28 by Sam Wood

This week I was excited to be invited to the UK launch of ‘28 by Sam Wood’, a 28 minute workout and wellbeing programme designed and run by Australian personal trainer of 17 years (and star of the Australian reality TV show ‘The Bachelor’!), Sam Wood.

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Good fats – and I’m not talking avos and almonds

This week I read an article in the New Scientist by Chloe Lambert about 'good fats'. Now this wasn't the usual spiel about avocados, nuts and olive oil (although all of these are indeed both good and fats), but rather, it was about 'brown fat' and its apparent ability to help us to lose weight. The existence of [...]

10 Strategies to slim down

Although I workout on a daily basis and eat a vegan diet, I've come to accept that I have a body type which picks up weight quite easily. While I'm lucky in that I love exercise and favour dates and nuts over chocolate and cakes, these foods also come with their own fair share of [...]

Tempted? How gender may impact our ability to resist temptation

This week I've been reading about temptation; in particular, how gender impacts on our propensity to be tempted by food and, as a result, how it can influence our weight loss goals. I started to think about this while reading about the ways in which gender can affect how our bodies process various chemicals - [...]

GI (the non-military type)

References to high or low 'GI' foods are often banded about with little, or no explication. Indeed, I was guilty of this myself in my previous post. But how much do we really know about the term 'GI', and what does the GI number of a food actually indicate? What does 'GI' mean? The glycaemic index [...]

‘Eating chocolate makes you thinner’, and other facts based on bad data

As regular readers will know, I do like a health-and-fitness-based scientific study with some good, solid statistics to cite. However, among the rigorously tested experiments, based on results collected over an extended period and conducted using a large number of subjects, there are plenty of more questionable papers floating around. The latter are frequently founded [...]