Month: May 2012

5 easy ways to maximise your enjoyment of exercise

5 easy ways to maximise your enjoyment of exercise

Hi everyone, Thanks for visiting the Fitness Boutique today! When life gets hectic, I know how hard it can be hard staying focussed on getting or staying fit. But you know how great you feel when you finish working out, so today I’d like to […]

Good things come…

Good things come…

A few weeks back I excitedly announced the launch of the Wednesday evening Swing Me Fit class. I’m sorry to announce that it has been delayed due to circumstances beyond my control. So hang tight, I know you’re looking forward to there being more classes […]

Top 5 Healthy Eating Mistakes

Top 5 Healthy Eating Mistakes

You know the benefits of a healthy diet, but are you making mistakes that are hindering you?

1:  Low fat or no fat means low calorie / good for you

NO!

The process of removing the fat also removes most of the flavour, so to make it taste good the easiest thing is to add sugar, flavourings, flvour enhancers and other toxins.  Furthermore a no fat diet can be very detrimental to your health as we need a variety good fats and oils for our body and mind to function well.  A no fat diet can lead to all sorts of problems including depression & joint problems.

2: “No added sugar” products are better for you.

NO!

Quite the opposite, most artificial sweeteners are far more damaging for your body than sugar.  Aspartame even damages the part of your brain that controls your appetite and will power; making you crave more (and more and more)  Aspartame is also the sweetener of choice in most diet drinks. Clever thinking on the part of the manufacturers but not so great if you’re trying to loose weight and control your cravings.

3: “No artificial sweeteners” means no added sugar .

NO!

Most products labelled this way contain large amounts of  sugar.

Sugar is classed as “natural” sweetener, no matter how processed it is.

4:  Jacket Potatoes/ pasta / fruit are good weight loss diet foods

No!

Starchy carbs, (potatoes, rice, pasta) & most fruit all quickly convert to sugar while being digested.  This can be useful as an energy boost before a big race or after a hard training session; However in normal day to day life this excess sugar in your blood stream can be dangerous so the body removes it from the blood and stores it as fat; ready to burn off when we need more energy. However if we keep eating these foods without needing the energy burst, we will keep storing the excess as fat,  this can lead not only to weight gain  but also insulin sensitivity, and ultimately obesity and Diabetes.   

5: Cholesterol is bad for you

NO!

Like fat our body NEEDs cholesterol in order to function.

Like fat not all cholesterol is equal, there is good & bad fat and good & bad cholesterol, in fact the good (HDL) Cholesterol helps to get rid of the bad! (LDL)  So don’t worry about eating too many eggs or buying a special cholesterol reducing margarine.

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Many thanks to Fay Victoria Durrant for content for this article.

Why watercress helps you to maximise your workout

Why watercress helps you to maximise your workout

We all know that watercress is a superfood, but how can it help us in our quest for fitness? According to a recent study*, eating just 85g (a small bag) two hours before you workout can help raise levels of important antioxidant vitamins in your […]