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Our team blogs about all things relating to health, wellness and happiness and you'll learn tips on how to balance all the balls in the air, how to create tasty quick meals and tips on becoming a stronger, fitter you!

 


Carbohydrates. Do we need them? Will they make us fat?

Do we really need to avoid carbohydrates to lose weight?

Carbohydrates. Do we need them? Will they make us fat?

Carbs. Do we need them? Yes! Will they make us fat? Not necessarily. Carbohydrate is a macronutrient, along with protein and fat. Each person requires a certain amount of each of these nutrients depending on their age, size, medical conditions, and activity level. If we consume any nutrient in excess then our requirement will be met and the excess stored as body fat. It doesn't matter which nutrient we overconsume- any excess will be stored as fat! If this is the case, then why have we all decided that carbs are causing us to gain weight?

9 easy ways to boost your protein intake

There is often talk of people needing to boost their protein intake. But why is this and how do we get more protein?

9 easy ways to boost your protein intake

Protein is a macronutrient that works as a building block for repairing tissues, organs, muscles, and cells. It also promotes fullness and makes us feel more satisfied after our meals. Which in turn can aid with weight loss because we are less inclined to snack! If you are struggling with losing weight it could be possible that you aren't consuming enough protein. Not only does protein make us feel full, but our bodies have to work hard to break down and digest it! Making its thermic effect greater than that of carbohydrates and fats.

When we eat protein, it is broken down into amino acids which are then used by our bodies as energy or to grow. To get enough amino acids to allow these processes to happen we need to eat enough dietary protein. Animal protein is a rich source of amino acids, while there are some amino acids available in legumes and vegetables. It is important to eat a variety of protein sources (both vegetable and animal) to ensure that you are getting a wide variety and good combination of nutrients. 

Does this mean that we need to be buying expensive protein powders and eating chicken breasts or tuna at every meal? Not necessarily! 

Quick Fixes! Why do we love them? Should we ditch them?

Lose 5kg in 2 weeks! Sound familiar? Why is it that headlines like this draw attention and people pay big money for the magic quick fix answer?

Quick Fixes! Why do we love them? Should we ditch them?

When it comes to weight loss, it is never a straight forward process. As much as I would love to say that I have the magic miracle that works for all, there is no such thing! Weight loss requires motivation, an understanding of why your goal is important, and commitment to any necessary diet and physical activity changes. But this sounds so much harder than simply going online and ordering an expensive batch of supplements to allow for rapid weight loss before a summer holiday! We all know that quick fixes aren't sustainable, but why do we look for them and how can we lose weight sustainably? 

How to beat sugar cravings!

Why do we get them and how do we combat them?

How to beat sugar cravings!

Most people are familiar with the 3pm slump and craving for sweet food. Afternoon slumps are completely normal- we can't expect our bodies to go full speed ahead from the moment we wake up to when we go to sleep! But why do we crave sweet food? This is likely because the brain uses carbohydrates for energy. Sweet foods like lollies and sugary drinks contain high GI carbohydrates which are broken down quickly for the brain to use as energy. However, although they provide a quick fix, this energy burst is short lived and often we are back to our groggy tired selves shortly after a sugar rush. So to stop oursleves reaching for high sugar quick-fix foods, what can we do to combat these cravings?

 

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