Archives for inflammation

Q&A: Is my BMI too high?

The Question: I read your Eating Less book some years ago and again recently and it helped a lot in gaining control of my eating. As a result I have lost excess weight and am now three stones below what I weighed at my peak. I enjoy my increased mobility and I am happy with the way I look too.
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Telomeres Tell Us More

Do you know about telomeres? If you're wondering why you'd ever want to know, there's some fascinating information has emerged from a ton of research on these tiny molecules. Telomeres are structures that sit at both ends of our chromosomes.
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Chocoholism

Are you a chocoholic? Is chocolate good for you? And is chocolate addictive? It’s possible you’ve answered a resounding yes to all three. To look first of all at its addictiveness, here's a study from the University of London's Division of Mental Health.
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Q&A: Can’t Lose

Do you know if there are people who will never lose weight no matter what they do and how much they starve themselves? I ask this because people do talk about this and I do think I’m one of them. I’m not yo-yo dieting because I just don’t lose the weight in the first place, and I’ve been struggling with this for more years than I care to say.
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Sadness, Sugar and Serotonin

Have you come across the idea that carbohydrates such as sugar and grains cheer you up because they cause serotonin to be released in your brain? Eating those sugars seems to lift our mood, and that leads so many of us to overeat those foods, especially when we feel low. As serotonin is thought to create our sense of happiness, it’s often suggested that if you keep your serotonin levels boosted you won't feel as tempted to eat so much.
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Q&A: Vitamins and minerals

To my knowledge I don't think you have written your thoughts about taking vitamins. I would be really grateful if you could write on this subject; the reason I ask is because of the negative press there has been about vitamins causing cancer. I have tried to do some online searching myself, and I think the research that has been done on links between vitamins and cancer is scary.
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Form Follows Function

From time to time I get reminded that I’m in the weight loss industry, and often it's a bit of a shock! Weight loss is not what fires up the passion in my heart, either on a professional or personal level, and I suspect I’m far from alone in choosing a career path only to discover it’s different from what had initially been imagined.
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Q&A: MCT and the brain

The Question: It’s just over two years I came to your wonderful seminar in London and I remember you do a lot of reading on health and nutrition. I wonder if you can recommend something about keeping your brain healthy, as my memory has become bad and I think getting worse. I am now regularly walking into rooms and forgetting why I went there! Maybe this isn’t so unusual but my concern is made greater by having had both parents suffer with dramatically declining mental abilities.
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Happy Gut Bugs

It's possible you don't think about it often, but I expect you know that whenever you eat, you feed not only yourself but also trillions of microbes that live in your guts. Of course it's natural to be somewhat disgusted by this strange arrangement, but these microbes are being seriously and extensively studied, and it looks like they're considerably more interesting than you may realise.
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Sweet Treats – Part 2

I divided this newsletter into two parts because it will make a huge difference to take the information here in Part 2 having first read Part 1. Anywhere else, you'll see advice to substitute as a straightforward swap, such as using artificial sweeteners instead of sugar. Quite apart from the fact that artificial sweeteners are a bad idea, these swaps will only work for some things, for some people, and only up to a point.
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