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by Justine Glenton
An Ashtanga & Zen Yoga Teacher
A regular yoga practice offers many benefits including making you feel better about your body as you become stronger and more flexible, tone your muscles, reduce stress and improve your mental and physical well-being. But will it help you lose weight? Yoga is a known stress buster, but it's also one of the most effective workouts for fighting stubborn fat stores, especially the ones that crop up after age 40. Studies show that yoga lowers levels of stress hormones and increases insulin sensitivity - a signal to your body to burn food as fuel rather than store it as fat. Practicing any type of yoga will build strength, but studies show that yoga does not raise your heart rate enough to make it the only form of exercise you need. In order to lose weight, you must eat healthily and burn calories by doing exercise that raises your heart rate on a regular basis.
by Matthew Powell
A Body Aware Specialist
With regard to weight loss, the talk in the industry at the moment seems to be about the Paleo diet and Charles Poliquin’s “Bio Signature” analysis.
The Paleo Diet bases itself on what nutritionists believe we, as a planet, were eating before the agricultural revolution. A diet based on fruit, vegetables, lean meats and seafood, whilst restricting dairy, is not exactly reinventing the way we think about food. However the restructured “food pyramid” is interesting to look at. Paleo suggests that we try to eliminate as much grain products as possible, so cereals for example are a no-no, due to the fact that our hunter gatherer for bearers would not have had the technology to till the land for such food stuffs.
by Lucy Miller
A Fitness and Nutrition Expert
Bikini season is upon us and if you’re counting down the days to your summer holiday yet kicking yourself for leaving it to the last minute again – fear not! Just a few tweaks here and there, is definitely enough to shift a few extra pounds, tone up and get your body confidence up!
by Maureen Cromey
An Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Expert
In clinic I always discuss diet with my patients; Chinese medicine considers diet to be the most fundamental basis of health and being overweight is an indication of an imbalance. Children may be born with a propensity to fatness or it can develop as a result of illness or unhealthy lifestyle. In Chinese Medicine fat is seen as a type of damp in the body caused by a weakness in the spleen and stomach energy. It manifests as soft flabby flesh which seems to cover the whole body. The tongue is often pale in colour and a looks slightly flabby with teeth marks around the sides. This person may feel sluggish and tired and have great difficulty losing weight even on strict diets and can easily gain weight 'just looking at food'. Of all body types these people need the most support to balance their weight and restore energy levels. Chinese Medicine is very effective for this body type.
by Steve Halsall
A Celebrity Personal Trainer
There are no secrets to losing weight.
Seventeen years as one of the UK’s top trainers, this week I was faced yet again with a hopeful smile and literally the weight of expectation aimed at me.
‘Can I have a body like Jess Ennis’, was the request of my new NW London yummy mummy, desperate to keep up with the Prada clad school run fasionistas. I found myself explaining that genetics, dedication, passion, commitment and the magic word ‘consistency’ are all part of every day for our golden girl Jess.