Diet & Fitness

7 ways to keep fit outdoors this summer

Make the most of the sunshine by getting fit outdoors – from rooftop yoga to military fitness

16 Jul 2019

How to exercise after giving birth

It can be difficult to work out when and how to exercise after giving birth. Here’s what the research says.

8 Jul 2019

Quorn protein ‘twice as effective’ for building muscle

A study from the University of Exeter has found that mycoprotein, the protein-rich food source that is unique to Quorn…

3 Jul 2019

The ‘planetary health diet’ – or communism through the backdoor?

In the superb Scandinavian TV series The Bridge, one of the two central figures is the autistic Swedish police detective…

12 Mar 2019

The unintended consequences of the ‘junk food’ advertising ban

It’s only been a week since Sadiq Khan’s ill-conceived ban on ‘junk food’ advertising across London’s public transport network came…

5 Mar 2019

Plant-based meals ‘improve insulin levels in people with type 2 diabetes’

A plant-based diet improves the secretion of insulin and incretin hormones in those with type 2…

Eating blueberries can help lower blood pressure

Eating 200g of blueberries every day for a month can lead to an improvement in blood vessel function and a decrease in…

Eating healthily ‘significantly improves mood’

There is a positive association between the quantity of fruit and vegetables consumed and people’s self-reported mental well-being, according to…

Plant-based diet benefits heart health, endurance and recovery in athletes

A new review published in the journal Nutrients adds further evidence to the theory that plant-based athletes benefit from improvements in heart…

Sweeteners aren’t healthier than sugar, new study review suggests

There is no evidence to indicate health benefits of sweeteners over sugar, and potential harms cannot be ruled out, according…

How Jamie Oliver Stole Christmas

It’s been a busy old year for Jamie Oliver and his miserable band of anti-sugar, anti-salt and anti-fun campaigner friends.…

20 Dec 2018

How enzymes keep you healthy

Digestive enzymes have been (figuratively) under the microscope recently, with fantastic claims that they can do everything from curing depression…

16 Nov 2018

Weightlifting for just an hour a week reduces stroke risk

Lifting weights for less than an hour a week may reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke by…

Struggling to lose weight? Some brains aren’t wired for self control

High-level brain functions play a major role in weight loss, according to a new study published in the journal Cell Metabolism.…

Newly discovered gene mutation could be used to treat diabetes and heart disease

Researchers at at Harvard Medical School in the US have discovered a gene mutation that slows the metabolism of sugar…

Yo-yo dieting ‘increases risk of heart attack and stroke’

Fluctuations in weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels may be associated with a higher risk of heart attack…

Fish oil drug ‘cuts heart attack and stroke risks by 25 per cent’

An Irish pharmaceutical company has announced that its purified fish oil drug, Vascepa, is linked with a 25 per cent…

Intense two minute workout ‘as good as 30 minutes of moderate exercise’

A few minutes of high-intensity interval exercise may be as effective as much longer exercise sessions, according to new research…

Technology has made us lonely and unfit – but there’s an app for that

As a nation, the UK is suffering from a health and wellness crisis. A majority of adults – 66 per…

12 Sep 2018

Moderate carbohydrate intake is best for health, new study suggests

Eating carbohydrates in moderation seems to be optimal for health and longevity, according to a new report published in The…

The sugar tax in Chile reduced consumption – but hasn’t improved public health

A sugar tax introduced on soft drinks in Chile has failed to reduce inequalities in diet-related health, new research has…

The ‘body positivity’ movement is making people blind to their weight problems

The normalisation of ‘plus-size’ body shapes is causing people to underestimate their weight, according to new research by the University…

Moving goalposts – a government-approved lifestyle is always out of reach

Something dramatic happened twenty years ago that has been all but forgotten. On June 17th 1998, 25 million Americans suddenly…

18 Jun 2018

Eating lentils ‘lowers type 2 diabetes risk’

Replacing potatoes or rice with pulses can lower your blood glucose levels by more than 20 per cent, according to…

The proposed ‘junk food’ advertising ban is aimed at you, not your children

We are being sold a pig in a poke by obesity campaigners. When Action on Sugar started complaining about added…

6 Jun 2018

High protein diet ‘increases heart failure risk’

For middle-aged men, eating higher amounts of protein is associated with a slightly elevated risk of heart failure, according to…