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    Why the Occasional Cheat Meal is Good for You

    Last updated 8 months ago

    You are often told that keeping to a strict diet and exercise regime is the key to long-term weight loss success – and it is. But preserving your dedication to this plan is another thing entirely. In this video, Dr Mike explains why cheat meals are actually a positive thing for your diet, as well as your end goal.

    When you embark on a diet, you have a no-fail mindset. You do, however, have to understand that you will not do everything by the book, every step of the way. Treating yourself to a cheat day every once in a while serves as a reward for your hard work. Along with refreshing your palate, a cheat meal will also refresh your mind and inspire you to continue on your weight loss journey.

    What is a Cheat Meal?

    Usually reserved for festive periods in the year – such as chicken, prawn and dip platters come Christmas time – a cheat meal is any meal that falls outside of your strict diet. When choosing your cheat meal, try to choose the healthiest option – if you are craving salt, sprinkle gourmet sea salt over a fresh, ripe tomato.

    Cheat Days Won’t Last

    As your body becomes accustomed to your new diet, cravings for sweeter and fatty foods will subside. Eventually cheat days that you enjoyed earlier on in your diet will lose their appeal. Eating is a behaviour that you learn, but you must follow through your healthy path to get to that point.

    For more tips on achieving your weight loss goals, contact Life Weight Loss Centre on (02) 8999 8503.

    How a Protein-rich Breakfast Can Prevent All Day Snacking

    Last updated 8 months ago

    It turns out your mum was right – breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A new study released this year suggests eating the right breakfast in the morning might be the answer to calming your all-day food cravings.

    Improved Appetite Control

    An American study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that people who consume a breakfast high in protein are less likely to seek out and consume foods high in fat and sugar in the evening. A high-protein breakfast left the participants of the study feeling fuller, and the results indicated there was less brain activity in the area responsible for food cravings.

    Reduced Hunger Hormones

    Ghrelin is a hormone in the body that is responsible for triggering the hunger response. Ghrelin is typically at peak levels in your body just before you consume a meal, lowering considerably immediately following a meal. By consuming a breakfast high in protein, ghrelin levels in your body stay at reduced levels all day.

    Breakfast Meals

    Start your day right with by making yourself a protein-rich breakfast. For cooler mornings, eggs or baked beans on toast are the perfect choice to fill your stomach. For a lighter choice, try adding nuts and seeds with muesli, or almond butter on fruit toast.

    Life Weight Loss Centre

    Breakfast is just one part of the weight loss puzzle. Contact Life Weight Loss Centre on (02) 8999 8503 to find out more about weight loss solutions that work.

    Are Curvier Women More Switched On?

    Last updated 9 months ago

    How many times have you caught yourself looking in the mirror and asking ‘do I look big in this?’ Instead of frowning over your curves, you might think yourself lucky for your curves after reading this news!

    Curvy and Clever

    A recent study has shown that women with a small waist-to-hip ratio are generally more intelligent than their small-hipped and thick-waisted friends. The study suggests that the intelligence of curvier women may be linked to their higher stores of omega-3 fatty acids.

    Omega-3 acids are generally stored in the thigh and hip region of a woman. These areas are a particular pain point for many women who find it more difficult to lose weight in their thigh region when compared to areas such as their stomach.

    Why Do Omega-3 Fats Matter?

    Omega-3 fats are particularly important during pregnancy – they are responsible for helping a baby’s brain develop during the last trimester. If the mother carrying the child has surplus stores of this supplement, she is able to adequately cater to the child’s increasing energy needs. These fats are also believed to be responsible for protecting against heart conditions by preventing the swelling of arteries and lowering the risk of these becoming blocked.

    Too Curvy Can Be Dangerous

    It’s important to keep in mind that staying within a healthy weight range is vital for your overall well being. While some fats are good, as weight increases so does your waist-to-hip ratio – diminishing many of the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.

    To learn more about your body and permanent weight loss solutions, contact Life Weight Loss Centre on (02) 8999 8503.

    Ways to Beat a Bloated Stomach

    Last updated 9 months ago

    We’ve all been there – out to dinner in your favourite tight jeans, only to realise half way through the meal that your jeans are now too tight. It’s the dreaded tummy bloat. Stomachs bloat for a variety of reasons; it could be gas, irregularity, or water retention. Whatever the problem, here are some tips that will de-puff your stomach and have you both feeling and looking great.

    Increase Potassium

    If your diet is notoriously salty, you should aim to match your daily salt intake with your potassium intake. Potassium-rich foods – such as asparagus, tomatoes, bananas and oranges – help to regulate the fluid levels in your body. When your potassium-sodium balance is out of whack, you are much more likely to find water retention will be a problem.

    Drink Plenty of Fluids

    While it may be counterintuitive, drinking plenty of water will help flush toxins from your body as well as eliminate water retention.

    Dairy Foods

    Dairy foods have a range of health benefits. Loaded with calcium, magnesium and probiotics, dairy foods are known to aid in the prevention of bloating. A recent study on probiotics – which are found in a variety of yoghurt and dairy products – has shown they have a number of benefits that help maintain the health of your digestive system.

    Cut Back on Gassy Foods

    Gas producing veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage contain a complex sugar that is often difficult for some people to digest. Instead of cutting these foods out entirely, eat just a half cup serving of any of these foods at one time.

    Why You Should Avoid Foods That Contain MSG

    Last updated 9 months ago

    MSG, or monosodium glutamate, is one of the reasons your food tastes so good! But don’t let this naturally occurring glutamate make its way into your diet as a food additive or flavour enhancer.

    While MSG occurs naturally in our bodies and many foods such as tomatoes and cheese, MSG is increasingly being used in abundance as an added flavour enhancer in foods. The health risks associated with this additive, however, far outweigh the taste it leaves in your mouth.

    Short-term Health Risks

    Studies have concluded that there is several mild, short-term health risks associated with consuming MSG. This includes headaches, numbness, nausea, drowsiness and dizziness.

    Long-term Health Risks

    MSG has effects on your endocrine system, which is responsible for controlling the hormones in your body, as well as impacting your neural functions. Ingesting MSG repeatedly over a long period of time can increase your chances of developing ADHD, susceptibility to obesity and memory loss.

    Buyer Beware

    Manufacturers sometimes mask the existence of MSG by using alternate names. If the product in your trolley lists ‘natural flavours’, ‘vegetable flavour’ or ‘flavour enhancer’ among its ingredients, it’s safe to say this is MSG.

    Cooking at Home

    MSG is most commonly present in processed foods such as packaged chips, as well as Chinese food. The only sure way of avoiding added MSG altogether is by cooking at home rather than eating out or purchasing pre-packaged foods. By using natural herbs, such as basil and garlic, you can intensify the flavour in your food without having to worry about dangerous additives.



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