Healthy fats
  • Fibre rich foods
  • Protein and fats with each meal and snack
  • Organic foods


How much should I eat?


  • 3 meals a day with snacks if necessary
  • Always breakfast
  • At least 1 serving of blue, red, green, yellow and white vegetables and fruit each day
  • At least 1 serving of nuts or seeds each day
  • At least 2 serving of animal proteins each day


When should I eat?


  • Always start the day with breakfast within an hour so of waking
  • Eat a meal or snack roughly every 3 hours


What else?


  • Enjoy your food
  • Eat mindfully and in a relaxed environment
  • Chew you food
  • Share meals with friends and / or family




Good choices

  • Eggs (scrambled, poached, omelette)
  • Whole grain toast and butter (not margarine)
  • Porridge / muesli with whole milk
  • Fresh fruit and nuts selection
  • Berries and plain yoghurt
  • Cooked breakfast: chicken, salmon, bacon, steak, turkey, tomatoes, mushroom, potatorosti.

Bad choices

  • Nothing
  • Cereals and skimmed milk (Coco pops, Cornflakes, Frosties)
  • White bread toast and jam
  • Juice

Lunch and dinner


Focus on:

  • Healthy lean proteins – chicken, steak, salmon etc…
  • Healthy fats like avocado, eggs, olive oil, nuts and seeds, cold water fish
  • Lots of different coloured vegetables
  • Salads
  • Fruits
  • Some gluten free grains such as rice or quinoa
  • Some starch such as sweet potato, potato, or butternut squash



  • Packets of nuts and seeds
  • Fresh fruits
  • Dried fruits
  • Food bars such as bounce balls, Trek bars and Nakd bars
  • Rice cakes, vegetable crudités and dips such as nut butter or tahini
  • Water and other beverages

The dinner plate

Use the dinner plate concept to plan your meals. Half the plate should be non-starchy vegetables, a quarter of the plate proteins and a quarter could be starchy vegetables (however starchy vegetables are not essential unless you have just finished a hard exercise session).

For more information contact Balham Nutritionist, Steve Hines, who would be happy to advise you.

Exercises to Improve Core Abdominal Strength

Here are 3 great exercises for the lower abdominal region.

ejercicios abdominalesBicycle Crunches
Bicycle crunches are the first on this list and for a good reason: they work! This is an excellent exercise for working the lower abdominal muscles and it doesn’t really require a bicycle. To begin with, you should lie on the floor on your back and face the ceiling. Both of your legs should be bent and your head is then lifted and held in place by the arms. You then bring the right leg closer and closer to your left elbow, which you push forward very slightly to make contact. At the same time, you are straightening out the opposing leg. Once you finish this, just repeat the cycle. Try around 4 reps of 10 – 15 crunches every other day and you will begin to notice a difference after the first month. This is an incredible abdominal exercise for the lower abdominal region. You can add weights to the mixture to increase the efficiency.

Twist and Crunch
The next abdominal exercise on the list is also for the oblique abdominals and is known as the “Twist and Crunch”. This is probably one of the best abdominal exercises all together and belongs in every workout regimen. Lie down and bend the right leg. The hip is then twisted and the abdominal are used to lift the body while the opposing elbow is turned to make contact with the knee. You then repeat this for 15 repetitions of both legs. You can do this exercise about 4 times a day, every other day as well and it will help make a difference. It’s more difficult to incorporate weights into this exercise and they aren’t needed to receive the benefits.

Double Leg Reverse Crunch
The final abdominal exercise on this list is the “double leg reverse crunch”. It’s much harder to pronounce five times fast than it is to do, yet it’s incredibly efficient when it comes to strengthening core muscles and building the lower abdominal region. Lie flat on the floor and bend both knees as you raise them. Keep both hands down below the hip. You then slowly lower your heels until they are only a few inches above the ground. Then, you raise the knees until they are back at the initial position. Repeat this a few times with both legs and you’ve made a difference.

Get Your Skin to Bounce Back

If you have rapidly lost a lot of weight you may notice a lot of loose skin hanging off your body. Loose skin usually occurs under the area of the arms, stomach and buttock areas. This loose skin after weight loss may be causing you to feel embarrassed about the way your body looks.

skin careThere are a few tactics in the form of medical procedures, nutrition, exercises and creams that you will be able to use on your loose skin after weight loss. Skin is an elastic organ and this is what causes loose skin after rapid weight loss. Other factors that contribute to loose skin include sun exposure, smoking, dehydration and age.

Tip 1 Lose Weight at a Steady Pace

Excessive exercising and crash dieting will make your body lose muscle and fat at a rapid rate. Aim to lose two pounds a week and include weight lifting types of exercises to ensure you don’t lose you lean muscle mass.

Tip 2 Drink Plenty of Water

Staying well hydrated is a crucial in maintenance of the skins elasticity. From the food you eat and the water you drink you should be aiming on getting in two liters a day.

Tip 3 Follow a Nutritional Eating Plan

Foods that are high in protein contain essential elastin and collagen which is what plumps up the skin. You should make sure you are including at least one of the following food types daily: milk, cottage cheese, tofu, legumes, seeds , fish, certain oils and nuts. You can gain the highest potential out of a protein by eating as soon as you finish an exercise plan.

Tip 3 Care for your Skin

Daily exfoliation is a great way to remove the buildup of dead skin, this increases the circulation flow. Bath in hot water with minerals and sea salts to improve the exterior appearance of your skin. Use skin creams that contain hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, E and A which will further increase the elastin and collagen in your skin.

Tip 4 Consider Surgery

Unfortunately, in some cases your skin may not have the ability to regain its normal form. This usually occurs from carrying around a lot of excess weight over a number of years and then rapidly losing the weight.

Your skins elasticity will decrease as you age, however if you eat correctly, stay hydrated and care for your skin. You will be able to avoid the effects of loose skin after weight loss. By keeping your attention on following a nutrition plan that gives your body what it needs and making sure you eat food types that contain elastin and collagen. You will be able to regain your elasticity in no time.

Exercising should include a few days of weight training to make sure you retain your muscle tone, as a loss in muscle tone can lead to very loose skin. Follow these handy tips and you will be looking great in no time.

Simple Weight Loss Tips

Weight Loss Tips Made Simple

weight lossThere is a real perception that losing weight is so much easier for males than it is for females – and at times, that can be true – but it is certainly not true for everyone. In fact, if you are a guy who is struggling to drop weight, that claim can actually feel discouraging. If you are struggling with your weight loss endeavours, here are five simple tips for men which can help you along the way.

1 – Muscle burns more calories than body fat, so it is important to do exercises that help you to build muscle, along with a strong aerobic routine routine. While cardio does burn more calories at the beginning, strength work allows you to continue to burn calories after you’ve stopped exercising – a good training programme will include a decent blend of both kinds of exercise so you can enjoy both sets of benefits.

2 – Drink lots of water so that it does not feel as difficult to reduce the amount of calories you are consuming. Also, remaining well-hydrated makes every part in your body work more effectively, including burning calories and dropping body weight. In fact, many people say that water is the “magic ingredient” when it comes to weight loss – do not give up the opportunity to incorporate this very valuable aspect of your weight loss and health routine.

3 – As a male, your hormonal system is different than a female’s, and this affects your weight loss progress enormously. When seeking eating plans and nutritional supplements, make sure that you work out a regime and pick supplements that are specifically meant to work with your own hormone balance. This is one of the best weight loss tips for males you will find.

4 – Especially if you are focusing on building lean tissue as a way to lose weight and look amazing, you will want to include plenty of protein into your diet. Make sure that the protein you eat is lean protein, so that you are not clogging your arteries and slowing your weight loss down by including a lot of unnecessary fat and calories. Lean protein a lot healthier for you, and will result in much faster weight loss, also.

5 – Choose a personal fitness trainer or join a weight loss boot camp who have a lot of experience with helping others who have needed to lose significant amounts of weight. Experience is the best teacher, so if you choose a boot camp or fitness trainer who has been down this road successfully several times before, you will have a much greater chance of them leading you down the path to health and fitness with the least amount of bumps in the road possible.

Hopefully, these weight loss tips for men have given you some ideas of techniques you can incorporate into your fitness journey to not only make it go faster, but to improve your health overall and make your nutritional plan and fitness workouts more effective.

Outdoor Fitness Tips

If you enjoy keeping fit outdoors then some simple tips will help you. Firstly make sure you have the correct footwear. If you’ll be spending most of your time running on hard surfaces then a pair of comfortable soft soled shoes will be your best bet. However, if you’re planning on playing sports or joining an outdoor fitness boot camp then you may want to look at a boot with studs as this will increase your grip on grass. Boot camp company, Peak XV Fitness, recommend the moulded stud boot for all weather conditions.

The next thing you want to do is dress in layers so as the weather changes you can adjust the level of warmth provided by your clothing. There’s nothing worse than being too hot in a large coat and then being freezing when you take it off when all you have on is a T-shirt.

Make sure you carry a bottle of water with you when you exercise particularly when you’re away from a water source like you’d have in the gym. There are many types of bottles that cater to all needs from running ones that wrap around your hands to camel pack type ones which are more suited to long treks and expeditions.

Sunscreen is a must if you’re outside for long periods in the sun. Get a decent SPF factor and make sure all exposed skin is covered. Re-apply regularly as sweat can reduce the effectiveness of the sun screen.

These simple tips will help you get the most out of your outdoor exercise endeavours allowing you free time to enjoy the great outdoors.


Why Hire a Personal Trainer?

Hiring a personal trainer is a great way to discipline yourself and get in shape. Women who have recently given birth, or are trying to get in shape for your wedding or other special occasion, hiring a personal trainer is a great way make sure you reach your fitness goals and are getting the most out of your workouts.

Close-up of a woman eating healthy food.Because personal trainers are fitness experts, like London based PT Chris Hines, they know the best ways to target your problem areas and get rid of difficult fat quickly. Helping you learn the correct forms and stick through your workouts can help you maximize your time and make the most progress possible. This is very important, especially in a fast paced society where time is money.

Having a personal trainer to push you and hold you accountable is also very motivating. If you have gotten out of the habit of regular exercise, have always been an inactive person or have simply gained a lot of weight it’s easy to give yourself excuses for not pushing your limits and sticking to your goals. Having someone there to push you to raise above the pain, stick to your commitments and reach your goals is a great motivating factor for many women. For more about motivation read this great article:

The reality is that although you might be trying to work out yourself, many women lose effort because their form is wrong when doing the exercises, or they give themselves the leeway to stop before they are complete. Women who hire a personal trainer will feel the difference almost instantly. They will feel sore after every workout, and will see the inches melt off much quicker.

A personal trainer is also a great idea during pregnancy. With so much emphasis on the importance of fitness during pregnancy, it’s a good idea to have someone knowledgeable to make sure you don’t overdo or hurt yourself. Staying in shape during pregnancy is the best way to avoid too much post pregnancy weight.

Personal trainers for women are a great idea, especially if you have had a hard time getting in shape or have a history of dropping out of your workout routines. Reaching your fitness goals will be much easier with the help of a trainer who will hold you responsible, and help you push your limits and reach your fitness goals. Expecting mothers and new moms can also benefit from the help of a personal trainer for women.

Creat Your Own Boot Camp at Home

Getting your own bootcamp experience for free at home is entirely possible. You might be surprised to learn that most bootcamps perform very simple, yet effective exercises that work multiple muscle groups. Here are a few of the basic bootcamp exercises that you can perform at your own home without any additional equipment.

1.Jumping Jacks.
This is a name that you should all be familiar with. You probably remember doing a lot of these during P.E. when you were at school and it was for a good reason. This is a powerful cardiovascular exercise that doesn’t require you to leave the living room. If you want a bootcamp experience from your own home, then you need to incorporate a lot of jumping jacks into your workout routine. If you were to ever see an actual bootcamp, you would definitely see a lot of people doing jumping jacks. These are great for warm-ups, but can also be performed as a high-intensity workout. You don’t have to run around town or go outside, so if the weather is too bad, then just stay inside and warm up with some jumping jacks.

2. Walking.
This doesn’t sound like much a bootcamp exercise, but you would definitely be wrong. One day spent observing a bootcamp and you’ll probably see more group walking, marching, and running than any other activity. Not only is this a great cardiovascular exercise, but it also gives you a chance to get outside and view all that the world has to offer. Get your iPod ready with your favorite playlist and hit the streets. It’s recommended to walk at least 20 minutes a day, every other day. You can upgrade from walking to jogging or running if you want the extra burn. This is a great place-saver exercise to perform during your typical off-days. This is because it’s not recommended to work the same muscles multiple days in a row.

3.Step exercises.
Do you remember the movie “Rocky”? During his training, he continually runs up and down a large set of steps. While this might look a little crazy, it’s a great way to improve on an existing cardiovascular workout routine. You get all of the existing benefits of running, but step running adds that additional pressure because you are on an incline. Try a few sets of running from top to bottom and compare how you feel to running a similar distance on a flat surface. As you’ll soon see, there’s a big difference.


What to Eat When You’re Pregnant

Pregnancy is a joyful experience that requires special attention to your diet. In order to ensure that your unborn child and you both have all of the nutrients that you need, you must give special attention to the foods that you eat.

Each morning, eat a high fiber cereal that contains folic acid. Ideally, you have already been doing that before you discovered you were pregnant. The folic acid is necessary for the growth and development of the fetus. The fiber will aid in your digestion.

You also need to have vitamin C every day. This water soluble vitamin is not stored in your body, so make certain to eat something with it daily. If you find that citrus fruits give you indigestion, try tomatoes instead. You can add them to your salad or sandwiches. Another food high in it is broccoli. You can steam it to retain most of the vitamins and minerals or eat it raw with a low calorie dip.

Having bean or lentil soup several times a week will give you plenty of protein and aid in digestion. You can mix cooked beans with rice in a pita pocked or put them in your salad.

Your body will take calcium stores from your body for the fetus if you do not consume enough of it. Drinking low-fat or skim milk each day will benefit you both. You can also get your calcium through a probiotic yogurt or soy milk made from the whole bean.

In your first trimester your entire body changes during pregnancy and you will probably be using muscles that were not as active previously due to the shift in your center of balance. Eat a banana every day for the potassium. It will keep your muscles strong and reduce cramps.

Make certain that you get enough iron. Have your doctor test your iron level. If it is low, your physician may prescribe a supplement. Otherwise, just make certain to eat some lean meat or other iron rich food every day. Beware of consuming too much though.

Drink plenty of water every single day. It will keep your body flushed of toxins and is good for your baby. If you drink half of your water before lunch and the other half before dinner, you should not need to wake up during the night to urinate.

If you follow these suggestions during your pregnancy, you should get all of the vitamins and minerals you and your unborn child need.

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Outdoor Fitness Sessions Increase in Number

outdoor fitness boot campOutdoor fitness boot camps are growing in popularity all across the Uk. They are springing up in parks and fields in many towns and cities are people are beginning to appreciate the benefits of being outdoors. Of course, this is very season specific with less people venturing outdoors in the depth of winter and many more heading outdoors during the height of summer when the weather is better and the nights are longer.

The benefits of exercising outdoors are beginning to be confirmed from various scientific studies which note health and cognitive benefits from spending time in nature. People mostly know the benefits of getting more sunlight (it increases your body’s production of Vitamin D) but less known benefits are now emerging like cognitive and wellbeing factors associated with fresh air and green spaces.


Outdoor Fitness Boot Camp


As these sessions often take place in medium to large groups there are social benefits also like in the picture above of a boot camp in Caversham, Reading. These include motivation, encouragement, fun and many other social factors. It is safe to say that without motivation the British weather would stop people continuing these programmes very quickly.

The sessions usually involve different forms of exercises many of which can only be performed outdoors such as running drills and team games involving cones and balls. Gym based exercises are also replicated in most boot camp style settings. So you will often see circuit exercises, boxing drills and body weight training.

The physical benefits of all these exercises include, but are not limited to, weight loss, increased cardiovascular fitness, increased bone mineral density and reduction in blood pressure. While every individual person has their own unique reason for taking part in these types of programmes they are most commonly used for weight loss and improved fitness. Both of these effects are seriously influenced by the group motivating and accountability factors that we spoke about earlier.

To sum up, outdoor fitness boot camps are here to stay and will only grow in popularity over the next few years. Companies like PeakXVFitness are planning to open up multiple locations this year. They offer several health and fitness benefits which more and more people will be attracted to.

Top Women’s Health Tips

As you may have noticed, there are several factors you should put into consideration when you are trying to keep fit and healthy. To help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, here are several things you should do to remain both healthy and happy.

When trying to keep and maintain a healthy lifestyle, a healthy diet must be put into gear. A well-balanced diet is crucial when it comes to maintaining a healthy body.
Eating take out which mostly consists of junk food will leave you looking lethargic, you will often become tired and you may end up getting depressed.
You need to make several changes to your diet; you should avoid eating red meat, foods that are high in fats and calories. Opt for foods that are rich in fiber, low fat foods and teach yourself to consume fruits and vegetables on a regular basis.
Fibre is known to help digestion and consumption of fruits and vegetables helps maintain and increase vitamin and mineral levels.

Water in Plenty
Ensure that you consume water all through the day. Lack of sufficient water consumption leads to the onset of kidney stones! Consuming plenty of water keeps you hydrated and the more you drink plenty of water the more you will cleanse impurities from your body. Water is also one of the best ways to rehydrate which is another benefit.
Consuming water continuously keeps you more alert, you will no-longer feel tired all day and with time, your skin improves and achieves a new radiance. If you are breastfeeding, it is important that you drink more water to keep your hydrated and ensure the milk suckled by you baby is at its best state.
The minimum glasses of water to be consumed everyday should be 8.

Vitamin & Mineral Supplements
You should include mineral and vitamin supplements into your diet especially when you are getting started with your new healthy schedule. Calcium and Iron are the most important supplements to get started with.
Calcium supplement is crucial for women of all ages. However, menopausal women are asked to consume a-lot of calcium to develop quality bone strength and avoid developing Osteoporosis. Iron supplements are great for women who are menstruating and for ladies that suffer from heavy flow during the menstruation cycle.

Quit Smoking
Easier said than done! Giving up the idea of smoking is a process that will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Try to extend the period of time you smoke your cigarettes, by maintain this mean fete you will slowly but surely put a stop to smoking.
Smoking is not favorable pass time, more so for women. Research has found out that the chances of contracting breast cancer are higher in women who smoke than those who don’t. Women who smoke during their pregnancy may cause the baby to be born with deformities.
Women who smoke are associated with dirt. No matter how much you clean you are, you will suffer from bad dental formula, cause damage to your liver and have higher chances of contracting lung cancer!

Smoking can also be really bad for your skin and complexion. Go here to learn more about keeping your skin in tip top condition.

What To Do to Stay Healthy

exerciseThe focus on women’s health has gradually become important because of a majority of things. For starters, many women turn out to become mothers and if their health is not at par, it can translate to health conditions and weakened immune systems in the women and the child they may carry.

Below are several ways that women can use to stay healthy:

Eating Right
First and foremost is observing a healthy diet. The six basic nutrients (water, Proteins, Minerals, Carbohydrates, vitamins and fats) make up the core of healthy diets and need to be taken in the right quantities.
Because we have different nutritional requirements, women are advised to consult with a dietician, a doctor and can start a healthy eating program that will match up to the body’s requirements and needs. Unfortunately, most foods found today are made up of ingredients that are not good for your health.
The foods feature ingredients that are high in cholesterol, sodium, sugar and unsaturated fats. Such foods should be purely eliminated from your diet.
A proper diet consists of foods like whole grains, fish rich in omega 3 fatty acids, fresh fruits and vegetables, milk products that are low in fat, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are perfect for a woman’s health.

Food Allergies
Due to the nature of our diets and the ever deteriorating immune systems, food allergies have increasingly become a regular problem that forces people to eliminate specific items from their diet. Same case is observed with people who are lactose intolerance.
To eliminate either or both incidences, women are advised to consume foods that will boost your immune system and eliminate allergies and foods that do not have products that do not have lactose.

Physical Exercise
Exercise and motion are the perfect ways that keep obesity at bay. Exercise routine improves blood circulation through increased heart rate. The more you exercise, the more your joints become flexible, the more you will have a great sex life, the more you will keep your muscles toned.
Exercises boost your moods. Women just like their male counterparts are advised to engage in workout sessions between three to four times a week. Exercising doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go to the gym.
You can try engaging in short walks of ten minutes. Spread out the walks to three or four times a day. If you can, try jogging or running exercises and see how you will improve your healthy by jogging or running. Fitness experts vitafontis health solutions recommend doing a total of 150 minutes of walking per week. This can obviously be broken up into many smaller chunks.
Research has proven that women who engage in household chores manually become more fit than women who rely on machine use.

Regular checkups
Specific health conditions are rampant among women; there are some illnesses that can be fatal if ignored. However, regular checkups can help these illnesses get treated in advance. As a woman, schedule for the following checkups in the very least once a year.
Complete Physical: The physical should start from the age of 20 and a complete physical consists of: blood sugar, cholesterol, liver function, vitamin deficiencies, and thyroid and kidney checks.