Diet & Fitness

exercise

The less exercise you do, the more it matters

‘Weekend warriors’ — or people who get all their exercise in one session at the weekend — get almost as…

January 19: the day New Year’s resolutions die. Here’s how to keep yours alive

‘New year, new you!’ I, for one, buy into this mantra on an annual basis, mentally and monetarily. Last January,…

Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet ‘reduces brain shrinkage’? The study didn’t prove any such thing

New research has claimed that a Mediterranean diet can protect the brain from shrinking in old age (however, see our…

baby talk

‘Yummy veggies’? ‘Fun-size’ snacks? On healthy eating, let’s stop the baby talk

January is an odd time for nutrition professionals. Having been ignored and uninvited for most of December we find ourselves…

diet drinks

Ignore the headlines. Diet drinks don’t make you fat

The front pages of yesterday’s newspapers had some sensational news for the yo-yo dieters and temporary gym members of post-festive…

specific carbohydrate diet

Inflammatory bowel disease can be hell. New evidence suggests a diet can fix it

Diet alone can cure the two main types of inflammatory bowel disease in children, according to research published in the…

Cutting back on carbs is probably the most effective way to lose weight

Reducing carbohydrate intake is the most effective way to diet for weight loss, according to a review article by the…

father christmas

Dear Father Christmas: your work life is harming your health

Dear Father Christmas, I was pleased to see you again at your annual health check, which we always do prior…

Five things I’ve learned about dieting at Christmas

The most common advice we get about dieting at Christmas can be summed up in two words: don’t bother. It…

Fewer illnesses, less stress: how cold water swimming can change your life

I have always swum regularly but, one summer when the pool was closed for a couple of weeks, a friend…

No, a regular sauna probably doesn’t protect against dementia

Regular sauna visits may reduce the risk of dementia, according to a study at the University of Eastern Finland (however,…

gut microbes Christmas

How to keep your gut microbes happy at Christmas

Christmas is a time of excess — swigging mulled wine, unbuttoning bursting buttons and wishing in hindsight that you hadn’t…

running brain

Regular running builds stronger connections in the brain, scans suggest

Runners’ brains have greater ‘functional connectivity’ than those of more sedentary people, according to research at the University of Arizona.…

eggs

Free-range eggs offer bigger dose of vitamin D

‘Free-range’ eggs contain up to 30 per cent more vitamin D than those from factory farms, according to research at…

Physically active boys ‘do better at reading and maths’

A sedentary lifestyle is linked to poorer academic performance in boys, according to research published in the Journal of Science…

yo-yo dieting

Why diets don’t work: ‘obesity-causing’ bacteria linger in the gut

New research published in the journal Nature suggests that intestinal microbes play an unexpectedly important role in recurrent obesity —…

The rise of the food fads: how plain old healthy eating got left behind

Change underpins fashion, rejecting what was then and replacing it with what is now. This is especially true in the…

butter

To help your heart, don’t ban butter — just embrace the Mediterranean diet

Reducing saturated fat intake very slightly can lower your risk of developing heart disease, according to a study at Harvard…