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What are calories and how do I know how many I should be having in a day?

  • 18 Jun, 2019
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Calories are the unit of measurement which determines the amount of energy the food we eat gives us. You'll find the number printed on food packaging as Kcal, often next to a similar unit of energy called kilojoule (kJ).A simple analogy to understand calories is to imagine the body as a car. Calories are the fuel which keeps the body moving. Even at rest, the body is burning calories to keep the blood pumping around the body and maintain the ...

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Healthy eating doesn't have to break the bank

  • 06 Jun, 2019
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For decades, doctors have been telling us that eating a healthy diet, rich in vitamins and nutrients, can prevent conditions such as type 2 diabetes and obesity, which can lead to more serious medical conditions like cardiovascular disease. But with the constantly rising price of healthy food, a healthy diet can be costly and, for some, seem financially unviable.However, healthy eating doesn't have to cost as much as people think. Lesser stil...

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The many health benefits of running

  • 10 Apr, 2019
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Running is an excellent exercise for many reasons. It strengthens your core muscles and cardiovascular system. It's very economical and convenient. You can do it anywhere, including inside your home. You don't need special equipment or attire, except for a pair of adequate shoes.Deciding when and where to runDedicated runners usually run rain or shine, but some runners substitute an indoor treadmill on occasion. It's possible to run in place ...

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High fibre foods which taste great

  • 28 Mar, 2019
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High-fibre foods can help with digestive regulation, including normal elimination. As the British Nutrition Foundation points out, most people in the UK do not get the recommended 30 grams per day. The Foundation finds most men get only 20.1 grams, women only 17.2, on average. Clearly, we all need to consume more soluble fibre. Yet a diet high in high-fibre foods can become tedious, unless you know several ways to enjoy those foods, from frui...

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Do fitness apps make you healthier?

  • 18 Sep, 2018
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With an increasing number of people turning to fitness tracking apps and wearables to monitor their weight loss progress, count their daily intake of calories and receive notifications when they've reached a fitness goal, it's estimated that the health tracker app and wearable market is to grow considerably by 2020.Smartphone apps that track how many steps you take, provide exercise routines and let you share your weight loss journey with you...

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