Are we addicted to junk food?

There is a lot of blaming of food companies at the moment for adding sugar, salt, fat etc and the result being our spreading waistlines. Generally speaking, I don’t think there’s an addiction as such. Our mouths get used to a flavour and then it has to be more intense. Take spicy food for instance. ...

Great products for portion control

Great products for portion control
It can be tough to serve the right portion sizes when it comes to mealtimes and when you are new to managing your portion sizes, you can often end up overestimating how much to put on your plate. Some people recommend using smaller plates and while this can work, you often do end up piling more ...

Obesity to OMG: one woman’s journey

Obesity to OMG: one woman's journey
Thanks to the wonders of the internet, I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to many inspiring and successful people. One such person is fitness coach, Roberta Saum, who has honoured me by allowing me to interview her. Thank you, Roberta! Darren: Tell me a little about your background. Roberta: I currently work as an online ...

Top 5 reasons an exercise bicycle is the best fitness machine

Top 5 reasons an exercise bicycle is the best fitness machine
Exercise bicycles are great for keeping up your fitness levels when the weather is less than favourable or you just don’t have time to get to the gym (or even if you just don’t want to pay monthly gym fees). Here are my top 5 reasons why I prefer an exercise bicycle over any other ...

The truth about weight loss

The truth about weight loss
I’ve written quite a few articles on how to lose weight, both dieting techniques and exercise routines, but one thing I haven’t clearly stated is the simple truth about weight loss so to make up for my mistake, here it is as clearly as I can make it: If you eat more than you need ...

How to do circuit training in a busy gym

How to do circuit training in a busy gym
Getting fit has become quite a popular pastime recently and the New Year’s Resolution crowd will be along shortly making your gym unbearably busy. As you’re probably aware, circuit training, particularly with weights, is one of the best ways of burning fat and pushing your fitness levels to new extremes. The purpose of this article ...

Strength training for beginners

Strength training for beginners
What is strength training? Strength training is about building a stronger body by making the muscles, ligaments and tendons stronger so they can move heavier loads. It is different to bodybuilding which is about hypertrophy – making the muscles bigger. A side effect of strength training can be bigger muscles but this depends on your ...

What counts as water?

What counts as water?
It’s a question I often see on forums as we’re always told to drink more water especially if we’re trying to lose weight. The problem is that some people don’t like water but don’t want to add cordial (aka sugar… or poison to some) and it’s not particularly a pleasant experience drinking a glass of ...

How to lose weight and keep it off!

How to lose weight and keep it off!
Over the years, I have seen a lot of people lose weight and attempt to lose weight. The key reason why they fail is down to the on diet/off diet mentality. What they should be doing is focusing on changing their lifestyle, rather than “losing weight” or “getting fitter”. When you focus on changing your lifestyle, ...

How to enjoy an ice cold drink now that summer is here

How to enjoy an ice cold drink now that summer is here
Summer has truly arrived in Europe. Well, you’ve remembered to pop a bottle of water in the freezer the night before you head to the local park to top up your tan. You slap on your sunblock, put on your sunglasses and head to the freezer to get your bottle of ice before leaving the ...